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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.
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.
- 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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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.
Parish Commitment Sunday 2015
Thank you to all who have completed and submitted your Commitment Cards for your support in nurturing the sacramental life of our parish.
Our recent Commitment Weekend, Oct. 24-25, 2015 was a moving time to hear from other parishioners about their personal connection with St. Joseph’s and for us to examine the ways we assist in furthering the mission of St. Joseph’s.
For those parishioners who have not yet had the opportunity to submit their card, please do so as soon as possible. It is important that all parishioners complete a Commitment Card so we may budget appropriately in order to carry on our parish mission.
Online giving is the easiest and most efficient way of being consistent with your contributions. St. Joseph’s offers an electronic giving option. Click here to download and print the sign-up form for Auto-Deduct of your Sunday Contribution. An even simpler method for parishioners and guests is our PayPal option.Click on the "Donate" button above and just input your amount and then check “Make this recurring monthly.” It’s that easy! If you have any questions, please contact the church office, 815-939-3573.
Faithful & Grateful at St. Joe’s Reaffirm Program …
St. Joseph Parish is acknowledging the many ways God is present in our lives with the Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s Reaffirm Program. We are faithful people with much to be grateful for! This awareness program is designed to call attention to the gift of our parish’s sacramental life. The hope is an increase in support allowing St. Joseph’s to thrive and grow.
Click here to listen to Fr. Tony’s homily launching the Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s Reaffirm Program. The brochure he mentions has been mailed to each registered household. Click here to view the brochure and learn about the beautiful ways our people are touching the divine through the sacraments of the church at St. Joseph’s.
We encourage all parishioners to spend time in prayer and discussion with family or friends, reflecting on what the parish provides as well as our part in sustaining it. Please help St. Joseph's by completing your Commitment Card and returning it to the parish. The commitment process has proven to help parishioners become more aware of their giving, and the Commitment Card is an important physical reminder of your personal intention to give.
Online giving is the easiest and most efficient way of being consistent with your contributions. St. Joseph’s offers an electronic giving option. Click here to download and print the sign-up form for Auto-Deduct of your Sunday Contribution. An even simpler method for parishioners and guests is utilizing our PayPal option. Click on the "Donate" button above and just input your amount and then check “Make this recurring monthly.” It’s that easy!
Please think about it, discuss it and do something about it. We have truly been blessed and we are Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s. Thanks so much for your support!
Celebrating Confirmation 2015
About 30 high school students were confirmed by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Siegel during an afternoon Mass Oct. 18 at St. Joseph Church. It was incredibly moving to see these teenagers embracing their Catholic faith and starting this new spiritual journey as fully initiated members of the church.
An audio recording of Bishop Siegel’s message to the candidates is available on our Liturgy Audio page.
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.
The Schedule for October and November 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 special services coming up ... Please feel free to volunteer in the Web Terminal or on the board at church.
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- 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!!
Registration open for Religious Education at St. Joe’s for next year.
Click here to download the 2016-2017 enrollment form. Print and complete the form and submit at the RE or parish offices or label an envelope and drop in the collection basket at Mass.
Click here to visit the RE Homepage to see the program in action!
For information about this fantastic parish ministry, please detail your questions here or call Anita Lovell or Jennifer Hoge in the Religious Education Office, 815-937-9340.
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.
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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