Adult Formation

Adult Formation Coordinator: Emily Burt  815-436-2651 ext. 889 or

“Welcome to our Adult Formation website!  I hope you will join our diverse and dynamic community as we walk together and enrich our faith lives.  Your suggestions for upcoming events are always welcome, and my door is always open!  May the peace of Christ be with you always and the Spirit ever guide our lives”   - Emily

Calendar 2017 of Adult Formation Opportunities





Happy New Year!
Make your 2018 new year's resolution to deepen your faith 
and join us for these upcoming formation opportunities in January and February!




Is God calling YOU to serve?... 
We need Sponsor Couples!


SMI celebrates about 30 weddings a year and prepares about 40 couples a year for marriage.  We are in need of a few more sponsor couples to participate in this enriching ministry.  Sponsor couples are those who have been married at least 5 years who work with our engaged couples.  After receiving your training, you invite couples into your home for 2 or 3 sessions and review their results of a FOCCUS inventory (this is a snapshot in time of patterns of strengths and opportunities in the couple's relationship).  Sponsor couples are an integral part of the preparation process for marriage.  You receive training and support.  A great advantage of this ministry is you schedule your sessions with the engaged couples around your personal needs.  Please contact Emily Burt at 815-436-2651 ext. 889 for more information!




Begins February 20

Coming Lent 2018: Biblical Reflection Groups
A New Kind of Bible Study at St. Mary Immaculate

Are you interested in an opportunity to grow closer to Jesus this Lent? 

Please consider joining us on Tuesday evenings during Lent for a different kind of Bible study!  We will get a head start on the Sunday readings by sharing ideas and seeking insight together.  We hope and pray that our encounters with Scripture in these small group discussions will have a meaningful impact on our preparation for Easter and on our daily lives as we prepare for Holy Week.  

When: Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm February 20th -  March 20th
 (possible extra meeting on Tuesday, March 27th for Holy Week.)

Where: Rooms A, B, & C in the North Wing

Facilitated by: Grace Blaszak and Ann Lundberg.

How: Register HERE or call Emily Burt  815-436-2651 ext. 889

For our first Bible study in this discussion format,
we will need to keep enrollment to a maximum of 20 people, so sign up soon!
We are looking forward to spending time in the Word with you.





February 23 & March 2

New this Year: 
Lenten Reflections followed by Stations of the Cross


Join us in the church from 6:30-7:30 PM for a reflection with our parish Deacons followed by Stations of the Cross.  This will be a great opportunity to dive deeper into the Passion of Christ.

Friday, February 23Deacon Ryan (shadow Stations presented by SMI 8th graders)

Friday, March 2: Deacon Vic (traditional Stations in English)





February 26, 27, 28

Lenten Mission with Mike Patin

Burros, Basins, Bricks, & Bouquets Parish Mission

The Symbols of Holy Week lend us to  take a look at every day living and connect them with Jesus’ final week on earth. 

Burros – “The Master needs it” To Whom does Jesus need us to carry him? 

Basins - ”So you must do” Whom does Jesus call us to serve? 

Bricks & Bouquets - “There is no  greater love than this” What sacrifices am I called to make? 

We will reflect on these images and themes during the mission. Please join us in church at 7 PM for this parish mission. All ages are welcome and ASL interpretation will be provided. Mike Patin, our Mission Speaker, is an Internationally Renowned Speaker from Lafayette LA .  Mike uses energy, humor and stories to affirm God's goodness and presence among us while inviting others (and himself) to take the "next step" in our journey with God.





March 14

"15 minutes each day spent in God’s presence – reading,
reflecting, responding and resting with his Word” (Evangelical Catholic)

“We speak to God when we pray; we listen to Him when we read the Scriptures.” St. Ambrose

Lectio Divina “divine reading” is an ancient way of listening and talking with God through Scripture. The Holy Spirit prompts thoughts about what you read, and helps you talk to God about these thoughts. In this way, God speaks directly to our most personal concerns. 

Join SMIP’s own Certified Spiritual Director, Laura Lies, for a guided Lectio Divina Workshop from a Gospel Reading. Wednesday, March 14 at 7 pm.

Name: Lectio Divina & 1% Workshop (take the liberty to be more creative if you can lol)

Date: Wednesday March 14th 

Time: 7-8:30 PM

Location: Faith Sharing/Harvester Room

Register: Click HERE to register

Connect with Laura Lies at



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FIAT - Young Adult Group

Open to everyone ages 18-35, FIAT is SMI’s young adult group.

Service, social, and worship experiences will happen throughout the fall so join us when you can!  For more information visit  and find us on FacebookInstagram, and Snapchat!




St. Mary’s Welcomes New Spiritual Director

Laura Ann Lies
M.S. Certified Spiritual Director
Laura Lies is a native Chicagoan, SMI parishioner, and is certified in Spiritual Direction through the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation. Spiritual direction is a contemplative practice that assists individuals in one-hour, monthly meetings, in developing and cultivating a personal relationship with God that leads to transformation. Laura has particular background in: Discernment and Decision Making; Making Sense of Suffering; Navigating major life transitions; Interfaith and ecumenical relationships; and Returning to God after a long hiatus. Laura can be reached at ext. 896 or by email at

Visit Laura's Spiritual Direction website HERE.




RCIA Begins

Do you know someone interested in becoming Catholic or learning more about our faith? 

 The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the sacramental process in which individuals enter into an extended period of formation.  The community ritually celebrates the conversion of these individuals at various points on the journey, culminating with the celebration of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.  Following this, there is a period to help the newly initiated to live the commitment the made: lives of justice, service and charity as witnesses of the reign of God.  

RCIA is open to the unbaptized, or those who are seeking to receive First Eucharist or Confirmation.  Please call 815-436-2651 ext. 889 for more info.




At Home and Online Faith Formation Resources

Please consider taking advantage of the diocesan partnership with the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation sponsored by the University of Dayton.  Take any 8 week online course in faith formation (graded or not graded) at an extremely discounted rate.  The Diocese of Joliet subsidizes this opportunity so that as many of our parishioners as possible can take courses at their own convenience. Topics include biblical studies, Church history, sacraments, Catholic Social Teaching, Marianist studies, Evangelii Gaudium, Islam, ministry, and so many others!  Follow this link to learn more: 


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