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Groups List

We welcome, invite, and encourage your involvement in our parish life and prayer group. For more information, contact the Parish Office at or 608-271-7421.

Groups List

Please click on the groups below to learn more.

Carefree Years

Carefree Years is a social group for men and women who are 55-years-old and older. We host multiple social events every year, including potlucks and game days, and attend various plays throughout the year. Learn more

Dogma & Donuts

All are invited to join SMG's Dogma & Donuts group. We meet in the Bride's Room every Thursday from 7-8 a.m. where we study the Catholic faith and revealed truth. Currently, we are studying the classic four volume set of City of God. For more information, please contact Pat Bushek at 608-444-9777.

Families with Young Children

Join other families with young children for faith and fellowship. This is a great way to meet other parents to form friendships, prayer groups, or play groups. Learn more

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council at St. Maria Goretti is a group of Catholic men focused on serving our parish and community. Learn more

Ora et Labora - Prayer and Work

Ora et Labora is Latin meaning prayer and work. Our group puts prayer and work into practice, so that we can use these methods in our everyday lives. We work on various facilities or grounds tasks around the parish and focus on a certain type of prayer either before, during, or after our work. For more information, please contact Josh Bruecken at

Parish Council & Commissions

The Parish Pastoral Council and Parish Commissions support the work of the parish community. Learn more

Rangers Club - Fathers and Sons

Rangers Club is a Catholic based group for fathers and sons (grades K-5) which strives to develop moral virtues in young boys through simple talks and fun activities. Fathers will receive practical advice on developing character in their sons. Events include a virtue talk, competitive activity, snacks, and socializing. For more information and upcoming events, please contact Brian at

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Our mission is to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Our primary outreach is to visit with families newly transitioning out of homelessness, providing blankets, furniture, groceries and other necessities. Learn more

Weekly Bible Study

Join fellow school parents and parishioners on Thursdays, after the 8 a.m. school Mass, in prayer and fellowship to study the upcoming Sunday Mass readings. Young children are welcome to tag along. We'll meet in the back area of the Parish Hall. For more information, contact Katie Christensen at or 630-776-3092.

Young Adults

Join other young adults in their 20s and 30s, whether single or married, for faith formation, social events, and volunteering opportunities. Learn more

Youth Ministry

Our Youth Ministry program offers opportunities for middle and high school students to encounter Christ through prayer, sacrament, and service. Learn more

Prayer Groups

Please click on the groups below to learn more.

Divine Mercy Prayer Cenacle

“Cenacle” is a word for the upper room where Jesus’ apostles gathered together in prayer with His Mother Mary, and the Holy Spirit powerfully descended upon them. We gather together to read St. Faustina’s Diary and to learn more about her work informing people of Christ’s Mercy, to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and to say the rosary and prayers of the Marian Movement of Priests Prayer Cenacle.

At SMG, we have two Divine Mercy Prayer Cenacle groups that meet on Wednesdays:

  • Morning Group - 8:45 - 9:45 a.m. - Meets in the Church
  • Afternoon Group - 2 - 3 p.m. - Meets in the Bride's Room

For more information, please contact Ela Murzynski at (Morning Group) or Mary Graper at (Afternoon Group).

Rosary Rose Groups

Rosary Roses, also called Roses of The Living Rosary, is the community of people who support the life of the whole Church through their daily prayers of the Rosary. Each Rose has 20 people, each of whom recites one specific decade of a rosary daily. In this way the whole Rosary is recited every day.

At SMG, we currently have six Rosary Rose groups:

  • Our Lady of Fatima Rose (Women’s Group)
  • St. Joseph Rose (Father’s Group)
  • Our Lady of Cana Rose (Mother’s Group)
  • Our Lady of Good Help (Mixed Group)
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe Rose (Mixed Group)
  • St. Maria Goretti Rose (Young Adult’s Group)

If you are interested in joining a Rosary Rose group, please contact Ela Murzynski at

Seven Sisters Apostolate

The Seven Sisters Apostolate is a call to strengthen the Church by ensuring that a Holy Hour is prayed each day of the week for the sole intention of our priests. Each woman commits to a specific priest and a Holy Hour on a specific day of the week, thus covering a complete week. At SMG, two woman can also divide the Holy Hour.

If you are interested in praying for our priests at SMG through this Apostolate, please contact Teresa Whipple at New members are always welcomed.

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In gratitude for God’s generosity, we dedicate a sacrificial portion of our gifts of time, talent, and treasure to serve Christ and His Church by supporting the needs of our parish.