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Mon - Fri 8:15am - 4:15pm Parish Office
Saturday 4:45pm - 5:30pm Commons
Sunday 8:00am - 12:30pm Commons
Spirit and Truth – Young Adult Group
Each 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
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The BIG SERVE Change the World is a community-wide effort to help neighbors in need. On April 30 and May 1, join Community Christian Church, Plainfield United Methodist Church, Hope United Methodist Church, St. Mary Immaculate Parish, the Village of Plainfield, and other community organizations in The BIG SERVE Change the World, a weekend celebration of community service. You choose who and how to help. There are plenty of projects for people of all skill levels and ages, so your whole family can join in the fun! Questions contact Pam Angelus 815-436-2651 ext. 849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|On Saturday, April 30th and Sunday May 1st Candy Days volunteers will be at St. Mary Immaculate Parish in the Commons after all Masses. The special volunteers will wear signature aprons and simply pass out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations on behalf of Misericordia (Heart of Mercy) Home. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will positively affect the residents who are persons of all religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.|
Home to 600 children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom are physically challenged, Misericoridia offers quality lives to this very deserving population. For more information, go to www.misericordia.org or call parishioner Holly Moore at 815-436-7961.
On May 5, 2015, the Plainfield Ministerial Association will be celebrating the 64th annual National Day of Prayer with a free event open to the public.
An outdoor service will be held on the southwest corner of Lockport Street and Route 59 will begin at 11:30am and run until 12:15. The service will begin with worship and lead into the American Legion color guard presentation of the flag. Pastors, Reverends and Deacons from local churches will be on hand to lead prayers. The service will close with “God Bless America”.
In addition to the service, the area will be open from 8:00am until 5:00pm for anyone who would like to stop by either to join in prayer or to be prayed for. “It is important that people realize how much they are loved and in this chaotic world, people often feel forgotten or left behind.” Pastor Ken Schultz of Crosswinds Church said. “We want to pray with those in need and offer an opportunity to join with other church leaders to pray for Plainfield and our nation.”
The National Day of Prayer, is celebrated the first Thursday of every May as a way to come together as a nation to worship God and offer prayers for our nation. This year’s theme is “Wake Up America”, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen Isaiah 58:1 as our Scripture for this year: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet."
Your Gift Makes a Difference
This week, you are asked to review the 2016 Catholic Ministries Annual appeal (CMAA) tabloid that has been made available to you. The CMAA is much different than a one time pledge. Your gift over 10 months supports the good works of the diocese.
A gift to the CMAA will touch the lives of many in our diocese in a positive way. Each gift makes a difference! Together, the gifts of many enable our diocese to deliver needed education, ministry and services to those who need it most. As you take the time to review the tabloid and see all the work enabled by the CMAA, please reflect on God’s gifts to you. He has given you all that you have. We were “Chosen by God’s Grace” and together we can give thanks to Him for our blessings through a gift to the CMAA.
As you review the work enabled by your contribution to the CMAA, please reflect on God’s gifts to you. God extends His mercy to us each day, and you can be a part of “Extending God’s Mercy” to others through the CMAA.
If you received your pledge form in the mail, please complete it and mail it or bring it to Mass next weekend.
After our parish exceeds its CMAA goal of $219,176 in paid pledges, 65% of any additional funds are returned for the use in our parish.
Thank You for your prayerful consideration and generous response.
Registrations Due by March 31st
Registration for the 2016-17 school year is March 1-31. If you currently have a student in K-6th grade, registration forms were sent home the first week of March with your child. Confirmation students and new families to the parish and/or program can pick up a registration form in the Commons, in the RE/Confirmation Office or online HERE. All registrations are due by March 31st. Any registrations received after March 31st will be charged higher tuition rate. Please note: No deposit is required to register. However, all 2015-16 tuition payments (or prior) must be reconciled before a registration can be accepted.
Click HERE to view the Forms Online.
Virtual Adoration Available On our Website!
Are you unable to make it to our Adoration Chapel at SMI? No problem! You can 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 or in the Faith Section of our Parish App. Have any questions about Virtual Adoration at St. Mary Immaculate? Email Nikolai Medow, Director of New Media at email@example.com.
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/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 Therese Desitter in the Business Office, at 815-436261 ext. 804 or email her at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
There will be two training sessions for anyone in the Religious Education program who will be entering the 6th, 7th, or 8th grades this Fall who would like to be an Altar Server. The two training dates will be: Thursday, April 21st and Tuesday, April 26th. Both training sessions will be at 7pm in the Church. It is only necessary to attend one of the training sessions. Boys and girls who are enrolled at St. Mary Immaculate School who wish to become Altar Servers will have their training during the school day at a date TBD. Please contact Fr. Stephen Eickhoff at 815-436-2651 ext. 848 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Get Your Perplexing Job Search Questions Answered!
Attend the Employment Ministry Roundtable on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm
- Network with experienced hiring managers, job coaches and fellow job seekers.
- Brainstorm. Learn new tactics to build confidence and accelerate your job search success.
- Meet one-on-one with our job coaches, experienced managers, to review your resume, improve interviewing skills, and acquire networking tools and skills.
- Get spiritual, emotional or social service help.
We meet on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm. at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield.
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.
“Journey Forward” Grief Support Group
This program is open to adults of St. Mary Immaculate Parish and the surrounding communities who have experienced a loss of a spouse, family member or friend. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at St. Mary’s in meeting room North Wing A across from the Adoration Chapel. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to register, please contact Tom Barkauskas, LCSW at 630-209-0073.
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. 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.
Open Registration at SMI Parish School begins on January 31
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School offers a quality faith-centered education for children from Pre-School (age 3 by September 1 of the school year) to Grade Eight. A family must be a registered parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate in order to register for our school or to be placed on the waiting list. We ask that you bring your child’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate along with a $125 registration fee per family with you when you register in the Main office (Entrance A, south of the Commons Doors). Open registration will continue each school day from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. until openings are filled. After that time, those registering for closed classes will go to a waiting list. Families wishing to tour the school during the school day may call the school for an appointment. Please direct all inquiries to Kris at 815-436- 3953. Thank you for your interest in St. Mary Immaculate Parish School.
Catholic Schools Week Proclamation
|Mr. John Garvey Principal of St Mary Immaculate Parish School recently received a Proclamation for Catholic Schools Week from the Village of Plainfield Mayor Michael Collins. The school was founded 61 years ago. Our focus on faith enables teachers to help students connect with and embody the Catholic faith through daily Bible readings, prayer and classroom instruction. The school incorporates three pillars of success: a focus on faith, a pursuit of academic excellence and an abundance of opportunities beyond the classroom.|
Our caring, enthusiastic teachers consistently guide our students to achieve their fullest academic potential, preparing them well for high school and college. Finally, we provide a wide variety of extra-curricular activities and encourage students to discover, develop and share their talents. For more information contact Principal John Garvey at 815-436-3953 or email@example.com or visit our website at www.smischool.org
Volunteers Need For School Marketing Committee
We need your talents for the Parish School Marketing Task Force. Our mission is enrollment and marketing for the Parish School. We know that students receive an excellent education in faith and academics at our parish school, and we are on a mission to share that message with the greater community. We expect to expand our enrollment and ensure the future stability of our school.
If you are interested in sharing your expertise with us, please contact Pam Angelus at 815-436-2651 ext. 849 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.|
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.
The holiday season is fast upon us and much help is needed at the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry. The Pantry, which distributes food to about 200+ families a month (and the numbers keep growing), is in need of help Mondays – Saturdays in the mornings. Volunteers gather at the Vulcan building on Lockport St. between 7:30am – 8:00am and work until noon-ish. Needed are 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 in and out of a heated warehouse through all kinds of weather. Confidentiality is a must. Children younger than high school age are not permitted due to the nature of the work. Drivers with pick-up trucks are also needed to collect food donations from local grocery stores.
The Pantry is located on Lockport St. east of Rt. 59 and west of the I-55 overpass. If you are interested in volunteering, call 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 CANNED VEGETABLES, TUNA, CANNED MEATS, JELLO and PUDDING.
For more information visit www.plainfieldfoodpantry.org or call 815-439-8394.
Thank you for your continued support!