Our Parish Family Welcomes You Home!
We welcome you home and you are always invited to celebrate with us.
Please mark your calendars for our parish Lenten Mission, Monday, March 24th and Tuesday, March 25th. Try to attend these two evenings to listen to the presentations given by Fr. James Edward McCurry, OFM Conv. The Lenten Mission is a great opportunity to deepen our faith and help us to be ready to receive the joy of the Resurrection. Click here for more details.
YOUR ONLINE CATHOLIC STORE-- If It's Catholic It's here! Gifts, books, apparel and more!
Click here for our new web site for Music & Liturgy (for Choir, Cantors, Altar Servers, EMEs and more)!
STATIONS OF THE CROSS. On Friday evenings at 7:00 PM during Lent, we will be celebrating (in English) the journey of Jesus to Calvary and salvation with the Stations of Cross. Then at 8:00 PM, there will be Stations of the Cross in the Polish Language. Click here for a special audio version of the Stations of the Cross (English).
FREE DINNER AT ST. JOSEPH'S TABLE. Please join us for a free feast, a St. Joseph’s Table. Everyone is welcome so come to the Ministry Center at Saint Margaret Church, on Sunday, March 9th. Drop in anytime between 12:30- 3:30 PM for a free meal and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there!
FAMILY QUAKE MASS. YOUTH MINISTRY MASS THE 2ND SUNDAY OF MONTH: Next Family Quake Mass is Sunday, March 9th at 4:30 PM!
CATHOLICS RETURNING HOME. Saint Margaret Parish will be inviting back Catholics who have been away from the Church through a six week series entitled “Catholics Returning Home” beginning February 4th. If you have recently returned or would like to explore returning to active participation, please join us at 7:30 PM in the Ministry Center.
WE WANT YOU FOR THIS YEAR'S "MANE" EVENT! We are looking for men, women and children of all ages, who have “hair to spare,” to participate in this year’s Shamrock Shave. Last year’s Shave raised over $38,000 (over $150,000 has been raised the last 5 years) and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever! If you are interested in having your head shaved to raise money for community families in need and those suffering from cancer, please contact Jonna Burke at 847-809-6950 or via email. Click here for more information and pledge forms.
ALTAR SERVER TRAINING. All Altar Servers are invited to our monthly General Meeting on Sunday March 16th. We will be meeting in Bethany Lobby at 3PM. Click here for additional information and our new Music & Liturgy web site.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS LENTEN FISH FRY. Don’t miss this great annual tradition...
ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH DINNERS cooked to perfection by our very own Knights of Columbus! SAVE THE DATE and join us for the first of two Fish Frys on
Friday, March 21st
from 5:00 to 8:30 PM
at McDonnell Hall.
MEN'S LENTEN RETREAT 2014. Men of the Parish are invited to a Lenten Retreat: For the last 7 years, men from our parish have attended and been uplifted by this retreat. It is a "next step" for men who have completed their CHRP retreat formation process.
"But no one can enter a strong man's house to plunder his property unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can plunder his house." Mark 3:27
We recognize the fight that men face, and we support and affirm their efforts to protect, provide and grow in holiness. Stewardship sponsored event.
PARISH LENTEN MISSION 2014: TOTUS TUUS. Monday, March 24 ~ Tuesday, March 25 at 7:00 PM. The Presence of Mary in Our Life.
Totus Tuus was Pope John Paul II's apostolic motto. It is a Latin phrase meaning "totally yours" and expressed his personal Consecration to Mary. Join us as Father McCurry will enrich our spiritual life with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Parish Lenten Mission Flyer and information
Diocesan Stewardship Appeal
"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.
PLEDGED TO DATE:
$113,216 (320+ Donors)
This is an important Appeal... Please give generously.
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!
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.