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About St. 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

Bell Choir Open House and Rehearsal: Tuesday, September 6 at 5pm

St. Mary’s Handbell Choir is a fun musical opportunity especially appropriate for folks who would enjoy making music in community but aren’t interested in singing and/or folks who are interested in learning more about basic rhythm and music reading in a supportive (and humor-filled!) environment. All are invited to join us for an open house on the day of our first rehearsal.

Women’s Spirituality: Tuesday, September 6 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


TUESDAY, September 6, 2016——(NOTE CHANGE OF DATE!!)  

“ORDINARY GRACE”  by William Kent Krueger


Monday, October 3, 2016——“12 STEPS TO A COMPASSIONATE LIFE” by Karen Armstrong


Adult Vocal Choirs Retreat and Open House Saturday, September 10 | 9:30am-2:30pm

All regular participants in St. Mary’s Parish Choir and Gospel Choir along with anyone interested in “testing the waters” of singing with one of our adult choirs this year are invited to join us for an all-choir retreat/open house with renowned composer and choral conductor Dr. Keith Hampton. We’ll rehearse music to sing together at the 10am service on September 11 (including a newly written piece, “Unity,” by Dr. Hampton), spend time together in prayer and fellowship, enjoy a catered lunch, and look ahead at some of the music will sing in the coming year.

Park Ridge Ministerial Association: Sunday Night Supper, September 11

St. Mary's is an active member of the Ministerial Association.

Sunday, September 11,  Sunday Supper at St Luke's, Park Ridge. Serving team arrives starting at 4:30, serving starts at 5:45, clean up is done by 7pm. Donations of 4 gallons of 2% milk and 4 gallons of Apple Juice are needed. Anyone who is interested in volunteering to serve or donating beverages can contact Deb Kelliher at dakelliher@yahoo.com, 847-692-9481 or David Grauer at dgrauerdds@aol.com

Episcopal Essentials: Sunday, September 18 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.”

Third Sundays are All Y’all Sundays Beginning September 18

• 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.

Join us on the 2016 Niles/Park Ridge CROP Hunger Walk: Sunday, October 16

For the first time since 2011, St. Mary’s will be participating in the Niles/Park Ridge CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m. This interfaith effort will raise funds for hunger-related efforts worldwide (distributed by Church World Services), and 25% of funds raised will go directly to the Maine Township Food Pantry.
There are several ways for you to participate: