Baptism Classes and Information
Baptism Preparation is a program where the parents of children to be baptized come together to understand the sacrament and the Baptism Rite. Parents seeking Baptism for their infants and young toddlers are required to attend a session at St. Mary Immaculate. As parents are considered the “first teachers” of their children; they will be able to explain to their children about the faith into which they are baptized. Any parents seeking baptism for their infant, or toddler, and any Adult Parishioner wishing to help with this Baptism Ministry is asked to contact Margaret O’Leary at the parish office.
Margaret O’Leary, 815.436.2651 x803 firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptism Coordinators are volunteers needed to coordinate the baptism sacramental ceremony. Adult parishioners can enrich their faith life by answering a call to ministry. Training for Baptism Coordinators will be provided at St. Mary Immaculate.
Dcn. Pat Lombardo, 815.741.9073 email@example.com
Adult Bible Study is an important part of our adult faith life. Bible Study is more than learning about the Bible, how it came to be, and all the famous and infamous people between its covers. It should improve the way we live our daily lives and inform our relationships with God and others. It is a most critical way to build up our faith and prayer life. Adult Bible Study offers the opportunity to improve our personal relationship with God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit in six critical areas:
- Knowledge and faith: Scripture and sacred tradition form the essential elements of our faith. Both of these traditions will inform our relationship with God. Each study will improve our overall understanding of the Old and New Testaments.
- Liturgical life: Our experience and knowledge of the Bible will forever change our participation in Mass. The Old Testament readings, Psalms, New Testament readings, and Gospel selections will become more valuable as we learn the context of the readings and see the connection between all of them.
- Moral formation: Bible study will change us for the better. When we learn to see ourselves in these timeless stories, we will change; for we are the people of God and the characters in His story.
- Prayer: Our study of the Psalms and other books will change the way we pray and understand what we are praying!
- Communal life: We will make new friends and enjoy a new found companionship as we travel to our heavenly home together.
- Missionary Spirit: The Spirit will move us to reach out to others with our new found knowledge. Our joy will be irrepressible.
Mary Michalski, 815.347.2725 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 7:00-9:00 am in the North Wing A, B, and C rooms across from the Adoration Chapel. All men age 18 and older are welcome to join our ministry.
Dutch McCann, 815.436.8072 email@example.com
Catholics Returning Home
Have you been away from the Catholic Church? Feeling the pull to come back? Well look no further! We want you to come home!
Catholics Returning Home helps Catholics reconnect with their faith, and their relationship with Christ. Join us and you will find:
- Supportive, non-judgmental group where you can freely explore your concerns and questions
- Small community including others thinking about returning, recently returned Catholics and clergy.
- Safe haven in which private issues are identified and dealt with privately, with compassion.
- Warm, welcoming environment.
- A 6 week series beginning Monday, July 15th, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the North Wing Room A at St. Mary Immaculate Parish.
The themes below represent a typical flow. We survey questions and issues of interest to the group.
1st Session : Welcome, Overview of Series
2nd Session : Presentation on Inactive Catholics
3rd Session : The Church Today: Changes Since Vatican II
4th Session : The Mass
5th Session : Explanation of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
6th Session : The Creed; What Catholics Believe
Contact & Registration
Pre-registration is requested, but all are welcome to attend this free group! For more information call the group’s facilitator, Deacon Tom O’Connell, at 815-230-2241 or call the Parish at 815-436-2651.
First Saturday Devotion
In honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we come together after the 7:30 am Mass in the church to pray the Rosary on the First Saturday of each month.
Frank and Lissy Salazar, 815.267.7343 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fishers of Men
The mission of this group is to help equip men of all ages to be committed disciples of Jesus Christ and better husbands, fathers, and men in their local community. Meetings are held every Saturday morning at 7:00 am.
Matt Trusk, 630.738.0081 email@example.com
Lay Apostles of Jesus Christ the Returning King Prayers Group
“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 Anne, the lay apostle. We also recite the Luminous Mysteries and follow with fellowship. Our ministry offers 2 meeting day/time options, both held in the Upper Room at SMI. Come and pray with us!
2nd Tuesday of each month from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.
Libby Runge, 815.577.6283 firstname.lastname@example.org
Legion of Mary
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 co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.
The parish unit of the Legion of Mary is called a Praesidium. Each Praesidium holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to find out more about the Legion or apply for membership can visit the Praesidium meeting at St. Mary Immaculate. It meets every Thursday at 7:00 pm in North Wing Rooms B & C.
The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through activities such as visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in apostolic and missionary undertakings sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.
This ministry is used to provide engaged couples with the best possible foundation for a Christian marriage through meetings with a sponsor couple. Sponsor couples are couples who have been married for at least five years and wish to share the experience of their marriage bond with engaged couples. Passing on knowledge of the sacrament of marriage to those who are seeking marriage can be a very enriching and rewarding experience. Expectations of sponsor couples include:
- Attending Diocesan semi-annual training meeting
- Attending parish sponsor couple group semi-annual meeting with coordinators
- Facilitating two two-hour meetings with an engaged couple in your home; usually with 4-6 couples per year
Men’s Catechism Circle
Come join the Men’s Catechism Circle, meeting in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Small Meeting Room. We study the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” through reading and discussing the Catechism. Men attending can feel free to ask questions or raise points for discussion. At the end of the session, we have a practical lesson from the teachings of St. Jose Maria Escriva. We
Dutch McCann, 815.436.8072 email@example.com
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
RCIA is the formal education process for adults who are seeking
Emily Burt, Adult Formation Coordinator, 815-426-2651 x889
Spiritual direction is something to experience, offering a holy pause; a time to reflect on how God is present in your daily life. This process can increase the capacity for gratitude helping to develop more mindfulness about your intentions and how God is reflected in those intentions. Spiritual direction invites you to realize more fully the intimacy of God and how that affects you. The value of this can be empowering, encouraging you to be the person God calls you to be no matter what is happening in your life. A spiritual director encourages you to reflect, notice, and respond. Typically, people meet with a trained, certified spiritual director once a month.
Laura is a native Chicagoan, with a certificate in Spiritual Direction through the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, and parishioner at SMIP. Laura has a 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.