Mary, Seat of Wisdom
920 W. Granville, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068, 847-825-3153

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This Week at MSW
Child Care-9:30AM Sunday Mass-Room 107
Children's Liturgy of the Word-9:30AM & 11AM Sunday Mass-Annex

06/24 Individual Reconciliation-4PM-Church

06/25 Fr. Tim's Farwell Reception-11AM-Barry Gym

06/25 Sunday Supper-6PM-St. Luke's Lutheran Church-205 N Prospect-Park Ridge

06/27 Salt & Light Ministry-Mom's Prayer Group-7PM-Ministry Center-South Room-Chapel

06/27 Coping and Support with Aging Parents-7PM-Ministry Center-Living Room

06/27 AA Meeting-8PM-Ministry Center-Dining Room

06/28 Individual Reconciliation-6PM-Church

06/28 Centering Prayer-6:45PM-Ministry Center-Chapel

07/01 Individual Reconciliation-4PM-Church

07/02 Sunday Supper-6PM-St. Luke's Lutheran Church-205 N Prospect-Park Ridge

07/04 July 4th Holiday-Parish Facilities Closed

07/05 Individual Reconciliation-6PM-Church

07/05 Centering Prayer-6:45PM-Ministry Center-Chapel

07/08 Individual Reconciliation-4PM-Church

07/09 Sunday Supper-6PM-St. Luke's Lutheran Church-205 N Prospect-Park Ridge



Pre-Cana Ministry

Parish-based Pre-Cana sessions at MSW are held about twice a year, usually in the spring and fall. For more information, contact Julie and Eastman Tiu at

Registration Form

Here are some great resources to help prepare for your Catholic marriage

Archdiocese of Chicago:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:

American Catholic (newsletter article, Preparing for Marriage):


Mission Statement

Pre-Canas are interactive marriage preparation sessions which guide engaged couples through topics useful for a successful marriage.  It is a time of discernment about their life together as a married couple.

Goals and Objectives

This ministry endeavors to prepare engaged couples, regardless of religious traditions, for the challenges and joys of married life.  These classes also fulfill one of the marriage requirements of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Pre-Cana Ministry strives to:

  • Provide time for the engaged to reflect on their relationship outside of the stress of marriage planning.
  • Allow for open dialogue in a low-key, low-pressure, yet structured, forum to discuss issues that impact wedded life.
  • Allow married couples to share with others their stories and experiences of married life.


  • Both facilitators and the soon-to-be newlywed problem solve through group exercises.
  • Married adult couples share their knowledge of family and married life, the problems they’ve encountered, and the happiness they have experienced.
  • Saturday Pre-Canas are conducted in one 7-8 hour class.   Weekday evening sessions are conducted over two nights for a total of 7-8 hours.
  • Are you a happily-married Catholic couple with a desire to share your life with those planning to marry in the church? Facilitators meet once a year (over dinner!) to plan sessions for the coming calendar year.
  • Pre-Canas are offered about two times a year. For dates and locations, please contact the ministry coordinator.

Contact Information

Father Gerald Gunderson, Pastor
(847) 825-3153

Julie & Eastman Tiu, Ministry Coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
(847) 692-9888


Meet the Facilitators   



Julie and Eastman Tiu

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Joe & Kyra Cavanaugh                         Dave Ross and Cil Aquino-Ross


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John and Kathleen Christopher





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Mary, Seat of Wisdom
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