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."



Pitching in for those in need...

St. A’s School Advent Service Project
November 30 - December 6

Dear Saint Athanasius Community,

Please join us in our Advent Service Project in collaboration with Hillside Food Pantry. With the holiday season now in full swing, we need you to help in gathering non-perishable foods and sundries for the needy in Evanston. Students will go home this week with gallon-sized plastic bags to fill with a combination of items of your choosing. You may provide non-perishable boxed items, canned items, birthday kits, breakfast kits, or pasta kits. We sincerely appreciate your pitching in to help those who are most vulnerable this holiday season. Parishioners may drop off donations at the school.

All the best,
St’ A’s Service Committee

Lord Teach Me To PrayLord Teach Me To Pray

St. Athanasius Parish Advent Prayer Groups
Beginning this Sunday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Church
Sundays at 5:30pm,Tuesdays following 8:00am Mass,
and Saturdays at 10:30am. 

As we enter into a new liturgical year to pray and hear the Gospel of Luke, let us pray, treasure and ponder as Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

You are invited to participate in our half-hour Advent prayer groups as we wait in joyful hope and expectation of our Lord Jesus. For more information, contact Margaret Waldron DRE, at ext 124. All are welcome. 

Come, Lord:  let your Word direct us and your peace protect us.
Come, Lord: let your healing cure us and hope assure us.
Come, Lord:  may your Spirit reach us; through your Wisdom, teach us.
Come, Lord:  may your power liberate us; in your holiness, consecrate us.
Come, Lord:  in your love embrace us; in your Kingdom, place us.
Come, Lord:  may your New Dawn cheer us; in your mercy, hear us.
Come, Lord Jesus:  come, and do not delay.

Support the 8th Grade Play!Support the 8th Grade Play!

22nd Annual St. A's Poinsettia Sale
December 12, 5:00-6:15pm
December 13, 8:00am-1:00pm
St. Athanasius School Lunchroom

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Christmas Wish BasketsChristmas Wish Baskets

SIGN UP: Sunday. November 29 or Sunday. December 6
DELIVERY: Sun. December 13 by 11:00am, St. A’s Gym

For over 20 years, St. Athanasius Parish has assisted the Howard Area Community Center (HACC) in their Holiday Sharing Program. Families in the Howard area contact HACC with their children’s holiday wishes and the HACC’s dedicated team of community volunteers and staff match those wish lists with volunteer Holiday Basket Makers who then purchase and wrap the gifts. Last year St Athanasius was able to provide Christmas gifts for over 100 children from 35 families. This year, we have committed to providing presents for over 140 children from 45 families.

In addition, St A’s has committed to providing gifts for children of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Cicero. Fr. Sergio De La Torre would like to be able to hand out toys during the Food Pantry to some families in need.

Please sign up in the gym OR, if you cannot get to the gym but want to help, please email me and I will match you up with an individual or family and email you their wish list. Sign up for one or more children or an entire family. You are asked to purchase and tag a NEW item, valued between $25-$30, for each person you adopt.

You may also wish to include a gift card to Jewel or Target for the family to purchase grocery and household items. All wrapped gifts will need to be delivered to the school gym on Sunday December 13 by 11:00am. We will then deliver them to the Howard Area Community Center and Mary Queen of Heaven Parish. Any questions, contact Donna Masini at 224-392-3001 or dbmasini@gmail.com.

Your help in making this a Merry Christmas for many is greatly appreciated.


Catholicism Series continuesCatholicism Series continues

Adult Faith Formation Film Series, Catholicism
Sunday, December 6, please join us for Part 9:
The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit

Sundays, through December 13, 2015 after the 9:30am Mass (no program 11/29)
Film, discussion, and refreshments in the Fitzgerald Center

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.

Committee Members Needed

Father Hernan is looking for…

...parishioners who are interested in joining the Parish Development Committee as well as the Parish Facilities and Maintenance Committee. Please contact Elizabeth Kabacinski at pastoralministry@saintasparish.org if you are interested.

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

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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Contemplative Practice Group

Thursday, December 3, 7:00 - 8:00pm Fitzgerald Center
The Contemplative Practice Group meets on the first Thursday of each month during the school year. 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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In a world full of darkness.

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