Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church celebrates final Mass after 101 years in South Shore

Sunday, September 6, 2020
101-year-old Chicago church holds final Mass
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Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church held its final Mass Sunday after 101 years on Chicago's South Side.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- After 101 years in the South Shore neighborhood, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church celebrated its final Mass Sunday.

The closure is part of a restructuring plan announced earlier this year by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

People who have long had ties to the parish attended the morning service. Among them was a man who said his grandparents were founding members.

"It's going to be, you know, very bittersweet. It's a gorgeous church, we have many fond memories," parishioner Chris Chouinard said.

"We're the light for people in this community when they need help. A lot of our homeless people come in here during our services," parishioner Valencia Rias-Winstead said.

Our Lady of Peace will merge with parishes of St. Bride, Our Lady Gate of Heaven and St. Philip Neri.