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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

 

Save the Date for these February Events


Family Pizza Night on Tuesday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m.
For $5/person or $20/family you can enjoy a variety of delicious pizzas for dinner on Fat Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Gym.  This popular event is made possible due to the generous donations of many local restaurants and the efforts of the SMI Men’s Club. Contact smimensclub@smip.org or check upcoming bulletins for more details.
 

Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, February 18
7:30 a.m. Daily Mass
8:45 a.m. School Mass
12:00 p.m. English Mass
1:00-6:30 p.m. Ash Distribution, Exposition, and Benediction
5:45 p.m. Polish Mass, Cana
7:00 p.m. English Mass, Church
7:00 p.m. Spanish Mass, Gym

 
Friday Nights during Lent starting Friday, February 20
Confessions, Stations of the Cross, and Fish Fry Dinners are held every Friday in Lent except Good Friday.  Enjoy a great dinner in the Gym from 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Confessions are in the Church at 6:00 p.m., and Stations are offered in 3 languages at 7:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m.  See the website or upcoming bulletins for details. 

 
Catholics Returning Home starts Monday, February 23
This 6-week program helps Catholic adults reconnect with their faith and renew their relationship with Christ.  For more details or to register, call Deacon Tom O’Connell at 815-230-2241.
 

Parish Lenten Mission Monday-Wednesday, February 23-25 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us in the Church for this 3-night mission with Simonetta Pacek of the Little Flowers Dance Troupe.  Check the website or upcoming bulletins for more details to come soon.
 

Steve Angrisano Concert on Friday, February 27at 7:00 p.m.
Join us in the Church as Steve Angrisano shares his music and passionate message of faith, hope and love.  Tickets are $10 each at http://dioceseofjoliet.org/ym.
 

Called and Gifted Workshop on Saturday, February 28 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Come discover your spiritual gifts and learn how to apply them in your life.  The $25 fee covers meals and materials.  To register or get more information, contact Margaret Motto at mmotto@smip.org.

 

 

 


 

Join us for our Parish Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. David Medow

 


Join us for our Parish Pilgrimage to Italy with Fr. David Medow!

 


Click HERE to view and download the
Parish Pilgrimage Flyer and Signup Form


Click HERE to view and download the
Parish Pilgrimage Flyer and Signup Form

 

 

 

 

Lent Begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18
 

Ash Wednesday Schedule

7:30 a.m. Morning Mass Church
8:45 a.m. School Mass Church
12 Noon English Mass Church
1:00-6:30 p.m. Ash Distribution, Exposition, & Benediction Church
5:45 p.m. Polish Mass Cana
7:00 p.m. English Mass Church
7:30 p.m. Spanish Mass Gym


 


 

 

The Acts of the Apostles Bible Study
 

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. beginning January 11, 2015

For those of us who participated in Alpha or have read the November issue of Christ is our Hope magazine, The Acts of the Apostles is the perfect choice to resume our Adult Biblical Studies.

Come to read and study The Acts of the Apostles, the second volume from the author of the Gospel of St Luke, from the time of Christ’s Ascension through the time at which the Holy Spirit descends on His Apostles to give them the knowledge, courage and burning desire to “preach repentance for the forgiveness of sins to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem,” Luke 24:47.  May this study help us grow in our faith and our relationship with Jesus, and also light a fire within us to go out and spread the good news.

We will meet for 8 weeks on Sunday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Harvester Room on the 1st floor of St. Mary Immaculate Parish Hall.  Our classes run from January 11 through March 1, 2015.  Please contact Anita Besch at abesch@sbcglobal.net or 630-415-6826 (cell) to register.

If you do not have a Catholic Study Bible, you may want to supplement this study with The New Collegeville Commentary on The Acts of the Apostles.  The cost is $7.00 and you may purchase this yourself, or request one when you register, and it will be available at our first class.  However, the book is not mandatory.

 

 

 

 

Steve Angrisano in Concert at SMI - Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 pm
 

Steve Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today.  Those who are young (and young at heart) embrace the passionate message of faith, hope and love woven throughout his music and storytelling.  Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve engages his audience with his unique blend of humor, song, story and interaction.  Steve’s easy, honest style of ministry is born from who he is:  a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ.  No matter if the song is deep and moving like Welcome Home or a driving anthem calling us to discipleship like Go Make A Difference, there is a consistent awareness that Steve is not just a performer.  His genuine and sincere desire to bring everyone to a closer relationship with the Lord gives his events a distinctive spiritual energy. 


Join us in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Church at 7:00 p.m. as Steve Angrisano provides an unforgettable experience that focuses not on him, but on you, the faith community.  This is a family faith experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.  General Admission Seating is $10.  Limited Reserved Seating available for  $20.  Tickets are available now online at http://dioceseofjoliet.org/ym.  This event is sponsored by the Diocese of Joliet Office of Young Adult & Youth Ministry .  If you have any questions please contact ym@dioceseofjoliet.org or 815 221-6235. 

 



 
 

Opportunity to Save on 2014 Taxes
 

Please remember St. Mary Immaculate Parish with your charitable contributions for the 2014 tax year.  Your final 2014 tax year donation via cash or check (checks must be dated December, 2014) must be received by St. Mary Immaculate by January 13, 2015 to be included in our contribution records. 

You can also give online using our easy and secure Online Giving website at www.smip.org.  Once you create your personal account, you can give either a “One Time Gift” and/or set up a “Recurring Gift” for your contributions. 

If you have any questions on these giving options, please call our Business Manager, Therese DeSitter, at 815-436-2651 ext. 804 or email tdesitter@smip.org

 


 

 

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. 

 

 

 

The 2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Is Underway


“Extending God’s Mercy”

The 2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal begins with a mailing that many of our parishioners have received or will soon receive.  This is a mailing from Bishop Conlon asking for a pledge to the 2015 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. 

The Appeal not only funds many of the operations of the diocese, it funds services that are of great help to the ministries here in our parish.  For example, funds support…

· Those who direct and are a part of our Religious Ed and Confirmation programs

· Our Seminarians and Deacons to be prepared and formed for ministry

· Programs for leadership training for our High School Youth and Young Adult programs

· The Totus Tuus program we have each summer

· Missions to Bolivia and the Philippines to which we send parishioners every year.

This year, the theme of the Appeal is “Extending God’s Mercy.”  The greatest act of God's Mercy toward humankind was to send His Son.  People lost the way to God, the truth about God and a life in God by our own fault.  Jesus came to give us the Way, the Truth and a new Life.  Jesus taught us to be MERCIFUL as His Father is MERCIFUL. (Luke: 6:36)

How do we acknowledge God’s mercy and show Him our gratitude?  One way that we can show our gratitude is by giving back to God the gifts He shared with us.  We can support our parish, our diocese and the Church throughout the world with gifts of time, talent and treasure.  The gifts we give enable ministries, education, and services that touch thousands of lives.

Our parish goal is $207,651.  With your financial support, we can exceed this goal.  When we exceed our goal in paid pledges, we will receive 65% of the amount over goal for use in our parish.  Please answer Bishop Conlon’s request and make a generous pledge.  All pledges can be paid in 10 installments.  Thank you in advance for your support. 

 

 


 


Save the Date for Renowned Speaker & Author Christopher West


and Special Musical Guest Jason Clark on Saturday, April 25 

Do not miss this unique opportunity to be pierced by the sheer beauty of God’s plan for your life!  You will never see your life, your relationships, your faith, or the world the same way again!  Join us right here at St. Mary Immaculate Parish from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25! Get your tickets now at http://corseminar.eventbrite.com.  Please contact Ryan Essington at 815-436-2651  ext. 814 or ressington@smip.org for more information. 


 




 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish Holds 3rd Annual Make a Difference Day


Over 1,000 St. Mary Immaculate parishioners and friends volunteered their time and talent on Saturday, October 18 for SMI’s 3rd Annual Make a Difference Day.  It was a day where everyone, including families, young adults, seniors, teens, and youth, came together to work on one or more of over 60 faith and service projects offered throughout the day inside and outside at the Parish, as well as at sites in the local Plainfield community and in Joliet, Aurora, Geneva, and even the north side of Chicago.

The day began with 7:30 a.m. Daily Mass in the Church followed by a Blessing of Volunteers to send everyone off. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. service projects were performed to benefit dozens of organizations and hundreds of people throughout the area. The wide variety of projects included everything from quiet projects of prayer to strenuous projects of manual labor. 


Dozens of people prayed at Eucharistic Adoration in the Parish Church all morning, while in the afternoon dozens of others participated in a Spanish Rosary with prayers to Our Lady.  There were outdoor projects to spruce up the grounds at the Parish and School, and for homes in the Parish’s immediate neighborhood, as well as at the Mantellate Sisters Convent and over a dozen other community homes where help was requested.  Inside the Parish Center, some groups worked on making mats for the homeless from recycled plastic bags, while other groups beaded rosaries to be given away by the Legion of Mary in their evangelization efforts.  Over 70 people came to the blood drive sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and conducted by Heartland Blood Center.  The St. Anne’s Sewing Circle accepted clothing items all day for free mending and hemming services. 

Out in the community, hundreds of people collectively provided service at Feed My Starving Children, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Misericordia Home, Joliet Township Animal Control, Plainfield Park District’s Ottawa Street Pool, and Ready Set Ride Therapeutic Recreation Facility.  Others went to visit six area nursing homes to participate in various activities such as bingo, crafts, or manicures with the residents.  One group went out to a nearby neighborhood inviting residents to the parish.  A few teams went through neighborhoods collecting food for the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry which was then dropped off at the Donation Station drop-off site behind the Parish School.  Hundreds of items were collected there on behalf of 15 area organizations or ministries, including Guardian Angel Home, Women’s Choice Services, Catholic Charities, local Animal Shelters, Nursing Homes, Ronald McDonald House, and more. 

All volunteers were invited to a free lunch which was prepared and served by Boy Scout Troop 19 with over 50 scouts, parents, and leaders.  

Approximately 600 people came to enjoy the delicious meal of chili and cornbread in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym, which had been decorated by a group of parish Girl Scouts and their families.  The day concluded with 4:00 p.m. Mass celebrated by Fr. David Medow.  The Parish is deeply grateful to the many hundreds of volunteers who truly did “Make a Difference” by bringing the infinite love of Jesus to others!

 

 


 

Relics Exposition at SMI Provided Encounter with Saints

 

Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross brought his magnificent collection of over 150 relics to St. Mary Immaculate Parish for several presentations over two days.  The sessions were held the last week of October, just before All Saints Day.  Each session was attended by many hundreds of people who were delighted with and inspired by this unique and moving experience.  The exposition included relics of the youngest saint, St. Maria Goretti, as well as many popular saints including St. Therese of Lisieux (the “Little Flower”), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Faustina Kowalska and so many more.  The supreme highlights included one of the largest relics of the Church's claim to the True Cross in the world and a piece of the Veil that, according to sanctioned tradition, is believed to have belonged to Our Lady.

Fr. Carlos told of many outstanding blessings, conversions and healings worked through this ministry.  Attendees brought their articles of devotion, such as rosaries and holy cards, which they touched to the reliquaries as a means of intercessory prayer.  Many people spent hours browsing the display of relics, touching, praying, reading and deepening their faith.  Fr. Carlos is booked several years into the future at locations all around the country, so St. Mary Immaculate Parish is very fortunate and pleased to have had this opportunity to bring the exposition to our parishioners, and even more delighted that so many people came to experience this blessing and encounter the saints. 

 







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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

 

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 Cindy Sweeney at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 or csweeney@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 or twitter, please call Margaret or Monica in the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 to update our records.  Thank you for helping us to keep our parish information current so that we may better serve you. 

 




 

Emergency Closing Notifications during Severe Weather
 

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


 



 

Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed

 

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

 



 

SMI Cemetery Lots Available
 

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

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


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

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


 

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MINISTRY NEWS
 


Walking With Purpose - Seven Priorities that make Life Work

 

Register Now for Women’s Faith Sharing Group

Click HERE to download registration form

Women of all ages are invited to join an 8-week personal study and small discussion group session starting on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 entitled Walking With Purpose – Seven Priorities That Make Life Work.  This program reaches out to women of all ages to grow in their faith and connect with other women of the Catholic faith. 

Sessions will be held on Tuesdays in February and March in the Upper Room with both morning and evening options offered.  The morning session will run from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and the evening will be 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $5 per person.  To register and guarantee a book by the first meeting date, please complete and tear off the bottom portion (see link below) and return it to the Commons Desk with your payment by January 11th.  If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Hovland at 630-378-1445 or llhovlan@yahoo.com, or Amy Dye at 815-729-3520 or ajdye93@yahoo.com.  Complete and return the form below with your payment of $5 to the Commons Desk by January 11th.  Thank you!  We look forward to seeing you in February!

Click HERE to download registration form

 



 

Baby Bottles for Life starts Jan. 31!
 

Over the next several weeks, our parish will be participating 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 life-saving work of Woman’s Choice Services, a Catholic pregnancy center with offices located in Joliet and Lombard.

Empty baby bottles will be distributed to parishioners on the weekend of January 31 and February 1. You are asked to take them home and fill them with spare change, cash, or even a check made payable to “Woman’s Choice Services”. The bottles can then be returned to the parish by the weekend of February 7 and 8.

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.

 

 

 

Join us for Family Pizza Night - Fat Tuesday, February 17

5:00 to 7:30 p.m. 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 smimensclub@smip.org.


 

 

 

 

Join the Handbell Choir

 
Calling all Handbell musicians! We will meet on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:45 p.m. 
in the School Music Room (on the way to the gym). No musical training necessary, just a 
desire to make music for the Lord! Come & See! Contact Monica Slayman for questions or further information at 815-436-2651 ext. 805


 

 

 

New “Journey Forward” Grief Support Group Forming


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

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. 

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 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

 

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, January 31
 

Sponsored by the St. Mary Immaculate 8th Grade Class
 
Enjoy a fine Spaghetti Dinner prepared and served by the 8th-graders and their parents on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym. Dinner includes spaghetti & meatballs, salad, and bread. The cost is $5.00 for seniors & children over 5 years old (children 5 years and under are free); and $7.00 for adults, with a maximum of $25.00 per family (2 adults per family please). Beverages and desserts (including coffee) are available for $1.00 each. Take out orders are also available. Raffles will be held throughout the dinner.
Support SMI’s 8th grade class as they raise funds for their spring field trip to Chicago. An 8th grade tradition, the entire class has their last field trip as students of St. Mary Immaculate school to Chicago for three days and two nights. Throughout the school year, the 8th graders hold a variety of fundraisers to help defray the cost of the trip. The Spaghetti Dinner is one of the last main events the 8th graders hold as a class and this event requires a lot of hard work and time from both students and their parents. 

For more information, call the School Office at 815-436-3953 or contact Katie O’Donnell at 630-698-6133 or katie@performance-gear.com
 
 
 
 

 

 

Save the Date for Gala 2015 "Dare to Dream" Sat., February 7, 2015


Dinner & Dancing  -  Open Bar  -  Live & Silent Auctions  -  Live Music

Click HERE to download a Ticket Form

Galabration is a great night out with live and silent auctions, raffles and much, much, more. Dare to Dream Gala ’15 is a black tie optional fundraiser, that will guarantee an enjoyable night filled with delicious food, drinks, entertainment and dancing.  Galabration is the biggest fundraiser of the school year.  Last year we raised $73,000 and the 2014-2015 goal is $75,000.  This is obtainable with your help and support. 

Tickets are $95 per person before December 25, 2014 and $110 per person after.  Reserved tables of 10 are available for $850 before December 25, 2014.  An event ticket includes the following:  5-hour reception with a 4-hour open bar, musical entertainment and entrance to the Live/Silent Auction and Raffles. 

Look for the order form coming soon to the school website at www.smischool.org or contact galabration@smip.org for more information. 

 

Click HERE to download a Ticket Form




 

 

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2015 Sun. Jan. 25 to Sat. Jan. 31


St. Mary Immaculate Parish School provides an outstanding academic, Christ-centered Catholic education in a safe and secure family-oriented environment. Our wholechild 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 our SMI School teachers are state certified, experienced, and highly educated, and are dedicated to providing an excellent Catholic education to every student.

Open House & Registration
Sunday, January 25 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Tour St. Mary Immaculate Parish School and see why we are so proud of this Christ-filled learning center. Come to our Open House for the opportunity to meet teachers in their classrooms, browse science fair exhibits and other great projects completed by the students, and meet the Administration and School Board members. Registration for 2015-2016 also opens for new families.

Observe Classes in Session
Monday, January 26 to Thursday, January 29
Visit during the school day by appointment only. Call the School Office at 815-436-3953 to schedule your appointment.

Annual Eighth Grade Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, January 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., SMI Parish Gym
Enjoy an Italian Dinner prepared and served by 8th-graders and their parents. Dinner includes spaghetti, meatballs, salad, and bread. Support SMI’s 8th grade class as they raise funds for this year’s field trip to Chicago. For more information, contact the School Office at 815-436-3953.





 


Veterans’ Day Prayer Service Held at Parish School

St. Mary Immaculate Parish School students, faculty, parents and visitors packed the Gym on Tuesday, November 11 for a Veterans’ Day Prayer Service at the start of the school day.  Many thanks to all those who attended and assisted, including our Eighth Grade 8H class who prepared the spectacular video that was played for everyone, and to our Cub Scouts who presented the color guard honoring our U.S. flag.  Special thanks and gratitude to our veterans who were so kind to take some time to join us and be honored:  William Deadly (Marines), Jackson Brunsting (Navy), Bob Caride (Marines), Shawn Hartley (Marines), and Kevin Bumstead (Army).  Each veteran told the assembly their branch in the service and the years they served.  What a great opportunity for our school to pay tribute to our local veterans and to raise awareness within our students of the great value of the sacrifices made by our military personnel.

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


Students, faculty, and visitors packed the Gym for the Veterans’ Day Prayer Service at
SMI School.

 

 

 


 

SMI Parish School 5th Grade Student Hold Interactive Saint Museum

 

On November 3rd, after weeks of preparation, the 5th grade students of Mrs. Rose Chmara and Mrs. Karrie O’Connor opened their Interactive Saints Museum to their parents and family members.  The month before, each student chose a saint and performed research to learn about their saint’s life, feast day, and path to holiness.  They then each made a poster that allowed them to step into the role of their saint and give an oral presentation to the visitors.  Speaking in the first person, they explained what they had learned about the life of their chosen saint.  It was a rewarding project for our young saints in training and a great experience for all the visitors.  St. Mary Immaculate School provides an outstanding spiritual, academic, Christ-centered Catholic education for students in Preschool through eighth grade.  Openings are available for the current school year.  For more information, call the School Office at 815-436-3953 or visit http://www.smischool.org.

 


 

 

Parish School Annual Golf Outing was a Hit!
 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish School hosted its annual golf outing on Friday, September 12, 2014.  We had 90 golfers and another 30 people join us for the delicious dinner at Bolingbrook Golf Club.  This fun-filled event began with lunch and the golfing began at 1:00 p.m. with a scramble format.  Golf was followed by cocktails, dinner, raffles and prizes. 

All proceeds raised at this event benefit an educational fund for the wonderful teachers at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School.  Over the past couple of years, the funds from this outing have been used to send several teachers to classes and conferences such as the three teachers who attended the 2011 and NCEA Conferences.  This outing has also been successful enough to provide funds for technology in the classrooms including Elmos and projectors.  Lastly, the funds raised at this outing provide our wonderful teachers with their Christmas bonuses each year.

Our event would not be a success without the support of our sponsors.  Many thanks to our 2014 sponsors!

Eagle Sponsor

     · D’Arcy Motors

Birdie Sponsors

· Athletico
· Boyer-Rosene Moving (Bekins)
· BluePay
· Dr. Luke
· Exhibit Link
· Herbst Financial
· John Greene Commercial Realty
· Platinum Steel
· SMI Home and School
· Stan’s Roofing/The Bumstead Family

Hole Sponsors

· Chris Unger - Attorney at Law
· Dave Kawa - Plainfield Aviation
· Dr. Boots & Plainfield Vision Care
· First Midwest Bank
· Frederich-Jones Funeral Home
· Joe Sieracki
· Mrs. Hickey
· Northern Insurance - Armand D’Andrea
· Providence Catholic High School
· The Ooten Family
· The Tan Family
· Tischler’s Meat Market

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Persons’ Day Celebrated at Parish School
 

Approximately 400 Grand People were in attendance at the Parish School on Friday, September 12 to celebrate Grand Persons’ Day.  Grand Persons’ Day is an opportunity for the children to share their school with someone who is “Grand” in their lives.  A Grand Person could be a grandmother, grandfather, or an aunt, uncle, family friend, or neighbor. 

After a School Mass in the church in their honor, the Grand Persons were welcomed into the school where they enjoyed classroom visits with their own grand children.  In the classrooms, some students made cards while some sang songs and others played games together.  Sixth graders showed their new computers, while other grades gave tours of their classrooms.  Students and grand persons alike enjoyed the experience of sharing some time in the classrooms.

Finally, all the Grand Persons gathered at a reception in the Gym where decorations and place mats had been made by SMI students.  Refreshments and coffee were sponsored by SMI Home and School Association, and a presentation by 1st Grade students completed the festivities.  It really was a beautiful day spent with very special people.  St. Mary Immaculate Parish School is pleased to offer this annual event for grand persons and students to spend special time together at school, and also to thank the grand persons for the valuable role they have in the lives of our students.

 

 



 

SMI Shows Great School Spirit at “Red and White Night” Pep Rally
 

On Wednesday, September 3, SMI School Athletics hosted a Spartans Red and White Night pep rally to kick off the fall sports season and demonstrate their great school spirit.  All the student athletes in grades 5 through 8 participating in fall sports on the volleyball, baseball, and flag football teams were introduced.  The girls volleyball teams also played exhibition games for the fans.  The bleachers in the Gym were filled with excited students, parents, friends, teachers and alumni, all supporting the Spartans!  The evening was a great start to the season of fall sports. 

 


 


Support our School with Box Tops and Labels for Education

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

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

 

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

 


 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

 

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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