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Are you someone or do know someone interested in becoming Catholic? Or were you baptized Catholic as a child, but not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist?
St. Joseph Parish invites you to think about and pray about our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult process. This is an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about the Catholic faith. Our friendly and enthusiastic RCIA Team offers sessions focusing on the teachings of the church as they help prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season.
Send us a message (Contact Page) or call us (815-939-357) to get connected with the RCIA Team.
St. Joseph Manna fundraising has been upgraded! Parishioners and others can still get Manna after Sunday Masses at the school, but now we have online options for buying these gift cards.
Click here for details on the Manna program itself and find out about the new ways to participate electronically and get started!
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There is much technology in our world, but scientists have yet to develop a method for synthesizing blood. It’s up to us to share this most precious gift.
Our parish hosts regular Blood Drives as a way of following Christ’s mandate to heal the sick. Click here for details and find out when the next Blood Drive is scheduled at St. Joseph’s.
- Healing Masses are celebrated regularly at St. Joseph Parish. At these special liturgies, we pray for the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of those seeking healing. Immediately following Mass, individuals are invited to be prayed over by the celebrant and other ministers.
Click here for more details about these liturgies and to find out when the next the Healing Mass is scheduled at St. Joseph’s.
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Open House in honor of Sisters ...
Sr. Charmaine and Sr. Denise are celebrating anniversaries of profession and St. Joseph Parish will be honoring them at an Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, in the parish hall.
Come enjoy some refreshments and congratulate these two special women who responded to the call and have and continue to share Christ with countless people and touch our lives.
Special Snack for Kindergartners
Jessica LaMore’s kindergarten Religious Education class has been talking about the Fruits of the Spirit. They enjoyed apples at the start of class time Sept. 21 and were given a special chart to work on with their parents at home. Whenever they are kind and caring, their moms and dads will mark their charts. When the chart is completed “Miss Jessica” will give them a special reward.
Knights in Action!
Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Parish were stationed at the doors of the Wal-Mart in Bourbonnais Sept. 16 and 17 happily handing out Tootsie Rolls and accepting donations. This annual effort assists organizations that support those with intellectual disabilities.
In the end, our parish Knights collected about $1,800 to benefit Good Shepherd Manor, Kankakee County Training Center, Gigi’s Playhouse, BBCHS Special Olympics and our monthly Persons with Disabilities Mass at St. Joe’s.
Parish Service Day ...
Thanks to all the parishioners and the Youth Ministry for heading the Parish Service Day Sept. 11 and beautifying the courtyard. They put new rocks around the space, picked weeds and more. Walk through the courtyard next time and you’ll see their efforts. Thanks again!
BMCS begins inaugural year
Fr. Tony, Terry Granger (BMCS President), and Dana Berg (BMCS Principal, Bradley Site) ceremoniously kicked off the first day of school Aug. 18 at the Bradley site of Bishop McNamara Catholic School. Students, family, and friends joined them for a blessing and ribbon cutting to begin the inaugural year.
RE catechists prepare for the start of class
At their orientation meeting Aug. 24, the Religious Education catechists talked about classroom and program logistics and discussed plans for the year ahead.
They began with Mass celebrated by Fr. Tony. He invited them to share their thoughts during liturgy. From comments about learning the rosary with chocolate chips in the classroom to moving stories about the program, the input highlighted their love for our children and obvious joy for being part of this ministry. We’re grateful that during the busyness of life these parishioners will be sharing their faith by word and example. RE begins Sept. 7.
We are still in need of volunteers for this rewarding ministry. Don’t miss out on the happiness that comes from being a RE catechist or aide. For more details, contact us here or call 815-937-9340.
Thank you from the "SNL" Mission Team
What an amazing Mission Trip experience July 19-22 that leaders of the parish’s “SNL” Youth Ministry put together for the young people.
The adults and youth participants headed out to Pembroke in the morning and helped residents with yardwork and home repairs. They arrived back at St. Joe’s in the evening for prayer gatherings and other activities. Staying at the parish overnight, the team started again each morning. The idea was reaching out in friendship to others and meeting Jesus along the way. We’ll have more about the trip in the coming weeks.
The group wants to thank everyone in our parish for their thoughts and prayers while we were working in Pembroke. We appreciate your love and support!
CCW Marriage Blessing ...
The Council of Catholic Women and the people of St. Joseph Parish honored the sacrament of marriage and celebrated its gifts with a special blessing at weekend Masses July 16 and 17. It was nice for everyone to see the different anniversary years represented at the various liturgies. May the Lord continue to bless all married couples as they share their lives with each other. Congrats!
Faithful & Grateful at St. Joe's ...
Donations are greatly needed to maintain parish facilities and ministries. Please consider making an online donation to help St. Joseph Parish.
Upcoming Mass of Anointing …
The next Mass of Anointing is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Joseph's. A light lunch will follow in the parish hall.
Anyone facing illness or upcoming medical procedures and those with health issues related to old age and their families are certainly welcome to come and experience this sacrament of courage, strength and healing.
Click here for more details about this special liturgy and audio and video of the experience.
If you plan on attending the luncheon, please RSVP by calling 815-939-3573.
Dine-in or carry-out at any of the area Monical’s Restaurants (Bourbonnais, Kankakee, or Manteno) on Tuesday, Oct. 11 and 20% of your dinner check will be donated to St. Joseph's Religious Education Program.
Click here to download and print the flyer. (Flyers are also available at the church and parish office). Mention the flyer when ordering and bring it with you when carrying-out or dining-in. (Not valid with delivery).
Thanks for your support!
It's time for "DEEP CLEANING" the inside of St. Joseph Church.
Our Art & Environment Committee is requesting your help on Saturday, Oct. 15th from 9:00 am until noon for our fall clean up. All are welcome. Please bring your own bucket and your favorite cleaning rags. However, we will also be providing extra cleaning supplies.
Many hands make light work! So if you are able and available, please come and help us be good stewards of our church building. If you have any questions, please call Sr. Denise, 815-939-3573 ext. 103.
The Schedule for October and November is ready for our Liturgical Ministers.
Thank you for giving of your time to enhance the worship experience for our parishioners and guests.
We have a number of special services coming up ... Please feel free to volunteer in the Web Terminal or on the board at church.
Wayne P. Doyle, of Bourbonnais, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, now...
Irene Bydalek, 88, of Bradley passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at her home. Visitation will...
Harold E. Splear, Jr., age 73 of Kankakee died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Miller Healthcare Center...
Mary Jo Wells, 65, of Bonfield passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016, at her home. She was born on...
- Parish T-Shirts & More!
- Purchase comfortable and stylish apparel celebrating St. Joseph's. Click here to view all options and logo designs and to place orders. Items can be picked up at Team Go All Out, 665 W. Broadway, Bradley.
- God is so good and we’re Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s!!
St. Joseph Parish will hold a Protecting God’s Children session at 10 a.m., Saturday Oct. 29, 2016, in the Parish Ministry Center.
Online registration is required. Click here to sign-up. Select Joliet in the organization drop-down directory and St. Joseph (Bradley) when you reach the session list.
Memorial Pavers Available
Please consider adding a brick paver to the St. Joseph Parish Centennial Courtyard. Adding a paver to the beautiful display is a wonderful way of honoring or memorializing a loved one; conveying a message of hope or inspiration; sharing a verse of Scripture that is special to you and leaving your family's legacy at the parish.
Click here for complete details and to download the order form.
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