Outreach Partners

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.

Books and Tutoring For CCA Academy

The ongoing relationship of St. Mary’s and CCA Academy is alive and well. This year, instead of collecting school supplies for the students, (as we have done in the past) we were asked about the possibility of supplying classroom sets of novels for English classes. Through the combined effort of the staff at CCA, Paula Risk, and parishioner, Greg Pierce, 30 copies of 5 different novels were purchased by St. Mary’s for the students at CCA. A 6th book is not available until spring of next year, and we will revisit that in the spring. Greg Pierce owns ACTA Publishing and got the books for us at a 40% discount, did not charge shipping fees, and had them delivered to St. Mary’s. Thank you Greg!!

Community Christian Alternative Academy (CCA)

Community Christian Alternative (CCA) Academy is a high school on Chicago's west side. The school is located in the Lawndale neighborhood, one of the Chicago's most poverty and crime ridden communities, often topping the list for murders, prostitution and drug dealing. CCA Academy provides high school drop outs a last chance opportunity to get their diploma and placement into a college or technical training program. Against tremendous odds the CCA Academy has survived for over 25 years providing a stable environment and a road map for disadvantaged youth.

Bishop Anderson House

A long standing Outreach Partner of St. Mary's is Bishop Anderson House, a member of Episcopal Charities.

The Mission of Bishop Anderson House is to advance healing by ministering to the sick and those who care for them.

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United Power for Action & Justice

How do we put our faith into action? How do we go from frustration about the difference between how things should be and the way things are to effective action to put things right? A major part of our answer is our work in Community Organizing through United Power for Action and Justice. UPAJ is a broad-based organization made up of dues-paying members, city and suburban, including 300 churches synagogues, mosques, unions, hospitals, businesses, community health care clinics and local community organizations.

Companion Ministry with the Anglican Diocese of Southeast Mexico

Our companion parish, San Juan Bautista, is a small but vibrant parish in the Diocese of Southeast Mexico. San Juan Bautista is in a remote Mexican village called San Filipé Cihualtepec. Driving the dirt roads to the town, you take in the sights of homes made of bundles of scrap wood. As you worship in the concrete block church, the songs of pigs and chickens mingle with human voices raised in praise. Since the inaugural trip made in May, 2005, St. Mary's members of all ages have been journeying south about twice a year to cultivate this budding ministry.