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."



Tootsie Roll Drive

Evanston Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive
October 8/9 after weekend Masses

Evanston Knights of Columbus Council 1077 is gearing up for their annual Tootsie Roll drive, their largest fundraiser of the year.

All proceeds from the drive go to help people with intellectual disabilities. Historically, Their council’s proceeds have benefited the following organizations in our community: Evanston SPRED programs at St. Mary’s and St. Nick’s, Park School, Misericordia and the Illinois chapter of the Special Olympics

HMMM Good!HMMM Good!

St. Athanasius Women’s Club Bake Sale
October 22/23 after all the Masses

Bring your sweet tooth to Mass on October 22 and 23, because the St. Athanasius Women’s Club is having a bake sale! The goodies, baked by parishioners, will be available after all weekend Masses.

Bakers, the baked goods should be delivered to the school kitchen next Saturday after 3:00pm.

The bake sale is the main fund raiser for the Women’s Club. The funds are used to purchase altar wines, hosts, and purifiers, and to clean the vestments and sponsor events during the year.

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.

Olive Wood Gifts

Little Bethlehem Arts offers gifts for sale and needs your support
Next Weekend, October 8/9 after the Masses

Representatives of the Christian Community in the Holy land, Jerusalem and Bethlehem will display olive wood hand-crafted religious figurines and articles. These articles are beautifully crafted and they reflect our faith and love for the Lord.

The Christian Community in the Holy Land depends on olive wood-carving and tourism. Due to political conflict and lack of tourism there, many Christians, unable to support themselves, were forced to leave the Holy Land.

Displaying these work of art religious articles abroad for sale helps this Christian Community to survive and preserve their community. Please take a look after Mass and get a gift that will be remembered and cherished, for yourself or for someone dear to you.

Lector and Eucharistic Minister Training

Serve the Lord with Gladness!

Lector and Eucharistic Minister Training is scheduled during the Month of October, also known as the Month of the Rosary. May Mary, Our Mother of Mercy, help us to build up our Vibrant Church.

Please prayerfully consider joining one of our Liturgical Ministries and become directly involved in celebrating our Masses to help build up our Vibrant Church, and to give praise and thanks to God. Current 8th Graders, High Schoolers through Adulthood are invited to join these Liturgical Ministries.

All training takes place in the Church with Margaret Waldron, DRE/PA. No need to RSVP. Just please come and see. For more information, please contact: mwaldron@saintasparish.org.

Please see the Training Schedule in the column at right. It is also listed in the Chimes calendar and our Calendar on this website.

Jubilee of MercyJubilee of Mercy

Third in a continuing series of articles

Symbolic Holy Door of Mercy –
Merciful Like the Father

September 25, 2016

Pope Francis has announced 2016 to be an Extraordinary Jubilee Year, calling it The Year of Mercy, and has made the official motto, “Merciful Like The Father.” This Icon displayed in our Church was written in response to that proclamation.

This Icon shows Jesus the good shepherd standing in front of the Holy Door. The Holy Door is the northernmost entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica. The Door itself is rich in symbolism showing sixteen scenes. This Door is ordinarily cement shut, only to be opened during Jubilee years.

Jesus the Good Shepherd is carrying a lost soul. From Jesus comes red & white Divine Mercy rays. These rays extend down to figures who receive and convey His mercy. On the one side are Biblical men and women, who received mercy, all seven who are mentioned in the official Year of Mercy Prayer, which can be found in the vestibules of our Church. These Biblical men and women include Zaccheaus, the Samaritan woman, Magdalene, the adulteress, Peter after his betrayal, the good thief, and Matthew the tax collector, along with the prodigal son.

On the other side are great saints who shared the Father’s mercy including John Paul II, Teresa of Calcutta, Padre Pio, Faustina, Maximilian Kolbe, and Therese of Lisieux. Also with the saints are God’s people, who endeavor to share God’s mercy to those around them, no matter the cost. All of these people are under the mantle of Mary the Mother of Mercy, through whom the Holy Father has asked us to turn to for intercession.

Please take a moment to view and enjoy this Icon in our Church, and please take the time to turn often to Mary during this Year of Mercy, Our Mother of Mercy.

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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St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Book Club to Meet Thursday, October 20
7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center

The St. A’s Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month. October's selection is the autobiography “Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglas” 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.

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, October 6, 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
Saturday, October 8, 10:00am-11:00am, in the Church
Saturday, October 15, 3:30pm-4:30pm, in the Church
Sunday, October 23, 1:00pm-2:00pm, in the Church

Eucharistic Minister Training
Saturday, October 8, 3:30pm-4:30pm, in the Church
Saturday, October 15, 10:00am-11:00am, in the Church
Sunday, October 30, 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.


Email Newsletter

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Update information in Parish Directory

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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

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