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."



December EventsDecember Events

Calling All Altar Servers:

Fr. Hernan will recognize and commission ALL of our altar servers
9:30 Mass on Sunday, December 11
Please join us for this celebratory event.

Children’s Christmas Eve Mass at 3:00pm
Continuing our Christmas Mass tradition, children are invited to participate in our Christmas Eve 3:00pm Mass by coming dressed as nativity images: Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, O little Stars of Bethlehem, little lambs, cattle lowing, and other manger animals, little drummer boys or girls, jubilant shepherds of the field, and angels we have heard on high! Even if you have special Christmas clothes for your children to wear to Mass, you may add simple accessories such as a pair of angel wings, headdresses for shepherds, stars attached to headbands, little drums, etc. Allow the Spirit of Christmas to guide your creativity.

Blessing of Infant Jesus from your Christmas Manger
at All Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses

Please bring your infant Jesus from your Christmas manger to be blessed at the Mass that you attend this Christmas. Infant Jesus blessings will take place at all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses. May your infant Jesus from your Christmas manger remind you of the humble birth of Jesus, and raise up your thoughts to Him, who is God-with-us and Savior of all.

Holiday Sharing ProgramHoliday Sharing Program


SIGN UP in the Gym:  Sunday December 4, after any Mass
DELIVERY: Sunday December 11 by 11:00am in the gym

For over 25 years, St. Athanasius Parish has assisted the Howard Area Community Center (HACC) in their Holiday Sharing Program. This program brings local churches, schools and other community volunteers together once a year to collect gifts and items that make the holidays brighter for families struggling with poverty. For many families, the holiday basket they receive from HACC is the only holiday cheer they will get. Families in the Howard area contact HACC with their children’s holiday wishes and the HACC’s volunteers and staff match those wish lists with volunteer Holiday Basket Makers who then purchase and wrap the gifts. These gifts help warm the season and send a profound message of hope. Last year St Athanasius was able to provide Christmas gifts for over 140 children from 45 families. This year, we have committed to providing presents for 110 children from 40 families.

Please sign up to provide a gift or two. Sign up for one or more children or an entire family. You are asked to purchase and label a NEW item valued between $25-$30 for each person you choose.

You may also wish to include a gift card to Target for the family to purchase grocery and household items. All wrapped gifts will need to be delivered to the school gym on Sunday, December 11, by 11:00am. We will then deliver them to the Howard Area Community Center. Any questions, contact Donna Masini at 224-392-3001 or dbmasini@gmail.com.

Your help in making this a Merry Christmas for many is greatly appreciated!
Donna Masini


Advent Prayer Groups to MeetAdvent Prayer Groups to Meet

St. Athanasius Parish Advent Prayer Groups- 
God With Us

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God with us. (Matthew 1:23)

Advent Prayer Groups begin Sunday, November 27, in the Church,
Sundays at 5:15pm,
Tuesdays following 8:00am Mass, and
Thursdays 7:00pm. All are welcome.

As we enter into a new liturgical year to hear the Gospel of Matthew, we encounter Jesus as the God with us. From Jesus’ birth until the end of the age, Jesus promises to be with us always: “I am with you always until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

For more information, please contact Margaret Waldron DRE, at ext. 124.
All are welcome to pray with us.

Come, Lord:  let your Word direct us and your peace protect us.
Come, Lord:  let your healing cure us and hope assure us.
Come, Lord:  may your Spirit reach us; through your Wisdom, teach us.
Come, Lord:  may your power liberate us; in your holiness, consecrate us.
Come, Lord:  in your love embrace us; in your Kingdom, place us.
Come, Lord:  may your New Dawn cheer us; in your mercy, hear us.
Come, Lord Jesus:  come, and do not delay.  Amen

St. A's Cafe needs your help!

Christmas Soup Kitchen (St. A Café): Sunday, December 18

Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM 
Place:  St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St., Evanston, IL 60201

We are making good progress on the things that make the Christmas Soup Kitchen unique.
I am prepared to focus on the menu. For several years, we have served a pot roast dinner. It is tradition and Christmas is traditional. We have a handful of guests who don’t eat red meat so maybe we bring in 4 – 5 chickens and serve them sparingly.

Socks, Scarves: We still need wool or warm socks and scarves.

Monetary Donations: We will gladly take monetary donations. If anything is left over, we will buy Ventra passes to help people get to and from work.

40 lbs. of Pot Roast
(If you are willing to donate uncooked pot roast I will gladly take it.)
10 lbs. Mashed Potatoes

Thanks and I look forward to our Christmas experience.
Michael Masini, 847-866-9091 – Office, 224-392-3002 – Cell, mvmasini@gmail.com.

Advent Retreat

Teen Mass

Pilgrimage Tour

Our Lady of Gaudalupe, December 12



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

Advent Prayer Groups
November 27 - December 22 in the Church
Sundays at 5:15pm
Tuesdays following 8:00am Mass
Thursdays 7:00pm

Contemplative Practices Group
Thursday, December 1, 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.

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 there our 2016 Annual Report in the November 20, 2016 issue of the Chimes.



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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