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Bereavement Ministry

Bereavement ministry is comprised of committees; each having a responsibility of providing comfort to families at a time of loss of a loved one. The committee will help to guide in all aspects of the planning for a funeral Mass, and will continue through follow up after the funeral. The group will provide assistance in all the stages of funeral planning, from picking out songs, psalms, intercession, recessionals to name a few.

If you would like to access the funeral planning guidebooks to see a selection of readings and hymns, please click here

Contact


Janet Fastabend, 815.505.0911   bill.janet.fastabend@gmail.com

Daybreak

A partnership between churches, community services and Catholic charities responding to the needs of homeless, Daybreak provides housing, food and supportive services to the homeless. Meals are on the first Tuesday in January, March, May, June, September, and November.  If cooking is not for you, please donate breakfast items for the following morning.

Contact

 Linda Polnik, 815.436.5069   polnik4@comcast.net
  Donna Giancarlo, 815.436.7166   pugsley04@comcast.net
  Cindy Mayfield, 815.370.8304

Easter Baskets

This program is an opportunity for our Faith Community to help children celebrate Easter. A variety of items are collected to fill baskets for children at Groundwork, Daybreak Shelter, etc.

Contact

Laura Bringas, 815.744.4072   luvspooh@comcast.net

Funeral Luncheon

The Funeral Luncheon Ministry of St. Mary Immaculate Parish ministers to parish families who have experienced a death. A funeral luncheon is offered to each family who contacts the Parish for funeral arrangements. Our luncheons include two main dishes of chicken and beef at a minimal cost to the family. Each family’s luncheon is then also gifted with assorted side dishes and desserts graciously provided by our parishioners.

The opportunities to serve within this ministry are many and varied. We need set-up and clean-up help, those willing to make phone calls from a call list and those who would like to “gift” a parish family with a baked dish, salad or dessert on an occasional basis by placing their name on our call list.

Contact

Laura Van Ham, 815-436-2651 x887   lvanham@smip.org

Giving Tree

Each year at Christmas, the Giving Tree offers each member of our Faith Community the chance to remember someone less fortunate with a small gift or by adopting an entire family. We provide gifts to various organizations including: Daybreak, Guardian Angel Home, Rosewood and Lakewood Nursing Homes, Interfaith Food Pantry of Plainfield, etc.

Contact

Robin Contreras, 815.814.8457 

Helping Hearts and Hands

Helping Hearts and Hands offers assistance to homeowners who are unable to do certain tasks on their own.  This ministry serves seniors and people who have experienced a life-changing event.  On the 3rd Saturday of the month, from April through November, members of this ministry will assist with yard work, cleaning clutter from a basement or garage, changing lightbulbs, and other light cleaning tasks.

Contact

Paul King, 815.735.2911   paul@northweststeel.com

Interfaith Food Pantry

The Plainfield Interfaith Food Pantry distributes food to over 250 families a month and the numbers keep growing.  The Pantry is in need of help Mondays through Saturdays in the morning.  Volunteers gather at the Vulcan Buliding on Lockport St. between 7:30 am and 8:00 am and work until Noon.  The Pantry is looking for dedicated, hardworking individuals who can volunteer one of more days a week sorting and boxing nonperishablie food items for about 1-4 hours a visit, preferably on a weekly basis.

The Pantry works through all kinds of weather and confidentiality is a must.  Children younger than high school age are not permitted due to the nature of the work.  Drivers with trucks are also needed to pick up food donations from local grocery stores.

Contact

Pat Cork, 815.439.8394  administrator@plainfieldfoodpantry.org

Make a Difference Day

On the third Saturday of October each year, St. Mary Immaculate parishioners engage in service projects held on parish grounds and in various communities, reaching out to others with the heart of Christ.  The day begins with morning Mass and a special blessing of volunteers.  The various service projects take place between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.  Volunteers and their families are invited for a free lunch, which is served in the Gym from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.  

Stay tuned for more information regarding Make a Difference Day! Sign-ups for various service projects begins in September.

Contact

Pam Angelus, 815.436.2651 x849   pangelus@smip.org

Military Ministry

We are a support group for those who want to let our Troops know how much we appreciate their service and want out service men and women’s families to know they are not alone in this Journey. Working together, we will gain comfort in knowing that there are others on the same Journey. We can gain strength from one another. If you have a family member or friend serving in the military over-seas, please contact us so that our faith community may keep them in our prayers. 

Contact

Maria Prekop, 312.259.6851  maria.prekop@navigant.com
  Donna Hoban, 815.254.0622 hobans@sbcglobal.net

Other Links

The following links have been identified for purposes of getting involved in many events and activities throughout the community in support of our Military Men and Women and their families.

Operation Paperback                        http://www.operationpaperback.org/

Operation Support Our Troops            http://www.osotamerica.org/

Operation Welcome you Home            http://www.welcomeyouhome.org/


Parish Pastoral Counseling

The diverse complexities and issues of our society and culture, combined with the needs of our parish community, have necessitated a Professional Pastoral Counselor. Since January 2001, St. Mary’s has provided an option for you to consider a person we recommend as a source for family, child and/or marital counseling needs. Counseling is a non-judgmental, safe way to look at choices, to see if the consequences of those choices are in alignment with values and goals. Confidentiality is guaranteed.

Contact

Joan Lopina, 815.436.2651 x892  jlopina@smip.org

Parish Psychologist

Dr. Ted Welsch, Psy.D. provides therapy for adults, adolescents, couples and families. He provides clients with services in depression, anxiety, couples counseling, life change/transition, mental illness, substance abuse issues, anger issues, grief/loss and coping with life stressors. Dr. Welsch sees clients at his office located at 15726 S. Frederick Street in Plainfield, IL and maintains flexible hours to meet your needs. As a licensed psychologist, his fees are partially covered by most insurance programs. 

Contact

Dr. Ted Welsch, Psy.D. 815.577.6686  t.welschpsy.d@sbcglobal.net

Pastoral Care

Acting on behalf of our parish, our ministry members will visit the sick of our parish, the aged, the infirmed and the homebound. This ministry extends our church to those parishioners that cannot attend Mass. It is our goal that no one be forgotten. Trained ministers bring the Eucharist to the Rosewood/Lakewood Catholic residents each Sunday between 9:15- 10:30 am. During the week, visitation is provided for hospitalized parishioners.

Contact

Pat Mander, 815.436.2651 x893  pmander@smip.org

Pastoral Minister

The goal of Parish Nursing is to act as a catalyst for a healthy parish community. The focus of Parish Nursing is on personal health counseling, health education, appropriate referrals, support group facilitation, patient advocacy and integration of faith and healing.

Contact

Pat Mander, 815.436.2651 x893  pmander@smip.org

Prayer Ministry Network

A book is located in the Narthex of the Church for anyone requesting prayers for those in need. The names are then networked to various ministers to remember in prayer all week.

Contact

Arlene Kauzlarich, 815.436.4398  edandr@att.net

Shepherd’s Table

On the second Thursday of every month, the members of the SMI Shepherd’s Table ministry gather at 7:30 am Mass at St. Mary’s and then head to Daybreak Shelter, where they prepare and serve lunch for guests of the shelter, using the food items already on hand at Daybreak.  Preparation, service, and clean up are usually complete by 12:30 pm.  This experience gives our parishioners an opportunity to have a direct impact on those in need.  Additional members are always welcome to help with this rewarding ministry.

Contact

Laura Van Ham, 815.436.2651 x887  lvanham@smip.org

Special Needs Family Ministry

This Ministry serves a diverse population of families who have children with special needs.

Contact

Geri Morse, 815.436.2651 x840  gmorse@smip.org

Special Needs Mass

On the second Sunday of the month, there will be a Special Needs Mass offered in Cana Hall at 10:30 am. This monthly Mass will take place from September – April, and will have a break during the summer.

Special Needs Religious Education

Registration for classes beginning this fall is now open! Please contact Geri Morse at 815-436-4501 to register and for any questions you may have.

Special Needs Ministry Service Project – Misericordia Candy Days

Hosted by St. Mary Immaculate Parish

Description: Volunteers stand inside the Commons, wear a Misericordia vest and pass out candy packets and informational tags in exchange for donations.  This can be a family or parent/child service activity. A minimum of 4 people are needed after each of the seven mass times.

Date/Time: Saturday, April 27th and Sunday April 28th after all Masses (Sat. 4 pm & 5:30 pm; Sun. 7:30 am, 9 am, 10:45 am, 12:15 pm & 6 pm)

Location: St. Mary Immaculate Parish – Commons

Other: Bring your smiling faces and wear comfortable shoes.

St. Anne’s Sewing Circle

This ministry servces our community by “stitching” us together.  The Sewing Circle at St. Mary Immaculate Parish was named in honor of St. Anne, Mary’s mother and the patroness of seamstresses.  On the second Saturday of each month, we enjoy mending clothing and household items, sewing on buttons & badges, and repairing hems (at no cost) for our parishioners and the community.  We also assist the Church with a variety of sewing tasks.  Come join us!

Contact

Diane Ziemba, 815.609.9224   RAZ5733@aol.com
Pat Arendt, 815.609.8033