News

Welcome to the News Section. Here you can stay up to date with the latest news concerning the Church, different Ministries, the Parish School, and the local Community. To go directly to a certain section, click on one of the four names below. Otherwise, feel free to scroll down through the entire page.

 

 

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CHURCH NEWS

 

Save These Dates
 

Scrip Sales
Mon - Fri               8:15am - 4:15pm        Parish Office

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
 

 

 

 

Protecting God’s Children Workshops Scheduled
 

Out of concern for the safety and well-being of children, every diocesan, parish, school or religious education employee or volunteer who is involved with minors on a regular, recurring basis and those who may have an opportunity to be alone with children during parish, school or religious education sponsored events, are required to attend a Virtus Protecting God’s Children program.

We have scheduled Protecting God’s Children Workshops for the following dates:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 7:00—10:00 pm Stewardship/Unity Rooms
Monday, October 2, 2017 9:30 am—12:30 pm Stewardship/Unity Rooms
Thursday, October 18, 2017 7:00—10:00 pm Stewardship/Unity Rooms
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 7:00—10:00 pm 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 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 nmedow@smip.org.


 

 


 




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 drowan@smip.org


 


 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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 Pam Angelus at 815-436-2651 ext. 849 or pangelus@smip.org.


 


 

 

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. 

 




 

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. 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 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 English and Polish and 12:15 Spanish. Weekly resources are provided. Please contact Laura Van Ham at 815-436-2651 ext. 887 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.


 

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MINISTRY NEWS

 

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.

 

 




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 Dutch McCann at 815-436-8072. 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 pmander@smip.org.

 

 

 


Legion of Mary Ministry 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?

Come join The Legion of Mary Ministry at St. Mary Immaculate. 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|
 


 

 

 

 

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.


 

 

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SCHOOL NEWS


 

SMI School Offers $1,000 off of Tuition to Transfer Students


St. Mary’s is pleased to offer a Tuition Transfer Grant to any parishioner who transfers their child into Grades K-7 from any private*, public, charter or home school. This grant will be applied to offset the current school tuition.

St. Mary’s rigorous curriculum exceeds state and diocesan standards and our students consistently perform in the top of their high school classes. Our new state of the art STEM lab and 1:1 program sets our school apart from many others. With our smaller class sizes and many extracurricular activities, your child will have a greater opportunity to excel. We take pride in providing an outstanding Catholic education that has the foundation for our students’ future and their character. We also seek to help them understand themselves and their life in the context of their identity as a son or daughter of the Living God and as a member of the universal Catholic family.

For more information, please call our principal, Mr. John Garvey at 815-436-3953.

*Students transferring from another Catholic school within the Dioceses of Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield and the Archdiocese of Chicago are not eligible.

 

 

 


 

Open Registration at SMI Parish School
 

St. Mary Immaculate Parish School registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open.  As a school, we are proud of the high quality educational experience, staff, and faith based education that we provide.  Not only is our curriculum challenging, and staff progressive, but the St. Mary's community is an incredible group to get involved and active with.

We provide an Outstanding Catholic Education in both faith and academics for students age 3-8th grade.  Our early childhood programs (Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten) have both a full-day and half-day option.  Free bus service is available for those who live in the Plainfield District 202 boundaries.  

A few things that make us unique:

  • Master teachers in:  Special Education, Religion (Campus Minister), Reading, and Technology
  • State of the Art STEM lab for use by all grades PS-8
  • Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten with both full day and half day options
  • Full Day Kindergarten
  • Extended Day Program
  • Certified, dedicated, highly educated teachers help students reach their highest potential
  • Differential instructional program with advanced curriculum 
  • Music, P.E., Art, Computer Technology and Spanish Free bus service for District 202 residents
  • Religion taught daily, K-8 students attend Mass weekly
  • Whole-child approach fosters intellectual, spiritual, physical, & social development
  • Learning with a moral purpose – educates students to serve others and develop leadership

Call today with questions or to schedule a tour  815-436-3953.

 

 

 


 

SMI Home & School Craft Fair
 

Saturday, November 4 from 9 am to 3 pm

St. Mary Immaculate Home and School is hosting a craft fair Saturday, November 4 from 9:00am to 3:00pm held in St. Mary Immaculate Gym and Cana Hall. 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 $35.00 per space before August 1, $40.00 after August 1 through October 15, plus a donation from your wares valued at $10.00 for our raffle.
  • Electricity spaces are an additional $10 per space ( $45 before August 1, $50 after August 1) per space plus the item donation for our raffle. 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). 8’ tables are available to rent for $5.00 per table (limit one per space)
  • Booth set up time is Friday evening 7-9 pm or Saturday morning from 7-9 am. All crafters MUST be set up by 9:00 a.m. when doors open to the public.
  • We have 92 booths available and once these are filled, we will start a waiting list. The Craft Fair will be in the Gym and Cana Hall this year.
  • Handmade/homemade items only! If you have questions or would like an application, please contact Abby LeRoy: phone: 815-556-8279 or via email: abbyjleroy@gmail.com. Applications are also available at the Commons desk.



 

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COMMUNITY NEWS

 

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.epley@plainfieldriverfront.org 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.

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.
 

 


 

 

 

Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry
 

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

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

Thank you for your continued support!


 

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