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CHURCH NEWS

 

Save These Dates
 

Manna Sales
Mon - Fri               8:15am - 4:15pm        Parish Office
Saturday               4:45pm - 5:30pm        Commons
Sunday                 8:00am - 12:30pm       Commons

Spirit and Truth – Young Adult Group
Each Thursday     7:00pm-9:00pm          School Prayer Room

Brothers in Christ Meeting
Each Saturday     7:00-9:30 am         North Wing A&B

Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group
Each Tuesday     7:00-9:00 pm         North Wing B&C

Legion of Mary
Each Thursday     7:00 pm         Small Meeting Rm



Diocesan Deaf Ministry Mass
8/17 11:30 am-3:00 pm ST/UN

Men’s Catechism Circle
8/18 7:00-8:30 pm PLIB

WOWS Meeting
8/23 2:30-4:00 pm FSR

Employment Ministry Meetings
8/26 6:30 pm Faith Sharing Rm

Seniors Communion Service
8/27 11:00 am-12:00 pm Cana Hall

Council of Catholic Women
9/4 1:00-3:00 pm FSR/HR

First Saturday Devotion
9/6 8:00-8:30 am Church

Employment Ministry Meetings
9/9 & 23 6:30 pm FSR

St. Anne Sewing Circle
9/13 9:00 am-2:00 pm SMR

Men’s Catechism Circle
9/15 7:00-8:30 pm PLIB

Blood Pressure Screening
9/21 8:00 am-12:00 pm Gym

Diocesan Deaf Ministry Mass
9/21 11:30 am-3:00 pm ST/UN

Reverence for Life
9/24 7:00-9:00 pm NWA

WOWS Meeting
9/27 2:30-4:00 pm FSR


 

 

Back to School Blessings at Weekend Masses
 

There will be Back to School Blessings during all of the weekend Masses on August 9/10 and 16/17.  This weekend, August 9 and 10, there will be a blessing of all students entering or returning to college this fall.  Next weekend, August16 and 17, there will be a special blessing of all students and teachers. 

 



 

We had a Ball at the Slammers Game!
 


There were over 200 parishioners and friends who attended the 4th Annual SMIP Family and Friends Night at the Joliet Slammers Game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Friday, July 18th.  Everyone enjoyed a winning game, great fun with family and friends, awesome fireworks and good food. There were also coloring activities for the kids, raffles and inning prizes to add even more excitement.  A special “Thank You” goes to our Lifeteen members who sang the National Anthem, accompanied by our own Fr. John!  They did a lovely job!  Hope to see you all again next year!

 

 

 



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 gkuban@smip.org.


 

 


2014 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Progress Report


Thank you to all the 1,192 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. 


How CMAA funds were allocated in 2013

 


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 $32,000 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

 

 


 

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 jharvey@smip.org.  For more information, please contact John Harvey, Building Services Supervisor, at 815-436-2651 ext. 820. 


 


 

Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Mass Schedule


Holy Day of Obligation

Celebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay-a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time.  Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.


Vigil Mass, Thursday, 8/14
          English 7:00 p.m. Church

Holy Day Masses, Friday, 8/15
Morning Mass 7:30 a.m. Church
          English 7:00 p.m. Church
         Spanish 7:00 p.m. Cana Hall
          Polish   8:15 p.m. Church






 

 

Special Needs Mass on Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m.
 

Families who have members with special needs children or adults are invited to this Special Needs Mass on Sunday, August 24 at 9:00 a.m. in Cana Hall.  While we want you to feel welcome at any and all parish Masses, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to attend mass in a comfortable and supportive setting.

 

 

Alpha Novena Begins on Sunday, August 24 at 7:15 p.m.


When a parish embraces the Alpha program, the blessings are bountiful! Join us as we
gather in the Church at 7:15 p.m. to begin this novena to pray for the success of the
Alpha program here at SMI. May the Spirit move many to participate in Alpha so that
we may draw close to the Lord.


 


Daily Mass on Monday, September 1 at 9:00 a.m.
 

Daily Mass on Labor Day, Monday, September 1 will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Church.  There will be no 7:30 a.m. Mass that day. 

 


 

Parish Office Closed on Labor Day
 

The Parish Office will be closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.  There will be no Manna Sales on Labor Day.  The Office will reopen and Manna Sales will resume on Tuesday, September 2.

 


 

9:01 a.m. Mass in Cana Hall Resumes in September
 

The Sunday 9:01 a.m. Mass in Cana Hall will resume on Sunday, September 7.  The 9:01 Mass in Cana Hall is normally held each Sunday from the first Sunday in September through the last Sunday in May. 

 



 

Healing Prayer Service on Sunday, September 7 at 1:30 p.m.
 

Join us at 1:30 p.m., immediately following the 12:15 p.m. Mass in the Church.  After a scripture reading and prayer, each individual will be offered the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which conveys special graces and strength of the Holy Spirit.  Our Healing Prayer Service is regularly held on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

 


 

Filipino Mass and Fellowship on September 14 at 4:00 p.m.
 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish and the Parish Filipino Ministry cordially invite one and all to a Filipino Mass.  This San Lorenzo Ruiz Celebration will be held on Sunday, September 14 at 4:00pm. at St. Mary Immaculate Parish in Cana Hall.  Our Presider will be Rev. Fr. Mario Quejadas.  Fellowship and refreshments will follow at 5:00 p.m. potluck style in the Faith Sharing Room.  Please bring your favorite desserts to share.  For more information, contact Jose Diokno at 815-609-3663, Deng Baronia at 815-603-8616 or Remy at  815-254-8445.

 

 

 

Submit Your Photos of SMI Events
 

We would like to be able to share more parish photos with you in the bulletin and on the website.  We would love to see your photos of you, your families and friends participating in the life of our parish via parish-wide functions as well as ministry events.  When you take photos at parish-wide events and/or your ministry events, please send them by email to photos@smip.org.  Be sure to include your name, the event date, event/ministry name, and the names of the people pictured in the photo.  Then start looking for your photos on our website and TVs, and in the bulletin.


If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Sweeney at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 or csweeney@smip.org.

 


 

 

The Parish School Annual Golf Outing
 

Friday, September 12 at Bolingbrook Golf Club


St. Mary Immaculate Parish School is hosting its Annual Golf Outing on Friday, September 12.  Register now for this fun-filled event which begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. and then a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start with a scramble format for the afternoon of golfing.  Golf is followed by cocktails, dinner, raffles and prizes all at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.  The “Best Ticket In Town” Raffle is for 4 Chicago Blackhawks tickets and 4 Chicago Bulls tickets!  Enter for $20 per ticket or $100 for 7 tickets. 

All proceeds benefit an Education Fund for the wonderful teachers at SMI Parish School.  We ask that you support our teachers and this very enjoyable event in one or more of these ways:

· Golfing (includes lunch, golf and dinner) for $150 per golfer

· Joining us for dinner only for just $30 per person

· Becoming a Sponsor at one of our three Sponsorship Levels:  Hole ($250), Birdie ($500), or Eagle ($1000)

· Donating a prize for the raffle

Any item, gift card or other donation is sincerely appreciated!  You can send donations to SMI Parish School, ATTN: Golf Outing, 15629 S. Route 59 Plainfield, IL 60544. 

Get more details, see great photos from past years, and register online at www.smigolf.org.  For sponsor information or any other questions, please contact Al Broniewicz at 708-254-1433, Tim Malec at 815-254-7914, or Andy Gorski at 817-715-4260.

 

 

 

 

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. 

 


 

 

Changes to How We Offer Mass Intentions

 
Due to the ever increasing demand from parishioners to have Masses offered for family and friends, and a limited number of Masses available, we have decided to make some changes to our procedure for Mass Intentions. Starting June 1, 2014 we will limit the number of Masses a person can offer for a loved one to one Mass per month. Some people plan ahead and reserve dates that are meaningful for their family member which is a beautiful way to remember them, but it leaves very few Masses available for people who have recently lost someone and would like to offer a Mass for them. If you would like additional Masses we can have them offered by the retired priests of the Joliet diocese and send the stipend to them. We will not be able to give you a definite date for that Mass, but can provide you with a Mass card stating that a Mass will be offered.

 

 


 

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 csweeney@smip.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.


 



 

Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life
 

Thought-provoking and engaging dialogue, commentary, and listener call-in programs are the hallmarks of Relevant Radio.  With award-winning hosts covering topics like family and personal relationships, political and social concerns, religion, and faith, Relevant Radio is Talk Radio for Catholic Life.

Started in 2000 with only one station, the Relevant Radio network has grown to 13 company owned and operated stations and 21 affiliates that carry all or part of the daily Relevant Radio programming.  With stations in 13 states, three of which are in the top 16 markets nationwide, Relevant Radio has the potential to reach more than 28 million people!  The national headquarters of this listener supported network are located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  In the greater Chicago area, we are on 950 AM, and in Joliet/Chicago West find us on 930 AM.

WE’VE GONE MOBILE!  Relevant Radio now has a new mobile site where on your mobile device you can listen to live streaming audio, submit prayer requests and make donations, and all at the touch of a button.  Simply enter www.relevantradio.com into your mobile device web browser. 

 



 

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:

For English - Debbie Shimek at dshimek@smip.org, or leave a voicemail at 815-436-2651, ext. 280-456 
For Spanish - Lucy Robles at 708-218-4470 or lucyrobles2004@sbcglobal.net

 



 

SMI Cemetery Lots Available
 

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

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


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

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



 

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MINISTRY NEWS


 

Volunteers Needed


Are you looking for an opportunity to get more involved with our parish? So much of the wonderful work done at SMI wouldn’t be possible without volunteers. If you like having donuts after mass, how about being the family who serves them? If you’ve experienced the kindness of someone during a time of need, why not pay it forward by being part of the Funeral Luncheon Ministry? Do you like helping to plan events? You can contribute to the success of parish workshops and celebrations by joining the Fellowship Team.

Please contact Laura Van Ham at lvanham@smip.org or 815-436-2651, x887 for more information and to join one of the following teams:

  • Sunday Hospitality—We need groups/families to work one 3-hour shift, 4 times per year. Includes Hospitality set up, service and clean up.
  • Funeral Luncheon—We need a Luncheon Coordinator, Food Donation Callers, Food Donation Volunteers, Kitchen Coordinators, Kitchen Prep Team Members, Servers & Set Up Team Members. Must be available during the weekdays to assist with Kitchen Coordination, Prep, Serving and Set -Up.
  • Fellowship—We need Event Co-Planners, Event Set-Up TeamMembers, Event Station Captains, Event Servers and Event Clean-Up Team Members.

You will make new friends, have some fun and make a positive difference in our parish community. We can’t do it without you!
 

 




Brothers In Christ


The ministry of Brothers in Christ is a group of men who seek to help one another become better men through developing our relationship with Jesus. We acknowledge that we are all on a personal faith journey. Some of us are novices, some more experienced, and others, perhaps, just waiting to grow spiritually. We have many backgrounds and many gifts, but we share the same spirit. That spirit is the spirit of love and we do all we can to help one another, by being Christ in all his compassion for one another. We learn from the Word of God, meditation, readings, and our unique life experiences as men. You will find that our meetings are full of spirit, laughter, and inspiration. It is easy to feel the Holy Spirit moving and working within us individually and as a group. We meet every Saturday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the North Wing Rooms A, B, and C across from the Adoration Chapel.

All men age 18 and older are welcome to join our ministry. For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Ted Castro Sr. at 815-439-0541 or fax 815-439-0143, and Rick Burke at 630-209-7051 or email rfburke1@comcast.net. Please bring your bible. We will provide you with the “Word Among Us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Calling All Crafters for our Holiday Craft Fair & Bake Sale
 

Saturday, November 8 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Save the date for the third Annual Holiday Craft Fair in the St. Mary Immaculate Gym.  Crafters of all kinds will be selling their handmade and homemade creations on Saturday, November 8 from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  Come find unique holiday gifts, concessions, bake sale, and raffle tickets for a chance to win cool items from our fabulous crafters! 

Crafter booth spaces are available and we are now taking applications on a “first come, first serve” basis.  In order to keep some “healthy” competition and variety among crafters we do limit the number of crafters selling the same type of items, so get your application in early.  Also note this important crafter information: 

· Booth Fee is $30.00 per space plus a donation from your wares valued at $10.00 for our raffle. 

· Electricity spaces are $40.00 per space plus the item donation for our raffle, but spaces are limited, so please call for availability before submitting your application. Crafters must supply their own electric extension cords.

· Booth Space is 10’ wide x 6’ deep (2 chairs included with booth space rental).

· Tables are available for rental for $5.00 per 8-foot table.

· Booth Set up time is 6:30 am-7:45 am.  All crafters MUST be set up by 8:00 am when doors open to the public.

· Handmade/homemade items only!

If you have questions or would like an application, please contact Michele Evans at 815-254-7093 or bowmeoverbows@gmail.com.



 


 

Volunteers Needed for Pastoral Care Ministry


Pastoral Care Ministers are volunteers from our parish who bring Holy Communion to parishioners in the home, hospital and nursing homes. Due to the growing needs of our local nursing homes we are in need of volunteers. Training is required by the Diocese of Joliet and is provided at the parish. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful ministry please contact Pat Mander, Parish Nurse at 815-436-2651 ext 893
or pmander@smip.org.

 

 




Meals Ministry Forming
 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish is starting a Meals Ministry!  This ministry will play a vital role in helping and healing our fellow parishioners as they go through major life transitions by providing them with the comfort of meals during these difficult times.  Your gift of a hot meal goes beyond food, it is a gift of love and one that shows the recipient that they are known and cared for and a part of our family.  We hope you will consider becoming a part of this ministry to make life a little easier for someone in need.  Please look for more information about Meals Ministry in the coming months. 

At this time, our parish has an IMMEDIATE need for meals for one family.  If you are able to volunteer to cook or deliver a meal to a family in need, please contact Elizabeth Gillman at neagillman@gmail.com.







Elizabeth Ministry Starting at SMI


Do you have children? Are you planning to have children? Are you struggling to have children? Are you looking for a way to be more involved in your faith than just attending church on Sunday?

Inspired by the compassionate example of Elizabeth and Mary, the Elizabeth Ministry provides support, encouragement and unconditional acceptance to women during their childbearing years. This woman-to-woman ministry celebrates the joys of motherhood and also offers empathy and healing during times of crisis. Please join us as we celebrate in a new form of the world's oldest example of ministry between women on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. in the Small Meeting Room. There is a place for every woman in this ministry. If you are interested in joining or have any questions, please contact Liz Gillman at elizabethministry@smip.org or 815-577-6677 ext. 866.

 

 

 


Legion of Mary Ministry Starting at SMI
 


Do you want to learn more about the Catholic faith?
Do you want to enrich your prayer life?
Do you want to grow closer to Jesus & His Mother?

Our parish is currently forming The Legion of Mary Ministry. The primary purpose of this ministry is to bring people to Jesus Christ through the imitation of the virtues of Mary. The Legion strives to increase the faith and holiness of its members through the prayer and various apostolic works. Meetings will be Thursdays at 7:00p.m. in the Small Meeting Room. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the Parish Office at 815-436-2651 or Terry Maynard at 815-577-6329.

 

 

 



 

Hearts on Fire Charismatic Prayer Group|
 


 

 

 

 

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 gkuban@smip.org or 815-436-2651 ext. 810



 

 

Adorers Needed


“Are you in sorrow?  Come and cast yourself at His feet and you will feel quite consoled.  Are you despised by the world?  Come here and you will find a good friend whose faithfulness will never fail you.  Are you tempted?  It is here that you will find strong and terrible weapons to vanquish your enemies.”
          - St. John Vianney, on visits to the Blessed Sacrament

The adoration ministry is currently in need of weekly adorers for the following open hours or to substitute for regular adorers, particularly in the overnight hours.  These quiet, peaceful hours are filled with special graces.  Can you answer Jesus’ call to spend some time with Him?  He is never outdone in generosity!

Contact:  815-603-2350 or conniesanfilippo@sbcglobal.net

Chapel Hours with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:  Sunday 7 p.m. – Friday 9 p.m.


 

 

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 ccushing@smip.org.

 

 

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SCHOOL NEWS

 

 

Registration for the 2014-2015 School Year
 

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.


 


 

The Parish School Annual Golf Outing
 

Friday, September 12 at Bolingbrook Golf Club


St. Mary Immaculate Parish School is hosting its Annual Golf Outing on Friday, September 12.  Register now for this fun-filled event which begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. and then a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start with a scramble format for the afternoon of golfing.  Golf is followed by cocktails, dinner, raffles and prizes all at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.  The “Best Ticket In Town” Raffle is for 4 Chicago Blackhawks tickets and 4 Chicago Bulls tickets!  Enter for $20 per ticket or $100 for 7 tickets. 

All proceeds benefit an Education Fund for the wonderful teachers at SMI Parish School.  We ask that you support our teachers and this very enjoyable event in one or more of these ways:

· Golfing (includes lunch, golf and dinner) for $150 per golfer

· Joining us for dinner only for just $30 per person

· Becoming a Sponsor at one of our three Sponsorship Levels:  Hole ($250), Birdie ($500), or Eagle ($1000)

· Donating a prize for the raffle

Any item, gift card or other donation is sincerely appreciated!  You can send donations to SMI Parish School, ATTN: Golf Outing, 15629 S. Route 59 Plainfield, IL 60544. 

Get more details, see great photos from past years, and register online at www.smigolf.org.  For sponsor information or any other questions, please contact Al Broniewicz at 708-254-1433, Tim Malec at 815-254-7914, or Andy Gorski at 817-715-4260.

 

 

 


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
Associated Orthodontists
Athletico Physical Therapy
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Boomer T’s
Crossfit Plainfield
D’Arcy Volkswagen
DuPage Medical Group

First Midwest Bank
Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus
Jewel-Osco
Just for Kids Pediatric
Dentistry

Kohl’s
Marianjoy Rehabilitation
Moravec Orthodontics
Presence Health

The Mike Scudder Family
SMI Athletic Department

SMI Home and School Association
SMI Men’s Club
Springbank Pool
Target
Walmart
Karen Welsch


 

 

 

 

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!



 

 


 

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. 

Katherine Hovland

GOLD

“Hello, My Name Is… The Effect of a
Written Clue During Encoding on Recall”

Emma Myers

GOLD

“Flour: The Staff of Life”

Sam Jackson

SILVER

“Zap! Are the Most Expensive Batteries
Really Worth the Price?”

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
gather in the SMI Gym. Middle: SMI Fifth Grade Team.  Bottom:  SMI Fourth Grade Team.

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!


Student Council Officers pictured left to right:  Nina D’Andrea (7th grade), Cole Powley (8th grade), and Liz Perez (7th grade). 


 


 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry


The Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of volunteers. We are looking for help any day of the week Monday – Saturday in the mornings. We usually start early around 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. and work until about noon. We are looking for dedicated, hardworking individuals who can volunteer one or more days a week sorting and boxing non-perishable food items for about 1-4 hours a visit, preferably on a weekly basis. We work through all kinds of weather, and confidentiality is a must. Children younger than high school age are not permitted due to the nature of the work. Also, we are in need of drivers with trucks to pick up food donations from local grocery stores.

The Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry distributes food to about 200 families a month
and the numbers keep growing. The distribution warehouse for the Pantry is located
on Lockport Street just west of Four Seasons Park at the old Vulcan building. If you are interested, please contact Pat Cork at the Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry at 815-439-8394.

 

 

 

 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry
 

The Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry is in need of MACARONI and CHEESE, PEANUT BUTTER, JELLY, and CANNED FRUIT.

For more information visit www.plainfieldfoodpantry.org or call 815-439-8394.

Thank you for your continued support!


 

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