Welcome to St. Athanasius Parish


O U R  M I S S I O N:
" We strive to be a vibrant Catholic Parish that nurtures our community, and lives the gospel
of Jesus Christ by sharing our talents and resources for the good of others."



Ice Cream SocialIce Cream Social

Beginning the New School year with Mass
followed by an Ice Cream Social
sponsored by the St. A's PSO.

Click below for photos, more photos to follow in the next few weeks

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Women's Club Fall DinnerWomen's Club Fall Dinner

The St. Athanasius Women’s Club
cordially invites you to our
Fall Dinner
Thursday, September 14, 2016

Mass at 5:00 p.m. in the Church
followed by social time and dinner in the school gym
(Easy access from Ashland Street entrance)

Please join us as we begin another year of spiritual and social enrichment. Ask a friend to come with you...guests are most welcome.

Please click below for the Registration form.

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Bible Study at St. A'sBible Study at St. A's

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.


St. Athanasius Parish continues to offer to you the Chicago Catholic Scripture School
as a 2nd-Year Site – Beginning Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at 6:15 p.m.

Attend our preview night tonight, August 18 at 7:00 p.m. in our Church!

New Students are welcome and invited to participate in Year 2 as we begin to study the gospels, St. Paul’s letters, and the Book of Revelation this year.

CCSS is the official Scripture School of the Archdiocese of Chicago and offers a proven, trusted and well-established Scripture School for adults desiring in-depth study of the Word of God from local university biblical scholars.

Click on the link below to view the You Tube Video of a preview of CCSS biblical scholars.


For more information, please contact Margaret Waldron, DRE and CCSS Parish Site Coordinator at mwaldron@saintasparish.org or (847) 328-1430 x124.

Next preview night is Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 p.m. in our Church.

“So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty; Without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”(Isaiah 55:11)

Soup Kitchen Needs Your HELP!Soup Kitchen Needs Your HELP!

Soup Kitchen (St. A CafĂ©) –
Sunday, September 4, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
St Paul's Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St., Evanston

Hi everyone. We are off to a decent start for our next event. The grills need to be ready pretty much right at 1:30pm in order to get a head start on the hamburgers. We should have most of the burgers ready to go by 3:00pm. At least 3 grills are needed to pull this off. Please let me know if you can bring a grill for the afternoon, and also as soon as possible if you plan to work on the 4th. A crew of 25 is the optimum. The headcount is at 25 right now. Let me know soon if you still want to volunteer. I can sometimes use a few more helpers at serving and cleanup time.

Remaining Menu Needs are as follows:
21 lbs. Salad
4 lbs. Carrots
(12) Green Peppers
(3) 24 oz. bottles salad dressing
(40 lbs.) Coleslaw
(30 lbs.) Potato Salad
9 jars Ketchup
12 jars Mustard
(8) Gallons Milk
(8) Gallons Juice
8-10 Watermelons
120 Desserts
Take Home items (chips, pretzels, sandwiches, granola bars, etc.)
Table Cloths

As always, your ideas are welcome. If there is anything you would like to contribute that is not on this list, by all means, go for it. Thanks & I look forward to seeing you again!
Michael Masini, 847-866-9091 (office), 224-392-3002 (cell), mvmasini@gmail.com

Virtus TrainingVirtus Training

Protecting God’s Children for Adults – Virtus Training
September 6 and 27 at 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Protecting God's Children® for Adults is training conducted by VIRTUS® certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse.

Any adult working with children at St. Athanasius Parish and its School must complete 1 (one) training session.Training will take place at St. Athanasius Parish in the Hartke Room of the School on Tuesday, September 6 and Tuesday, September 27 at 6:30 – 9:30. Session starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Please contact Margaret Waldron, Director, Religious Education at mwaldron@saintasparish.org or (847) 328-1430 x124

To register, click below and follow prompts. Virtus Training Sites are listed by chronological date, not name of parish or site.


Family Program 2016-17Family Program 2016-17


St. Athanasius Family Program Registration
is Open for 2016-2017 School Year,
Grades Kindergarten through 8th


  • Opening Day: Gather in the Church, Sunday, September 11 at 10:40am to follow 9:30am Mass.
  • Sunday Morning Sessions 10:40am to 12:00 Noon; Dismiss from School
  • Systematic Catholic Religious Education Curriculum approved by US Catholic Bishops and all catechists working toward Archdiocese of Chicago new Catechist Certification: Formed Catholic
  • Liturgical Catechesis: Prayer and announcements each Sunday at 10:40am in Church prior to class sessions, Advent and Lent Reconciliation Liturgies and Service Projects, Grade Participation in 9:30am Masses, Children’s Liturgy of the Word during 9:30am Mass, Child-focused participation in Stations of the Cross during Lent, May Crowning and more!
  • Parent Informational and Sacramental Formation Meetings, Child/Parent Sacramental Retreats, and invitation for Parents and families to serve in Parish Ministries
  • Weekly email communication to Families from Director of Religious Education
  • Transitioning Jr. High to Evanston Youth Ministry Program enabling teens to grow in Christian faith, friendship, and service for a lifetime
  • Many Christian service opportunities within our Church, local communities, and beyond
  • Access online registration forms and Family Program calendar brochure at Parish website: http://www.saintasparish.org/AboutStAs/Ministries.aspx. Please forward registration forms to Margaret Waldron via mail or email.
  • Contact Margaret Waldron, DRE at familyprogram@saintasparish.org for more information or 847-328-1430 x124. May God continue to generously bless you and your family!


Invitation to Individual Inquiry Sessions
For the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

“If you knew the gift of God’”!   (John 4:10)

“Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that Jesus spoke
to the Samaritan woman, “If you knew the gift of God’! 
  (Pope Francis)

Come and discover the gift of God through our Catholic Church and its traditions! St. Athanasius Church invites YOU to individual inquiry conversations, those who are searching for answers about our Catholic faith and living a life of Christian discipleship, community, and mission. We value and recognize that each person’s faith journey is sacred and unique. God seeks you and your response to his invitation to share in God’s divine life.

Are you searching for . . . a deeper connection to God? A sense of friendship and belonging in a faith community? A greater sense of fulfillment and meaning in your daily life?

Please note that we also offer Confirmation preparation for those who need only to be confirmed and have completed 8th grade, which is entirely different than RCIA classes

Present your questions, share your story, and receive the answers about living our Catholic faith. Please contact Margaret Waldron, DRE, for more information at mwaldron@saintasparish.org or 847-328-1430 ext.124.

Campus UpdateCampus Update

Facilties Update, new ceilings school project:

School is now in session and we are also happy to share that there are now four new drop ceilings in classrooms 102, 104, 106 and 107.

A special thanks to our Facilities and Maintenance Committee, who have been busy meeting over the summer to help facilitate these projects and also to our Facilities Manager, Jose Moreno, for all his hard work getting the school ready
for the year.

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OKTOBERFEST 2016  at St. Athanasius

Saturday, October 1, 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Live Music and Fun for the entire family

Invite your friends and neighbors!

Begin your Oktoberfest celebration by attending our outdoor 4:00pm Mass prior to the event.

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St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Book Club to Meet Thursday, September 15
7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center

The St. A’s Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month. Upcoming selection are “Black and Blue” by Anna Quindlen in September, and the autobiography “Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas” in October. All are welcome.

Football Parking

Procedures for Reserving Parking for NU Homes Games

The only way to reserve a parking space at St. Athanasius for Northwestern home games will be through a GiveCentral account found here:


Parking reservations still cost $25/spot. Parkers can pick and choose which games they’d like to attend, and pay for them immediately. We are no longer accepting payments by mail or in person, nor are we accepting IOUs. We encourage you to click through to the website to see it for yourself. It’s pretty straightforward and intuitive.

During the season, the cutoff date to reserve a parking spot will be the Wednesday before each game. After this point the website will not offer that week’s game. Those who have special needs (ie handicapped spots) are encouraged to email Adriel at youthministry@saintasparish.org. so arrangements can be made.

We are discontinuing the use of physical parking passes. Those who reserve a parking space will have their names added to a list and be waived in on game day. The lot will open approximately 3.5-4 hours before game time (3 hours if it’s an early start). All cars are expected to vacate the lot by one hour after the game ends. Parish/School employees can park for free. Ministries and event planners can request a number of spots to be set aside, for free, in order to accommodate the parking needs for their events.

Parish NewsParish News

We Welcome our new Principal,
Mrs. Carol McClay, to St. Athanasius!!


Dear Parents and Parishioners, Please click on the link below for an important letter from Fr. Hernan and Cheryl Miller.

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Looking for Volunteers

Hospice Volunteer Opportunities

Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care serves the six county Chicagoland area and the Elgin/Aurora/Joliet areas. Volunteers participate in a wide variety of activities from patient care, bereavement support, outreach, data management, administration and more. For more information, contact Katie Kirby at 847-721-3342 or kkirby@rainbowhospice.org.

Positions Open:

  • Patient Care Friendly Visitors – 4 hrs/wk in Chicagoland Areas/Aurora/Elgin/Joliet
  • Pet Therapy Volunteers - 4 hrs/wk in Chicagoland Areas/Aurora/Elgin/Joliet
  • Data Management and Entry – 4 to 8 hours/wk in our Mt. Prospect and Elgin offices
  • Office/Receptionist – 4 to 8 hours/wk in our Mt. Prospect and Elgin offices
  • Community Outreach Volunteers – represent Rainbow in the community!

Pope Francis' Jubilee Year of MercyPope Francis' Jubilee Year of Mercy

“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s Mercy.” 
--Pope Francis

Dear People of God’s Endless Mercy,
Pope Francis envisions a year in which we will become more merciful in our lives and share God’s mercy with others. He also encourages us to contemplate this wondrous mystery of mercy freely given to us and to celebrate our faith together. In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us consider how we are called to bring consolation to the poor, liberty to those bound by new forms of slavery in our society, spiritual sight to those who have lost touch with God, and human dignity to those most in need.

Please take advantage of Our Sunday Visitor’s 365 Days to Mercy App, free in the iTunes and Google Play app stores. This app is designed to accompany and encourage you on a spiritual journey during the Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. More information can be found on the Our Sunday Visitor website

In the Lord’s Joy and Mercy,
Fr. Hernan


Worship Schedule

Weekday Mass:
8:00am Mass: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
8:30am Mass: Wednesday, Community and School

Weekend Mass:
5:00pm Mass: Saturday, Vigil
8:00am, 9:30am and 11:30am Masses: Sunday

Communion Service
8:00am Communion Service, Friday

1:00-9:00pm Eucharistic Adoration: Monday

Altar Server Training
Saturday, September 3, 10:00am-11:00am
Saturday, September 10, 10:00am-11:00am, & 3:30pm-4:30pm
Saturday, September 17, 10:00am-11:00am, & 3:30pm-4:30pm

Altar Server training will take place in the Church on three Saturdays per the following schedule:Contact Margaret Waldron, DRE, for more information at 847-328-1430 ext. 124 or mwaldron@saintasparish.org

Please refer to our calendar link at the top of the page for any weekly changes to this worship schedule.


Contemplative Practice Group

Thursday, September 1, 7:00 - 8:00pm Fitzgerald Center
The Contemplative Practice Group meets on the first Thursday of each month during the school year. Please join us as we continue to explore approaches to living more contemplatively amid the distractions of everyday life. Questions? Please contact Jan Zeller at jmzeller@northpark.edu.

Email Newsletter

Please click on link below to update your E-Mail address for our mailing lists and newsletters


Update information in Parish Directory

Please use the link below to update your information in the Parish Data Base.

Contribute Online

Create an Account with GiveCentral for St. A’s Online Giving:
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Please contact the parish office if you need help.


Past Issues of the Chimes

Miss a past issue of the Chimes, our weekly print bulletin? You can access it from this page: SeekAndFind.com/St. Athanasius Parish. You will also find the weekly readings.



The Blessed Virgin Mother

Giving thanks for the Mother of God.

Lighting the Way

In a world full of darkness.

There's always room

To grow our family.