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."




Plunging into the Paschal Mystery, Emerging an Easter People
Monday, March 30, Tuesday March 31, and Wednesday, April 1
at 7:00pm in the Church. All are welcome!

The Paschal Mystery is the suffering, death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ. Like no other, Jesus teaches us the meaning of the Paschal Mystery and how it can be reflected in our own lives. Come, listen, and see as three of our St. Athanasius visiting priests, Fr. James Murphy SJ, Fr. Michael Moriarty LC, and Fr. Bob Cook, OFM Conv., dig deeper into the Paschal Mystery and reveal how this life-giving mystery allows us to live in God’s free gift of hope and peace, emerging as an Easter people.  For more information, please contact Margaret Waldron, Coordinator of Religious Education at familyprogram@saintasparish.org.

Come Join one of our Lenten Prayer Groups

"Return to me with all your heart, says the Lord."
Take the time to pray this Lenten season by raising your hearts and minds to God with your fellow parishioners. Lord, Teach Me To Pray introduces Ignatian prayer and spirituality in the way that St. Ignatius himself introduced people to prayer – by structuring our prayer experience around the Christian Virtues. For more information or to sign up for a particular group, please contact Margaret Waldron at 847-328-1430 x124 or at >familyprogram@saintasparish.org.

Saturdays at 9:00am, in the Church, facilitated by Donna Pareti
Fridays after 8:00am Communion Service, in the Church, facilitated by Marya Frankl
Thursdays at 7:00pm, in the Church, facilitated by Mandy May
Sundays 6:00pm, at the Rak Home, facilitated by Kim Rak

Parish Staff News

You may or may not know that our Parish Secretary, Marie Beccaloni, is working on her teaching degree. She has come to the point in that endeavor where she needs to take a temporary leave of absence for eleven weeks in order to undertake her student teacher training. We send her off with our prayers for a successful learning experience.

In the interim, we welcome Elizabeth Kabacinski, who will take on the parish secretary and front desk responsibilities until Marie returns in June. Please know that the parish office will continue to provide for and assist in your needs whether they are great or small. Welcome to St. Athanasius Elizabeth!

Sharing Soup Kitchen GratitudeSharing Soup Kitchen Gratitude

What follows is a letter of thanks that tells a story from Michael Masini to the volunteers who assisted and served at the Sunday Soup Kitchen last Sunday, March 8.


I want to offer bended knee thank you for your effort to make today another successful day at the St. A CafĂ©. There were many elements which made this one very special to me. We had a lot of first time friends who were more than generous with their donations and time. It’s always good to have new blood because they sometimes see our operation with a fresh perspective. Sometime this is where our innovation comes from. Expanding the mission is also important for reasons too numerous to list.

Today, we had a lot of first time guests. I’m usually somewhat concerned because new guests bring some potential unknowns to the dynamic. It also means that more people need to come to a soup kitchen to make ends meet. Unexpectedly, we had a smaller crowd today so I got the chance to get to know some of the new guests. I genuinely liked most of the people I met for the first time.

Maybe it is selective hearing; maybe it is my desire for each of these to have a deeper meaning; or maybe something happens that causes a common sentiment in the dining room.

Each of the new guests I met today commented not only about how hard our crew worked, but that they worked so hard with smiles on their faces. They were also impressed by the turn out of volunteers. I have come to learn that aside from the fact that it is necessary, the numbers demonstrate that there is a community that cares, not just a few individuals.

The quotes from our guests are always more meaningful than anything I can come up with. Honestly, I am usually a little uncomfortable when someone quotes the bible directly to me, but the man in the front table with the orange sweatshirt did it in such a way, I was good with it. He actually engaged me. “…you all get it...for  it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” He went on to say “I can see that doing all this gives you and your big team here a lot of pleasure and you know what, God’s pleasure and your pleasure are the same thing.”

“This seems to make you all so happy.  I know it makes me happy!”

Michael Masini
“A lot of pleasure” and “so happy”. That’s a good day. Thank you for being part of it.

St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Thursday, April 16, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center
The St. A’s Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00pm in the Fitzgerald Center. The April selection is “This I Believe”, by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. All are welcome.

St. Athanasius Rummage Sale Saturday, April 25!St. Athanasius Rummage Sale Saturday, April 25!

Get Ready to Rummage!
Saturday, April 25, 8:00am – 3:00pm

Parish Pre-Sale, Friday Evening, April 24

Start cleaning out your closets, basement, garage and attic now! For questions, donations, to volunteer or to schedule pick-up of large donations, contact Judy Berg at 847-864-2650 or jberg@saintas.net.

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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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

Stations of the Cross, Fridays of Lent
6:30pm in the Church led by the Parish Children

Parish Reconciliation Service
March 24, 7:00pm

Parish Mission
March 30 - April 1, 7:00pm

Holy Thursday, The Lord's Supper
April 2, 7:30pm

Good Friday, The Lord's Passion
April 3, 3:00pm

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil
April 4, 7:30pm

Easter Sunday
8:00am Mass
9:30am Mass
11:30am Mass
NO 5:00pm Mass



To All Middle and High School Students
“Come for the fun & stay for the Truth, God!”
Thursday nights 7:00pm-8:00pm, St. A’s Teen Room

A new Bible study is being hosted specifically for middle school and high school students. Please join us and take advantage of this new opportunity to deepen your faith life and relationships with your peers.

Ongoing Formation for Altar Servers
Saturday, April 18, 1:00-2:00pm, Church

Fr. Hernan is offering altar server ongoing formation for all children who serve at Mass. Please reply via email to Margaret Waldron, Coordinator of Religious Education, at familyprogram@saintasparish.org, and let her know if your child will attend.

Contemplative Practice Group
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 - 8:00pm Hartke Room

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.