• Epiphany

  • Celebrating 125 Years

  • Rev Patrick J Skutch

  • Deacon David Grauer

About Saint Mary's

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 patrickskutch@stmaryspr.org or 847-823-4126.

About the Episcopal Church

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

Vestry Nominees for 2020

Nancy Swanson     (three  year Vestry  term) 
Patti Landreth       (three year Treasurer term) 
Salvatore Parenti    (two  year  Warden  term)
More information on each nominee is provided  by clicking on their name.

Wardens serve terms of two years, one as Junior Warden, and one as Senior Warden, per the Vestry policy book revised in August of 2018. All nominees will be voted on together as a slate. The nominations period is closed and nominations will not be received from the floor. We thank Nancy, Patti, and Salvatore for their willingness to serve on Vestry.

The Episcopal Church: An Introduction To Faith In The Episcopal Way | January 15, 22, 29

In January,  Father Patrick will be presenting three classes on the history and faith of the Episcopal Church. These gatherings are especially appropriate for those who may be new or who are exploring membership in the Episcopal Church. The seminars will also serve as preparation for those wishing to be confirmed or received by the Bishop in February. Those desiring a refresher in these topics are also welcome to attend.

St. Mary’s Book Discussion Group | February 3 at 7 PM

We meet from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Grauer Lounge on the first Monday of each month

Feb 3       Forged in Crisis, by Nancy Koehn, (2017, 517 pgs.)
                   -profiles of 5 leaders who were effective during hard times

Mar 2      Unearthed, by Alexandra Risen, (2016, 271 pgs.)
                   -a memoir from a woman who digs into her past while rehabilitating her garden

Women's Retreat Update: Registration is Open!

All women are welcome to join us for the retreat Friday, Feb 21st to Saturday, Feb 22nd.  The retreat will be facilitated by Reverend Laurie Michaels, and the theme will be about time and how we spend it.  The retreat is structured so that you can decide how you want to use your time that weekend - whether coming Friday for a service project, staying overnight, or just coming to the program on Saturday. You're welcome to chose the way that best fits your schedule and budget.  Details are in the online registration form.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH FORMATION | Sunday Schedule

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  and high school age children (gardes 6 - 12) participate in a youth group. Our time together is spent sharing a meal, discussing our faith, and participating in an event, game, or outing.
For more information please contact Zach Dyrda.

ONE BIG THING 2019-2020: SUNDAY SUPPERS

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/

SPOTLIGHT ON......

As part of No Strangers at Home, we have installed a SPOTLIGHT board on the wall between the bell tower doors and the Grauer Lounge. We will be spotlighting different parishioners and outreach partners every few weeks so that we can all put names with faces. There will also be a little bio of each - the facts of which may or may not be the subject of a trivia game in the future! Be sure to stop and see our current SPOTLIGHT honorees: The Outgoing Vestry Members: Susan Bruce, Trish Morris and Scott Schiave. And get ready for your time in the SPOTLIGHT !

Vestry Meeting Agenda for January, 2020 | Parish Leadership and Governance Documents

Information regarding governance and the most recent Parish Annual Report can be found here. 

St. Mary's Core Values:
Seek God.  Love one another.  Serve others.

St. Mary’s Provides:
Worship, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Formation, and Fellowship

Anchors For Decision Making:

  • Use and share our physical resources/space to do outreach service  
  • Engage the geographic community of Park Ridge and the surrounding region
  • Form vital spiritual practices to launch disciples into the world
  • Ask "What is God up to here?"