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."



Come Join one of our Lenten Prayer Groups

"Return to me with all your heart, says the Lord."
Take the time to pray this Lenten season by raising your hearts and minds to God with your fellow parishioners. Lord, Teach Me To Pray introduces Ignatian prayer and spirituality in the way that St. Ignatius himself introduced people to prayer – by structuring our prayer experience around the Christian Virtues. For more information or to sign up for a particular group, please contact Margaret Waldron at 847-328-1430 x124 or at familyprogram@saintasparish.org.

Saturdays at 10:00am, in the Church, facilitated by Donna Pareti
Fridays after 8:00am Communion Service, in the Church, facilitated by Marya Frankl
Thursdays at 7:00pm, in the Church, facilitated by Mandy May
Sundays 7:00pm, at the Rak Home, facilitated by Kim Rak

Food Drive, February 28/March 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!

Celebrate St. Patrick' Day with St. A's!Celebrate St. Patrick' Day with St. A's!

New this year: 2 nights of community fun:

Fri. Mar. 13, 7:30-10:30pm: St. Patrick's Irish Pub (adults only), St. A's Gym

Sat. Mar. 14, 4:30-8:30pm, St. Bridget's Family Fest, St. A's Gym

Many fun activities are being planned for both nights. Everyone is invited!

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St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Thursday, March 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: March, “Killing Jesus”, by Bill O’Reilly; and April, “This I Believe”, by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman. All are welcome.

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

Opening Fall 2015, 5 days a week, Full and Half-day options, Student/Teacher ratio 10:1, For Students age 4 by September 1 and young 5s and Before and after school care will be available.

For more information, to set up a tour or enroll please contact Judy Berg at 847-864-2650 or jberg@saintas.net.

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Death of Rev. Peter J. Heidenrich, Recent Pastor of St. Athanasius

Reverend Peter J. Heidenrich, current Pastor at St. John Church in Glenwood and recent Pastor of St. Athanasius Church in Evanston died unexpectedly at his parish on February 11, 2015. Fr. Heidenrich, 64, was ordained in 1976, and was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1999. He is survived by two sisters, Rose Brosau and Mary Ann Rygiel. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Reverend Peter J. Heidenrich. View Fr. Peter Heidenrich's full biography at Fr. Peter Heidenrich.

Evanston Interfaith Recognizes Toni Maloney as Parish 2015 Vision Keeper Nominee

Yearly, Interfaith Action of Evanston (IAE) recognizes Vision Keeper nominees from Evanston congregations, synagogues and mosques at a benefit dinner. “Vision Keepers” are persons with outreach sensibilities and efforts within the parish and beyond it. (Interfaith Action of Evanston sponsors Soup Kitchens, Overnight Facilities, Breakfast, Hospitality Center, and Job Seeking Counseling.) St. Athanasius parish, in turn, is grateful for Toni Maloney's recognition as parish Vision Keeper for 2015.

She keeps the Vision while raising spirits. Currently her spirit reaches out to the needy through her dedicated service in the Parish St. Vincent DePaul Society Ministry, which focuses on feeding, clothing, housing, and healing persons who have nowhere else to turn. She also reaches out at Evanston Hospital as a minister of communion. (Toni was an employee in the Hospital Surgical Unit for 19 years.)

Her history at Three Crowns Park began when it was still “Swedish Retirement Association”. Among other visibilities at Three Crowns, she’s currently a volunteer Companion to assisted-living residents on excursions--at Evanston’s doorstep (Mitchell Native American Museum and Curt’s Cafe) and beyond (the Christmas display at Cuneo Estate and Millennium Park). With inclusive vision, Toni was part of a group that initiated the parish Religious Education program for children in public school. She taught in the program for many years.

Toni attended St. A’s School, and she and her husband Bill were married at St. A’s. They raised four boys. Bill died in 1998. Her daughter-in-law Laura is now St. A’s School Librarian. “Toni”s buoyant spirit keeps tempers at bay” said a parishioner, “and communication happens.”

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 con"tact 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.

Thank you to the Women’s Club for our Altar and Ambo Cloths!Thank you to the Women’s Club for our Altar and Ambo Cloths!

We wish to thank the Women’s Club for donating the white altar and ambo cloths that you see in the picture below. These cloths certainly beautify the sanctuary and set the tone for Mass. We are most grateful to the Women’s Club for their generous donation. We are hoping to acquire the green and red altar/ambo cloths as well, so we would like to invite our parish families to consider donating any one of these sets either as a family or together with a group of families. With that donation the names of the family or families will be embroidered into the cloth as an acknowledgement and recognition of their kind gift. If you are interested in helping us to complete our liturgical altar and ambo cloth sets, please contact Fr. Hernan in the parish office at 847-328-1430 or email him at parishoffice@saintasparish.org.

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.

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

Stations of the Cross, Fridays of Lent
6:30pm in the Church led by the Parish Children

Parish Reconciliation Service
March 24, 7:00pm

Parish Mission
March 30 - April 1, 7:00pm

Holy Thursday, The Lord's Supper
April 2, 7:30pm

Good Friday, The Lord's Passion
April 3, 3:00pm

Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil
April 4, 7:30pm

Easter Sunday
8:00am Mass
9:30am Mass
11:30am Mass
NO 5:00pm Mass



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
Saturday, March 14, 1:00-2:00pm, Church

Fr. Hernan is offering altar server ongoing formation for all children who serve at Mass. Please reply via email to Margaret Waldron, Coordinator of Religious Education, at familyprogram@saintasparish.org, and let her know if your child will attend.

Contemplative Practice Group
Thursday, March 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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In a world full of darkness.

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