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  moleary@smip.org

Baptism Coordinators

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   plombardo@smip.org

Bible Study

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Prayer: Our study of the Psalms and other books will change the way we pray and understand what we are praying!
  5. Communal life: We will make new friends and enjoy a new found companionship as we travel to our heavenly home together.
  6. 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   michalskim@att.net

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   dutchmccann@comcast.net

Fiat Young Adult Group

This SMI young adult group is open to everyone ages 18-35. There are various service, social, and worship experiences scheduled each month. Visit www.fiatsmi.org for specifcs on ministry events. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.


Emily Burt, 815.436.2651 x889   eburt@smip.org

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   lgsalazar@comcast.net

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   welcomematt@comcast.net

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  lrunge5971@aol.com

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.


Lynn Scardullo, 708.768.4949   legionofmary@smip.org or lmscardullo@gmail.com

Marriage Preparation

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


Parish Office, 815.436.2651

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 meet the 3rd Monday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.


Dutch McCann, 815.436.8072   dutchmccann@comcast.net

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

RCIA is the formal education process for adults who are seeking initiaion into the Catholic Church or (for adults) the Sacrament of Confirmation.  RCIA holds weekly meetings on Sunday mornings September through Pentecost.  This process culminates when the candidate becomes fully initiated at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday).  After becoming a full member of the Catholic Church, a continued “mystogia” (continue learning) takes place for six weeks after Easter.  So the newly initiated contnues to move forward in daily and life-long commitments to the Lord.


Emily Burt, Adult Formation Coordinator,  815-426-2651 x889

Spiritual Direction – Support for your journey in faith

“We don’t know all the reasons that propel us to go on a spiritual journey, but somehow our life compels us to go. Something in us knows that we are not just here to toil at our work. There is a mysterious pull to remember… “ (Jack Kornfield)

Explore your life journey one-on-one with a caring listener. All spiritual directors are trained professionals and certified. This is an opportunity for adults seeking a safe place to share hopes, joys, struggles and losses. Discover how God is present in your life when faced with transitions and difficulty. God is in everything!

Facilitates one’s faith journey…

  • Helps those searching for relevance in God.
  • Assists individuals in articulating their God experiences.
  • For those who are experiencing life’s transitions when it feels like God is distant.
  • Provides a safe place for people to have their stories heard.
  • Is open-ended on the individual’s needs.
Who will walk with you on your journey?

Lay people from the Community who are trained in Spiritual Direction and knowledgeable about Christian spiritual practices.

People committed to their own faith journeys and spiritual development

Laura Lies, MS

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. 


Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas, MSW, LCSW, CPSD

Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas is a Certified Professional Spiritual Director (CPSD) through Mayslake Ministries, Downers Grove, IL.  She is also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and has over 30 years of experience working with children, young adults and adults in various roles including teaching art for 15 of those years and also worked as a school social worker.  She holds a Master’s degree in social work (MSW with Honors) from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois and a lifetime member of Phi Alpha, National Honor Society.  She has a School Social Work Licensure Endorsement from Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois, a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in education with a minor in Fine Arts from Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois. She is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers).  Some areas of interest include (but are not limited to): Children/Teens/Young Adults/Adults/Elderly, Family/Couples, Grief & Loss, Women’s Issues, Mental Health/Anxiety, Discernment & Decision Making, Transitions, Franciscan Spirituality, Ecumenism and Ordained Ministry (Deacons/Wives, Religious, Priests, Ordained).  Elizabeth enjoys taking part in the parish by participating in the ministries of: Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Cantor, Team Proclamation and Elizabeth Ministry.  In the diocese of Joliet, she participates in Cursillo, retreats/day of reflection and the Diaconate including formation and wives formation.  “In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Deacon Vic, my daughter, Michaela, and our dogs.  I also run daily, practice Yoga, enjoy walking, biking, hiking, dancing, spending time in nature, drawing, painting, pastels, singing, playing guitar, ukulele and mandolin, and attending musicals.”

Dr. Douglas Muir, Ed.D., CPSD

815-436-2651 x889

Welcome Home Program

Have you been away from the Catholic Church? Feeling the pull to come back? Well look no further! We want you to come home!

Welcome 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.

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

Our next session begins Nov. 4 and runs weekly though Dec. 9.

Contact & Registration

Pre-registration is requested, but all are welcome to attend this free group! For more information call the Parish at 815-436-2651. Over the years 120 plus have returned to their faith.