St. Oscar Romero parishioners look to the future

Parishioners from St. Oscar Romero Parish break into small groups to map out and discuss future goals, new ministries and needs of the united parish on Aug. 30, 2023. The parish formed from Holy Cross-Immaculate Heart of Mary and Sts. Joseph and Michael the Archangel in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in July 2021. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Nicolas Martinez talks with another parishioner before the start of the meeting on Aug. 30, 2023. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Father Carmelo Mendez, pastor, explains what he hopes parishioners will accomplish at the meeting. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Deacon Javier Pineda listens to presentations along with parishioners. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Parishioners from Oscar Romero Parish break into small groups. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Parishioners make presentations to those attending the meeting. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)