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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 Friday 7:00pm-9:00pm Waldorf Room
Palm Sunday Weekend, April 12/13
Sat, 4/12 3:00 p.m. Confessions (Church)
4:00 p.m. English Mass (Church)
4:00 p.m. Spanish Confessions
5:30 p.m. Spanish Mass (Church)
Sun, 4/13 7:30 a.m. English Mass (Church)
9:00 a.m. English Mass (Church)
9:01 a.m. English Mass (Gym)
10:45 a.m. English Mass (Church)
10:46 a.m. English Mass (Gym)
12:15 p.m. English Mass (Church)
12:16 p.m. English Mass (Gym)
6:00 p.m. English Mass (Church)
Offsite Masses at Central Elementary School
10:30 a.m. Polish Mass
12:15 p.m. Spanish Mass
Holy Thursday, April 17
7:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Hours (Church)
7:00 p.m. Mass, Footwashing and Adoration (Church)
Good Friday, April 18
7:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Hours (Church)
12 Noon Ecumenical Service (Church)
3:00 p.m. English Stations of the Cross (Church)
6:30 p.m. Polish Stations of the Cross (Central Elem. Sch.)
7:00 p.m. Polish Liturgy (Central Elem. Sch.)
7:00 p.m. English Good Friday Service & Veneration of the Cross (Church)
7:30 p.m. Spanish Service with Living Stations of the Cross (Gym)
Holy Saturday, April 19
7:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Hours (Church)
11:00 a.m. Blessing of the Easter Baskets, Polish (Gym)
12 Noon Blessing of the Easter Baskets, English (Gym)
7:00 p.m. Easter Vigil (Church)
Easter Season Masses and Special Events
Easter Sunday, April 20
7:30 a.m. English Mass (Church)
9:00 a.m. English Mass (Church)
9:01 a.m. English Mass (Gym)
10:45 a.m. English Mass (Church)
10:46 a.m. English Mass (Gym)
11:00 a.m. Special Needs Mass (Cana Hall)
12:15 p.m. English Mass (Church)
NO 6:00 p.m. Mass
Offsite Masses at Central Elementary School
9:00 a.m. Polish Mass
10:30 a.m. Spanish Mass
12:15 p.m. Spanish Mass
Offsite Masses at Ira Jones Middle School
9:00 a.m. English Mass
10:30 a.m. English Mass
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27
8:00 am Canonization Celebration for Pope John 23rd & Pope John Paul II (Gym)
2:00 pm Divine Mercy Sunday Confessions (Church)
3:00 pm Divine Mercy Sunday Prayer Service (Church)
Mark your Calendars for these Special Events
Join us for these special events in the life of our parish! Right around the corner on March 4th, our popular Family Pizza Night is back, then Ash Wednesday is March 5. During Lent we’ll hold a Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Francis, an Evening of Reflection, Parish Reconciliation Nights, our St. Joseph’s Day Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, plus a performance of The Seven Last Words of Christ. On April 27 we’ll hold a Canonization Celebration for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII as well as our Divine Mercy Sunday Prayer Service. You can sign up for the Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk in May, and look forward to relaxing in July as we have Family Night at the Slammers game. Stay tuned to future bulletins and to the website for more details on these events.-Sun, 4/27 Canonization Celebration for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII
and Divine Mercy Sunday Confessions and Prayer Service
-Sat., 5/17 SMI Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Sparty 2K
-Fri., 7/18 SMI Family Night at the Slammers Game in Joliet
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reconciliation at 2:00 p.m.
Prayer Service at 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary Immaculate Parish will celebrate a Divine Mercy Prayer and Reconciliation Service on Sunday, April 27 in the Church. All are welcome to participate with us in this celebration of God’s mercy. Confessions begin at 2:00 p.m. and continue throughout. At 3:00 p.m. we begin the Prayer Service with Veneration of the Divine Mercy image, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Divine Mercy Way of the Cross, Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, and Benediction and Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Divine Mercy Sunday, instituted worldwide by Pope John Paul II in 2000, is held each year on the first Sunday after Easter. Jesus promised that those who fittingly observe the Divine Mercy Feast will receive complete forgiveness of sin and all temporal punishment associated with sin. For more information on observing the feast day, please visit http://www.marian.org.
Sunday, April 27 at 8:30 a.m.
Pope Francis will declare two of his predecessors saints with a Holy Mass and double Canonization Ceremony in St. Peter’s Square on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27. Here at St. Mary Immaculate, we will celebrate the Canonization of Blesseds John 23rd and John Paul II all morning through early afternoon with the Canonization service streaming from 8:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in the Gym.At 10:15 a.m. a Multilingual Prayer Service in Spanish, Italian, Polish and English will be held, also in the Gym. Fellowship will run throughout the event, first with coffee, donuts and fruit, then an Italian/Polish Potluck starting at 10:30 a.m.
Anyone interested in contributing to the potluck, please contact Laura VanHam at 815-436-2651 ext. 887.
Everyone is invited to stop in and join us to watch the ceremony, offer prayers, and enjoy food and fellowship as we celebrate with millions of people around the world on this joyous and historic occasion!
Ladies Night Out on Thursday, May 8
The SMI Home and School Association is pleased to announce their Second Annual Ladies Night Out on Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the St Mary Immaculate Gym.
Gather your girlfriends and plan on attending a wonderful evening all about you! Come enjoy an evening filled with:
· Wine and cheese
· Crafters and vendors with wonderful items specific to women
· Mini workshops and demonstrations on topics important to women regarding health, wellness and financial fitness.
Tickets prices for this event are $10 when purchased in advance on or before April 25, or $12 each when purchased at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, please include your name, phone number, and payment in an envelope labeled “Attn: Ladies Night Out” and leave it with the Commons desk Receptionist. No paper tickets will be issued for this event; your name will be placed on a list at the door the night of event. Questions? Contact Karen Klump at email@example.com or Michele Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May Crowning of Our Blessed Lady
May 10 and 11 during Mother’s Day Masses
On May 10 & 11 we will honor our Heavenly Mother with a May Crowing at all weekend Masses. With thankfulness to the Lord for the great gift of motherhood, we will also give all mothers a special Mother’s Day Blessing.
Registration for the 2014-2015 school year will begin April 1, 2014 for both Religious Education Grades K-6 and Confirmation Grades 7 -12.
+ Forms for RE Grades K-6 will be sent home with your student the first week of April or you can pick up the forms in the RE office, in the Commons, or online.
+ Forms for the Confirmation program can be picked up in the Confirmation office, the Commons, or online. Current year 6th graders received the forms from their RE teachers. Current year 7th graders will receive the forms at the April 14th Parent/Teen Session.
+ All registrations will be due by April 30, 2014 Any registrations received after April 30th will be charged a higher tuition rate.
Please note: All current year balances must be reconciled before a registration can be accepted.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE REGISTRATION FORMS
SMI Parish Staff Service Day at Northern Illinois Food Bank
Eighteen members of the St. Mary Immaculate Parish staff gathered at the warehouse of Northern Illinois Food Bank on Wednesday, April 9 to perform community service. They were joined by parishioner Scott Wiacek, employee of Feeding America, which is the parent organization of Northern Illinois Food Bank. For 3 hours, they worked to unpack huge cartons of frozen meat that had been donated by grocery stores. Individual package wrappers had to be checked, the meat sorted, and labels applied. Then packages were boxed for distribution and weighed. Altogether they packed 5720 pounds of meat which provides 4767 meals for our hungry neighbors in northern Illinois.
Northern Illinois Food Bank leads the northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships. Since 1983, food manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals have come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to 800 network partners serving more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week across 13 counties. That commitment provided 42 million meals last year to those in need. Northern Illinois Food Bank provides food for more than 60,000 people each week through a network of 600 partner feeding programs. For more information or to get involved visit www.solvehungertoday.org.
The 2014 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal - Trust in the Father’s Care
The Annual Appeal not only funds many of the operations of the diocese, it funds services that are of great help to the ministries here at St. Mary Immaculate. This year, the theme of the Appeal is “Trust in the Father’s Care.” God does provide for us. He never forgets us. His love sustains each of us. He is always giving to us.
One pledge can make a difference, especially when combined with all of the other pledges made throughout the diocese. If you have not yet made your contribution to the 2014 Catholic Ministries Catholic Appeal, please prayerfully consider providing your financial support to this Appeal. You can and will make a difference. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.Many thanks to the Parishioners of St. Mary Immaculate Parish who have already made a pledge! This year, when we exceed our goal of $189,580 in paid pledges, we will receive 60% of the amount over our goal for use in our parish!
Giving Our Best to Make Christ Known
The Summary Report detailing the results of our Increased Offertory Program have been mailed and should be arriving in your homes. As shown in the report, the results from the Giving Our Best to Make Christ Known Program were encouraging. Almost 29% of the parishioners who gave to the Sunday offering in the last year made a commitment for the next year. We also had 113 families renew their connection to the parish. Overall, the commitments reflect a 42% increase in the offertory over previous donations from those that responded with a commitment card.
We are beginning to see signs that our Sunday offertory collections are growing through the generosity of many parishioners. For those who made a commitment to increase your giving via Online Giving, please sign in and make your changes. For those who use our Automatic Payment Processing program, please note that the commitment card does not serve as an authorization to increase your donation, thus you will need to call the Parish Office to authorize a new donation amount.
Thank you so very much to all have chosen to participate in this very important program. Your generosity shows your willingness as faithful stewards to be part of the ongoing missions of St. Mary Immaculate.
Save the Date for Vacation Bible School
|Are you looking forward to summer? We are! SonTreasure Island Vacation Bible School will be held at SMI from Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon each day. More information to follow. Mark your calendars now! Please contact Christina Dodge at 815-545-5407 or email@example.com if you have any immediate questions or would like to help.|
Save the Date for Make a Difference Day - Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
A Day of Faith and Service to Bring Jesus to Others
Make a Difference Day is 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. Mark your calendar with the date now and look for online sign-ups for service projects to begin September 1st. To suggest or lead a service project or to help with planning, please contact Cindy Sweeney at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
What??!! Another Half Century, Tues. April 22
Because people are living longer, we need to consider how we will adjust to the reality of working longer for economic reasons or to give purpose to our lives. This Employment Ministry program, presented by Janet Rand, addresses a life trend that impacts employment today and in the future. It's intended to create a new awareness about future choices.
Start thinking about your future options as there will be an activity to give voice to your ideas.
Janet Rand, is a Business and Career Coach who guides individuals through transitions. She works with those who are employed, underemployed, and unemployed. She spent over twelve years as a Career Adviser for College of Du Page, and was liaison to workNet Du Page, assisting those downsized and unemployed, displaced homemakers, veteran's, and ex-offenders in their quest for education and employment. She holds a Master of Science in Organization Development and has also helped remaining employees adjust to downsizing.
Janet's company, J.R. Coaching & Consulting, focuses on Career, Life Transition & Communication Skills. She is also facilitator of the Plainfield Public Library Job Club.
We meet April 22, 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.
Misericordia Candy Days April 27 at SMI
Misericordia’s Annual Candy Days will take place the weekend of Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26 all around Chicagoland. Thousands of incredible volunteers will be hitting the streets to hand out Jelly Belly jelly beans in exchange for donations to support Misericordia Home. On Sunday, April 27, Candy Days volunteers will be at St. Mary Immaculate in the Commons after morning Masses.
The Mission of Misericordia/Heart of Mercy is to support individuals with developmental disabilities in maximizing their level of independence and self-determination within an environment that fosters spirituality, dignity, respect and enhancement of quality of life.
Your donation will help Misericordia continue to offer a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are also physically challenged. By serving society’s most vulnerable citizens, Misericordia also serves the families who want the best for them, yet cannot provide it at home. Through a spectrum of residential options on its 31-acre Chicago campus and in the community, and with a wide variety of programs, Misericordia currently serves more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. For more information visit www.misericordia.com.
Healing Prayer Service on Sunday, May 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.
Job Search Support, Tues. May 13
The St. Mary Immaculate Employment Ministry helps you build confidence and accelerate your job search success. We help job seekers succeed.
During our May 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 can also take FREE portrait photos you can use in your LinkedIn profile.
We meet May 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.
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 email@example.com.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.
Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|
Mass Coordinators Needed
We are in urgent need of at least two new mass coordinators to join the 12:15 and 6:00 pm rotations. Husband and wife teams work well also. The mass coordinators are responsible for setting up for mass and cleaning up after. They also greet and secure the sign-in of the liturgical ministers. Training and shadowing is provided. Please contact Geralyn Kuban if you are able to help:
Geralyn Kuban, Liturgy Director email@example.com or 815-436-2651, ext. 810
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapel Hours with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Sunday 7 p.m. – Friday 9 p.m.
Small Christian Communities Recruiting
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
- Matthew 18:20
Do you have experience in Small Christian Communities?
Would you like to be part of a Core group of parishioners to grow Small Christian Communities at St. Mary Immaculate Parish?
No experience but would like to help?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions please contact Cathy Cushing at (815) 436-2651 ext. 861 or via email at email@example.com.
It is time for us to begin planning for our 2014-2015 enrollment at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School. As you are aware, we offer a quality faith-centered education for children from Pre-School (age 3 by September 1, 2014) to Grade Eight. The requirement is that a family must be a registered parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate in order to register for our school or to be placed on the waiting list. In addition, we ask that you bring your child’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate along with a $125 registration fee per family with you when you register in the Main office (Entrance A, south of the Commons Doors). Open registration begins during the Catholic Schools Week Open House on January 26, 2013 at 10:00am and will continue each school day from 9am until 2pm until openings are filled. After that time, those registering for closed classes will go to a waiting list.
Families wishing to tour the school during the school day may call the school for an appointment. Please direct all inquiries to Kris at 815-436-3953. Thank you for your interest in St. Mary Immaculate Parish School.
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 a.m.
Sign up for the 3rd Annual SMI Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk is underway. All are welcome from the school, parish, and community to join in the fun and help support the students at St Mary Immaculate Parish School. All race participants will receive a race t-shirt and goodie bag. Register now at http://smi5k2014.itsyourrace.com. The day starts with the Kids Sparty 2K and then the Spartan 5K takes off. All races are chip timed. Age group medals are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Stay for the raffle, prizes, and post-race party. Find “SMI 5k 2014” on Facebook for updates, links, and training suggestions. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMI School Presents “Peter Pan” on April 25 and 26
|St. Mary Immaculate School proudly presents our spring musical “Peter Pan”. Directed by Beth Kingsbury-Puscas, SMI Art teacher and produced by Lisa Kissel, SMI Librarian, this musical production stars approximately 100 St. Mary Immaculate Parish School students from 4th grade through 8th grade. Performances are Friday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym. Tickets are available at the door for $5 each for adults and $3 each for students.|
Parish School Band Concert on Friday, May 9
Everyone is invited to the final Band Concert of the school year which will be held in the Gym on Friday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. The students in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Bands began learning new music in a variety of styles in January, and they have been practicing for months for this performance. The evening will feature three different bands, each led by Music Teacher and Band Director, Ms. Lacey Freeman. First, the Cadet Band consisting of 24 fourth and fifth grade students will perform. Then the Concert Band with 23 students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades will play. For the four eighth graders, this will be their final concert at SMI. The final group will be the newly formed Jazz Band. With 9 members, the Jazz Band is excited to be performing for the first time. Please join us for what is sure to be an enjoyable evening of fine music by our talented young musicians.
Parish School Lenten Mission
The theme for the Lenten Mission in the Parish School this year was “Jesus is the Light of the World. Let us be Salt and Light.” Jesus told us to be Children of the Light. During Lent, the children in our school reflected on how they could answer Jesus’ call to be his salt and light in the world.
Students were encouraged to participate individually by performing at least one act of love or sacrifice each day. Such acts could include prayer, scripture, fasting, or almsgiving. Students also participated with their class in prayer and scripture, and as a school by making presentations at the closing ceremony held at the end of the School Mass on Wednesday, April 16.
Each classroom prepared an offering poster and closing statements that summarized their individual and classroom acts over the previous 6 weeks. At the closing ceremony, representatives from each class presented their poster and read their class’ closing statements. Students had compiled responses to complete the statement “This Lenten Mission has changed us as a class by…”. Some of the responses were:
· Reminding us to do good things at home and at school (Kindergarten)
· Showing us how even small actions can really help other people (1st grade)
· Sharing our talents and making us more thankful (2nd grade)
· Trying to forgive others and be more thoughtful (3rd grade)
· Helping us become more generous and patient with others (4th grade)
· Becoming kinder to one another and more aware of each other’s feelings (5th grade)
· Making us feel renewed, closer to each other, and closer to God (6th grade)
· Trying our best to put others’ needs before our own (7th grade)
· Bringing out the greater good in us (8th grade)
The Annual Lenten Mission is just one of many activities planned by the Home and School Association Spiritual Committee each year. For more information please contact Spiritual Committee members Libby Runge at email@example.com or Laurie Hovland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Teams
All Grades Win 1st or 2nd Place at Battle of the Books!
Each spring dozens of St. Mary Immaculate Parish School students compete in the Battle of the Books competitions which are held at the Elementary School (4th and 5th Grades) and Junior High School (6th, 7th and 8th Grades) levels. For Battle of the Books, students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. Students begin preparing the previous May when they receive a list of 8-10 books to start reading over the summer.
Coordinated by our School Librarian, Lisa Kissel, parent volunteers compose hundreds of questions about the details in each of the books. Question packets are distributed to the students to study, and many students also read the books over a second or third time. Parent volunteers begin in January to quiz the students during Lunch in preparation for the night of the competition. Considerable dedication, commitment and enthusiasm goes into this one night event!
This year the Junior High competition took place at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School on Monday, April 7. There were 7 schools participating, with a total of 137 students. By the end of the night, the SMI Eighth Grade and Seventh Grade Teams had won First Place and the SMI Sixth Grade Team had won Second Place.
The Elementary Battle was held on Thursday, April 10 at St. Paul the Apostle in Joliet. There were 186 students participating from 9 schools. Again, SMI students exceled as both the SMI Fifth Grade and Fourth Grade Teams won First Place.
Top: Over 100 Junior High Battle students
We are very proud of all our young readers not only for their performance in the competitions, but for all their efforts throughout the year. We extend congratulations and thanks to the students and all our parent volunteers. While the students enjoyed reading good books, sharing them with friends and parents, and the fun and excitement of playing in the “Battle,” we know that the real reward is the love of reading developed here which will serve them well in high school and beyond.
SMI Parish School Academic Team Wins Third Place at
Montini High School’s “It’s Academic” Quiz Bowl
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School was one of 15 schools to participate in Montini High School’s “It’s Academic” Quiz Bowl on Tuesday, April 15. The annual contest for seventh graders offered both individual and team events, with the excitement of buzzers and lights for students during the fast-paced team portion of competition.
Each member of the SMI team competed individually in a written test on one subject: Sarah Deffenbaugh in Math, Sydney Scepkowski in Social Studies, Claire Sweeney in English, and Kylie Weis in Science. Based on those test scores from all 15 schools’ participants, SMI’s Claire Sweeney won Second Place in English and Kylie Weis won Second Place in Science.The SMI team competed together in numerous rounds against one other school at a time until 9 schools were eliminated. The 6 remaining teams competed in rounds again to eliminate 3 more teams and determine the final ranking.
The SMI team finished in Third Place overall. We congratulate our students and their moderator, Ms. Shelly McEneany for their hard work and success!
Eighth Grade Students Represent Parish School at Devotional Mass
at St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral
Since the beginning of the school year, two of our 8th grade students, Alex Runge and Katie Hovland, have led our students in the Saints and Virtues Project sponsored by the Diocese of Joliet. Our student leaders first attended the diocesan project information day and came back to teach the program to the rest of the 8th graders. Teams of 8th graders were formed, and each team was assigned one younger grade for which they prepared and taught an appropriate grade-level lesson on saints and virtues. Each week at the end of School Mass, the whole school recited the “Saints Prayer” together. The culminating Devotional Mass for this year’s Saints and Virtues Project was celebrated on Wednesday, April 9 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, to thank all the 8th grade leaders across the diocese for all their hard work and leadership. Alex and Kaite represented our school, along with the Home and School Association’s Spiritual Committee and one of our eighth grade teachers, Miss Walsh. Our Home and School Association provided our school with beautiful framed pictures to further promote our devotion to the saints. We thank our students, faculty and Home and School Association for their prayers and devotion to the great heroes of the Catholic Church, our saints.
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.|
SMI Parish School Raises $3,000 for Charity
The St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Student Council led a week-long fundraiser to raise money for four different charities. Our school family raised $3,000 during the third week of March as the Student Council sponsored the “Jeans for a Cause” event in which students happily left their uniforms at home and wore blue jeans to school. Our Student Council will be sending $750 each to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Jeans for Wishes Campaign of the Make-A-Wish organization and Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Joliet, which serves people in need throughout many counties in northern Illinois.
Eighth grader Cole Powley, President of the Student Council, commented on the event: “It’s amazing what our student body can do. A few dollars here and there from students really can make a difference in our community.” We congratulate and thank all our students and families for the tremendous participation and overwhelming response to reach out and help those in need!
SMI School Students Excel in IGSMA Music Contest
St. Mary Immaculate School students participated in the IGSMA District VI Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday, February 22 at Timber Ridge Middle School. The purpose of the IGSMA (Illinois Grade School Music Association) is to encourage, aid and advance music education in the elementary and junior high schools of the State of Illinois through their sponsorship of contests and festivals among school bands, orchestras and choruses, including solos and ensembles.
Congratulations go to these fine musicians for their outstanding performances: Grace Buss, Sarah Deffenbaugh, Hazel Oreta, Abigail Pintoy, Claire Sweeney, Grace Sweeney, Natalie Sweeney, Anthony Waldron and Kylie Weis. Thanks and congratulations also go to their parents, their St. Mary Immaculate Band Director Lacey Freeman and accompanists Monica Slayman and Ann Waldron.
St. Mary Immaculate School - Junior High Honor Roll
2013-2014 Second Trimester
We congratulate these St. Mary Immaculate scholars for their outstanding academic achievement.
A Honor Roll
B Honor Roll
A Honor Roll
B Honor Roll
A Honor Roll
B Honor Roll
Katelyn Martini Wins St. Mary Immaculate School Spelling Bee
On Monday, February 3rd, St. Mary Immaculate students in Grades 4-8 assembled to witness St. Mary’s 2014 Spelling Bee. The winner, seventh grader Katelyn Martini, out-spelled seventeen other 6th, 7th, and 8th grade schoolmates, each a previous winner of spelling bees in their language arts classes. Eighth grader Katie Hovland finished in 2nd place and Alyssa Brascia (an eighnth grader) placed third.
St. Mary Immaculate teacher Anne D’Andrea coordinated the school’s 2014 spelling bee. She was assisted by fellow teachers Joan Hamer and Jaylene Suvar.
Katelyn’s winning word was “rosin.” It took ten rounds and 171 words to determine the school champion.
Ms. Martini earned the right to compete in the Will County Spelling Bee to be held at Lewis University, One University Pkwy, Romeoville, IL on Thursday, March 6th at 6:00pm in the JFK Sports Center Gymnasium.
The champion of the Will County Spelling Bee qualifies to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, D.C., on May 25 through May 31, 2014.
From left to right: Alyssa Brascia (3rd
Place), Katelyn Martini (1st Place) and
Katie Hovland (2nd Place) winners of
St. Mary Immaculate School’s 2014
St. Mary's Students Take On the World!
David Duran, a sixth grader, won the National Geography Bee at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School in Plainfield. The competition, in which students answer geography questions provided by the National Geographic Society, was the school round in the 26th annual National Geography Bee. Congratulations also go to second place finisher Joe Laurenti in 7th grade and third place finisher David O’Leary in 5th grade.
The Geography Bee, now more properly known as the National Geographic Bee, begins at the local school level. School winners then take a special written test to qualify as one of the top 100 students in Illinois to participate in the state level contest on April 4, 2014. Should he win the state competition, David will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete against students from across the United States in the national finals May 19-21, 2014.
|At St. Mary’s, it all started in fifth through eighth grade classroom bees. Our ten finalists, selected after a seven round competition and an exciting tie-breaker in our 5th through 8th classrooms, were Chris Barone, Mia Bertino, Adam Broniewicz, David Duran, Sam Jackson, Joe Laurenti, David O’Leary, Kevin O’Leary, Luke Singletary, and Adrienne Tan. David won the SMI School Championship when the ten finalists competed on December 16, 2013 at a school assembly attended by all fourth through eighth grade students.||
Pictured from left are the top three champions, David O’Leary, David Duran, and Joe Laurenti.
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
Why Catholic Schools? Because Catholic Schools:
· Offer an education that combines Catholic tradition with academic excellence
Why St. Mary Immaculate Catholic School? We provide an outstanding academic, Christ-centered Catholic education. Our whole-child approach fosters intellectual, spiritual, physical, & social development from Pre-School through 8th grade. We implement the Joliet Diocese Early Childhood Curriculum and Core Curriculum. All SMI School teachers are state certified, experienced, and highly educated, and all are dedicated to providing an excellent Catholic education.
SMI School Celebrates Red & White Night with Special Guest Kyle Uminski
On Tuesday, November 12, the Gym was packed with SMI students, parents, teachers, and alumni for Red and White Night. The players on the 5th through 8th grade boys and girls Spartan basketball teams were introduced, and teams were matched up to play mini-games for the hundreds of cheering fans.
The evening also included a visit from one very special SMI School alumnus, Kyle Uminski, Class of 2011. Kyle suffered a football injury in July, 2012 which led to 14 surgeries over the next 13 months. The final surgery was an amputation of his left leg below the knee. Throughout his ordeal, Kyle maintained a positive outlook and strong spirit. He remained determined to get past this tragic situation and get on with his life.
Kyle shared his story in an inspiring speech about recognizing what is truly important in life and being grateful for the little things that bring some good into each day. This amazing young man serves as
a great example of living with courage and grace in the face of adversity. The entire SMI School community is so grateful to Kyle for bringing his uplifting message to our young athletes and to our entire school family!
Sarah Is A National Writing Contest Winner
McGraw-Hill Education announced that Sarah Deffenbaugh, a St. Mary Immaculate School student, won the 4th - 6th grade level Drama Category of the SRA Reading Labs Student Writing Contest. Sarah’s writing passage, Changes, was one of 3 finalists in that category.
Congratulations also go to Mrs. Jenny Cederberg, Sarah’s teacher. Contest rules state that, while students must create the passages themselves, reflecting age-level ability, teachers are encouraged to provide age appropriate guidance and technical support.
Grade 4-6 submissions were to have between 400-650 words. All entries were judged, and three finalists per category, per grade level, were selected.
Sarah Deffenbaugh and Jen Cederberg celebrate Sarah’s SRA Reading Labs Student Writing Contest win.
Teachers, students, parents, and friends were encouraged to vote for their favorite finalist passages, one vote per person for each category and age group. Public voting (30% of the total score) ended May 3. A second panel of experts judged each finalist submission for 70% of the total score.
Winning student passages in each age group and category receive $5,000 in classroom resources from McGraw-Hill. St. Mary Immaculate School will receive a SRA Reading Labs 2.0 class set for a full year, an iPad for classroom use, Specific Skills Series for Language Arts, and Classroom set of Wonders.
To read Sarah’s winning passage, SRA Reading Labs Student Writing Contest information, rules, and all of the finalists’ entries, visit http://readinglabs.shycast.com/
St. Mary Immaculate School provides an outstanding academic and Catholic faith education for students Pre-school age 3 through Middle School - 8th grade. It is located at 15629 S. Rt. 59 in Plainfield. For more information call 815-436-3953 or visit www.smischool.org.
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 TEA, COFFEE, JUICES and CAKE MIXES.
For more information visit www.plainfieldfoodpantry.org or call 815-439-8394.
Thank you for your continued support!