Parish Happenings & Announcements

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15  IS THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.  However, since it falls on a Saturday, it is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation this year.

CLUSTER BLOCK PARTY! You are invited to join us for the Cluster Block Party (St. Mary, St. Paul, St. Joseph, St. John) on Saturday, August 22nd, beginning with a special Mass at 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church.  We will then adjourn to the parking lot, the old gym, the new gym, the playground, and the parish hall for music, games, food, and fellowship.  The entertainment is free, and food and drinks will be available at a very reasonable cost. This is NOT a fundraiser, just a party!  We look forward to seeing everyone there!  We will have the party rain or shine.  Please pray for good weather!  Also, we are in need of desserts and some workers for this event. 

If you would like to help, please sign up through the Sign Up Genius link: or call Sherri Hatzer at (815) 842-6787.  Thank you for your help!

Click HERE for the event flyer!


CCD: Looking for aids and substitute teachers for Wednesdays after school for the 2015-2016 school year.  If interested, please contact Karen Peissig at 815-822-3282.

CHILDREN’S ROSARY: will be said on Sunday, August 23rd at 9:00am. All children from our parishes ages 4-14 are invited to participate. We invite parishioners to come pray with us for the intentions of our pope, the children's rosary group, and all those present. 

CENACLE: Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the church,  Please join The Women of the Visitation Prayer Group and St. Mary’s Youth Group as we once again host this powerful prayer experience in which the Sisters of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary will focus participants on the things of God and support a profound encounter with Jesus.  This evening of prayer will include Exposition/Adoration/Benediction as well as Mass.  For more information, please contact Mary A. Billington, Diane Wagner or Amelia Misiak with questions.  Hope to see you there!

CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY SEWING CIRCLE: Will meet Thursday, August 13 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the parish hall.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults): RCIA is starting the formation of their next class to begin Monday, August 31.  If you or someone you know is interested in converting to, or learning more about the Catholic Faith, please call Jim & Mary Billington at 815-844-3008 or the parish office at 844-7683.  We are also in need of sponsors for the candidates.  If you would like information about that, please call Jim & Mary as well.

WEEKLY PRAYER VIGIL FOR OUR NATION: Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. we will have exposition, adoration, and benediction to pray for our nation and God’s intervention to change the hearts of our nation’s leaders.

“WOMEN OF THE VISITATION” PRAYER GROUP: All women of the parish are invited to join us in prayer every Wednesday from 7-8 p.m. in the convent chapel.  Please use the west door off the parking lot. No sign up needed, come whenever you can.


CHANGES IN DONATIONS TO PANTRY: ONLY clothing, towels, blanket type items and kitchen items will be accepted at the discretion of the Pantry staff. The items must be in clean, soil-free condition. The Pantry can no longer accept knick knacks, books, toys, holiday decorations and other non-clothing items do to space constraints. Clothing donations will be taken at designated days/times. No clothing items should ever be left outside the doors of the Pantry. We are currently in need o f children's clothing in all sizes. Donations can be made on Thursdays from 9:00am - 5:15pm or call a Pantry volunteer to arrange a time for your drop off: Joan Bolen 842-1576; Jane Kuerth 842-2174; Evelyn Ribordy 844-7594. These phone numbers are also posted on the outside of the Pantry. Tax receipts are available on request.