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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.
Pinking Out in the Parish Hall
Students, faculty, and staff participated in the first-ever “Great Viking Pink Out” Oct. 2 at St. Joseph School. Those who brought a donation could leave their uniforms at home and dress in pink for the day. In the end, the school raised nearly $300 for breast cancer research.
The day ended with an assembly with a surprise Flash Mob led by the teachers and staff and an impromptu sock hop. It was a very fun day that certainly raised awareness of a disease that impacts so many women and families every year. There were countless smiles during the festivities and after as people talked about this wonderful event honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Faith, Families and Flat Francis ...
Students in St. Joseph Parish’s Religious Education Program took time during class Sept. 23 to learn about Pope Francis and his historic visit to the United States. Classes also participated in the “Flat Francis” project by taking group pictures with their cutout of the Holy Father around the parish.
RE Program Begins at St. Joseph Parish …
Students, catechists and parents came together Sept. 16 as the Religious Education program began another year of classes at St. Joseph Parish.
The coordinators welcomed the children and parents and thanked the catechists for giving of their time to share the faith with youngsters of our worshipping community. After praying together, the children went to their classes as parents were introduced to the program.
This year’s theme, “Building Faith and Family By Connecting Church and Home,” will focus on helping students and parents build a relationship with God and deepen their faith lives.
To assist with this task, RE is introducing Christ Our Life textbooks through Loyola Press. Christ our Life ensures knowledge of our faith, Catholic identity, and an enthusiastic response by children and adults to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization.
Following the brief introductory meeting, the parents toured the building to see RE in action!
Youth Ministry Car Wash ...
St. Joseph’s “SNL” Youth Ministry wants to thank all of those who so generously support our fundraisers. Proceeds from our Sept. 13 car wash will help with the cost of high school teens and leaders from our parish attending the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.
Those who participate in this fantastic November gathering will have the opportunity to worship and praise God with over 20,000 teens and leaders from all over the country.
It promises to be an inspiring experience with well-known speakers and presenters sharing profound insights about the faith from their personal experiences. Leading Christian musicians will raise the roof at amazing praise and worship services. It’s all about people coming together from across the nation to share their love for the Lord and giving thanks and praise to God!
Honoring heroes on Patriot Day …
St. Joseph School marked the 14th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, by honoring those who perished on that day as well as first responders in our community. Wearing red, white and blue, the students, faculty and honored guests formed a human flag. Click on the image to enlarge.
Addressing the group, Anthony Wilkinson, principal, welcomed parents and guests and described the events of that fateful day. Deacon Jerry Gregoire, chaplain of local emergency services, lead a special prayer. Meanwhile, the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus presented the school with a new American flag to fly on the campus and Bradley Mayor Bruce Adams led the Pledge of Allegiance. In the end, the students presented special cards of gratitude they had made earlier in the week to members of the Bradley Police and Fire departments in attendance at the event.
It was very powerful and prayerful display of love and patriotism!
RE Program Connecting Church and Home
Those who will begin teaching Religious Education in the coming weeks arrived for their introductory meeting Sept. 2 in the parish Ministry Center. Fr. Tony celebrated a special Mass with them and thanked the catechists for responding to the call of sharing their faith with children of our parish.
Fr. Tony opened the homily for sharing among the group. Listening to their thoughts and stories about the ministry and sharing some as well, he promised that their love for the students and faithfulness to their ministry does make a difference in the lives of others. “It’s a great gift,” he said.
It was certainly inspiring to hear the catechists talk about planting the seeds of faith and being confident that the children will know God in their hearts. “You never know what part of the message they are going to take and need later in their lives,” the participants agreed.
Feeding the hungry
The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Parish recently made a $100 donation to the Center of Hope in Kankakee. Steve Luehrs, grand knight, Fr. Tony Nugent, parish pastor, Dawn Moss, executive director for Center of Hope, and Reisha Raymond, parish secretary, are pictured above.
The Knights of Columbus have been leading an effort to increase the food donations at St. Joseph Church. For every 1,000 pounds donated, the Knights will match with $100 for the Center of Hope, the food pantry that receives the parish donations each week. This year’s goal is collecting 5,000 pounds with $500 offered by the Knights to support the efforts of Center of Hope, which offers help in a very dignified manner for clients. Once a week, the individuals who meet the IDHS Income Guidelines can choose 10-12 items from the shelves.
Thanks so much to our parish for responding and keep up the great support!
First Mass of the School Year
The St. Joseph School student body came together for Mass on the first day of school Aug. 26. The teachers did a wonderful job with the ministries and the choir was awesome!! Audio recordings of Fr. Tony’s homily and Mr. Wilkinson’s opening statement are available on our Liturgy Audio page. A video of the Mass in its entirety is available on our YouTube Playlist.
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.