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."



Campaign UpdateCampaign Update

NOW is the time for your commitment!
Turn in your pledge at Mass this week during Leadership Weekend!
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: $687,134
Percent of Goal: 53%
Number of Pledges: 33
Average Gift: $20,000


Women's Retreat

“Whispers of the Heart”—
Combined St. Francis and St. Athanasius Woman’s Retreat
April 30-May 1, Siena Center in Racine WI

Through input, exercises, reflection time and personal sharing, we will take an inner look at how the yearnings of our hearts are messages from God. We will also look at some recent scientific research that has come to understand the heart as a place of healing energy. This retreat is being facilitated by Annette Jo Giarrante, who holds an M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame and a life coaching certificate from The Coaching Institute. For more information call the SFX Parish Office at 847-256-4250. Applications for registration are available in our main church vestibule.

TotusTuus Summer ProgramTotusTuus Summer Program


St. Athanasius Parish Selected As New Site for Children & Youth Summer Program
Faith Meets Fun Every Day! St. Athanasius Parish joins 24 parishes in Archdiocese to offer TotusTuus to Families

Please Save the Dates:
Monday, July 25 through Friday July 29

Day Program: Grades 1-6 approx. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm; 
Evening Program: Youth Ministry
Low Cost: $75 per child for entire week

TotusTuus is led by a Young Adult Catechist Team. Detailed information and registration information to be provided soon. For more information, contact Margaret Waldron, DRE at familyprogram@saintasparish.org

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

Service Trip to Costa Rica, June 6-12Service Trip to Costa Rica, June 6-12

Youth Invited to Join a Parent-Sponsored Service Trip
to Costa Rica, June 6-12

Family Program and Youth Ministry Program students are invited to join a Parent-Sponsored service trip to Costa Rica. This is a special trip for those who are finishing 7th grade and entering 8th grade in the fall. The goal of the trip is to expose the children to language, culture and spiritual growth through service. What is very special about this trip is that Father Hernan is going to join the children. His presence and spiritual leadership will be influential on their young minds while playing a key role in building their personal relationship with God.

The customized trip, with stops in San Jose, San Carlos, Monteverde and Puntarenas, is scheduled for June 6-12, and the cost is $2,900 (approximately) including airfare, lodging, breakfast and dinner.

As of today, we have 6 children, 3 parents, Father Hernan and our guide. We would love to have more children from our family/youth programs participate with us. This parent-sponsored trip has been coordinated with an Educational Travel Agency called ACIS. Since 1978 ACIS, the American Council for International Studies has been a leader in quality educational travel for middle and high school students and their teachers. They believe in the power of travel to open students’ eyes and change their lives—and every detail of their educational tours is carefully crafted. If you would like more information, please visit www.ACIS.com.

If any parents would like to further discuss, please feel free to call Cheryl Miller at 847-226-7744 or e-mail millercmm@comcast.net. If they would prefer a formal presentation, we would be pleased to offer our ACIS representative for a review and discussion.

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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

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If you have been using ParishPay, our previous service, be aware that MARCH 2016 was the last month donations can be accepted through that service. Register at the above link to Give Central, or you can call 847-328-1430 to help transfer your account.

The Blessed Virgin Mother

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Lighting the Way

In a world full of darkness.

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