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."



Holiday Wish Basket Time!!!

Sign up Sunday, November 30 and December 7 after any of the masses. All items must be delivered by11:00am Sunday December 14 to the St. A’s Gym. For over 20 years, St. Athanasius Parish has assisted the Howard Area Community Center in their Holiday Sharing Program. Families in the Howard area contact HACC with their children’s holiday wishes and the HACC’s dedicated team of community volunteers and staff match those wish lists with volunteer Holiday Basket Makers who then purchase and wrap the gifts.

Last year St Athanasius was able to provide Christmas gifts for 98 children from 30 families. This year, we have committed to providing presents for 110 children from 35 families. Please sign up in the school gym on this Sunday November 30 or Sunday December 7 after any of the masses. Sign up for one or more children or an entire family. You are asked to purchase and tag a NEW item valued between $25-$30 for each person you adopt.

You may also wish to include a gift card to Jewel or Target for the family to purchase grocery and household items. All wrapped gifts will need to be delivered to the school gym on Sunday December 14 by 11:00am. We will then deliver them to the Howard Area Community Center. Any questions, contact Donna Masini at 224-392-3001 or dbmasini@gmail.com.


Women's Club Bake Sale December 13/14

The St. As Women’s Club Annual Bake Sale raises money for the care of the altar and other charitable projects. If you can’t bake or buy for the event, consider a donation to the club to support their ministry. Baked and purchased goodies are accepted starting at 3:00pm on Saturday, December 13 in the school cafeteria, and will be on sale before and after each weekend Mass December 13/14 (excluding Sunday evening.). Donations are much appreciated anytime and can be dropped off or mailed to the parish office in care of the club.


St. A's Book Club

In December the St. A’s Book Club will be meeting on Thursday the 11th at 6:30 in the Fitzgerald Center for a mini pot luck. We will discuss our own favorite Christmas book, poem, short story -- whatever.

All are welcome.


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.


Contemplative Practice Group meets Wednesday, December 3

The Contemplative Practice Group, meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:00pm 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.


Toddler Time, Friday, December 5, 8:30am - 10:30am

MOMS, DADS, GRANDPARENTS, CAREGIVERS meet other parents of kids from babies to kindergarten. Join St. A’s parents and their toddlers on the first Friday of each month in the school, for Toddler Time. For more information: e-mail Maura Devine at maura@devinepr.com, or Amy O’Keefe at aokeefe@gmail.com. We Look Forward to Seeing You There!


To All Middle and High School Students

On Thursday nights 7:00pm-8:00pm, in the 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.


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!


21st Annual St. Athanasius Pointsetta Sale

Get all of your beautiful holiday plants at the 21st Annual St. Athanasius Pointsetta Sale.  
Saturday, December 13th 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sunday, December 14th 8:00 am -1:00 pm 

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Music Rehearsals for Parish Music Program
Wednesdays, Weekly 7:00-8:00pm Chris Skrable and Emma Tumminello will hold music rehearsals in the choir loft for anyone who wishes to support the parish music program. The Family Choir at the 9:30 Mass, is especially encouraged to attend. Vocalists and instrumentalists of all ages are welcome. 


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

Thanksgiving Day Liturgy

Mass - 9:00 am.
Blessing of the Bread (and other food items) immediately following Mass.

There’s Still Time to Join Us!

2014-15 St. Athanasius RCIA
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
St. Athanasius Parish has begun a new journey in faith to share the richness of the Catholic Church
and our parish family. We invite you to learn what the Church teaches, and to be introduced to some of our parish members.
These gatherings are for inquirers and are open to people who are unbaptized, as well as those who are baptized Christians from Protestant or Evangelical backgrounds.
Gatherings take place on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Fitzgerald Center. For further information, please contact the parish office at 847-328-1430  


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.