Serving

Outreach is an important part of life at St. Mary’s. As a relatively affluent congregation, we care deeply about reaching those less fortunate and back up that commitment with not only our money, but our personal time and energy. We try to form relationships with those we support. We also maintain a strong commitment, through action and financial resources, to the Diocese of Chicago and to the National Church.

Celebrate Refugee Families | June 24 th

On Sunday, June 24th, we will remember the many refugees in our world, and we will give thanks for our opportunity to get to know them.
Liz Shuman, our partner at Exodus World Service, will be with us that morning. She will give a presentation on refugee resettlement at 9:00 AM in the church. Please come, even if you are not working with the refugee ministry. You will learn a great deal.
As a sign of welcome to our refugee neighbors, would you consider bringing one the following items to church with you that day? (Or before if you are unable to be here on the 24th)

Welcoming Refugees, Next Steps

Recently we gathered together to organize ourselves around several opportunities to show welcome and love to refugees.
If you were not able to be at the meeting, but want to get involved, don't worry!
Here are descriptions of the service opportunities, and contact information for the organizers of each effort.

Treasure Chest Closing For The Summer | June 16

The TREASURE CHEST, (St. Mary’s Re-sale Shop) will be closing for the summer. Our last day is June 16th. We thank all those who have supported our work ….with donations of saleable goods and time. During the summer please contact the parish office at 847-823-4126 to arrange to drop off your donations at the Treasure Chest’s inside door during office hours….bagged or boxed is best. If things are needed for special projects or events, please contact the church office at 847-823-4126 or Barbara Bowers at 312-806-5511. Workers are very much required for next year, beginning mid-September.

EXODUS WELCOME BASKET

Donations are requested for our first refugee family welcome basket of 2018. Please help us welcome our new neighbors into their new home by providing them with everyday items such as soap, kitchenware, bedding, and more. If you would like more information or to help, please contact Park Ridge Welcome Pack Coordinator Kate Hannigan at katelhannigan@gmail.com

Stewardship 2018: Beyond The Plate, Making "Cents" Of Our Annual Giving

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.

Saint Mary's Raises Money For Exodus World Service

St Mary's running team pictured (R to L) of Dave Mazza, Janelle Silva, Natalya Kelliher and Derek Falk raised over $1000 for Exodus World Service at Saturday's 5k Run/Walk.
Derek placed 3rd in his age group, Natalya and Dave placed 2nd in their age group, and Janelle placed 1st in her age group and 1st women to cross the finish line! Not pictured were walkers Karen Reid and Leslie Stapleton.

Welcoming Refugees: Presentation at St. Mary's

 

 

 

 

 

On February 8 more than 70 people, both parishioners and visitors, attended a lively presentation about refugees and how to help  welcome them upon their arrival in the United States.

The discussion was led by Sue Horgan of Exodus World Service, a Christian advocacy group. Information about Exodus can be found here.

If you would like to be added to our Refugee Email list please let us know either via email parishadmin@stmaryspr.org or call us at 847-823-4126.
This email list will be used exclusively to communicate regarding issues relevant to welcoming refugees.

Park Ridge Mental Health Resource Guide

A new brochure is now available to Park Ridge residents who need help finding mental health resources in the community.

Developed by the Healthier Park Ridge Coalition, the Park Ridge Mental Health Source Guide was officially launched May 23 outside the Park Ridge Public Library.

Click here for a copy of the brochure.

Copies are also available in the Church office.