According to St. John Paull II, we are living in a time of extraordinary evil. For this reason, it’s also a time of extraordinary grace. It’s easier now more than ever to grow in holiness and become a saint! God wants to raise up many, many saints in our day. He’ll do this quickly, gently, and easily, if we let Him. How does this happen? We go to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There we find the fire of Divine Mercy. There we discover extraordinary graces for our time. How do we get to His Sacred Heart? We go through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Her role is to lead us to the Heart of Jesus. According to the saints, she is the quickest, easiest, surest way to the fire of love that burns in the Heart of Jesus. 

The essence of this powerful consecration to Jesus through Mary is about "... a new way of life in Christ. The act of consecrating oneself to Jesus through Mary marks the beginning of a gloriously new day, a new dawn, a brand new morning in one's spiritual journey. It's a fresh start, and it changes everything." (Fr. Michael Gaitley) This summer, consider beginning your 33-day preparation on of one the following dates: June 13, July 13, July 20, August 6, August 10, or August 13.  Each of these starting dates will conclude the 33-day preparation on a Marian feast day. You may prepare privately, with your family, or with a small group in the parish. To join a parish group or to learn more about the consecration, contact Mary at (815) 337-0380.

We invite you to participate in a parish-wide preparation for Consecration to Jesus through Mary, by reading, 33 Days to Morning Glory ($3) by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. Each day we will read 2 pages from the book and ponder the message as we go through the day. The writings are based on the Marian spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort, St. John Paul II, St. Maximillan Kolbe, and Blessed Mother Teresa. At the end of this 33 day preparation, we will consecrate our lives to Jesus through Mary.  You may prepare privately; individually or with your family in your home, or join a study group which will meet 6 times. This group study includes a 30 minute DVD presentation by Fr. Gaitley.

Every Thursday morning (September - May), in the St Joseph Center a group of parish women get together to enjoy fellowship and food while they participate in a book club. The title varies usually every fall and spring. They only meet when school is in session although you need not be a school mom to join. They begin the meetings at 9:30 am, with social time beginning at 9:00 am. Please join us! If you have any questions, please contact Marleen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 815-337-5701.