Let’s Build a Grotto to Honor Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of God!

Let’s Build a Grotto to Honor Our Blessed Mother Mary, the Mother of God!

During the renovation and building of our new church, it was necessary to remove Mary’s grotto from the northwest end of the property. The grotto was in bad shape and much of the structure in need of repair. Since that time, many parishioners have shown an interest in rebuilding a new shrine to honor the Blessed Mother. This is what will be done once we find volunteers who know masonry and other skills to help begin building this tremendous undertaking. Many of the stones from the original grotto as well as salvaged lime stones from the old church are being stored to help us begin this project.

d1e90ba366489d2c473e02824860f179.jpgGrotto, taken from the Italian word grotto, is usually a natural cave like area. They can be found in mostly mountainous areas where stones form cave like structures. Famous grottos that exist as holy places are located in many areas around our world. The most famous of them exists at Our Lady of Lourdes shrine in Lourdes, France. Others, including the one we had at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, were built to honor the Blessed Mother. The grotto is like a natural “cathedral” which houses an image of the Blessed Mother. A grotto is usually decorated with beautiful plantings similar to a botanical garden.

Besides a new grotto many parishioners would like to also build an outdoor nativity scene. From the days of Fr. Berst a visible nativity was housed under the sacristy of the church where many could come and view and pray. The Assumption Parish Building committee would like to also build this on the southeast corner of the church. The original statues of the old nativity will be used in its design. But first, we will focus our efforts and volunteer skills on building a grotto to give honor to Saint Mary.

If you would like to join a parish committee to design and build a grotto this coming Spring, please call the parish office and ask for Curtis Grove. May is the traditional month of great honor and dedication to Mary, the Mother of God. We would like to begin this grotto once the weather breaks this May and we hope that the completion of the grotto will be done by August 15th, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If you have masonry, building and structural skills, design ability, gardening and other talents, we ask that you volunteer for the work of this project dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Help us to build a great place of devotion to Saint Mary, Jesus’ mother and our mother as well.


Father Noesen


Cool Kingdom Party - July 16 - 20

I would like to thank all of those who faithfully participated in the Family Faith Formation this past year.  Getting accustomed to a new program is always a challenge, but I am certain that our efforts will bear good fruit as we continue on this journey of faith.  I also appreciate all the comments that came in through the surveys that were completed at the final sessions.  There was a good mix likes and dislikes with some excellent suggestions for making the program better.  I will be sharing the results of these surveys with you in the weeks to come.  Please always feel free to contact me with your questions and comments.

As summer approaches, we are hard at work planning our summer session for Kindergartners through 5th Graders.  Our Family Faith Formation Program will be presenting our “Cool Kingdom Party” July 16th through July 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This fun summer program, developed by Cat.Chat, will be held at Berst Hall.  Enter through the gates of the kingdom and learn all about Mary, and how she leads us closer to her Son, the King of Kings. Each day will also introduce a special Saint.  At the end of the program on Friday, parents and kids will celebrate with a hot dog lunch.  Please register today by filling out the attached form or visit us at either parish office.  For additional information, contact Deacon Bill or Teri Brummerstedt at (815) 634-4171.

In Christ, Deacon Bill Dunn

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2018 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA)



Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The 2018 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA) has now raised $5.3 million, thanks to 30,412 generous benefactors. While our $8.2 million goal is still within reach, it will entail many more of us to pledge our support in gratitude for the countless blessings we have received.

Our theme, “Partners in Caring,” reminds us that as Christians, we are called to imitate the Lord and, like Him, provide care to those who need our help. Our annual appeal allows us to work together to spread the gospel message and support thirty ministries that care for so many in need across our Diocese. I invite you to view our new video, “Partners in Caring” which shows how your gift goes a long way toward helping our friends, neighbors and everyone in our community.

fd04feb0-77d0-4bbb-896a-03fb15a7e97b.jpgWe need your help! By partnering together, we can assure others that they, too, are cared for. If you have already made your gift to this year’s appeal, I am grateful for your response. If not, please prayerfully consider joining me in supporting the 2018 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal by making your gift online today.

May the comfort and care of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.

Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon
Bishop of Joliet

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Catholic Charities Golf Outing - August 23


Thursday, August 23
Shotgun Start at 1:00 PM
Joliet Country Club 
This event will benefit the homeless, veterans, and others in need within our community through programs offered by Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet.
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For event sponsorship information,
contact Pete at 630-519-6531 pkinsella@cc-doj.org
For other event questions,
contact Marianne at 815-724-1229 or mmelcher@cc-doj.org 

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