|CHRISTMAS TOYS NEEDED!!!!! |
Our friend Fr. Sergio at Mary Queen of Heaven Parish in Cicero is in need of toys to distribute at his food pantry next week. You might remember Fr. Sergio when he was a guest at St. A’s earlier this year.
Please bring an unwrapped new toy for a child/children, age infant thru 8th grade, and place in the donation box in the back of the church before 1:00 p.m. Sunday Dec. 21st.
Thank you so much in advance for your kindness.
(Fr. Sergio would love a family or families to be a part of the delivery. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Donna Masini, email@example.com or 224-392-3001.)
|Come Experience a Posada at St. A's!|
Posada is a fun and meaningful Mexican tradition. It is a ritual re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem, performed just before Christmas. Families travel from home to home in a neighborhood, knocking on the door symbolically asking if there is “room in the inn”. St. Athanasius Parish will participate in a Posada on Christmas Eve, December 24, 7:00pm. Meet at church and travel as a group to selected homes in the neighborhood. It will conclude with a party, complete with piñata, in the gym. All are invited. If you are unable to attend Christmas Eve, you are invited to help crack open the piñata in the gym after the 9:30am Mass on Christmas Day!
|The Big Book Drive A BIG SUCCESS! |
Thank you, thank you for another successful Big Book Drive sponsored by you and the Wilmette Rotary Noon Club. This year we gathered over 15,000 (15,120, to be specific) library books from the families of students enrolled in all the public and private schools of Wilmette---and St. A’s. This is the largest number yet, and we are proud of our accomplishment. Thanks to all who participated in this project, especially Jean Peters and Mary Ellen Fitzsimonds who worked tirelessly to help make it succeed.
Again, St. Agnes of Bohemia, our sister school, is a recipient of many of these books, K-8. They are indeed grateful for our help in raising the reading levels of their students. Along with St. Agnes, other Chicago inner city private and charter schools are benefiting by our donation, ranging from K - 12.
What a wonderful and appropriate gift at this time of the year---a boost in literacy for many grateful students. A big thank you to all of you who helped in any and many ways.
Maurice Sullivan, Chair
Literacy Committee, Wilmette Rotary Noon Club/St. Athanasius
|Strengthening 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
|Annual Women’s Retreat--Mary: A Woman Worth Getting to Know |
We’re excited to announce that this year St. A’s will be joining the women of St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette for our annual retreat on January 24-25, 2015 at the Siena Center in Racine WI. Kieran Lyons, Director of Faith Formation at SFX will lead the retreat. She presented our retreat three summers ago. For retreat registration information, contact Kim Rak at email@example.com. The deadline to register is January 14. Join us for a faithfilled weekend!