Welcome to the News Section. Here you can stay up to date with the latest news concerning the Church, different Ministries, the Parish School, and the local Community. To go directly to a certain section, click on one of the four names below. Otherwise, feel free to scroll down through the entire page.
Mon - Fri 8:15am - 4:15pm Parish Office
Saturday 4:45pm - 5:30pm Commons
Sunday 8:00am - 12:30pm Commons
Spirit and Truth – Young Adult Group
Each Thursday 7:00pm-9:00pm School Prayer Room
Brothers in Christ Meeting
Each Saturday 7:00-9:30 am North Wing A&B
Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group
Each Tuesday 7:00-9:00 pm North Wing B&C
Legion of Mary
Each Thursday 7:00 pm Small Meeting Rm
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)
Reconnect with your Faith through Catholics Returning Home
Next Series Starts Monday, February 23
Catholics Returning Home is a program to help Catholics reconnect with their faith and renew their relationship with Christ. There is no obligation or cost. Join us and you will find a:
• Supportive, non-judgmental group where you can freely explore your concerns and questions;
• Small community with others thinking about returning, recently returned Catholics, and clergy;
• Safe haven in which private issues are identified and dealt with privately, with compassion;
• Warm environment where you will be welcomed.
Standard topics include inactive Catholics, the Church today, the Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the Creed. Topics can be adjusted to meet the needs of the group.
This 6-week series begins Monday, February 23, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the North Wing Room A. The group will continue to meet all Mondays in March, the 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, ending the week before Easter. Preregistration is requested. For more information, please call the group’s facilitator, Deacon Tom O’Connell, at 815-230-2241 or click HERE.
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 AppreciationRSVP@smip.org; 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 email@example.com 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
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.
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.
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 www.smip.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://SMICorSeminar.eventbrite.com. Please contact Ryan Essington at 815-436-2651 ext. 814 or email@example.com for more information.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 or twitter, 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 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.
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.
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 email@example.com; or Diane Ziemba at 815-609-9224, for more information.
Training for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
Monday, March 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Church
Are you looking for service opportunities this Lenten season? Consider becoming an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. The only prerequisites are that you are a confirmed Catholic in good standing with the church and a member of St. Mary Immaculate Parish with a desire to serve.
The training will be on Monday, March 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Church. After the training you will be ready to serve during masses for our next weekend schedule and upcoming Lenten and Easter seasons. No RSVP is required.
If you would like to help serve at the local nursing homes or homebound parishioners, please contact the parish nurse, Pat Mander, for the nursing home/homebound ministry at 815-436-2651 x893. Thank you and God Bless!
Employment Ministry Roundtable, Tues. March 10
Join us March 10 (6:30 pm) at our Employment Ministry Roundtable to brainstorm with experienced hiring managers, job coaches and fellow job seekers. Get your most perplexing job search questions answered and 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, March 10 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.
SMI Catholic Moms’ Group - Starts Thurs., March 12
The SMI Catholic Moms’ Group is forming at our parish. The goal of this group is to provide 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 will offer weekly fellowship gatherings, which will provide opportunities for moms to share and learn about our faith. All children are welcome.
You are invited to join us for our first meeting on Thursday, March 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Faith Sharing/Harvester Room. Coffee, juice and donuts will be served.
Please RSVP by Monday, March 9. Click HERE to RSVP!
Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.
Click HERE to View/Download Order Form
All are invited to our St. Patricks’ Day Party in the Gym. Enjoy a delicious Corned Beef Dinner for $10.00 featuring Jack and Pat’s Famous Corned Beef, cabbage, vegetables and roll. Pizza & Chips for the kids are $3.00. Save your spot today by placing your order in advance! Send in your order with your name and cash or check payable to “SMI Men’s Club” and return to the Commons Reception Desk, Attn: SMI Men’s Club.
Join us for:
• Irish dancing from Keigher Dance Academy
• Corned Beef, Beer, & Wine!
• Bags Tournament!
• Games for the Kids!
• Bake Sale!
• Raffles, and much, much more!
Many thanks to the Keigher Dance Academy for providing the great entertainment!
*** Please place your order in advance to help us order enough food. The number of “walk-ups” will be limited! “To go” or “Carry Out” orders must be ordered and paid for in advance! If you have any questions, contact Jeff Laurinaitis at 312-285-5616 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dan Neushwander at 815-325- 3486
Click HERE to View/Download Order Form
Join the Handbell Choir
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.
Are you looking for an opportunity to get more involved with our parish? So much of the wonderful work done at SMI wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. If you like having donuts after mass, how about being the family who serves them? If you’ve experienced the kindness of someone during a time of need, why not pay it forward by being part of the Funeral Luncheon Ministry? Do you like helping to plan events? You can contribute to the success of parish workshops and celebrations by joining the Fellowship Team.
Please contact Laura Van Ham at email@example.com or 815-436-2651, x887 for more information and to join one of the following teams:
- Sunday Hospitality—We need groups/families to work one 3-hour shift, 4 times per year. Includes Hospitality set up, service and clean up.
- Funeral Luncheon—We need a Luncheon Coordinator, Food Donation Callers, Food Donation Volunteers, Kitchen Coordinators, Kitchen Prep Team Members, Servers & Set Up Team Members. Must be available during the weekdays to assist with Kitchen Coordination, Prep, Serving and Set -Up.
- Fellowship—We need Event Co-Planners, Event Set-Up TeamMembers, Event Station Captains, Event Servers and Event Clean-Up Team Members.
You will make new friends, have some fun and make a positive difference in our parish community. We can’t do it without you!
The ministry of Brothers in Christ is a group of men who seek to help one another become better men through developing our relationship with Jesus. We acknowledge that we are all on a personal faith journey. Some of us are novices, some more experienced, and others, perhaps, just waiting to grow spiritually. We have many backgrounds and many gifts, but we share the same spirit. That spirit is the spirit of love and we do all we can to help one another, by being Christ in all his compassion for one another. We learn from the Word of God, meditation, readings, and our unique life experiences as men. You will find that our meetings are full of spirit, laughter, and inspiration. It is easy to feel the Holy Spirit moving and working within us individually and as a group. We meet every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the North Wing Rooms A, B, and C across from the Adoration Chapel.
All men age 18 and older are welcome to join our ministry. For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Ted Castro Sr. at 815-439-0541 or fax 815-439-0143, and Rick Burke at 630-209-7051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your bible. We will provide you with the “Word Among Us.”
Volunteers Needed for Pastoral Care Ministry
Pastoral Care Ministers are volunteers from our parish who bring Holy Communion to parishioners in the home, hospital and nursing homes. Due to the growing needs of our local nursing homes we are in need of volunteers. Training is required by the Diocese of Joliet and is provided at the parish. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful ministry please contact Pat Mander, Parish Nurse at 815-436-2651 ext 893 or email@example.com.
Meals Ministry Forming
St. Mary Immaculate Parish is starting a Meals Ministry! This ministry will play a vital role in helping and healing our fellow parishioners as they go through major life transitions by providing them with the comfort of meals during these difficult times. Your gift of a hot meal goes beyond food, it is a gift of love and one that shows the recipient that they are known and cared for and a part of our family. We hope you will consider becoming a part of this ministry to make life a little easier for someone in need. Please look for more information about Meals Ministry in the coming months.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Elizabeth Ministry Starting at SMI
Do you have children? Are you planning to have children? Are you struggling to have children? Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your faith than just attending church on Sunday?
Inspired by the compassionate example of Elizabeth and Mary, the Elizabeth Ministry provides support, encouragement and unconditional acceptance to women during their childbearing years. This woman-to-woman ministry celebrates the joys of motherhood and also offers empathy and healing during times of crisis. Please join us as we celebrate in a new form of the world's oldest example of ministry between women on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Small Meeting Room. There is a place for every woman in this ministry. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Liz Gillman at email@example.com or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.
Legion of Mary Ministry at SMI
Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|
“Are you in sorrow? Come and cast yourself at His feet and you will feel quite consoled. Are you despised by the world? Come here and you will find a good friend whose faithfulness will never fail you. Are you tempted? It is here that you will find strong and terrible weapons to vanquish your enemies.”
- St. John Vianney, on visits to the Blessed Sacrament
The adoration ministry is currently in need of weekly adorers for the following open hours or to substitute for regular adorers, particularly in the overnight hours. These quiet, peaceful hours are filled with special graces. Can you answer Jesus’ call to spend some time with Him? He is never outdone in generosity!
Contact: 815-603-2350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapel Hours with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Sunday 7 p.m. – Friday 9 p.m.
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 www.smischool.org.||
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 http://www.smischool.org.
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!
· D’Arcy Motors
· Chris Unger - Attorney at Law
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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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!