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."



Coming this FallComing this Fall

Adult Faith Formation Film Series, Catholicism, 
begins September 20

Sundays, September 20 – December 13, 2015 after the 9:30am Mass
(no program 10/11, 11/1, 11/29)
Film, discussion, and refreshments in the St. A's Hartke Room

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 Waldon at familyprogram@saintasparish.org. Weekly topics will be announced in the Chimes, on the parish website, and at the church entrances.


Youth Ministry

St. A’s Youth Ministry Looking for Volunteers

St. A’s Youth Ministry is looking for volunteers and planning committee members aged 18 and up. If you feel called to invest in the future of our parish, please contact youthministry@saintasparish.org. For a  schedule of upcoming events please click on link below.

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Let the Word of God Transform You!

St. Athanasius Parish Welcomes
Chicago Catholic Scripture School
as a New Site - September 2015

We have scheduled and additional preview night
on Tuesday, September 8 at 7:00pm in the Church.

We gratefully and joyfully announce that the Chicago Catholic Scripture School (CCSS) has found a new home at St. Athanasius Parish to begin Sunday, September 13, 2015. St. Athanasius Parish is one of four sites in the Archdiocese of Chicago offering CCSS. CCSS is the official Scripture School of the Archdiocese of Chicago and offers a proven, trusted and well-established Scripture School for adults desiring in-depth study of the Word of God. For more information, visit  http://www.catechesis-chicago.org/ccss.

Scripture study is found at the heart of our St. Athanasius Parish mission statement, “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.” Jesus taught us that we encounter Him in the Word, in the Sacraments, when two or three are gathered in His name, and in the least of our brothers and sisters. Please prayerfully consider how you can participate in this transforming and life-giving opportunity to grow in relationship with God and others through encountering the Word of God.

“So will My Word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty; Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) 2015-2016Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) 2015-2016

Individual Inquiry Sessions --
Curious about the Catholic Faith?

St. Athanasius Church will soon begin a new journey in faith to share the beauty and richness of the Catholic Church and our St. Athanasius community. We invite you to learn what it is exactly that the Catholic Church teaches and to be introduced to some of our parishioners. These individual inquiry sessions are also opportunities to ask those perplexing questions that you may have about the Catholic Church. These individual inquiry sessions are open to those people, who are unbaptized, baptized in other non-Catholic Christian traditions, or teenagers or adult Catholics, who have not yet received Eucharist or Confirmation. Please contact Margaret Waldron, DRE, at mwaldron@saintasparish.org or 847-328-1430 x124. 

Hospitality at St. A's

THANK YOU!!! to our new Hospitality Volunteers!!!

Hosting hospitality after the Masses is a good way to connect with people and keep up with parish activities and ministry affairs-----and our new hospitality volunteers have responded!

Thank you for your willingness to "nurture our community" as our parish mission states! May God Bless you in this important parish ministry.

St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Book Club to Meet
Thursday, September 17, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center

The St. A’s Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month. September’s book selection is “Catholic Watershed, The Chicago Ordination Class of 1969 and How They Helped Change the Church” by Michael Cahill, and they hope to be joined by a featured member of that class, Fr. Tom Libera.

The October book selection is “The Boys in the Boat,” by Daniel James Brown. All are welcome.


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

Only a Few Seats Left in our New Junior Kindergarten

Please encourage interested families to apply right away for our full-day or half-day program. “Lunch bunch” is also available to extend the half-day option. Contact Mrs. Judy Berg, communications coordinator, at 847-864-2650 or jberg@saintas.net for a tour and application information. Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten families will be getting together during the summer for get-to-know-you play gatherings.

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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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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 contact 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.


Mass Schedule


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00am Mass
Wednesday - 8:30am Community and School Mass
Friday - 8:00am Communion Service
Saturday Vigil - 5:00pm Mass
Sunday - 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:30am

Adoration: Mondays 1:00pm-9:00pm



Contemplative Practice Group
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 - 8:00pm Fitzgerald Center

The Contemplative Practice Group meets on the first Thursday of each month but  does not meet during the summer months. The group will resume meetings in October. Please join us then 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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Past Issues of the Chimes

Miss a past issue of the Chimes, our weekly print bulletin? You can access it from this page: SeekAndFind.com/St. Athanasius Parish. You will also find the weekly readings.

The Blessed Virgin Mother

Giving thanks for the Mother of God.

Lighting the Way

In a world full of darkness.

There's always room

To grow our family.