PARISH NEWS & HAPPENINGS:
ST. MARY’S SESQUICENTENNIAL SOUVENIR BOOKLET can be picked up at the Sacristy entrance after all Masses next weekend, September 17/18. Each registered parish family is entitled to one free copy. Extra copies are $5 each. Booklets can also be picked up at the parish office during regular business hours.
ST. MARY’S COOKBOOK: If interested in pre-ordering the 3rd edition St. Mary's Cookbook for $15, contact Nancy Milhauser at 815-822-2592, or Katie Wille at 815-842-1233. Books should be here in November and will make great holiday gifts. Times will be set for pick-up and further selling. Please watch the bulletin for details
FAITH FORMATION (CCD) CLASSES have begun for all Catholic students, grades K-8, who attend public schools. Classes are held on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. or Sundays after 7:00 Mass until 9:00 a.m. Cost is $25 per student, with an additional fee for those in a sacramental program. If you have not yet registered, please contact Karen Peissig at 815-822-3282.
CHOIR PRACTICE will be held every other Wednesday, 9/14, 9/28, 10/12, 10/26 at 7:00 pm in the choir loft. The choir sings at the 9:30 Mass each Sunday. Extra voices are always needed and everyone is invited to join. If you have any questions, please contact Director Todd Cheek by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ST. MARY’S WOMEN’S GUILD POTLUCK AND MEETING: Tuesday, September 20 in the parish hall. Potluck will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a business meeting at 7 p.m. Drinks and table service will be furnished. Please bring a dish to pass. All women of St. Mary’s, and our neighboring parishes, are invited to join us!
IGNITE, St. Mary's Youth Group (SMYG) will be having their kick-off event this Sunday, September 11 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the youth group room of the convent building. All high school age students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Any questions, please see Youth Director Amelia Misiak or Father Adam. Hope to see you all there!
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.