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."




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, dbmasini@gmail.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 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.


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 kimrak824@gmail.com. The deadline to register is January 14. Join us for a faith­filled weekend!



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

Christmas Season Liturgy
Schedule 2014

Individual Reconciliation
Saturday December 20 and 27
4:00 - 5:00pm

Christmas Eve Liturgies
Wednesday, December 24
4:00pm Mass
7:00pm Posada
8:00pm Evening Mass with Choir

Christmas Day Liturgies
Thursday, December 25
9:30am and 11:30am Masses

New Year’s Eve
Wednesday, December 31
5:00pm Mass

Solemnity of Mary
New Year’s Day

Thursday, January 1, 2015
11:30am Mass

Solemnity of the
Epiphany of the Lord

Sunday, January 4
5:00pm (Saturday, January 3)
8:00am, 9:30am and 11:30am Masses
5:00pm Mass


Bible Study

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.

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