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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."



Science Fair Judges Needed!

Calling All Volunteers

The St. Athanasius Science Fair is approaching and we are looking for some judges. Judging is very easy and anyone can do it. Science Fair is Thursday, November 10 here at St. A’s from 8:30am-2:00pm. If you are interested, stop in the science room or email Mary Vitaioli for more information at mvitaioli@saintas.net.

St. A's School

St. A's Students Serving in the Soup Kitchen

Women's Club Sponsors...

Cold Weather Clothing Drive

Warm clothing is being collected by the Women’s Club through November for delivery to the Howard Avenue Community Center. Bring hats, scarves, coats, mittens, sweaters, snow pants, socks, pants, boots, etc. to the church vestibule and club members will deliver the items to those in desperate need through the Howard Street Community Center. Infant, youth and adult items are all much appreciated.

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Oktoberfest 2016

Jubilee of MercyJubilee of Mercy

Seventh in a continuing series of articles

Symbolic Holy Door of Mercy –
Merciful Like the Father

October 23, 2016

Receiving God’s Mercy:  Lost and Found – Healed and Forgiven

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of Mercy in Rome to declare the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last December 8. This Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will conclude on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King, also concluding our current liturgical year and leading us into Advent season.

The point of the Holy Door of Mercy is to remind us of God’s mercy through encountering Jesus Christ. These gospel stories help us to recognize God’s action in our lives through the story of our salvation history. The Door itself represents Christ as he identified himself as the Door, who opens wide the entrance into a life of ongoing communion with God. Jesus restores access to God after the story of the Fall in the Garden of Eden.

The next two gospel stories of mercy on the Holy Door are the following: The Prodigal Son Returns Home (Luke 15:11-32) and Jesus Cures the Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12).

The Prodigal Son Returns Home (Luke 15:11-32):  Father, I have sinned against heaven and you. This parable tells the story of the relationship among a father and two sons. The father conveys God’s mercy to each son, and each son responds differently in receiving God’s mercy. The younger son repents and returns to the father. The father runs out to meet his lost son. The older son resents and rejects the father’s mercy toward his brother, and will not enter the house to celebrate.

Jesus Cures the Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12):  Your sins are forgiven.  Take your mat and walk. The doorway to Jesus’ home is overcrowded with many people seeking God’s mercy. The faith and determination of four friends cause the roof to be opened in order for their paralyzed friend to encounter Jesus. These men dramatically bring their friend to be healed by Jesus, not through the door but through the roof. Jesus responds to their great faith by healing and forgiving sins. Jesus restores both spiritual and physical death. God’s mercy knows no limit but needs our faith and the faith of others to bear fruit.


Jubilee of Mercy IndulgenceJubilee of Mercy Indulgence

Experiencing God’s Mercy through a Plenary
Indulgence during the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Receiving a plenary indulgence is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many as our Church rarely offers this opportunity. This grace-filled opportunity will end on November 20, 2016, when the Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes.

As we approach the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, we recognize that each one of these athletes has engaged in rigorous physical and mental exercises in order to compete and complete the Marathon. In these few weeks leading up to the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us consider participating in a unique spiritual exercise by preparing for and receiving a plenary indulgence for the sake of our souls and the souls of the deceased.

How to Prepare to Receive a Plenary Indulgence

There are 5 steps to fulfill within an 8-day period: 1. Confession in order to be in state of grace; 2. Receive the Eucharist at Mass; 3. Make a profession of faith; 4. Pray for the intentions of our Pope; and 5. Simply walk through a designated Holy Door of Mercy.

An Indulgence can be obtained for oneself or a deceased person. An Indulgence is intended to put you in state of grace as if you were just baptized. Indulgences offer to us a clean slate, complete renewal, new life in Christ. Indulgences are better than New Year’s resolutions to allow us to begin again.

We have a Symbolic Door of Mercy in our Church. Designated Holy Doors of Mercy located near us are the following:  St. Martha in Morton Grove, Holy Name Cathedral and St. Peter in the Loop in downtown Chicago, Church of St. Mary in Lake Forest, Marytown in Libertyville, and chapels at O’Hare and Midway airports for those traveling prior to November 20, 2016.

Let us take complete advantage of God’s Mercy prior to the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy on November 20, 2016, and prepare to receive a Plenary Indulgence. 

Sharing ThanksgivingSharing Thanksgiving

Annual Lloyd Maday Thanksgiving Food Drive
Donations accepted through Monday November 20

It's time to think of Thanksgiving and our sister parish, St. Agnes of Bohemia. We will be ordering and delivering turkeys and groceries to St. Agnes on Monday, November 21 so if you please would
send your donation by November 20.

Thank you for your continued support of this project and for giving all those families a Happy Thanksgiving. Please make checks out to "The Lloyd Maday Food Drive" and send to Katie Maday, 2748 Eastwood Avenue,
Evanston 60201.

Scout Wreath SaleScout Wreath Sale

2016 St. Athanasius Parish Annual Christmas
Wreath and Garland Sale
Cub Scout Pack 931

The beautifully hand crafted evergreen wreaths are on heavy steel frames sizes 20” to 60”. They are decorated with a frosted pinecone and a velvet bow. Garlands are 25 feet long. Orders will be taken throughout October with a final order date of October 28th, 2016.

To Order:
1. Complete order form, make out check to Cub Scout pack 931, memo wreaths. If you have forgotten what you usually order we have a record of what you purchased last time so call Matthew Graczyk (847) 424-8220 or email: matthewgraczyk@hotmail.com.
2 . Mail order to:
Wreath and Garland Sale
Cub Scout Pack 931 c/o Graczyk
2130 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(You may also drop off the order in the school office)
3. Your order will be DELIVERED TO YOUR HOME the weekend after Thanksgiving or the next weekend. We will do our best to make sure you have it at your house the Saturday after Thanksgiving. However the actual delivery date depends on when our supplier delivers the order to us.

Click link below to download the order form.

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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.

Annual Rotary Big Book Drive Annual Rotary Big Book Drive

Our Annual Rotary Big Book Drive begins October 3,
ending on November 15.

The Big Book Drive for 2016 is sponsored by Rotary. As last year we hope to have a banner year---last year we collected 17, 600 titles which were distributed at the Catalyst Charter Schools campus. This charter school is for K - 12 students and is located in the Marquette Park area of Chicago. With excellent tutoring and longer than usual reading periods, students’ reading scores have vastly improved. This dramatic change in reading skills has afforded these young people the opportunity to succeed academically, and allowed their acceptance into colleges and universities.

Please donate any gently used K - 12 library books. St. A’s students or any other parishioners should bring them to St. A’s school where they will then be picked up by Jean Peters or Mary Ellen Fitzsimonds to be delivered to Gillson Park, Wilmette for sorting.

Thank you! You do make a difference!!
Maurice Sullivan, Chair,
The Big Book Drive
, Wilmette Rotary Noon Club/St.Athanasius

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

Contemplative Practices Group
Thursday, November 3, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center
Please join us as we continue to explore approaches to living more contemplatively amid the distractions of everyday life. Questions? For more information, please contact Jan Zeller at jmzeller@northpark.edu.

Lector Training
Sunday, October 23, 1:00pm-2:00pm, in the Church

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


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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.