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.

Vestry Nominees for 2020 : Nancy Swanson

Nancy Swanson     (three  -  year Vestry  term) 

Nancy Swanson, along with her husband Paul, and 2 girls Kara and Carly, have been Park Ridge residents for over 22 years. Nancy and Paul recently celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary. She owns Northshore Music Therapy Services, Inc. and has been a board-certified music therapist for over 25 years where she provides music therapy to people living with dementia, oncology patients, individuals with special needs, and more. Nancy grew up in Peru, Illinois where leading a life of faith was instilled in her by her grandma who went to Catholic mass every day. She also taught Nancy the importance of altruism, service, and most importantly love. Nancy continues to live out her faith every day through her work and personal life, approaching each day with purpose and spiritual intent. Her personal motto is: “May I make a difference in the lives of those I touch today.”


Vestry Nominees for 2020: Patti Landreth

Patti Landreth (three year Treasurer term) I am a cradle Episcopalian.  I have belonged to St. Mary’s since we began having children 33 years ago. My husband, John and I were married at St Luke’s in Kalamazoo Michigan 37 years ago. While we raised our children in both the Catholic Church and St. Mary’s, we ultimately wanted them to choose their own faith. Eventually, John became attached to St Mary’s as well as the kids and we became regulars here. I have served in the ECW group back in the late 80s early 90s. I am an active member in the altar guild. I presently work full time as controller for a filtration system manufacturer in Itasca. I spend my spare time playing tennis, traveling to our cottage in Glenn, Michigan and spoiling my first Granddaughter, Maddie.

Vestry Nominees for 2020: Sal Parenti

Salvatore Parenti   (two -  year  Warden  term) I grew up in an Italian American household, and our dinner table provided the stage for real discussion – honest, open, frank and sometimes tearful. My mother, an independent-minded artist and, my father, a competitive and creative craftsman, encouraged my two older sisters and me  every opportunity to engage in debate. We examined in detail, over the course of many meals, both lofty and lowly topics. Issues became multi-dimensional, without rigid distinctions between right and wrong. Subjects as diverse as foreign policy and car sharing privileges were placed on the table, alongside the platter of pasta, and over time, I learned the complex nature of life's issues.

St. Mary's Treasure Chest Receives 2019 Best of Park Ridge Award

Treasure Chest & Resale has been selected for the 2019 Best of Park Ridge Award in the Thrift Shops category by the Park Ridge Award Program.

Each year, the Park Ridge Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Park Ridge area a great place to live, work and play.

How To Help Refugees and Asylum Seekers

  1.  Speak out :
Reach out to your members of Congress through the Episcopal Public Policy Network. Learn & take action.

  2.  Support Episcopal efforts:
Read Response to the Border: Advocacy and Education to connect with ongoing Episcopal efforts in border dioceses and elsewhere.

   3.   Join EMM's Partners in Welcome:
Get involved for the long-term. Join Partners in Welcome to learn, network, share best practices, and get equipped for ministries of advocacy, presence, welcome, and community-building.

   4.   Support EMM:
Alongside our ongoing work to resettle refugees, EMM is also. leading a churchwide effort to create Support Asylum- Seekers: A Toolkit for Individuals and Congregations, to help communities learn how they can support asylum-seekers through the legal process. We need your help to continue our work. Make a gift to EMM today.


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. 

Sunday, March 22 will be the last meal we share until it is safe for us to gather together again. The meal on March 22 will be served in a pre-packaged container that guests can pick up curb-side in front of the Lounge Doors of Park Ridge Presbyterian Church on Delphia Ave.

 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

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 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.