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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 Friday 7:00pm-9:00pm Waldorf Room
Lent Begins Ash Wednesday, March 5
Ash Wednesday Schedule
7:30 a.m. Morning Mass (Church)
8:45 a.m. School Mass (Church)
12 Noon English Mass (Church)
6:30 p.m. Polish Mass (Cana)
7:00 p.m. English Mass (Church)
7:30 p.m. Spanish Mass (Gym)
1:00-6:30 p.m. Ash Distribution, Exposition, & Benediction (Church)
Every Friday During Lent -Confessions and Stations of the Cross
(except Good Friday, 4/18)
6:00 p.m. Confessions (Church)
7:00 p.m. Stations -English (Narthex)
7:00 p.m. Stations -Polish (Cana)
7:30 p.m. Stations -Spanish (Narthex)
Lenten Parish Reconciliation Services and Events
Thu, 3/13 7:00 p.m. Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Francis and Parish Reconciliation
Sat, 4/5 7:00 p.m. Seven Last Words of Christ Performance
Tue, 4/8 7:00 p.m. Evening of Reflection and Parish Reconciliation
Healing Prayer Service on Sunday, March 2
Join us at 1:30 p.m., immediately following the 12:15 p.m. Mass in the Church. After a scripture reading and prayer, each individual will be offered the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which conveys special graces and strength of the Holy Spirit. Our Healing Prayer Service is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m.
Mark your Calendars for these Special Events
Join us for these special events in the life of our parish! Right around the corner on March 4th, our popular Family Pizza Night is back, then Ash Wednesday is March 5. During Lent we’ll hold a Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Francis, an Evening of Reflection, Parish Reconciliation Nights, our St. Joseph’s Day Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, plus a performance of The Seven Last Words of Christ. On April 27 we’ll hold a Canonization Celebration for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII as well as our Divine Mercy Sunday Prayer Service. You can sign up for the Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk in May, and look forward to relaxing in July as we have Family Night at the Slammers game. Stay tuned to future bulletins and to the website for more details on these events.-Tue., 3/4 Family Pizza Night
-Wed., 3/5 Ash Wednesday
-Thu, 3/13 Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Francis and Parish Reconciliation
-Wed., 3/19 St. Joseph’s Day Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
-Tue., 4/8 Evening of Reflection and Parish Reconciliation
-Sat., 4/5 Seven Last Words of Christ Performance
-Sun, 4/27 Canonization Celebration for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII
and Divine Mercy Sunday Confessions and Prayer Service
-Sat., 5/17 SMI Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Sparty 2K
-Fri., 7/18 SMI Family Night at the Slammers Game in Joliet
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.
Emergency Closing Notifications during Severe Weather
There are several different ways to find out about emergency closings or cancellations at St. Mary Immaculate Parish during severe weather such as what we have experienced in recent weeks. We always update our parish website, www.smip.org, with the latest status right on our home page. We also send out a parish-wide Flocknote message to all those subscribed to receive messages via email or text. If you have not signed up for Flocknote yet, please visit our website and click the blue sheep to get started. If you are on Facebook we also notify parishioners of closings and other parish events via the Parish's Facebook page. To stay up to date be sure to like us at Facebook.com/StMaryImmaculate. In addition, we update our status on ECC (Emergency Closing Center), which shares the status of Chicagoland area schools & businesses via a ticker update displayed on the local TV news programs. If you’re watching the ticker and they go to a commercial just before getting to the “S” section, don’t despair. You can visit their website at emergencyclosingcenter.com and look us up under “St. Mary Immaculate” in Plainfield. We have separate facilities listed for Parish, School, Religious Ed, Confirmation, and Youth Ministry. Finally, ECC allows you to sign up with them to be notified by e-mail when a facility of your choice closes or changes status. With all these ways to find out about severe weather impacts, there’s no reason to be left out in the cold.
SMI’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
on St. Joseph’s Day, Wednesday, March 19
To thank all our Parish and School volunteers for their dedication and hard work, the Parish invites St. Mary’s volunteers and their families to enjoy dinner as guests of the Parish on Wednesday, March 19, St. Joseph’s Day.
Dinner will be served from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. Reservations are required by Friday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. Please RSVP via either: 1) Email to AppreciationRSVP@smip.org; 2) Phone to 815-436-2651, ext. 886; or 3) Complete the Reservation Form (found in the Commons wall racks) and give it to the receptionist. Please provide your family name, the number of adults, number of children and your phone number. This is a “green” event; no tickets will be printed. For more information contact Eve Govea at email@example.com or 815-436-2651, ext. 846.
On March 19, Saint Joseph’s Day, we celebrate St. Joseph as the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father to Jesus. St. Joseph is also known to have been a hard working carpenter, hence the title St. Joseph the Worker, patron saint of workers.
We are collecting blessed palms from previous years. The old palms are burned and used for Ash Wednesday. Return baskets can be found in the Narthex, Commons, and Cana Hall through February 28. Thank you!
A Powerful Lenten Performance
The Seven Last Words of Christ on Saturday, April 5
|The Little Flowers Catholic Dance and Theatre Troupe is proud to present their sixteenth year of Catholic Music, Drama and Dance brought to Chicagoland. Oft declared the “Best Catholic Theatre in Chicagoland”, this Year’s performance, The Seven Last Words of Christ, features the classic musical work by Dubois, incorporating the group’s beloved performance troupe with a full chorus, vocal soloists, & orchestra.|
The event will be the premier Lenten performance experience in the area. This will be a unique and moving experience, surely to be remembered for many years. Conceived by Artistic Director and choreographer Simonetta Pacek, the Troupe seeks to evangelize through the arts while bringing to life their theme of “Modesty, Beauty and Joy”.
The performance at St. Mary Immaculate Parish is on Saturday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. Tickets are available starting on March 8th in the Commons (on weekends) and Parish Office (on weekdays). Prices are $15 for Adults, $10 for Seniors (age 65 and up) and Students (age 13 and up through college), and $5 for Child (ages 5-12). Children age 4 and under are free with no ticket required. For more details or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.SevenLastWordsofChrist.com or call 815-462-3809.
2013 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal FINAL Report
Congratulations SMI, we have exceeded our goal again!
Many thanks to all those who contributed to the 2013 Diocesan Appeal! We succeeded in not only meeting, but exceeding our goal for the second year in a row! As of last week, we had 1,035 families pledging, with 906 families completing payment of those pledges, once again continuing our great record of support for Bishop Conlon and the diocese!
After our packages were lost in the mail last winter, the diocese filed an insurance claim with the Postal Service, and just recently collected an insurance payment of over $70,000 as compensation for that loss. While the insurance money went initially to the diocese, a large portion of it then came back to us in the form of a rebate as we surpassed our goal for 2013.
In 2012, we exceeded our goal by over $40,000, and received over $20,000 which covered an entire month’s mortgage payment! In 2013 we’ve done even better, with an increase of over 50% in our rebate, thanks to your generous contributions. The final report from the diocese indicates we exceeded our goal by $68,495. Half of that amount, or $34,248, will be returned to the parish for our use. Let’s keep the momentum going for 2014!
The 2014 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal
Please Consider Pledging with a Generous Gift
This week, you are asked to review the Annual Appeal tabloid that you will receive with your bulletin today. The Annual Appeal campaign is much different than a one-time special collection. It is a pledge campaign where you can make a pledge and pay it in 10 payments.
A significant gift to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal will touch the lives of many others in a very positive way. The Annual Appeal provides a significant portion of the budget of the Diocese of Joliet. Most dioceses in the country conduct an appeal, once a year, to help with the costs of providing services and programs to their parishes and people. The Diocese of Joliet is no exception.
As you review the work enabled by your contribution to the CMAA, please reflect on God’s gifts to you. He has given you all that you have. Your gifts to our parish, to the diocese, and to the work of the church throughout the world should be given in gratitude for the continuing gifts that God gives you. He never forgets you.
Sometimes it is difficult to envision how one pledge can help an organization the size of our diocese, how it can make a real difference. But each pledge does make a difference because all parishes participate in the campaign, and the gifts of many enable our diocese to deliver needed education, ministry, and services. Our combined gifts not only signify our gratitude to God, they glorify Him by enabling the work of our diocese.
If you received your pledge form in the mail, please complete it and mail it back or bring it to Mass next weekend. For those of you who did not receive a mailing or have not had time to respond to it, we will conduct our in-pew pledge process at all Masses next weekend.
After our parish exceeds its CMAA goal of $189,580 in paid pledges, 60% of any additional funds are returned for use in our parish. Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.
Opportunity to Save on 2013 Taxes
Please remember St. Mary Immaculate Parish with your charitable contributions for the 2013 tax year. Your final 2013 tax year donation via cash or check (checks must be dated December, 2013) must be received by St. Mary Immaculate by January 13, 2014 to be included in our contribution records.
You can also give online using our new, easy and secure Online Giving website HERE. Once you create your personal account, you can give either a “One Time Gift” and/or set up a “Recurring Gift” for your contributions.
An IRA Charitable Rollover can also help you save on taxes, if completed before January 1, 2014. The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) permitted individuals to roll over up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) directly to a qualifying charity without recognizing the assets transferred to the qualifying charity as income. This provision originally expired on December 31, 2007, but it has been extended several times, most recently until December 31, 2013.
If you have any questions on any of these options, please call our Business Manager, Janice Gregoire, at 815-436-2651 ext. 851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why not resolve to learn more about the faith this new year!? Starting Sunday, January 12, every Sunday for 11 weeks our Priests will be leading an Adult Formation group from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the Stewardship/Unity Room. The group will meet each week to view and discuss Fr. Barron's DVD series, “Catholicism,” which dives into the truths of our Catholic faith and explores various topics like prayer, The Sacraments, The Saints, Mary and other aspects of our faith. ALL adults are welcome to stop by—there is no cost and no registration is needed!
For more information, contact Margaret Motto at 815-436-651, or email@example.com
The following list shows the dates and topics for each weekly session.
January 12 The Revelation of God Become Man
January 19 The Revelation of God Become Man Part 2
January 26 The Teaching of Jesus
February 2 The Mystery of God
February 9 Mary the Mother of God
February 16 Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure
February 23 The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church
March 2 The Sacraments and Worship
March 9 The Communion of Saints
March 16 Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
March 23 The Last Things
Talleres de Formación para adultos: "Catolicismo"
Comenzando el domingo 12 de enero después de la Misa. Estos talleres tendrán una duración de una hora y media cada uno y durará 11 semanas. Para mayor información llamar a Adriana al 815-258-4248.
Giving Our Best to Make Christ Known
The Summary Report detailing the results of our Increased Offertory Program have been mailed and should be arriving in your homes. As shown in the report, the results from the Giving Our Best to Make Christ Known Program were encouraging. Almost 29% of the parishioners who gave to the Sunday offering in the last year made a commitment for the next year. We also had 113 families renew their connection to the parish. Overall, the commitments reflect a 42% increase in the offertory over previous donations from those that responded with a commitment card.
We are beginning to see signs that our Sunday offertory collections are growing through the generosity of many parishioners. For those who made a commitment to increase your giving via Online Giving, please sign in and make your changes. For those who use our Automatic Payment Processing program, please note that the commitment card does not serve as an authorization to increase your donation, thus you will need to call the Parish Office to authorize a new donation amount.
Thank you so very much to all have chosen to participate in this very important program. Your generosity shows your willingness as faithful stewards to be part of the ongoing missions of St. Mary Immaculate.
Baby Bottles for Life
St. Mary Immaculate Parish will participate in a special fundraiser to promote and further a Culture of Life within our parish and local community. The proceeds of this event will help support the lifesaving work of Woman’s Choice Services, a Catholic pregnancy center with offices in Joliet & Lombard.
On the weekend of January 18 & 19, baby bottles will be distributed to parishioners to take home and fill with spare change. Bottles will then be returned to the parish on the weekend of January 25 & 26.
This fundraiser is a great way for each member of the family to help in building a Culture of Life. Thank you in advance for your response to the call of the Gospel to serve those in great need! For more information, contact Woman’s Choice Services at 630-261-9564.
Save the Date for Make a Difference Day - Saturday, Oct. 18, 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 and look for online sign-ups for service projects to begin September 1st. To suggest or lead a service project or to help with planning, please contact Cindy Sweeney at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to join the rotation to lead Children’s Liturgy of the Word on Sunday mornings. Children’s Liturgy is offered during 9:00, 9:01 Cana Hall, 10:45, and 12:15 Spanish. Teaching is not a requirement, just the desire to help children to be formed in the Catholic Faith. Training and instruction are provided. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator or need more information please contact the following people:
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.
Each Sunday we hear such a small snippet from our illustrious first catechist, St. Paul. To benefit from the full impact of his understandings and inspiration we need to study each letter in its entirety. Come hear the full story, background, and the most important verses from four of St. Paul’s most significant letters. Join the Lenten Bible Study as we venture into the full texts of Galatians, Colossians, Philippians, and Ephesians. Learn to understand Christ as St. Paul saw Him in these shorter but critical letters.
Join us on Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Stewardship/Unity Room starting on February 5. The full schedule for all 8 sessions is shown below. Note there is no class on March 5, Ash Wednesday or on March 19, St. Joseph’s Day.
To register by phone, call 815-439-1897 or text registration info to 815-531-5640, or email email@example.com. Raise the bar for Lent 2014 with our study of St. Paul, the Church’s first great theologian! David Fiday is a graduate of the four year Biblical Institute of the Joliet Diocese and is looking forward to these closer looks at St. Paul’s letters with you and Jesus.
Join us for Family Pizza Night - Fat Tuesday, March 4
5:00 to 7:30 pm in the Gym
For only $5 per person or $20 per family you can enjoy a variety of delicious pizzas for dinner. This popular parish tradition is back again this year. Come out and celebrate Fat Tuesday with good food and good company.
St. Mary Immaculate Family Pizza Night is made possible due to the generous donations of many local restaurants and the efforts of the St. Mary Immaculate Men’s Club! Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fish Fry Fridays start March 7 at 4:00 p.m.
Friday Fish Fries are scheduled during Lent in the Gym of St. Mary Immaculate Parish School. The Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council #5573 will serve dinners from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21, and 28 and April 4 and 11. Phone orders for take-out are accepted from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m. at 815-436-2651 ext. 841. Please pick up orders by 7:45 p.m. “Se Habla Español.” Dinner options include Oven-Baked Cod, Fried Cod, Shrimp, and Fish Tacos. Grilled Cheese and Pizza are also offered. Dinners and Sandwiches include Baked Potato or Deacon Tom’s Fries and a pickle. The Knights request that all who attend please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Plainfield Food Pantry. We hope that together we can raise at least 2,000 lbs. of food this Lent.
Job Search Support, Tues. March 11
The St. Mary Immaculate Employment Ministry helps you build confidence and accelerate your job search success. We help job seekers succeed.
During our March 11 (6:30pm) session you can work one-on-one with job coaches (experienced hiring managers) to:
- Improve your resume and networking tools (your handbill, elevator speech or LinkedIn site)
- Develop interviewing (video mock-interview) and networking skills
- Expand your job search network
- Get spiritual, emotional, or social service help
We can also take FREE portrait photos you can use in your LinkedIn profile.
We meet March 11, promptly at 6:30 pm, at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield.
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.
St. Patrick’s Day Party on Saturday, March 15
Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.
All are invited to our St. Patricks’ Day Party in the Gym. Enjoy a delicious Corned Beef Dinner for $10.00 featuring Jack and Pat’s Famous Corned Beef, cabbage, vegetables and roll. Pizza & Chips for the kids are $3.00. Save your spot today by placing your order in advance! Send in your order with your name and cash or check payable to “SMI Men’s Club” and return to the Parish Office, Attn: SMI Men’s Club. Join us for:
· Irish dancing from the Keigher Dance Academy!
Many thanks to the Keigher Dance Academy for providing the great entertainment!
*** Please place your order in advance to help us order enough food. The number of “walk ups” will be limited! “To go” or “Carry Out” orders must be ordered and paid for in advance! If you have any questions, contact Jeff Laurinaitis at 312-285-5616 or email@example.com, or Dan Neushwander at 815-325-3486.
Support Our Military Men and Women
Hour of Silent Prayer. On the third Friday of each month, please devote an hour with us to pray for those who wear our uniforms. Come on Friday, March 21 to pray in the St. Mary Immaculate Adoration Chapel at 6:00 p.m.
Please help to provide spiritual support to our military families, who have loved ones currently deployed, and to remember those who are giving and have given so much of themselves through their unselfish service to our country. For more information
contact Maria Prekop, email firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-259-6851, or Donna Hoban, email email@example.com or call 815-254-0622.
Cub Scout Religious Awards Program Available
All Cub Scouts of the Catholic faith whose families are members of St. Mary's Parish are invited to join us to begin work on their Catholic Religious Awards. Boys in grades 1-2 can earn the Light of Christ Award, and boys in grades 3-5 can earn the Parvuli Dei Award. The majority of work in each program is completed at home by the scout with his family using the designated workbooks. There is one required meeting with one of our priests to verify completion and understanding of the coursework. There is a nominal cost for the workbooks, and some Packs may also charge for the actual award pin. Boys are encouraged to participate to grow stronger in their Catholic faith. For more information, please contact Bob Lighthiser by November 15 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-975-1497.
Meals Ministry Forming
St. Mary Immaculate Parish is starting a Meals Ministry! This ministry will play a vital role in helping and healing our fellow parishioners as they go through major life transitions by providing them with the comfort of meals during these difficult times. Your gift of a hot meal goes beyond food, it is a gift of love and one that shows the recipient that they are known and cared for and a part of our family. We hope you will consider becoming a part of this ministry to make life a little easier for someone in need. Please look for more information about Meals Ministry in the coming months.
|At this time, our parish has an IMMEDIATE need for meals for one family. If you are able to volunteer to cook or deliver a meal to a family in need, please contact Elizabeth Gillman at email@example.com.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.
Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|
Mass Coordinators Needed
We are in urgent need of at least two new mass coordinators to join the 12:15 and 6:00 pm rotations. Husband and wife teams work well also. The mass coordinators are responsible for setting up for mass and cleaning up after. They also greet and secure the sign-in of the liturgical ministers. Training and shadowing is provided. Please contact Geralyn Kuban if you are able to help:
Geralyn Kuban, Liturgy Director email@example.com or 815-436-2651, ext. 810
“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!
Chapel Hours with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Sunday 7 p.m. – Friday 9 p.m.
Small Christian Communities Recruiting
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
- Matthew 18:20
Do you have experience in Small Christian Communities?
Would you like to be part of a Core group of parishioners to grow Small Christian Communities at St. Mary Immaculate Parish?
No experience but would like to help?
It is time for us to begin planning for our 2014-2015 enrollment at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School. As you are aware, we offer a quality faith-centered education for children from Pre-School (age 3 by September 1, 2014) to Grade Eight. The requirement is that 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. In addition, 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 begins during the Catholic Schools Week Open House on January 26, 2013 at 10:00am and will continue each school day from 9am until 2pm 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.
Katelyn Martini Wins St. Mary Immaculate School Spelling Bee
On Monday, February 3rd, St. Mary Immaculate students in Grades 4-8 assembled to witness St. Mary’s 2014 Spelling Bee. The winner, seventh grader Katelyn Martini, out-spelled seventeen other 6th, 7th, and 8th grade schoolmates, each a previous winner of spelling bees in their language arts classes. Eighth grader Katie Hovland finished in 2nd place and Alyssa Brascia (an eighnth grader) placed third.
St. Mary Immaculate teacher Anne D’Andrea coordinated the school’s 2014 spelling bee. She was assisted by fellow teachers Joan Hamer and Jaylene Suvar.
Katelyn’s winning word was “rosin.” It took ten rounds and 171 words to determine the school champion.
Ms. Martini earned the right to compete in the Will County Spelling Bee to be held at Lewis University, One University Pkwy, Romeoville, IL on Thursday, March 6th at 6:00pm in the JFK Sports Center Gymnasium.
The champion of the Will County Spelling Bee qualifies to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, D.C., on May 25 through May 31, 2014.
From left to right: Alyssa Brascia (3rd
Place), Katelyn Martini (1st Place) and
Katie Hovland (2nd Place) winners of
St. Mary Immaculate School’s 2014
SMI Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Sparty 2K
Saturday, May 17 at 7:30 a.m.
Sign up for the 3rd Annual SMI Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk is underway. All are welcome from the school, parish, and community to join in the fun and help support the students at St Mary Immaculate Parish School. All race participants will receive a race t-shirt and goodie bag. Register now for the early bird discount at http://smi5k2014.itsyourrace.com. The day starts with the Kids Sparty 2K and then the Spartan 5K takes off. All races are chip timed. Age group medals are given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Stay for the raffle, prizes, and post-race party. Find “SMI 5k 2014” on Facebook for updates, links, and training suggestions. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Mary's Students Take On the World!
David Duran, a sixth grader, won the National Geography Bee at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School in Plainfield. The competition, in which students answer geography questions provided by the National Geographic Society, was the school round in the 26th annual National Geography Bee. Congratulations also go to second place finisher Joe Laurenti in 7th grade and third place finisher David O’Leary in 5th grade.
The Geography Bee, now more properly known as the National Geographic Bee, begins at the local school level. School winners then take a special written test to qualify as one of the top 100 students in Illinois to participate in the state level contest on April 4, 2014. Should he win the state competition, David will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete against students from across the United States in the national finals May 19-21, 2014.
|At St. Mary’s, it all started in fifth through eighth grade classroom bees. Our ten finalists, selected after a seven round competition and an exciting tie-breaker in our 5th through 8th classrooms, were Chris Barone, Mia Bertino, Adam Broniewicz, David Duran, Sam Jackson, Joe Laurenti, David O’Leary, Kevin O’Leary, Luke Singletary, and Adrienne Tan. David won the SMI School Championship when the ten finalists competed on December 16, 2013 at a school assembly attended by all fourth through eighth grade students.||
Pictured from left are the top three champions, David O’Leary, David Duran, and Joe Laurenti.
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week
Why Catholic Schools? Because Catholic Schools:
· Offer an education that combines Catholic tradition with academic excellence
Why St. Mary Immaculate Catholic School? We provide an outstanding academic, Christ-centered Catholic education. Our whole-child approach fosters intellectual, spiritual, physical, & social development from Pre-School through 8th grade. We implement the Joliet Diocese Early Childhood Curriculum and Core Curriculum. All SMI School teachers are state certified, experienced, and highly educated, and all are dedicated to providing an excellent Catholic education.
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Christmas Band Concert
The SMI School Bands, under the direction of Ms. Lacey Freeman, performed their annual Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 5 in the School Gym before a packed house of enthusiastic parents, family, and friends.
The fourth and fifth grade Cadet Band presented Hallellujah Chorus, A Mozart Melody, and Jingle Bells. This was the first performance for our fourth grade novice musicians who have only had their instruments for a few months. The sixth through eighth grade Concert Band presented selections from A Cartoon Christmas as well as A Carol of Two Mangers. For the finale, the Concert Band performed O Come All Ye Faithful while the Cadet Band and the audience sang along. To conclude the evening, everyone enjoyed refreshments provided by the Band Boosters.
The SMI School Band program is comprised of 57 students in 4th through 8th grade and is taught during the school day. Student musicians also entertain at other school functions including a recent Veteran’s Day service and the annual Olympic Day event each May. Additionally, some band members accompany the school choir at weekly School Masses. The Band’s Spring Concert will be on Friday, May 2. For more information, please contact Ms. Lacey Freeman, Band Director and Music Teacher, through St. Mary Immaculate Parish School at 815-436-3953.
SMI School Celebrates Red & White Night with Special Guest Kyle Uminski
On Tuesday, November 12, the Gym was packed with SMI students, parents, teachers, and alumni for Red and White Night. The players on the 5th through 8th grade boys and girls Spartan basketball teams were introduced, and teams were matched up to play mini-games for the hundreds of cheering fans.
The evening also included a visit from one very special SMI School alumnus, Kyle Uminski, Class of 2011. Kyle suffered a football injury in July, 2012 which led to 14 surgeries over the next 13 months. The final surgery was an amputation of his left leg below the knee. Throughout his ordeal, Kyle maintained a positive outlook and strong spirit. He remained determined to get past this tragic situation and get on with his life.
Kyle shared his story in an inspiring speech about recognizing what is truly important in life and being grateful for the little things that bring some good into each day. This amazing young man serves as
a great example of living with courage and grace in the face of adversity. The entire SMI School community is so grateful to Kyle for bringing his uplifting message to our young athletes and to our entire school family!
Sarah Is A National Writing Contest Winner
McGraw-Hill Education announced that Sarah Deffenbaugh, a St. Mary Immaculate School student, won the 4th - 6th grade level Drama Category of the SRA Reading Labs Student Writing Contest. Sarah’s writing passage, Changes, was one of 3 finalists in that category.
Congratulations also go to Mrs. Jenny Cederberg, Sarah’s teacher. Contest rules state that, while students must create the passages themselves, reflecting age-level ability, teachers are encouraged to provide age appropriate guidance and technical support.
Grade 4-6 submissions were to have between 400-650 words. All entries were judged, and three finalists per category, per grade level, were selected.
Sarah Deffenbaugh and Jen Cederberg celebrate Sarah’s SRA Reading Labs Student Writing Contest win.
Teachers, students, parents, and friends were encouraged to vote for their favorite finalist passages, one vote per person for each category and age group. Public voting (30% of the total score) ended May 3. A second panel of experts judged each finalist submission for 70% of the total score.
Winning student passages in each age group and category receive $5,000 in classroom resources from McGraw-Hill. St. Mary Immaculate School will receive a SRA Reading Labs 2.0 class set for a full year, an iPad for classroom use, Specific Skills Series for Language Arts, and Classroom set of Wonders.
To read Sarah’s winning passage, SRA Reading Labs Student Writing Contest information, rules, and all of the finalists’ entries, visit http://readinglabs.shycast.com/
St. Mary Immaculate School provides an outstanding academic and Catholic faith education for students Pre-school age 3 through Middle School - 8th grade. It is located at 15629 S. Rt. 59 in Plainfield. For more information call 815-436-3953 or visit www.smischool.org.
SMIP 4th Grade Class Donates 307 Books
|Isabel Duffy, a St. Mary Immaculate School 4th grader in Mrs. Renee Streicher’s 4th Grade class, proposed an additional Lenten Service class project. Isabel pitched the idea to her classmates and they loved it. Her class, through Lent, collected new or gently used books to donate to T. E. Culbertson Elementary School in Joliet. They beat their 100 book goal. Over 307 books will be delivered to T. E. Culbertson over the spring break. Congratulations Class! Thanks Isabel!|
SMI 3rd Graders Help with “Baby Bottles For Life”
Mrs. Lundberg’s 3rd grade class, at St. Mary Immaculate School, emptied “Baby Bottles for Life”; sorted the money into coins, checks and currency; and prepared the empty bottles to move on to another parish.
St. Mary Immaculate Parish participated in a special “Baby Bottles for Life” fundraiser to promote and further a Culture of Life within our parish and local community.
Parishioners took empty “Baby Bottles for Life“ home, filled them with spare change and returned the bottles to the parish. The proceeds will help support the life-saving work of Woman’s Choice Services, a Catholic pregnancy center located in Joliet & Lombard.
“It fits in perfectly with our Catholic Schools Week activities” stated Mrs. Lundberg. “My students have heard from older brothers and sisters about this annual service project to support the right to life, so they were excited about participating. They were amazed and impressed by everyone’s generosity! They had not expected to find twenty dollar bills or large checks. We talked about how families could use the money to pay doctors and to buy many baby supplies.”
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 CANNED VEGETABLES, TUNA, CANNED MEATS, JELLO and PUDDING.
Thank you for your continued support!