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."



New School Board Members for 2015-2016New School Board Members for 2015-2016

Nominations for New School Board Members
Now Being Accepted

The St. Athanasius School Board is seeking new members for the upcoming school year. The School Board is advisory to the Principal and Pastor and consists of 12 members, which may include school parents, parishioners, non-parishioners, or non-school parents. The term is for two years, with the option to renew for a third year, with several members typically rotating off each year. The Nominating Committee consists of members from the School Board, PSO, Parish Council and the Parish-at-large. Potential candidates may nominate themselves by submitting a resume and letter describing the candidate’s skills and interests in serving the School Board and St. A’s community. Nominations may also come from any member of the St. A’s Community. The election for open seats on the School Board is expected to take place on a Sunday in late May or early June (specific date to be determined).

Additional information regarding the responsibilities and powers of the Board and the nomination and election process can be found in the School Board by-laws. For a copy of the by-laws, please email office@saintas.net. Existing members of the School Board are available for questions or comments by contacting John Ward, School Board and Nominating Committee Chair, at jward@jenner.com. Also, interested persons may submit letters/resumes to John Ward at jward@jenner.com.

April 19 Soup Kitchen Message from Michael MassiniApril 19 Soup Kitchen Message from Michael Massini

Soup Kitchen THANK YOU!!

This is my large swooping THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the April 19 Soup Kitchen. Energy, Energy & Energy are the three best words to describe the day’s St. A’s Café experience. The energy today was extraordinary. 

We succeeded in the mission which is to serve an incredible meal in the most peaceful environment possible. This wasn’t quite the same peaceful we have become accustomed to. It was more vibrant and energetic than usual. There just seemed to be a fervent energy. At one point, I was even concerned because it was louder than it “should be” when everything is going perfectly. After surveying the entire room, I heard nothing more than laughter and boisterous fun, not unlike any gathering of my very Italian family.

For me, it was energizing because so many kids and teenagers volunteered for this effort. Their initiative, enthusiasm and genuine desire to serve were nothing less than inspirational. I pray they understand how much it all meant and how much it was appreciated by the guests they served. 

Wow, was the kitchen humming. That same energy seemed to be spilling into and out of the kitchen. John, our chef, kitchen boss and mentor was as excited about how smoothly the kitchen operated as I have seen in a long time. Many of the kitchen helpers were new to the St. A’s Café but were quite comfortable and adept in the environment.

We had quite a few first timers again today. Thank you to the mentoring and direction the veterans provided. And thank you for making the first timers feel so welcome.

At the end, it was joyous and a lot of fun. Please take a moment to reflect about the joy and fun you helped bring to our guests, even if it was only for a few hours. Dignity and respect can and should be joyous and a lot of fun.   Dignity and respect lasts more than a few hours. 

It was an absolute pleasure serving our community with you.

Michael Masini

Peace and Justice Ministry PresentsPeace and Justice Ministry Presents

Edwina Gateley to Describe Her Faith Journey
Wednesday, May 20, 7:30pm, School Cafeteria

You’re invited to make plans to hear Edwina Gateley, noted poet, theologian, and storyteller present her story: “One Woman’s Journey of Faith: From Africa to the Bars and Brothels of Chicago.”

Edwina taught in Africa, founded the Volunteer Missionary Movement, spent nine months in prayer in a trailer in the woods, and befriended and ministered to street people and women in prostitution. She also led a retreat for the women of St. A’s a number of years ago. The parish Peace and Justice Ministry is sponsoring her presentation. All are Welcome!

St. A's Women's Club Sponsors..St. A's Women's Club Sponsors..

St. Athanasius Women's Club Spring Luncheon
Saturday, May 16,
Social  Time at 11:30 am - Complimentary Wine: Luncheon at 12:15 pm
Presbyterian Home Assembly Room, 3200 Grant Street, Evanston

You are cordially invited to the St. A’s Women’s Club Spring Luncheon. The program features Jenny Riddle, who will present her new Shirley Temple Program. Guests are welcome, and complimentary valet parking is available. The cost is $25 per person, Please respond before May 11 along with a check made payable to St. Athanasius Women’s Club to: Nancy Murray, 3321 Dartmouth Place, Evanston, 60201. For more information call Nancy at 847-328-5046.

St. Athanasius School Announces a Junior Kindergarten!St. Athanasius School Announces a Junior Kindergarten!

Opening Fall 2015, 5 days a week, Full and Half-day options, Student/Teacher ratio 10:1, For Students age 4 by September 1 and young 5s and Before and after school care will be available.

For more information, to set up a tour or enroll please contact Judy Berg at 847-864-2650 or jberg@saintas.net.

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Our New Hope Apartment Family Graduates

Our New Hope Apartment Family Graduates;
They Are Now Able To Sustain Themselves

Here she goes again! The mother of the family we helped sponsor in their transition from a homeless shelter to an Evanston apartment under the Catholic Charities New Hope Apartment Project is progressing once again. In a strong finish, she and her boys will exit the program the beginning of May!

With coaching from the Project Social Worker, she will move on with more than $10,000 in her savings account. She has met her goal of having six months of savings in her account. She is working two jobs [OR She has a job she loves], in addition to attending classes. She exits with a six-month budget in place. Her Social Worker comments that she now is able to recognize any financial mistake and recover from it.

She’s making plans to move into Chicago to be nearer her support system and to be able to lend her support. She has identified affordable housing near her aunt and grandmother. Her two boys have done well in the Evanston Schools. Their mother is researching charter schools to discover which would be the best fit for them. The move into Chicago will ease the transportation pressure of getting to her school and her jobs and back home.

We at St A’s wish her well in her decisions. We admire her efforts. It’s your generosity that carried a large part of her rents during transition and covered incidentals besides. This family of three is most grateful to our Parish for our support and for sticking with them while they made a go of it. The Catholic Charities Program extends their gratitude for our support of the program, too. Our Peace and Justice Ministry thanks you, as well.

St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Thursday, May 21, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center
The St. A’s Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00pm in the Fitzgerald Center. The May selection will be announced soon. All are welcome.

Looking for Photographs of Parish Life

Help us build better and more exciting parish-wide communications by sending us photos of parish, family program and school activities and events. We have created an email address for you to use to send us any photos you may have recently taken during the past year and of events going forward. That email address is: photos@saintasparish.org

We are anxious to share these events and activities with the entire parish community. Consider sharing parish images or volunteering to photograph St. A’s sacramental and Ministry events, as well as family program activities, Women’s Club events, Outreach and Service Activities. These images may be published in the Chimes bulletin, on our parish website, in our e-news blasts, or on our parish Facebook page. We will not be identifying individuals by name, but simply displaying them to reinforce our message that St. A’s is a vibrant and welcoming faith community.

Please contact Jean Lauri in the parish office at 847-328-1430 ext 102 or communications@saintasparish.org if you are interested in joining other volunteer photographers who are currently trying to cover parish events and activities.

Strengthening Our Catholic Leaders of St. AthanasiusStrengthening Our Catholic Leaders of St. Athanasius

Parishioners who want to deepen their understanding of Catholicism and grow spiritually should consider enrolling in an educational program offered by the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL. Meeting once a week, late August through April, this 2-yr program offers academic courses including: Introduction to Catholicism, Old Testament, New Testament, Sacramental Theology, and Christology. Once-a-month Saturday sessions offer instruction in more than a dozen compelling topics such as Church History, Mariology and Devotional Piety, Canon Law, Approaches to Prayer, and Making Moral Decisions.

If systematic study would enhance your life as a Catholic, contact the Institute for Lay Formation at 847-837-4550 or ilf@usml.edu or visit their website www.usml.edu/institute-for-lay-formation for more information.

Three St. A’s parishioners (Michael Hartnett, Jim Hageman and Beth Rodriguez) are currently taking advantage of this program and would be happy to share their views on the Lay Leadership Formation Program. If you are interested in participating in this program offered at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, please see Fr. Hernan.


Mass Schedule

Monday-Thursday 8:00am Mass
Friday 8:00am Communion Service
Saturday Vigil 5:00pm Mass
Sunday: 8:00, 9:30, 11:30am, 5:00pm
Adoration: Mondays 1:00pm-9:00pm



Contemplative Practice Group
Thursday, May 7, 7:00 - 8:00pm Fitzgerald Center

The Contemplative Practice Group meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Hartke Room, however because of Holy Week, the group will meet on the second Thursday. 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.

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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.