SMA Virtual Angel Tree Tag Selection

Even though we can’t physically pull tags from our Angel Tree this year, we still want to spread Christmas Cheer to those underserved members of our community.  We are again partnering with Midtown Center for Boys to help families in need this Christmas.  Please select a virtual gift tag using the link below. Selecting more than one tag is also acceptable!

We are hoping to have many of the gifts returned by Friday, December 4, so we can present them at our St. Nicholas Day Mass.  Final due date is Friday, December 11.  Gifts should be returned to the school unwrapped, but “tagged” to indicate which category the item represents.

Thank you for your generosity this Advent season!

#GivingTuesday 2020

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020 we are joining the global day of generosity, #GivingTuesday. It is a 24-hour fundraising opportunity to support worthy charities this Advent Season! This year, we’re asking you to consider donating to St. Vincent De Paul Chicago or St. Mary of the Angels.

For 2020, the St. Vincent De Paul community’s goal is to raise $25,000.00 during #GivingTuesday to meet the calls for assistance in our local communities. Due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are responding to a significant rise among those we serve for food, clothing, and housing assistance and anticipate that need growing even greater this winter.

This year, consider making a special holiday contribution to St. Mary of the Angels. We have greatly appreciated all of your support during the pandemic. Aside from monetary support, please remember to keep the parish in your prayers!

Jesus Centered Life – International Conference

Let’s prepare to make this Christmas a “Jesus-Centered” Christmas. We are encouraging families to join the online conference: Jesus-Centered Life: An International Family Conference. The conference is hosted online December 5th – 8th. The cost is free!

  • Watch a selection of talks for free, for a limited time (December 5 to 8)
  • Daily Meditation/Guided Prayer
  • Daily Rosary
  • Streamed Mass on December 6 and 8

Women’s Book Club – Advent

All women are invited to join our Women’s Book Club group as we read our Advent and January books. The group will tentatively plan to meet (virtually, for now) on the first Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. They will read either part of or an entire book for discussion. This is a great way to meet other women from the parish, grow in your relationship with Christ and spend time reading!

Advent Book
First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity by Dr. Scott Hahn
Thursday, December 3 at 7:00pm*
Discuss Chapters 1 & 2
Thursday, January 7 at 7:00pm
Discuss the rest of the book
*If you miss the first meeting, please still join us in January!

As we celebrate The Year of the Family at our parish, join us for Scott Hahn’s reflection on the family and how we find it in the Church. “In First Comes Love, Scott Hahn delves into the Gospels to show that family terminology — words like brother, sister, mother, father and home — dominates Jesus’ speech and the writings of His first followers, and that these very words illuminate Christianity’s central ideas… Through real-life examples and from the Scriptures, Hahn makes it clear that no matter what sort of family we come from — no matter what sort of “dysfunction” we have experienced — we can all find our family in the Church.” (Quote from back cover).

Please contact Alli at wbookclub@sma-church.org or click the button below to join the FlockNotes group.

Admissions News

It’s Admissions Season and we love referrals! We are now scheduling in-person, private school tours after school hours and on select Sundays (11/15, 12/13 & 1/31).

Applications are also being accepted for the 2021-22 academic year. Please spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors. Either refer them directly to Heather Kracik via email (admissions@sma-school.org), or have them register for a tour through the link below.

Thank you for spreading the word about our very special school!

Family of Faith/FAMILIA DE FÉ

Family of Faith/FAMILIA DE FÉ 

The Family of Faith Program is a new religious education initiative. It concentrates on supporting and strengthening families in both faith and their family unity. The program results in strengthening both the family and parish life as a great “Family of Faith.” It builds upon the most powerful element of effective faith transmission, the family.

This program has a term of four years. The complete course is an introduction to all aspects of Catholic faith, life and morals. Through it, the students and their parents, will grow together in their spiritual journey, through attendance at Holy Mass, regular family activities, prayer, and participation in parish life. Instead of being something external, isolated, or merely obligatory at times for various reasons, students will come to understand and value their religion as a way of lifefor all their lives!

Volunteers Needed At Mass

Keep Masses and Sacraments Open at St. Mary of the Angels!

We need your help to keep the church safe and open for the sacraments, personal prayer, and Holy Mass.
Volunteers make sure people stay safe, events run smoothly, and surfaces are properly cleaned. To volunteer, please send an email to volunteers@sma-church.org.

In times past, Catholics would say: “No Priest, no sacraments.” Now we say: “No volunteers, no sacraments.” Please, if you are healthy and in a lower-risk group, consider offering the gift of your time in this new form of service. And, if you are planning to attend a Mass it is convenient to volunteer for that Mass! This allows more people to attend Masses!

We are all grateful for those who have helped us already! We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you very much!

Pioneers Father-Son Club

The Pioneers Father-Son Club is open to fathers and their sons in 1st  – 4th grade. It is more than an extracurricular activity or drop-off event for boys; it is an opportunity for fathers and sons to spend meaningful time together with their peers.  
 
Young boys grow in virtue by participating in various club activities such as competitive games and hobbies. Fathers experience in a practical way how to instill virtue and character in their sons, as they join them in the activities.
 
Email pioneers@midtownculturalcenter.org with any questions.

Baptism Class Sign Up

Are you looking to become a godparent or baptize your child? If you are interested, please email info@sma-parish.org to sign up and for potential virtual baptism class dates!

Women’s Center Christmas Wreath Sale

Sadly, we will not be able to have the Women s Center Christmas Wreath Sale this year as we have had for many many years. However, several parishes around Chicago will be selling wreaths if you would still like to support the Women’s Center this Christmas Season.

Nativity of Our Lord Parish Chicago, IL (Bridgeport – 37th and Lowe)
St. Eugene Parish Chicago, IL (Oriole Park – Canfield and Foster)
St. Viator Parish Chicago, IL (W. Addison (at Keeler))
St. William Parish Chicago, IL (Montclare – Sayre and Wrightwood)
St. John Fisher Parish Chicago, IL (Mount Greenwood – 103rd and California)
St. Lambert Parish Skokie, IL
St. Peter Parish Skokie, IL
St. Joan of Arc Parish Skokie, IL
St. Vincent Ferrer Parish River Forest, IL
St. Mary Parish Riverside, IL
St. Anthony Parish Frankfort, IL (Diocese of Joliet)

(The deliveries to the eleven parishes listed above will be done on 28 November.)

St. John Cantius Parish Chicago, IL
St. John Vianney Parish Northlake, IL

(The deliveries to these two parishes will be done on 5 December.)

We strongly suggest that those interested in purchasing Christmas wreaths should call the parish first and/or get information from the parish bulletin on the parish’s website, so that they can find out the particulars of the sale at that parish in advance (whether in person or by pre-order, as well as which weekend(s) pick-up and/or purchase in person will be done).