St. Mary’s Men’s Group strengthens the faith through real discussions centered on the life-affirming message of Jesus Christ in our Catholic tradition. Experience true friendship in a relaxed and welcoming environment. As iron sharpens iron, St. Mary’s Men’s Group challenges each other to reach their full potential so as to best Learn, Live and Lead.


Men’s Group Study

Understanding the power and purpose of men. Together, St. Mary’s Men’s Group gathers in a relaxed and casual setting to dive deeper into our faith to better understand what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world. The topics vary each gathering, but the discussion is always “real” and engaging. As we, as Catholic men, embrace our call to pursue heroic virtue, we become better husband, fathers and leaders.

“Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17


Men’s Group Social

Good times and laughter. The St. Mary’s Men’s Group social gatherings are a chance to hang out, relax and let off some steam. Activities vary and are an opportunity to interact with other guys in the parish.

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” – John 15:11


Men’s Group Fraternity

St. Mary’s Men’s Group welcomes men of all ages to be committed disciples of Jesus Christ and better husbands, fathers and men in their local community. Through interactions with other believers, and through developing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, Saint Mary’s Men’s Group equips men with the spiritual confidence and initiative to continue to grow in their journey of faith. In turn, when Jesus is the center of all we do, men are better fathers, husband, and leaders – in the home, in the parish and in the community.

“Hear, my son, and receive my words, and the years of your life shall be many. On the way of wisdom I direct you, I lead you on straight paths.” – Proverbs 2:10-11

Spring 2023 Dates & Activities

The Saint Mary’s Men’s Group evenings are open to all adult men of the parish, no matter your age. Come for one, come for all. You are welcome.

Questions or need more information? Contact the Parish Office at (630) 969-1063.

Spring 2023

This spring, we’ll explore the faith and science debate with the new film series from Word on Fire. Over the centuries, the relationship between science and religion has ranged from conflict and hostility to harmony and collaboration, while various thinkers have argued that the two concepts are inherently at odds and entirely separate. Can faith and science coexist? What does our Catholic faith say about the religion and science debate?

Using the new Word on Fire five-part film series, Wonder: The Harmony between Faith and Science, we will explore the intersection of faith and science to debunk misconceptions and better understand what the Catholic Church teaches, and why that’s important for us today. Each episode unpacks a different area of scientific knowledge in relation to the great tradition of the Catholic faith. The video episodes will be viewed together to guide the group discussion.

April 13, 2023 @ 7:00pm in the Gathering Place
Topic: Light from Light: Scientific ENigmas and Theological Mysteries

See how the mysteries of physical reality discovered by science – especially the mystery of light – harmonize with the mysteries of faith.

April 20, 2023 @ 7:00pm in the Gathering Place
Topic: God and Nature: Traces of the Trinity

Learn how the cosmos, in its dance of order and openness, is a keyhole into which the doctrine of the Trinity fits perfectly.

April 27, 2023 @ 7:00pm
NFL Draft Get-Together

Location: 809 Lakeside Drive, Downers Grove, IL 60516

May 4, 2023 @ 7:00pm Outside (weather permitting) or Activity Center
Topic: Seeds of Life: Creation, Evolution, and St. Augustine

Discover how St. Augustine’s interpretation of Genesis prefigured and fits together with evolutionary biology.

May 11, 2023 @ 7:00pm in the Gathering Place

Guest Speaker: Mark Grote – Chicago Bears reporter for 670 The Score and the sideline reporter on WBBM Newsradio broadcasts.

RSVP required by May 10th – Space is limited to 100 men, age 21+

May 18, 2023 @ 7:00pm Outside (weather permitting) or Gathering Place
Topic: Animals, the Human Animal and God

Explore how the science of language illuminates both the evolutionary connection and spiritual difference between animals and humans.

May 25, 2023 @ 7:00pm Outside (weather permitting) or Gathering Place
Topic: A Window on Salvation: Mathematics and the Mystery of the Incarnation

Contemplate how the symmetry and geometry of the North Rose Window at Chartres Cathedral conveys the paradoxical nature of salvation.