Archdiocese to close St. Adalbert, reorganize other Pilsen parishes

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Sunday, February 14, 2016
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Archdiocese of Chicago announced reorganization plans Sunday for Pilsen area parishes that include closing St. Adalbert Parish.

"It seems like they're kicking us out of the Catholic Church," said Treasure Salinas, a parishioner for 50 years. "That's the way I feel. I'm sorry."

The 100-year-old church has two towers that need millions of dollars in repairs, as well as other extensive, high-cost damage.

Parishioners said they knew the archdiocese wouldn't pay for the repairs.

"I was the head of the finance committee a year and a half ago, so it shouldn't be a shock," said Michael Pichowsky, a parishioner for 11 years.

Pending the consultation of the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, St. Adalbert will close and St. Ann and Providence of God parishes will be "worship sites" for St. Paul and St. Procopius, officials said. The changes will become effective June 30.

St. Pius V Parish, St. Procopius Church and St. Paul Church will remain as the three central Pilsen parishes.

Archbishop Blase Cupich recently met with the Archdiocesan Strategic Planning Team to discuss the reorganization.

The announcement comes as Pope Francis begins his six-day visit in Mexico City.