Registration is OPEN for the 2013-2014 School Year
It is time for us to begin planning for our 2013-2014 enrollment at St. Mary Immaculate Parish School. As you are aware, we offer a quality faith-centered education for children from Pre-School (age 3 by September 1, 2013) to Grade Eight. The requirement is that a family must be a registered parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate in order to register for our school or to be placed on the waiting list. In addition, we ask that you bring your child’s birth certificate and baptismal certificate along with a $25 registration fee per child with you when you register in the Main office (Entrance A, south of the Commons Doors).
Families wishing to tour the school during the school day may call the school for an appointment. Please direct all inquiries to Kris at 815-436-3953. Thank you for your interest in St. Mary Immaculate Parish School.
Over 61,000 Lenten Acts of Mercy Celebrated
“The Message of Divine Mercy” was the theme of the Home and School Spiritual Committee sponsored Lenten program at St.Mary Immaculate School.
Throughout Lent, students learned of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy. They learned how Sr. Faustína, a young, poor, uneducated, nun in Poland during the 1930's received extraordinary revelations or messages from Jesus. Jesus asked Sr. Faustína to record these experiences now known today as the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. On April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized Sr.Faustino as the first saint of the New Millennium.
Students studied the origin of the Divine Mercy Image and the Divine Mercy Chaplet given to St. Faustina by Jesus. Not only are we to receive His mercy, but we are to use it by being merciful to others by practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Each school family received Divine Mercy prayer cards and information materials with suggested family activities and tools.
As a part of their Lenten journey, each St. Mary Immaculate School student was presented Divine Mercy beads, both as an aid in praying the Chaplet and to help them count their Lenten acts of mercy. Throughout Lent, students placed a red bead into their classroom jar for their acts of mercy.
During the weekly School Mass, on Friday, March 22, each St. Mary Immaculate School class presented their classroom’s jar with red “Sacrifice Beads,” to the Lord. Over 61,000 Lenten Acts of Mercy were tallied and celebrated.
Two representatives from each class processed to the altar. One student presented their class jar to John Garvey, SMI School Principal, and lit a candle in front of the Divine Mercy picture. The other student read a paragraph about what the Message of Divine Mercy meant to their classroom. Their paragraphs were heartfelt and loving as they talked about their experiences.
For more information contact Home and School Spiritual Committee members Libby Runge at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie Hovland at email@example.com.