Community Notes

As a church community, we are also a part of our greater, surrounding community.  We frequently receive information
regarding upcoming events from other parishes, churches, schools, universities, local organizations, our village, and
surrounding communities.  With limited space available in our parish bulletin, we publish upcoming events on this page .
We hope you find this information helpful. 
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                                                                                                                  Calendar of Community Events
                                                                                                                  Diocese of Joliet Events
                                                                                                                  Ongoing Community Events


Calendar of Community Events:


A Matter of Balance Classes
These classes are designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. Participants learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and learn simple exercises to increase strength and balance. The New Lenox Safe Communities of America Coalition, in partnership with the Senior Services of Will County and Encore Senior Village is offering A Matter of Balance, Managing Concerns About Falls at Encore Senior Village, 1023 S. Cedar, New Lenox. The program will be held on Mondays, 9:30am to 11:30am starting January 27th through March 24th. This program is being offered FREE to New Lenox Township residents. A workbook is provided and refreshments will be served. For additional information contact Lindsey Chojnicki at Senior Services of Will County: 815/740-4210.

February 3 to April 11

Free Tax Preparation:


Liberty Tax Service

Tax preparation is always free for military, veterans and seniors over 65 who earn under $35,000 per year.

19620 Lagrange Road
Mokena, IL 60448



The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program:
Offers FREE income tax preparation for taxpayers who qualify.
                      The Will County Low Income Tax Assistance Coalition (LITAC) sponsors VITA sites in Will County. 
                   Sites are staffed by IRS-certified volunteers and offer FREE Federal & State income tax return preparation & 
                                        FREE electronic filing. Get your refund fast and keep more money in your pocket!
Tax preparation is free individuals and families that earn up to $51,000 per year. 
(Return Preparation Services Available February 3 to April 11 )


Child Care Resource & Referral
801 N. Larkin Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435


Spanish Community Center
309 N. Eastern Ave.
Joliet, IL 60432


Will County Center for Community Concerns
304 N. Scott St.
Joliet, IL 60432


 What to bring:

*All Income Forms (e.g., W-2s and 1099s)

*Information for other forms of income (e.g., self-employment)

* Statements from college or university (e.g., 1098-T) if you or your dependent(s) attended college in 2013.

*A copy of last year’s tax return, if possible

*Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (e.g., voided check)

*Social Security or ITIN card for you, your spouse, and all dependents (we are unable to prepare returns without this)

*Photo identification for yourself and/or your spouse

* Total amount paid to daycare provider and their tax ID number

* Birth dates for you, your spouse and any dependents

*If you are a homeowner, your most recent property tax bill 

*If you are filing a joint return, both spouses must be present 


Saturday April 13
The Seven Last Words of Christ
The Little Flowers Catholic Dance and Theatre Troupe

Full Chorus, Vocal Soloists, Orchestra, as well as a Live Passion Play

St. Mary Immaculate, Plainfield, Saturday, April 5, 7pm

Sacred Heart, Palos Hills, Palm Sunday, April 13, 3:30 pm

$15.00 adults, $10 Seniors/Students, $5 Children

For tickets:
For information:
Phone: 815/462-3809 or email:

Diocese of Joliet Events:

Diocesan Pastoral Council has been developing a comprehensive pastoral plan that will offer a road-map for every parish to build community and to strengthen faith. The planning committee is asking for your ideas. An online survey has been set up at to gather your suggestions. 90 minute group forums are being organized in churches around the diocese to gather ideas in face to face settings. Visit the Diocesan Pastoral Council website for more information on upcoming form locations at:

Are you looking for a job? Check out the Diocesan Employment Resource Center at 

MINISTERS OF CARE: Dates for the Ministers of Care training at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, are January 11 and 18 (Saturdays) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and May 6, 8, 13, 15 (Tuesdays/Thursdays) from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $50.00 per person. Call to register (630-969-4141). 

ADULT CONFIRMATION: Adult Confirmation will take place on Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral. This ceremony is for those baptized teens and adults who have already received Eucharist but have not received Confirmation. These candidates are prepared at the parish in the weeks preceding this celebration. 

RAINBOWS: RAINBOWS is a peer support group program for children adjusting to transitions such as divorce or death in their family. Call for more information, including establishing a site (815-838-5334). 

SUPPORT FOR ANNULMENT PETITIONERS: To help petitioners complete the process of seeking an annulment, a Day of Support for Annulment Petitioners is being offered. The day is designed for divorced persons who have petitioned the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal to begin the annulment process, have submitted basic data for introduction of their case, but have not yet completed the Marriage Summary Questionnaire. All are welcome to attend, whether remarried or not. The day will include time for prayer, questions, and input regarding annulments and the relational issues dealt with in the questionnaire. Date: Saturday, February 22 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Place: St. Margaret Mary Parish, Naperville Cost: $25 includes continental breakfast, lunch, and materials Register: (815-838-5334) or see the flier

NFP: The Joliet Diocesan Natural Family Planning Program: teaches the Billings Ovulation Method (BOMA) of NFP. These two-session classes in English and Spanish are offered for a fee of $50 per couple.

.▪St. Dominic, Bolingbrook: Two-session classes in English are held on the first and third Wednesdays each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To register or for information, contact the Office of Family Ministry at (815-838-5334) or . ▪Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Joliet: Two-session classes in Spanish are held the second and fourth Wednesdays each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To register or for information, contact Mrs. Lupita Sorich at (815-932-9275) or (815-735-8439) (cell).

Presence St. Mary Hospital, Kankakee: Classes in English are held on the fourth Wednesday each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The second session is arranged individually. In the Kankakee area, classes are offered in Spanish by appointment. To register or for information, contact Lupita Sorich, (815-932-9275) or (815-735-8439) ll).

St Joseph, Addison: Two-session classes in English are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. For class times, to register or for information, contact Mrs.Edna Pasillas at (630-279-6553 x 101) or Two-session classes in Spanish are by appointment. For class times, to register or for information, contact Mrs. Edna Pasillas at (630-279-6553 x 101) or

▪Independent NFP providers also offering instruction: Creighton FertilityCare; Couple to Couple League (CCL); Natural Family Planning Life Institute, Inc. (815-722-1660); Chris & Michele Gonzales, Harrisburg Sympto-Thermal Method or (847-749-8333).

ENGAGED ENCOUNTER: 2014 Winter/Spring sessions in English will be at the Portiuncula Center for Prayer, 9263 W. St. Francis Road, Frankfort:   April 25-27, May 16-18. See Call for sessions in Spanish: (815-834-4037).

MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: For reservations, call (630-577-0778) or visit to find the next available weekend.

RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND FOR TROUBLED MARRIAGES: For reservations, call (708-802-1830) or see April 25-27 in Darien.

HUMAN DIGNITY RESPECT LIFE CELEBRATION OF LIFE MASS: On Sunday, January 5, at 11:00 a.m., Bishop Conlon will celebrate a Mass at the Cathedral. Refreshments to follow in the Commons. Contact: Office for Human Dignity, Respect Life Ministry (815-834-4065).

VOCATIONS OPERATION ANDREW: Operation Andrew dinners with Bishop Conlon are open to all men who are high school age or older. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends by 8:00 p.m. Participants will have the chance to have dinner with Bishop Conlon and Fr. Burke, hear a vocation story, ask questions and meet other young men interested in knowing more about the priesthood. Please contact your pastor or RSVP to Fr. Burke at or ((815-834-4004) if interested in attending one of the dinners:  April 30, St. Jude, Joliet 

MUNDELEIN SEMINARY RETREATS: Mundelein Seminary offers Exploring Priesthood Weekends during the school year for men who are juniors in college and older. Participants have a chance to experience seminary life, speak to current seminarians, and pray with the seminary community. There is no cost for these weekends. If interested, please contact Fr. Burke at or (815-834-4004). Upcoming weekends are January 24-26 and April 4-6.

JEREMIAH DAY: Boys in grades 7-10 are invited to Mundelein Seminary on Saturday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This day will provide these students a chance to visit a seminary and experience the life of a seminarian. For more information, contact the Vocation Office at (815-834-4004) or email Registration and permission slips are required.

ORDINATIONS: May 17 at 11:00 a.m. is the date for ordinations at the Cathedral. 

ADOPT A SEMINARIAN / CANDIDATE PROGRAM: This is an opportunity for a youth group, school, religious education class or parish to adopt a seminarian, a man who is studying to be a priest, or a candidate, a woman preparing to be a sister, and encourage them on their journey by writing letters. Such encouragement would be greatly appreciated by the men and women in formation. For more information, contact the Vocation Office by phone (815-834-4004) or email

JAVA: Members of JAVA, men and women religious from the Diocese of Joliet, are available and willing to speak at a parish school, religious education programs, donut Sundays or other events in order to promote vocations. If interested, please contact the Vocation Office (815-834-4004). 


Ongoing Community Events:

Sunny Hill Nursing Home
 of Will County
421 Doris Avenue
Joliet, IL 60433

Sunny Hill is reaching out to help fulfill some unmet needs:

Looking for Volunteers:

  • Interesting speakers to give a presentation to our residents on various topics of interest. 
  • People willing to spend time with some residents who do not receive regular visits. Visits would be scheduled before meal times so you can assist the resident to the dining room. If you are available between 7am-8am, 11:15am to 11:45am or 4:00pm to 4:45pm you could visit and then provide assistance to the dining room.
Looking for Prizes:
  • Gently used bingo prizes such as: costume jewelry, knickknacks, stuffed animals, snack items (i.e. bags of chips), and candy.

Contact: Danette Krieger, Activity Director and Volunteer Coordinator at 815/727-8711 or

Unwanted Medication Disposal Program

Misuse of prescription drugs is reaching epidemic proportions in our country.

If you have any leftover: prescriptions or over-the-counter medications
ESPECIALLY pain killers or narcotics dispose of them today!

An Unwanted Medication Disposal Container is located at:

The New Lenox Police Department,
701 W. Haven Avenue,
New Lenox, IL 60451

The container, for the disposal of unwanted medications, is located just inside the front entrance of the Administrative Offices and is available to residents Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm excluding holidays.

 Acceptable prescriptions and over the counter medications include:
 pills, salves and liquid medications in original containers.

Items not in original containers must be packaged in non-leaking containers.

Unacceptable items include IV bags, thermometers and medical waste.

New Lenox Crime Tip Hotline
Phone 815/462-6111
Callers will be asked to leave a message the provides as much information as possible, such as:

  • Type of suspected criminal activity or information
  • Date, time and location of crime
  • Suspect(s) name, age or date of birth
  • Physical description (sex, race, height, hair & eye color, etc.)
  • Method of transportation, i.e, car, bus, bicycle..etc.
  • Vehicle description (color, make, model, year, etc.)
  • New Lenox Police Cadet Program 
    The New Lenox Police Cadet Program is currently looking for young people (14-20) interested in Law Enforcement. Applications can be picked up at the New Lenox Police Department at: 701 W. Haven Ave, New Lenox, IL. The program runs year round with the Cadets meeting every Wednesday at 7:00pm and at 6:00pm in the summer. At the weekly meetings, the Cadets receive classroom and hands-on training. The training includes traffic stops, felony traffic stops, domestic violence, search warrants, building searches, interviewing, rapid response, hand cuffing and many other areas related to law enforcement. The Cadets also assist with many types of community events such as Triple Play Concerts, Movie Night in the Commons and Christmas in the Commons. Anyone interested or for more information, contact, Officer Aurena Davis at: 815/462-6100 or 

    Daybreak Center 
    Seeks Food and Personal Care Donations

    Catholic Charities Daybreak Center at 611 E. Cass Street in Joliet, IL, is the largest homeless shelter in Will county and is seeking donations of:

    white wash cloths and bathtowels, canned tuna, instant mashed potatoes, canned ravioli, spaghetti sauce, jelly (grape, apple,   strawberry),  instant oatmeal, 1 to 2 pound bags of rice, coffee, iced tea mix.

    Bring donations to the Daybreak Center in Joliet on weekdays between 8:00am and 11:00am, and 1:00pm and 4:00pm. For more information go to


    Portiuncula Center for Prayer, Poverello Holistic Center,
    'Healing Body, Mind, Spirit'

    9263 West St. Francis Road, Frankfort, Il 60423 

    Phone: 815 464-3880 or for upcoming workshops, retreats, and recurring programs
    or more information go to: or call 815/464-3880 

  •  programs are scheduled for November to February, see the Portiuncula website for additional information.

  • Newman Institute Sessions

    Counts towards Catechist Certification

    Tuesday, March 11,  2014,    6:30 to 8:30pm, The Sacraments of Healing

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014,         6:30 to 8:30pm,  The Sacraments of Service

    St. Mary Magdalene Church
    217 S. Briggs St. 
    Joliet, IL

    The Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD for Seniors
    Invites senior citizens (age fifty and up) from the area to attend their monthly meeting at 1:30pm, at the Village of New Lenox Village Hall Community Room. Future meeting dates are pending.

    If you have any questions regarding this month’s presentation or about the TRIAD or joining TRIAD, please call Kathie Johnson at New Lenox Township, phone number is 815-485-6431.


    Joliet Area Community Hospice
    Bereavement Services, Counseling, Support Groups, Workshops, Help for the Holidays for Adults, Teens & Children, “Saying Goodbye to Grandpa”, a puppet play to teach children in a non-threatening and engaging way about death, funerals and grieving.
    For further information about programs, contact Mary Ann, 815/740-4104 or   or


    First Saturday of Each Month
    First Saturday Devotion to the Blessed Mother will be held the first Saturday of each month at St. James the Greater Church (22400 S. Torrance Ave., Sauk Village).  The devotion begins at 9:00 am and includes: the Rosary, Hymns, Fatima Prayers and Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  All are invited to attend.

    Third Monday of Each Month
    Alzheimer’s Support Group
    meets at the New Lenox Public Library (120 Veterans Parkway) from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Caregiver Support Groups provide emotional, educational and social support for family caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings. They help participants develop coping methods and encourage caregivers to maintain their personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with memory loss, regardless of diagnosis. For more information call 800-272-3900 or go to

    The Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien has numerous events each month. 
    Visit their website at for a listing of events 
    or contact them a: 630-969-4141.  

    Volunteers Needed
    Senior Services of Will County is looking for volunteers for Meals on Wheels to deliver meals once a week in the New Lenox area.  Please call Sharon at 815-838-5885 after 1:00 pm if you can help. 

    Senior Companions Needed
    Catholic Charities is looking for people, 55 years and older who are interested in visiting with another senior who is homebound. Volunteers who meet the income guideline will receive a tax free hourly stipend and a mileage reimbursement for time spent with clients. The possibilities are endless: have a cup of coffee, take a walk in the yard, go out to lunch, shop, or transport to an appointment. This is strictly a friendly visit, no homecare duties are involved.

    If you feel that this is an opportunity that sounds right for you and you live in Grundy or Will Counties, please call Kristin Ruda at 815-724-1128 and become a Senior Companion today! 

    Xavier Society for the Blind provides religious material and spiritual reading at no charge for those who need materials in Braille, large print or audio CD’s.  They have a large lending library of books and periodicals.  If you know of someone who could use these services, contact them at 800-637-9193 or go to their website: 

    Relevant Chicago Radio
    Talk Radio for Catholic Life
    950 AM, 930 AM, 1270 AM
    Prayer line 888/577-5443
    Show line 877/766-3777

    For mobile live streaming audio enter into your mobile device web browser 

    American Legion Post 1977
    Country Line Dance Lessons every Tuesday, from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.  

    Senior Services of Will County
    “A Matter of Balance” Falls Prevention Program.
    To register, or for more information, contact Lindsey Chojnicki at 815/740-4210

    Village of New Lenox French Market
    Every Saturday from May 11 through October 12. Location: Village Hall South Parking Lot. Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    For information visit 

    Workforce Services Division of Will County
    The Mobile Workforce Center will be at the Frankfort Township Office on Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – Noon and from 1– 3 p.m. For more information, visit or call 815-723-3860.