Archdiocese to close St. Adalbert, realign other Pilsen churches

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Sunday it will close St. Adalbert Church amid a realignment of its parishes in the Pilsen neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

The archdiocese cited the high costs of needed repairs for closing St. Adalbert. The realignment was prompted by low Mass attendance, changing demographics and a decline in the number of priests, the archdiocese said.

St. Ann and Providence of God churches will become part of nearby parishes, but their doors will remain open as worship centers. St. Ann will become part of St. Paul; Providence of God part of St. Procopius.

The changes will leave Pilsen with three Catholic parishes: St. Pius V, St. Paul and St. Procopius.

“As worship sites, St. Ann and Providence of God will continue to offer Mass and other sacraments as determined by the pastors,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

“The goal in considering a reconfiguration plan was to continue serving the Catholic population in Pilsen using resources and personnel in a more effective and pastoral way.”

No closing date was set for St. Adalbert. The other changes are effective June 30.

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