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Save These Dates

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

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

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

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

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




Lenten Regulations

1. Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
2. Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 years of age is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
3. On these two days of fast and abstinence, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.
4. To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is seriously sinful.
5. Lent is the principal season of penance in the Christian year. All of the faithful are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial (in addition to following the Lenten regulations), serious prayer, and a performance of works of charity and mercy.



Confessions and Stations of the Cross Every Friday During Lent*

* except Good Friday, April 3

Join us on Friday nights during Lent for an encounter with Jesus.  Rather than (or even in addition to) “giving something up” for Lent, try adding a spiritual activity to your Lenten journey this year.  Offering up the sacrifice of your time in Confessions and Stations of the Cross is a great way to deepen your relationship with Christ. 

6:00 p.m. Confessions (Church)
7:00 p.m. Stations -English (Narthex)
7:00 p.m. Stations -Polish (Cana Hall)
7:30 p.m. Stations -Spanish (Narthex)

Note that due to the Steve Angrisano Concert which will be taking place in the Church on Friday, February 27, there are a few minor adjustments to the Friday night schedule.  On that night only, Confessions and all Stations will be held in Cana Hall, and the Polish and Spanish Stations will be delayed by 30 minutes.  Changes for February 27 are shown in bold below. 

6:00 p.m. Confessions (Cana Hall)
7:00 p.m. Stations -English (Cana Hall)
7:30 p.m. Stations -Polish (Cana Hall)
8:00 p.m. Stations -Spanish (Cana Hall)




Holy Week and Easter Mass Schedule

Palm Sunday Masses
Palm Sunday Weekend, March 28/29

Sat, 3/28
3:00 p.m. Confessions Church
4:00 p.m. English Mass Church
4:00 p.m. Spanish Confessions NWA
5:30 p.m. Spanish Mass Church

Sun, 3/29
7:30 a.m. English Mass Church
9:00 a.m. English Mass Church
9:01 a.m. Overflow Mass if needed Gym
10:45 a.m. English Mass Church
10:46 a.m. Overflow Mass if needed Gym
12:15 p.m. English Mass Church
12:16 p.m. Overflow Mass if needed Gym
6:00 p.m. English Mass Church
Sunday Offsite Masses at Central Elementary School
10:30 a.m. Polish Mass
12:15 p.m. Spanish Mass

Triduum Schedule
Holy Thursday, April 2
7:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Hours (Church)
7:00 p.m. Mass, Footwashing and Adoration (Church)
Good Friday, April 3
7:30 a.m. Liturgy of the Hours (Church)
12 Noon Ecumenical Service (Church)
3:00 p.m. English Stations of the Cross (Church)
6:00 p.m. Polish Stations of the Cross & Liturgy (Central Elementary School)
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 4
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 Sunday Masses
Easter Sunday, April 5
7:30 a.m. English Mass (Church)
9:00 a.m. English Mass (Church)
9:01 a.m. Overflow Mass if needed (Gym)
10:45 a.m. English Mass (Church)
10:46 a.m. Overflow Mass if needed (Gym)
11:00 a.m. Special Needs Mass (Cana Hall)
12:15 p.m. English Mass (Church)
12:16 p.m. Overflow Mass if needed (Gym)
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 Schedule
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12
2:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Sunday Confessions (Church)
3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Sunday Prayer Service (Church))

Special Needs Easter Sunday Mass

Families who have children or adult members with special needs are invited to the Easter Sunday Special Needs Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Cana Hall. While we want you to feel welcome at any and all parish Masses, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to attend mass in a comfortable and supportive setting. Also, please mark your calendars for our Special Needs Summer Masses on June 7 and August 30.




SMI’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner


on St. Joseph’s Day, Thursday, March 19

Click HERE to View/Download a Reservation Form

To thank all our Parish and School volunteers for their dedication and hard work, the Parish invites St. Mary’s volunteers and their families to enjoy dinner as guests of the Parish on Thursday, March 19, St. Joseph’s Day.

Dinner will be served from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. Reservations are required by Friday, March 13th at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP via either: 1) Email to; 2) Phone to 815-436-2651, ext. 886; or 3) Complete the Reservation Form (found in the Commons wall racks) and give it to the receptionist. Please provide your family name, the number of adults, number of children and your phone number. No tickets will be printed for this event; you will simply “check in” upon arrival. For more information contact Laura Van Ham at or 815-436-2651, ext. 887. 

On March 19, Saint Joseph’s Day, we celebrate St. Joseph as the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father to Jesus. St. Joseph is also known to have been a hard working carpenter, hence the title St. Joseph the Worker, patron saint of workers.

Click HERE to View/Download a Reservation Form




Olivewood Art from the Holy Land Bethlehem Gifts


Available March 14/15 and March 21/22

Bethlehem Gifts art work will be on sale in the Commons after all Masses on March 14/15 and March 21/22. The olivewood art is brought directly from Bethlehem, from artists and Christian families who make them and benefit from their distribution. Many are hand carved from one single piece of wood. Olivewood is known for being hard, with the most beautiful grains and natural colors. The tradition of Olivewood carving in the Holy land has been handed down from father to son since the 12th century. Originally introduced by Crusaders, the craft has been perfected by centuries of local master carvers.

Stop by the Commons for beautiful, unique gifts for Easter, First Holy Communion, or Mother’s Day.




RE and Confirmation Registration Due by March 31


Registration for the 2015-2016 school year began March 1 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 March 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 will receive the forms from their RE teachers.
Current year 7th graders will receive the forms at the March 16 Parent/Teen Session. All registrations will be due by March 31. Any registrations received after March 31 will be charged a higher tuition rate. 


The first auto payment is not due until September 15, 2015.

Please note: All 2014-2015 balances must be reconciled before a registration
can be accepted.





Memory Flowers

The parish will be accepting Easter flower donations on Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Narthex of the Church.



Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12

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 12 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 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





Opportunity to Save on 2014 Taxes

Please remember St. Mary Immaculate Parish with your charitable contributions for the 2014 tax year.  Your final 2014 tax year donation via cash or check (checks must be dated December, 2014) must be received by St. Mary Immaculate by January 13, 2015 to be included in our contribution records. 

You can also give online using our easy and secure Online Giving website at  Once you create your personal account, you can give either a “One Time Gift” and/or set up a “Recurring Gift” for your contributions. 

If you have any questions on these giving options, please call our Business Manager, Therese DeSitter, at 815-436-2651 ext. 804 or email




The 2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Is Underway

“Extending God’s Mercy”

The 2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal begins with a mailing that many of our parishioners have received or will soon receive.  This is a mailing from Bishop Conlon asking for a pledge to the 2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. 

The Appeal not only funds many of the operations of the diocese, it funds services that are of great help to the ministries here in our parish.  For example, funds support…

· Those who direct and are a part of our Religious Ed and Confirmation programs

· Our Seminarians and Deacons to be prepared and formed for ministry

· Programs for leadership training for our High School Youth and Young Adult programs

· The Totus Tuus program we have each summer

· Missions to Bolivia and the Philippines to which we send parishioners every year.

This year, the theme of the Appeal is “Extending God’s Mercy.”  The greatest act of God's Mercy toward humankind was to send His Son.  People lost the way to God, the truth about God and a life in God by our own fault.  Jesus came to give us the Way, the Truth and a new Life.  Jesus taught us to be MERCIFUL as His Father is MERCIFUL. (Luke: 6:36)

How do we acknowledge God’s mercy and show Him our gratitude?  One way that we can show our gratitude is by giving back to God the gifts He shared with us.  We can support our parish, our diocese and the Church throughout the world with gifts of time, talent and treasure.  The gifts we give enable ministries, education, and services that touch thousands of lives.

Our parish goal is $207,651.  With your financial support, we can exceed this goal.  When we exceed our goal in paid pledges, we will receive 65% of the amount over goal for use in our parish.  Please answer Bishop Conlon’s request and make a generous pledge.  All pledges can be paid in 10 installments.  Thank you in advance for your support. 




Save the Date for Renowned Speaker & Author Christopher West

and Special Musical Guest Jason Clark on Saturday, April 25 

Do not miss this unique opportunity to be pierced by the sheer beauty of God’s plan for your life!  You will never see your life, your relationships, your faith, or the world the same way again!  Join us right here at St. Mary Immaculate Parish from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25! Get your tickets now at  Please contact Ryan Essington at 815-436-2651  ext. 814 or for more information. 



Devotional Art Sale


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


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 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. 


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

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

We strive to make giving as easy as it can be, and you are free to try a new method any time.  Should you have any questions on giving at SMI, please call our Business Manager, Therese Desitter, at 815-436261 ext. 804 or email her at




Changes to How We Offer Mass Intentions

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





Submit Your Photos of SMI Events

We would like to be able to share more parish photos with you in the bulletin and on the website.  We would love to see your photos of you, your families and friends participating in the life of our parish via parish-wide functions as well as ministry events.  When you take photos at parish-wide events and/or your ministry events, please send them by email to  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




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,, 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 and follow us at 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 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.







2015 Friday Fish Fry

The Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council #5573 and Ladies Auxiliary will hold its 36th Annual Lenten Friday Fish Fry. Please join us on the following Fridays: March 6, 13, 20, and 27 with dinners served from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. in the Gym of St. Mary Immaculate Parish School.

Phone orders for take-out accepted from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 815-436-2651 ext. 841. Please pick up by 7:30 p.m.


Shrimp Dinner - 6 pc - $9.25 Cheese Pizza by the Slice - $2.50
Extra Large Icelandic Cod Dinner - 3 pc - $9.75 Large Icelandic Cod Dinner - 2 pc - $7.75
Small Icelandic Cod Dinner - 1 pc - $5.25 NEW! Taco Platter - 3 Fish Tacos - $7.75
The Famous Icelandic Cod Fish Sandwich - $5.25 Deacon Jim's Grilled Cheese Sandwich - $3.00
Combo - 1 pc Icelandic Cod & 3 pc Shrimp - $8.75 Featuring The Ladies Auxillary Dessert Table.

Dinners and Sandwiches include Baked Potato or Deacon Tom’s Fries. You can choose Oven-Baked Cod or Fried Cod Dinners.

Each week during the fish fry, a 50/50 raffle will be conducted with the cash prize awarded near the conclusion of the evening. The Ladies Auxiliary will be selling gift basket raffle tickets as well.

The Knights request that all who attend please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Plainfield Food Pantry. We hope that together we can raise at least 2,000 pounds of food this Lent.





Ladies Auxiliary Call for Desserts

Attention bakers, we need your help to provide delicious desserts every Friday evening of our Fish Fry. Please bring your items in disposable containers to the gym after 3:30 p.m. Donations of baked goods may also be left at the kitchen window clearly marked "Fish Fry." We ask that you do not bring items that need refrigeration or any items that contain peanuts, peanut butter or any tree nuts. Contact Grace Blaszak at 815-254-7078 or; or Diane Ziemba at 815-609-9224, for more information.




Easter Basket Ministry Needs your Help

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer during Lent? The Easter Basket ministry is a great way for an individual, family, or confirmation group to give back. Every year St Mary’s reaches out to help those in need. Our mission is to bring joy and love to those in our community. The Easter Basket Ministry donates to the Plainfield Food Pantry, Daybreak Shelter and Morning Star Mission. There are several ways to donate or volunteer. You can signup in the Commons to donate goodies. Items needed: books, coloring books, stuffed animal or bunny, small toys, bubbles, tooth brush, tooth paste, wrapped candy. Volunteers needed: Adults, mentors, and children to sort and assemble the Easter Bags. If you are interested, please contact Laura Bringas at 815-603-4072. Thank you and have a Blessed Lent.



New Lector Training

If you are interested in joining the Ministry of the Word, please contact Denise Thompson before March 21 by phone or text at 312-623-0215 or email at Trainings will be held on March 21, April 5 and April 11 from 9:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.




Employment Ministry - Winning The Hiring Game – 3/24 and 4/28

Albert Einstein said, “You need to learn the rules of the game. Then you need to play it
better than anyone else.”
Employers devised the hiring game and only they know the rules. The game is designed
so they always win. If you are tired of losing the hiring game and want to start winning,
attend Tom Nosal’s presentation – “Winning The Hiring Game” on March 24 and part 2
on April 28th.
“Winning the Hiring Game” will expose the rules of the game and show you how to
devise a strategy to beat the odds and get employed faster.
During the March 24th session you will learn:
- What goes on behind the scenes of the hiring process
- How hiring mangers find their best candidates
- Proven strategies to getting in front of the hiring manager
During the April 28th session you will learn:
- How to construct a resume that a hiring manager will read
- Acing the interview process and answering the tough questions
- Overcoming objections
- Winning the game
Tom Nosal is a career and management coach and the President of Scaling Up, Inc.
He has over twenty years of experience as a hiring manager and has been coaching job
seekers and business owners for five years. Tom is the author of the book Scaling Up
Your Job Search: Three Strategic Steps to Landing Your Ideal Job.
Please attend Tom’s presentations at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March 24 and April 28th at St.
Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 S Rt. 59 in Plainfield. There is no cost to attend and everyone
is welcome. Dress is casual.
For more information, email




SMI Seniors Meeting and Luncheon on Wednesday, March 25

Please join us for a Communion Service at 11:00 a.m., followed by our meeting at 11:30 and the luncheon at 12 noon. Chicken will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass. It is advisable to come at least 5 or 10 minutes early. If you have questions about our organization, please call John at 815-782-5206 or Marlene at 815-254-6301. Guests are always welcome.




Public Rosary for the Feast of the Annunciation - Wed., March 25

public Rosary will held in the Faith Sharing Room at 7 PM
on Wednesday, March 25th - the Feast of the Annunciation
- which commemorates the visit of the angel 
Gabriel to the
Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be
the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the most important
in the Church calendar. First, it celebrates the actual
Incarnation of Our Savior - the Word made flesh in the
womb of His mother, Mary. Second, it is a principal Marian

Please honor Our Blessed Mother by joining the Legion of
Mary in praying the Rosary in the Faith Sharing Room at
7 PM.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards.





Join the Handbell Choir

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




New “Journey Forward” Grief Support Group Forming

The Joliet Area Community Hospice is forming and leading a new community grief support group.  The group will meet here at SMI’s Holistic Center at 15726 S. Frederick St.  Meetings 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. 





Volunteers Needed

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

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

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

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


Brothers In Christ

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

All men age 18 and older are welcome to join our ministry. For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Ted Castro Sr. at 815-439-0541 or fax 815-439-0143, and Rick Burke at 630-209-7051 or email 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



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

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 or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.




Legion of Mary Ministry at SMI

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

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





Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|





Adorers Needed

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

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

Contact:  815-603-2350 or

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








SMI Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk on May 16

Kids Sparty 2K and Spartan 5K

· Races are Chip Timed

· Age Group Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

· Raffle Prizes

· Post Race Party!!!

Sign up for the 4th 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 for the early bird discount at Early registration ends
March 31. For more information contact Jason
Wojciechowski at




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.  

Fr. Stephen with Sarah Deffenbaugh, Sydney Scepkowski, Lauren Glynn, Claire Sweeney,
and Sydney Koplinski

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




Veterans’ Day Prayer Service Held at Parish School

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

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

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





SMI Parish School 5th Grade Student Hold Interactive Saint Museum


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




Parish School Annual Golf Outing was a Hit!

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

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

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

Eagle Sponsor

     · D’Arcy Motors

Birdie Sponsors

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

Hole Sponsors

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






Grand Persons’ Day Celebrated at Parish School

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

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

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



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


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 for more information.









Are You Without Health Insurance?

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
Tuesday, April 7th

1:00p – 5:00p

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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Wednesday, April 1st
Wednesday, April 8th

4:30p – 8:00p

Presence St. Joseph Medical Center
333 N. Madison St. Joliet, IL 60435


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The Campaign for Better Health Care






Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life

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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 or call 815-439-8394.

Thank you for your continued support!








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