We are a fun-loving and celebratory community. Playing and praying together is an important part of our common life and how we celebrate our gratitude to God for bringing us together.
We serve many outside our walls through our outreach and partnership programs. We are aware we are a mostly white, suburban church, yet we value diversity and we hope to be more diverse in membership and to promote greater understanding and appreciation of people different from us. As disciples, we actively promote social justice.
The men of St. Mary's meet for breakfast in The Marshall Dining Room 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 enjoys Chicago Cubs, Northwestern football,and bowling outings.
The St. Mary's Book Discussion Group (formerly the Women's Spirituality Group)
meets the 1st Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Grauer Lounge.
The book to be discussed on January 8 (note change of date to second Monday): The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt
Limited copies of the book are available at the 2nd floor Readers' Services Desk at the Park Ridge Public Library.
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 honorees and Stewardship co-chairs: Kathy McIntyre and Sol Parenti. And get ready for your time in the SPOTLIGHT !
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.
The Parish Annual report for 2016 is attached.
Information regarding governance and various leadership reports can be found here.
St. Mary's Core Values:
Seek God. Love one another. Serve others.
St. Mary’s Provides:
Worship, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Formation, and Fellowship
Anchors For Decision Making:
St.Mary's Annual Reports are available for viewing here...
The explanation of the new Vestry Leadership Structure is attached...
Located in the Southwest Corner of the Grauer Lounge...
The first face you’re likely to see on Sunday morning is that of one of our Ushers. Ushers provide parishioners with bulletins, help people find available seats for Sunday worship, and, on behalf of the whole community, present our offerings of thanksgiving to the Lord at the altar. Dick Chandler coordinates this ministry.