YEAR OF MERCY, SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:  During this Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis, we will offer additional hours of Reconciliation each week.  Confessions will be heard every Monday from 12-1pm, and Tuesdays from 6-7pm after the Patriotic Holy Hour.  Confessions will also continue at the regular time, 4-4:45pm each Saturday


2016 ST. MARY’S SESQUICENTENNIAL/BLOCK PARTY ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING:  St. Mary’s Parish was founded 150 years ago this year and we will celebrate at our Annual Block Party in late summer.  All organization heads and any interested parishioners are invited to help us plan for this celebration.  Please join us at an organizational meeting on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall.  The meeting will last no longer than one hour.


IGNITE (St. Mary’s Youth Group) will meet this Sunday, January 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the youth group room of the convent.  We will discuss “What’s the Deal with Ash Wednesday?”  All high school age students are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Next Sunday, February 7, we will have a Mardi Gras themed Super Bowl party starting at 5:30 p.m.  Come watch the game and bring a snack to share.  


CHOIR PRACTICE:  Rehearsals will be held every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft.  The next rehearsal will be February 3.  Men and women of all ages are encouraged to lend their voices.  Please contact Julie Peterson at 815-674-7929 if you have any questions.


YEAR OF MERCY, SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:  During this Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis, we will offer additional hours of Reconciliation each week.  Confessions will be heard every Monday from 12-1pm, and Tuesdays from 6-7pm after the Patriotic Holy Hour.  Confessions will also continue at the regular time, 4-4:45pm each Saturday


ST. MARY'S SCHOOL OPEN REGISTRATION:  For grades K-8 for the 2016-2017 school year begins on Tuesday, January 5 for new families.  We have full state private school recognition, and all teachers are state certified.  Religion is taught each day.  Special classes are offered in computer technology, keyboarding, P.E., art, vocal and instrumental music.  Registration forms can be found online at www.stmaryspontiac.org, filled out and turned in on Jan. 5 with a $25 registration fee.  Forms will also be available at the school office.  For more information, or to schedule a tour, contact the school office at 815-844-6585. Click HERE to visit St. Mary's School website.


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will meet Monday, February 1 from 7-9 p.m. in the parish hall.  If you are interested in learning more about our Catholic Faith, you are welcome to join us.  This week’s topic will be “Foundation of Christian Morality”.


CHILDREN’S ROSARY: The upcoming dates are: Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 20, and Apr. 24. at 9:00 a.m.  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.


WEEKLY PRAYER VIGIL FOR OUR NATION:  Tuesdays at 5:00 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.


LEGION OF MARY meets Friday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the convent.  Please use the west door off the parking lot.  Everyone 18 years and older is invited to join us.  


CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY SEWING CIRCLE will meet Thursday, January 14 from 9 am to 12:30 pm in the parish hall.


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.


ADORATION OPEN HOURS

9 am Sundays, contact Vicki McBeath, 842-2220

1 am Mondays, contact Chan Gill, 309-208-9919

2 am and 3 am Wednesdays, contact Vicki McBeath, 842-2220

12 am Fridays, contact Rick Higgins, 815-822-3720

3 pm Fridays during the winter, contact Vicki McBeath, 842-2220

3 am Saturdays, contact Vicki McBeath, 842-2220

5 pm & 6 pm on 1st, 3rd & 5th Saturdays, contact Vicki McBeath, 842-2220

11pm Saturdays, contact Mary Monical, 844-6034

*If you would like to add your name to the sub list, contact Adoration Coordinator Vicki McBeath at 842-2220.