Parishioners gather together in hopes of keeping church, school open

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CHICAGO — The fate of a Northwest Side parish is expected to be revealed Friday, and parishioners came together in hopes of keeping their church and school open.

Under the Renew My Church strategic initiative, the Archdiocese of Chicago has been weighing several options to merge the parishes of St. Thecla, St. Tarcissus and St. Cornelius, and consolidate St. Thecla’s school with Pope Francis Global Academy North.

An official announcement isn’t expected until a meeting Friday night, but parishioners and parents are worried that St. Thecla could be closed because there is high interest in leasing or selling the property. Some said even though St. Thecla is financially stable the buildings could end up being closed because they sit on prime real estate.

One resident, Jean Sekera, said it’s sad and heartbreaking that the school and church may be closing.

“All my kids have been baptized here and it would be sad to have it broken up,” she said.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese said decisions are being finalized and will be shared at the community meeting Friday night.

Community members held a candlelight vigil Thursday evening to show their support for St. Thecla.

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