Welcome to the neighborhood of North Lawndale and to St. Agatha’s Catholic Community on the near West Side. I would like to begin the process of acquainting you with this vibrant church. During the last three decades, Old St. Pat’s volunteers have tutored St. Agatha’s students, and filled the church’s food pantry. St. Agatha’s also has been a Sharing Parish Partner for many years.
The North Lawndale Kinship Initiative is a new and bold collaboration, based on camaraderie and Christian love, not just service. As we explore this journey together, we hope to expand our commitment and to become better acquainted with the community of St. Agatha’s. Just like family, we will meet with them; share our stories, our hopes and our dreams. We will worship together, break bread together and weave the threads of our histories together.
St. Agatha’s opened its doors in 1893 and today it is home to 450 member families and includes a grade school. St. Agatha’s hosts the S.A.F.E. Program (St. Agatha Family Empowerment) where the school and neighborhood children have a place to call home after school. Fr. Larry Dowling is the pastor of St. Agatha’s.
A small group of Old St. Pat’s members have been worshipping with members of St. Agatha’s during this past month. Old St. Pat’s members also have been paired with members of St. Agatha’s to become better acquainted. We are taking baby steps in the relationship building process together.
Are you up for for the challenge and reward in getting to know the St. Agatha’s community on a more personal basis? For more information on how you can become involved, contact Beth Marek at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 312.831.9361.
Beth Marek is Director of Outreach at Old St. Patrick’s Church.