Newsletter - November 15, 2013
"In failing to confess, Lord, I would only hide You from myself, not myself from You."
Angel Night 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Michigan Shores Country Club
$100 per person for School Families
$75 per person for other Parishioners and Guests
Celebrate our St. Athanasius Community at Angel Night, a swanky evening at Michigan Shores Club on Friday, November 22 at 7 pm. Enjoy a night of wonderful food with a buffet and full bar, great music by Weekend Vinyl, complimentary valet, good company and a chance to win a couples getaway. Tickets may be purchased via eCart at www.saintas.net or by check in the School Office. Questions? Contact Jen O'Shaughnessy at Jennifer.email@example.com, Renee Zipprich at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Julie Harrison at email@example.com.
Christmas Wish Baskets Program is in need of Coordinators!
For many years, St. Athanasius has worked with the Howard Area Community Center to provide Christmas gifts and food for families and individuals in their various programs. We have delivered food and gifts to the Community Center for about thirty families each year. We are looking for several parishioners who are interested in coordinating the program for St. A's this year. The Howard Area Community Center provides the family names and gift ideas. The liaison from St. A's coordinates the gift requests with families from our parish who contribute gifts and food, collects and delivers all of the requests, typically on the Sunday before Christmas. Please let us know of your interest as soon as possible or before Friday, November 22, by contacting Anne Marie McMichael at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at (847) 424-1776. You may also contact the parish rectory.
Holiday Lunch & Lecture with Fr. Hernan
Wednesday, December 4, 12:30 pm
Lunch following at 1 pm
Cost: $25 (a portion is being donated to the mission in Bangladesh)
Enjoy a warm and wonderful afternoon with Fr. Hernan and hear about his mission to Bangladesh! Meet at St. Athanasius Church for Fr. Hernan's presentation, then walk over to the school cafeteria immediately after and enjoy a delicious lunch catered by St. A's mom, Ernie Budiman. RSVP by November 30 to Lisa Weber at email@example.com or (847) 733-9897 or Judy Berg at (847) 864-2650. Make checks out to St. Athanasius Parish and you can drop them at the school office.
Breakfast with Santa!
Sunday, December 8, from 9 am to 1 pm
St. A's Gym
$5 for adults, $3 for kids (under 2 free)
Enjoy games, arts & crafts, coffee, juice, donuts, muffins and more! Have your picture taken with Santa for $5. Get a $2 discount if you donate a new unwrapped toy! All proceeds go to the LifeTeen Service Trip! Questions? Contact Jim Potthast at (847) 328-1430, ext. 120.
The Cold Weather Clothing Drive
Now through November
Sponsored by the St. Athanasius Women's Club
The Cold Weather Clothing Drive is beginning this week, sponsored by the Women's Club. Please put your donation of sweatshirts, sweaters, mittens, coats, scarves, hats and boots in the container in the vestibule of the church. The items will be distributed to those in need in our parish adn at the Howard Area Community Center in Chicago. The drive will continue through November. Thank you for your donations in advance and know that your generosity is greatly appreciated.
St. Athanasius Youth Choir and Teen Choir are looking for voices and musicians.
Here at St. A's we are looking for volunteers who would like to sing or a play a musical instrument in the Sunday 9:30am Youth Choir, or the Sunday 5:00pm Teen Choir. To volunteer or for more information please call the Parish Office at 847-328-1430, x100.
St. A's Book Club
Thursday, November 21, 7:00pm, Fitzgerald Chapel
The St. A's Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:00pm in the Fitzgerald Chapel. The October 17 selection is "Cardinal Sins" by Andrew Greeley. On December 12, we will meet and read a book of our choice on the Christmas theme. All are welcome.
Parents and Grandparent Religious Enrichment
Part II of IV
Sunday, November 24
St. A's Gym
Join Msgr. Prist in exploring the faith we share with our children.
All Souls Mementos
During the month of November, feel free to place pictures or other mementos of your loved ones on the table in the front of the Church. A Book of the Dead will be available for your to include your loved ones that we will keep in our prayers this next year.
Celebrating the Sacrament of Anointing
We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Anointing during the month of December here at St. Athanasius and at local care facilities. Here at St. Athanasius the Sacrament of Anointing will take place on Saturday, December 7th, at 5:00 pm during Mass. For all those Catholics residents at the local care facilities such as Three Crowns, Presbyterian Home and Alden Estates, they will be offered the Sacrament of Anointing after their regular monthly Mass schedule, as follows:
Wednesday, December 4th at 10:00 am at Three Crowns
Monday, December 9 at 3:00 pm at Presbyterian Home
Tuesday, December 24 at 1:00 pm at Alden States
If you have a family member or friend at any of the above care facilities, THERE IS NO NEED for you to bring them to church on Saturday, December 7, to celebrate the rite of anointing since they will receive the sacrament at their care facility. Let us prepare spiritually ourselves to welcome Jesus Christ who brings healing and salvation to all.
Changes to Mass Schedule
There will be no 6:30 am Mass or Saturday 8:00 am Mass for the time being.
Reminder about Eucharistic Adoration
St. Athanasius continues with Eucharistic Adoration in the Church every Monday between 1:00 pm and 9:00 pm. "Prayer is heard everywhere, yet nowhere is prayer so powerful to God as in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament"
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Every Sunday, From Labor Day to Memorial Day, excluding holidays
During the 9:30 am Mass
*December 1, 22, & 29 there will be no Children's Liturgy, due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays
Children's Liturgy of the Word takes places every Sunday at the 9:30 Mass from Labor Day to Memorial Day, excluding holiday weeks. Before the first reading, we invited children ages 4-4th grade to come with us to hear the readings and discuss them in an age-appropriate setting. After a blessing from the presiding priest, we go to the Hartke Room in the school, listen to the readings, have a discussion about the themes of the readings, say the Creed and say our petitions. On some Sundays, we are lucky enough to have Ms. Tumminello, the St. A's School choir director, teach us a song. There are always at least 2 adults present, and any parent is welcome to come along with us. This year, Maggie Swider and Claire Labbe are leading the Children's Liturgy of the Word and they will be assisted by Amy Graczyk and several other parents. We would love to have more parents involved. Thank you for entrusting your children to us. It is a joy to spend time with them and amazing to hear their thoughtful responses in our discussions. It is also a nice community where children from all parts of the parish are able to get to know one another and worship together. If you have any questions, please contact Claire Labbe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maggie Swider at email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed to Help Count Collections
St. Athanasius is in need of volunteers to help our business manager count the Sunday Collections. If you are interested and would like to volunteer, please call Msgr. Prist at (847) 328-1430, ext. 111.
If you have information you would like included in the newsletter, please submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The newsletter is published on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Please submit your information by the Monday of the week before a newsletter is published.
Thank you for your patience as we design a new Parish website. Our new website will hopefully be up and running in the next few months. Until then, please see the Announcements below for current news and staff contact information. Copies of the most recent issues of the Chimes bulletin can be downloaded from www.seekandfind.com.
If you would like to volunteer to input content and updates for the new website, please contact the Rectory at 847-328-1430.
Football Parking 2013
For information regarding parking in the school lot during Northwestern Football Games, please contact Jim Potthast at 847-328-1430, ext. 120, or by email at email@example.com.
Children's Liturgy of the Word
Children's Liturgy of the Word has returned at the 9:30am Mass, every other weekend, led by parishioner Claire Labbe. In Children's Liturgy of the Word, young children leave during the Liturgy of the Word and gather in the Hartke room to celebrate a separate Liturgy of the Word that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.
New Volunteer Opportunity
Share your love of St. A's with new parishioners! The St. A's New Parishioner Committee is looking for some individuals and families to sponsor new parish members and families. What's involved? Reach out and ask them to join you at mass or a St. As parish social event or school event such as the St. Patrick's Day party, inform them of parish happenings, and attend a new parishioner welcome brunch or dinner. The obligation is minimal and you'll likely meet a new friend! Ready to help? Questions? Contact Diane Ritchey at firstname.lastname@example.org, 847-866-7910 or Maggie Swider at email@example.com, 847-425-1331.
Would you like to receive our eNewsletter?
We've introduced a new way to bring timely information to our parishioners and friends. Our eNewsletter is emailed, about twice each month, with important information regarding upcoming events at St. A's. If you do not now receive the eNewsletter but would like to, please send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parish Staff Contact Information
To contact a staff member dial the main number (847) 328-1430 and enter their extension:
Beccaloni, Marie - Parish Office, Ext. 100 (email@example.com)
Berg, Judy - School Communications Coordinator, Ext. 107 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Castagna, Susan - Principal, Ext. 115 (email@example.com)
Cuevas, Fr. Hernan - Associate Paster, Ext. 103 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Goszczynski, Lori - Bereavement and Pastoral Care, (847) 475-6324 (email@example.com)
Hinkler, Jim - Business Manager, Ext. 105 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lauri, Jean - Generations Campaign Administrative Assistant, Ext. 116 (email@example.com)
Libera, Fr. Tom - Pastor Emeritus, Ext. 131 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
School Secretary - Ext. 101
Moreno, José - Facilities Manager, Ext. 114 (email@example.com)
Potthast, Jim - Youth Minister, Ext. 120 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prist, Msgr. Wayne - Administrator, Ext. 111
Quish, Mary - Assistant Principal, Ext. 122 (email@example.com)
Childcare is offered during 9:30am Mass
We offer babysitting for young children during our Sunday 9:30am Mass, relocated back to the Rosemeyer Room (lower level of the Parish House). Our childcare provider is Kausar Allahrakha Khokhar, who has provided child care at St. Athanasius Parish for many years and is certified in CPR and First Aid. Advance reservations are not required.
Our Church Restoration is Complete
Our exterior repairs included grinding and re-pointing the mortar joints, replacing all sealants around the windows and doors, replacing the copper gutters and downspouts, replacing the flat sacristy roofs, refinishing the doors, rebuilding the bell tower parapet walls, and removing and rebuilding the top half of a stone column to inspect the exposed wood column for moisture and decay. The walls of the northeast (Altar Server) sacristy were rebuilt. The stones on the front of the Church were cleaned; the metal window and door frames, and the railings at the entrances were repainted. All five exterior doors of the Church were refinished and reinstalled.
Three of the stained glass windows above the front entrance of the Church were repaired, and the aged Lexan that covered all of the windows above the entrance was replaced with new clear protective glass. In addition, eight window panels along the aisles of the Church and in the Lincoln Street sacristy were also repaired.
Our interior repairs began on February 7, 2011, and were completed in time for our Parish Rededication on May 1, 2011.
WHAT WE DID: When the exterior repairs to our Church were completed late last winter, we had substantially changed the interior atmosphere of the building by sealing it up. We were told then to wait a full year before beginning any interior masonry or plaster repairs. This waiting period allowed us time to compile our “wish list” of what those repairs would include, and to assemble a team of contractors and tradesmen to complete those repairs. Our wish list included repairing all of the damaged interior plaster, repairing, patching or replacing damaged limestone and stones at the arches and around the windows, painting all plaster surfaces, cleaning all exposed interior surfaces and permanent fixtures within the Church, installing new light fixtures, and installing a new sound system and projectors.
COLUMNS: Our repairs began the first week of February, delayed slightly by the Blizzard of 2011. The column at the south east corner of the Church, which had displayed elevated moisture readings throughout the exterior repairs, was opened first and vented to allow sufficient time to dry — we needed as much time as possible to allow it to dry out and to assure that no further moisture was entering the column. Scaffolding remained there throughout the project.
PLASTER: The interior walls were stripped of all damaged plaster and coatings. The proper lime-mortar plaster mix was approved and applied in the areas where most of the damage had occurred – at the north west corner of the church, near the statue of Mary, and at the north east corner of the church, near the piano, where the water had damaged not only the plaster, but also the stone surrounds. The plaster was replaced at the south east corner of the church, and most of the upper half of the wall behind
PAINT AND STAIN: The wood ceiling over the altar was refinished and stained. The Stations of the Cross around the interior of the Church were repaired where needed and the frames, which had been cement gray, are now a rich shade of brown. The sanctuary arch over the altar was also painted brown with ribbons of red, which match the frames and background of the Stations of the Cross. The beautiful wheat color of the interior walls, and the lighter shade used in the aisles, were chosen with the guidance of Lisa Rigali, of Daprato Rigali. Lisa is the 5th generation of this family-owned business – in 1937, this same company, then called the Studios of Daprato Statuary Company, designed and installed our tabernacle, marble altars, statues and wrought iron railings.
SOUND: The large “horn” speaker at the top of the arch over the altar was removed, and new speakers were installed at every column, digitally timed to distribute sound evenly to everyone in the Church as though they are all hearing it at once. Existing speakers were relocated to the Choir Loft, and small speakers were installed on the altar as monitors. We will repurpose our existing projector, and have replaced it with two projectors, linked together to project words or pictures on the walls to the left and the right in front of the altar with unobstructed views.
ALTAR SERVER SACRISTY: The walls and ceiling in the Altar Server Sacristy, at the north east corner of the building, were completely replaced.
LIGHTING: The 16 ceiling can light fixtures in the church nave and choir loft were removed and replaced, but the lowering mechanism that allows those fixtures to be dropped when bulbs need to be replaced was retained. New light fixtures were installed over the altar and behind the altar to illuminate the north wall. Lights will illuminate the stained glass windows over the Lincoln Street doors to display their beauty at night. Energy-efficient LED bulbs will replace the existing bulbs in our historic (original) chandeliers. All fixtures in the Church (except those in the aisles and vestibule) are controlled with dimmable switches to conserve electricity.
BELLS!!! Our Church bells now ring each day, on the hour, the Angellus at noon and at 6pm, on Saturdays before the 5:00pm Mass, and on Sundays before the 9:30am and the 11:30am Masses.
EXTRAS: We encountered some work during our interior repairs that was originally not anticipated—the asbestos that covered the pipes in the tunnel that runs under the perimeter of the Church was removed, some additional electric work was encountered due to the age and condition of some of our wiring and conduits, and some additional stones were replaced instead of being repaired based on their condition.
THANK YOU: Our thanks to the generous donors whose contributions, through The Generations Campaign, have made the exterior and interior restoration of our beautiful Church possible.
ACCESSIBILITY: On Saturday, August 11, 2012, we held a ribbon-cutting ceremony following the 5:00pm Mass to officially "open our doors" and celebrate the completion of our accessibility project. The sidewalk leading to the front steps of the Church has been replaced with a sloped sidewalk that meets the granite threshold of the entry doors, eliminating all stairs. The right-hand door can now be automatically opened, and terraces and seat walls have been added to enhance our outdoor hospitality.
Saturday 8:15 am and 5:00 pm
Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:30 am,
and 5:00 pm
Monday-Friday 6:30 and 8:15 am
1615 Lincoln Street
Evanston, Illinois 60201
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| Ground was broken for a combination church-school structure, with the cornerstone laid on October 27, 1922.
The Family Program provides religious education for children, ages three through eighth grade.