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.
Everyone is welcome to participate in our frequent 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-823-4126.
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
We may not turn 125 until next year, but let’s start celebrating now! Commemorate St. Mary’s anniversary by purchasing this beautiful ornament for your tree for a mere $20 or get 3 for $50! This fund raiser will contribute to our budget while providing a lovely addition to your Christmas tree. Ornaments will be sold following our Sunday services starting November 17th. We take cash, checks or credit cards!
Don’t delay! Buy early! Don’t be disappointed when we sell out!
An Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service will take place on Tuesday Nov. 26, at 7:30 pm at Park Ridge Community Church, sponsored by the Park Ridge Ministerial Association.
In this time of Thanksgiving we praise God and give thanks for blessings both seen and unseen— All that God has done and continues to do for us.
A combined Community Choir will perform at the service; followed by Desserts, Coffee & Fellowship.
If you want to be listed in the photo directory or if you would like to submit updated contact information and/or a new photo for the Church Photo Directory, please review your current listing in the directory, located in the narthex, and fill out the attached change request form and submit it to the parish office by Sunday, November 24th.
New Photos must be submitted in a JPEG format to email@example.com
A Beginner’s Guide to Advent-by Amy- Jill Levine
Books can be purchased individually from Amazon.com or from Father Patrick. Please RSVP to Father Patrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, November 25. Reading assignments will be given in advance.
In Light of the World, esteemed biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine takes a fresh look at the sacred, beloved stories we tell this time of year. This is a wonderful study even for those who have heard the familiar stories year after year. Here is a preview:
We meet from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Grauer Lounge on the first Monday of each month
Dec 2 Music for Wartime, by Rebecca Makkai, ( 2015, 228 pgs.)
-a short story collection from a 2019 Pulitzer Prize finalist
Jan 6 A Year by the Sea, by Joan Anderson, (1999, 195 pgs.)
a woman tries to find herself during a break from marriage -
Our Annual Christmas Cookie Exchange ~ Sunday, December 8th Following the 10am service You can't buy them, but you can exchange them!
Here's how it works:
Everybody bakes 6 dozen cookies, all the same kind
Cookies are divided into portions depending on how many bakers we have
Bring your bagged cookies to the Auditorium before the 10:00 a.m. service
After church, return to the auditorium to take home an assortment of all the cookies!
Come, help us feed those in need!
Please join us to make lunches for hungry people! We are in need of supplies!!! We are seeking donations of Bread, Meat, Eggs, Chips and Juice Boxes, if you are able to donate, we would truly appreciate it! Thank you for your generous and enthusiastic support of this ministry! If you are able to donate, please email email@example.com
Plans are underway for St. Mary's annual Christmas pageant, and we are seeking all interested children and parents! All children from the Atrium to Grade 5 are welcome to be in our cast. There are a variety of both speaking and non-speaking roles (of the traditional Nativity type). If you want to participate, here are important dates to keep in mind:
Sunday, December 1st & December 8th: Costume pick-up after 10 a.m. service in Beyer Auditorium
Monday, December 9th: Speaking Parts’ Rehearsal at St. Mary's 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Petite Opera Productions (Park Ridge IL) presents the Chicago premiere of The Falling and The Rising from November 2-24. Following the journey of a female soldier after she is wounded, The Falling and The Rising is a soldier's operatic odyssey that captures the indomitable spirit of our U.S. military. Originally created from interviews with active-duty soldiers and veterans, the opera shines a light on their inspirational and often untold stories of family, service and sacrifice inside a period of great uncertainty. The production features a military chorus comprised of veterans. Suitable for all ages. Music by Zach Redler. Libretto by Chicago’s own Jerre Dye. Based on a concept by Sgt. Ben Hilgert.
Purchase Tickets online: petiteopera.org/purchase-tickets-online
Ticket Reservations by Phone 847-553-4442 or by Email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on this production: petiteopera.org/upcoming-productions
Children ages 4 to grade 5 are welcome to join us at 9:30 a.m. in the Grauer Lounge for a gathering time.
At 9:45 a.m. children 4-6 years old will spend time in our Atrium classroom. The curriculum is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.
Children grades 2-5 are welcome to join us in Classroom 1 for stories, crafts, and more.
Every 1st and third Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. from September to May our middle school age children participate in a youth group. Our time together is spent sharing a meal, discussing our faith, and participating in an event, game, or outing.
Our High School age friends are welcome to participate in our High School Youth Group. We meet once a month. We do outings, service projects, peer ministry lessons, and more. For more information please contact Zach Dyrda.
Sunday Night Suppers is a collaborative food ministry of Park Ridge churches and the Park Ridge Ministerial Association. On Sunday evenings from September to May, members of our community experiencing food insecurity are invited to share a meal together, no questions asked.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and Park Ridge Presbyterian Church are co-hosts of this vital ministry. As the 2019-2020 program year will be the first year of our joint partnership, the Vestry has chosen Sunday Night Suppers as our One Big Thing for 2019-2020. One Big Thing is about rallying ourselves and working as a team doing something that we enjoy, something that fits our strengths as a parish, and something that challenges us to dig deep together. And Sunday Night Suppers is just that: a prime opportunity to live into our gift and enjoyment of feeding our neighbors!
More information at sundaysupperspr.org/