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Mon - Fri 8:15am - 4:15pm Parish Office
Saturday 4:45pm - 5:30pm Commons
Sunday 8:00am - 12:30pm Commons
Spirit and Truth – Young Adult Group
Each Thursday 7:00pm-9:00pm School Prayer Room
Brothers in Christ Meeting
Each Saturday 7:00-9:30 am North Wing A&B
Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group
Each Tuesday 7:00-9:00 pm North Wing B&C
Legion of Mary
Each Thursday 7:00 pm Small Meeting Rm
Bringing the Holy Eucharist to a Homebound Relative?
New Diocesan Policy Takes Effect Sunday, June 22, 2014
Our Bishop, Daniel Conlon, has called for a new policy regarding the procedure for individuals bringing the Eucharist to their homebound relatives or friends. We are eager to prepare our parishioners to understand and cooperate with this new diocesan-wide practice, which goes into effect on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 22, 2014.
This new policy brings about a slight change for those lay people at Mass who come forward to receive a consecrated host to bring home for a homebound family member or friend. The change impacts the timing of when you should come forward. Until now it was permitted that you come forward, during the Mass in the Communion line, to receive the Eucharist for a homebound family member.
Under the new policy, we ask that you no longer bring up a pyx during communion toreceive a host. Instead, wait until the Mass is over, and come forward to the tabernacle immediately after the end of the Mass. There you will see the appointed trained minister, such as a deacon, mass coordinator, or extraordinary minister of the Eucharist, who will get the Eucharist from the tabernacle for you. It is not appropriate for you to take a host from the Tabernacle on your own.
Please note that this change has no impact on trained pastoral ministers who bring the Eucharist to people in nursing homes or at private homes. If you have any questions on the new policy, please contact our Liturgy Director, Geralyn Kuban at 815-436-2651 ext. 810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all the 1,153 families who have made a pledge to the Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal. The Diocese continues to process the pledges from our parish.
If you have not yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider how you might support the good works of our Bishop and our Diocese and send in your pledge this week. Pledge envelopes are available in the Commons and can be returned directly to the parish.
Thank you also to those of you continuing to make your monthly pledge payments. It is very important to make those pledges as promised in order to ensure that our parish reaches our goal of $189,580. Currently, we are about $53,000 away from that goal.
Once our parish exceeds our goal in paid pledges, we will earn back 60% of donations over the goal for our use. Last year, we exceeded our goal by over $68,000, and received a rebate of over $34,000! Let’s continue our great record of support for Bishop Conlon and the diocese!
Information on the Deo Gratias Society
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:01 Mass in Cana Hall not held during Summer Months
The 9:01 Mass in Cana Hall is normally held each Sunday from September through May, and is not held during the summer months of June, July and August. The final 9:01 Mass in Cana Hall for the spring is the last Sunday in May each year, and this year that is May 25. The 9:01 Mass resumes on the first Sunday in September each year, and this year that will be September 7.
Part Time Position Open at St. Mary Immaculate
St. Mary Immaculate Parish has one part time custodian staff position opening requiring janitorial and light maintenance work. Tools and materials/supplies are provided. Successful candidates must complete a “Protecting God’s Children Workshop”, safe environment education and training required for all parish/school staff and volunteers who come in contact with youth. To be considered, please email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. For more information, please contact John Harvey, Building Services Supervisor, at 815-436-2651 ext. 820.
August 5, 2014 is the deadline to register children in the RE Grades K-6 Program. Registrations received on or before this day are guaranteed a class placement for the beginning of the session in September.
- Classes will be posted on Saturday August 16th.
- Classes will begin Tuesday September 2, 2014.
Catechists Still Needed
We are still in need of many Catechists for the upcoming year. Please consider joining us. For more information call the RE office at 815-436-4501
Please note: All current year balances must be reconciled before a registration can be accepted.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE REGISTRATION FORMS
2014 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal - Trust in the Father’s Care
The Annual Appeal not only funds many of the operations of the diocese, it funds services that are of great help to the ministries here at St. Mary Immaculate. This year, the theme of the Appeal is “Trust in the Father’s Care.” God does provide for us. He never forgets us. His love sustains each of us. He is always giving to us.
One pledge can make a difference, especially when combined with all of the other pledges made throughout the diocese. If you have not yet made your contribution to the 2014 Catholic Ministries Catholic Appeal, please prayerfully consider providing your financial support to this Appeal. You can and will make a difference. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.Many thanks to the Parishioners of St. Mary Immaculate Parish who have already made a pledge! This year, when we exceed our goal of $189,580 in paid pledges, we will receive 60% of the amount over our goal for use in our parish!
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, Janice Gregoire, at 815-436261 ext. 851.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.
Legion of Mary Ministry Starting at SMI
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!
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.
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?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions please contact Cathy Cushing at (815) 436-2651 ext. 861 or via email at email@example.com.
Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year is now underway for all grades at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School. We offer an outstanding Catholic education in both faith and academics for children from Pre-School (age 3 by September 1, 2014) to Grade Eight. The school draws families from Plainfield, Shorewood, Joliet, Bolingbrook, Naperville and beyond. To enroll in the school, we ask that you come to the School Office any school day between 9 a.m. and 2p.m. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate, and the registration fee of $125 per family. Should any grade become full, the names of those registering for that grade will be placed on a waiting list. Families wishing to tour the school during the school day are asked to call for an appointment. Please direct all inquiries to Kris at 815-436-3953. Thank you for your interest in St. Mary Immaculate Parish School. We look forward to welcoming you to our school family.
SMI School Hiring a Lunchroom Supervisor
The SMI Parish School has a position open for a Lunchroom Supervisor. The paid position is 6-7 hours weekly with hours from 12:05 p.m. - 1:25 p.m, Monday through Friday on school days. If you are interested in this position, please contact John Garvey, Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMI School Olympic Day held Friday, May 23
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School held its Annual Olympic Day on Friday, May 23 under beautiful sunny skies at Joliet Memorial Stadium. Students began the day with a parade around the track led by the Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop who then also conducted the Flag Ceremony. The Concert Band then played the National Anthem and then the day’s sporting events began.
Each grade rotated as a
||group around the stadium to visit all the events, which included Long Jump, Vortex Throw, Softball Throw, 50M and 100M runs, as well as games of kickball, volleyball, and more. Other than during the short break for lunch, the students were energetically participating in activities all day long. Meanwhile back at the school, the Kindergarten and Preschool/Pre-K Classes held their own versions of Olympic Day with activities geared for the younger kids. It was great to see all the teamwork and friendship displayed by the students across all the grades.|
Olympic Day is an SMI tradition that serves as a memorable way to wind down the school year. Many thanks go to school parent volunteer coordinator Ann Waldron who has led the event for the past 12 years! In addition, we thank the crew of teachers, staff and parent volunteers for planning and helping at this exciting and enjoyable day for everyone in our school family.
3rd Annual SMI Spartan 5K and Kids 2K Results
In the early morning sunshine on Saturday, May 17, over 330 runners and walkers gathered outside SMI to participate in the 3rd Annual SMI 5K and Kids 2K Run/Walk. Just prior to the start of each race, prayer was said and the national anthem sung. School parents volunteered on the course directing the runners, in the booth cheering the runners as they finished, and in the Gym serving pancakes at the award ceremony after the races. We were truly blessed with beautiful weather as well as the efforts and dedication of all the volunteers which led to a wonderfully enjoyable event for all.
|The 5K overall male First Place winner was Clark Anderson of Romeoville with a time of 17:50.6. The 5K overall female First Place winner was Rebecca Lau of Plainfield with a time of 21:07.9. Overall Second and Third Place males in the 5K were Nick Albright and Scott Nichols. Overall Second and Third Place females in the 5K were Taylor Gray and Victoria Huff-O’Bryan.|
In the Kids 2K, 10-year-old Lucas Schuler was the overall male First Place winner with a time of 8:33.0. The overall female First Place winner was 16-year-old Alexis Polowsky with a time of 9:30.6. Overall Second and Third Place males in the 2K were Thomas Naughton and Matthew Naughton. Overall Second and Third Place females in the 2K were Lindsey DuSatko and Natalie Sweeney.
Thanks and congratulations to all the participants in this year's SMI 5K/2K. Thanks as well to all our volunteers for all their efforts. Finally, many thanks to each of our outstanding sponsors who are listed below.
Adventist – Plainfield Medical Campus
Parish School May Crowning held on May 12
The St. Mary Immaculate Parish School held their May Crowning on Monday, May 12. It was truly an outward sign of our SMI tradition of honoring Mary. The second graders were part of the honor guard as Mary was crowned with a wreath of flowers. The Eighth graders also participated in the procession, and some were part of the court brining up the crown. The choir led with traditional songs honoring our Blessed Mother. Students and their families are encouraged to continue honoring Mary by praying the Rosary every day in the month of May. Carry a Rosary with you and have one in the car reminding you to keep Christ close through His mother!
Christian Student Athlete Awards Presented
At the Parish School Annual Athletic Banquet held on Monday, May 5, two students were awarded the Christian Student Athlete Award. This award is presented each year to one boy and one girl in the eighth grade class who exemplify good sportsmanship, display excellent examples of our Catholic faith, and have outstanding academic achievement. Voting is done by both the teachers and the coaches for the recipients of these awards. We are proud to announce Kevin O’Leary and Gianna Sobieski were the 2014 recipients. Awards were also presented to student athlete MVPs in 8th grade for all the sports played over the school year, including Volleyball, Baseball, Football, and Basketball. Coaches and students relayed some of their fond memories of playing together, working hard, and having fun. The evening was a wonderful celebration, closing the sports year with thanks for all the efforts of coaches, students, and parents.
St. Mary Immaculate Students Succeed at State Science Fair
The Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) held its annual state exposition Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3 at the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. More than 1,400 seventh- through 12th-grade students from across Illinois – some of the state’s best and brightest aspiring scientists, engineers, designers and problem-solvers – exhibited their research and design investigations. St. Mary Immaculate Parish School sent 3 of our young eighth grade scientists to exhibit their projects in this event. We are so proud them for their efforts and congratulate them for the wonderful awards they received at the State Science Fair.
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“Flour: The Staff of Life”
“Zap! Are the Most Expensive Batteries
Participating in the Science Fair is a marvelous experience for all our students as it fosters analytical thinking , exposes them to the scientific method, and enhances their written and verbal communication skills. Students conduct experiments, analyze their findings, create presentation boards, and present their research in written reports and verbal presentations. Exposing our students to the IJAS Science Fair experience encourages students with special abilities and interests in science to stretch beyond the limits of the classroom, to develop their own ideas about scientific inquiry, and to pursue careers in science.
St. Mary Immaculate Students Perform “Peter Pan”
Director Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas celebrated 10 years of directing plays at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School with the spring musical “Peter Pan” which was performed on April 25th and 26th in the school Gym. Students from 4th grade through 8th grade rehearsed from December to April for this show. They were led by Director and School Art Teacher, Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas along with the help of Producer and School Librarian, Lisa Kissel, and former school parent Maria Uminski.
As the evenings began, approximately 100 students waited anxiously back stage for their turn to perform. After a welcome by St. Mary Immaculate alumnus and former play participant Kyle Uminski, introductions were made and prayer was led by Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas. The school gym had been transformed into Neverland with beautiful backgrounds and sets including the Darling nursery and Caption Hook’s ship. In the nursery, Wendy, John and Michael received a visit from Peter Pan while he tries to find his shadow. Peter Pan took the children on an adventure where they met Captain Hook, pirates, Indians, mermaids, the lost boys, and of course, mischievous Tinker Bell and her fairy friends.
All 100 students were able to get into character and learn their songs and choreography after several months of after-school rehearsals. The stage crew of 12 students quickly changed scenery and props as the cast moved through the scenes. The outstanding performances were well received by the sold out audiences both nights! Because of her great dedication and love for the arts and the children, Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas led the students to discover their own love for the arts and put on an amazing show.
Congratulations to St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Teams
All Grades Win 1st or 2nd Place at Battle of the Books!
Each spring dozens of St. Mary Immaculate Parish School students compete in the Battle of the Books competitions which are held at the Elementary School (4th and 5th Grades) and Junior High School (6th, 7th and 8th Grades) levels. For Battle of the Books, students read books and come together to demonstrate their abilities and test their knowledge of the books they have read. Students begin preparing the previous May when they receive a list of 8-10 books to start reading over the summer.
Coordinated by our School Librarian, Lisa Kissel, parent volunteers compose hundreds of questions about the details in each of the books. Question packets are distributed to the students to study, and many students also read the books over a second or third time. Parent volunteers begin in January to quiz the students during Lunch in preparation for the night of the competition. Considerable dedication, commitment and enthusiasm goes into this one night event!
This year the Junior High competition took place at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School on Monday, April 7. There were 7 schools participating, with a total of 137 students. By the end of the night, the SMI Eighth Grade and Seventh Grade Teams had won First Place and the SMI Sixth Grade Team had won Second Place.
The Elementary Battle was held on Thursday, April 10 at St. Paul the Apostle in Joliet. There were 186 students participating from 9 schools. Again, SMI students exceled as both the SMI Fifth Grade and Fourth Grade Teams won First Place.
Top: Over 100 Junior High Battle students
We are very proud of all our young readers not only for their performance in the competitions, but for all their efforts throughout the year. We extend congratulations and thanks to the students and all our parent volunteers. While the students enjoyed reading good books, sharing them with friends and parents, and the fun and excitement of playing in the “Battle,” we know that the real reward is the love of reading developed here which will serve them well in high school and beyond.
SMI Parish School Academic Team Wins Third Place at
Montini High School’s “It’s Academic” Quiz Bowl
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School was one of 15 schools to participate in Montini High School’s “It’s Academic” Quiz Bowl on Tuesday, April 15. The annual contest for seventh graders offered both individual and team events, with the excitement of buzzers and lights for students during the fast-paced team portion of competition.
Each member of the SMI team competed individually in a written test on one subject: Sarah Deffenbaugh in Math, Sydney Scepkowski in Social Studies, Claire Sweeney in English, and Kylie Weis in Science. Based on those test scores from all 15 schools’ participants, SMI’s Claire Sweeney won Second Place in English and Kylie Weis won Second Place in Science.The SMI team competed together in numerous rounds against one other school at a time until 9 schools were eliminated. The 6 remaining teams competed in rounds again to eliminate 3 more teams and determine the final ranking.
The SMI team finished in Third Place overall. We congratulate our students and their moderator, Ms. Shelly McEneany for their hard work and success!
SMI Parish School Fourth Grade Teacher
Mrs. Renee Streicher to attend Summer Program
Each year, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
offers tuition-free opportunities for educators to study a variety of humanities topics in one- to five-week summer programs. Mrs. Renee Streicher, one of the fourth grade teachers at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School, has been awarded attendance at a “Landmarks of American History and Culture” Summer Program. The program will be held in Sacramento, CA in June and will focus on the history of the Gold Rush. Mrs. Streicher is one of 40 teachers who received the Landmarks Summer Program and was chosen out of hundreds of teachers across the US. She also received a similar award two years ago when she traveled to Santa Fe, NM for another humanities program. Congratulations to Mrs. Streicher and we wish you a safe and rewarding trip!
Eighth Grade Students Represent Parish School at Devotional Mass
at St. Raymond Nonnatus Cathedral
Since the beginning of the school year, two of our 8th grade students, Alex Runge and Katie Hovland, have led our students in the Saints and Virtues Project sponsored by the Diocese of Joliet. Our student leaders first attended the diocesan project information day and came back to teach the program to the rest of the 8th graders. Teams of 8th graders were formed, and each team was assigned one younger grade for which they prepared and taught an appropriate grade-level lesson on saints and virtues. Each week at the end of School Mass, the whole school recited the “Saints Prayer” together. The culminating Devotional Mass for this year’s Saints and Virtues Project was celebrated on Wednesday, April 9 at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, to thank all the 8th grade leaders across the diocese for all their hard work and leadership. Alex and Kaite represented our school, along with the Home and School Association’s Spiritual Committee and one of our eighth grade teachers, Miss Walsh. Our Home and School Association provided our school with beautiful framed pictures to further promote our devotion to the saints. We thank our students, faculty and Home and School Association for their prayers and devotion to the great heroes of the Catholic Church, our saints.
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.|
SMI Parish School Raises $3,000 for Charity
The St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Student Council led a week-long fundraiser to raise money for four different charities. Our school family raised $3,000 during the third week of March as the Student Council sponsored the “Jeans for a Cause” event in which students happily left their uniforms at home and wore blue jeans to school. Our Student Council will be sending $750 each to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Jeans for Wishes Campaign of the Make-A-Wish organization and Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Joliet, which serves people in need throughout many counties in northern Illinois.
Eighth grader Cole Powley, President of the Student Council, commented on the event: “It’s amazing what our student body can do. A few dollars here and there from students really can make a difference in our community.” We congratulate and thank all our students and families for the tremendous participation and overwhelming response to reach out and help those in need!
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!