• Rev. Patrick J. Skutch

  • Deacon David Grauer

  • Confirmands

  • Newly Received

  • Bishop Jeffrey Lee

  • Confirmands

  • Newly Received

  • 8 O'Clockers

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

THE WRITER’S CRAFT | 2-SESSION WORKSHOP

Friday, January 26 and Friday, February 2 ~ 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Grauer Lounge

Tricia Crisafulli, a St. Mary’s parishioner and published author, will offer a two-session workshop on the writer’s craft, focusing on character development, dialogue, setting, point of view, and more.
Writers of all experience levels are welcome.
Exercises and discussions will focus on techniques for both fiction and nonfiction writing.

Saint Mary's Annual Parish Meeting | January 28

The Annual  Meeting will  follow the ONE SERVICE  at 9:30 am in the church, with adjournment to the Grauer Lounge for Coffee Hour following the meeting.

Annual Meeting Formation/Child Care Information: Children's Formation  will be available from 9:20am to the end of the Annual Meeting. The children are invited to enjoy a movie, games, and snacks in the Youth Room. Nursery will be open for 5yrs and under.  After the meeting, please come pick up your children from the Youth Room.

Spiritual Care Visitor Training 2018 | Bishop Anderson House: Apply by February 1

Spiritual Care Visitor Training is open to all who wish to add more tools to their pastoral care skills toolbox. You will be exposed to the Active Listening technique that will change how you communicate with others forever. Learn how to better understand the cognitively impaired and elderly, and get important skills in assisting with those who are facing death and those who will grieve their loss. The training is ideal for people serving on Pastoral Care Teams, or for congregations who wish to serve others more deeply.
Bishop Anderson House presents this 10-week class every Saturday, February 24 to May 5. Choose between meeting at St. James Commons (65 E. Huron, Chicago) or St. Simon's Episcopal Church (Arlington Heights).
The St. James course will meet from 9:30 to 12 in Kyle's place, on the main level of the Commons at 65 E. Huron. The 10-week course runs on Saturdays, from February 24 through May 5th.

Men's Breakfast Group | Saturday, February 3

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  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 enjoys attending Chicago Cubs and Northwestern football games, as well as bowling outings.

Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections, The Reverend Heidi Haverkamp | Sunday, February 4 at 9 am

Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels-A Special Event with The Reverend Heidi Haverkamp, Sunday, February 4th,  presentation at 9 am. 

Child care will be available from 8:45am to the normal Formation time. Nursery will be open from 8:45am until end of service. 

 

The Rev. Heidi Haverkamp will be joining us to preach and speak about her second book, Holy Solitude: Lenten Reflections with Saints, Hermits, Prophets, and Rebels.  From the back cover, "Our faith is full of heroes who experienced God powerfully in solitude. In the vast desert or a tiny room, solitude―frightening for some and a welcome reprieve for others―is far from an antisocial self-indulgence but rather is an opportunity for transformation and empowerment to serve God’s people ever more deeply."

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: The Bowe Family and the Dinse Family. 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.