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."



Let the Word of God Transform You!

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

Please mark your calendar to attend one of the preview nights
on Wednesday, August 5 or Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. 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. More information will be provided to you in the upcoming weeks at Mass, in the Chimes and on our parish website (see "Read More" link below) and also at 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)

read more ...

Youth Ministry Invites You...Youth Ministry Invites You...

Evanston Catholic Youth Festival Presents

"Dare to Be"
Saturday, August 8, 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Parking Lot of St. Nicholas Parish, 806 Ridge Ave, Evanston

This event is sponsored by the Parishes of St. Athanasius, St. Mary and St. Nicholas. There will be Brain Games, Sport Games, Music Games, Skill Games Prizes and Music. Celebrate Mass and Cook-Out!

For more information contact Adriel Gonzalez at youthministry@saintasparish.org

read more ...

Finding God in All Things –Finding God in All Things –

Family Program Catechist Formation Hosted By Loyola Press
Sunday, August 16 at 10:30am, in the Hartke Room

We invite all St. Athanasius’ Family Program Catechists, with experience and no experience at all, to attend our annual comprehensive overview of Loyola Press’ Finding God curriculum. Loyola Press makes it simple for us to plan our lessons by offering innovative, imaginative, and practical approaches to lifelong faith formation through online and print resources. Please come and see on Sunday, August 16 at 10:30am in the Hartke Room to follow 9:30am Mass.

St. Athanasius Family Program offers religious education to students, kindergarten through 8th grade, on Sunday mornings. Sacramental preparation for First Communion begins in first grade and Confirmation preparation begins in 6th grade through 8th grade.

We are seeking Catechists and Catechist Assistants for our upcoming academic year to begin Sunday, September 13. For more information about how you may belong to our vibrant faith community of catechists, children, and parents, please contact Margaret Waldron, DRE, at familyprogram@saintasparish.org or 847-328-1430 x124.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Invitation to Individual Inquiry Sessions for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

“What are you looking for?”  (John 1:38)

Jesus turned and saw them following him, and he said to them, “What are you looking for?”

They said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying and they stayed with him that day.  John 1: 38-39, NAB

St. Athanasius Church invites people, who are searching for answers about our Catholic faith and living a life of Christian discipleship, community, and mission, to individual inquiry conversations. We value and recognize that each person’s faith journey is sacred and unique as God’s relationship with each one of us is creative, personal and unending. God seeks your response to his call.

Are you searching for . . . a deeper relationship with God? A sense of friendship and belonging in a faith community? A greater sense of fulfillment and meaning in your daily life?

Ever wonder about the differences and similarities between Christian Bibles?
Ever wonder why Catholics celebrate seven Sacraments and why?
Ever wonder about Catholics relationship to Mary and the saints?
Ever wonder about the meaning of the Mass and the Eucharist?
Ever wonder about the value of Catholic priesthood?
Ever wonder about Catholic social teaching?
Ever wonder about the difference between a cross and a crucifix?
Ever wonder about Catholic prayer and devotions?
Ever wonder about Catholic teaching on forgiveness?

“Come, and you will see.”  (John 1:39)

Come, present your questions and receive the answers about our Catholic faith. Please contact Margaret Waldron for more information at mwaldron@saintasparish.org or 847-328-1430 ext.124.


Looking for Volunteers to Host Hospitality!

Are you interested in getting to know your fellow parishioners? 

Hosting hospitality after the Masses is a good way to connect with people and keep up with parish activities and ministry affairs. If you are interested in handling hospitality for 1 or 2 Masses a quarter, or want to discuss the details, please contact Elizabeth Kabacinski, our pastoral minister, in the parish office at 847-328-1430 ext. 100, or email her at pastoralministry@saintasparish.org.

St. Athanasius Book ClubSt. Athanasius Book Club

Thursday, August 20, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Center

In August we will discuss Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible”. September’s selection is “Catholic Watershed, The Chicago Ordination Class of 1969 and How They Helped Change the Church” by Michael Cahill, when we hope to be joined by a featured member of that class, Fr. Tom Libera. The October selection is “The Boys in the Boat”, by Daniel James Brown. All are welcome.


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.

read more ...

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.

read more ...

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.

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.


Summer Mass Schedule

May 31, 2015 through September 6, 2015:

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

NOTE: no 5:00pm Sunday Mass

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



Altar Serving the Lord with Gladness
Sunday, August 9 at 1:00pm in the Church

As promised, filming of the altar-serving skill-development video will take place on Sunday, August 9 at 1:00 to 4:00pm in our Church. Current altar servers with any range of experience are welcome as well as children, who have no prior altar serving experience, 3rd through 8th grade. In order to teach and encourage consistency in our altar serving practices, these videos will be posted on our parish website for easy reference to altar servers and their parents. 

If your child is willing and available to participate in this event, please reply to Margaret Waldron at familyprogram@saintasparish.org. 


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 September. 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.

Email Newsletter

Please click on link below to update your E-Mail address for our mailing lists and newsletters


Update information in Parish Directory

Please use the link below to update your information in the Parish Directory.





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.