Welcome to St. Mary's Catholic Church

 

St. Mary's Parish is a Christ-centered family which welcomes all members to continue their spiritual growth and religious education and to use their individual talents to assume shared responsibility for service and fellowship to our community.

Welcome to the St. Mary's Parish website.  It is our hope that through these pages, all our visitors will be given a window into the life of a vibrant, active, inclusive and faith-filled community.  As the pastor of St. Mary's, I have the great joy of witnessing the many ways our faith community prays together and takes an active role in being an outward sign of Christ in the local community.  Regardless of whether you have been a member of St. Mary's for many years, you are new to our community, or you are just stopping in for a visit, please know that you are welcome here.  Take some time to explore the content of our website and learn more about St Mary's Parish.  We are always happy to see new faces, so if you would like to stop by and visit our parish, it would be a blessing for us to meet you.

~ Father Tuan Van Nguyen

 

ST. MARY'S NEWS


TEEN GROUP VISITED THE SHRINE OF CHRIST'S PASSION IN ST. JOHN, INDIANA ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24th. 

PLEASE JOIN US FOR TEEN MASS ON DECEMBER 21st AT 5PM!


Adult Faith Formation

EPIC:  A STUDY OF CHURCH HISTORY

AFF meets Mondays (5:00-6:15)  and Tuesdays (9:15-10:30) in the Parish Center!  Click here for more info!

                                     

 
World War again ravages Europe.  By the time World War II ends, fifty million lives have been sacrificed as the forces of darkness bask in their triumphs.  Among the three million Catholics that have died in Auschwitz alone, two saints shine forth as examples of sacrificial love and the power of conversion: St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein).  Yet, hope remains, as Pope Pius XII urges the faithful to turn to their Blessed Mother whose bodily Assumption into heaven is declared a dogma of the Church.
 
Please, join us on Monday evening at 5 or Tuesday morning at 9:15 in the Parish Center as we conclude our fall session of Church History, God’s EPIC plan of salvation, and look forward to the hope that spring brings.
 

RE NEWS

* Tuesday, December 10th & Wednesday, December 11th:  Confession - All students who have taken their Sacremont of Reconciliation will attend during their class time.

* Tuesday, December 17th & Wednesday, December 18th:  last days of RE class until January 7th/8th!  (Christmas Break)

*The 2nd graders will be making their Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday, January 27th at 7PM in the Church.

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Our 8th grade Confirmation candidates participated in the Blanket Service Project.  They made 56 prayer blankets to be given out to needy children this holiday season. 

Please keep our children in your prayers as they get closer to their Confirmation, as well as those less fortunate than us.


THE GIVING TREE

The Giving Tree is up!  Tags are available until December 8th.  Please bring items back UNWRAPPED with the tag secured to the package and place them under the tree.  All items need to be back to the Church by December 15th!  PLEASE NO LATER!  Delivery to the families will be Saturday, December 21st.  More information about volunteers needed on certain days TBA!


SCARVES FOR THE NEEDY

If you would like to knit or crochet adult or child-sized scarves for the needy this holiday season, there is a basket of donated yarn in the church basement for you to use.  We also love fleece scarves!  The scarves will be going to the recipients of The Giving Tree program, those in nursing homes, and those who are homeless.  There is a basket for your scarves on the altar. Thank you in advance for your kindness and may God bless you!


St. Mary's Choir

On November 17th, our choir met for lunch, followed by a trip to St. Jude to participate in St. Cecilia Sing, a workshop and prayer service to honor St. Cecilia.  Parishes from all over the Diocese of Joliet participated.  We sang with over 100 other people after only about 45 minutes of rehearsal!

We are now in full swing with Christmas music preparation.  If you want to join in the fun, please contact Kaleigh Jerkatis:  kaleigh.stmarysmusic@gmail.com


Please join Reverance for Life on Friday, December 6th at 6:30 PM in the Church to pray the First Friday Rosary.  All are welcome!


HOLIDAY MASSES

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Thanksgiving Day          9:00 AM

Christmas Eve          4:00 PM (Children's Mass), 6:00 PM

Christmas Day          12:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM

New Year's Day          10:00 AM


Keep Us in Your Prayers

Denise Tonarelli    

Rex Easton    

Jillian Munsell    

Dylan Pickett    

Sandra Severson

Kevin McEvilly

Jim Cox

Paul Thein Phu

Sarah Landers

Kyla Stewart

Kimberly Gaydula

Nichole Reisberg

Brody Roberts

Judy Stafford

Bill Stafford

  Pam Baumgartner   

  Perez Family

Sarah Landers

Deidra Hogan

Cathy Hesselgesser

Anthony Blum

 


HELP NEEDED:  Grundy County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) needs help.  They provide overnight shelter to the homeless using Morris area Churches from October-April and are in great need of volunteers.  If you would like to find out more information please email:  grundypads@gmail.com


On Praying the Rosary...

Concentrating on the mysteries of the rosary can be difficult.

Click here to read more.

Reading the mysteries whilst praying makes it much easier.

Click here to read more.


 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

Masses:

MON, TUES, THURS, FRI:  8:30 AM

WED:  (Communion Service Only) 8:30 AM

SAT:  5:00 PM

SUN:  7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 AM

HOLY DAYS:  6:30, 8:30 AM &  7:00 PM

 

Confession:

SAT:  4:00-4:45 PM

 

Rectory Hours:

MON-THURS: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

FRI: 8:00 AM -12:00 PM

 

 

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