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Fr. Paul Farin celebrated Masses Sept. 19-20, 2015, at St. Joseph Parish. This dynamic preacher is from Cross Catholic Outreach. Click here to listen to audio of his powerful homily.
Donations can be made at Cross Outreach Online, which highlights this wonderful ministry and details all the ways to get involved with it.
- 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!!
- 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 and to find out when the next Healing Mass is scheduled at St. Joseph’s.
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For the past year the Confirmation candidates have been seeking a personal relationship with Christ, growing in Faith and serving others.
Watch the video above and enjoy a glimpse into their journey.
These high school students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation during a special Mass Oct. 18, 2015, at St. Joseph Church.
PWD Christmas Festivities
The annual Persons with Disabilities Christmas celebration was held Dec. 7. Church members and other parish organizations donated gifts and funds for the annual event.
This Christmas pizza party included prayer, presents and Christmas carols. Each visitor enjoyed refreshments and picked out a gift to take home during the event.
A group of parishioners offer monthly gatherings with worship and social time for persons with disabilities and their families. They invite people from the area as well as residents of group homes and other residential facilities for prayer and fellowship.
Many thanks to all who made this year’s PWD Christmas event such a wonderful experience for the guests! It certainly was a rewarding afternoon for the volunteers as well.
Merry Christmas from Youth Ministry!
St. Joe’s Youth Ministry would like to take this opportunity to wish the entire parish a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Youth Ministry gives our young people a special experience of God and the church through programs, retreats and outreach efforts that build relationships. Please consider helping this exciting ministry continue to thrive through supporting its fundraising initiatives, getting involved or making a monetary donation. For details, contact Deacon Jerry Gregoire by calling 815-932-2780 or through our Web site Contact Page.
Advent Candle Lighting Ritual
Many families of
Recent Confirmation Preparaiton Gathering
The Confirmation Candidates at
A highlight of the afternoon was when young adult parish members, Mallory Hoge, Ashley Lovell, Matthew Lovell, Mitchell Kahl, and Evan Blanchette, acted out how sins hold us down and how we can be set free by Christ’s love and healing power. These volunteers did a great job sharing a powerful message about forgiveness and gave back to their parish community by serving as role models.
Click here to read all about this most recent confirmation gathering.
The Confirmation Candidates meet with the leadership team monthly for prayer and formation programs. The group is scheduled to be confirmed in fall 2015 during their sophomore year of high school.
Earlier in the week, the students in the parish Religious Education program participated in a special Thanksgiving Prayer Service Nov. 10 at
St. Joseph's hosted Harvest Sunday 2014
Thank you so much to everyone who gave of their time and energy to make Harvest Sunday such a wonderful success!! The St. Joseph Youth Ministry and all involved are certainly grateful for the tremendous parish support and generous donations from the community for this awesome cause!
Teens from Catholic parishes across the region and their families and friends participated in this annual project Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, 2014.
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of area residents, the teens and other volunteers were able to fill more than 120 barrels in the St. Joseph Parish Hall. This will certainly help stock the shelves of local food pantries for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. God bless all of you for your concern and kindness!
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 …
- St. Joseph Parish will host a Mass of anointing at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Priests of the area have been invited to celebrate the liturgy together and administer the sacrament for those who wish to receive it.
- Click here to view a special video presentation of the Mass of Anointing at St. Joseph's.
Anyone facing illness or upcoming medical procedures and those with health issues related to old age are certainly welcome to come and experience this sacrament of courage, strength and healing at our upcoming Mass of anointing.
A light lunch is planned after the Mass in the parish hall. (Please RSVP if attending lunch by calling St. Joseph Office, 815-939-3573).
- St. Joseph Parish is participating in the Undy Sunday program sponsored by Catholic Charities.
Donations of new underwear, undershirts, and socks for children and adults are requested as well as diapers.
The collection will be held the weekends of Oct. 3/4 and Oct. 10/11, 2015. Barrels will be in the back of church. Students and families can also donate at the the school and parish hall entrances.
Youth of the parish will sort the donations and get them to Catholic Charities. Thanks for your support and kindness!!
Judith A “Judy” Boudreau, age 77, of Bourbonnais passed away Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at her...
Thompson W. “Tom” Fitzgerald, age 93, of Bradley, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at the...
Genevieve H. Hebert, “Aunt Gen”, age 100 of Bradley died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at her niece’s home....
Joseph Giusto, 95, of Bradley, passed away Tuesday (Sept. 1, 2015) at his home. He was born Sept....
- Accident victims, surgery patients, and those fighting cancer and other diseases need blood to survive. There is much technology in our world, but scientists have yet to develop a method for synthesizing blood. So it’s up to us to share this precious gift.
To schedule your appointment for our upcoming parish blood drive, please call the church at 815-939-3573, or click here to utilize our online registration—you will need a username and password*
Every time you donate blood you automatically earn points to redeem Gift Cards and Premium Gifts.
*If you don’t have an online account yet, you can create one at the link above if you’ve given blood with Heartland before. You will need your Donor Number, which is printed on your Heartland Donor Card. If this is going to be your first donation with Heartland and St. Joseph’s, call the number above to sign-up or just “walk-in” on the day. (Photo ID Required)
Harvest Sunday 2015 ...
Harvest Sunday is fast approaching the first two Sundays in November
Our “SNL” Youth Ministry is in need of Adult Drivers and teens to deliver fliers and pick up food.
If you are interested in helping in this worthwhile event of providing food for local Food Pantries, please contact Deacon Jerry through our web Contact Page or call 815-939-2780. Forms for adults and teens to print, fill-out, and return to the parish are below.
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!
Summer Mission Trip
What a gift the Youth Ministry leaders were able to give the kids and themselves by thinking outside of the box and providing a mission trip July 14-17. The teens and adults did yard work and built a wooden deck for a senior in need of help.
Watch the video above chronicling the summer mission.
The impact of the experience has certainly not faded from the minds of those who participated with the trip. In fact, the team returned to Pembroke Sept. 20 to help stain the deck and visit with their friend. Thanks to all who continue to witness their faith as part of the parish’s “SNL” Youth Ministry.
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.