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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

 
 

Advent Schedule of Events


Giving Tree Gift Tag Distribution
Each November Weekend Starting 11/1

     Saturdays        3:30-6:45 pm              Gym

     Sundays          7:00 am-1:30 pm       Gym

Giving Tree Gift Return - On TWO Weekends
11/22 & 23 and 11/29 & 30

     Saturdays 3:30-6:45 pm Commons

     Sundays 7:00 am-1:30 pm Gym

Advent Parish Mission with John Angotti
12/1 John Angotti part 1 7:00 pm Church
12/2 John Angotti part 2 7:00 pm Church
12/3 Reconciliation Service 7:00 pm Church

Parish School Band Concert
12/4 7:00-8:00 pm Gym

First Saturday Devotion
12/6 8:00-8:30 am Church

Healing Prayer Service
12/7 1:30 pm Church

Immaculate Conception Mass Schedule
Holy Day of Obligation
Sunday, 12/7
6:00 pm Vigil Mass
Monday, 12/8
7:30 am Daily Mass
8:45 am School Mass
12:00 pm English Mass
7:00 pm English Mass   Church
7:00 pm Spanish Mass   Cana Hall
8:15 pm Polish Mass   Church

RE Christmas Programs
12/9 through 12/13  Time Varies   Gym

Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena
12/3 6:00 pm Cana Hall
12/4 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/5 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/6 6:30 pm Cana Hall
12/7 1:30 pm Cana Hall
12/8 8:00 pm Cana Hall
12/9 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/10 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/11 7:00 pm Church

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12/12
Mañanitas 5:00-7:00 am Church
Spanish Mass 7:00-9:00 pm Church
Fellowship 9:00-11:00 pm Gym

Diocesan Deaf Ministry Mass & Fellowship
12/21 11:30 am-3:00 pm Stewardship Rm

“Conversion of Scrooge” Performances
12/14 3:30 pm Matinee Show Cana Hall
12/14 7:00 pm Evening Show Cana Hall

Simbang Gabi Filipino Mass & Fellowship
12/16 7:30 -10:30 pm Church, Gym

Advent Reconciliation Service
12/17 7:00 pm Church

Parish School Advent Program
12/18 7:00 pm Church

Military Ministry Hour of Silent Prayer
12/19 6:00 pm Adoration Chapel

Diocesan Deaf Ministry Mass & Fellowship
12/21 11:30 am - 3:00 pm    Stewardship Room

Christmas Mass Schedule
Holy Day of Obligation
Wednesday, 12/24, Christmas Eve

2:00 pm Cana Hall—Special Needs Mass
3:30 pm Church
3:31 pm Gym
3:32 pm Cana Hall
3:45 pm Central Elem. School
3:45 pm Ira Jones School
6:00 pm Church
Midnight Church
Thursday, 12/25, Christmas Day
7:30 am Church
9:00 am Church
9:01 am Gym
10:30 am Cana Hall—Polish
10:45 am Church
10:46 am Gym
12:15 pm Church
12:16 pm Gym—Spanish
NO 6:00pm Mass

Mary, Holy Mother of God Schedule
Holy Day of Obligation
Wed., 12/31, Vigil Mass

7:00 pm English Mass
Thu., 1/1, New Year’s Day
9:00 am English Mass
10:30 am Polish Mass
12:15 pm Spanish Mass



 

 

Devotional Art Sale Continues December 6 and 7
 


Passion of Christ in Antique Gold Frame (19" x 22") - $350

 

A limited number of exquisite pieces of devotional art will be available for sale at St. Mary Immaculate starting with the weekend of November 15 and 16.  The art includes both sacred statues and framed wall art from the exclusive Italian “Paolo Schiraldi” collection, known worldwide and distributed in many churches around the world.  Each piece is sculpted in marble dust, entirely hand made, and then coated through a sophisticated process called “galvanization” in either a silver or bronze finish.  The painting and the finishing are entirely hand-made, giving each art piece a delicate and refined presentation.  The sophisticated level of craftsmanship ensures a high value for this artwork.  On all of Paolo Schiraldi’s artwork, a special coating is used which protects the art pieces from tarnishing.  In order to properly clean the art, a soft dry cloth is required. 

Statues available include Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Michael, St. Pope John Paul II, Divine Mercy, St. Francis, and Angelo Del Silenzio (the Angel of Silence).  Framed wall art pictures include the Holy Family, Madonna with Child, Passion of Christ, St. Francis, St. Jude, Divine Mercy, St. Michael, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Last Supper, Pope Francis, St. Pope John Paul II, and Our Lady of Fatima.  Acquiring any of these pieces of artwork would bring a new level of devotion and inspiration to your home or the home of a loved one, and would make a memorable gift this Christmas. 

The artwork will be on display in the Gym before and after Weekend Masses on November 22 and 23.  All pieces will be available for purchase via credit card or check.  Display and sales will continue on the weekend of December 6-7.  Note that the artwork will not be shown on Thanksgiving weekend. 

About The Artist.  Born and raised in Bitonto, a small town of 65,000 people in Southern Italy, Paolo Schiraldi developed a passion for religious art.  After introducing his artwork in 2002 for the first time in the United States, many religious institutions began to appreciate the devotion that this artist was capable to transmit through his exclusive work. 


 

 


 

Olivewood Art from the Holy Land Gifts available Dec. 13/14 & 20/21
 

Bethlehem Gifts art work will be on sale in the Commons after all Masses on December 13/14 and 20/21. The olivewood art is brought directly from Bethlehem, from artists and Christian families who make them and benefit from their distribution. Many are hand carved from one single piece of wood. Olivewood is known for being hard, with the most beautiful grains and natural colors. The tradition of Olivewood carving in the Holy land has been handed down from father to son since the 12th century. Originally introduced by Crusaders, the craft has been perfected by centuries of local master carvers. Stop by the Commons for beautiful, unique gifts for Christmas or for your own home. 

 


 


 

Join us for our Parish Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. David Medow

 


Join us for our Parish Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. David Medow!

 


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Parish Pilgrimage Flyer and Signup Form


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Oplatki Christmas Wafers Available in Commons
 

The Oplatki, meaning “holy bread,” are large, thin, rectangular wafers which are embossed with figures of the Christ Child, or other Nativity scenes. Christmas Eve has always occupied a special place for those of Polish and eastern European heritage. The Oplatki custom which originated in Poland was also adopted by the people of Lithuania and the Czech and Slovak peoples. A limited amount of Oplatki has been blessed and will be available in the Commons during Advent. Donations are always appreciated. If more Oplatki is needed, it can be purchased at McAnally’s Religious Resource Center in Plainfield. For more information, please contact Laura Van Ham, Ministries Coordinator at 815-436-2651, ext. 846

 

 

 

 

The Acts of the Apostles Bible Study 
 

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. beginning January 11, 2015

For those of us who participated in Alpha or have read the November issue of Christ is our Hope magazine, The Acts of the Apostles is the perfect choice to resume our Adult Biblical Studies.

Come to read and study The Acts of the Apostles, the second volume from the author of the Gospel of St Luke, from the time of Christ’s Ascension through the time at which the Holy Spirit descends on His Apostles to give them the knowledge, courage and burning desire to “preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem,” Luke 24:47.  May this study help us grow in our faith and our relationship with Jesus, and also light a fire within us to go out and spread the good news.

We will meet for 8 weeks on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Harvester Room on the 1st floor of St. Mary Immaculate Parish Hall.  Our classes run from January 11 through March 1, 2015.  Please contact Anita Besch at abesch@sbcglobal.net or 630-415-6826 (cell) to register.

If you do not have a Catholic Study Bible, you may want to supplement this study with The New Collegeville Commentary on The Acts of the Apostles.  The cost is $7.00 and you may purchase this yourself, or request one when you register, and it will be available at our first class.  However, the book is not mandatory.

 

 

 


 

Healing Prayer Service on Sunday, January 4 at 1:30 p.m.
 

Join us at 1:30 p.m., immediately following the 12:15 p.m. Mass in the Church.  After a scripture reading and prayer, each individual will be offered the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which conveys special graces and strength of the Holy Spirit.  Our Healing Prayer Service is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

 



 

 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish Holds 3rd Annual Make a Difference Day


Over 1,000 St. Mary Immaculate parishioners and friends volunteered their time and talent on Saturday, October 18 for SMI’s 3rd Annual Make a Difference Day.  It was a day where everyone, including families, young adults, seniors, teens, and youth, came together to work on one or more of over 60 faith and service projects offered throughout the day inside and outside at the Parish, as well as at sites in the local Plainfield community and in Joliet, Aurora, Geneva, and even the north side of Chicago.

The day began with 7:30 a.m. Daily Mass in the Church followed by a Blessing of Volunteers to send everyone off. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. service projects were performed to benefit dozens of organizations and hundreds of people throughout the area. The wide variety of projects included everything from quiet projects of prayer to strenuous projects of manual labor. 


Dozens of people prayed at Eucharistic Adoration in the Parish Church all morning, while in the afternoon dozens of others participated in a Spanish Rosary with prayers to Our Lady.  There were outdoor projects to spruce up the grounds at the Parish and School, and for homes in the Parish’s immediate neighborhood, as well as at the Mantellate Sisters Convent and over a dozen other community homes where help was requested.  Inside the Parish Center, some groups worked on making mats for the homeless from recycled plastic bags, while other groups beaded rosaries to be given away by the Legion of Mary in their evangelization efforts.  Over 70 people came to the blood drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and conducted by Heartland Blood Center.  The St. Anne’s Sewing Circle accepted clothing items all day for free mending and hemming services. 

Out in the community, hundreds of people collectively provided service at Feed My Starving Children, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Misericordia Home, Joliet Township Animal Control, Plainfield Park District’s Ottawa Street Pool, and Ready Set Ride Therapeutic Recreation Facility.  Others went to visit six area nursing homes to participate in various activities such as bingo, crafts, or manicures with the residents.  One group went out to a nearby neighborhood inviting residents to the parish.  A few teams went through neighborhoods collecting food for the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry which was then dropped off at the Donation Station drop-off site behind the Parish School.  Hundreds of items were collected there on behalf of 15 area organizations or ministries, including Guardian Angel Home, Women’s Choice Services, Catholic Charities, local Animal Shelters, Nursing Homes, Ronald McDonald House, and more. 

All volunteers were invited to a free lunch which was prepared and served by Boy Scout Troop 19 with over 50 scouts, parents, and leaders.  

Approximately 600 people came to enjoy the delicious meal of chili and cornbread in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym, which had been decorated by a group of parish Girl Scouts and their families.  The day concluded with 4:00 p.m. Mass celebrated by Fr. David Medow.  The Parish is deeply grateful to the many hundreds of volunteers who truly did “Make a Difference” by bringing the infinite love of Jesus to others!

 

 


 

Relics Exposition at SMI Provided Encounter with Saints

 

Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross brought his magnificent collection of over 150 relics to St. Mary Immaculate Parish for several presentations over two days.  The sessions were held the last week of October, just before All Saints Day.  Each session was attended by many hundreds of people who were delighted with and inspired by this unique and moving experience.  The exposition included relics of the youngest saint, St. Maria Goretti, as well as many popular saints including St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska and so many more.  The supreme highlights included one of the largest relics of the Church's claim to the True Cross in the world and a piece of the Veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.

Fr. Carlos told of many outstanding blessings, conversions and healings worked through this ministry.  Attendees brought their articles of devotion, such as rosaries and holy cards, which they touched to the reliquaries as a means of intercessory prayer.  Many people spent hours browsing the display of relics, touching, praying, reading and deepening their faith.  Fr. Carlos is booked several years into the future at locations all around the country, so St. Mary Immaculate Parish is very fortunate and pleased to have had this opportunity to bring the exposition to our parishioners, and even more delighted that so many people came to experience this blessing and encounter the saints. 

 







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, Therese Desitter, at 815-436261 ext. 804. 

 


 

 

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.


 


 

 

Please Help Us Update our Parish Records
 

In an effort to better communicate with our parishioners, we would like to ask you for your most current contact information for our parish database.  So if you have moved, changed phone numbers, have a new email address or twitter, please call Margaret or Monica in the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 to update our records.  Thank you for helping us to keep our parish information current so that we may better serve you. 

 




 

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.


 



 

Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is looking for volunteer facilitators to join the rotation. No experience is necessary - only the desire to lead our little ones in hearing the Gospel in a language they can understand. Children’s Liturgy is offered during 9:00, 9:01 Cana Hall, 10:45, and 12:15 Spanish. Weekly resources are provided. Please contact Geralyn Kuban in the parish office at 815-436-2651 ext. 810 if you are interested.

 



 

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

 

Sign-Up for Liturgical Ministers
 

The sign-up book is now located in the Narthex of the Church for Advent and Christmas.

Liturgical Ministers are not scheduled for Holy Days and Civil Holidays, but your help is needed.

We invite you to stop by and sign up wherever you are able to serve.

Special thanks to all of our ministers who faithfully serve the Lord and the people of St. Mary’s!

 



 


 

Giving Tree Due Back the Weekend of Nov. 30
 

Giving Tree is our annual parish-wide effort to care for those in need in our community, to remember them with the love of Christ, and to help bring a smile to their faces at Christmas.  Numbered gift tags are now available for you to pick up.  All gifts are due back here at SMI by the end of the month on one of our Gift Return Days. 

Gift Tags have been created for Individuals of all ages and for Families through a variety of nursing homes and service organizations in the area.  Now you can browse through those tags, see their wishes, and choose to adopt a person or a family for whom you would like to shop.  If shopping is not for you, you can make a monetary or Manna gift card contribution toward our parish Giving Tree efforts.

New this year—We have a new “Giving Tree” envelope included in the November packet of offertory envelopes so you can contribute via the Sunday Offertory.

Gift Tag Pickup—Before and after weekend Masses on November 1/2, 8/9, 15/16, and 22/23, you can stop by the Gym/Commons to adopt a family or individual, or to make a monetary or Manna gift card contribution toward our parish Giving Tree efforts!

Gift Return—Spanning TWO weekends this year, you can return your gifts on November 22/23 and 29/30.  On those two Saturdays we will check in your gifts in the Commons from 3:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.  On those two Sundays we check in gifts in the Gym from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The FINAL gift return date is Sunday, November 30, with the gift return period concluding at 1:30 p.m.

Interested in helping?  If you’d like to help out for a shift or two on the weekend, this year you can sign up online!  Just visit the sign up page at www.smip.org/givingtree.  Please contact Nancy Sinclair at 815-577-5309 or nsinclair7@gmail.com if you have other questions.

 


 

 

Support Our Military Men and Women
 

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, December 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.

 


 

 

Job Search Support, Tues. Jan 13


The St. Mary Immaculate Employment Ministry helps you build confidence and accelerate your job search success. We help job seekers succeed.

During our Jan 13 (6:30pm) session you can work one-on-one with job coaches (experienced hiring managers) to:

-  Improve your resume and networking tools (your handbill, elevator speech or LinkedIn site)

-  Develop interviewing (video mock-interview) and networking skills

-  Expand your job search network

-  Get spiritual, emotional, or social service help

We meet Tuesday, Jan 13, promptly at 6:30 pm, at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield.

There is no cost to attend, pre-registration is not required, and everyone is welcome. Bring copies of your handbill or resume to distribute. Dress is casual.

For more information, email EmploymentMinistry@smip.org.

 


 

 

Join the Handbell Choir

 
Calling all Handbell musicians! We will meet on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:45 p.m. 
in the School Music Room (on the way to the gym). No musical training necessary, just a 
desire to make music for the Lord! Come & See! Contact Monica Slayman for questions or further information at 815-436-2651 ext. 805


 

 

 

New “Journey Forward” Grief Support Group Forming


The Joliet Area Community Hospice is forming and leading a new community grief support group.  The group will meet here at SMI’s Holistic Center at 15726 S. Frederick St.  Meetings will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month beginning on Tuesday, October 7. 

A grief support group helps you connect with others who understand, and provides a safe place to tell your story.  You are gently encouraged to share at your own pace, but never forced.  You will also learn about the grieving process and be proactive in your healing as you strive to “Journey Forward.” 

This Joliet Area Community Hospice program is open to adults in Plainfield and the surrounding community who have experienced a loss of a spouse, family member or friend. 

Registration is strongly requested, but not required.  For more information or to register contact Tom Barkauskas, LCSW, at 815-460-3256, or Mary Ann Burns, MSW, at 815-460-3282. 

 

 

 


 

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.”





 

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?

Come join The Legion of Mary Ministry at St. Mary Immaculate. 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

 

Save the Date for Gala 2015 "Dare to Dream" Sat., February 7, 2015


Dinner & Dancing  -  Open Bar  -  Live & Silent Auctions  -  Live Music

Galabration is a great night out with live and silent auctions, raffles and much, much, more. Dare to Dream Gala ’15 is a black tie optional fundraiser, that will guarantee an enjoyable night filled with delicious food, drinks, entertainment and dancing.  Galabration is the biggest fundraiser of the school year.  Last year we raised $73,000 and the 2014-2015 goal is $75,000.  This is obtainable with your help and support. 

Tickets are $95 per person before December 25, 2014 and $110 per person after.  Reserved tables of 10 are available for $850 before December 25, 2014.  An event ticket includes the following:  5-hour reception with a 4-hour open bar, musical entertainment and entrance to the Live/Silent Auction and Raffles. 

Look for the order form coming soon to the school website at www.smischool.org or contact galabration@smip.org for more information. 

 


 

 


Veterans’ Day Prayer Service Held at Parish School

St. Mary Immaculate Parish School students, faculty, parents and visitors packed the Gym on Tuesday, November 11 for a Veterans’ Day Prayer Service at the start of the school day.  Many thanks to all those who attended and assisted, including our Eighth Grade 8H class who prepared the spectacular video that was played for everyone, and to our Cub Scouts who presented the color guard honoring our U.S. flag.  Special thanks and gratitude to our veterans who were so kind to take some time to join us and be honored:  William Deadly (Marines), Jackson Brunsting (Navy), Bob Caride (Marines), Shawn Hartley (Marines), and Kevin Bumstead (Army).  Each veteran told the assembly their branch in the service and the years they served.  What a great opportunity for our school to pay tribute to our local veterans and to raise awareness within our students of the great value of the sacrifices made by our military personnel.

St. Mary Immaculate School provides an outstanding spiritual, academic, Christ-centered Catholic education for students in Preschool through eighth grade.  Openings are available for the current school year and preregistration is currently underway for the next school year.  For more information, call the School Office at 815-436-3953 or visit www.smischool.org.


Students, faculty, and visitors packed the Gym for the Veterans’ Day Prayer Service at
SMI School.

 

 

 


 

SMI Parish School 5th Grade Student Hold Interactive Saint Museum

 

On November 3rd, after weeks of preparation, the 5th grade students of Mrs. Rose Chmara and Mrs. Karrie O’Connor opened their Interactive Saints Museum to their parents and family members.  The month before, each student chose a saint and performed research to learn about their saint’s life, feast day, and path to holiness.  They then each made a poster that allowed them to step into the role of their saint and give an oral presentation to the visitors.  Speaking in the first person, they explained what they had learned about the life of their chosen saint.  It was a rewarding project for our young saints in training and a great experience for all the visitors.  St. Mary Immaculate School provides an outstanding spiritual, academic, Christ-centered Catholic education for students in Preschool through eighth grade.  Openings are available for the current school year.  For more information, call the School Office at 815-436-3953 or visit http://www.smischool.org.

 


 

 

Parish School Annual Golf Outing was a Hit!
 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish School hosted its annual golf outing on Friday, September 12, 2014.  We had 90 golfers and another 30 people join us for the delicious dinner at Bolingbrook Golf Club.  This fun-filled event began with lunch and the golfing began at 1:00 p.m. with a scramble format.  Golf was followed by cocktails, dinner, raffles and prizes. 

All proceeds raised at this event benefit an educational fund for the wonderful teachers at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School.  Over the past couple of years, the funds from this outing have been used to send several teachers to classes and conferences such as the three teachers who attended the 2011 and NCEA Conferences.  This outing has also been successful enough to provide funds for technology in the classrooms including Elmos and projectors.  Lastly, the funds raised at this outing provide our wonderful teachers with their Christmas bonuses each year.

Our event would not be a success without the support of our sponsors.  Many thanks to our 2014 sponsors!

Eagle Sponsor

     · D’Arcy Motors

Birdie Sponsors

· Athletico
· Boyer-Rosene Moving (Bekins)
· BluePay
· Dr. Luke
· Exhibit Link
· Herbst Financial
· John Greene Commercial Realty
· Platinum Steel
· SMI Home and School
· Stan’s Roofing/The Bumstead Family

Hole Sponsors

· Chris Unger - Attorney at Law
· Dave Kawa - Plainfield Aviation
· Dr. Boots & Plainfield Vision Care
· First Midwest Bank
· Frederich-Jones Funeral Home
· Joe Sieracki
· Mrs. Hickey
· Northern Insurance - Armand D’Andrea
· Providence Catholic High School
· The Ooten Family
· The Tan Family
· Tischler’s Meat Market

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Persons’ Day Celebrated at Parish School
 

Approximately 400 Grand People were in attendance at the Parish School on Friday, September 12 to celebrate Grand Persons’ Day.  Grand Persons’ Day is an opportunity for the children to share their school with someone who is “Grand” in their lives.  A Grand Person could be a grandmother, grandfather, or an aunt, uncle, family friend, or neighbor. 

After a School Mass in the church in their honor, the Grand Persons were welcomed into the school where they enjoyed classroom visits with their own grand children.  In the classrooms, some students made cards while some sang songs and others played games together.  Sixth graders showed their new computers, while other grades gave tours of their classrooms.  Students and grand persons alike enjoyed the experience of sharing some time in the classrooms.

Finally, all the Grand Persons gathered at a reception in the Gym where decorations and place mats had been made by SMI students.  Refreshments and coffee were sponsored by SMI Home and School Association, and a presentation by 1st Grade students completed the festivities.  It really was a beautiful day spent with very special people.  St. Mary Immaculate Parish School is pleased to offer this annual event for grand persons and students to spend special time together at school, and also to thank the grand persons for the valuable role they have in the lives of our students.

 

 



 

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. 

 


 


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

 

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.


 



 

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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