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Save These Dates
 

Manna Sales
Mon - Fri               8:15am - 4:15pm        Parish Office
Saturday               4:45pm - 5:30pm        Commons
Sunday                 8:00am - 12:30pm       Commons

Spirit and Truth – Young Adult Group
Each Thursday     7:00pm-9:00pm          School Prayer Room

Brothers in Christ Meeting
Each Saturday     7:00-9:30 am         North Wing A&B

Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group
Each Tuesday     7:00-9:00 pm         North Wing B&C

Legion of Mary
Each Thursday     7:00 pm         Small Meeting Rm

 

St. Anne Sewing Circle
9/13 9:00 am-2:00 pm SMR

Men’s Catechism Circle
9/15 7:00-8:30 pm PLIB

Blood Pressure Screening
9/21 8:00 am-12:00 pm Gym

Diocesan Deaf Ministry Mass
9/21 11:30 am-3:00 pm ST/UN

Employment Ministry Meetings
9/23 6:30 pm FSR

Reverence for Life
9/24 7:00-9:00 pm NWA

WOWS Meeting
9/27 2:30-4:00 pm FSR

Council of Catholic Women
10/2 1:00-3:00 pm FSR/HR
 
First Saturday Devotion
10/4 8:00-8:30 am Church
 
Employment Ministry Meetings
10/14 & 28 6:30 pm FSR
 
St. Anne Sewing Circle
10/18 9:00 am-2:00 pm SMR
 
Blood Pressure Screening
10/19 8:00 am-12:00 pm Gym
 
Diocesan Deaf Ministry Mass
10/19 11:30 am-3:00 pm ST/UN
 
Men’s Catechism Circle
10/20 7:00-8:30 pm PLIB
 
Reverence for Life
10/22 7:00-9:00 pm NWA
 
Eucharistic Minister Training
10/22 7:00-9:00 pm Church
 
WOWS Meeting
10/25 2:30-4:00 pm FSR
 
KOC Priesthood Sunday Breakfast
10/27 8:00 am-12:00 pm Gym

 

 

 

 

SMI Parish and School Staff Accept Ice Bucket Challenge
 

Towards the end of the school day on the warm, sunny afternoon of Thursday, August 28, dozens of parish and school staff performed the Ice Bucket Challenge on the south lawn of the school.  Fr. David began by accepting the challenge and leading with a prayer for those afflicted with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and for those searching for a cure.  Next as Fr. Stephen read a Psalm, the students joined in enthusiastically.  Donations were collected for the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which performs ALS research without using embryonic stem cells.  On behalf of all the staff and faculty, Fr. David then challenged our neighbor parish to the south, Holy Family Parish and School in Shorewood.  Fr. David was the first person to pour a bucket of icy water on himself, and then the rest of the faculty and staff took turns either pouring the icy water, or having the water poured upon them, as hundreds of cheering students looked on.  Although they were temporarily chilled, the staff and faculty of St. Mary’s were happy to take part in this fun way to bring much needed attention and support to this worthwhile cause. 

 




 

Make a Difference Day - Saturday, October 18


A Day of Faith and Service to Bring Jesus to Others

Sign up for Projects Now! Click HERE to signup.

Dozens of meaningful, family-oriented service projects are offered here at SMI and out in the community on Make a Difference Day.  It’s a great opportunity for everyone to come together in loving service and fellowship!  The wide assortment of service projects offers something suitable for all ages, including families with youth, teens, young adults, and seniors.  New projects this year include a Blood Drive at SMI, helping at Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, and working at Ready-Set-Ride in Plainfield.  Returning favorite projects include Adoration, Nursing Homes, Feed My Starving Children, New Life for Old Bags, Rosary Making, and landscape work both here at SMI and at the Mantellate Sisters Convent  and much more!


Browse and sign up for projects now.  Visit www.smip.org/madd on your own computer, or stop by our Sign up Tables on weekends in the Commons and Narthex.  In addition to your service project, come for some or all of the additional activities:  start the day with Daily Mass and the Volunteer Blessing, come back for the free volunteer lunch, either after your morning project or before your afternoon project.  Don’t forget to take 5+ photos and send them to photos@smip.org.  Drop off up to 3 items for free mending by 12 Noon, and pick them up by 3:30 pm.  Contribute one or more items to our Donation Station behind the School (food pantry, baby items, and more). Finally, return for the afternoon Vigil Mass in Church at 4 pm.

October 18 Schedule of Events

7:30 am Daily Mass in the Church

8:00 am Volunteer Blessing in the Church

11:00 am — 2:00 pm NEW! Free Volunteer Lunch in the Gym served by Boy Scout Troop 19

8:30 am — 3:30 pm Perform one of our many service projects offered throughout the morning and afternoon, either at SMI or out in the community

4:00 pm Vigil Mass for Sunday in the Church

 

Can Our “Helping Hearts & Hands” Help You?

Our Helping Hearts & Hands team is ready to provide assistance with small tasks such as yard clean up, window washing, and minor repairs.  To request some help at your home that day, please contact Ann Eckhorn at 815-254-9656 or aeckhorn7@comcast.net to discuss your needs and options. 

 

Mark your calendar with the date now!  To suggest or lead a service project, or to help behind the scenes please contact Cindy Sweeney at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 or csweeney@smip.org

 

 

 

Catholic High School Information Fair


Sunday, September 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 Noon

Representatives from each of these outstanding area Catholic High Schools will be here to share information on their schools at our Annual Catholic High School Information Fair.  Prospective students and their families can stop by the St. Mary Immaculate Gym anytime Sunday morning to talk with the school staff and even some current high school students.  You can learn about everything from academics and athletics to tuition and uniforms.  You can also hear about Shadow Days, Open Houses, and other Campus Visit opportunities.  Come and get all your questions answered! 

Aurora Central Catholic High School (Aurora) Nazareth Academy HS (LaGrange Park)
Benet Academy (Lisle) Providence Catholic HS (New Lenox)
Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet) Rosary High School (Aurora)
Marmion Academy (Aurora) St. Francis High School (Wheaton)
Montini Catholic High School (Lombard)  


  

 


 

 

 

RCIA Starts Sunday, September 28 at 9:00 a.m.



Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

RCIA is a formal education process for adults seeking initiation into the Catholic Church. RCIA meets on Sunday mornings starting in September through Pentecost for reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation.  Candidates become fully initiated at Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.  The first meeting is Sunday, September 28 at 9:00 a.m. in the Upper Room.  For more information, or to register, contact Deacon Tom Sagenbrecht at 815-436-2651 ext. 280-476 or email tsagenbrecht@smip.org.

 

 

 


2014 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Progress Report


Thank you to all the 1,202 families who have made a pledge to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal.  The Diocese continues to process the pledges from our parish. 

If you have not yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider how you might support the good works of our Bishop and our Diocese and send in your pledge this week.  Pledge envelopes are available in the Commons and can be returned directly to the parish. 


How CMAA funds were allocated in 2013

 


Thank you also to those of you continuing to make your monthly pledge payments.  It is very important to make those pledges as promised in order to ensure that our parish reaches our goal of $189,580.  Currently, we are about $20,000 away from that goal. 

Once our parish exceeds our goal in paid pledges, we will earn back 60% of donations over the goal for our use.  Last year, we exceeded our goal by over $68,000, and received a rebate of over $34,000!  Let’s continue our great record of support for Bishop Conlon and the diocese! 


Information on the Deo Gratias Society

 

 


 

Part Time Position Open at St. Mary Immaculate


St. Mary Immaculate Parish has one part time custodian staff position opening requiring janitorial and light maintenance work.  Tools and materials/supplies are provided.  Successful candidates must complete a “Protecting God’s Children Workshop”, safe environment education and training required for all parish/school staff and volunteers who come in contact with youth.  To be considered, please email your cover letter and resume to jharvey@smip.org.  For more information, please contact John Harvey, Building Services Supervisor, at 815-436-2651 ext. 820. 




 


9:01 a.m. Mass in Cana Hall Resumes in September
 

The Sunday 9:01 a.m. Mass in Cana Hall will resume on Sunday, September 7.  The 9:01 Mass in Cana Hall is normally held each Sunday from the first Sunday in September through the last Sunday in May. 

 



 

 

Filipino Mass and Fellowship on September 14 at 4:00 p.m.
 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish and the Parish Filipino Ministry cordially invite one and all to a Filipino Mass.  This San Lorenzo Ruiz Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 14 at 4:00pm. at St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Cana Hall.  Our Presider will be Rev. Fr. Mario Quejadas.  Fellowship and refreshments will follow at 5:00 p.m. potluck style in the Faith Sharing Room.  Please bring your favorite desserts to share.  For more information, contact Jose Diokno at 815-609-3663, Deng Baronia at 815-603-8616 or Remy at  815-254-8445.

 

 

 



The Parish School Annual Golf Outing
 

Friday, September 12 at Bolingbrook Golf Club


St. Mary Immaculate Parish School is hosting its Annual Golf Outing on Friday, September 12.  Register now for this fun-filled event which begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. and then a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start with a scramble format for the afternoon of golfing.  Golf is followed by cocktails, dinner, raffles and prizes all at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.  The “Best Ticket In Town” Raffle is for 4 Chicago Blackhawks tickets and 4 Chicago Bulls tickets!  Enter for $20 per ticket or $100 for 7 tickets. 

All proceeds benefit an Education Fund for the wonderful teachers at SMI Parish School.  We ask that you support our teachers and this very enjoyable event in one or more of these ways:

· Golfing (includes lunch, golf and dinner) for $150 per golfer

· Joining us for dinner only for just $30 per person

· Becoming a Sponsor at one of our three Sponsorship Levels:  Hole ($250), Birdie ($500), or Eagle ($1000)

· Donating a prize for the raffle

Any item, gift card or other donation is sincerely appreciated!  You can send donations to SMI Parish School, ATTN: Golf Outing, 15629 S. Route 59 Plainfield, IL 60544. 

Get more details, see great photos from past years, and register online at www.smigolf.org.  For sponsor information or any other questions, please contact Al Broniewicz at 708-254-1433, Tim Malec at 815-254-7914, or Andy Gorski at 817-715-4260.

 

 

 


 

 

Bringing the Holy Eucharist to a Homebound Relative?
New Diocesan Policy Takes Effect Sunday, June 22, 2014


Our Bishop, Daniel Conlon, has called for a new policy regarding the procedure for individuals bringing the Eucharist to their homebound relatives or friends. We are eager to prepare our parishioners to understand and cooperate with this new diocesan-wide practice, which goes into effect on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 22, 2014.

This new policy brings about a slight change for those lay people at Mass who come forward to receive a consecrated host to bring home for a homebound family member or friend. The change impacts the timing of when you should come forward. Until now it was permitted that you come forward, during the Mass in the Communion line, to receive the Eucharist for a homebound family member.

Under the new policy, we ask that you no longer bring up a pyx during communion toreceive a host. Instead, wait until the Mass is over, and come forward to the tabernacle immediately after the end of the Mass. There you will see the appointed trained minister, such as a deacon, mass coordinator, or extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, who will get the Eucharist from the tabernacle for you. It is not appropriate for you to take a host from the Tabernacle on your own.

Please note that this change has no impact on trained pastoral ministers who bring the Eucharist to people in nursing homes or at private homes. If you have any questions on the new policy, please contact our Liturgy Director, Geralyn Kuban at 815-436-2651 ext. 810 or gkuban@smip.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 


God is the Giver of Every Good Gift - Principles of Stewardship

 

Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus.  It is a way of thanking God for all the blessings God has given us by returning to God a portion of time, talent, and treasure.  Stewardship is based on our need to give back to God out of gratitude, not on the Church’s need to receive.  It is based on the premise that all that we have and all that we are comes from God and, as a way of thanking God for all our blessings, we return a portion of the time, talent and treasure that has been allotted to us.  Please continue to give prayerful thought to your commitment of time, talent and treasure to the Church and the community. 

We offer many ways to give to the parish here at St. Mary Immaculate, and we hope you have found the method best suited for you.  As a review, here are the available ways to make your Sunday Offering to St. Mary Immaculate. 

· Weekly Envelopes—These are mailed to your home each month, with envelopes for each Sunday’s Offering as well as Monthly Offerings, Holy Days and Special Collections.  Simply enclose your check or cash and place the envelope in the collection basket at Sunday Mass.  Envelopes can also be turned in at the Parish Office. 

· Online Giving—From the parish website, www.smip.org, you can access our Online Giving program where you can create a personal account.  Once you enter your payment methods (bank accounts and/or credit cards) you can make new gifts, either one-time or recurring, to Sunday Offerings, Monthly Offerings, Holy Days, and Special Collections throughout the year.  You can choose your own donation dates and frequencies, change your payment methods and gift amounts at any time, and even run reports of your donation history.

· Automatic Giving—Rather than signing up online, you can simply fill out the Authorization Form found in the bulletin or on the website to set up automatic contributions.  Click HERE to view the form. Once you provide us with your bank account and/or credit card info and your desired donation amount, we can process your donations automatically once or twice each month, on the 5th and/or on the 20th for our Sunday and Monthly collections.  Holy Days and Special Collections are not available with this giving method, and reasonable notice is required for changes.

We strive to make giving as easy as it can be, and you are free to try a new method any time.  Should you have any questions on giving at SMI, please call our Business Manager, Janice Gregoire, at 815-436261 ext. 851. 

 


 

 

Changes to How We Offer Mass Intentions

 
Due to the ever increasing demand from parishioners to have Masses offered for family and friends, and a limited number of Masses available, we have decided to make some changes to our procedure for Mass Intentions. Starting June 1, 2014 we will limit the number of Masses a person can offer for a loved one to one Mass per month. Some people plan ahead and reserve dates that are meaningful for their family member which is a beautiful way to remember them, but it leaves very few Masses available for people who have recently lost someone and would like to offer a Mass for them. If you would like additional Masses we can have them offered by the retired priests of the Joliet diocese and send the stipend to them. We will not be able to give you a definite date for that Mass, but can provide you with a Mass card stating that a Mass will be offered.

 

 

 

 

Submit Your Photos of SMI Events
 

We would like to be able to share more parish photos with you in the bulletin and on the website.  We would love to see your photos of you, your families and friends participating in the life of our parish via parish-wide functions as well as ministry events.  When you take photos at parish-wide events and/or your ministry events, please send them by email to photos@smip.org.  Be sure to include your name, the event date, event/ministry name, and the names of the people pictured in the photo.  Then start looking for your photos on our website and TVs, and in the bulletin.


If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Sweeney at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 or csweeney@smip.org.


 




 

Emergency Closing Notifications during Severe Weather
 

There are several different ways to find out about emergency closings or cancellations at St. Mary Immaculate Parish during severe weather such as what we have experienced in recent weeks.  We always update our parish website, www.smip.org, with the latest status right on our home page.  We also send out a parish-wide Flocknote message to all those subscribed to receive messages via email or text.  If you have not signed up for Flocknote yet, please visit our website and click the blue sheep to get started.  If you are on Facebook we also notify parishioners of closings and other parish events via the Parish's Facebook page. To stay up to date be sure to like us at  Facebook.com/StMaryImmaculate. In addition, we update our status on ECC (Emergency Closing Center), which shares the status of Chicagoland area schools & businesses via a ticker update displayed on the local TV news programs.  If you’re watching the ticker and they go to a commercial just before getting to the “S” section, don’t despair.  You can visit their website at emergencyclosingcenter.com and look us up under “St. Mary Immaculate” in Plainfield.  We have separate facilities listed for Parish, School, Religious Ed, Confirmation, and Youth Ministry.  Finally, ECC allows you to sign up with them to be notified by e-mail when a facility of your choice closes or changes status.  With all these ways to find out about severe weather impacts, there’s no reason to be left out in the cold.


 



 

Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life
 

Thought-provoking and engaging dialogue, commentary, and listener call-in programs are the hallmarks of Relevant Radio.  With award-winning hosts covering topics like family and personal relationships, political and social concerns, religion, and faith, Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life.

Started in 2000 with only one station, the Relevant Radio network has grown to 13 company owned and operated stations and 21 affiliates that carry all or part of the daily Relevant Radio programming.  With stations in 13 states, three of which are in the top 16 markets nationwide, Relevant Radio has the potential to reach more than 28 million people!  The national headquarters of this listener supported network are located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  In the greater Chicago area, we are on 950 AM, and in Joliet/Chicago West find us on 930 AM.

WE’VE GONE MOBILE!  Relevant Radio now has a new mobile site where on your mobile device you can listen to live streaming audio, submit prayer requests and make donations, and all at the touch of a button.  Simply enter www.relevantradio.com into your mobile device web browser. 

 



 

Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed

 

We are looking for volunteers to join the rotation to lead Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sunday mornings.  Children’s Liturgy is offered during 9:00, 9:01 Cana Hall, 10:45, and 12:15 Spanish.  Teaching is not a requirement, just the desire to help children to be formed in the Catholic Faith.  Training and instruction are provided.  If you are interested in becoming a facilitator or need more information please contact the following people:

For English - Debbie Shimek at dshimek@smip.org, or leave a voicemail at 815-436-2651, ext. 280-456 
For Spanish - Lucy Robles at 708-218-4470 or lucyrobles2004@sbcglobal.net

 



 

SMI Cemetery Lots Available
 

For nearly 100 years, St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery has provided a tranquil, beautiful final resting place for our dearly departed. Today the cemetery has traditional graves and Columbarium niches available. Burial space is open for parishioners and non-parishioners; Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Our parish cemetery is noted not only for its beauty, but also for being the most affordable Catholic cemetery in our diocese. The cemetery is located on Plainfield/Naperville Road approximately 3/4 mile northeast of Rt. 59 in Plainfield. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Yes, it is difficult to think about our own death, but the healing benefits that pre-planning affords to those we leave behind are immeasurable.

Regardless of where you choose to be buried, we invite you to call us with questions. To schedule a consultation session or to simply obtain more information, please call the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 and ask for the Cemetary Office.


 

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MINISTRY NEWS


 

K of C 1st Annual Genuine Pig Roast Event - Saturday, September 13
 

The Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council #5573 invite you to this spectacular event which will take place on Saturday, September 13, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. on the north lawn of St. Mary Immaculate Parish in the back of the gray house. The menu includes roasted-on-site pork, baked beans, corn-on-the-cob and fresh cut watermelon. Advance Tickets will be sold in the Commons the weekends of August 23-24, 30-31 and September 6-7 after the Saturday evening Mass and Sunday morning Masses for $13.00 per person. Tickets at the event 

will be $15.00 per person with a limited number available. Vienna Hot Dogs and chips will be available at the event for $2.00 per person. For those interested in seeing the “Pig Pulling” you may stop by at 5:00 p.m.! We will have fun and surprises for the whole family. For more information contact Dave Krol at 630-904-0590 or John Arduino at 815-524-5868. All proceeds will go to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Show your support for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and its mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. You can help WWP as it works to ensure this is the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. Tens of thousands of wounded service members, family members, and caregivers receive support each year through WWP programs. Visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org for more details. 

 

 

 

Support Our Military Men and Women - Friday, Sept. 19
 

Hour of Silent Prayer.  On the third Friday of each month, all are invited to devote an hour with us to pray for those who wear our uniforms.  Come on Friday, September 19 to pray in the St. Mary Immaculate Adoration Chapel at 6:00 p.m. 

Please help to provide spiritual support to our military families who have loved ones currently deployed, and to remember those who are giving and have given so much of themselves through their unselfish service to our country.  For more information contact Maria Prekop, email maria.prekop@navigant.com or 312-259-6851, or Donna Hoban, email hobans@sbcglobal.net or call 815-254-0622.

 



 

What’s Your Story? - Employment Ministry Meeting, Tuesday Sept. 23

 
“Words are how we think; stories are how we link.” (Christina Baldwin)

Hiring managers love a good story – stories that peak interest, invite discussion and give insight into the type of person you are. Facts and figures are meaningless without the story behind them.

If you want to grab the hiring manager’s attention and appear more professional and confident, then this presentation will help you tremendously.

Tom Nosal, Job Search Strategist and author of the book Scaling Up Your Job Search: Three Strategic Steps to Landing Your Ideal Job, will lead you through the process of constructing stories that will wow and excite your listeners.

In this interactive presentation you will learn:
-  The key elements every great story needs
-  What to add to your story to make it amazing
-  How to develop a story for resumes, cover letters and networking
-  The correct way to practice, edit and deliver the story
-  How to construct a complete story on the fly using the “Three Things” method

We meet Tuesday, Sept 23rd in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Faith Sharing Room, 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield at 6:30 pm.

We help job seekers succeed. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome. Our members represent all ages, work backgrounds and future goals. Dress is casual.

For more information, email EmploymentMinistry@smip.org or call 815-557-4904.

 

 

 

A Morning of Reflection for Liturgical Ministers


Save the Date and join us on Saturday, September 27

All Liturgical Ministers are invited to this exciting new event!  Join us from 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon for inspiring presentations, rewarding discussions, updates on ministries, and food and fellowship.  Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert Ludwig, retired chair of the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago.  All Lectors, Mass Coordinators, Extraordinary Ministers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Homebound, Greeters, Ushers and Music Ministers are welcome! To sign up go to www.smip.org/LitMinDay.

 

 


 

Volunteers Needed


Are you looking for an opportunity to get more involved with our parish? So much of the wonderful work done at SMI wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. If you like having donuts after mass, how about being the family who serves them? If you’ve experienced the kindness of someone during a time of need, why not pay it forward by being part of the Funeral Luncheon Ministry? Do you like helping to plan events? You can contribute to the success of parish workshops and celebrations by joining the Fellowship Team.

Please contact Laura Van Ham at lvanham@smip.org or 815-436-2651, x887 for more information and to join one of the following teams:

  • Sunday Hospitality—We need groups/families to work one 3-hour shift, 4 times per year. Includes Hospitality set up, service and clean up.
  • Funeral Luncheon—We need a Luncheon Coordinator, Food Donation Callers, Food Donation Volunteers, Kitchen Coordinators, Kitchen Prep Team Members, Servers & Set Up Team Members. Must be available during the weekdays to assist with Kitchen Coordination, Prep, Serving and Set -Up.
  • Fellowship—We need Event Co-Planners, Event Set-Up TeamMembers, Event Station Captains, Event Servers and Event Clean-Up Team Members.

You will make new friends, have some fun and make a positive difference in our parish community. We can’t do it without you!
 

 




Brothers In Christ


The ministry of Brothers in Christ is a group of men who seek to help one another become better men through developing our relationship with Jesus. We acknowledge that we are all on a personal faith journey. Some of us are novices, some more experienced, and others, perhaps, just waiting to grow spiritually. We have many backgrounds and many gifts, but we share the same spirit. That spirit is the spirit of love and we do all we can to help one another, by being Christ in all his compassion for one another. We learn from the Word of God, meditation, readings, and our unique life experiences as men. You will find that our meetings are full of spirit, laughter, and inspiration. It is easy to feel the Holy Spirit moving and working within us individually and as a group. We meet every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the North Wing Rooms A, B, and C across from the Adoration Chapel.

All men age 18 and older are welcome to join our ministry. For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Ted Castro Sr. at 815-439-0541 or fax 815-439-0143, and Rick Burke at 630-209-7051 or email rfburke1@comcast.net. Please bring your bible. We will provide you with the “Word Among Us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Calling All Crafters for our Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale
 

Saturday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Save the date for the third Annual Holiday Craft Fair in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym.  Crafters of all kinds will be selling their handmade and homemade creations on Saturday, November 8 from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  Come find unique holiday gifts, concessions, bake sale, and raffle tickets for a chance to win cool items from our fabulous crafters! 

Crafter booth spaces are available and we are now taking applications on a “first come, first serve” basis.  In order to keep some “healthy” competition and variety among crafters we do limit the number of crafters selling the same type of items, so get your application in early.  Also note this important crafter information: 

· Booth Fee is $30.00 per space plus a donation from your wares valued at $10.00 for our raffle. 

· Electricity spaces are $40.00 per space plus the item donation for our raffle, but spaces are limited, so please call for availability before submitting your application. Crafters must supply their own electric extension cords.

· Booth Space is 10’ wide x 6’ deep (2 chairs included with booth space rental).

· Tables are available for rental for $5.00 per 8-foot table.

· Booth Set up time is 6:30 am-7:45 am.  All crafters MUST be set up by 8:00 am when doors open to the public.

· Handmade/homemade items only!

If you have questions or would like an application, please contact Michele Evans at 815-254-7093 or bowmeoverbows@gmail.com.



 


 

Volunteers Needed for Pastoral Care Ministry


Pastoral Care Ministers are volunteers from our parish who bring Holy Communion to parishioners in the home, hospital and nursing homes. Due to the growing needs of our local nursing homes we are in need of volunteers. Training is required by the Diocese of Joliet and is provided at the parish. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful ministry please contact Pat Mander, Parish Nurse at 815-436-2651 ext 893 or pmander@smip.org.

 

 




Meals Ministry Forming
 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish is starting a Meals Ministry!  This ministry will play a vital role in helping and healing our fellow parishioners as they go through major life transitions by providing them with the comfort of meals during these difficult times.  Your gift of a hot meal goes beyond food, it is a gift of love and one that shows the recipient that they are known and cared for and a part of our family.  We hope you will consider becoming a part of this ministry to make life a little easier for someone in need.  Please look for more information about Meals Ministry in the coming months. 

At this time, our parish has an IMMEDIATE need for meals for one family.  If you are able to volunteer to cook or deliver a meal to a family in need, please contact Elizabeth Gillman at neagillman@gmail.com.







Elizabeth Ministry Starting at SMI


Do you have children? Are you planning to have children? Are you struggling to have children? Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your faith than just attending church on Sunday?

Inspired by the compassionate example of Elizabeth and Mary, the Elizabeth Ministry provides support, encouragement and unconditional acceptance to women during their childbearing years. This woman-to-woman ministry celebrates the joys of motherhood and also offers empathy and healing during times of crisis. Please join us as we celebrate in a new form of the world's oldest example of ministry between women on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Small Meeting Room. There is a place for every woman in this ministry. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Liz Gillman at elizabethministry@smip.org or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.

 

 

 


Legion of Mary Ministry at SMI
 

Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
Do you want to enrich your prayer life?
Do you want to grow closer to Jesus & His Mother?

Our parish is currently forming The Legion of Mary Ministry. The primary purpose of this ministry is to bring people to Jesus Christ through the imitation of the virtues of Mary. The Legion strives to increase the faith and holiness of its members through the prayer and various apostolic works. Meetings will be Thursdays at 7:00p.m. in the Small Meeting Room. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 or Terry Maynard at 815-577-6329.

 

 

 



 

Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|
 


 

 

 

 

Adorers Needed


“Are you in sorrow?  Come and cast yourself at His feet and you will feel quite consoled.  Are you despised by the world?  Come here and you will find a good friend whose faithfulness will never fail you.  Are you tempted?  It is here that you will find strong and terrible weapons to vanquish your enemies.”
          - St. John Vianney, on visits to the Blessed Sacrament

The adoration ministry is currently in need of weekly adorers for the following open hours or to substitute for regular adorers, particularly in the overnight hours.  These quiet, peaceful hours are filled with special graces.  Can you answer Jesus’ call to spend some time with Him?  He is never outdone in generosity!

Contact:  815-603-2350 or conniesanfilippo@sbcglobal.net

Chapel Hours with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:  Sunday 7 p.m. – Friday 9 p.m.


 

 

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SCHOOL NEWS

 

 

The Parish School Annual Golf Outing
 

Friday, September 12 at Bolingbrook Golf Club


St. Mary Immaculate Parish School is hosting its Annual Golf Outing on Friday, September 12.  Register now for this fun-filled event which begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. and then a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start with a scramble format for the afternoon of golfing.  Golf is followed by cocktails, dinner, raffles and prizes all at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.  The “Best Ticket In Town” Raffle is for 4 Chicago Blackhawks tickets and 4 Chicago Bulls tickets!  Enter for $20 per ticket or $100 for 7 tickets. 

All proceeds benefit an Education Fund for the wonderful teachers at SMI Parish School.  We ask that you support our teachers and this very enjoyable event in one or more of these ways:

· Golfing (includes lunch, golf and dinner) for $150 per golfer

· Joining us for dinner only for just $30 per person

· Becoming a Sponsor at one of our three Sponsorship Levels:  Hole ($250), Birdie ($500), or Eagle ($1000)

· Donating a prize for the raffle

Any item, gift card or other donation is sincerely appreciated!  You can send donations to SMI Parish School, ATTN: Golf Outing, 15629 S. Route 59 Plainfield, IL 60544. 

Get more details, see great photos from past years, and register online at www.smigolf.org.  For sponsor information or any other questions, please contact Al Broniewicz at 708-254-1433, Tim Malec at 815-254-7914, or Andy Gorski at 817-715-4260.

 

 

 

 

SMI Shows Great School Spirit at “Red and White Night” Pep Rally
 

On Wednesday, September 3, SMI School Athletics hosted a Spartans Red and White Night pep rally to kick off the fall sports season and demonstrate their great school spirit.  All the student athletes in grades 5 through 8 participating in fall sports on the volleyball, baseball, and flag football teams were introduced.  The girls volleyball teams also played exhibition games for the fans.  The bleachers in the Gym were filled with excited students, parents, friends, teachers and alumni, all supporting the Spartans!  The evening was a great start to the season of fall sports. 

 

 


3rd Annual SMI Spartan 5K and Kids 2K Results
 

In the early morning sunshine on Saturday, May 17, over 330 runners and walkers gathered outside SMI to participate in the 3rd Annual SMI 5K and Kids 2K Run/Walk.  Just prior to the start of each race, prayer was said and the national anthem sung.  School parents volunteered on the course directing the runners, in the booth cheering the runners as they finished, and in the Gym serving pancakes at the award ceremony after the races.  We were truly blessed with beautiful weather as well as the efforts and dedication of all the volunteers which led to a wonderfully enjoyable event for all. 

The 5K overall male First Place winner was Clark Anderson of Romeoville with a time of 17:50.6.  The 5K overall female First Place winner was Rebecca Lau of Plainfield with a time of 21:07.9.  Overall Second and Third Place males in the 5K were Nick Albright and Scott Nichols.  Overall Second and Third Place females in the 5K were Taylor Gray and Victoria Huff-O’Bryan.


In the Kids 2K, 10-year-old Lucas Schuler was the overall male First Place winner with a time of 8:33.0.  The overall female First Place winner was 16-year-old Alexis Polowsky with a time of 9:30.6.  Overall Second and Third Place males in the 2K were Thomas Naughton and Matthew Naughton.  Overall Second and Third Place females in the 2K were Lindsey DuSatko and Natalie Sweeney. 

Thanks and congratulations to all the participants in this year's SMI 5K/2K.  Thanks as well to all our volunteers for all their efforts.  Finally, many thanks to each of our outstanding sponsors who are listed below. 

Adventist – Plainfield Medical Campus
Associated Orthodontists
Athletico Physical Therapy
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Boomer T’s
Crossfit Plainfield
D’Arcy Volkswagen
DuPage Medical Group

First Midwest Bank
Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus
Jewel-Osco
Just for Kids Pediatric
Dentistry

Kohl’s
Marianjoy Rehabilitation
Moravec Orthodontics
Presence Health

The Mike Scudder Family
SMI Athletic Department

SMI Home and School Association
SMI Men’s Club
Springbank Pool
Target
Walmart
Karen Welsch


 

 

 

 

 

St. Mary Immaculate Students Succeed at State Science Fair
 

The Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) held its annual state exposition Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3 at the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.  More than 1,400 seventh- through 12th-grade students from across Illinois – some of the state’s best and brightest aspiring scientists, engineers, designers and problem-solvers – exhibited their research and design investigations.  St. Mary Immaculate Parish School sent 3 of our young eighth grade scientists to exhibit their projects in this event.  We are so proud them for their efforts and congratulate them for the wonderful awards they received at the State Science Fair. 

Katherine Hovland

GOLD

“Hello, My Name Is… The Effect of a
Written Clue During Encoding on Recall”

Emma Myers

GOLD

“Flour: The Staff of Life”

Sam Jackson

SILVER

“Zap! Are the Most Expensive Batteries
Really Worth the Price?”

Participating in the Science Fair is a marvelous experience for all our students as it fosters analytical thinking , exposes them to the scientific method, and enhances their written and verbal communication skills.  Students conduct experiments, analyze their findings, create presentation boards, and present their research in written reports and verbal presentations.  Exposing our students to the IJAS Science Fair experience encourages students with special abilities and interests in science to stretch beyond the limits of the classroom, to develop their own ideas about scientific inquiry, and to pursue careers in science.



 

 

 

 

St. Mary Immaculate Students Perform “Peter Pan”
 

Director Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas celebrated 10 years of directing plays at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School with the spring musical “Peter Pan” which was performed on April 25th and 26th in the school Gym.  Students from 4th grade through 8th grade rehearsed from December to April for this show.  They were led by Director and School Art Teacher, Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas along with the help of Producer and School Librarian, Lisa Kissel, and former school parent Maria Uminski.

As the evenings began, approximately 100 students waited anxiously back stage for their turn to perform.  After a welcome by St. Mary Immaculate alumnus and former play participant Kyle Uminski, introductions were made and prayer was led by Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas.  The school gym had been transformed into Neverland with beautiful backgrounds and sets including the Darling nursery and Caption Hook’s ship.  In the nursery, Wendy, John and Michael received a visit from Peter Pan while he tries to find his shadow.  Peter Pan took the children on an adventure where they met Captain Hook, pirates, Indians, mermaids, the lost boys, and of course, mischievous Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. 

All 100 students were able to get into character and learn their songs and choreography after several months of after-school rehearsals.  The stage crew of 12 students quickly changed scenery and props as the cast moved through the scenes.  The outstanding performances were well received by the sold out audiences both nights!  Because of her great dedication and love for the arts and the children, Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas led the students to discover their own love for the arts and put on an amazing show. 


 

 



Support our School with Box Tops and Labels for Education

 

Everyone can help our school with this easy, ongoing fundraiser!  Just collect the following items from products you normally buy and drop off the required box top, or label in the collection box in the Commons, or give them to a SMI School child.  We collect them year-round, so you can help us by dropping off your collection any time! 

Box Tops For Education - Look for the pink Box Tops for Education logo on hundreds of your favorite General Mills, Land O Lakes, Kimberly-Clark, Avery label products and more.  Each Box Tops label is worth 10¢ for our school—and that adds up fast!  For more information, including special programs that allow you to earn bonus box tops, go to www.boxtops4education.com.

 

Campbell’s Labels for Education - Cut out and collect the UPCs, beverage caps, or Bonus Certificates from participating Campbell’s products including brands like Campbell’s Soups, Bic, Prego, Spaghetti Os, Swanson, and V8.  SMI earns points which are redeemed for merchandise. See www.labelsforeducation.com for more information.

 


 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Stop Bullying - Speak Up!
 

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, Comedy Central is encouraging kids to "Stop Bullying - Speak Up!" Their website offers resources for anti-bulling advocates, including a petition, downloadable posters, videos, and more, which inspire young people to take a stance.  They also have special adult resources for parents. 

Stop Bullying: Speak Up and Pledge Your Support!  How do you stop bullying?  Just by speaking up!  If you or someone you know is a victim of bullies, tell your parents, teachers or another adult you trust.  By letting other people know about it, you can help make sure it stops.  Join Cartoon Network and help spread the word about bullying awareness and prevention with Stop Bullying: Speak Up and take the pledge to show your support.

Visit the website www.cartoonnetwork.com/promos/stopbullying to take the pledge and learn more. 

 

 



 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry


The Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of volunteers. We are looking for help any day of the week Monday – Saturday in the mornings. We usually start early around 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and work until about noon. We are looking for dedicated, hardworking individuals who can volunteer one or more days a week sorting and boxing non-perishable food items for about 1-4 hours a visit, preferably on a weekly basis. We work through all kinds of weather, and confidentiality is a must. Children younger than high school age are not permitted due to the nature of the work. Also, we are in need of drivers with trucks to pick up food donations from local grocery stores.

The Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry distributes food to about 200 families a month
and the numbers keep growing. The distribution warehouse for the Pantry is located
on Lockport Street just west of Four Seasons Park at the old Vulcan building. If you are interested, please contact Pat Cork at the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry at 815-439-8394.

 

 

 

 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry
 

The Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of MACARONI and CHEESE, PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY, and CANNED FRUIT.

For more information visit www.plainfieldfoodpantry.org or call 815-439-8394.

Thank you for your continued support!


 

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