St. Mary's joins with other members of The Park Ridge Ministerial Association and various local organizations to provide supper to hungry families every week from September through May. Currently these dinners are served at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church. The photo shows our team serving on a recent Sunday.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our re-sale shop resumes business…ten to one-thirty 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, and or decorative, holiday items, pictures, etc. Workers are greatly needed. We would like to develop an on-line presence for which we need assistance. Please contact Barb Bowers (847- 823 - 0709) to arrange donations or to volunteer.
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.
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 email@example.com or call us at 847-823-4126.
This email list will be used exclusively to communicate regarding issues relevant to welcoming refugees.
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.