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2013 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal
PLEDGED TO DATE:
$63,142 (216 Donors)
"God opens the door of faith." These words are the theme for our 2013 Diocesan Stewardship Appeal. Our goal is set at $129,272 as our share of the common diocesan responsibility. Anything over that goal will be returned to the parish for updating our church. Starting next weekend, we will ask you for your commitment. Currently, 800 families out of 3,400 contribute. If all our parishioners contributed $160, our goal could easily be achieved, and we would have resources to accomplish our parish projects. Thank you, as always, for your great generosity. Please understand that any gift, large or small, is appreciated.
Father Peter Sarnicki, O.F.M., Conv.
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This is an important Appeal... Please give generously.
New Flower Garden (Green Thumb) Ministry Volunteers Needed... Click here for more details!
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SUMMER PARISH OFFICE HOURS. With the start of the Memorial Day Weekend our Parish Offices will start Summer Hours. Beginning this week, the Parish Office Hours will be Monday-Thursday, 9 AM to 5 PM and on Fridays, 9 AM to 12 Noon. We will continue to have Office Hours on Saturdays, from 9AM to 1PM and Sundays, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
MAY 24: LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR. Coming to Saint Margaret Mary! Each
session is a new topic based on teachings and witnesses.
• Growth and Transformation (May 24).
Seminar is hosted by Saint Margaret Mary’s In Spirit & In Truth Prayer Group and will take place in the Ministry Center. All sessions start at 7:30 PM. For more information and to register (space is limited), please contact John Morici at 847-915-0223 or Donna Albert at 815-479-9265.
MAY 27: MEMORIAL DAY. Our Parish Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM.
JUNE 8-9: BAKE SALE AFTER ALL WEEKEND MASSES! Help support a Catholic school in Haiti!? Yes we CAM, and you can help too! Catholic Assistance Missions (CAM) is having a bake sale to raise funds for the school they have built in Haiti. There are now almost 300 children that attend the school for free. CAM has built the school and provides the teachers salaries. To raise funds, we are sponsoring a Bake Sale the weekend of June 8-9, after all the Masses (Polish ones too). Save your money and your appetites for some home-baked goods, desserts, and candies. If you wish to contribute baked items, please email Connie Miller or call 847-915-8482 to inform the committee about what you can contribute. Your home made items may be dropped off at the church office on Saturday, June 8, from 2:00 -4:30 PM. Thank you for helping us serve the poor in Haiti!
JUNE 9: MANNA MONEY FOR EDUCATION ORDER DEADLINE. 12 Noon. Manna money for education is a program to benefit all of our
Education programs which includes the Parish
School, our Polish School, Elementary, Middle, and High School
Religious Education Program and Youth Ministry.
This program allows you to purchase gift cards from
over 300 local and national businesses. Saint
Margaret Mary Education programs get a percentage
from every card purchased. It cost you nothing additional
to make a donation towards the education of
the youth in our parish. Simply email your name, phone number
and Parish ID number to (click here for email) to get started or call the Religious Ed Office at 847-658-9339.
Click here for a PDF Brochure of the Manna Money Program
JUNE 10-14: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL. This year, we are hosting “SKY” Vacation Bible School from June 10th-14th. Don’t wait to register! Applications are available in the Religious Ed Office. We invite all children of the Parish ages “completed 3-yr old Preschool” thru 5th Grade to attend this fun-filled week. The cost is only $35 per child. We also have many volunteer positions available. Call the Religious Ed Office at 847- 658-9339 to volunteer; volunteer forms are in the Office and must be filled out. If you have registered your child/children for this wonderful week, please look for an informational letter in your mailbox the week of May 28th. Any questions call the Religious Ed Office at 847-658- 9339.
JUNE 13: GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP. Saint Margaret Mary Parish has a Grief Support Group. We want to provide a safe place where grieving people can come, listen, and share their stories. We want you to know that you are not alone. You don’t have to grieve in secret just because everyone else wants you to get back to your normal life. We meet every second Thursday of the month at 7:30 PM in the Ministry Center. If you have questions, please contact Deacon Don Miller at 847-915-8474.
JUNE 14: NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING. You can learn Natural Family Planning in a 3 part series beginning on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 7:00 PM. These 2-hour seminars are spaced about 4 weeks apart so the couple can begin using NFP and clarify their understanding. Please contact George and Helen Jost, 847- 658-8379 with questions or registration information - also check the Couple to Couple League's website, www.ccli.org, $140 fee for materials and series.
2013-2014 SCHOOL REGISTRATION. We are currently accepting registrations for our Pre-school and Kindergarten programs. Please stop by the School or call for registration information. New families interested in enrolling their children in Grades 1st-8th at Saint Margaret Mary are invited to contact Mrs. Amy Johnson, School Principal, by phone 847-658-5313 or via Email. All Grade levels have openings for the 2013-14 School year. We hope you will consider joining our School community!
Flower Garden (Green Thumb) Ministry Volunteers Needed!
We have a new coordinator, but still need about 3-4 volunteer for the gardens. Please consider volunteering for this Ministry. If you are interested, please contact either Fr. Peter or Clare Titus at the Parish Office. THINK SPRING!
PARISH MISSION & VISION
Our Mission Statement: We, the Catholic Community of Saint Margaret Mary Church, are called by God to be brothers and sisters of Jesus through His life, death and resurrection. We are challenged, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to recognize, become like, and share Christ Jesus in Sacrament, service to others and the sharing of our gifts and the Good News. In this, God's Reign is established.
Our Parish Vision Statement: We are called to establish God’s reign on earth by becoming one with Christ in word, Sacrament and service, as follows:
By loving God above all else, and by loving others as ourselves.
By participating fully in the sacramental life of the Church.
By seeking God’s grace through prayer and spiritual renewal.
By serving others through corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
By supporting the education and religious formation of children, young people and adults in the Roman Catholic tradition.
By sharing, with joy and generosity, our unique talents, our time, our treasure, our personal witness of faith, and our practice of charity.
By being a welcoming community, respecting the diversity of gifts and cultures.
By evangelizing our community and the world through our example of Christian living and our witness to our faith in Christ and the Church.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. You are my friends, if you do what I command you.
Saint Margaret Mary is part of the Rockford Diocese.