Dear Parishioner,

As pastor of Santa Maria del Popolo, I am happy to place this brochure in your hands. We have much to be proud of in Santa Maria. Here you will find a brief summary of all of the groups that contribute to the life of our parish.
The reason for our parish community is to give meaning to our human life. Here in our church we touch in ritual all the mysteries of life from birth to death; our sacraments are designed to help us articulate these mysteries in the movement of life. St. Mary of the People is our contact with Christ, our way of strengthening our personal faith, our means of supporting one another in need, the effective means of passing on our faith to our children.
St. Paul told his early Christian community: "There are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services but the same Lord…You are the body of Christ and individually members of it." That was true in Corinth then; it is true in Mundelein today. The Holy Spirit blesses this body of Christ with an abundance of gifts. I encourage you to look into your heart and see the gifts God has given you, gifts given not just for your own good but for the good of others. Then look through this brochure and see where your gifts might be used for the continued building up of the body of Christ. We want your gifts so that St. Mary of the People may grow into a vibrant faith community.

Fr. Jim Kinn