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."



Staff News

Farewell and Godspeed to
Principal Sue Castagna and
Pastoral Minister, Elizabeth Kabacinki

Two of our staff members: Sue Castagna, St. A’s School Principal, and Elizabeth Kabacinski, Pastoral Minister, will be leaving our parish to pursue future endeavors. Sue will be with us until June 3 and Elizabeth until May 25. We wholeheartedly thank them for their many contributions and efforts to build our parish community and we bless them as they continue their life journeys.

We send Sue and Elizabeth our prayers for their continued success and happiness!

Campaign UpdateCampaign Update

NOW is the time for your commitment!
Commitment Weekends: June 4/5 and June 18/19
Let’s all make a difference and come together as a parish.

Over the course of the last few weeks, many families have received their information detailing the To Teach Who Christ Is campaign either through a fellow parishioner, at an informational reception a few weeks ago, or the mail.  Now is the time to return your decision and join together in support of the efforts of St. Athanasius and Catholic education throughout the Chicago area!

Helpful Information:
· Less than half our goal left to raise!
· 8 of 10 families that were asked made a pledge
· Families have made 5-year commitments ranging from $3,000 to $100,000
· 100% of funds raised in excess of our goal remain at St. Athanasius

Parish Goal: $1,300,000
Total Pledged: $813,458
Percent of Goal: 63%
Number of Pledges: 71
Average Gift: $11,457

Science Fair Awards

Congratulations to St. Athanasius Winners
in the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Fair!

Ten of our students recently participated at Millikin University in downstate Decatur. There were 1,017 entrants from 12 regions throughout Illinois. Entrants could place Gold, Silver, Bronze or receive no prize. St. Athanasius results were amazing!!!

Congratulations to the following students who placed Silver:
Stefi Durkin, Julia Urban

Congratulations to the following students who placed Gold:
Ellie Peterson, Eleanor Ward, Ethan Torain, Emma Powell, Glenn Foley, Gabi Durkin, Eva Holton and Mary Henthorn

Thank you to Mrs. Vitaioli
for her excellent teaching, and for the extensive time and effort she devoted
to preparing the students for this competition.

Arts CelebrationArts Celebration

Join Northwestern’s Arts Circle Celebration on June 4

Free June 4 daylong Arts Circle Celebration to feature dance, music, demos, exhibits and more:

—Trisha Brown Dance Company to perform upon the rooftops of Arts Circle buildings
—‘Tea Project’ conversations hosted by artist/veteran Aaron Hughes with Amber Ginsburg
—More than 150 cellists will pay homage to avant-garde cellist Charlotte Moorman
—Block Museum offers a rare opportunity to witness the inflating of Otto Piene’s sculpture

This event is family-oriented and open to the general public.

For more information, visit the website at

TotusTuus Summer ProgramTotusTuus Summer Program

TOTUS TUUS is coming to St. Athanasius Parish this summer–
the last week of July 2016!

Totus Tuus is an Archdiocesan catechetical summer youth program led by a young adult team of seminarians and college students, who travel throughout the summer teaching the Gospel through Catechetical instruction, Mass, Sacraments, music, games, fun and more!

Children Entering Grades 1-6
Monday July 25 – Friday July 29
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Cost: $75 per child or $65 each for two or more children

Youth Entering Grades 7-12
Sunday July 24 – Thursday July 28
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Cost: $20

Click on the "Read More" link below for the Registration Form.

For more information please contact Margaret Waldron, Director, Religious Education at familyprogram@saintasparish.org or call 847-328-1430 x124. 

Totus Tuus at St. Athanasius Parish - Love, Learn and Live Our Catholic Faith.

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St. Joan of Arc Carnival is coming!

Thursday, June 9, 4:00—8:00pm,
Friday, June 10, 4:00—8:00pm,
Saturday, June 11, 12:00—8:00pm, and
Sunday, June 12, 12:00—5:00pm
9248 N. Lawndale, Evanston

Come celebrate the end of the school year at this wonderful family event!


Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate is Sunday, June 19

The 17th Annual Race Against Hate will take place Sunday, June 19th at Floyd Long Field Park in Evanston starting at 7:30 AM. This family-friendly event, which features a 5K, 10K, walk, and youth mile, draws thousands of people from all over Chicagoland to honor the legacy of Ricky Byrdsong and promote awareness and activism to eliminate racism. Proceeds support YWCA Evanston/North Shore programming in our communities, especially in the areas of racial justice and violence prevention. Learn more and register at www.ywca.org/RAH2016.

Rummage Sale


St. Nick’s Annual Rummage Sale Saturday, July 16
Drop-Off Items between Friday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 12

St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Book Club to Meet Thursday, June 16
7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center

The St. A’s Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month, 7:00pm in the Fitzgerald Center. Our June selection is “Dubliners” by James Joyce. All are welcome.

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

St. As' School awarded second year in a row!St. As' School awarded second year in a row!

St. Athanasius School was once again
awarded at Regional Science Fair

We are thrilled to share with you the results of Illinois Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair on Saturday, March 5, 2016 held at the Museum of Science and Industry. There were 393 projects representing 48 schools. 39 St. A’s 7th and 8th graders participated. St. Athanasius School was once again awarded the Top School Award. Our students won 34 gold medals and 5 silver medals!

The following students were invited to participate in the State of Illinois Science Fair to be held at Milliken University in Decatur on May 14: Ethan Torain, Eleanor Peterson, Eleanor Ward, Mary Henthorn, Gabi Durkin, Stefi Durkin, Emma Powell, Mary Slowinski, Eva Holton and Julia Urban.

Special awards went to the following students:

American Association of Zoo Keepers: Ella McDonnell
Society of Technical Communication: Gabi Durkin
Lincoln Park Zoo: Eva Holton
Museum of Science and Industry Top Project Award: Ethan Torain, Eleanor Peterson, Eleanor Ward, Mary Henthorn, Emma Powell, Gabi Durkin, Stefi Durkin, and Eva Holton
Tee shirt design: Claire O'Shaughnessy
Program design: Clare Corydon
Thank you notes to sponsors design: Roan Regnier

Congratulations to all of the students that participated. Special thanks to Unit D Science Teacher, Mrs. Vitaioli for teaching, preparing, and spending extra time helping the students be ready for this opportunity.

Top awards for St. A's Student Scientists!

St. Athanasius Science Students Score Big at State Fair

On Saturday, May 2, 2015 St. Athanasius students took home the first gold medal awards in state science project competition in the school's history. Four students from the school — Grace Anderson, Rylie Gentile, Zoe Canafax and John Wilson — won gold awards, the top prize at the Illinois Junior Academy of State Science Fair held at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Two other students — Brennan Regnier and Kate Hjorth — received silver awards, in the competition against just under 1,200 students from all over the state. The gold awards were the first for our school!  Click on the link below to read the story in the Evanston Review.

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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

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.