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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
1. Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
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.
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: February 12, 19, 26, and March 4, 11, 18, 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. $9.75||Combo-1 pc. Icelandic Cod & 3 pc. Shrimp $9.25|
|Extra Large Icelandic Cod Dinner – 3 pc. $10.00||Large Icelandic Cod Dinner-2 pc. $8.25|
|Small Icelandic Cod Dinner-1- pc. $5.75||Deacon Jim’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich $3.25|
|Famous Icelandic Cod Fish Sandwich $5.50||Icelandic Cod Fish Taco Platter $8.00|
|Cheese Pizza by the Slice $2.50||Featuring: ladies Auxiliary 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 together we can raise at least 2,000 pounds of food this Lent.
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.
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 our guests on Tuesday, March 8. Dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. Reservations are required by Friday, March 4. Please RSVP at www.smip.org/VolunteerDinner. If you don’t have access to a computer, please complete the RSVP Form (available in the Commons) and submit it to the Commons Desk Receptionist. No tickets will be printed for this event; you will simply “check in” upon arrival. For more information contact Laura Van Ham at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-436-2651, ext. 887. We’re celebrating St. Joseph’s Day a little early this year. In this celebration, we honor St. Joseph as the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, foster father to Jesus and the patron saint of workers. We hope that you can join us for dinner on March 8.
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.
Get Your Perplexing Job Search Questions Answered! - Feb. 9th
Attend the Employment Ministry Roundtable on Tuesday, February 9 (6:30 pm) to:
- 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.
Plan on attending on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and Feb 23 at 6:30 pm. We meet 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. Should bad winter weather threaten, check www.smip.org or call 815-436-2651.
Get your game on this month at Young Church through our interactive basketball experience! All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are welcome to experience the value of faith in teamwork and sportsmanship, learn some basketball skills from two former college basketball players from Gonzaga University, and prepare for Lent with our Lenten Basketball bracket! Whether you play basketball every day or have never picked up a basketball in your life, you won’t want to miss this amazing night of fun, faith, and friends. Join us Saturday, February 13 from 7-8:30pm in the SMI gym. Contact Ryan with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 814.
Come Celebrate Valentine’s Day with LifeTeen!
Join us for a special Valentine's Day edition of LifeTeen movie night on Sunday, February 14th from 7-9:30 pm. (There is no school the next day). We will meet in the Commons. The night will be full of food, fun, and a great movie! All high schoolers are welcome! Bring your friends or your valentines! It’s going to be an awesome night! Can’t wait to see you there!
Easter Basket Ministry Needs Your Help
Lent is Just Around the Corner Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer during Lent? The Easter Basket Ministry is a great way for an individual, family, or confirmation group to give back.
Every year St. Mary’s reaches out those in need. Our mission is to bring joy and love to those in our community. The Easter Basket Ministry donates to the Plainfield Food Pantry, Daybreak Shelter and Morning Star Mission.
There are several ways to donate or Volunteer. Beginning Ash Wednesday February 10th, the sign up board will be in the common. To donate simply sign up and drop off goodies for Easter Bags. Items needed, books, coloring books & crayons, stuffed animal or bunny, Small toys, bubbles, toothbrush & toothpaste, wrapped candy. More details on the board.
Volunteers needed: Adults, Mentors and children to sort and assemble Easter Bags.
Interested individuals or groups, Please contact Laura Bringas at 815-603-4072.
“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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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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!