Children’s Liturgy of the Word

The ministry presents the Sunday readings to children 4 to 8 years old in words that they can understand during the Liturgy of the Word and Homily of the Sunday 9:00 am Mass. The songs, discussions and take home activities encourage the children to ponder God’s presence among us. The richness of God’s word helps our young children to follow Jesus each day.


Michelle Derrick, 630.732.3554

Knights of the Holy Temple

The Knights of the Holy Temple are an altar serving fraternity for young men of high school age.  We seek to grow in faith and authentic masculinity through prayer, mutual support, and service to the church.


Fr. Mike McMahon, 815.436.2651 x848   mmcmahon@smip.org

Special Needs Religious Education

A Special Education Class directed by a certified Special Education teacher and assisted by trained volunteers is provided for children in grades 1-6 who are unable to participate in regular religious education classes. Registration forms for Religious Education are available to you at the Religious Education Office located in the Commons area. Ask the Receptionist for directions. For more information contact Geri Morse M.S., RE Director or click on the “Education” Tab on the Parish website and then click “Religious Education.”


Geri Morse M.S., RE Director, 815.436.4501 x840  gmorse@smip.org

Vacation Bible School

Our Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a week-long program presented each summer for children ages 4 & up (pre-K through 5th grade). Led by youth and adult volunteers, the children have an opportunity to learn about God’s love in a fun and exciting way. Activities include bible stories, songs, crafts, games and snacks.

St. Mary’s just completed this summer’s VBS.  Stay tuned for more information on VBS for 2019 and how you can get involved!


Laura Van Ham, 815.436.2651 x887   lvanham@smip.org

Young Church

Young Church is Catholicism for middle school students, grades 6 through 8.  Join us throughout the year to grow in friendship with God and one another through fun, uplifting, and engaging activities.  We seek to raise up missionary disciples by building relationships and inspiring active participation in the life of the church.


Dianne Rostollan, 815.436.2651 x814   drostollan@smip.org