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Are you someone or do know someone interested in becoming Catholic? Or were you baptized Catholic as a child, but not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist?
St. Joseph Parish invites you to think about and pray about our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult process. This is an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about the Catholic faith. Our friendly and enthusiastic RCIA Team offers sessions focusing on the teachings of the church as they help prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist during the Easter season.
Send us a message (Contact Page) or call us (815-939-357) to get connected with the RCIA Team.
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!
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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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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.
It’s a Wonderful Life with Jesus
St. Joseph's Youth Ministry and School participated in the annual Bradley Christmas parade Dec. 4. It was a friendly time to share some Christmas cheer with the community and to raise awareness for these two awesome parish ministries! Thanks to all who gave of their time in creating the floats and participating in this wonderful project!
Beautiful Advent tradition at St. Joe’s …
Families have gladly responded to the invitation to light the Advent candles at Mass during this season of wonder, hope and anticipation. This certainly brings the tradition to life for them and all of us at St. Joe's. Click here to watch as this family takes part in this special ritual and to view the rest of the Mass as well.
Sharing the light at Advent is Mission Possible!
Our children have accepted the secret task! St. Joseph Parish's “Mission Possible” is underway!
This special Advent mission is to perform secret acts of kindness in preparation for Christmas. The children learned about the program during action-packed presentations during Religious Education and class time at St. Joseph School.
They were all given Top Secret materials to help in completing the mission! Included were two sets of tags to be filled out with each random act of secret kindness. One was to be left at the scene and the other brought back to the parish.
The hope is that these tags will fill an entire Christmas tree by the end of Advent! Good luck!
Pausing for faith and pizza at formation program
The candidates in the Confirmation Program at St. Joseph Parish met for their monthly session Nov. 22, enjoying pizza and fellowship, and learning about the Beatitudes.
As part of the interactive lesson, the high schoolers were presented with stills from Disney movies and asked which Beatitudes were being portrayed. What a fun approach to explaining Christ’s teachings on love and humility!
The session ended with Mass celebrated by Fr. Tony around the table in the Ministry Center. This was certainly a very special way of spending a Sunday evening!
Celebrating Veterans Day at St. Joe’s …
When they realized that the St. Joseph School Mass they were planning would be held on Veterans Day, the eighth graders decided to invite family members and parishioners who had served in the military to be their honored guests at the liturgy.
The seventh and eighth graders did a special choral reading of the poem “Old Glory” in the moments before the service. The video of Mass begins with this charming rendition and is available on our YouTube Playlist.
In his homily, Fr. Tony thanked the veterans in attendance at the Nov. 11 celebration for the sacrifices they made for the freedom we enjoy today. A recording of the pastor’s preaching is available on our Liturgy Audio page
In the end, the assembly blessed these men and women before the final prayer. The service concluded with the assembly singing “America the Beautiful” led by the school’s very spirited choir and the children presented the guests with handmade cards of gratitude after the liturgy. It was a very special afternoon!
Harvest Sunday … Thanks all around!!
On behalf of St. Joseph Parish’s “SNL” group and the other Youth Ministries at the surrounding parishes, we’d like to express a Huge Thank You to everyone who gave of their time to help with this annual food collection.
The generous response at the doorsteps (and from our parishioners) was nothing short of remarkable! And the energy in completing the task by our volunteers was certainly impressive and truly inspiring. Our local food pantries have benefited as they will share this harvest with their clients.
All Souls Commemoration 2015
Relatives of parishioners who had died during the past year received special invitations to the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed Nov. 2 at St. Joseph Church. It was certainly a very moving way of remembering and giving thanks to God for all those who have entered the kingdom.
During the evening Mass, the people joined in placing incense into small bowls of burning coals at the base of the sanctuary. The ritual symbolized that as the smoke rises upward we are giving back our loved ones to the God who had once given them to us.
A video of this touching All Souls liturgy 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.
Join us for an evening of fun with Spaghetti Dinner, Music, Dancing and Fellowship with Bishop Daniel Conlon on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall with live music by Vern ‘N’ Vern. Everyone is invited to this complimentary meal hosted by the CCW, Holy Name, and Knights of Columbus.
In order to provide enough food and refreshments, we are asking those who want to attend this event to please RSVP as soon as possible or by Oct. 31. Please call the parish office at 815-939-3573 or use our online Contact Page indicating the number in your party. (Anyone interested in volunteering at the dinner or preparing desserts are encouraged to contact the parish to get connected with the committee).
Bishop Conlon will be at the Masses Nov. 5 and 6 and meeting with parish groups and committees as part of his visit to St. Joe’s. Please join us at the Spaghetti Dinner as we welcome the bishop at our parish.
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St. Joseph Parish will hold a Protecting God’s Children session at 10 a.m., Saturday Oct. 29, 2016, in the Parish Ministry Center.
Online registration is required. Click here to sign-up. Select Joliet in the organization drop-down directory and St. Joseph (Bradley) when you reach the session list.
Nov. 6 & 13, 2016
Our “SNL” Youth Ministry is in need of Adult Drivers and teens to distribute flyers and pick up food at doorsteps along routes in the community.
If you are interested in helping in this very fun and worthwhile event for local Food Pantries, please contact Deacon Jerry at ourContact Page or call 815-939-2780.
Forms for adults and teens to print, fill-out, and return to the parish are below.
- 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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