Welcome to the News Section. Here you can stay up to date with the latest news concerning the Church, different Ministries, the Parish School, and the local Community. To go directly to a certain section, click on one of the four names below. Otherwise, feel free to scroll down through the entire page.
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. Maria Goretti is Coming to St. Mary Immaculate!
Join Us for Veneration and Prayer on Thursday, October 15th
|While St. Maria is universally known as the Patroness of Purity, her greatest virtue was her
unyielding forgiveness of her attacker even in the midst of horrendous physical suffering, a
forgiveness that would completely convert him and set him on a path to personal holiness. In March 2015, His Holiness, Pope Francis, announced an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015. This visit of the major relics of St. Maria Goretti is an effort on the part of the Holy See and Treasures of the Church to prepare and catechize the United States for this great celebration in the life of the Church. We are blessed to have our parish be one of the stops on this visit!
The schedule of events for the day is as follows:
Public Veneration of St. Maria Will Begin at 10:00 am.
A Rosary and Angelus will take place at Noon.
Divine Mercy Chaplet will take place at 3:00 pm.
Solemn Mass celebrated with Bishop Joseph Siegal in St. Maria’s Honor Will Begin at 7:00 pm.
A Rosary will take place at 9:00pm.
Night Prayer will take place at 11:00 pm.
Public veneration Will End after the conclusion of Night Prayer.
Outdoor Adoration, Confession in the Church, as well as a video presentation on the life of St. Maria Goretti in the School Gym will all take place throughout the duration of public veneration.
We would like to extend an invitation to any school or parish groups that are interested in attending to please do so. For more information regarding group scheduling and arrangements please contact Geri Morse at 815-436-2651 at ext. 840.
Since we are the only Illinois parish outside the Archdiocese of Chicago to host St. Maria, please feel free to invite your friends and family to join us for this holy day.
We have worked out discounts with 8 local restaurants for Thursday, October 15. So after you've come to venerate and pray be sure to grab a coupon and head out for a nice meal afterwards!
St. Mary Immaculate is located at 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield, IL 60544. Any questions? Call 815-436-2651.
Do you want to find out more? Christ calls each one of us in a special way, inviting us into a life long relationship with Him that will transform the way we live and who we are at the very deepest level. He wants us to “come and see.”
This fall we will begin the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This program is an opportunity for all those interested to explore the Catholic faith and enter into the process of coming into full communion with the church. If you have ever thought about becoming a Catholic, if you know anyone that might be interested in learning more about our faith, consider this your personal invitation to come and see. RCIA is about more than just learning the teachings of the Church; it is about prayer, practice, discovery and relationship. Jesus Christ extends the hand of peace to each one of us, calling us into His presence. Please join us as we begin our Journey on Sunday September 27th. We will meet in the Parish commons at 9:00am. For more information please contact Deacon Tom Sagenbrecht at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 815-436-2651 ext 280-476.
Join Us In Honoring the Lives of Those Lost To Abortion
St. Mary Immaculate Parish mourns the death of 3300 children lost to abortion every day in our country. On October 9-16, our Reverence for Life ministry will be honoring those lives lost by placing 330 crosses on the front lawn of our parish (between the parking lot and Rt. 59). Each cross will represent 10 children who have been aborted.
Friday, October 9 at 7 pm (A Rosary for Life and Candle Light Service)
Saturday, October 10 at 2:30 pm ( A Rosary for Life)
Sunday, October 11 at 1:30 pm (A Rosary for Life)
Tuesday, October 13 at 7pm (A Rosary for Life and Candle Light Service)
Thank you to all the 941 families who have made a pledge to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. The Diocese has received and begun processing the pledges from our parish. Acknowledgement letters from the Diocese should arrive within the next week or two. Thank you also to those of you continuing to make your monthly pledge payments.
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.
Once our parish exceeds our goal in paid pledges, we will earn back 65% of donations over the goal. Last year at this point in the Appeal process, our parish had already surpassed our goal in pledges. Please consider making a pledge to help us once again continue our great record of support for Bishop Conlon and the diocese!
PARISH GOAL: $207,651
AMOUNT PLEDGED: $208,950
AMOUNT PAID: $ 150,787
REMAINING BALANCE: $ 58,169
REBATE AMOUNT EARNED: * see note
* We will not earn any rebate until pledges have been paid and the goal exceeded! The remaining balance is the difference between the amount pledged and the amount paid.
Save the Date for Make a Difference Day
Saturday, October 17, 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 for our Fourth annual Day of Faith and Service. Look for online sign-ups for service projects to begin September 1st. To suggest or lead a service project or to help with planning which is now underway, please contact Pam Angelus at 815- 436-2651 ext. 849 or email@example.com.
Filipino Mass and Fellowship on September 20 at 3:00 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 20 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Cana Hall. Our Presider will be Rev. Fr. Mario Quejadas. Fellowship and refreshments will follow at 4:00 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.
Click HERE for an Application.
It’s back again…the St. Mary Immaculate Holiday Craft Fair…and we are looking for crafters who would like to sell their handmade/homemade items! The definition of Handmade/homemade items for this event is as follows:
Any object made by someone active in the “Do-It-Yourself” crafts movement and/or work by contemporary artists who use craft processes and materials. An assistant under the DIRECT supervision of the creator may assist with a portion of the creation process, but no other third party vendors or companies marketing the items for sale in mass quantities will be allowed.
We will be taking applications for this event on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis…meaning that in order to keep some “healthy” competition among crafters we will place a limit on the number of crafters we will allow at our event selling the same type of items…so get your application in ASAP!
Date: Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Time: 8:00 am-3:00pm
Event Set Up Time: 6:30 am-7:45 am…All crafters MUST be set up by 8:00 am so the doors may open to the public!
Booth Fee: $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 item donation for our raffle but are LIMITED… so please call Karen for electricity availability before submitting your application!!! Crafters MUST supply their own electric extension cords.
Booth Space: 10’ wide x 6’ deep (2 chairs included with booth space rental)
Tables: 8’ tables available for rental for $5.00
Click HERE for an Application.
More questions? Please contact Karen Klump at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-212-4334.
A limited number of exquisite pieces of devotional art are available for sale at St. Mary Immaculate. Interested in purchasing a piece of art? Contact Nikolai Medow in the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 ext. 801 or email@example.com. 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.
Virtual Adoration Now Available On our Website!
Are you unable to make it to our Adoration Chapel at SMI? No problem! You can now go to “Virtual Adoration” on our Parish website. At St. Mary Immaculate, we hope that this use of technology to bring the living presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist to those who are unable to personally come to Adoration will be a blessing to all who experience it. Whether you are too sick to travel, are at work, are stuck at home, are travelling, or are simply visiting from anywhere around the world, we welcome you. Visit our new Virtual Adoration page at www.smip.org/VirtualAdoration. Have any questions about Virtual Adoration at St. Mary Immaculate? Email Nikolai Medow, Director of New Media at firstname.lastname@example.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/OnlineGiving, 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 Therese Desitter in the Business Office, at 815-436261 ext. 804 or email her at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Nikolai Medow at 815-436-2651 ext. 801 or email@example.com.
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, 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. 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 click HERE to get started. If you are on Facebook and/or Twitter we also notify parishioners of closings and other parish events via the Parish's Facebook & Twitter page. To stay up to date be sure to like us at Facebook.com/StMaryImmaculate and follow us at Twitter.com/SMIPlainfield. 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.
Oktoberfest will take place in the school parking lot at on Saturday, September 26th starting at 5:00pm.
|The event will feature a live German Band, who will get us all in the mood for a traditional Munich style Oktoberfest. We will be serving German Style Bratwursts, Sauerkraut, Potato Salad, Pretzels, and of course Oktoberfest style Beer. Fill out a pre-order form and save with no cover charge and an expedited entrance into the event. All pre-orders receive a commemorative edition 22oz beer mug, which includes your first beer. Pre-order forms can be found at the Reception Desk in the Commons or in the weekly White Wednesday school envelope.|
Women of all ages are invited to join our Walking with Purpose Bible Study. Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Women’s bible study that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussions that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. No previous bible study experience is necessary. This session our study is entitled “Touching the Divine” and incorporates the teachings of St. John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Our tentative calendar runs from Sept. 15th through March, including breaks for the holidays. We will be offering a Tuesday morning session from 9:30–11:30 am and a Tuesday evening session from 7-9 p.m. In order to register or get more information on the class, please contact Laurie Hovland at LLhovland@yahoo.com or 630-995-0328 or Debbie Jaffray at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630- 904-5407.
2015 Tootsie Roll Drive for the Intellectually Disabled
The Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council #5573 will be holding their annual Tootsie Roll Drive on September 18-20. Members and friends of the Good Shepherd Council Knights of Columbus will be collecting donations for the Intellectually Disabled. Tootsie Roll sales will be in the Commons after all of the weekend Masses. Please be generous and enjoy a chewy chocolaty Tootsie Roll. All proceeds stay in our parish and community. For more information, contact Chairman Steve Zimmer at 815-436-0458 or John Arduino at 815- 524-5868. Thank you for your help!
Have you ever thought about being a Confirmation Mentor?
The Confirmation department is still looking for energetic, faith-filled adults to pass on their faith to our children. This is a wonderful way to share your love of the Lord with others. We are looking for teachers. If you are interested please call the Confirmation office at 815-436-2651 ext. 878.
“Journey Forward” Grief Support Group
The Joliet Area Community Hospice has formed and is leading a new community grief support group. The group will meet here at SMI’s Holistic Center at 15726 S. Frederick St. Meetings is be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
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.
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 email@example.com 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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. If you are able to volunteer to cook or deliver a meal to a family in need, please contact Elizabeth Gillman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.
Legion of Mary Ministry at SMI
Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|
“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.
Friday, September 11 at Bolingbrook Golf Club
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School is hosting its Annual Golf Outing on Friday, September 11. Save the date 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.
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, Joe Lesters at 630-988-2874, Mike Durkin at 630-207-7541, Joe Ooten at 630-258-9228.
SMI Parish School Wins $15,000!
The support of thousands of students and parents at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School brought in a $15,000 prize.
St Mary Immaculate Parish School is the first monthly winner in the Collaboration Nation contest, sponsored by CDW•G and eSchool News, in which schools share video pitches on why their schools’ technology collaborations deserve a funding boost.
The 90-second video submitted by St. Mary Immaculate Parish School covers the struggles it faces with its current technology plan and describes the school’s plan to turn things around.
By collaborating with parents, faculty and students, a social campaign titled #CollaborateSMI was born. The video ultimately earned more than 5,000 shares on Facebook, and the top spot for Collaboration Nation’s May prize, which includes $15,000 in products from CDW•G partners HP, Lenovo and Meraki.
Jacqueline Fiske, St. Mary Immaculate Parish School's technology integration coordinator, says a device shortage has left the school struggling to embrace technology-powered learning.
"Currently, the only collaborative, mobile technology we have at our school is one laptop cart for over 400 students, and two sixth-grade classrooms that have one-to-one laptops," Fiske says. "We feel the need for technology at the primary level in our building is lacking, and the funds we won will help us to increase that. Our plan is to have collaborative technology available in all classrooms throughout the school day."
The school will be using the funds to purchase 40 HP Chromebooks.
The success of the #CollaborateSMI social campaign floored Fiske, and she hopes other schools can learn from her school’s example by tapping the enthusiasm parents have for getting involved in their children’s schools.
"We got so into the shares and the competition that our school parents and families are now more interested in the technology in our school than they have ever been! They want to know more about what we are going to do next and are excited about the direction our school is headed in," Fiske says.
Volunteers Need For School Marketing Committee
We need your talents for the Parish School Marketing Task Force. Our mission is enrollment and marketing for the Parish School. We know that students receive an excellent education in faith and academics at our parish school, and we are on a mission to share that message with the greater community. We expect to expand our enrollment and ensure the future stability of our school.
If you are interested in sharing your expertise with us, please attend our next meeting Tuesday July 7th in the Parish Library at 6:30 p.m.. Please contact Pam Angelus at 815-436-2651 ext. 849 or email@example.com for more information.
Mrs. Shimek Retiring After 31 Years at SMI Parish School
|Debbie Shimek, second grade teacher at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School, is retiring after 41 years of teaching with her last 31 years at SMI. Thank you Mrs. Shimek for your years of dedicated service to St. Mary Immaculate. May God Bless you in your retirement.
SMI School Eighth Grade Students Earn Girl Scout Marian Award
|Five eighth-graders from St. Mary Immaculate Parish School in Girl Scout Troop 70564 worked throughout the summer and fall to complete the Girl Scout Marian Medal Award Program. The Marian Award program seeks to inspire Catholic young people to become stronger members of their faith and to see Mary as a model for all stages of their lives-as a teen, single person, parent, and as a follower of her son, Jesus. Together with their mentors, the girls performed a variety of activities including interviews, role-plays, service projects, reflection questions, and prayer.||
Upon completing the activities, they held a closing family prayer service, and then met with Fr. Stephen to review their work. Their mentors submitted their approved applications which will enable the girls to receive the medals at the Diocese of Joliet Scouting Religious Award Mass to be held at St. Mary Immaculate next spring.
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 www.smischool.org.
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.|
Do you owe the fee for not having coverage in 2014?
You may still be able to enroll in 2015
You can enroll in a 2015 plan between March 15 and April 30, 2015.
Get Help with your Application
Tuesday, March 31st
1:00p – 5:00p
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Wednesday, April 1st
4:30p – 8:00p
Presence St. Joseph Medical Center
Call: Kevin Wright
The Campaign for Better Health Care
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.|
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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!