News

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.

 

 

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CHURCH NEWS

 

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

 

 

SMI Vacation Bible School Registration has begun! 
 

Click HERE to Register.

St. Mary Immaculate Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week-long program, presented each summer, for children entering PreK through 5th grades. Led by adult and youth volunteers, participants have an opportunity to learn about God’s love in a fun and exciting way. Activities include bible stories, songs, crafts, games and snacks.

This year’s theme is Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power! VBS begins on Monday, June 22 and runs through Friday, June 26. We will meet each day from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Register before May 11 and save with our Early Bird rates: $25 for one child, $40 for two children or $55 per family.

It takes many volunteers to help make this wonderful week a success. Adult volunteers are needed to be Crew Leaders, Station Assistants and Child Care Room Attendants, and for event preparation and cleanup. Protecting God’s Children and a background check are required. Student volunteers are needed to be Crew Leader Assistants, Station Assistants, Child Care Room Assistants and for event preparation and clean-up. We are also looking for a Music Leader and a Service Leader! When all needed positions are filled, no additional volunteers will be accepted. Please sign-up to volunteer early!

VBS Participant and Volunteer Registration Forms are available online at www.smip.org/VBS, in the Commons and in the Narthex. You can also register on the SMI Parish App. Please contact Grace Blaszak at 815-254-7078 or gblaszak@sbcglobal.net for more information about volunteering. Email Christina Dodge at cdodges@aol.com with any questions about registration.

We hope that you will join us for this fun and faith-filled week! 

Click HERE to Register.
 

 



 

Memorial Day Mass Monday, May 25 at 9:00 a.m.


St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery
1519 N. Naperville/Plainfield Road, Plainfield, IL

If there is inclement weather, Mass will take place at the Church at 9:00 a.m.
Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair.

Please note: There will be NO 7:30 a.m. Mass on Memorial Day.

 

 

 

 

9:01 Mass in Cana Hall not held during Summer Months
 

The 9:01 Mass in Cana Hall is normally held each Sunday from September through May, and is not held during the summer months of June, July and August. The final 9:01 Mass in Cana Hall for the spring is the last Sunday in May each year, and this year that is May 31. The 9:01 Mass resumes on the first Sunday in September each year, and this year that will be September 6.

 

 




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.  We will honor her with a parish celebration of cake after the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Liturgies on May 31,2015.  Please come and celebrate an outstanding Teacher!

SMI Alumni Link: www.tinyurl.com/debbieshimek

 

 

 

 

Special Needs Mass, Brunch & Guest Speaker - Sunday, June 7, 2015


9:01am in Cana Hall


Please join us on Sunday June 7th for Mass followed by brunch & guest speaker Sr. Rosemary Connelly, Director, Misericordia Home in Chicago, whom we are honored to have with us on this day. 

The schedule for June 7th is as follows:

9:01a - 10:00a                Mass in Cana Hall

10:00a – 11:00a              Free Brunch in Stewardship/Unity Rooms

11:00a – 11:45a              For parents ~ guest speaker, Sr. Rosemary Connelly will share her                                         experiences for successful parish outreach for special needs families                                       + Q&A session
                                    For the children ~ play and activity time in nearby Upper Room                                             staffed with volunteers to entertain and supervise your family                                               members.

For your convenience, you may use the drop off lane which is located at the back of our building off of Frederick Street, door #15.

The Stewardship/Unity/Upper Rooms are located on the second floor of the Parish Center and can be easily accessed by the elevator or stairs.

The brunch, program and childcare/respite are free. An RSVP by May 31st would be greatly appreciated so that we can plan for food.

If you know someone in our parish or in the Plainfield community who has a special needs child or adult, please invite them to this event.

Contact Cathy Cushing, Pastoral Assistant, at ccushing@smip.org or 815-436-2651 x861 if you have any questions or would like to reserve a table for your family.

 

 

 

 

Farewell Cake Reception for Father Stan - After Masses June 13 & 14


Father Stan Tabor will be leaving St. Mary Immaculate at the end of June and venturing to a new parish in Lafayette, IN.  In celebration of his service to our parish and to wish him well in his upcoming endeavors, we are having a cake reception in the Gym after both masses on Saturday evening, June 13 and after all day time masses on Sunday, June 14.  Please join us as we say farewell to Father Stan. 

 

 


 

2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Progress Report
 

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: $193,146
AMOUNT PAID: $ 96,593
REMAINING BALANCE: $ 96,552
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. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Joliet Diocesan Men’s Conference
 

Help spread the word about the Second Annual Men’s Conference on Saturday, May 30, 2015! Men of all ages are invited to join Bishop Daniel Conlon, Jesse Romero, Mark Nimo and Fr. Burke Masters at Providence Catholic High School 1800 W. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox IL. Mass with Bishop Conlon @ 7:30 a.m. Conference 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m. The day will include food and fellowship, plus the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. With Fifteen plus dynamic breakout Sessions. For more info visit www.fishersofmenonline.com

 

 

 
 
 

Filipino Mass and Fellowship on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.


St. Mary Immaculate Parish and the Parish Filipino Ministry cordially invite one and all to a Filipino Mass in Cana Hall. Our Presider will be Rev. Fr. Mario Quejadas. Fellowship and refreshments will follow at 5:00 p.m. potluck style in the Faith Sharing Room. Free will donation will be appreciated or 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.
 
 
 
 


 

 

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 nmedow@smip.org. 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 nmedow@smip.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 our Business Manager, Therese Desitter, at 815-436261 ext. 804 or email her at tdesitter@smip.org

 


 

 

Changes to How We Offer Mass Intentions

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

 

 

 

 

Submit Your Photos of SMI Events
 

We would like to be able to share more parish photos with you in the bulletin and on the website.  We would love to see your photos of you, your families and friends participating in the life of our parish via parish-wide functions as well as ministry events.  When you take photos at parish-wide events and/or your ministry events, please send them by email to photos@smip.org.  Be sure to include your name, the event date, event/ministry name, and the names of the people pictured in the photo.  Then start looking for your photos on our website and TVs, and in the bulletin.


If you have any questions, please contact Nikolai Medow at 815-436-2651 ext. 801 or nmedow@smip.org.


 


 

 

Please Help Us Update our Parish Records
 

In an effort to better communicate with our parishioners, we would like to ask you for your most current contact information for our parish database. So if you have moved, changed phone numbers, have a new email address, 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.


 

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MINISTRY NEWS

 

SMI Catholic Moms’ Group

 
The SMI Catholic Moms’ Group offers an encouraging and supportive network for new, expecting and experienced moms, who are looking to connect with other moms facing similar everyday joys and challenges.

This group offers weekly fellowship gatherings, in members’ homes, which provide opportunities for moms to share and learn about our faith.  All children are welcome.

We meet at SMI Parish on the second Thursday of every month.  You are invited to join us for our monthly group meeting on Thursday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Faith Sharing Room.  Light refreshments will be served.  No R.S.V.P. is required.

For additional information on the SMI Catholic Moms’ Group, please contact Jamie Talley at tallj700@gmail.com or 815-782-5522.
 

 

 

 

Support Our Military Men and Women


Hour of Silent Prayer. On the third Friday of each month, all are invited to devote an hour with us to pray for those who wear our uniforms. Come on Friday, May 15 to pray in the St. Mary Immaculate Adoration Chapel at 6:00 p.m. Your presence and prayers can help to provide spiritual support to our military families who have loved ones currently deployed. You can also remember those who are giving and have given so much of themselves through their unselfish service to our country. For more information please contact Maria Prekop at maria.prekop@navigant.com or 312-259-6851.



 

 

Knights of Columbus Hosting Open House on May 19
 

The Knights of Columbus, Good Shepherd Council #5573, is pleased to announce an informative “Open House” program on Tuesday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. This special program will be held at St. Mary Immaculate, Grey House, 15613 South Rt. 59. The Grey House is located at the north end of St. Mary’s parking lot. The Knights of Columbus include Catholic men and their families—husbands, wives, children, widows, and college students. The Knights sponsor vocation awareness programs, Ecumenical meetings, “Keep Christ in Christmas,” community service projects, socials, activities for youth and families, our famous Lenten Fish Fry and much more.

The program will consist of four informative presentations. Each presenter will speak for 15 minutes followed by question and answer sessions after each presentation. Stephanie Jones-Kastelic from Overman Jones Funeral Home will provide information on “pre-planning your funeral.” Jack Springmire, the Knights of Columbus insurance agent will discuss the Knights insurance programs and benefits. Steve Zimmer will speak about membership and the advantage of becoming a Knight. Jasmine Murillo, a United Healthcare Advisor, will speak about health insurance benefits and different Medicare plans. There will be a short 20-minute break half way through the program when pizza and soft drinks will be served.

This short program is intended to afford the opportunity of those attending to ask questions about the Knights of Columbus, as well as the special topics presented. Interested men and their families are invited to attend the Open House. Widowers and widows are also welcome. For more information, please contact Grand Knight, John Arduino at 815-524-5868 or Ted Castro Sr. at 815-439-0541. 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Your 'Pitch' - Be a Networking Star! Tues. May 26


Presented by: Lauren Milligan, CEO & Founder of ResuMAYDAY

Job seekers at career fairs or job clubs, interviews with potential employers or networking with
friends NEED to make a good impression. Lauren Milligan presents a high-energy and
interactive presentation that will enable any job seeker to craft a highly memorable and unique
pitch (your elevator speech).

Attendees will receive:
- Coaching to develop and polish a compelling, clearly-defined pitch
- Insider tips on public speaking and methods to develop your personal delivery style
- The opportunity to network and deliver your pitch to other attendees for instant, peer
feedback

After working in corporate recruiting and sales, Lauren, in 2001, left her comfy job to start
ResuMAYDAY. She is a frequent speaker at Chicago area job clubs, writes a TribLocal blog that
covers anything job search, is a frequent contributor to CareerBuilder.com articles, has been
featured in several publications, and a guest on several talk shows. http://resumayday.com/

We meet Tuesday, May 26 at 6:30 pm, at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 South Rt. 59 in
Plainfield. Our Employment Ministry coaches help you build confidence and accelerate your job
search success. We help job seekers succeed.

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

For more information, email EmploymentMinistry@smip.org.

 

 

 

 

First Saturday Devotion on June 6 after 7:30 a.m. Mass
 

The devotion of First Saturdays, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima, carries with it the assurance of the graces necessary for salvation at the hour of death. However, to derive profit from such a great promise of Our Lady, the devotion must be properly understood and duly performed. The requirements as stipulated by Our Lady are, on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months: Confession, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, and to do all these things in the spirit of reparation to my Immaculate Heart. Please join us for 7:30 a.m. Mass. The recitation of the Rosary will immediately follow in the Church.

 

 


 

Employment Ministry Roundtable, Tues. June 9


Get your most perplexing job search questions answered!

Join us June 9 (6:30 pm) at our Employment Ministry Roundtable to brainstorm with experienced hiring managers, job coaches and fellow job seekers. You will discover new avenues to getting employed.

After our Roundtable, you can:
•  Meet one-on-one with job coaches and hiring managers to review your resumes, improve your interviewing skills, etc.
•  Attend our Networking 101 workshop and learn networking skills
•  Continue networking with others
•  Get spiritual, emotional or social service help.

We meet Tuesday, June 9 promptly at 6:30 pm, at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield. Our Employment Ministry helps you build confidence and accelerate your job search success. We help job seekers succeed.

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

For more information, email EmploymentMinistry@smip.org.

 




 

St. Anne’s Sewing Circle - Saturday, June 13 9:00 am-1:30 pm
 

Our Sewing Circle members invite you to have your unsoiled clothes or household items repaired free of charge at our monthly session.  We mend clothes, household items, sew hems, badges, buttons, etc. 

Drop off your items in the Small Meeting Room between 9 and 11:30 am and pick them up that afternoon between 12 Noon and 1:30 pm.  There is a 3 item limit. 

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Ziemba at 815-609-9224 or raz5733@aol.com or Pat Arndt at 815-609-8033.

 

 



 

 

Blood Drive on Monday, June 15


Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council #5573

The Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus Council will sponsor a Blood Drive in conjunction with Heartland Blood Centers and the Plainfield Fire Department on Monday, June 15 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in Cana Hall. Sign up early to reserve your time. Representatives will be in the Commons after Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses the weekends of May 30 & 31, June 6 & 7, and June 13 & 14. For information or to reserve a time contact Rich Blaszak at rblaszak@sbcglobal.net or 815-254-7078.

 

 


 


Thank You from the Easter Basket Ministry
 

Every Easter our parish is very generous in giving to the Easter Basket Ministry! Just this week I received a letter from Morning Star Mission thanking St Mary’s for helping to provide Easter bags for 200 families in need. Easter Bags were also donated to children at Day Break and the Plainfield Food Pantry. These organizations fill a great need for many families. I am so thankful to the Parish for the support in making our Ministry a success. To the parishioners, students and families who donated and made Easter Bags, THANK YOU! A special THANK YOU to our volunteers. The adults and mentors who organized, and helped things run smoothly. I know the kids had fun and made 315 Easter Bags! To the families, confirmation students, mentors and parents who came together, thank you. Without your help this would not be possible.

 

 


 

“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. 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed


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

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

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

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


 




Brothers In Christ


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

All men age 18 and older are welcome to join our ministry. For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Ted Castro Sr. at 815-439-0541 or fax 815-439-0143, and Rick Burke at 630-209-7051 or email rfburke1@comcast.net. Please bring your bible. We will provide you with the “Word Among Us.”





 

Volunteers Needed for Pastoral Care Ministry


Pastoral Care Ministers are volunteers from our parish who bring Holy Communion to parishioners in the home, hospital and nursing homes. Due to the growing needs of our local nursing homes we are in need of volunteers. Training is required by the Diocese of Joliet and is provided at the parish. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful ministry please contact Pat Mander, Parish Nurse at 815-436-2651 ext 893 or pmander@smip.org.

 

 




Meals Ministry Forming
 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish is starting a Meals Ministry!  This ministry will play a vital role in helping and healing our fellow parishioners as they go through major life transitions by providing them with the comfort of meals during these difficult times.  Your gift of a hot meal goes beyond food, it is a gift of love and one that shows the recipient that they are known and cared for and a part of our family.  We hope you will consider becoming a part of this ministry to make life a little easier for someone in need.  Please look for more information about Meals Ministry in the coming months. If you are able to volunteer to cook or deliver a meal to a family in need, please contact Elizabeth Gillman at neagillman@gmail.com.






Elizabeth Ministry Starting at SMI


Do you have children? Are you planning to have children? Are you struggling to have children? Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your faith than just attending church on Sunday?

Inspired by the compassionate example of Elizabeth and Mary, the Elizabeth Ministry provides support, encouragement and unconditional acceptance to women during their childbearing years. This woman-to-woman ministry celebrates the joys of motherhood and also offers empathy and healing during times of crisis. Please join us as we celebrate in a new form of the world's oldest example of ministry between women on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Small Meeting Room. There is a place for every woman in this ministry. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Liz Gillman at elizabethministry@smip.org or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.

 

 

 


Legion of Mary Ministry at SMI
 

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

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

 

 

 



 

Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|
 


 

 

 

 

Adorers Needed


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

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

Contact:  815-603-2350 or conniesanfilippo@sbcglobal.net

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


 

 

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SCHOOL NEWS

 

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 last31 years at SMI.  We will honor her with a parish celebration of cake after the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Liturgies on May 31,2015.  Please come and celebrate an outstanding Teacher! 

SMI Alumni Link: 
www.tinyurl.com/debbieshimek
 

 
 

 

 

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 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.

 


 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

 

 

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
205 East Jackson Street Joliet, IL 60432

 

Wednesday, April 1st
Wednesday, April 8th

4:30p – 8:00p

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

 


CallKevin Wright
The Campaign for Better Health Care
kwright@cbhconline.org
312-805-4155

 

 

 

 

 

Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life
 

Thought-provoking and engaging dialogue, commentary, and listener call-in programs are the hallmarks of Relevant Radio.  With award-winning hosts covering topics like family and personal relationships, political and social concerns, religion, and faith, Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life.

Started in 2000 with only one station, the Relevant Radio network has grown to 13 company owned and operated stations and 21 affiliates that carry all or part of the daily Relevant Radio programming.  With stations in 13 states, three of which are in the top 16 markets nationwide, Relevant Radio has the potential to reach more than 28 million people!  The national headquarters of this listener supported network are located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  In the greater Chicago area, we are on 950 AM, and in Joliet/Chicago West find us on 930 AM.

WE’VE GONE MOBILE!  Relevant Radio now has a new mobile site where on your mobile device you can listen to live streaming audio, submit prayer requests and make donations, and all at the touch of a button.  Simply enter www.relevantradio.com into your mobile device web browser.


 



 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry


The Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of volunteers. We are looking for help any day of the week Monday – Saturday in the mornings. We usually start early around 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and work until about noon. We are looking for dedicated, hardworking individuals who can volunteer one or more days a week sorting and boxing non-perishable food items for about 1-4 hours a visit, preferably on a weekly basis. We work through all kinds of weather, and confidentiality is a must. Children younger than high school age are not permitted due to the nature of the work. Also, we are in need of drivers with trucks to pick up food donations from local grocery stores.

The Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry distributes food to about 200 families a month
and the numbers keep growing. The distribution warehouse for the Pantry is located
on Lockport Street just west of Four Seasons Park at the old Vulcan building. If you are interested, please contact Pat Cork at the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry at 815-439-8394.

 

 

 

 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry
 

The Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of MACARONI and CHEESE, PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY, and CANNED FRUIT.

For more information visit www.plainfieldfoodpantry.org or call 815-439-8394.

Thank you for your continued support!


 

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