Monthly Archives: December 2020

What I’ve learned in 2020

Twelve Things I’ve Learned This Year…poking some fun at the year all of us want to forget!

1. The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner.

2. I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to someone. He asked me what I was wearing.

3. 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people.

4. The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house, and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors.

5. This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought it understood her. I came into my house and told my dog. We both laughed a lot.

6. Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will let you believe all is well in the kingdom.

7. Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?

8. This virus has done what no woman has ever been able to do. Cancel sports, shut down all bars, and keep men at home!

9. I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch him or her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!

10. I need to practice physical-distancing from the refrigerator.

11. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask and ask for money.

12. Zooming used to mean I was going fast. Now it means I am sitting still.

Church closed and in-person Masses cancelled due to illnesses


Due to Parish Staff illnesses the Church and all in-person Masses (daily and weekend) are cancelled from Thursday, December 17 until the week of January 2.  

This is being done out of an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of our parishioners and friends.  We are sorry for this inconvenience.

The following resources are available to you:

  • Spiritual reflections will be posted to the website
  • We will be posting a Christmas “Midnight” Mass on the parish website and our YouTube channel Here 
  • We will be posting the December 27 Holy Family Mass on the parish website and our YouTube channel Here 

We will keep you updated with any further altered schedules via the website, Facebook and our parish e-mail contact list.

Thank you for understanding.  Please continue to pray for all of us, especially those ill with the virus.

Blessings of Hope and Peace to you and your Family.

Please see the video below for additional info…

Carol Wallin

We are sorry to have to announce the death of a long time member of our parish Carol Wallin.

Carol was an active parishioner and was a staple at the Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass where she would be a greeter, welcoming all in attendance

Please keep her family in your prayers. 


Carol Jean Wallin (nee Oldani) of Plainfield passed away at the age of 76 on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, IL. Carol was born on December 25, 1943, the daughter of the late John and Gladys (nee Gronemann) Oldani. She was born and raised in Joliet, IL and was a graduate of Providence High School, Class of 1961. She enjoyed a long career as a Payroll Accountant at Joyce Beverage, retiring in 2005 after over 25 years of dedicated service.

Carol was an active parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She was a spiritual woman who led by example. Carol was a staple at the Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass, where she would be a greeter, welcoming all in attendance. Never one with idle hands, she enjoyed knitting, playing Bunco with her friends, reading a good book, and traveling with her family. Time spent with her family is what she cherished the most. She shaped the lives of her children through her love and guidance. She had a kind heart and gentle nature that will always be remembered.

Carol is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Wayne Wallin; her children, Deborah (Ronald) Vogt, Ronald (Whitney Parker) Wallin, Garold Wallin, and Cheryl Burke; grandchildren, Ashley (Andrew) Cervi, Patricia (fiancé Joe Singraber) Vogt, Benjamin (fiancé Madelyn Baier) Wallin, Morgan (fiancé Jacob Kadich) Vogt, and Patrick Wallin; three great-grandchildren, Graclyn, Rowan, and Maddox Cervi; nieces and nephews, Daniel (Norma) Oldani, Douglas (Tammy) Oldani, Amy (Steven) Ousley, and David (Lisa) Oldani. Several cousins and friends also survive. She is preceded by her parents and her brother, Jack Oldani.

At this time the Memorial Gathering for Carol Jean Wallin is pending at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 250 Arbeiter Rd., Joliet, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to the Jack Oldani Scholarship Fund, c/o Knights of Columbus, PO Box 356, Orange, TX 77631, would be appreciated. For more information, please call the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home at 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at