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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!
Did you know that making a blood donation can save up to three lives? 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. 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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Secret Advent Mission: Accomplished!
Children of St. Joseph's School and Religious Education Program have accomplished their Advent mission to secretly serve others. As you can see from the tags on these trees, many random acts of kindness were performed while awaiting the birth of Christ at Christmas. May we all remember that the graces received through a continued mission in serving others can be done anytime of the year!
Happy New Year!
Because of the “Yes” of Mary the world was changed as Jesus came to save us. Just as God had a plan for Mary God has a plan for all of us to bring Christ to the world.
Perhaps this is a good time for us to ponder and pray about what we need to focus our “Yes” on in the New Year.
A recording of Fr. Tony’s homily in its entirety from the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is available on our Liturgy Audio page.
Happy New Year and many blessings in 2016!
Take a deep breath ... Christmas is here!
Take a very deep breath … Christmas is here! No more worries about store hours, sales, free shipping and the rest. Christmas is here! This is our time to take a deep breath and just say, “Wow!” Our Lord loves us so much that God became like us. As we come to understand and accept that great love we can’t help but want to spread it to each other.
Our clergy and liturgical ministers created a loving and welcoming environment and our music ministry really shined as these adults and students put their hearts and souls into these liturgies! We thank them and those behind-the-scenes who all made our Christmas Masses such beautiful expressions of our gratitude to God for the wondrous gift of the Christ Child.
God is so good and we are Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s.
Advent Reconciliation Service 2015
This year’s Advent Reconciliation Service served as a reminder of the call of baptism to love and care for each other. Living our baptism isn’t always easy and sometimes we do the exact opposite, which is why the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to us.
Each of the baptismal symbols were presented by parishioners during the service and placed in a lovely prayer space in the back of church as a reminder of our baptismal call to be there for each other. Please watch the moving video of this service above. Fr. Tony’s homily is also available on our Liturgy Audio page.
Special Christmas Guests ...
The annual Persons with Disabilities Christmas celebration was held Dec. 6. This gathering included Mass in the church and social time in the parish hall with Christmas carols led by Fr. Tony. Each visitor enjoyed refreshments and picked out a gift during the party.
The coordinators would like to thank all of the parishioners who donated gifts and the Knights of Columbus for their generous monetary donation!
Parishioners offer the monthly PWD Mass and social as way of reaching out into the community. They invite people from the area as well as residents of group homes and other residential facilities for prayer and fellowship. The smiles and attitude of the guests always makes this special project worthwhile!
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.
Celebrating First Reconciliation 2015
This is a big year for the second graders and Special Sacrament students of St. Joseph Church!
After much preparation with support from their teachers, families and Fr. Tony, the children received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time Dec. 5.
Speaking to the children and families during the service, Fr. Tony shared how important and exciting a time this is because of the wonderful opportunities of grace and friendship they will be receiving this year. Through these sacraments we are reminded of God’s mercy and unconditional love for us. Now that’s something to celebrate!
As they made their way up the aisle to speak with the priests, the children seemed a little nervous, but they sure looked happy and blessed as they returned to their pews. They did great!
Thank you to Alyssa Mayhood, Faith Horn, Caroline Noe and Natalie Blanchette from the St. Joseph School Choir who blessed us with their gift of singing during this special service.
Please keep these children in your prayers as they will soon begin their journey toward First Holy Communion in the spring.
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.
An Italian Beef Luncheon is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Parish Hall. Free picture with Santa and goody bag from his elves.
The cost is $9 for Italian Beef Sandwhich or two pieces of pizza and all the fixings. Come and visit with Santa and help with the “Let the Sun Shine In” project as proceeds will go to replace more windows in the convent.
The Schedule for December and January is ready for our Liturgical Ministers.
Thank you for giving of your time to enhance the worship experience for our parishioners and guests.
We have a number of Advent and Christmas services coming up ... Please feel free to volunteer in the Web Terminal.
Claude E. “Eddie” Keller, Sr. 74, of Bradley, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at...
Theresa I. Ciaccio, age 89, of Bradley, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Riverside...
Harry Tighe passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Visitation is from 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30,...
Charles “Chuck” Gonczy, 74, passed away from this life to his eternal home on Sunday, Nov. 13,...
- 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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