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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
12/3 6:00 pm Cana Hall
12/4 6:00 pm Cana Hall
12/5 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/6 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/7 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/8 1:30 pm Cana Hall
12/9 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/10 7:00 pm Cana Hall
12/11 8:00 pm Church—see below
Advent Reconciliation Service
12/5 7:00 pm Church
Prophets of the Bible: Jonah
12/8 9:00-11:00 am Stewardship Rm
Employment Ministry Meeting
12/10 6:30 pm Faith Sharing Rm
Advent Reconciliation Service
12/10 7:00 pm Church
Mañanitas—Our Lady of Guadalupe
12/11 8:00 pm Church
Our Lady of Guadalupe Spanish Mass
12/12 7:00 pm Church, Gym
St. Anne Sewing Circle
12/14 9:00 am-2:00 pm Small Meeting Rm
Blood Pressure Screening
12/15 8:00 am—12 Noon Gym
Monthly Diocesan Deaf Mass & Fellowship
12/15 11:30 am-3:00 pm Stewardship Rm
Men's Catechism Circle
12/16 7:00 pm Parish Library
School Advent Program
12/19 7:00 pm Church
Military Ministry Hour of Silent Prayer
12/20 6:00 pm Chapel
Las Posadas (Mexican Christmas Party)
12/21 6:30-9:00 pm Gym
Simbang Gabi Filipino Mass & Fellowship
12/22 7:30 pm Church, Gym
Calling All High School Teens
Join the High School Youth Group every Sunday night from
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. for Faith, Food, and Fun! Meet us in the Commons
and bring a friend!
Olive Wood Art from the Holy Land
Bethlehem Gifts in the Commons December 14/15 and 21/22
Bethlehem Gifts art work will be on sale in the Commons after all Masses on December 14/15 and 21/22. The 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
Support Our Military Men and Women
Hour of Silent Prayer. On the third Friday of each month, please devote an hour with us to pray for those who wear our uniforms. Come on Friday, December 20 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-259-6851, or Donna Hoban, email email@example.com or call 815-254-0622.
Reconnect with your Faith through Catholics Returning Home
Catholics Returning Home is a program to help Catholics reconnect with their faith and their relationship with Christ. There is no obligation or cost. Join us and you will find a:
· Supportive, non-judgmental group where you can freely explore your concerns and questions;
· Small community with others thinking about returning, recently returned Catholics, and clergy;
· Safe haven in which private issues are identified and dealt with privately, with compassion;
· Warm environment where you will be welcomed.
This 6-week series begins Monday, Nov. 11, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the North Wing Room A. Pre-registration is requested. For more information, please call the group’s facilitator, Deacon Tom O’Connell, at 815-230-2241.
The 2013 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Is Underway - "The Lord Sustains His People"
Bishop Conlon’s mailing asking for a pledge to the 2013 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal arrived in many of our parish households in early January. This Appeal is conducted at every parish in our seven-county diocese. The funds contributed help people in our parish and throughout our diocese. It is very important to ensure that the Diocese of Joliet has the funds necessary to do God’s work.
This year, the theme of the Appeal is “The Lord Sustains His People.” God constantly gives to us. His grace is ever present. His blessings are abundant. We can demonstrate our gratitude to God and help build the kingdom of God in our own parish and our own diocese by making a generous gift to the CMAA.
In addition to helping those in need, the Appeal funds the operations of the diocese and services that are of great help to the ministries here in our parish.
If you have already made your pledge or contribution, thank you.
If you have not, please answer the bishop’s request and make a generous pledge. All pledges can be paid in 10 monthly installments. Thank you in advance for your support.
During the 2003-2004 school year, our parish provided “safe environment” education and training for our employees, staff, and volunteers who work with the youth in the life of our parish. Protecting God’s Children is the program our Diocese selected for this purpose. Since that time, we have continued to offer workshops for new volunteers who get involved in our ever-growing parish community, and will continue to do so this school year. All are welcome to attend. We have scheduled Protecting God’s Children Workshops for the following dates:
Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 7:00-10:00 pm in the Stewardship/Unity Rooms
Please call the Religious Education Office at 815-436-4501 to register. Please call our Protecting God’s Children Workshop Facilitator, Pat Mander, at 815-436-2651 ext. 893 who is also our Parish Nurse, if you are hesitant or cautious about attending a large group workshop. Please contact the Diocese of Joliet Office of Hispanic Ministry at 815-834-4037 for Workshops in Spanish.
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.
Walking With Purpose (WWP) is a bible study for women who desire to grow in their faith using a scripture-based program that is fresh, relevant and focused on conversion of heart more than intellectual development. Personal study and small group discussions will link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. This is an opportunity for women of any age to commit each week of this seven-week program to get to know Jesus Christ through scripture in a real personal way.
Starting October 8 we are offering two sessions of the WWP program entitled “Living in the Father’s Love” – a morning session on Tuesdays from 9:45 – 11:15 a.m., and an evening session from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for materials, but please don’t let this deter you as financial assistance is available.
To register, simply fill out this form and return it in an envelope marked “WWP Registration” to the Commons Desk with your payment by October 1. If you have any questions, please contact Grace Blaszak at 815-254-7078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part II of the Sunday Seminar Series features the Prophets. Discover who they are and learn why they are still so very important today. Many of us are familiar with the Isaiah prophecies about Emmanuel from the Christmas readings, but there were also important prophets before and after Isaiah. Join us on seven select Sundays from October 13 through February 2 for a closer look at six of these Minor Prophets (twice with Daniel). Minor prophets are short, but not unimportant! See the complete schedule below. Each session will run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the Stewardship Room. Just bring a friend and your favorite bible. Let us know you are coming so we have enough handouts. Call David Fiday at 815-439-1897 or email@example.com.
Why Should I Hire You? - Tuesday, December 10th
Strategies to Getting Hired From A Hiring Manager
Are you sending out resume after resume and not getting interviews?
Are you going on interviews and not getting any job offers?
If this sounds like you, isn’t it time you found out the reason why? Do you want to find out the one and only reason why you are not getting interviews and job offers? And more importantly, what 90% of job seekers are doing wrong that causes this problem?
If you want to get the inside information on fixing these problems and more direct from an experienced hiring manager, then you need to attend this presentation.
In this special presentation you will learn:
- The number one reason you are not getting interviews and job offers
- The only three reasons a company will hire you
- The three major questions you must answer before you will get an offer
- How to overcome the major mistakes 90% of the job seekers make that will get you get you employed quicker
Bonus: Discover the hidden objections that are unspoken and never brought up in an interview, but can destroy your chances of getting hired if you don’t know how to uncover and overcome them.
Tom Nosal is the President and Founder of Scaling Up, Inc. which provides career and business coaching services. He has over twenty years of experience as a hiring manager and has been coaching job seekers and business owners for four years. Tom is the author of the upcoming book Scaling Up Your Job Search which will be available on Amazon in mid to late December.
Get your questions answered. We meet Tuesday, December 10, promptly at 6:30 pm in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Faith Sharing Room at 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield.
After our speaker, you can work one-on-one with our coaches or participate in a Networking Session. Bring copies of your handbill or resume to distribute.
We help job seekers succeed. There is no cost to attend, pre-registration is not required, and everyone is welcome. Dress is casual.
Email EmploymentMinistry@smip.org for more information.
Cub Scout Religious Awards Program Available
All Cub Scouts of the Catholic faith whose families are members of St. Mary's Parish are invited to join us to begin work on their Catholic Religious Awards. Boys in grades 1-2 can earn the Light of Christ Award, and boys in grades 3-5 can earn the Parvuli Dei Award. The majority of work in each program is completed at home by the scout with his family using the designated workbooks. There is one required meeting with one of our priests to verify completion and understanding of the coursework. There is a nominal cost for the workbooks, and some Packs may also charge for the actual award pin. Boys are encouraged to participate to grow stronger in their Catholic faith. For more information, please contact Bob Lighthiser by November 15 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-975-1497.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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?
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!
February 1st, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
At Bolingbrook Golf Club
- Dinner & Dancing - Open Bar
- Live & Silent Auctions - Live MusicJoin us for our annual Gala event. Friends, family and community are welcome for a night of great food and drink, bidding on a variety of fabulous items, music and dancing, and supporting the amazing kids of St. Mary Immaculate Parish School!
Get your tickets at the discounted rate before 12/25: $95 per person or $850 for a table of 10. After 12/25, tickets are $110 per person. The order form is available on the school website at www.smischool.org. Contact email@example.com for more information.
SMI Spartans Show Great School Spirit
On Tuesday, September 3, SMI School hosted a Spartans Red and White Night to demonstrate their great school spirit. Student athletes in grades 5 through 8 participating in fall sports including volleyball, baseball, and flag football were recognized. The volleyball teams also played exhibition games for the excited fans who cheered their classes on to victory. The bleachers were filled with spirited students, families, friends, and teachers, all supporting the Spartans! The evening marked a great opening to the season of fall sports.
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Flag Raising Ceremony
Over 500 students, plus faculty, parents and parish staff participated in St. Mary Immaculate School’s traditional first school day Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday, August 19. Held outdoors at the flag post in the front of the building, Fr. David Medow, Pastor, School Principal John Garvey, and Jennifer Errthum, Assistant Principal, offered opening prayers and brief comments. After reciting The Pledge of Allegiance, students returned to their classrooms, while parents enjoyed the opportunity to relax and catch-up with friends in the Commons. Coffee, juices and breakfast snacks were served, sponsored by the Home and School Association. St. Mary Immaculate School in Plainfield provides an outstanding spiritual, academic, Christ centered Catholic education. Openings are available for the current school year in some grades. For more information, call the School Office at 815-436-3953 or visit www.smischool.org.
It is time for us to begin planning for our 2013-2014 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, 2013) 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 $25 registration fee per child 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 27, 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.
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.
SMIP 4th Grade Class Donates 307 Books
|Isabel Duffy, a St. Mary Immaculate School 4th grader in Mrs. Renee Streicher’s 4th Grade class, proposed an additional Lenten Service class project. Isabel pitched the idea to her classmates and they loved it. Her class, through Lent, collected new or gently used books to donate to T. E. Culbertson Elementary School in Joliet. They beat their 100 book goal. Over 307 books will be delivered to T. E. Culbertson over the spring break. Congratulations Class! Thanks Isabel!|
SMI 3rd Graders Help with “Baby Bottles For Life”
Mrs. Lundberg’s 3rd grade class, at St. Mary Immaculate School, emptied “Baby Bottles for Life”; sorted the money into coins, checks and currency; and prepared the empty bottles to move on to another parish.
St. Mary Immaculate Parish participated in a special “Baby Bottles for Life” fundraiser to promote and further a Culture of Life within our parish and local community.
Parishioners took empty “Baby Bottles for Life“ home, filled them with spare change and returned the bottles to the parish. The proceeds will help support the life-saving work of Woman’s Choice Services, a Catholic pregnancy center located in Joliet & Lombard.
“It fits in perfectly with our Catholic Schools Week activities” stated Mrs. Lundberg. “My students have heard from older brothers and sisters about this annual service project to support the right to life, so they were excited about participating. They were amazed and impressed by everyone’s generosity! They had not expected to find twenty dollar bills or large checks. We talked about how families could use the money to pay doctors and to buy many baby supplies.”
Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry
The Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of PANCAKE MIX, SYRUP, RICE, NOODLES, and PREPARED FOODS (box meals, etc.)
Thank you for your continued support!