Christmas Giving Tree

Volunteers are needed to make this project a success this year.  Would you be willing to help out in one or more of the following areas:

 

  December 16– Sort gifts by delivery address & nursing homes. - 9:00 am.

                                       Assist with shopping for lost/forgotten tags

                                       Deliver boxed gifts to nursing homes.

  December 17 -  Deliver boxes of gifts to homes – 10:00 am.

If you can help please call Deacon Bill Johnston at 815-338-3377.

** Gift tags for the needy will be on the giving tree beginning the weekend of November 25-26. Please return gifts with the tags firmly attached by December 10 under the tree in the St. Joseph Center. Remember the items on the tags are just suggestions for gifts.  Thank you for your generosity of heart to fulfill the Christmas wishes of those less fortunate than yourself.

Advent Reconciliation

Wednesdays                7:00 - 7:25 am

Thursdays                   5:00 - 5:55 pm en Español

Fridays                       8:00 - 8:30 am

Saturdays                   8:00 - 8:30 am

                                 4:00 - 4:45 pm,

                                 6:00 - 6:25 pm en Español

 

Religious Education classes will have a chance for reconciliation on Wednesday, December 6. Grades 3-5 and special sacraments from 4:00-5:15 pm and Grades 6-12 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

With the parish mission that will be held December 3-5, confessions will be offered with the Night of Prayer and Religious Ed confessions December 6 from 7-9 pm.

St. Mary School classes will have a chance for reconciliation on Wednesday, December 6, from 9:40-11:15 am for grades 3-5. Grades 6-8 will have a chance on Wednesday, December  13, from 9:40-11:15 am.

An opportunity for confession for anyone will be on Wednesday, December 6 from 7:00-9:00 pm when we will have seven priests available to hear confessions in English or Spanish.

 

Christmas Programs

December 11 - St. Mary School's Choirs & Madrigals will be singing in the church at 6:00 pm.

December 14 - St. Mary School students, grades K-6, will be singing in the church at 1:30 pm.

December 20 - St. Mary Religious Education students will have a pageant during both sessions (4:00-5:15 pm and 6:30-8:00 pm).

All are welcome to any of these events.

Simbang Gabi

This is a Filipino novena is celebrated throughout the Rockford Diocese. We are fortunate enough to host one of the nights on December 22. Mass is at 7:00 pm. There will be dancers and music from among the Filipino community. After Mass in Egan Hall (the cafeteria), there will be a traditional Filipino gather with food, fun and music. All are welcome.

 

Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve

4:00 pm - Mass in Church

4:05 pm - Mass in Gym

6:00 pm - Mass in Church

7:30 pm - Misa en Español

 

Christmas Day

12:00am - Mass in Church

7:30 am - Mass in Church

9:00 am - Mass in Church

7:00 pm - Misa en Español

Carols start before the Mass so come early and sing along.

Volunteer Forms

Do You Volunteer at the Church or School?

The Diocese of Rockford has requirements for all volunteers that need to be met. Whether you volunteer as a catechist, choir member, lector, mass coordinator, funeral luncheon worker, extraordinary minister, cleaner of the church, or any other ministry of the church, we need you to read five documents and sign the accompanying form. We have 5-6 printed copies at the mass coordinators desk of the documents for those who want to check out or read on the premises. We also have the papers to sign saying you read them. Below are online versions which include the forms. You can read them online and sign the papers at church or print just the last page and sign (the last page is usually the one for the signature). Even if you have previously done the Sexual Misconduct Norms, it has been modified last January (so you need to do it again now).

 

  1. Code for the Pastoral Use of Technology and Social Media    (Español)
  2. Code of Pastoral Conduct   (Español)
  3. Guidelines for Youth and Those Working with Youth   (Español)
  4. Sexual Misconduct Norms   (Español) 
  5. Authorization to Conduct Background Check   (Español)
  6. Mandated Reporter Form


In addition to these documents and forms, we are all required to take the Protecting God's Children which is also available online in English. Click here for the information on that.

We Are in the News

Our school was featured in the Northwest Herald. Here is the link to the article.

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2015

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus

10-Day Biblical Tour of Israel

November 7-16, 2015

 

Pictured above is the tour group from 2015.

 

Below is a slideshow of photos from the pilgrimage.

 

 

 

Half of the group continued on to Rome while the others headed home.