Mike Swift, Crete, IL

With all the parishes that are dwindling due to lack of participation please do not accelerate the demise of one that is thriving! more…

Gianna Anne, Wheaton, IL

Just by spending a weekend at the Shrine you can see how this building is a place of hope for a reviving neighborhood. A place were lives are touched and souls are nourished on a daily basis….where a beautiful neighborhood was….and one that that can come back!!…..This is why we are doing all we can […] more…

Heidi Knuth, Carol Stream, IL

In his installation Mass, our Archbishop said that “we are to join Christ in seeking out, inviting, and accompanying, by abiding with those to whom He sends us.” This is where we were sent..where we are living, and working…where the growth of the community from both the immediate neighborhood and far flung reaches of the […] more…

Marty Fisher, San Diego, CA

I recall taking a green-line train to the shuttered St. Gelasius Church, meeting with a couple of the Brothers and a few neighbors who had very little except FAITH, HOPE and a VISION of a SHRINE. It was a place where, although one may be of low income, one had the love of God and […] more…

Melissa Warehall, Chicago, IL

I am a resident of Woodlawn and I value the Shrine community. We do not need an empty lot in the neighborhood. We need the vital community of Christ the King/St. Gelasius (and I’m not even Catholic!) more…

Laurie Cherbonnier, Winnetka, IL

The Canons and their beautiful church have been a wonderful force for good in the neighborhood. The rich are not the only ones who deserve beautiful buildings in their neighborhoods. more…

Suzanne Walther, Bowling Green, KY

Pope Francis is calling on us now more than ever to be a Church in union with the poor. The Woodlawn community is not wealthy enough to support the reconstruction of the Shrine. The parishioners are not rich enough to pay for the reconstruction. However, the need of the parish and the Woodlawn community to […] more…
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