Christmas in June

Dear Parishioner,

In gratitude for all that God has done to provide for our parish, we wish to dedicate this year’s Christmas in June campaign to raise monies for the Fr. Hilary Mahaney Scholarship Fund. We realize that our mission is to help God’s children get to heaven while providing them with a good education. As the school’s aim is that our students be:  

Today’s good citizens of the family, community, and Church; and

Tomorrow’s good spouse-parents, friend-leaders, and saint-apostles.

This past year St. Mary of the Angels School received the Illinois State School of Character Award, acknowledging how we “positively shape the social, emotional, and character development” of our young people, “allowing them to thrive academically and socially and be motivated to give back to their communities.” We are the first Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Chicago to receive this award. Along with a strong Catholic identity and strong catechesis, we are having a lasting impact on the school’s children and on their families.

The Fr. Hilary Mahaney Scholarship Fund benefits some thirty families so that more than fifty children are able to attend our school. This means about 25 percent of the families and children attending St. Mary of the Angels School could not do so without scholarship assistance. A number of our scholarship students have come from Midtown and Metro families, very effective afterschool and summer programs that serve our inner-city youth. Having the ability to attend St. Mary of the Angels School reinforces the virtues and character formation these programs convey.

This year, we have had six baptisms of St. Mary of the Angels students (mostly from the scholarship families), in addition to the 2 or 3 baptisms we had last year. Just the other day, parents of one of our scholarship students, at the promptings and prayers of the student, got married in the Church. Certainly the Holy Spirit is taking advantage of the faith and character formation to do his work on souls!

St. Mary of the Angels School graduates and Fr. Hilary Mahaney Scholarship Fund recipients have attended Northridge Prep, the Willows Academy as well as St. Ignatius and other top high schools, bring with them the good formation they have received. We also foresee a number of potential vocations coming from these students.

The private foundation of Big Shoulders has been assisting us with scholarships, around $75,000 of help each year. This year, we received word that St. Mary of the Angels School is “graduating” from their program, as there are other schools need this help even more as St. Mary of the Angels School becomes financially sound. This means the Fr. Hilary Mahaney Scholarship Fund becomes the primary source for scholarships for families who cannot fully afford full tuition in K-8th grades.

Would you like to join us in this is a wonderful spiritual work of mercy, providing the gift of a good Catholic education for children whose families could not afford it without your help? If so, please consider an extraordinary gift for Christmas in June. A full sponsorship of one of these students comes to $7,000, but any part of that would be appreciated. Click here to donate online!

Count on our blessings and prayers!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. John R. Waiss