KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS APPRECIATION COOKOUT:  Sunday, July 31 at 3:30 p.m. at the home of Owen Lyons, 17864 E. 1700 North Rd.  All KofC members are their families are invited to attend.  Steak, potatoes, cole slaw, fruit salad, lemonade & water will be served.  BYOB.  Please bring a dessert.  RSVP to Nick Ehrgott by July 26 by calling 217-248-0455

CHRIST CHILD SOCIETY DIAPER DRIVE:  In conjunction with the quarterly meeting of the Christ Child Society, donations of diapers, wipes and baby wash are being solicited.  Preemie, newborn, and size 1 diapers are particularly needed.  Please place your donations in the bin by the St. Patrick Statue by the day of the meeting, August 17.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP:  St. Mary’s will offer a 12 week Bereavement Support Group beginning Wednesday, August 17 from 7:00-8:30 pm.  We will meet in the parish hall and follow a series of readings and discussions.  All are welcome no matter who you have lost or how long it has been since your loss.  To register, or for more info, please call Deacon Jim Wallace at 815-844-5317 or the parish office at 844-7683.

BOOK BORROWING LIBRARY has been set up in the back vestibule of the church by the Legion of Mary for all to use.  On the honor system, you may take home and enjoy books, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes and videos to assist in your spiritual growth.  There are even a few items for children and teens.

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.

BULLETIN for the week of July 24 ,2016 can be found HERE.