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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 R
Continuing the Conversation: Hot Topics with Fr. David is Back! All New Topics, Same Great Discussion. A 6 session series on topics relating to our culture and how we can respond from the perspective of the heart of Jesus! Come to 1 or come to all 6, everyone is welcome! Fall Sessions and Topics
(All sessions begin at 7:00pm in the Upper Room)
Wed., Sept. 28: Brother Sun, Sister Moon: A Catholic Response to Climate Change;
Wed., Oct. 5: Racism Today and the Christian’s Role;
Thurs., Oct. 13: The Family in Crisis: Trying to Make it Work in a Broken World;
NO SESSION THE WEEK OF OCT. 16-22;
Thurs., Oct. 27: Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: What is it all about?;
Thurs., Nov. 3: Who is My Neighbor? Immigration and Refugees
Protecting God’s Children Workshops Scheduled
We have scheduled Protecting God’s Children Workshops for the following dates:
Monday, October 3, 2016 9:30am – 12:30pm Stewardship/Unity Rooms
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7pm – 10pm Stewardship/Unity Rooms
Monday, November 7, 2016 9:30am – 12:30pm Stewardship/Unity Rooms
Please call the Religious Education Office at 815-436-4501 to register. Please call our Protecting God’s Children Workshop Facilitator, Pat Mander, at 815-436-2651 who is also our Parish Nurse, if you are hesitant or cautious about attending a large group workshop.
The Parish gymnasium is a wonderful place of gathering for parish masses, Sunday hospitality, Lenten Fish Fry's, athletic events, school plays and musicals and a host of other worthwhile activities and events that help make St. Mary Immaculate the positive and thriving community it is. Over the years, our gym has been used constantly by the Parish and the School and is in need of renewal. Being one of the largest Catholics Parishes in the country and having one of the largest schools in our diocese, our facilities are under daily stress from overuse.
It has been 23 years since we rebuilt our great facility after it was completely destroyed by an EF5 tornado in 1990.
Since starting the fund raising for this project last Fall, we have already raised $153,000 out of the $200,000 needed for the renovations which include: Updated HVAC system, lighting system, doors, updated bleachers, wall padding, basketball hoops and most importantly the floor.
We ask for your help in raising the remaining $47,000 so we can complete this project. Thank you for your consideration and to donate we have many avenues; Checks can me made out to SMI Flip this Gym and can be handed in at the Parish office or commons desk. There is a GoFundMe page to donate online. Go to www.gofundme.com/SMIGym to donate.
Your Gift Makes a Difference
Early this year you were asked to review the 2016 Catholic Ministries Annual appeal (CMAA) tabloid that has been made available to you. The CMAA is much different than a one time pledge. Your gift over 10 months supports the good works of the diocese.
A gift to the CMAA will touch the lives of many in our diocese in a positive way. Each gift makes a difference! Together, the gifts of many enable our diocese to deliver needed education, ministry and services to those who need it most. As you take the time to review the tabloid and see all the work enabled by the CMAA, please reflect on God’s gifts to you. He has given you all that you have. We were “Chosen by God’s Grace” and together we can give thanks to Him for our blessings through a gift to the CMAA.
As you review the work enabled by your contribution to the CMAA, please reflect on God’s gifts to you. God extends His mercy to us each day, and you can be a part of “Extending God’s Mercy” to others through the CMAA.
If you received your pledge form in the mail, please complete it and mail it or bring it to Mass next weekend.
A reminder to please fulfill your pledge to the Catholic Ministries Annual. We have many who have pledged who have yet to give. Over $57,700 of pledged monies is still due. After our parish exceeds its CMAA goal of $219,176 in paid pledges, 65% of any additional funds are returned for the use in our parish. Thank You in advance for your response.
If you have any questions, please contact the Diocese of Joliet at 815-221-6190.
Virtual Adoration Available On our Website!
Are you unable to make it to our Adoration Chapel at SMI? No problem! You can go to “Virtual Adoration” on our Parish website. At St. Mary Immaculate, we hope that this use of technology to bring the living presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist to those who are unable to personally come to Adoration will be a blessing to all who experience it. Whether you are too sick to travel, are at work, are stuck at home, are travelling, or are simply visiting from anywhere around the world, we welcome you. Visit our new Virtual Adoration page at
www.smip.org/VirtualAdoration or in the Faith Section of our Parish App. Have any questions about Virtual Adoration at St. Mary Immaculate? Email Nikolai Medow, Director of New Media at email@example.com.
A limited number of exquisite pieces of devotional art are available for sale at St. Mary Immaculate. Interested in purchasing a piece of art? Contact Nikolai Medow in the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 ext. 801 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The art includes both sacred statues and framed wall art from the exclusive Italian “Paolo Schiraldi” collection, known worldwide and distributed in many churches around the world. Each piece is sculpted in marble dust, entirely hand made, and then coated through a sophisticated process called “galvanization” in either a silver or bronze finish. The painting and the finishing are entirely hand-made, giving each art piece a delicate and refined presentation. The sophisticated level of craftsmanship ensures a high value for this artwork. On all of Paolo Schiraldi’s artwork, a special coating is used which protects the art pieces from tarnishing. In order to properly clean the art, a soft dry cloth is required.
Statues available include Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Michael, St. Pope John Paul II, Divine Mercy, St. Francis, and Angelo Del Silenzio (the Angel of Silence). Framed wall art pictures include the Holy Family, Madonna with Child, Passion of Christ, St. Francis, St. Jude, Divine Mercy, St. Michael, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Last Supper, Pope Francis, St. Pope John Paul II, and Our Lady of Fatima. Acquiring any of these pieces of artwork would bring a new level of devotion and inspiration to your home or the home of a loved one, and would make a memorable gift this Christmas.
The artwork will be on display in the Gym before and after Weekend Masses on November 22 and 23. All pieces will be available for purchase via credit card or check. Display and sales will continue on the weekend of December 6-7. Note that the artwork will not be shown on Thanksgiving weekend.
About The Artist. Born and raised in Bitonto, a small town of 65,000 people in Southern Italy, Paolo Schiraldi developed a passion for religious art. After introducing his artwork in 2002 for the first time in the United States, many religious institutions began to appreciate the devotion that this artist was capable to transmit through his exclusive work.
God is the Giver of Every Good Gift - Principles of Stewardship
Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus. It is a way of thanking God for all the blessings God has given us by returning to God a portion of time, talent, and treasure. Stewardship is based on our need to give back to God out of gratitude, not on the Church’s need to receive. It is based on the premise that all that we have and all that we are comes from God and, as a way of thanking God for all our blessings, we return a portion of the time, talent and treasure that has been allotted to us. Please continue to give prayerful thought to your commitment of time, talent and treasure to the Church and the community.
We offer many ways to give to the parish here at St. Mary Immaculate, and we hope you have found the method best suited for you. As a review, here are the available ways to make your Sunday Offering to St. Mary Immaculate.
· Weekly Envelopes—These are mailed to your home each month, with envelopes for each Sunday’s Offering as well as Monthly Offerings, Holy Days and Special Collections. Simply enclose your check or cash and place the envelope in the collection basket at Sunday Mass. Envelopes can also be turned in at the Parish Office.
· Online Giving—From the parish website, www.smip.org/OnlineGiving, you can access our Online Giving program where you can create a personal account. Once you enter your payment methods (bank accounts and/or credit cards) you can make new gifts, either one-time or recurring, to Sunday Offerings, Monthly Offerings, Holy Days, and Special Collections throughout the year. You can choose your own donation dates and frequencies, change your payment methods and gift amounts at any time, and even run reports of your donation history.
· Automatic Giving—Rather than signing up online, you can simply fill out the Authorization Form found in the bulletin or on the website to set up automatic contributions. Click HERE to view the form. Once you provide us with your bank account and/or credit card info and your desired donation amount, we can process your donations automatically once or twice each month, on the 5th and/or on the 20th for our Sunday and Monthly collections. Holy Days and Special Collections are not available with this giving method, and reasonable notice is required for changes.
We strive to make giving as easy as it can be, and you are free to try a new method any time. Should you have any questions on giving at SMI, please call Denise Rowan in the Business Office, at 815-436 2651 ext. 846 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 Pam Angelus at 815-436-2651 ext. 849 or email@example.com.
Please Help Us Update our Parish Records
In an effort to better communicate with our parishioners, we would like to ask you for your most current contact information for our parish database. So if you have moved, changed phone numbers, have a new email address, please call Margaret or Monica in the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 to update our records. Thank you for helping us to keep our parish information current so that we may better serve you.
www.smip.org, with the latest status right on our home page. We also send out a parish-wide Flocknote message to all those subscribed to receive messages via email or text. If you have not signed up for Flocknote yet, please click HERE to get started. If you are on Facebook and/or Twitter we also notify parishioners of closings and other parish events via the Parish's Facebook & Twitter page. To stay up to date be sure to like us at Facebook.com/StMaryImmaculate and follow us at Twitter.com/SMIPlainfield. In addition, we update our status on ECC (Emergency Closing Center), which shares the status of Chicagoland area schools & businesses via a ticker update displayed on the local TV news programs. If you’re watching the ticker and they go to a commercial just before getting to the “S” section, don’t despair. You can visit their website at emergencyclosingcenter.com and look us up under “St. Mary Immaculate” in Plainfield. We have separate facilities listed for Parish, School, Religious Ed, Confirmation, and Youth Ministry. Finally, ECC allows you to sign up with them to be notified by e-mail when a facility of your choice closes or changes status. With all these ways to find out about severe weather impacts, there’s no reason to be left out in the cold.
Children's Liturgy of the Word Volunteers Needed
Children’s Liturgy of the Word is looking for volunteer facilitators to join the rotation. No experience is necessary - only the desire to lead our little ones in hearing the Gospel in a language they can understand. Children’s Liturgy is offered during 9:00, 9:01 Cana Hall, 10:45, and 12:15 Spanish. Weekly resources are provided. Please contact Geralyn Kuban in the parish office at 815-436-2651 ext. 810 if you are interested.
SMI Cemetery Lots Available
|For nearly 100 years, St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery has provided a tranquil, beautiful final resting place for our dearly departed. Today the cemetery has traditional graves and Columbarium niches available. Burial space is open for parishioners and non-parishioners; Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
Our parish cemetery is noted not only for its beauty, but also for being the most affordable Catholic cemetery in our diocese. The cemetery is located on Plainfield/Naperville Road approximately 3/4 mile northeast of Rt. 59 in Plainfield. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Yes, it is difficult to think about our own death, but the healing benefits that pre-planning affords to those we leave behind are immeasurable.
Regardless of where you choose to be buried, we invite you to call us with questions. To schedule a consultation session or to simply obtain more information, please call the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 and ask for the Cemetary Office.
Job Search Questions? Get Answers!
Attend our Employment Ministry Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 (6:30 pm)
· Learn Resume Tracking System Do’s and Don’ts so the resume you submit avoids system hazards and maximizes your score.
· Meet with experienced job coaches to improve your resume, your interviewing confidence, networking skills and LinkedIn impact.
· Network with experienced job coaches and fellow job seekers.
· Get spiritual, emotional or social service help.
We meet on Tuesday, Sept. 13 , at 6:30 pm. at St. Mary Immaculate Parish, 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield.
We help job seekers succeed. There is no cost to attend, pre-registration is not required, and everyone is welcome. Bring copies of your handbill or resume to distribute. Dress is casual.
For more information, email EmploymentMinistry@smip.org.
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Mary Immaculate has recently formed a St. Vincent de Paul conference who stands ready to help those in need. If you or someone you know are in need, please contact us at 815-577-6677 ext. 809. Visit their page on our website HERE for more information.
“Journey Forward” Grief Support Group
This program is open to adults of St. Mary Immaculate Parish and the surrounding communities who have experienced a loss of a spouse, family member or friend. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at St. Mary’s in meeting room North Wing A across from the Adoration Chapel. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information or to register, please contact Tom Barkauskas, LCSW at 630-209-0073.
Are you looking for an opportunity to get more involved with our parish? So much of the wonderful work done at SMI wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. If you like having donuts after mass, how about being the family who serves them? If you’ve experienced the kindness of someone during a time of need, why not pay it forward by being part of the Funeral Luncheon Ministry? Do you like helping to plan events? You can contribute to the success of parish workshops and celebrations by joining the Fellowship Team.
Please contact Laura Van Ham at firstname.lastname@example.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!
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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. 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 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 email@example.com
Chapel Hours with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Sunday 7 p.m. – Friday 9 p.m.
SMI Participates in Homecoming Parade
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School ventured out on October 1st to participate in the Plainfield Annual Homecoming Parade; even though the sun was hiding behind heavy rain clouds. Our 8th graders and their principal, Mr. Garvey, were on the float dressed in the 1950 style which was the theme of the parade this year: “Dress to a Decade”. Over fifty SMI school students and parents participate in the event sharing their school pride. By the time we were on Lockport Street the sky opened and the rain fell hard but did not dampen the spirit of those in the parade and many waiting for the parade to go by. By the time the SMI float left the parade the rain stopped. Everyone will remember the 2016 rainy but fun parade
St. Mary Immaculate Parish School offers a quality faith-centered education for children from Pre-School (age 3 by September 1 of the school year) to Grade Eight. A family must be a registered parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate in order to register for our school or to be placed on the waiting list. We ask that you bring your child’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate along with a $125 registration fee per family with you when you register in the Main office (Entrance A, south of the Commons Doors). Open registration will continue each school day from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. until openings are filled. After that time, those registering for closed classes will go to a waiting list. Families wishing to tour the school during the school day may call the school for an appointment. Please direct all inquiries to Kris at 815-436- 3953. Thank you for your interest in St. Mary Immaculate Parish School.
5th Annual SMI Spartan 5K and Kids 2K Results
In the very chilly early morning on Saturday, May 14, almost 200 runners and walkers gathered outside SMI to participate in the 5th Annual SMI 5K and Kids 2K Run/Walk. Just prior to the start of each race, prayer was said and the national anthem sung by an SMI school family. 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 for both races. We were truly blessed with the efforts and dedication of all the volunteers even though the weather didn’t always cooperate, which led to a wonderfully enjoyable event for all.
The 5K overall male First Place winner was Scott Nichols of Plainfield with a time of 19:31. The 5K overall female First Place winner was Kelly Testin with a time of 25:51. Overall Second and Third Place males in the 5K were Barry Clark and Ben Ebersole. Overall Second and Third Place females in the 5K were Tammy Barbie Daniels and Megan Tanner. In the Kids 2K, 10-year-old Matthew Naughton was the overall male First Place winner with a time of 8:33. The overall female First Place winner was 9-year-old Ella Dwyer with a time of 9:04. Overall Second and Third Place males in the 2K were Spencer McFarlane and Kiefer Salva. Overall Second and Third Place females in the 2K were Jordan Reeves and Emma Neushwander. 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: Leach Food Equipment Distributors, Boyer Rosene Moving & Storage, Athletico Physical Therapy, St. Mary Immaculate Home and School Association, Knights of Colubus, Peter Rubi, Springbank Pool, Home Cut Donuts, ATI Construction, Remlinger Financial Services.
Volunteers Need For School Marketing Committee
We need your talents for the Parish School Marketing Task Force. Our mission is enrollment and marketing for the Parish School. We know that students receive an excellent education in faith and academics at our parish school, and we are on a mission to share that message with the greater community. We expect to expand our enrollment and ensure the future stability of our school.
If you are interested in sharing your expertise with us, please contact Pam Angelus at 815-436-2651 ext. 849 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Plainfield Police K-9 Memorial
The Plainfield Police Department, along with The Plainfield Riverfront Foundation is honoring the past and the present police K9s from the Plainfield Police Department by building a K9 memorial. This memorial will be built on the Plainfield Riverfront Foundation property, where the police K9s as far back as the 1970s, used to train and three (3) of the past police dogs are currently buried at. The funds needed to complete this project in its entirety total $15,000. Questions please email Executive Director Robert Epley at Rob.email@example.com or call 815-342-4378 to learn how you can help honor these police service dogs who served our community in the past, and into the future. Donations can be mailed to Plainfield Riverfront Foundation P.O. Box 358 Plainfield, IL 60544. Be sure to put K-9 donation in memo.
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.|
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Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry
The Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of CANNED VEGETABLES, TUNA, CANNED MEATS, JELLO and PUDDING.
For more information visit www.plainfieldfoodpantry.org or call 815-439-8394.
Thank you for your continued support!