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St. Mary Immaculate Parish is home to many active ministries that cater to all aspects of Catholic life. Each ministry is as interested in serving you as they are in having you serve with them! We hope before long you will come to learn a bit about each of them. It is our prayer that we may continue to serve one another and the needs of all God's people just as Christ taught us!
We invite you to look over the list of ministries below or the categories on the sidebar to see which ones you might interest you.
To view and download a Event Proposal for a potential event, click here.
For questions about our ministry programs or interest, please contact the ministry or the Ministry Coordinator, Laura Van Ham at (815) 436-2651 ext. 887.
LADIES AUXILIARY, KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, CATHOLIC-CHARTERED ORGANIZATIONS
The Ladies Auxiliary is an organization composed of the wives of Knights of Columbus. They assist with a variety of activities including the K of C Fish Fry's in the spring of each year.
LAWN VOLUNTEERS, PARISH ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
This ministry tends to the Parish grounds. Volunteers will be provided with equipment and shown where to cut. Training for the proper use of tools/equipment will be provided. Volunteers are needed throughout the growing season, any day from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. READ MORE
LAY APOSTLES PRAYER GROUP, ADULT FORMATION AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
"From now on, I will think of you as my apostles." (Jesus, Vol. 10, page 13) Lay apostles are key players in God's plan to reclaim His world. Our mission is to allow Jesus to flow through us into the world, bringing His light to souls who live in darkness. All are invited to join us to hear the monthly message from Jesus to his apostles through...READ MORE
LECTOR TRAINING, LITURGY AND WORSHIP
Proclaim the Word of God at Sunday Masses and special holidays. Training: as needed.
LEGION OF MARY, SPIRITUAL LIFE
The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland on 7 September 1921. It is a lay Catholic organization whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country of the world. The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active...READ MORE
LITURGY OF THE WORLD FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH FORMATION AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
The ministry presents the Sunday readings to children 4 to 8 years old in words that they can understand during the Liturgy of the Word and Homily of the Sunday 9:00 am and 10:45 am Masses. The songs, discussions and take home activities encourage the children to ponder God's presence among us. The richness of God's word helps our...READ MORE
MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER, OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Unique weekend experience for marries couples, designed to enhance a couples' relationship and deepen their love and commitment. Visit http://wwmejoliet.org. READ MORE
MARRIAGE PREPARATION, ADULT FORMATION AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
This ministry is used to provide couples with the best possible foundation for a Christian marriage. Marriage preparation is a two-fold ministry! It is for couples who have become newly engaged, and for couples who have been married for at least five years. The newly engaged are asked to attend an initial Sunday meeting to complete their...READ MORE
MASS COORDINATORS, LITURGY AND WORSHIP
It is the responsibility of each coordinator to oversee the orderly flow of each liturgy and be there to answer questions and coordinate ministers. READ MORE
MEN'S CLUB, FELLOWSHIP
The Men's Club provides activities for the men in the parish and services to the parish community. It was formed to develop friendship, support and camaraderie among the men of the parish. READ MORE
MILITARY MINISTRY, CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND PASTORAL CARE
We are a support group for those who want to let our Troops know how much we appreciate their service and want out service men and women's families to know they are not alone in this Journey. Working together, we will gain comfort in knowing that there are others on the same Journey. We can gain strength from one another...READ MORE
MINISTRY SCHEDULE, LITURGY AND WORSHIP
Coordinates and communicates the schedule for Liturgical Ministers for weekend and Holy Day Masses. READ MORE
MUSIC MINISTRY, LITURGY AND WORSHIP
St. Mary Immaculate offers a wide range of opportunities for parishioners to share their musical talent and interests. Click "Read More" to see a Full Listing of the various Music Ministry groups. READ MORE
PARISH GARAGE SALE, PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
The garage sale is held the second week of June to raise money to help support our mission activity here at St. Mary. People can bring donations of items to be sold at the sale. We are in need of volunteers who can help with receiving donated items as well as with the sale. READ MORE
PARISH LIBRARY, ADULT FORMATION AND SPIRITUAL LIFE
Over 1,000 books are on display and new items are added frequently. Topics include Bible Studies, Spirituality, The Lives of Saints, The Sacraments, The History of the Catholic Church, The Church and the Arts, Catholic Social Teaching, Ethics, and more. We have a wide range of CDs and DVDs available. You can check out books for up to...READ MORE
PARISH MISSION, PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
The Mission Ministry is working to undertake an ongoing active role in the Joliet Diocese’s annual mission to the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Arizona. The 13 day mission, which will take place June 8-21, 2013, focuses on assisting those in need with repair work on their homes. The mission team works through Our Lady of Fatima parish in Chinle...READ MORE
PARISH NURSE, CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND PASTORAL CARE
The goal of Parish Nursing is to act as a catalyst for a healthy parish community. The focus of Parish Nursing is on personal health counseling, health education, appropriate referrals, support group facilitation, patient advocacy and integration of faith and healing. READ MORE
PARISH PASTORAL COUNSELING, CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND PASTORAL CARE
The diverse complexities and issues of our society and culture, combined with the needs of our parish community, have necessitated a Professional Pastoral Counselor. Since January 2001, St. Mary's has provided an option for you to consider a person we recommend as a source for family, child and/or marital counseling needs...READ MORE
PARISH PSYCHOLOGIST, CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND PASTORAL CARE
Dr. Ted Welsch, Psy.D. provides therapy for adults, adolescents, couples and families. He provides clients with services in depression, anxiety, couples counseling, life change/transition, mental illness, substance abuse issues, anger issues, grief/loss and coping with life stressors. Dr. Welsch sees clients at his office located at...READ MORE
PASTORAL CARE, CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND PASTORAL CARE
Acting on behalf of our parish, our ministry members will visit the sick of our parish, the aged, the infirmed and the homebound. This ministry extends our church to those parishioners that cannot attend Mass. It is our goal that no one be forgotten. Trained ministers bring the Eucharist to the Rosewood/Lakewood Catholic...READ MORE
POLISH MINISTRY, DIVERSITY AND UNITY
Our purpose is to bring Polish people closer together to the community of SMI. Through the weekly mass in Polish, we grow and connect spiritually. We help our children to grow up in the same traditions as we have. The Mass in Polish is celebrated in St. Mary Immaculate's Cana Hall at 10:30 am every Sunday. READ MORE
PRAYER MINISTRY NETWORK, CHRISTIAN SERVICE AND PASTORAL CARE
A book is located in the Narthex of the Church for anyone requesting prayers for those in need. The names are then networked to various ministers to remember in prayer all week. READ MORE