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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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Here’s the scoop …
It’s was a time to celebrate God’s goodness as children preparing for First Reconciliation and their parents gathered Nov. 29 at the St. Joseph Parish Hall.
Through Reconciliation, God gives us the chance to know that we need to change, admit what we have done wrong, and then celebrate that He is always there waiting for us. So they all celebrated with an ice cream social! Please keep these students and families in your prayers as they continue to prepare for this special moment, which will be celebrated in early 2017.
Confirmation Meet & Greet
Candidates introduced their classmates and others to their Confirmation Sponsors as part of an informal Meet and Greet Nov. 20. They socialized, enjoyed treats and played Catholic trivia. In the end, the sponsors were reminded of the great honor of being asked to be part of this faith milestone and a lasting spiritual mentor to the young people throughout their lives. It was a fun, but moving display of love between friends and families. Please pray for these sponsors as they grow in their own faith lives with the candidates.
Rite of Welcoming at St. Joe's
Those preparing to come into the Catholic Church participated in the Rite of Welcoming Nov. 20. It was powerful when they entered the sanctuary and took part in the beautiful ritual.
Bishop Conlon and the St. Joseph Experience
Bishop Conlon visited St. Joseph’s Nov. 4-6. As part of his stay here, he met with parish groups and commissions and civic leaders and was present at parish liturgies, including the Persons with Disabilities Mass and social afterward where he happily helped serve pizza to guests. He also visited Bishop McNamara Catholic School’s Bradley site and celebrated Mass with the students, parents and faculty.
Hoping to experience as much of the parish as possible, Bishop Conlon visited and prayed with homebound parishioners and offered some words of encouragement for the volunteers of the Youth Ministry as they prepared to go out for Harvest Sunday. Meanwhile, the CCW, Holy Name, and Knights of Columbus hosted a special Spaghetti Dinner with the Bishop with some awesome live entertainment!
It was a great time for us to come together, meet the bishop, and give thanks to God for the gift of St. Joseph’s. Thanks to everyone who welcomed Bishop Conlon over the weekend and those who worked behind-the-scenes to make his visit such a wonderful experience for the parish!
Commemoration of Faithful Departed 2016
The Memorial Mass on All Souls Day was a wonderful expression of love and friendship. Families who had buried loved ones from St. Joseph’s this past year had been personally invited to the liturgy. They joined the others honoring departed relatives and friends and participated in a simple ritual during Mass, recalling the reality of giving their loved ones back to the God who created had them. The support and care of the ministers and everyone in attendance was overwhelmingly beautiful.
We invite you to share pictures or special remembrance items of your loved ones by bringing them and placing them on a special display table at the front of the church. In this way, we will honor their memory, offer prayers of thanksgiving, and rejoice in their lives. Throughout the month of November, the church gives us the opportunity to remember and honor our deceased loved ones. In their memory, we process the Book of the Deceased which contains the names we have signed of those who have gone before us. We remember ... We celebrate … We Believe.
St. Joseph Commitment Sunday 2016
Lay witness speakers talked at Masses Oct. 22-23 as part of the Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s Program. Click here to open the playlist, which includes video clips of each presentation bookended by Fr. Tony’s homily from this special Commitment Weekend.
Commitment weekend was a moving time to hear from other parishioners about their personal connection with the parish and for us to examine the ways we assist in furthering the mission of St. Joseph’s. Thank you to all who have completed and submitted cards. For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to submit their card, please do so as soon as possible. It is important that all parishioners participate so we may budget appropriately in order to carry on our parish mission.
Online giving is the easiest and most efficient way of being consistent with your contributions. St. Joseph’s offers an electronic giving option. Click here to download and print the sign-up form for Auto-Deduct of your Sunday Contribution. An even simpler method for parishioners and guests is our PayPal option. Click on the “Donate” button above and just input your amount and then check “Make this recurring monthly.” It’s that easy! If you have any questions, please contact the church office, 815-939-3573.
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.
An Italian Beef Luncheon is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Parish Hall. Free picture with Santa and goody bag from his elves.
The cost is $9 for Italian Beef Sandwhich or two pieces of pizza and all the fixings. Come and visit with Santa and help with the “Let the Sun Shine In” project as proceeds will go to replace more windows in the convent.
The Schedule for December and January 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 Advent and Christmas services coming up ... Please feel free to volunteer in the Web Terminal.
Claude E. “Eddie” Keller, Sr. 74, of Bradley, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at...
Theresa I. Ciaccio, age 89, of Bradley, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Riverside...
Harry Tighe passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Visitation is from 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30,...
Charles “Chuck” Gonczy, 74, passed away from this life to his eternal home on Sunday, Nov. 13,...
- 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!!
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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Mass of Anointing …
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 the date and time of our next Mass of Anointing and more about 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.
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