Slowly, the mass schedules are being altered. The number of masses are less and less so as not to overly tax the parish priest.
We are facing a drastic decline in the number of Chicago's priests — the archdiocese projects going from 766 at the beginning of 2015 to 240 in 2030 — which makes parish and school closures or mergers, or even a total re-imagining of local structures, almost inevitable.
How will this shortage affect life in our neighborhood? We currently have seven parishes. Will each of them still be open? Will Sunday mass still be available? Who will officiate at weddings and funerals? What will happen to the churches and schools if they are closed?