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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 Catholic School Friendship & Shadow DaySt. Athanasius Catholic School Friendship & Shadow Day

Friday, January 30, 8:30am - 3:25pm
Shadow Registration Deadline is Wednesday, January 28

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week any student in grades 3 to 7 is welcome to participate in school activities to learn what it is like to be a student at St. A’s. To register, please contact Mrs. Berg at 847-864-2650 or jberg@saintas.net. For more information, go to www.saintas.net or see the flyer in the main entrance to the church. Go RedHawks!

Food Drive, January 31/February 1

Non-perishable items such as peanut butter, beans, canned meats and fish, pasta, tea and coffee are appreciated. Donations will be collected in the bin in the church for the Hemenway United Methodist Food Pantry. The Peace and Justice Ministry thanks you for your continuing support!

Flapjacks, Fine Arts and Football    Sunday Feb 1Flapjacks, Fine Arts and Football Sunday Feb 1

9 am to 1 pm in St. A's Gym
Only $5 per person
Something for Everyone!
Enjoy lots of yummy pancakes, sausage, fruits, juice, coffee & the Bloody Mary/Mimosa cash bar.
Fine Arts...
* Live performance by the renowned local musician Colby Beserra of Great Life Music.
* Special appearancde by the St. A's school band
* Artwork gallery by our talented St. A's students.
Win big in a Superbowl squares ppol and enter a raffle to win lots of great prizes.
All are welcome!

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St. A's First Annual Parish DADDY DAUGHTER DANCESt. A's First Annual Parish DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE

Celebrate this moment with your special girl(s) at
St. A's First Annual Parish Daddy Daughter Dance.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 6:30- 9 PM in the Gym
Punch, Sweet Treats & Prizes
Dress Fancy Schmancy for your Red Carpet Photo $75 Per Father (w/unlimited daughters). Click Here for Tickets (available on eCart)
Families come in many forms--if Daddy is unavailable, feel free to invite a friend or relative as your child’s "date".

For more information, Click Here!

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.

St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Thursday, February 19, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center
The St. A’s Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00pm in the Fitzgerald Center. Upcoming selections are: February, a P.D. James’ mystery “An Unsuitable Job for a Woman”; March, “Killing Jesus”, by Bill O’Reilly; and April, “This I Believe”, by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. All are welcome.

Greetings from Fr. TomGreetings from Fr. Tom

Christmastime greetings to all at St. Athanasius. I have been away from St. A’s since my sabbatical and time spent as administrator at St. Martin de Porres Parish in Chicago and then at our neighboring parish, St. Joan of Arc. However, St. A’s remains very much a part of why I am grateful to serve as a priest. I still stop by to check in with Fr. Hernan and pick up my junk mail. I am always open to invitations for a visit.

Where am I now? I have settled in as a resident priest at St. Hilary Parish, 5601 N. California (California and Bryn Mawr), Chicago, 60659. (773-561-3474). My email address is talibera@hotmail.com.

Here are two items that may interest you readers. Some may remember former parishioners Bob and Eileen Parkinson. They were active with the parish lectors. Since their move to Sarasota, Bob has written an imaginative short book about what could have happened in the “silent years” of a young Jesus. Rehearsal by J. Robert Parkinson is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Black Opal books.

A few years ago Michael Cahill began interviewing 5 classmates and myself from the ordination class of 1969 about our lives as parish priests in the Chicago Archdiocese from the time of Vatican II until now, when we have entered “senior priest” status. The result is a book, Catholic Watershed: The Chicago Ordination Class of 1969 and How They Helped Change the Church by Michael Cahill. It is available from ACTA Publications, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Again, a joyful Christmas to all.
In the Lord’s Blessings,

Fr. Tom Libera


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



Teen-Parent Meeting and Movie Night for our Teens
Thursday, February 5, 7:00pm, Teen Room

Fr. Hernan is inviting parents of our teens to attend a meeting on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00pm in the Teen Room. This will be an opportunity for us to talk about our parish youth ministry. Movie night and pizza will take place on the same date and time for our teens. Please join us and spread the word about this event.

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
Saturdays: January 24, February 14 and March 14, 1:00-2:00pm, Church

Fr. Hernan is offering altar server ongoing formation for all children who serve at Mass. This ongoing formation is for all children, no matter how long your child has been altar serving. Ongoing formation will include practicing and developing altar serving skills and growing together in our faith and friendship. Please reply via email to Margaret Waldron, Coordinator of Religious Education, at familyprogram@saintasparish.org, and let her know which date your child will attend.

Contemplative Practice Group
Thursday, February 5, 7:00 - 8:00pm Hartke Room

The Contemplative Practice Group meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Hartke Room. 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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