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The Archdiocese of Chicago on Wednesday night informed parishioners and families with students at eight parishes and six elementaries in Bridgeport, Canaryville and Chinatown which of their churches and schools will be closed or consolidated. Jerome Croatian and Santa Lucia-Santa Maria Incoronata will consolidate into one church, effective July 2019, with Santa Lucia closing. Gabriel will consolidate into a single parish with two worship sites, both churches initially to remain open. “A lot of people are angry the cardinal didn’t come,” said Diane Fitzpatrick, a parishioner at Nativity. He’s probably out in the suburbs somewhere, and a lot of people are hurt that he didn’t even bother to show up. An estimated 1,000 people attended the meeting at St. Throop St., to hear the decision after months of meetings between the parishes and archdiocese. I’m anxious to know the cardinal’s decision.” Chris Campbell, 89, a parishioner at St. necessary to achieve the goal of having a vibrant, life-giving faith community accessible to all Catholics in the Bridgeport-area.” Under the archdiocese’ “Renew My Church” initiative, closings/consolidations of struggling churches and schools are being used to cut costs for aging infrastructure and address a priest shortage. Jerome Croatian; Santa Lucia-Santa Maria Incoronata; St. • The cardinal has asked for more time to make final decisions regarding All Saints-St. “I do go to all the churches, because we like to mix it up,” Fitzpatrick said. Jason Malave, the cardinal’s delegate for the Renew My Church initiative, told the crowd, “The perspective of the cardinal is first let’s get our structures right, that is, how many structures can we support? Gabriel for 56 years, said, “There’s nothing we can do, but it still hurts. Gabe means everything to us; we go to mass daily, and we love our priest. I’m most likely going to leave the church,” she said. While many parishes struggle with challenges from the changing demographics of Catholic mass and school attendance, closings and consolidations remain very emotional, priests at some of the eight parishes noted. Mary of Perpetual Help; Nativity of Our Lord and St. Cambrex has agreed to be acquired by an affiliate of the global investment firm Permira for approximately .4 billion, in a deal the company said will position it for further growth in the consolidating contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) sector.Last week, Cambrex announced expansion plans for its site in Edinburgh, Scotland (pictured).Expansion in Edinburgh In Edinburgh, Cambrex will double to 15,000 square feet the footprint of its solid form screening and crystallization process development facility, and add to its lab space, under an expansion announced just last week on July 29.

The company said it also plans to install new ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC) and gas chromatography instruments, as well as additional process analytical technology (PAT) tools.Fit out is expected to begin later this month, with a target completion date at year’s end.Cambrex expanded into Edinburgh when it acquired Avista. The meeting started out docile but ended with shouting and yelling by angry parishioners. We know this is not easy.” This is the 14th grouping of the city’s 97 church groupings to undergo this process. I have my daughter planning a wedding, and I don’t know whether she’ll have a church to go to. I moved from the neighborhood 26 years ago when I got married, and I still kept driving in from Berwyn to go to my church. I’m just so angry.” Earlier this week, the archdiocese described what was coming as “difficult decisions … A day before, the archdiocese had announced consolidation of two other churches in another South Side grouping. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church will merge into a new parish, effective July 2019, with both churches initially remaining open as worship sites of the single parish. Michael’s school in June, said Immaculate Conception School will remain open to serve the new parish. Decisions on those four churches were put off to Jan. The decision on the schools: • St Barbara school will close and become a second campus for St. • Santa Lucia School will close, with its families absorbed by St Jerome. Gabriel School will consolidate into one school with two campuses, which will serve the new parish created by Nativity and St. • 10 names added to list of clergy with ‘substantiated’ sex misconduct allegations, links to full lists Cardinal Blase Cupich did not show up at the meeting, which angered many. “I’m glad the school will stay open, but I’m more concerned about what’s going to happen to my parish. “I have a 94-year-old dad,” Lynn said, “and right now I have to figure out when he passes, what church am I going to hold his funeral at? A sixth school, Bridgeport Catholic Academy, serves several parishes.

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