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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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Celebrating St. Joseph Parish Week!
The parish is where the Church lives. We’re happy to be celebrating this with St. Joseph Parish Week as we launch our Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s renewal program! Sure we have special observances for people and things throughout year, but this particular week we are inviting parishioners to take some time to recognize how blessed we are to have this parish community that offers such love and belonging.
Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s is simply about calling attention to the parish as that safe place where people leave the chaos of everyday life to get centered and balanced for the journey outside the church walls. The hope is an increase in support allowing St. Joseph’s to thrive as a vibrant and healthy parish.
Click here to listen to Fr. Tony’s homily about St. Joseph Parish Week. The letter he mentions has been mailed to households of contributors. Click here to view the brochure from the mailing and to learn about the beautiful ways our people are touching the divine through the sacraments of the church at St. Joseph’s. Commitment Sunday is this coming weekend at the Masses. We encourage all parishioners to complete and turn in a commitment card to the church. These have been mailed. Click here to download the Commitment Card or grab one at the parish office. These contain information on how to plan your increased offertory gift to the church and ask for your commitment over the next year.
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 utilizing our PayPal option. Click on the “Donate” button (above right) and just input your amount and then check “Make this recurring monthly.” It’s that easy!
Please think about it, discuss it and do something about helping us to keep our parish vibrant and healthy. We have truly been blessed by our church home and we are Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s. Thanks so much for your support!
Volunteers Needed for Food Collection
Join us for Harvest Sunday 2016 as we help restock the shelves of local food pantries for the upcoming holidays. We’ll gather Sunday, Nov. 6, to pass out the fliers door-to-door (sowing the seeds) and go back to the neighborhoods the following Sunday, Nov. 13, to collect the food residents leave on their door steps (reaping the harvest). We’ll start at 12:15 p.m. both Sundays at the Parish Hall.
This is a great way to have fun, see old friends and make some new ones all while making a difference in our communities. (Feeding the hungry is a very important project, so we’ll be going out rain or shine. Please dress accordingly). Adult drivers are certainly needed as well the young harvest workers. Make it a family project!
Sign up by calling Deacon Jerry at 815-939-2780 or through our online Contact Page. The earlier participants sign-up, the easier it will be to provide coverage to all the neighborhoods.
First RE Mass of the Year ...
Students, catechists, and families of St. Joseph’s Religious Education Program gave thanks to God at a special Mass celebrated by Fr. Tony during the Oct. 5 class session. Thanks to the catechists who planned the service and everyone who did liturgical ministries as well as the parish Adult Choir for leading the songs. Recordings are available on our Liturgy Audio page and YouTube Playlist.
Sharing in Faith & Gratitude
St. Joseph Parish invited teachers and other leaders of faith formation to the 11 a.m. Mass Oct. 2 for Catechetical Sunday. Ministers involved in programs, such as baptismal and marriage preparation, Catholic schools, My Time with Jesus, PWD, Religious Education, RCIA, and Youth Ministry, were called forward and recognized during liturgy.
It was a powerful moment when these men and women faced the assembly and received a blessing. We thank them for their willingness to serve our community by proclaiming and sharing the Gospel!
Open House in honor of Sisters ...
It was a wonderful honoring these two women of God! Sr. Charmaine was celebrating her 60th and Sr. Denise celebrating her 25th year of profession! Thanks to all who came over Oct. 2 and everyone who made the Open House such a great celebration. Click here and read the tribute to the Sisters from that Sunday’s bulletin.
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!
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.
Join us for an evening of fun with Spaghetti Dinner, Music, Dancing and Fellowship with Bishop Daniel Conlon on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall with live music by Vern ‘N’ Vern. Everyone is invited to this complimentary meal hosted by the CCW, Holy Name, and Knights of Columbus.
In order to provide enough food and refreshments, we are asking those who want to attend this event to please RSVP as soon as possible or by Oct. 31. Please call the parish office at 815-939-3573 or use our online Contact Page indicating the number in your party. (Anyone interested in volunteering at the dinner or preparing desserts are encouraged to contact the parish to get connected with the committee).
Bishop Conlon will be at the Masses Nov. 5 and 6 and meeting with parish groups and committees as part of his visit to St. Joe’s. Please join us at the Spaghetti Dinner as we welcome the bishop at our parish.
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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.
Nov. 6 & 13, 2016
Our “SNL” Youth Ministry is in need of Adult Drivers and teens to distribute flyers and pick up food at doorsteps along routes in the community.
If you are interested in helping in this very fun and worthwhile event for local Food Pantries, please contact Deacon Jerry at ourContact Page or call 815-939-2780.
Forms for adults and teens to print, fill-out, and return to the parish are below.
- 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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