Welcome to the News Section. Here you can stay up to date with the latest news concerning the Church, different Ministries, the Parish School, and the local Community. To go directly to a certain section, click on one of the four names below. Otherwise, feel free to scroll down through the entire page.
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
Join thousands of supporters of Misericordia Home by volunteering for Misericordia's Candy Days on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2015. Volunteers are needed to work the streets, sidewalks and store fronts in the Plainfield/Joliet area. Volunteers wear signature aprons and simply pass out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations on behalf of Misericordia. One hundred percent of proceeds raised will positively affect the residents who are persons of all religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Home to 600 children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities, Misericordia offers quality lives to this very deserving population.
Any minimum 2 hour shift would be greatly appreciated. An hour or two of your time can really help make a difference! To volunteer, or for more information, please call parishioner, Holly Moore, at 815-436-7961.
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 email@example.com.
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.
and Special Musical Guest Jason Clark on Saturday, April 25
“Cor” is Latin for heart. For nearly twenty years Christopher West has been traveling the world helping men and women discover the “cor” of God’s plan for human life and love – a plan stamped by God right in our bodies as male and female. Through a creative blending of live music, art, movie clips, and Christopher West’s dynamic presentation, The Cor Seminar unfolds:
• the “why” of human existence in a way you’ve never heard before
• the reason we have such deep longings & desires & what to do about them
• living hope of the satisfaction of our deepest longings and desires
• God’s plan for marriage & sexual union as a foreshadowing of the eternal bliss of heaven
• the hope of healing our deepest hurts & redeeming our deepest sorrows
• the redemption of our sexuality as the key to building a true culture of life and love
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 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://SMICorSeminar.eventbrite.com or during the week in the Parish Office. Please contact Ryan Essington at 815-436-2651 ext. 814 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com. The art includes both sacred statues and framed wall art from the exclusive Italian “Paolo Schiraldi” collection, known worldwide and distributed in many churches around the world. Each piece is sculpted in marble dust, entirely hand made, and then coated through a sophisticated process called “galvanization” in either a silver or bronze finish. The painting and the finishing are entirely hand-made, giving each art piece a delicate and refined presentation. The sophisticated level of craftsmanship ensures a high value for this artwork. On all of Paolo Schiraldi’s artwork, a special coating is used which protects the art pieces from tarnishing. In order to properly clean the art, a soft dry cloth is required.
Statues available include Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Michael, St. Pope John Paul II, Divine Mercy, St. Francis, and Angelo Del Silenzio (the Angel of Silence). Framed wall art pictures include the Holy Family, Madonna with Child, Passion of Christ, St. Francis, St. Jude, Divine Mercy, St. Michael, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Last Supper, Pope Francis, St. Pope John Paul II, and Our Lady of Fatima. Acquiring any of these pieces of artwork would bring a new level of devotion and inspiration to your home or the home of a loved one, and would make a memorable gift this Christmas.
The artwork will be on display in the Gym before and after Weekend Masses on November 22 and 23. All pieces will be available for purchase via credit card or check. Display and sales will continue on the weekend of December 6-7. Note that the artwork will not be shown on Thanksgiving weekend.
About The Artist. Born and raised in Bitonto, a small town of 65,000 people in Southern Italy, Paolo Schiraldi developed a passion for religious art. After introducing his artwork in 2002 for the first time in the United States, many religious institutions began to appreciate the devotion that this artist was capable to transmit through his exclusive work.
Virtual Adoration Now Available On our Website!
Are you unable to make it to our Adoration Chapel at SMI? No problem! You can now go to “Virtual Adoration” on our Parish website. At St. Mary Immaculate, we hope that this use of technology to bring the living presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist to those who are unable to personally come to Adoration will be a blessing to all who experience it. Whether you are too sick to travel, are at work, are stuck at home, are travelling, or are simply visiting from anywhere around the world, we welcome you. Visit our new Virtual Adoration page at www.smip.org/VirtualAdoration. Have any questions about Virtual Adoration at St. Mary Immaculate? Email Nikolai Medow, Director of New Media at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God is the Giver of Every Good Gift - Principles of Stewardship
Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus. It is a way of thanking God for all the blessings God has given us by returning to God a portion of time, talent, and treasure. Stewardship is based on our need to give back to God out of gratitude, not on the Church’s need to receive. It is based on the premise that all that we have and all that we are comes from God and, as a way of thanking God for all our blessings, we return a portion of the time, talent and treasure that has been allotted to us. Please continue to give prayerful thought to your commitment of time, talent and treasure to the Church and the community.
We offer many ways to give to the parish here at St. Mary Immaculate, and we hope you have found the method best suited for you. As a review, here are the available ways to make your Sunday Offering to St. Mary Immaculate.
· Weekly Envelopes—These are mailed to your home each month, with envelopes for each Sunday’s Offering as well as Monthly Offerings, Holy Days and Special Collections. Simply enclose your check or cash and place the envelope in the collection basket at Sunday Mass. Envelopes can also be turned in at the Parish Office.
· Online Giving—From the parish website, www.smip.org/OnlineGiving, you can access our Online Giving program where you can create a personal account. Once you enter your payment methods (bank accounts and/or credit cards) you can make new gifts, either one-time or recurring, to Sunday Offerings, Monthly Offerings, Holy Days, and Special Collections throughout the year. You can choose your own donation dates and frequencies, change your payment methods and gift amounts at any time, and even run reports of your donation history.
· Automatic Giving—Rather than signing up online, you can simply fill out the Authorization Form found in the bulletin or on the website to set up automatic contributions. Click HERE to view the form. Once you provide us with your bank account and/or credit card info and your desired donation amount, we can process your donations automatically once or twice each month, on the 5th and/or on the 20th for our Sunday and Monthly collections. Holy Days and Special Collections are not available with this giving method, and reasonable notice is required for changes.
We strive to make giving as easy as it can be, and you are free to try a new method any time. Should you have any questions on giving at SMI, please call our Business Manager, Therese Desitter, at 815-436261 ext. 804 or email her at 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.
Emergency Closing Notifications during Severe Weather
There are several different ways to find out about emergency closings or cancellations at St. Mary Immaculate Parish during severe weather. We always update our parish website, www.smip.org, with the latest status right on our home page. We also send out a parish-wide Flocknote message to all those subscribed to receive messages via email or text. If you have not signed up for Flocknote yet, please click HERE to get started. If you are on Facebook and/or Twitter we also notify parishioners of closings and other parish events via the Parish's Facebook & Twitter page. To stay up to date be sure to like us at Facebook.com/StMaryImmaculate and follow us at Twitter.com/SMIPlainfield. In addition, we update our status on ECC (Emergency Closing Center), which shares the status of Chicagoland area schools & businesses via a ticker update displayed on the local TV news programs. If you’re watching the ticker and they go to a commercial just before getting to the “S” section, don’t despair. You can visit their website at emergencyclosingcenter.com and look us up under “St. Mary Immaculate” in Plainfield. We have separate facilities listed for Parish, School, Religious Ed, Confirmation, and Youth Ministry. Finally, ECC allows you to sign up with them to be notified by e-mail when a facility of your choice closes or changes status. With all these ways to find out about severe weather impacts, there’s no reason to be left out in the cold.
Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is looking for volunteer facilitators to join the rotation. No experience is necessary - only the desire to lead our little ones in hearing the Gospel in a language they can understand. Children’s Liturgy is offered during 9:00, 9:01 Cana Hall, 10:45, and 12:15 Spanish. Weekly resources are provided. Please contact Geralyn Kuban in the parish office at 815-436-2651 ext. 810 if you are interested.
SMI Cemetery Lots Available
For nearly 100 years, St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery has provided a tranquil, beautiful final resting place for our dearly departed. Today the cemetery has traditional graves and Columbarium niches available. Burial space is open for parishioners and non-parishioners; Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
Our parish cemetery is noted not only for its beauty, but also for being the most affordable Catholic cemetery in our diocese. The cemetery is located on Plainfield/Naperville Road approximately 3/4 mile northeast of Rt. 59 in Plainfield. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Yes, it is difficult to think about our own death, but the healing benefits that pre-planning affords to those we leave behind are immeasurable.
Regardless of where you choose to be buried, we invite you to call us with questions. To schedule a consultation session or to simply obtain more information, please call the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 and ask for the Cemetary Office.
SMI Catholic Moms’ Group
The SMI Catholic Moms’ Group offers an encouraging and supportive network for new, expecting and experienced moms, who are looking to connect with other moms facing similar everyday joys and challenges.
This group offers weekly fellowship gatherings, in members’ homes, which provide opportunities for moms to share and learn about our faith. All children are welcome.
We meet at SMI Parish on the second Thursday of every month. You are invited to join us for our monthly group meeting on Thursday, April 9 and/or May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Faith Sharing Room. Light refreshments will be served. No R.S.V.P. is required.
For additional information on the SMI Catholic Moms’ Group, please contact Jamie Talley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-782-5522.
Winning The Hiring Game – 4/28
Albert Einstein said, “You need to learn the rules of the game. Then you need to play it better than anyone else.”
Employers devised the hiring game and only they know the rules. The game is designed so they always win. If you are tired of losing the hiring game and want to start winning, attend Tom Nosal’s presentation – “Winning The Hiring Game” on April 28th.
“Winning the Hiring Game” exposes the rules of the game and shows you how to devise a strategy to beat the odds and get employed faster.
During the April 28th session you will learn:
- How to construct a resume that a hiring manager will read
- Acing the interview process and answering the tough question
- Overcoming objections
- Winning the game
Tom Nosal is a career and management coach and the President of Scaling Up, Inc. He has over twenty years of experience as a hiring manager and has been coaching job seekers and business owners for five years. Tom is the author of the book Scaling Up Your Job Search: Three Strategic Steps to Landing Your Ideal Job.
Please attend Tom’s presentation at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, March April 28th at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 S Rt. 59 in Plainfield. There is no cost to attend and everyone is welcome. Dress is casual.
For more information, email EmploymentMinistry@smip.org.
“Journey Forward” Grief Support Group
The Joliet Area Community Hospice has formed and is leading a new community grief support group. The group will meet here at SMI’s Holistic Center at 15726 S. Frederick St. Meetings is be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
A grief support group helps you connect with others who understand, and provides a safe place to tell your story. You are gently encouraged to share at your own pace, but never forced. You will also learn about the grieving process and be proactive in your healing as you strive to “Journey Forward.”
This Joliet Area Community Hospice program is open to adults in Plainfield and the surrounding community who have experienced a loss of a spouse, family member or friend.
Registration is strongly requested, but not required. For more information or to register contact Tom Barkauskas, LCSW, at 815-460-3256, or Mary Ann Burns, MSW, at 815-460-3282.
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.
|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 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.
SMI Spartan 5K Fun Run/Walk on May 16
Kids Sparty 2K and Spartan 5K
· Races are Chip Timed
Sign up for the 4th 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://smi5k.itsyourrace.com. Early registration ends
March 31. For more information contact Jason
Wojciechowski at email@example.com.
SMI School Eighth Grade Students Earn Girl Scout Marian Award
|Five eighth-graders from St. Mary Immaculate Parish School in Girl Scout Troop 70564 worked throughout the summer and fall to complete the Girl Scout Marian Medal Award Program. The Marian Award program seeks to inspire Catholic young people to become stronger members of their faith and to see Mary as a model for all stages of their lives-as a teen, single person, parent, and as a follower of her son, Jesus. Together with their mentors, the girls performed a variety of activities including interviews, role-plays, service projects, reflection questions, and prayer.||
Upon completing the activities, they held a closing family prayer service, and then met with Fr. Stephen to review their work. Their mentors submitted their approved applications which will enable the girls to receive the medals at the Diocese of Joliet Scouting Religious Award Mass to be held at St. Mary Immaculate next spring.
St. Mary Immaculate School provides an outstanding spiritual, academic, Christ-centered Catholic education for students in Preschool through eighth grade. Openings are available for the current school year. For more information, call the School Office at 815-436-3953 or visit www.smischool.org.
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.||
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!
· D’Arcy Motors
· Chris Unger - Attorney at Law
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.
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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Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life
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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!