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The Drawing will be held March 5, 2016, during our high-energy Las Vegas in Bradley!!
Proceeds from this casino event assist with operating costs of St. Joseph School.
Parishioners came together on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8, 2015, to recommit themselves to modeling the faithful “Yes” of the Blessed Mother in responding to the Lord.
The Holy Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church began on this feast as well. Pope Francis has declared this Year of Mercy to remind us that when we show mercy we are responding as God responds, with compassion.
Click here to listen to Fr. Tony’s Homily from the Immaculate Conception Mass during which he described the pope’s call to the world to focus on showing mercy in the situations of life.
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- God is so good and we’re Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s!!
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Congrats, St. Joseph School Class of 2015!!
Eighteen students graduated from St. Joseph School during a special afternoon commencement Mass May 17 in the parish church. Congratulations and Blessings, Class of 2015.
A recording of Fr. Tony’s homily from graduation is available on our Liturgy Audio page.
Thanking God for Fr. Butters at Memorial Mass
A Memorial Mass in honor of Fr. Joseph Butters was celebrated May 13 at St. Joseph Church. A native of the area, the caring priest had spent much of his ministry serving in the Kankakee region at various parishes, including St. Joseph’s from 1985 to 1995. He was certainly known and loved throughout the community and beyond.
Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, the leader of the Joliet Diocese, was the principal celebrant of the Memorial Mass. Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Siegel, Fr. Tony Nugent, Fr. Bill Dewan and other priests of the diocese concelebrated the special afternoon liturgy.
Fr. Raymond Lescher preached at the Mass and offered a wonderful tribute to his friend. Fr. Lescher’s homily and Bishop Conlon’s concluding remarks are on our Liturgy Audio page. A video presentation of the Memorial Mass in its entirety is available on our YouTube Playlist.
Fr. Joseph Butters was called home to the Lord April 23, 2015, after lingering health problems.
Congrats to First Communicants and Families
Moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, aunts and uncles and friends were delighted to watch as the excited children approached the front of the church and received Communion for the very first time during a special morning Mass May 2 at St. Joseph Church. A happiness that comes from an appreciation for the gift of Eucharist was evident on the beaming faces of parents sharing a quick wink and nod as their smiling child left the pew to finally take part in the celebration of the supper of the Lord.
Catholics are offered this most blessed and precious gift, and if they let it, the Eucharist can change their lives. In a few minutes when you come back to your pews after receiving Jesus you will feel that warmth and love of Jesus in your hearts, Father Tony promised the kids. (A special video presentation of the First Communion Mass in its entirety is available on our YouTube Playlist).
We pray that our First Communicants will be blessed with that same feeling as they continue to receive Eucharist to guide and sustain them through the journey ahead!
Special thanks to those who served at the First Communion Mass as hospitality ministers, altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, and student and adult music ministers, and Broderick Photography. We are very grateful! These special people certainly helped make the day a beautiful one!
Mass of the Anointing of the Sick
The Spirit was certainly present at St. Joseph Church April 25 as parishioners and guests received the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during a very tranquil, but noticeably powerful Mass. Priests of the area were on-hand to administer this sacrament of courage and grace. They walked through the worship space and anointed all those wishing to receive it. Family and friends prayed with and for them and shared in Eucharist at the special Saturday morning service.
During the liturgy, Fr. Tony congratulated the people for coming to this new event to collectively celebrate the Anointing of the Sick in Kankakee County. In the midst of difficulties and stresses in life, he explained that this sacrament helps us realize that God is near and can fortify and strengthen us for the difficulties ahead.
Religious Education Mass
The fifth graders planned and welcomed people at the doors for the Religious Education Mass April 24. They also proclaimed the readings and intentions. With upbeat songs courtesy of volunteers from the Music Ministry and a thought-provoking homily by Fr. Tony, the liturgy was a nice time for parents and children to come and share Eucharist and praise God.
Relive our parish celebration of the Resurrection!
May the peace that surpasses all understanding be with you as we continue our Easter Celebration. God has brought us to a beautiful celebration of new life as we welcomed the RCIA members; as we put Lent behind and put on the light of Christ. We are his people and during Lent we have attempted to renew our souls and begin again our new found relationship with our Lord.
Our hope lies in the promise and ultimately the reality of our beloved Savior rising from the grave in order for us to be able to follow him to glory. One day we all will journey to the paradise that God has prepared for all of those who love him. May his blessings and love surround you and may the joy of this season warm your heart.
Live in peace and remember to serve and care for others as Jesus would have us do. Wishing you all a holy Easter Season in joyful praise of the one who made it so. Myself and the staff of St. Joseph Parish offer you our prayers and love to bless your heart and home today and every day. Go with God!-Fr. Tony
Parish Lenten Reconciliation Service
St. Joseph Parish hosted the Lenten Reconciliation Service March 19. It was a very tranquil and humbling evening as the assembly listened and prayed through the gentle, but thought-provoking message in word and song of taking action in their lives to find grace and peace.
The back alcove of the church had been transformed into the biblical setting of the Pool of Siloam where Jesus sent the blind man to wash. Upon receiving absolution from one of the priests, the participants were invited to visit the beautiful display to take some time to wash away their sins and rest in God’s mercy and forgiveness.
A recording of this moving reconciliation service is available on our YouTube Channel.
Following the service, the parish’s Confirmation candidates hosted a St. Joseph’s Day Ice Cream Social and invited parishioners and guests to join them in the parish hall. It was a time for fun and refreshments as everyone enjoyed and reflected on the goodness of God!
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.
February 10, 2016
Communion Service at 7:00 a.m.
Mass at 8:30 a.m.
Communion Service at Noon
Communion Service at 5:00 p.m.
Mass at 7:00 p.m.
All Masses & Services include distribution of ashes.
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.
Your support is very important to the success of this diocesan campaign!
**Ministers are more than welcome to volunteer for our special Lent/Easter Services on the board in church or Web Terminal.**
The Liturgical Schedule for February & March is ready.
Thank you so much for giving of your time to enhance the worship experience for our parishioners and guests.
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.
Betty J. Martin passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Visitation is slated from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m....
Laverne St. Peter passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. Visitation is slated from 10:00 a.m.-2:00...
Dwayne A. Francoeur, 84 a lifetime resident of Bradley, passed away January 21, 2016, at Presence St....
Louis J. Stefanich, 97, of Clifton and formerly a lifelong Bradley resident passed away on...
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.
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.
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