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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:

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.

Sign Up for the Christmas Basket Program: October 23 and 30

Please consider helping some families in need this Christmas by signing up for the Christmas Basket program.  It is sponsored by the Revive Center for Housing and Healing in Chicago.  Judy Donovan has a list of 14 singles and 21 families ranging in size from 2 to 8 for your to purchase a personal gift.  Due to the generosity of St. Mary's Vestry, we are providing the $15.00 Jewel gift card for each individual!  Judy will be at coffee hour on Sundays, October 9, 23, and 30 for you to sign up and pick up the gift cards.

Ladies High Tea: Sunday, October 23, 3 to 5 PM

St. Mary’s Altar Guild has a number of antique tea sets used to host teas in the past.  Please join us for a revival of this tradition:  celebrating old friends, some of whom we haven’t seen in a while, and welcoming new.
 All generations invited.
When: Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  
Where: St. Mary’s Beyer Auditorium
Suggested Donation: $10 per person at registration.  You can reserve a table for 8
Benefiting: Our OBT - St. Cyprian Pantry Thanksgiving Turkeys

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)