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.

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.

ST. CYPRIAN’S FOOD DRIVE | FEBRUARY 18th and FEBRUARY 25th

St. Cyprian’s food pantry helps feed 400-500 households on the northwest side of Chicago each month. St. Mary’s has long been a supporter of St. Cyprian’s and we will be collecting food for the pantry on February 18 and February 25.

All kinds of food are welcome but special needs are SOUPS, BREAKFAST CEREALS, CANS OF FRUIT, WHITE RICE, COOKING OIL AND PASTA. Boxes will be by the fireplace in the GRAUER LOUNGE for collection.

St. Cyprian’s is also in great need of volunteers. If you would like more information, contact Leona Thomas at 847-983-8183.

WOMEN’S RETREAT SPRING CLEANING DRIVE | Through April 8

Once again, we are using the occasion of the Women’s Retreat to bless others through our generosity. In the fall we met 23 recently homeless folks, who now have their own apartments, and we’d like to help by providing them with the cleaning supplies and other sundry items they need to keep their new homes well cared for. Each woman attending the retreat is being asked to bring one empty laundry basket to church by Feb. 25th which we hope the parishioners of St. Mary’s will help fill. The baskets will be in one of the classrooms off the Beyer Auditorium.

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.

TREASURE CHEST NOW OPEN | Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

Our re-sale shop has resumed business…10am to 1:30pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. We welcome for re-sale clean, gently used women’s and children’s clothing, household items, toys, games, cards….things that are still useful, holiday items, pictures, etc.
Workers are also welcomed; please contact Barb Bowers at j7395@sbcglobal.net to arrange donations or to volunteer.

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.