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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


In January 2017, we need to elect 2 new Vestry members, including a Treasurer. Similar to last year, Vestry would like to hear your recommendations for nominees and our Vestry Nominating Task Force will also be making recommendations. Lay Vestry members work in a collaborative leadership structure with Fr. Patrick. Characteristics of Vestry members should include:

"Value" | Grateful Hearts, Joyful Lives | Stewardship 2016

In this stewardship video reflection, parishioner Nicole Mascheri reflects on how we place a value on the most important aspects of our lives, what she and her family value about St. Mary's, and her thought process around contributing financially to this community.

Prayer Flags for All Saints Sunday

On Sunday, November 6, for our celebration of All Saints Sunday, we will create a visual reminder the great cloud of witnesses - all those who have gone before us. As we remember loved ones who have died we invite you to offer their names by writing them on the brightly colored prayer flags found in the narthex (entryway) of the church or chapel or submitting them via the form here. These flags will be hung in the sanctuary on All Saints Sunday.

Trick or Treat at St Mary's: Monday, October 31, 3 to 8 PM

On October 31st, 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, lemonade and coffee. 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 October 28 (time to be determined). If you are interested in helping out please contact Alice Medenwald at a-medenwald@neiu.edu or at 773-725-4717.

57TH ANNUAL BISHOP’S BALL ~ Friday, November 4th

See the attached for more information or click here for ticket details.  This year's Bishop's Ball will be held at the JW Marriot Burnham Ballroom 151 West Adams Street, Chicago .

6:00 PM Reception & Silent Auction
7:45 PM Dinner & Live Auction
9:00 PM Dancing until midnight with The Joe Lill Orchestra.

Black-tie optional. Valet parking available. For tickets and more information: www.eccsonline.net | 312.751.6721

Women’s Spirituality: Monday, November 7 at 7 PM

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7 PM in Grauer Lounge.

All women of the parish are invited to attend, whether or not they have read the book. Light refreshments will be served.

Questions?  Please contact Paula Risk at paula_gleason@sbcglobal.net or 847-692-7944
Monday, November 7, 2016——“THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD” by Val Brelinski (must be requested individually, multiple copies available through the interlibrary loan system)

Third Sundays are All Y’all Sundays: November 20

• 8am Rite I Eucharist happens as usual.
• No Family Sing or Children’s Formation at 9:30
• All Ages Worship Together at 10am
• At the 10am service children will gather together during the Gospel Acclamation and, after the reading of the Gospel, head to the Grauer Lounge for an age-appropriate formation activity and prayers, returning to the Sanctuary during the Peace
• Beginning in October all the children will join together in the “All God’s Children Choir” to sing at the Offertory one of the songs they’ve been learning in Family Sing.

Episcopal Essentials: Sunday, November 20 at 9am, Marshall Dining Room

Are you new to the Episcopal Church or could you go for a refresher about some of the basics? Join Fr. Patrick and others from the St. Mary’s community as we explore the ins and outs of being a part of the Jesus movement in the Episcopal Church. Dip your toes in the water anytime as you’re interested or participate regularly over the course of a year to get the “whole story.”

  • November 20 Baptism and Eucharist: A Deeper Dive
  • December 18 Odds and Ends: Episcopal Q & A