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  • Rev. Patrick J. Skutch

  • No Strangers At Home

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About Saint Mary's

St. Mary's Purpose is to pursue and recognize heaven on Earth through relationship with God and service to others and one another.

Welcome to our web site. We would be delighted to have you visit St. Mary's Episcopal Church. 

You do not need to be a member of the congregation to participate in any of our weekly acitivites or study groups on spirituality, social justice, education, health, and fellowship. If you are interested in exploring membership please contact Father Patrick Skutch at patrickskutch@stmaryspr.org or 847-823-4126.

About the Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church is a gathering of all kinds of people who put their trust in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior, who believe that God loves all people, and who want to share God’s love, peace, and forgiveness with everyone we encounter. We want to follow Jesus and his teachings in our daily lives


The second half of 2017 will be an important time in the life of St. Mary's. We will continue our "One Big Thing" centered around "No Strangers at Home". We will also continue to welcome new parishioners through communication to Park Ridge at large, nearby suburbs and the northwest side of Chicago. We are encouraging people to "cross the sidewalk" and celebrate the Eucharist with us and participate in our programs. And we will also work to make our religious education, pastoral services and children's programs meet our member's needs.

Trivinia Night | Saturday, September 23, 5 to 9 PM

$20 - adults $10 - children 5 and over and youth

What is Travinia night?
It’s Trivia Night Ravinia style! You bring your blankets, chairs, food, drinks, serving ware, candles, bug spray, etc. We’ll provide the trivia and entertainment! Doors will open at 5:00 for participants to gather and set up. Trivia will start around 6:00. We will also have a raffle for baskets full of wonderful prizes, so bring your wallet! This event is a fundraiser for the mission and ministries of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

COME TO THE FAIR|Sunday, October 1

St. Mary’s is presenting a Blessings of Home Ministry Fair on Sunday, October 1 in the auditorium after the 10 a.m. service. At the fair will be representatives from the many activities and outreach programs that are offered at St. Mary’s. This will be a great opportunity for you and your family to learn about these programs and become more active in our parish family. Refreshments will be served.

Women’s Spirituality | Monday, October 2 at 7 PM

The book to be discussed on October 2 is “Proof Of Heaven” by Eben Alexander.  We will meet in Grauer Lounge from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.  
All women of the parish are invited to attend, whether or not they have read the book.  Participants are invited to bring a snack or beverage to share.

Questions?  Please contact Paula Risk at paula_gleason@sbcglobal.net or 847-692-7944

The books for the upcoming meetings are:

Monday, November 6, 2017—“Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu

Men's Breakfast Group | Saturday, October 7

The men of St. Mary's meet for breakfast on the first Saturday of each month from September thru May for fellowship and to plan activities that give back to the community-at-large. The group this past year has been volunteering in Chicago's Night Ministry Program where meals are prepared at St. Mary's and served to residents in the South Shore, Pilsen, and Lawndale neighborhoods in Chicago. The group also enjoyed Chicago Cubs, Northwestern football, bowling outings in 2016 with more social outings being planned for 2017.

DINNER GROUPS ARE BACK! |Sign Up by October 8

What is a Dinner Group you ask?

  •  Dinner groups are groups formed to facilitate interactions between parishioners who may not know one another well and to facilitate connections between longtime and newer parishioners.
  • Each group usually has 8 participants which can be singles, couples, partners, friends, etc.
  •  Each group, once assigned, will meet roughly once per quarter, or 3-4 times between October and May.
  •  Each group decides what types of “events” its group will participate in, i.e., dinner at a home, restaurant, concert, brunch, sporting event, etc.

Third Sundays are All Y’all Sundays | October 15

• 8am Rite I Eucharist happens as usual.
• No Regular Children’s Formation at 9:30
• All Ages Worship Together at 10am
• The children are invited to join us in the back of the church prior to the service and process into church with us. They may sit on the floor in front of the altar with our adult leader for the first part of the service. They depart with the adult leader after the Gospel reading for an age-appropriate exploration of the day's Scriptures and prayers, returning to worship in time for communion. Nursery is also available for small children on All Y'all Sundays.


St Mary's will open its doors for Trick or Treaters from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm. We will be handing out full size candy bars!
We are in need of volunteers who can help us hand out treats. We encourage those who help to dress up in costume or wear a fun hat or tee shirt.
We also need help with decorating the area outside the office entrance on Sunday, October 29 th at 1pm. If you are interested in helping out please contact Alice Medenwald at a-medenwald@neiu.edu or at 773-725- 4717 . Remember Halloween is not just for kids!


As part of No Strangers at Home, we have installed a SPOTLIGHT board on the wall between the bell tower doors and the Grauer Lounge. We will be spotlighting different parishioners every few weeks so that we can all put names with faces. There will also be a little bio of each - the facts of which may or may not be the subject of a trivia game in the future! Be sure to stop and see our current SPOTLIGHT couple - Judy and Dave Donovan. And get ready for your time in the SPOTLIGHT !

Introducing Saint Mary's Ministry Directory

As part of our "No Strangers at Home" campaign, the Vestry is pleased to introduce the attached Ministry Directory that will provide information on the fellowship activities and service opportunities that exist at our parish. If you always wondered who is in charge of a particular committee or ministry, or better yet how can I get involved, take a few moments to review the Directory and see what might be of interest. Our special thanks to Nicole Mascheri for all of her hard work in developing this wonderful resource for our parish.