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 2019 of Adult Formation Opportunities


Walking With Purpose Women's Bible Study


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Women of St. Mary's!  Have you ever wanted to study scripture and learn how it can speak to you today?  Come join us for Walking with Purpose, a bible study program designed for women.  This is a great opportunity to grow closer to Christ with personal study and small group discussions.

Our next session is Beholding his Glory.  This 9-lesson study begins January 15th on Tuesday morning 9:30-11:30 or Tuesday evening 7:00-9:00.  $20 covers to cost of your book.  Hope to see you there! Registration forms can be found in the parish bulletin


Financial Peace University


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Financial Peace University is a program that is being offered at St. Mary Immaculate beginning January 17th.  For more than 20 years, Financial Peace University has been a resource for thousands of parishes across the country, as they have shown over 4.5 million people how to beat debt, while still giving generously.  

Check out St. Mary Immaculate's Financial Peace group here, along with more information about the program and when it is running at St. Mary Immaculate.    


St. Valentine's Day Date Night 2019!


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Enjoy a faith-filled date night evening with your spouse to celebrate St. Valentine's Day!  Each ticket will cover the cost for dinner, drinks, & childcare.  The theme of the night will be "Taking Your Marriage from Hallmark to Heaven: How to Transform your Marriage Through Prayer".  All couples of the parish are invited.  Registration deadline is February 5th.  
Get Tickets Here!


The Wild Goose Series



"The Holy Spirit has been given to us not as a possession to be tamed or controlled, but rather as a Person that will lead us to the Heart of God."  Join us for a 9 week small group & video series on the Holy Spirit.  

Watch the trailer here!  
Sign Up Here



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our faith community here at St. Mary Immaculate!



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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