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."



Angel Night 2015Angel Night 2015

St. A's Angel Night 2015 - Right Now!
October 17, The Crystal Ballroom, Evanston

Visit the website - www.saintasangelnight.com

Angel Night is a St. A’s tradition reinvigorated each year in celebration of our school and parish community. It’s an evening of food, drinks, music and dancing in honor of friendship and creative fundraising. Thanks to the proceeds of this charitable night, critical funding goes towards improving our school and children’s education.

This year’s theme—Right Now—is all about seizing the moment. With Evanston’s Crystal Ballroom as our backdrop, we’re excited to translate this into an exciting and unforgettable occasion. Inspiring silent auction items, big raffle opportunities and collaborative sign-up parties await. We look forward to seeing you there!

Bake SaleBake Sale

St. Athanasius Women's Club Annual Bake Sale
This weekend after all Masses

This annual Bake Sale to raise money for the care of the altar and other charitable projects will be held after Saturday, October 10 and Sunday October 11 before and after each weekend Mass. Stop by and  take some goodies home to share with the family!

Mass and Book PresentationMass and Book Presentation

Mass and Book Presentation featuring Fr. Robert Pelton
Sunday, October 18, 11:30 Mass,
12:30pm Book presentation, Fitzgerald Center

A presentation of the newly published book, Archbishop Romero and Spiritual Leadership in the Modern World (Lexington Books, 2015), edited by Rev. Robert Pelton, CSC, will be held in the Fitzgerald Center after the 11:30 Mass in the Fitzgerald Center. All are welcome!

Here’s a little background about Fr. Robert Pelton. His life intersected with one of St. A’s past pastor’s, Msgr. Leo Hartke and Notre Dame as portrayed in the following excerpt from the book, The Future of the Our Past: The Rev. Roberto S. Pelton’s Life, Light and Social Vision of Notre Dame in the New Millennium by Robert L. Ball and Kyle Markham, Postword by Rev. Edward Cleary, O.P.

Bob Pelton’s plans, however, changed profoundly during this senior year of high school. It  was then that he recognized his calling and began discussing his future vocation with his pastor, Msgr. Leo Hartke of St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church. Although the monsignor could appreciate Bob's strong attraction to Stanford's academic excellence and its world-class swimming program, he was certain that Bob's vocation could best be served by attending a Catholic university, Msgr. Hartke immediately made inquires on Bob's behalf and worked to expedite what was, by then, a last minute admissions process. Not surprisingly, Bob’s keen intelligence, excellent high school record, and outstanding character brought rapid acceptance from the University of Notre Dame (p. 4).

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Fostering FaithFostering Faith

Another Adult Faith Formation Opportunity
for You to Experience at St. A’s!

Revelation through Scripture and Tradition–
Four Wednesday evenings October 7, 14, 28, and November 4, 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in the Fitzgerald Center. Please RSVP to Margaret Waldron, DRE at mwaldron@saintasparish.org of 847-328-1430 x124. 

Wednesday, October 14:  What is God’s Revelation through History? We will examine and explore Salvation History:  themes and people; Relationship between Old and New Testaments; and historical development of the Oral and Written Traditions of Israel.

Wednesday, October 28: What is God’s Revelation through Jesus? We will examine and explore the Synoptic Gospels: Mark, Matthew and Luke; the Gospel of John; Proclamation of the Kingdom through Parables and Miracles; and basic theological themes of the New Testament, the Kingdom of God, eternal life, and grace and justification.

Wednesday, November 4: What was the Early Christians’ Experience of God in their lives? We will examine the Early Church: Acts of the Apostles and Letters; How Catholics read and interpret the Bible; Scripture:  Source of Wisdom and Truth for Christian Living; and Use of Scripture in Catechesis.

Cold Weather Clothing Drive Cold Weather Clothing Drive

Warm Weather Clothing Drive now through November

Warm clothing is being collected by the Women’s Club starting the first week of October and continuing through November for delivery to the Howard Avenue Community Center. Bring hats, coats, mittens, sweaters, snow pants, socks, pants, etc. to the church vestibule and club members will deliver the items to those in desperate need. Infant, youth and adult items are all much appreciated.

St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Book Club to Meet
Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center

The St. A’s Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month. On October 15 we will discuss Jane Smiley’s “Some Luck”. Our November selection is “Boys on the Boat” by Daniel James Brown. All are welcome.


Cub Scout Pack 931 Wreath and Garland SaleCub Scout Pack 931 Wreath and Garland Sale

2015 St. A's Parish Annual
Christmas Wreath and Garland Sale
brought to you by Cub Scout Pack 931

The beautifully hand crafted evergreen wreaths are on heavy steel frames sizes 20” to 60”. They are decorated with a frosted pinecone and a velvet bow. Garlands are 25 feet long. Orders will be taken throughout October with a final order date of October 28th, 2015.

Please click below for the order form.

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Catholicism Series continuesCatholicism Series continues

Adult Faith Formation Film Series, Catholicism
Sunday, October 4, please join us for Part 3:
The Ineffable Mystery of God

Sundays, September 20 – December 13, 2015 after the 9:30am Mass
(no program 10/11, 11/1, 11/29)
Film, discussion, and refreshments in the Fitzgerald Center (NEW LOCATION)

It doesn't matter if you are a cradle Catholic or a recent RCIA graduate, young or old, there's always room to grown in wonder and knowledge of our beautiful faith. Come explore with us the film series, Catholicism, produced by Fr. Robert Barron, bishop-elect of Los Angeles, in a 10-week adult faith formation program. Come to one session or to all. Open to all St. A’s parishioners and guests.

For more information contact Kim Rak at internship@saintasparish.org or Margaret Waldron at familyprogram@saintasparish.org. Weekly topics will be announced in the Chimes, on the parish website, and at the church entrances.

Annual Rotary Big Book Drive Annual Rotary Big Book Drive

Our Annual Rotary Big Book Drive is Underway,
Ending on November 16.

Last year you contributed many hundreds of gently used books which were then distribute to  designated, worthy inner-city schools, including our sister-school, St. Agnes. Please have your children bring your book contributions to school where they will be collected and later distributed. Thank you for helping students succeed!

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Ministry of Care looking for Additional Ministers


Someone is unable to receive the Eucharist because he or she cannot leave their home to go to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. Someone needs Jesus, and someone needs you! Jesus taught and promised that when two or three are gathered in His name, He is there. He is in our midst. He does not leave our side.

Ministers of Care are mandated by the Archdiocese of Chicago and need to complete 10 (ten) hours of training before beginning to serve. Ministry of Care brings the Eucharist to homebound parishioners and also to hospitals and senior-living facilities. Many of our ministers have retired or moved, but the hunger for Jesus Christ continues, especially for those who cannot come to receive Him. Please prayerfully consider serving in this Ministry of Care, which brings the Lord’s joy and peace to all involved.

Ministry of Care training will take place at two nearby locations and timeframes beginning at the end of September. If you would like to bring the Eucharist to people, who cannot go to receive Him, please contact Mike Brennan mdbnd69@hotmail.com or Margaret Waldron, DRE, at familyprogram@saintasparish.org

Hospitality at St. A's

THANK YOU!!! to our new Hospitality Volunteers!!!

Hosting hospitality after the Masses is a good way to connect with people and keep up with parish activities and ministry affairs-----and our new hospitality volunteers have responded!

Thank you for your willingness to "nurture our community" as our parish mission states! May God Bless you in this important parish ministry.

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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Mass Schedule


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

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



Protecting God’s Children for Adults™/Virtus Training
Thursday, October 29, 6:30-9:30pm, Fitzgerald Center

St. Athanasius Parish will offer Virtus Training on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:30 – 9:30pm. This training is offered to all parents and adults in our parish and school, who will be volunteering for activities that involve our children.

All employees and all volunteers who work with children and young people must fulfill this compliance requirement of completing Protecting God’s Children for Adults™/Virtus Training. Anyone employed two months or longer, who has not attended Protecting God’s Children, cannot continue to work or volunteer in the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Please register online for Virtus training at http://www.virtusonline.org. Click the Registration tab on left-hand side of home page. Scroll down to Chicago, IL (Archdiocese) and find St. Athanasius Parish in site list.

Please note that you must arrive promptly by 6:30pm, and complete the entire training in order to meet this compliance requirement. Please contact Margaret Waldron, Director, Religious Education at familyprogram@saintasparish.org or 847-328-1430 x124.

Contemplative Practice Group
Thursday, November 12, 7:00 - 8:00pm Fitzgerald Center

The Contemplative Practice Group meets on the first Thursday of each month during the school year, but in November will meet on the second Thursday. 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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