St. Anastasia Catholic Church
624 Douglas Avenue, Waukegan, IL 60085

Pastor Rev. Aloysius M. Funtila

Pastor Emeritus
Rev. Edward S. Maraczewski

Hispanic Ministry
Deacon Genaro Mendez

Church Mission Statement

“Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and the Blood, the Soul and the Divinity of Your most beloved Son and Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in expiation of our sins and for those of the whole world. For your painful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”
How to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy -

We, the people of St. Anastasia Parish, are a family of faith called together by our common Baptism, sharing the special grace of a Catholic community with a cultural, economic, and ethnic diversity that nurtures a caring community and commitment to action.
Embracing the mission of Jesus Christ by proclaiming God's message through word, worship, witness, and service, we gather around the Eucharist table to hear the Word of God and to share the food of everlasting life.
We affirm the primary values of justice, freedom, and truth receiving the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace. These primary values are secured through a strong parish school and religious education at all levels. The fruits of the Spirit are obtained by ministering to each other's needs, reaching out to serve others, and fostering ecumenical unity. We pray for the day when all will be members of God's Kingdom. We do things to the call of Christ to love one another as He has loved us!

From the Pastor's Desk - Killing for Beliefs

"Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. But they cried out in a loud voice, covered their ears, and rushed upon him together. They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him."
-Acts 7:56-58

Even in the days of the early church, the disciples often confronted hatred and suspicion from those they tried to tell about Jesus.

The reading tells of the killing of St. Stephen, typically referred to as the first martyr. For as long as there are humans, there have been killings over beliefs. Time and time again, wars have been fought which boiled down to "my God is better than your God."

Despite the complexity of the situation in the Middle East, Iraq, Afganistan and international fundamentalism, the bottom line is a fight over how to believe in God. Will it be my way or your way?

How far we have come in terms of human development? Some things remain forever etched in granite. Jesus came and told us to love God and each other. Are we listening?

As always, God Bless you!

- Father Aloy


Stewardship will be a way of life for all of St. Anastasia Church members. We will live a life based on our belief that God will take care of us and we are faithful to Him with our time, talent and treasure. Through the stewardship, we will be rewarded by God with a parish that can financially provide for all its ministries, including a Catholic educational facility that has excellent spiritual, academic and social curriculum.

Strategies/Action Plan

  • a) Maintain a current and accurate parishioner accounting which will result in, but not limited to:
    • ¨ a true reflection of our current count of families and family members enrolled in the school and religious education program.
    • ¨ proper and complete delivery of offertory envelopes to school/religious education families.
    • ¨ better communication to the school/religious education families from the church and school.
    • ¨ track families' activities within St. Anastasia parish.
  • b) Teach stewardship as a way of life and encourage parishioners to use their TIME, TALENT and TREASURE.
  • c) Establish an attitude that we are of equal importance to God and therefore "All Are Welcome" to the St. Anastasia community.
  • d) Regardless of economic, age, ethnic, seniority of membership, all should feel they have a sense of belonging and responsibility to the Church.

Mass Schedules

Saturday 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 7:30; 9:00 (Spanish); 11:00 A.M.
Holy Days 8:30 A.M. & 6:00 P.M.
Weekdays 8:30 A.M.
Liturgy of the Hours 8:30 A.M.
Marian Devotion 8:30 A.M.
Philipino Mass (Every 2nd Saturday of month) 5:00 P.M.

Sacramental Information

Communion for Shut-ins:
Please call the Rectory.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession):
Saturday 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. or by appointment.

Sacrament of Baptism::
Before final arrangements can be made, parents must attend a special preparation session that is held on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in the rectory.
Please call the Rectory to make arrangements.
Baptism: *English: 2nd and 4th Saturday at 3:30 pm & Sunday at 12:00 pm on Month, *Spanish: 1st and 3rd Saturday at 12:00 pm of Month.

Sacrament of Matrimony:
Please make arrangements at the rectory at least six months in advance.

Ministry Directory

Spanish Baptismal Preparation - Mr. Auscencio Quiroz,
Bingo - Ray Ives,
Bulletin Editor - Letty Garcia,
Catholic Christian Development (CCD) - Nora Tantengco,
Development Board - Robert Morris,
Eucharistic Ministers - Marilyn Lesnak,
Soup Kitchen/Pantry - Kay Jansen,
Funeral Luncheons - Kay Jansen,
Holy Name Society - Joe Asma,
Church Library - Jim Ratajczyk,
Lectors - Mike Beaudoin,
Liturgy - Jim Ross,
Ministers of Care - PADS - Theresa Hernandez,
Pastoral Council - George Spaeth,
Prayer at Wakes - Pat Welsch,
RCIA - Marilyn Lesnak,
Youth Club - Jim Ross,
Women's Club - Pat Welsch,

Parish Business Manager, Alice Swank,
Parish Administrative Assistant, Letty Garcia,
School Administrative Assistant, Jill Vowels,
School Administrative Assistant, Pam Miller,

Music Ministry

Dear People of St. Anastasia,

I am honored to have been asked and excited about joining you as your parish Music Director! I have had the pleasure of knowing some of you for many years, and am looking forward to meeting all the members of this wonderful parish family!
By way of introduction, here’s a little background…. I was baptized by Fr. Cull at Holy Family Church in North Chicago, raised at Immaculate Conception, where I attended the grade school (and yes, I was one of those excited students who saw Fr. Cull roller skating down the hallways and playing his trumpet!) and grew up singing soprano next to my Mom in the parish choir. My parents, Bob and Rita Schueneman, were very active with many parish activities – they taught me the value of being involved with your parish community! While attending Carmel High School, I sang in the choirs and musical productions and continued to serve at I.C., playing the “guitar Mass” and singing with the choir. My college years were spent studying music at the College of Lake County and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and when home, continued to…you guessed it…sing with the I.C. choirs. I also performed with several local groups, was vocal soloist for many weddings and was selected to sing and dance professionally at Disneyland. I later returned to Immaculate Conception to teach music in the elementary school and serve as the parish Music Director. My husband, Mark, and I were married at I.C. and our son, Austin, was baptized there.

After serving as Music Director, our I.C. “Contemporary Ensemble” evolved into “La Dolce Musica” and we were happily involved with St. Anastasia’s music ministry at the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass for nine years!

I’ve also been the Music Director at St. Bartholomew, Choir Director at Our Lady of Humility, Cantor at St. Joseph, Libertyville, Cantor/Choir member at St. Patrick’s in Wadsworth and most recently as the Liturgical Music Director at Carmel Catholic High School. Directing the Gurnee Park District’s community chorus, the “Viking Park Singers”, continuing as a professional soloist and teaching private voice students also continue to be musical activities in my life. signupform While these varied experiences have taught me much – the most valuable lesson has been that each of us possesses a God-given talent that we can share for His honor and glory to enrich and enhance our faith community! And so, I have an invitation for you! Search your heart – what gift of time and talent can you share? Do you possess a musical talent that you can share at our liturgies? If so, I would love to hear from you! Singers, pianists, guitarists, woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, harp….just to name a few…whether your commitment can be large or small, please let me know what you care to share. Are you a great organizer? I could use help with our music libraries! Have you played handbells? My invitation goes to each of you - children, teens, adults – please join me – let me know what you can do - be a part of our music ministry!

I’m looking forward to “singing” God’s praises with you! Rita Byrd

Catholic Christian Development (CCD)
Mrs. Nora Tantengco, Director

2008-2009 CCD Registration is Now Underway

Please come to the rectory, Monday
through Friday 8am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 12pm.
Classes begin on September 6th, for Pre-k to 6th Grade
and September 8th, for 7th and 8th Grade.
Registration must be paid in full before enrollment is accepted.
For more information, please call the rectory.
Last day to register your child will be by August 16th.
Please bring copy of your child's baptismal certificate. Estamos aceptando registraciones para las clases de catecismo.

Por favor venga a la rectoría, de Lunes a Viernes de 8am a a 4pm y el sábado de 9am a 12pm.
Las clases comienzan el 6 de Septiembre, Pre-k al 6to grado y el 8 de Septiembre, el 7mo y8vo grado.
Se require el pago complete al momento de la inscripción.
Para más información llame a la rectoría al 847-623-2875.
El último dia para poder registrar su nino/a será el 16 de Agosto.
Por favor traiga la copia del certificado del bautismo del niño/a.