• Rev. Patrick J. Skutch

  • Deacon David Grauer

  • Confirmands

  • Newly Received

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  • Bishop Jeffrey Lee

  • Confirmands

  • Newly Received

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

Advent and Christmas Service Schedule

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17 | Third Sunday of Advent
Worship at 8 and 10am

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 | Fourth Sunday of Advent
Worship at 10am Only, One Service

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 | Christmas Eve
5:00pm Festival Celebration of the Christ Mass with the Gospel Choir
9:30pm Congregational Christmas Caroling and Prelude Music
10:00pm Festival Celebration of the Christ Mass with the Parish Choir

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25 | Christmas Day
10am Christmas Day Eucharist with Carols and Organ Music

Christmas Flower Memorials

We enter December and await the coming of the Christ Child. The only decoration in the church is the Advent Wreath with its purple and pink candles for the four Sundays of Advent. Then, we celebrate Jesus’ birth with a beautiful array of poinsettias and wreaths. Those blooms represent memorials and thank offerings from our parishioners. If you had a memorial or thank offering last year, you should have received a letter about participating again this year. Please return your request in the envelope provided.

Third Sundays are All Y’all Sundays | December 17

• 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.

Men's Breakfast Group | Saturday, January 6

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.

St. Mary's Book Discussion Group | Monday, January 8 at 7 PM

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.

SPOTLIGHT ON......

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 !

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.