Welcome to St. Athanasius Parish


O U R  M I S S I O N:
" We are 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."



St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Thursday, July 16, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center
The St. A’s Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00pm in the Fitzgerald Center. They will be discussing the short stories of Nobel Literature Prize Winner, Alice Munro. The July selection book title is “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories”, her 2001 collection of 9 stories. All are welcome.

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

Only a Few Seats Left in our New Junior Kindergarten

Please encourage interested families to apply right away for our full-day or half-day program. “Lunch bunch” is also available to extend the half-day option. Contact Mrs. Judy Berg, communications coordinator, at 847-864-2650 or jberg@saintas.net for a tour and application information. Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten families will be getting together during the summer for get-to-know-you play gatherings.

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Top awards for St. A's Student Scientists!

St. Athanasius Science Students Score Big at State Fair

On Saturday, May 2, 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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Soup Kitchen Thank YouSoup Kitchen Thank You

May 31 Soup Kitchen Café BBQ a success!

All: THANK YOU to everyone who participated in yesterday’s Barbeque. I’m most excited when we have so many new and young volunteers. It was incredible how smoothly things went considering the fact that we had so many volunteers who are new to this. In the St. A Café tradition, you did an outstanding job.

The overall them for this event was “Youth”. Not only was there an overwhelming turnout from kids and teens, there seemed to be a genuine interest in continued participation. I was impressed by how hard and efficiently they worked. I was grateful to see how well they bused the tables. There were rarely dirty plates or cups left on the tables. But in all, I was amazed at how many kids seemed to serve with so much care.

As always, our efforts were recognized and appreciated by our guests. Our guests were excited by the menu, especially the grilled burgers. This meal is the hardest to prepare as it requires on-site preparation. As evidence of the appreciation, I am sharing some of the quotes I heard.

“You’re all making it feel like summer…a grilled hamburger with coleslaw, potato salad and watermelon…It almost feels like the sun is shining.”

One guest commented, “You announced that your waiters and waitresses are not professionals. I waited tables for a long time and I know the job. They sure act professional and they seem to know what they are doing. Did they go to training?”

“This is just the best, the burgers were juicy...and man… I love watermelon. Thanks for everything.”

“I can’t get over how many kids are here doing God’s work. Starting young…what a blessing to us and to them.”

When I asked one of our girls scout volunteers what she thought of it all, she responded, “It was hard, hectic and fun.”

Somehow, these quotes sum up everything. Your efforts brought nourishment, sunshine and blessings. The work was professional, hard, hectic and fun. Please take a moment to think about the impact you made on the lives of our guests. The impact will last more than 3 hours. Ultimately, you simply made a lot of people feel really good.

Enjoy your summer.

Michael Masini

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.


Summer Mass Schedule

May 31, 2015 through September 6, 2015:

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

Adoration: Mondays 1:00pm-9:00pm



Contemplative Practice Group
Thursday, September 3, 7:00 - 8:00pm Fitzgerald Center

The Contemplative Practice Group meets on the first Thursday of each month but  does not meet during the summer months. The group will resume meetings in September. Please join us then 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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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.