Adult Formation

Adult Formation Coordinator: Emily Burt  815-436-2651 ext. 889 or

“Welcome to our Adult Formation website!  I hope you will join our diverse and dynamic community as we walk together and enrich our faith lives.  Your suggestions for upcoming events are always welcome, and my door is always open!  May the peace of Christ be with you always and the Spirit ever guide our lives”   - Emily

Calendar 2017 of Adult Formation Opportunities


FALL 2017





Submit Scripture Reflections for

Parishioner Advent Reflection Book

We will again be publishing a parishioner advent reflection book! Simply read the readings for one or more days during Advent and submit a short (no more than 250 word) reflection on one or all of the readings- the reflections should simply answer the question “what do these readings say to me and my life?”  Reflections are due November 1, 2017.  Each reflection will be reviewed and then we will choose one for each day to be published in the book and distributed to our parishioners during Advent 2017! You can find a list of readings for each day of Advent HERE.

Please submit your reflections to eburt@smip.orgAll ages are welcome to submit!






October 9, 10, 11

Fall Mission: Fr. Tom McCarthy 

"Our Restless Journey"

Life: The restless journey towards God united in mind and heart.  

Am I fighting or embracing the journey?

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
7-8:30 PM in the church

Reconciliation on Tuesday night

Mass on Wednesday night
(extended homily for mission talk)





October 14

Marriage Prep Workshop


This is open to any engaged couple, regardless of where you are getting married.




November 13

Catholics Returning Home





November 29

Advent Evening of Reflection

Certified Spiritual Director, Laura Lies, can be contacted at and at ext. 896 for more information and spiritual direction inquiries.





FIAT - Young Adult Group

Open to everyone ages 18-35, FIAT is SMI’s young adult group.

Service, social, and worship experiences will happen throughout the fall so join us when you can!  For more information visit  and find us on FacebookInstagram, and Snapchat!




St. Mary’s Welcomes New Spiritual Director

Laura Ann Lies
M.S. Certified Spiritual Director
Laura Lies is a native Chicagoan, SMI parishioner, and is certified in Spiritual Direction through the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice that assists individuals in one-hour, monthly meetings, in developing and cultivating a personal relationship with God that leads to transformation. Laura has particular background in: Discernment and Decision Making; Making Sense of Suffering; Navigating major life transitions; Interfaith and ecumenical relationships; and Returning to God after a long hiatus. Laura can be reached at ext. 896 or by email at

Visit Laura's Spiritual Direction website HERE.




RCIA Begins

Do you know someone interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about our faith? 

 The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the sacramental process in which individuals enter into an extended period of formation.  The community ritually celebrates the conversion of these individuals at various points on the journey, culminating with the celebration of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.  Following this, there is a period to help the newly initiated to live the commitment the made: lives of justice, service and charity as witnesses of the reign of God.  

RCIA is open to the unbaptized, or those who are seeking to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation.  Please call 815-436-2651 ext. 889 for more info.




At Home and Online Faith Formation Resources

Please consider taking advantage of the diocesan partnership with the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation sponsored by the University of Dayton.  Take any 8 week online course in faith formation (graded or not graded) at an extremely discounted rate.  The Diocese of Joliet subsidizes this opportunity so that as many of our parishioners as possible can take courses at their own convenience. Topics include biblical studies, Church history, sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, Marianist studies, Evangelii Gaudium, Islam, ministry, and so many others!  Follow this link to learn more: 


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