Parish Happenings & Announcements


The Parish Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Sunday, November 8th from 11am - 2pm in St. Mary's Parish Hall. Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, sweet potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, roll, dessert, & drink.

$10 for adults; $5 for children grades 1-8; Free for children 5 & under; $30 family maximum - immediate household. 

Silent Auction, Raffle Prizes & 50/50 Drawing. Need not be present to win.

Hosted by the St. Mary's Women's Guild

Please use the Main Street door or enter from the east at the courtyard between the buildings. Carry-outs use Chicago Street entrance.  Hope to see you there!!

Interested in helping with the Thanksgiving Dinner? Sign-Up HERE!  

RETIRED TEACHERS LUNCHEON:  St. Mary’s Women’s Guild will be hosting the Livingston County Retired Teachers Association for their annual fall luncheon and meeting on Tuesday, October 20.  Prep help is needed on Monday, October 19, and help with serving and clean up are needed on Tuesday.  If you can help, please call Dianne Hanley at 815-832-4040 or 815-848-2366 for times and details.


IGNITE, formerly known as St. Mary's Youth Group (SMYG) will meet this Sunday, October 18 after 5:15 Mass until 8pm in the youth group room of the convent.  All high school students are invited and encouraged to attend.  Any questions, please see Youth Director Amelia Misiak or Father Adam.  Hope to see you there!

BOOK STUDY:  ORDINARY LIVES EXTRAORDINARY MISSION:  5 Steps to Winning the War Within.  Join Kathy Dunham as she guides discussion of this book by Catholic author John R. Wood.  Sessions will meet every other Wednesday beginning October 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall, and end December 16.  To register, please call the parish office at 815-844-7683.  Cost is $5 and you can pay the first night.


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will meet Monday, October 19 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 for any or all sessions.  This week’s topic will be:  “The Church:  One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic”. 


CHILDREN’S ROSARY will be said on Sunday, October 25 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.  Please note the new time effective immediately.  


ALL SOUL’S DAY MEMORIAL MASS:  As parishioners and family of parishioners pass away we try to acknowledge these people in the bulletin each week.  The Women’s Guild is putting together a Memorial Mass to be held Monday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m.  They have taken names from the bulletin over the past year.  If you have lost a loved one since November of last year and did not see their name in the bulletin, please call the Rectory at 844-7683 to add their name to our Memorial list.  


CHOIR PRACTICE will be held every other Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft.  The next rehearsal will be October 28.  The choir  sings at the 9:30 Mass each Sunday.  If you have any questions, please contact Julie Peterson at 815-674-7929 or email

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR comes to St. Mary’s School October 21-25 to share exciting books with our young readers.  All ages will find plenty of items to interest them.  The fair is open from 4-7pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and after Saturday 5:15 and Sunday 9:30 Masses.  Everyone is welcome!  It’s never too early to start your Christmas shopping.  The Book Fair helps to promote learning while helping support TPO.  The book fair will be held in the old gym.  Please enter from the east parking lot.