News

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CHURCH NEWS

 

Save These Dates
 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

SMI Vacation Bible School Registration has begun! 
 

Click HERE to Register.

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

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

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

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

Click HERE to Register.
 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

SMI Goes to Slammers Baseball at Silver Cross Field - Friday, July 10


A Summertime Family Event with St. Mary’s Friends

St. Mary Immaculate Parish & School are sponsoring an “Evening at the Ball Field with Family and Friends”.  Mark your calendars for Friday, July 10.  The game starts at 7:05 p.m. versus the Southern Illinois Miners.  There’s plenty of free parking close to the stadium, lots of tasty “Ball Park” food at family friendly prices and fireworks after the game.  For more information, visit www.jolietslammers.com.

Tickets are available in the Commons for only $5.00 per person (half-price) for this exciting and fun night out.  You can buy tickets after weekend Masses on June 13 & 14 and June 27 & 28 or during the week from the Commons Receptionist, after June 1.

We currently have 100 tickets available in an SMI section, right behind home plate.  We need you to help make our night at the park memorable!  Join us and wear a red or blue shirt.  For more information contact Laura Van Ham at 815-436-2651, ext. 887 or lvanham@smip.org.





 

2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Progress Report
 

Thank you to all the 941 families who have made a pledge to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. The Diocese has received and begun processing the pledges from our parish. Acknowledgement letters from the Diocese should arrive within the next week or two. Thank you also to those of you continuing to make your monthly pledge payments.

If you have not yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider how you might support the good works of our Bishop and our Diocese and send in your pledge this week. Pledge envelopes are available in the Commons and can be returned directly to the parish.

Once our parish exceeds our goal in paid pledges, we will earn back 65% of donations over the goal. Last year at this point in the Appeal process, our parish had already surpassed our goal in pledges. Please consider making a pledge to help us once again continue our great record of support for Bishop Conlon and the diocese!

PARISH GOAL: $207,651
AMOUNT PLEDGED: $197,761
AMOUNT PAID: $ 106,801
REMAINING BALANCE: $ 90,960
REBATE AMOUNT EARNED: * see note


* We will not earn any rebate until pledges have been paid and the goal exceeded! The remaining balance is the difference between the amount pledged and the amount paid. 
 

 
 
 

 

 

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


St. Mary Immaculate Parish and the Parish Filipino Ministry cordially invite one and all to a Filipino Mass in Cana Hall. Our Presider will be Rev. Fr. Mario Quejadas. Fellowship and refreshments will follow at 5:00 p.m. potluck style in the Faith Sharing Room. Free will donation will be appreciated or please bring your favorite desserts to share. For more information contact Jose Diokno at 815-609-3663, Deng Baronia at 815-603-8616 or Remy at
815-254-8445.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Save the Date for Make a Difference Day
 

Saturday, October 17, 2014 A Day of Faith and Service to Bring Jesus to Others. Make a Difference Day is a great opportunity for everyone to come together in loving service and fellowship! The wide assortment of service projects offers something suitable for all ages, including families with youth, teens, young adults, and seniors. Mark your calendar with the date now for our Fourth annual Day of Faith and Service. Look for online sign-ups for service projects to begin September 1st. To suggest or lead a service project or to help with planning which is now underway, please contact Pam Angelus at 815- 436-2651 ext. 849 or pangelus@smip.org.

 


 
 
 

 

St. Mary Immaculate 4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair - Crafters Needed!


Click HERE for an Application.
 

It’s back again…the St. Mary Immaculate Holiday Craft Fair…and we are looking for crafters who would like to sell their handmade/homemade items! The definition of Handmade/homemade items for this event is as follows:

Any object made by someone active in the “Do-It-Yourself” crafts movement and/or work by contemporary artists who use craft processes and materials. An assistant under the DIRECT supervision of the creator may assist with a portion of the creation process, but no other third party vendors or companies marketing the items for sale in mass quantities will be allowed.

We will be taking applications for this event on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis…meaning that in order to keep some “healthy” competition among crafters we will place a limit on the number of crafters we will allow at our event selling the same type of items…so get your application in ASAP!

Date: Saturday, November 7th, 2015

Time: 8:00 am-3:00pm

Event Set Up Time: 6:30 am-7:45 am…All crafters MUST be set up by 8:00 am so the doors may open to the public!

Booth Fee: $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 item donation for our raffle but are LIMITED… so please call Karen for electricity availability before submitting your application!!!  Crafters MUST supply their own electric extension cords.

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

Tables: 8’ tables available for rental for $5.00

Click HERE for an Application.


More questions? Please contact Karen Klump at mom2cle@gmail.com or 815-212-4334.

 


 

 

Devotional Art Sale

 


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

 

A limited number of exquisite pieces of devotional art are available for sale at St. Mary Immaculate. Interested in purchasing a piece of art? Contact Nikolai Medow in the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 ext. 801 or nmedow@smip.org. The art includes both sacred statues and framed wall art from the exclusive Italian “Paolo Schiraldi” collection, known worldwide and distributed in many churches around the world.  Each piece is sculpted in marble dust, entirely hand made, and then coated through a sophisticated process called “galvanization” in either a silver or bronze finish.  The painting and the finishing are entirely hand-made, giving each art piece a delicate and refined presentation.  The sophisticated level of craftsmanship ensures a high value for this artwork.  On all of Paolo Schiraldi’s artwork, a special coating is used which protects the art pieces from tarnishing.  In order to properly clean the art, a soft dry cloth is required. 

Statues available include Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Michael, St. Pope John Paul II, Divine Mercy, St. Francis, and Angelo Del Silenzio (the Angel of Silence).  Framed wall art pictures include the Holy Family, Madonna with Child, Passion of Christ, St. Francis, St. Jude, Divine Mercy, St. Michael, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Last Supper, Pope Francis, St. Pope John Paul II, and Our Lady of Fatima.  Acquiring any of these pieces of artwork would bring a new level of devotion and inspiration to your home or the home of a loved one, and would make a memorable gift this Christmas. 

The artwork will be on display in the Gym before and after Weekend Masses on November 22 and 23.  All pieces will be available for purchase via credit card or check.  Display and sales will continue on the weekend of December 6-7.  Note that the artwork will not be shown on Thanksgiving weekend. 

About The Artist.  Born and raised in Bitonto, a small town of 65,000 people in Southern Italy, Paolo Schiraldi developed a passion for religious art.  After introducing his artwork in 2002 for the first time in the United States, many religious institutions began to appreciate the devotion that this artist was capable to transmit through his exclusive work. 

 

 

 

Virtual Adoration Now Available On our Website!


Are you unable to make it to our Adoration Chapel at SMI? No problem! You can now go to “Virtual Adoration” on our Parish website. At St. Mary Immaculate, we hope that this use of technology to bring the living presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist to those who are unable to personally come to Adoration will be a blessing to all who experience it. Whether you are too sick to travel, are at work, are stuck at home, are travelling, or are simply visiting from anywhere around the world, we welcome you. Visit our new Virtual Adoration page at www.smip.org/VirtualAdoration. Have any questions about Virtual Adoration at St. Mary Immaculate? Email Nikolai Medow, Director of New Media at nmedow@smip.org.

 





God is the Giver of Every Good Gift - Principles of Stewardship

 

Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus.  It is a way of thanking God for all the blessings God has given us by returning to God a portion of time, talent, and treasure.  Stewardship is based on our need to give back to God out of gratitude, not on the Church’s need to receive.  It is based on the premise that all that we have and all that we are comes from God and, as a way of thanking God for all our blessings, we return a portion of the time, talent and treasure that has been allotted to us.  Please continue to give prayerful thought to your commitment of time, talent and treasure to the Church and the community. 

We offer many ways to give to the parish here at St. Mary Immaculate, and we hope you have found the method best suited for you.  As a review, here are the available ways to make your Sunday Offering to St. Mary Immaculate. 

· Weekly Envelopes—These are mailed to your home each month, with envelopes for each Sunday’s Offering as well as Monthly Offerings, Holy Days and Special Collections.  Simply enclose your check or cash and place the envelope in the collection basket at Sunday Mass.  Envelopes can also be turned in at the Parish Office. 

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

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

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

 


 

 

Changes to How We Offer Mass Intentions

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

 

 

 

 

Submit Your Photos of SMI Events
 

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


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


 


 

 

Please Help Us Update our Parish Records
 

In an effort to better communicate with our parishioners, we would like to ask you for your most current contact information for our parish database. So if you have moved, changed phone numbers, have a new email address, please call Margaret or Monica in the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 to update our records. Thank you for helping us to keep our parish information current so that we may better serve you. 

 




 

Emergency Closing Notifications during Severe Weather
 

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


 



 

Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed

 

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is looking for volunteer facilitators to join the rotation. No experience is necessary - only the desire to lead our little ones in hearing the Gospel in a language they can understand. Children’s Liturgy is offered during 9:00, 9:01 Cana Hall, 10:45, and 12:15 Spanish. Weekly resources are provided. Please contact Geralyn Kuban in the parish office at 815-436-2651 ext. 810 if you are interested.

 



 

SMI Cemetery Lots Available
 

For nearly 100 years, St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery has provided a tranquil, beautiful final resting place for our dearly departed. Today the cemetery has traditional graves and Columbarium niches available. Burial space is open for parishioners and non-parishioners; Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Our parish cemetery is noted not only for its beauty, but also for being the most affordable Catholic cemetery in our diocese. The cemetery is located on Plainfield/Naperville Road approximately 3/4 mile northeast of Rt. 59 in Plainfield. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


Yes, it is difficult to think about our own death, but the healing benefits that pre-planning affords to those we leave behind are immeasurable.

Regardless of where you choose to be buried, we invite you to call us with questions. To schedule a consultation session or to simply obtain more information, please call the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 and ask for the Cemetary Office.


 

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MINISTRY NEWS

 

A Reflective Meditation on the Gospel of Mark
 

Join us for a reflective meditation on the Gospel of Mark as we share the spiritual truths it holds for our response to Christ's call. This is not just a study of the Gospel but looking deeply into the hidden and obvious truths of the Gospel that we can apply to our lives today. Our times are fret with confusing messages, disaster, violence, and even persecution for those believing in Christ. How can we better evangelize and be better witnesses to the Gospel? How do we understand suffering in light of the Gospel message? Together let us deepen our faith and response by sharing our experiences and growing in our understanding of the Paschal Mystery (Christ's suffering, dying, and rising) in order to fulfill our Baptismal promises to live our lives as truly the children and family of God.

We will meet Sunday mornings from 9:00—10:30 a.m. on June 14, 21, 28, July 5 and 12 in the Stewardship/ Unity Room. We will meet on Thursday evenings from 7:00—8:30 p.m. on June 18, 25, July 2, 9, and 16 in the Stewardship/Unity Room. Let me know which of these works best for you when you register.

To register, call Mary Michalski at 815-347-2725 or email her at michalskim@att.net. Bring whatever Scripture you prefer and for a better understanding, you can order The Gospel According to Mark Collegeville Bible Commentary. It is $10.00. You can purchase it yourself or request one when you register and one will be available at our first session (this is not mandatory).

 

 

 

 

 

Support Our Military Men and Women

Hour of Silent Prayer.  On the third Friday of each month, all are invited to devote an hour with us to pray for those who wear our uniforms.  Come on Friday, June 19th to pray in the St. Mary Immaculate Adoration Chapel at 6:00 p.m.  Your presence and prayers can help to provide spiritual support to our military families who have loved ones currently deployed.  You can also remember those who are giving and have given so much of themselves through their unselfish service to our country.  For more information please contact Maria Prekop at maria.prekop@navigant.com or 312-259-6851.

 


 

 

(Re)building Self-confidence During Your Job Search-6/23


A Job Search takes time, work, energy and most of all, the ability to keep on keepin' on. Keeping your self-confidence up, when it begins to wane is a real challenge. How do you build it and then keep it up?

At the Employment Ministry meeting, on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:30 pm, at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield, you will learn (and self-assess) seven of the most critical skills needed to build unstoppable self-confidence.
* Stop comparing yourself to others.
* Remember that the loudest person is not necessarily the most confident.
* Control your self-limiting beliefs.
* Live in the now – your positive reality.
* If you believe you are – then you are, don't hide your belief.
* Change what you can.
* Be fully committed.
You will receive a “workbook” with exercises, references, and plenty of space to take notes, create a“to do” list and doodle!

Our speaker, Maurie Coleman, holds a PhD in Instructional Science and certification as a Certified Performance Technologist from ISPI. He has worked as an internal consultant at Arthur Andersen, Lucent, and Sears Holdings. He has also had his own business and worked as an external consultant for clients including Abbott Labs, AT&T, GE Healthcare, Littlefuse, L’Oreal, McDonalds, and Provena Health Care.

His areas of specialization include Leadership Development, High Potential Development, Coaching, Facilitation, Performance Improvement, Organizational Change, and Instructional Design. He has his own stories to tell about his self-confidence journey including the bright light of day and the darkness of the night.

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

For more information, email EmploymentMinistry@smip.org.

 

 

 

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 attend our next meeting Tuesday July 7th in the Small Meeting Room at 6:30 p.m.. Please contact Pam Angelus at 815-436-2651 ext. 849 or pangelus@smip.org for more information.

 


 

 

Face the Truth on Friday, July 10
 

On Friday, July 10, we will be holding signs at 3 sites in the Joliet area to increase awareness on abortion.

9:00 am-10:30 am in Joliet, at Jefferson St. and Larkin Ave.
11:30 am-1:00 pm in Shorewood, at Brook Forest Ave. and Black Rd.
3:00 pm-4:30 pm in Joliet, at Route 59 and Caton Farm Road

The Knights of Columbus, Good Shepherd Council #5573 and Reverence for Life will have a luncheon for sign holders from 1:30 to 2:30 at St. Mary Immaculate in the Faith Sharing Room.

For more information or any questions regarding the July 10 sign holding in the Joliet area, please call Bill Gallagher at 815-609-9148. For any questions regarding other sites during the month of July, please contact the Pro-Life Action League at 773-777-2900 or fax 773-777-3061 or email info@prolifeaction.org or visit their website at www.prolifeaction.org. The eager face of this beautiful baby boy is a reminder of the joy that every new life brings. Only a few weeks before this picture was taken, this little boy could legally have been killed by abortion. Every child deserves the chance to be born and to be loved. Yet over 1.2 million unborn babies are aborted each year in our country.

 

 


 

“Journey Forward” Grief Support Group


The Joliet Area Community Hospice has formed and is leading a new community grief support group.  The group will meet here at SMI’s Holistic Center at 15726 S. Frederick St.  Meetings is be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. 

A grief support group helps you connect with others who understand, and provides a safe place to tell your story.  You are gently encouraged to share at your own pace, but never forced.  You will also learn about the grieving process and be proactive in your healing as you strive to “Journey Forward.” 

This Joliet Area Community Hospice program is open to adults in Plainfield and the surrounding community who have experienced a loss of a spouse, family member or friend. 

Registration is strongly requested, but not required.  For more information or to register contact Tom Barkauskas, LCSW, at 815-460-3256, or Mary Ann Burns, MSW, at 815-460-3282. 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed


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

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

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

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


 




Brothers In Christ


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

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





 

Volunteers Needed for Pastoral Care Ministry


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

 

 




Meals Ministry Forming
 

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






Elizabeth Ministry Starting at SMI


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

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

 

 

 


Legion of Mary Ministry at SMI
 

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

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

 

 

 



 

Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|
 


 

 

 

 

Adorers Needed


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

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

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

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


 

 

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SCHOOL NEWS

 

SMI Parish School Wins $15,000!
 

The support of thousands of students and parents at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School brought in a $15,000 prize.

St Mary Immaculate Parish School is the first monthly winner in the Collaboration Nation contest, sponsored by CDW•G and eSchool News, in which schools share video pitches on why their schools’ technology collaborations deserve a funding boost.

The 90-second video submitted by St. Mary Immaculate Parish School covers the struggles it faces with its current technology plan and describes the school’s plan to turn things around.

By collaborating with parents, faculty and students, a social campaign titled #CollaborateSMI was born. The video ultimately earned more than 5,000 shares on Facebook, and the top spot for Collaboration Nation’s May prize, which includes $15,000 in products from CDW•G partners HP, Lenovo and Meraki.

Jacqueline Fiske, St. Mary Immaculate Parish School's technology integration coordinator, says a device shortage has left the school struggling to embrace technology-powered learning.

"Currently, the only collaborative, mobile technology we have at our school is one laptop cart for over 400 students, and two sixth-grade classrooms that have one-to-one laptops," Fiske says. "We feel the need for technology at the primary level in our building is lacking, and the funds we won will help us to increase that. Our plan is to have collaborative technology available in all classrooms throughout the school day."

The school will be using the funds to purchase 40 HP Chromebooks.

The success of the #CollaborateSMI social campaign floored Fiske, and she hopes other schools can learn from her school’s example by tapping the enthusiasm parents have for getting involved in their children’s schools.

"We got so into the shares and the competition that our school parents and families are now more interested in the technology in our school than they have ever been! They want to know more about what we are going to do next and are excited about the direction our school is headed in," Fiske says.

 



 

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 attend our next meeting Tuesday July 7th in the Parish Library at 6:30 p.m.. Please contact Pam Angelus at 815-436-2651 ext. 849 or pangelus@smip.org for more information.

 

 


 

Mrs. Shimek Retiring After 31 Years at SMI Parish School

   Debbie Shimek, second grade teacher at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School, is retiring after 41 years of teaching with her last 31 years at SMI.  Thank you Mrs. Shimek for your years of dedicated service to St. Mary Immaculate. May God Bless you in your retirement.
 

 

 


 

 

SMI School Eighth Grade Students Earn Girl Scout Marian Award
 

Five eighth-graders from St. Mary Immaculate Parish School in Girl Scout Troop 70564 worked throughout the summer and fall to complete the Girl Scout Marian Medal Award Program.  The Marian Award program seeks to inspire Catholic young people to become stronger members of their faith and to see Mary as a model for all stages of their lives-as a teen, single person, parent, and as a follower of her son, Jesus.  Together with their mentors, the girls performed a variety of activities including interviews, role-plays, service projects, reflection questions, and prayer.  


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

Upon completing the activities, they held a closing family prayer service, and then met with Fr. Stephen to review their work.  Their mentors submitted their approved applications which will enable the girls to receive the medals at the Diocese of Joliet Scouting Religious Award Mass to be held at St. Mary Immaculate next spring.

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

 

 


 


Support our School with Box Tops and Labels for Education

Everyone can help our school with this easy, ongoing fundraiser!  Just collect the following items from products you normally buy and drop off the required box top, or label in the collection box in the Commons, or give them to a SMI School child.  We collect them year-round, so you can help us by dropping off your collection any time! 

Box Tops For Education - Look for the pink Box Tops for Education logo on hundreds of your favorite General Mills, Land O Lakes, Kimberly-Clark, Avery label products and more.  Each Box Tops label is worth 10¢ for our school—and that adds up fast!  For more information, including special programs that allow you to earn bonus box tops, go to www.boxtops4education.com.

 

Campbell’s Labels for Education - Cut out and collect the UPCs, beverage caps, or Bonus Certificates from participating Campbell’s products including brands like Campbell’s Soups, Bic, Prego, Spaghetti Os, Swanson, and V8.  SMI earns points which are redeemed for merchandise. See www.labelsforeducation.com for more information.

 


 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

 

 

Are You Without Health Insurance?


Do you owe the fee for not having coverage in 2014?
You may still be able to enroll in 2015

You can enroll in a 2015 plan between March 15 and April 30, 2015.

Get Help with your Application

 

Tuesday, March 31st
Tuesday, April 7th

1:00p – 5:00p

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
205 East Jackson Street Joliet, IL 60432

 

Wednesday, April 1st
Wednesday, April 8th

4:30p – 8:00p

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

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life
 

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

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

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


 



 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry


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

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

 

 

 

 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry
 

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

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

Thank you for your continued support!


 

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