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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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Repent & Believe in the Gospel … Ash Wednesday
The Christian community came together on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, at churches across the globe. This was the beginning of Lent, a time to return to the basics, and St. Joseph’s offered Masses and services throughout the day as people started the season with a clean slate.
When you’re preparing for a big test at school, the experts advise that you get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast. During Lent, the church recommends a greater emphasis on prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These are all about getting better and making changes to be your best!
On Ash Wednesday, we were marked with ashes as a reminder of this challenge ahead, reminding us and everyone that we belong to God and that we want to be with God when we leave this earth. Sometimes we forget this truth!
We thank our presiders, musicians, ash distributors, ministers and the others who made our Ash Wednesday observance such a powerful expression of our faith.
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Special Spaghetti Supper ….
There certainly was a warm fuzzy feeling of being part of the parish family at the Spaghetti Dinner Feb. 6 in the Parish Hall.
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy a wonderful meal with our St. Joseph Family. It was a great way to end Catholic Schools Week and bring the parish together for some fun and fellowship.
We’re especially grateful to the parish Knights of Columbus for preparing and hosting this event as well as the parish Council of Catholic Women, school Parent Club and all the other adults and students who helped out! It was a huge success!
Very special dinner at St. Joe's ...
Students preparing for the Sacrament of First Communion and their parents shared a special pizza meal Feb. 4.
Just as we are nourished by sharing food and stories when gathered around our tables at home; during Mass, we come together as a family to gather around the altar table to hear Scripture stories and be nourished through the Body and Blood of Christ.
Please keep our First Communion students, their families and teachers in your prayers as they continue to journey ahead toward this special sacrament May 7, 2016.
Best Catholic Schools Week Ever!
It was an exciting time as St. Joseph School kicked off Catholic Schools Week at 11 a.m. Sunday Mass, Jan. 31. The students and teachers were part of the opening procession. It was certainly a happy sight. The school choir joined with the parish Music Ministry to help raise the roof with praises to the Lord! And, Drew Turro, a graduate of the school, offered a special testimonial. The 25-year-old presenter concluded his heartfelt speech by saying, “I will forever be grateful for my time here.”
Meanwhile, Catholic Schools Week offered a variety of opportunities to highlight gratitude. There was a very moving opening prayer service; live reptile display; first-ever Talent Show; Vocation Assembly; spirited school Mass led by the third graders, and many other activities and programs. The students also raised $2,500 for the Leukemia Society as they excitedly put their faith into action!
(Families spoke at each of the weekend Masses, Jan. 30-31, about the value of education at St. Joseph School).
Religious Education Mass at St. Joe's
Students and parents attended a special Mass during Religious Education class Jan. 27. The catechists and coordinators planned the service and students helped them with the ministries during the liturgy. The parish’s Adult Choir led the assembly in song at Mass.
In his homily, Fr. Tony explained the job of the pope. As representative of Jesus on earth, Pope Francis travels across the globe to be with the people. In his journeys, the pope has witnessed the good and bad in the world. This is why he called for the Year of Mercy. It is a time for us to pay attention to the way we treat others and to look for ways to be better. Fr. Tony’s preaching in its entirety is available on our Liturgy Audio page.
Watching as each student genuflected as they exited the pews after Mass was priceless. Thanks to all who helped in creating such a nice expression of our faith!
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!
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.
Cynthia Rose Patricia McCorkle, 60, of Piper City, formerly of Urbana, peacefully passed away on...
Dorine M. (Tobenski) Cowan, 97, of Bradley, passed away Saturday (Dec. 17, 2016) at Our Lady of...
Douglas Dionne, age 63, of Bradley, passed away Friday, December 16, 2016, at Presence St. Mary’s...
Claude E. “Eddie” Keller, Sr. 74, of Bradley, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at...
- 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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