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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

 


Reverence for Life
10/22 7:00-9:00 pm NWA

Eucharistic Minister Training
10/22 7:00-9:00 pm Church
 
WOWS Meeting
10/25 2:30-4:00 pm FSR
 
KOC Priesthood Sunday Breakfast
10/27 8:00 am-12:00 pm Gym

 

 

 

 

SMI Parish and School Staff Accept Ice Bucket Challenge
 

Towards the end of the school day on the warm, sunny afternoon of Thursday, August 28, dozens of parish and school staff performed the Ice Bucket Challenge on the south lawn of the school.  Fr. David began by accepting the challenge and leading with a prayer for those afflicted with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and for those searching for a cure.  Next as Fr. Stephen read a Psalm, the students joined in enthusiastically.  Donations were collected for the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, which performs ALS research without using embryonic stem cells.  On behalf of all the staff and faculty, Fr. David then challenged our neighbor parish to the south, Holy Family Parish and School in Shorewood.  Fr. David was the first person to pour a bucket of icy water on himself, and then the rest of the faculty and staff took turns either pouring the icy water, or having the water poured upon them, as hundreds of cheering students looked on.  Although they were temporarily chilled, the staff and faculty of St. Mary’s were happy to take part in this fun way to bring much needed attention and support to this worthwhile cause. 


 


 

Altar Server Training - October 30


There will be an Altar Server training session for any interested new altar servers on Thursday, Oct. 30th at 6pm in the Church.  The training session should last about one and half to two hours.  Registration is not required, but parents must come into the church with their son or daughter to complete an information and permission form.  If you have any questions please contact Fr. Stephen Eickhoff at 815-436-2651 x848 or seickhoff@smip.org.

 

 


 

Healing Prayer Service on Sunday, November 2 at 1:30 p.m.
 

Join us at 1:30 p.m., immediately following the 12:15 p.m. Mass in the Church.  After a scripture reading and prayer, each individual will be offered the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which conveys special graces and strength of the Holy Spirit.  Our Healing Prayer Service is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

 



 

RCIA Starts Sunday, September 28 at 9:00 a.m.


Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
RCIA is a formal education process for adults seeking initiation into the Catholic Church. RCIA meets on Sunday mornings starting in September through Pentecost for reflection, prayer, instruction, discernment, and formation.  Candidates become fully initiated at Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.  The first meeting is Sunday, September 28 at 9:00 a.m. in the Upper Room.  For more information, or to register, contact Deacon Tom Sagenbrecht at 815-436-2651 ext. 280-476 or email tsagenbrecht@smip.org.

 


 
 
 
 
 

Relics Exposition Coming to SMI October 28 and 29
 

Treasures of the Church is a ministry of evangelization of the Catholic Church.  Run by Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, its purpose is to give people an experience of the living God through an encounter with the relics of his saints in the form of an exposition.  The exposition involves some 150 relics, including those of St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska.  The supreme highlights are one of the largest relics of the Church's claim to the True Cross in the world and a piece of the Veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.

The veneration of relics is a communion with the heroes of our Christian faith, asking for their powerful intercession.  Many people have reported outstanding blessings and conversions through this ministry, and many have reported healings.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their articles of devotion (such as rosaries, holy cards, etc.) and pictures of ill friends or family members which may be touched to the reliquaries as a means of intercessory prayer.

The ministry has travelled throughout North America including to 46 states, as well as Canada and Mexico.  Fr. Carlos will be at SMI for 2 nights, Tuesday and Wednesday, October 28 and 29, at 7:00 p.m. each night to repeat the exposition.  A daytime session will also be offered.  Look for further details to be announced soon. 

 


 

 

 

Don’t Miss the Third Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale


Saturday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

St. Mary Immaculate Parish School is sponsoring the third Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Bake Sale to be held in the Gym.  Crafters of all kinds will be selling their handmade and homemade creations on Saturday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Come find unique holiday gifts, concessions, bake sale, and raffle tickets for a chance to win cool items from our fabulous crafters!  Students and teachers from the Parish School will also be there to sell a variety of craft items that were made in the classrooms.  Have fun shopping while knowing that all funds raised support our Parish School.  Please contact Michele Evans at 815-254-7093 or bowmeoverbows@gmail.com if you have any questions. 





 


2014 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Progress Report


Thank you to all the 1,216 families who have made a pledge to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal.  The Diocese continues to process the pledges from our parish. 

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. 


How CMAA funds were allocated in 2013

 


Thank you also to those of you continuing to make your monthly pledge payments.  It is very important to make those pledges as promised in order to ensure that our parish reaches our goal of $189,580.  Currently, we are about $8,000 away from that goal. 

Once our parish exceeds our goal in paid pledges, we will earn back 60% of donations over the goal for our use.  Last year, we exceeded our goal by over $68,000, and received a rebate of over $34,000!  Let’s continue our great record of support for Bishop Conlon and the diocese! 


Information on the Deo Gratias Society

 

 


 

Part Time Position Open at St. Mary Immaculate


St. Mary Immaculate Parish has one part time custodian staff position opening requiring janitorial and light maintenance work.  Tools and materials/supplies are provided.  Successful candidates must complete a “Protecting God’s Children Workshop”, safe environment education and training required for all parish/school staff and volunteers who come in contact with youth.  To be considered, please email your cover letter and resume to jharvey@smip.org.  For more information, please contact John Harvey, Building Services Supervisor, at 815-436-2651 ext. 820. 

 



 

 

Bringing the Holy Eucharist to a Homebound Relative?
New Diocesan Policy Takes Effect Sunday, June 22, 2014


Our Bishop, Daniel Conlon, has called for a new policy regarding the procedure for individuals bringing the Eucharist to their homebound relatives or friends. We are eager to prepare our parishioners to understand and cooperate with this new diocesan-wide practice, which goes into effect on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 22, 2014.

This new policy brings about a slight change for those lay people at Mass who come forward to receive a consecrated host to bring home for a homebound family member or friend. The change impacts the timing of when you should come forward. Until now it was permitted that you come forward, during the Mass in the Communion line, to receive the Eucharist for a homebound family member.

Under the new policy, we ask that you no longer bring up a pyx during communion toreceive a host. Instead, wait until the Mass is over, and come forward to the tabernacle immediately after the end of the Mass. There you will see the appointed trained minister, such as a deacon, mass coordinator, or extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, who will get the Eucharist from the tabernacle for you. It is not appropriate for you to take a host from the Tabernacle on your own.

Please note that this change has no impact on trained pastoral ministers who bring the Eucharist to people in nursing homes or at private homes. If you have any questions on the new policy, please contact our Liturgy Director, Geralyn Kuban at 815-436-2651 ext. 810 or gkuban@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, 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. 

 


 

 

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 Cindy Sweeney at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 or csweeney@smip.org.


 




 

Emergency Closing Notifications during Severe Weather
 

There are several different ways to find out about emergency closings or cancellations at St. Mary Immaculate Parish during severe weather such as what we have experienced in recent weeks.  We always update our parish website, www.smip.org, with the latest status right on our home page.  We also send out a parish-wide Flocknote message to all those subscribed to receive messages via email or text.  If you have not signed up for Flocknote yet, please visit our website and click the blue sheep to get started.  If you are on Facebook we also notify parishioners of closings and other parish events via the Parish's Facebook page. To stay up to date be sure to like us at  Facebook.com/StMaryImmaculate. In addition, we update our status on ECC (Emergency Closing Center), which shares the status of Chicagoland area schools & businesses via a ticker update displayed on the local TV news programs.  If you’re watching the ticker and they go to a commercial just before getting to the “S” section, don’t despair.  You can visit their website at emergencyclosingcenter.com and look us up under “St. Mary Immaculate” in Plainfield.  We have separate facilities listed for Parish, School, Religious Ed, Confirmation, and Youth Ministry.  Finally, ECC allows you to sign up with them to be notified by e-mail when a facility of your choice closes or changes status.  With all these ways to find out about severe weather impacts, there’s no reason to be left out in the cold.


 



 

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. 

 



 

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

 

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!
 

 


 

 

 


Calling All Crafters for our Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale
 

Saturday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Save the date for the third Annual Holiday Craft Fair in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym.  Crafters of all kinds will be selling their handmade and homemade creations on Saturday, November 8 from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  Come find unique holiday gifts, concessions, bake sale, and raffle tickets for a chance to win cool items from our fabulous crafters! 

Crafter booth spaces are available and we are now taking applications on a “first come, first serve” basis.  In order to keep some “healthy” competition and variety among crafters we do limit the number of crafters selling the same type of items, so get your application in early.  Also note this important crafter information: 

· Booth Fee is $30.00 per space plus a donation from your wares valued at $10.00 for our raffle. 

· Electricity spaces are $40.00 per space plus the item donation for our raffle, but spaces are limited, so please call for availability before submitting your application. Crafters must supply their own electric extension cords.

· Booth Space is 10’ wide x 6’ deep (2 chairs included with booth space rental).

· Tables are available for rental for $5.00 per 8-foot table.

· Booth Set up time is 6:30 am-7:45 am.  All crafters MUST be set up by 8:00 am when doors open to the public.

· Handmade/homemade items only!

If you have questions or would like an application, please contact Michele Evans at 815-254-7093 or bowmeoverbows@gmail.com.



 

 



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. 

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 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?

Our parish is currently forming The Legion of Mary Ministry. 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

 

 

“Let’s Ace Leukemia” Volleyball Night at SMI Parish School

 

Support the cause and help us Ace Leukemia!  Join us in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Gym on Thursday, October 23 starting at 6:00 p.m. as one of our 7th grade and two 8th grade volleyball teams will be playing for a great cause.  They will be playing to fund research for a cure for Leukemia with the SMI Athletic Department donating ALL admission and concession proceeds for the night to the University of Chicago’s Childhood Cancer Research Fund.  Additional funds raised through a 50/50 raffle, game ball raffle, and all “aces” served that night will be donated to the cause.  SMI Athletics will donate $1 for each ace that occurs on serves.  In volleyball jargon, an ace is a serve which lands in the receiving team’s court without being touched, or touched but not passed legally back over the net.  This year we will also raffle off the game volleyball signed by all players that was used in both 8th grade games.

All St. Mary’s volleyball players will be wearing orange shirts, while all visiting volleyball players will be wearing green shirts during the games.  Orange and green are Leukemia awareness colors. Wear orange to show your support and cheer our girls volleyball teams to victory along with helping to find a cure for Leukemia. 

6:00 p.m.         8th Grade Red vs. St. Paul

7:00 p.m.         8th Grade White vs. St. Paul

8:00 p.m.         7th Grade Red vs. St. Raymond

Leukemia is a disease that has hit the St. Mary Immaculate Parish School family hard in recent years. Hannah Grispo, a 2nd grader at SMI, is fighting and winning the battle against Leukemia.  Hannah and her sister Hailey will be at the games as SMI Honorary Ball Girls.  Hal Streicher, the husband of an SMI Teacher and father of four SMI graduates has recovered from Leukemia after a lifesaving bone marrow transplant.  In March of 2008, St. Mary’s lost a former student, Tim Smith, to this monstrous disease.  Tim would have been a sophomore in college today.  The SMI Athletic Department is sponsoring this event in honor of the Grispo Family, Streicher Family, Smith Family, and all who are battling Leukemia. 


 

 

 

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.

 

 



 

SMI Shows Great School Spirit at “Red and White Night” Pep Rally
 

On Wednesday, September 3, SMI School Athletics hosted a Spartans Red and White Night pep rally to kick off the fall sports season and demonstrate their great school spirit.  All the student athletes in grades 5 through 8 participating in fall sports on the volleyball, baseball, and flag football teams were introduced.  The girls volleyball teams also played exhibition games for the fans.  The bleachers in the Gym were filled with excited students, parents, friends, teachers and alumni, all supporting the Spartans!  The evening was a great start to the season of fall sports. 

 


 


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

 

Stop Bullying - Speak Up!
 

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, Comedy Central is encouraging kids to "Stop Bullying - Speak Up!" Their website offers resources for anti-bulling advocates, including a petition, downloadable posters, videos, and more, which inspire young people to take a stance.  They also have special adult resources for parents. 

Stop Bullying: Speak Up and Pledge Your Support!  How do you stop bullying?  Just by speaking up!  If you or someone you know is a victim of bullies, tell your parents, teachers or another adult you trust.  By letting other people know about it, you can help make sure it stops.  Join Cartoon Network and help spread the word about bullying awareness and prevention with Stop Bullying: Speak Up and take the pledge to show your support.

Visit the website www.cartoonnetwork.com/promos/stopbullying to take the pledge and learn more. 

 

 



 

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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