40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life


From September 22 to October 31, Christians around the world will again join together for the most powerful pro-life effort the world has ever seen.  During these 40 days, churches in our area will participate in our local effort:  40 DAYS FOR LIFE FOX VALLEY.  Each day, one church will commit to praying for an end to abortion outside of the Aurora Clinic.

St. Mary Immaculate will hold our monthly prayer vigil, as part of 40 DAYS FOR LIFE, on Saturday, October 9.  Please sign up at smip.org/40days to pray with us for one hour during our 12-hour vigil, beginning at 7:00 a.m. on the morning of October 9th.  Since we will be outside, face masks are optional as long as social distancing is observed.

If you are unable to join our group on October 9, please consider praying with other groups on another day during the 40 day period.  You can also show your love and support through daily prayer and fasting.

For more information, please text Don Hrdlicka at 630-415-6603 or send an email message to pharmdon@hotmail.com.

Anointing of the Sick

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19 at all Masses.

We will have Anointing of the Sick at all Sunday Masses the weekend of September 19th. The anointing rite takes place after the homily. Anyone who struggles with chronic physical/mental illness or is preparing for surgery are welcome to be anointed. Please DO NOT come to church if you have COVID-19 or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Mobile Food Pantry

Mobile Food Pantry is coming!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The  Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, Mobile Food Pantry delivers healthy food (meat, produce, and non-perishable items) to people in need.  No identification or information will be required or collected.  This event is open to anyone in need of food!

Mobile Pantries use a ‘drive-thru” method to distribute food during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please clear space in your trunk or backseat so volunteers can load boxes of food directly into your vehicle.  Please help protect our volunteers by wearing your mask during these events.

Catholic Charities helps people of all faiths and beliefs

October 2021 Mission

Blessed,Broken & Sent: A Time of Spiritual Awakening

Answer the call to reality living with Mike Patin

October 4, 5, 6, 2021 @ 7pm

Often it is difficult to see how our faith intersects or connects with the busy, hectic lives we lead in the “real” world. This experience will help people of all ages laugh, reflect, and re-commit to a real, active, Catholic faith that fits our everyday lives.

Night One: Broken

Real life has moments of sorrow and pain—physically, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. We’ll discuss brokenness as we experience it. It is important for us to know, name and share our brokenness with Jesus, who accompanies us and wants to know our brokenness and joins our brokenness to his.

• Night Two: Blessed

In our brokenness, Jesus shows up, often in unrecognizable form. He comes to walk alongside, to enlighten, and to feed those who follow him.  He invites us to receive blessing by being in communion with him.

• Night Three: Shared and Sent

Jesus invites those who commune with him to share the Good News and sends us out to families, schools, work and the larger world to be witnesses of what we have seen, felt and received. We who are blessed and broken are called to share the blessing we have received in Christ.

Mike Patin is a husband, dad, and popular Catholic speaker. He lives in Lafayette, LA. Mike describes himself as a “Faith Horticulturalist.” What does that mean? Well…for Mike it’s all about planting seeds and nurturing faith in a God who loves us and calls us by name. Mike uses energy, humor, and stories to affirm the goodness of God’s presence among us while inviting others, and himself, to take the next step in their faith journey. He has spoken in over 130 dioceses in the US and Canada with groups ranging from 10 to 23,000.

2021 Tootsie Roll Drive for the Intellectually Disabled

September 18 & 19

The Knights of Columbus Good Shepherd Council #5573 will be holding their Annual Tootsie Roll Drive on Saturday, September 18th and Sunday, September 19th.  Members and friends of the Good Shepherd Council will be collecting donations for the Intellectually Disabled in the Narthex and outside of the Commons after all Masses

Please be generous and enjoy a chewy chocolate Tootsie Roll.  All proceeds benefit those in need in our parish and community.

For more information, contact Chairman Steve Zimmer at 815-436-0458 or Chairman Pat McKeown at 815-729-3719.

Memorial Service for Aborted Children

September 18

On Saturday, September 18, pro-life Americans through the country will gather at the gravesites of aborted babies, and other memorial sites dedicated in their honor, for the ninth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

Solemn vigils will be held at these sites to commemorate the more than 60 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973, and to remind our society of the humanity of the unborn child.  Please join us for the memorial service in our community:

200 W. Romeo Rd, Romeoville (Cemetery is on the southeast corner)
Gather in the Garden of the Angels section

For more information, contact  Don Hrdlicka at pharmdon@hotmail.com or 630-415-6603

Together let us remember the victims of abortion and pray for a final end to this injustice in our land during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.

Make a Difference Day 2021

October 16, 2021

Help from where you feel most comfortable: inside or outside at SMI, in your own home, or elsewhere in the community. Projects are scheduled at various start times throughout the morning and afternoon.

Participate at your own pace with projects such as donations at the Donation Station or for Undy Sunday, a Knights of Columbus blood drive, making stress blankets, Feed My Starving Children and more! If the 16th doesn’t work, there’s also an opportunity to help with the Mobile Food Pantry in our parking lot on the Tuesday before, October 12th.

Get all the details including specific start/end times, any restrictions, special requests, and contact info for each project. Go online to sign up yourself and your family for a service project!


  • Dozens of meaningful, family-oriented service projects are offered here at SMI and all around the community.
  • It’s a great opportunity for everyone to come together in loving service and fellowship!

If you aren’t available on October 16, we are also once again incorporating Catholic Charities’ Undy Sunday into Make a Difference Day this year. Consider helping those in need in our community.  Click here for more information.

Schedule of events:

  • 9am – Daily Mass in the church
  • 9:30am – Volunteer Blessing in the church
  • 9:30am-3:45pm – Perform your service project at some point during the day
  • 4pm – Vigil Mass

Undy Sunday 2021

St. Mary Immaculate is once again incorporating Undy Sunday into our annual Make a Difference Day service projects.

Did you know that new underwear and socks are the most-requested, but least-donated items at Catholic Charites? These basic items (new underwear, warm socks, and a fresh diaper) are truly treasures to those who are living in poverty.

St. Mary Immaculate is supporting Catholic Charites, Diocese of Joliet and the individuals and families they serve by providing new underwear, undershirts, socks, diapers, and other basic need items for children and adults living in low -income households throughout the month of October.

This year, due to COVID-19, Catholic Charites is requesting donations in either of the two following ways:

1) Undy Sunday Amazon Wish List – Choose from a list of most-needed items and your donation will be sent directly to Catholic Charites to help those in need.
2) Monetary Donations to support Undy Sunday – Donations made to Undy Sunday will be used to purchase the items needed by Catholic Charities’ clients.

Please visit the Undy Sunday page (https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org/undy-sunday/) to make a donation, view the Amazon Wish List, or for more information on Undy Sunday.

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the poor and vulnerable in our community, particularly during this difficult time.