Since our founding 40 years ago, St. Margaret Mary Parish has been known as the parish with heart. Even though we are physically separated for time being, our parish is alive and well doing what we do best: worshipping as a family, growing spiritually and sharing our talents and resources with all God’s people. Here’s a look at some of the things we are working on while we are apart:
- We are offering daily Masses streamed live at 10:00am on Facebook & YouTube.
- Faith Formation K-8 is awaiting to host First Communion once it’s safe to do so. Weekly Family Faith Formation guides are emailed to parents. Registration for next year’s Faith Formation have been mailed and registration is open online. Students are welcome to create cards to cheer up our isolated elderly parishioners and mail them to our parish office.
- Daybreak Transitional Housing continues to support 3 previously homeless families via Zoom meetings with the volunteer mentors on a weekly basis. Each family has been affected by reduced /lost employment, so they need our support more than ever. The Daybreak committee also meets monthly via ZOOM. We have been blessed with several unexpected (and large) donations from parishioners, and continue to explore how to make up for fundraising shortfalls due to cancelled events.
- Our online prayer chapels meet daily. Click here for a link.
- We have had 2 Mornings of Reflection dealing with Transitions
- Saturday Morning Live and Morning Enrichment committees are busy planning our Fall series.
- Contemporary Choir has connected several times via Zoom.
- Numerous committees, small groups and commissions (including the Pastoral Council) have been holding monthly Zoom meetings.
- The Parish staff holds weekly meetings virtually and is making countless calls to check on parishioners.
- St. Vincent de Paul stands ready with short term financial assistance.
- Our Sunshine Ministry makes regular wellness calls to parishioners who request them. (Special thanks to this ministry for calling all 448 parishioners who are 75-years and older.)
- Our emergency meals committee is providing meals to parishioners experiencing difficulties or illness.
- Over 40 parishioners have volunteered to help any parishioner with grocery shopping.
- People can now schedule baptisms and/or weddings (only 10 people or fewer can attend) by emailing Sue Carroll at email@example.com.
Welcome to St. Margaret Mary Parish!
Thank you for visiting our website! St. Margaret Mary is a Roman Catholic Parish located in Naperville, Illinois, right on the border of Naperville and Lisle. Please take a few moments to explore the site and see a bit of the richness of life and faith at our parish.
We are known for the many opportunities we provide to learn about our faith and to become more faithful followers of Christ. Please come and experience our prayerful celebrations of the Mass, our thoughtful and challenging educational activities for all ages, or our many opportunities to serve our community.
We especially welcome newcomers to our local area, and those curious about the Catholic faith. We hope our parish can give you nourishment for your personal journey, and can help you to grow in love for God and for all God´s people.
Over 125 restaurants have supported our parish picnic in the last 2-3 years. We have complied a list of these businesses in the pdf link below. As the “Parish with Heart”, we want to support our community including local restaurants and businesses. In supporting these businesses we also support all efforts to keep their worker’s…
For 40 years, St. Margaret Mary has been known as the “Parish with Heart”. We love our parish and want to share a message of love and compassion with the wider community. We’ve ordered 500 yard signs for our families to put outside their homes for everyone to see as they are out walking and…
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop R. Daniel Conlon. Last December, our bishop started a much-needed medical leave. Bishop Conlon said, “The leave of absence the Holy Father granted me at the beginning of this year was a huge blessing. I experienced personal healing and was able to recognize that, at 71, I am…
Would you like to be interviewed as part of the work of the parish Leadership Community to “read the signs of the times” in order to better understand the world our parishioners inhabit? Click the heading for more information and to take the survey online.
We are a Mission-Focused Parish
We believe our parish exists because of God’s initiative, not ours. It is God who has called the parish into being and it is the mission of our parish to discern and to participate in God’s mission for us.
We believe our parish does not create its own vision of the future, but must discern and participate in God’s vision. Because of this we are called to regularly reflect on our calling in order to meet the changing historical and social circumstances that confront us.
We believe that our discerned calling is central to the life and mission our parish and must be ongoing and continuous if the parish is to be faithful and effective in ministry and mission. We accomplish this work with our three-year communal discernment cycle.
All Are Welcome, Walk in Love
Parish Calling 2018-2021
Following Jesus’ call to “go and make disciples of all nations,” St. Margaret Mary Parish strives to create a welcoming, loving, and merciful community that serves those in need and shares the joy of the Gospel. We believe we are called to break down the walls that divide us—accepting, affirming, and accompanying each other, even those with whom we disagree. We seek unity, not uniformity.
Our Parish Mission Statement
As a worshipping Roman Catholic parish family we are guided by a collegial partnership of laity, pastor, and ministerial staff. Together we seek to foster spiritual growth through the active practice of Christianity. By the sharing of our God-given talents and resources with all God’s people we strive for peace and justice as the “Parish with Heart.”