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St. Joseph’s would like to invite children going into fifth grade next year and up to consider becoming altar servers at Mass.
We will offer a training session from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. If this date doesn't work, we would be happy to make other arrangements. Adults are encouraged to serve in this capacity as well.
Contact us for complete details.
- Awesome Parish Apparel Available!
- 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!!
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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.
Confirmation Celebration at St. Joe's ...
It was a profound evening for the nearly 40 young parishioners confirmed by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Siegel during Mass May 26. It was wonderful to witness how their study and formation had ultimately led them to receiving the sacrament.
The Spirit received will never leave them (once confirmed, always confirmed). So no matter what they do or don’t do in the years to come the Lord will always be with them waiting for them to call upon the Spirit for help and guidance. Bishop Siegel’s homily in its entirety is available on our Liturgy Audio page.
We pray that our newly confirmed will trust in the gifts of the Spirit and use them throughout their lives. Congratulations!
Upcoming Blood Drive at St. Joe's ...
Saving lives just got sweeter! Donate a pint of blood at our next parish Blood Drive and you’ll receive a certificate for a free pint of Baskin Robbins Ice Cream!
Sunday, June 5, 2016
To make an appointment, call the church at 815-939-3573. If you’ve donated at St. Joe's before, you can click here to utilize our online registration or just “walk-in on the day.
Thanks for your support of this life-saving ministry!
St. Joseph School's Graduation Mass
Seventeen students graduated from St. Joseph School during an evening commencement Mass May 21. Our prayer for these young people is that even when things get difficult in their lives that they will always remember kneeling in prayer at St. Joseph Church and knowing God loves them.
Fr. Tony’s homily in its entirety as well as Mr. Wilkinson’s remarks in presenting the graduates are available on our Liturgy Audio page.
Congratulations and Blessings, Class of 2016!
Fantastic Family Festival at St. Joe’s!
Our Family Fun Festival was a great time May 14 at St. Joe’s! The cold weather didn’t stop us from rocking this awesome event!
Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the fun; those who helped organize and plan; everyone who gave of their time to help with activities and brave the dunk tank and the many parishioners and friends who made donations of treats, services and other items!
We are certainly grateful!!!
Coming to the Lord's table for the first time
About 40 children received Eucharist for the first time May 7 during a morning Mass at St. Joseph Church. There was surely warmth inside as they experienced the specialness of Communion.
What a wonderful time for all of them and their parents and families. Jesus gave us this special sacrament to be with us always and it was truly a happy moment seeing the start of this relationship in the lives of these young people.
Reaching out in love and friendship ...
St. Joseph’s hosted its Persons with Disabilities Mass Sunday afternoon, May 1. What a neat experience of faith and care seeing men and women of the local Community Integrated Living Arrangement so graciously welcomed. Their participation in the liturgy was so beautiful.
Thanks to Fr. Richard Jacklin for coming and celebrating this special liturgy and all of our parishioners who make the Mass and Social afterward happen at St. Joe’s.
If you ever want to witness a powerful and moving display of love and faith, you are certainly invited to take an hour and come to the PWD Mass and see this inspiring ministry in action … You will leave with a smile for sure!!
St. Joseph School's Grandparents Day
St. Joseph School hosted its annual Grandparents Day Celebration April 29 starting with Mass in the church followed by an open house at school as well as doughnuts in the parish hall. It was a pleasure to see the proud children praying with their grandparents and leading them through the building. The grandmas and grandpas beamed as they took part in the very special morning event.
When grandparents are around, the children just know that everything is going to be taken care of and OK, said Fr. Tony. It’s a unique gift that these men and women have in the lives of their families. The homily in its entirety is available on our Liturgy Audio page.
Thanks to the first graders for planning the Mass; the choir for leading us in song; Parent Club for hosting breakfast and everyone who came and was involved in this wonderful event!
Time with the Son and Sundaes at Youth Gathering
St. Joseph’s “SNL” Youth Ministry talked to God at Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as part of their Sunday evening gathering, April 17. It was certainly a peaceful time for prayer and reflection for the young people and adult leaders away from the distractions and pressures of the outside world.
After adoration, the group went to the Ministry Center for ice cream sundaes, music and fun. The young people enjoyed the company of each other as they talked about possible summer activities.
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.
The Schedule for June & July is ready.
Thank you for giving of your time to enhance the worship experience for our parishioners and guests.
Donna M. Muhlstadt, 66, of Kankakee passed away May 22, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Bradley....
Mary Ann LaMore, 87, of Bradley, passed away on May 23, 2016, at Riverside Medical Center. There...
Doris V. Bardsley Utermark, age 92, of Bourbonnais, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at...
Bernadette “Bernie” Johnston, 92 of Bourbonnais, passed away April 16, 2016, at Presence Our Lady...
Registration open for Religious Education at St. Joe’s for next year.
Click here to download the 2016-2017 enrollment form. Print and complete the form and submit at the RE or parish offices or label an envelope and drop in the collection basket at Mass.
Click here to visit the RE Homepage to see the program in action!
For information about this fantastic parish ministry, please detail your questions here or call Anita Lovell or Jennifer Hoge in the Religious Education Office, 815-937-9340.
Giving Thanks Video
Please watch this “Giving Thanks” video and be generous with your support for the 2016 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal of the Joliet Diocese. Click here to watch the full screen presentation.
The CMAA funds a wide range of ministries and programs, such as education of men preparing for the priesthood, Catholic schools,Catholic Charities in helping provide food, shelter, clothing, professional counseling and medical services to thousands in need, parish ministries and initiatives.
Click here to listen to Bishop Conlon's homily launching this year's CMAA with Fr. Tony's remarks about St. Joseph's and the Appeal.
Your support is very important to the success of this diocesan campaign!
Beyond Borders ...
The church is spread across the planet! Pope Francis is calling all of us to focus on love and compassion in this Year of Mercy.
Check out this video produced by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus and see how people are proving that the idea of defending human life has no borders. Championing this cause is not just an American thing as the pope’s message is for everyone as well!
Want to learn how you can be a part of the Pro-Life Movement? Click here for details about the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Click here to visit the Office for Human Dignity of the Joliet Diocese.
Get meditations from renowned priest and author, Henri Nouwen. These e-mails will inspire and guide your mind and heart. Click here to subscribe and for more spirituality resources.
St. Joseph Manna fundraising has been upgraded! Parishioners and others can still get Manna after Sunday Masses and Thursday and Friday afternoons 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!
- 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.