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- Awesome Parish Apparel Available!
- 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!!
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Above is a brief video presentation about Worldwide Marriage Encounter.
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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.
Feeding the hungry
The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph Parish recently made a $100 donation to the Center of Hope in Kankakee. Steve Luehrs, grand knight, Fr. Tony Nugent, parish pastor, Dawn Moss, executive director for Center of Hope, and Reisha Raymond, parish secretary, are pictured above.
The Knights of Columbus have been leading an effort to increase the food donations at St. Joseph Church. For every 1,000 pounds donated, the Knights will match with $100 for the Center of Hope, the food pantry that receives the parish donations each week. This year’s goal is collecting 5,000 pounds with $500 offered by the Knights to support the efforts of Center of Hope, which offers help in a very dignified manner for clients. Once a week, the individuals who meet the IDHS Income Guidelines can choose 10-12 items from the shelves.
Thanks so much to our parish for responding and keep up the great support!
First Mass of the School Year
The St. Joseph School student body came together for Mass on the first day of school Aug. 26. The teachers did a wonderful job with the ministries and the choir was awesome!! Audio recordings of Fr. Tony’s homily and Mr. Wilkinson’s opening statement are available on our Liturgy Audio page. A video of the Mass in its entirety is available on our YouTube Playlist.
August Mass of the Anointing of the Sick
Priests of the area walked through the sanctuary and anointed those desiring to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during the Mass of Anointing Aug. 1 at St. Joseph Church.
It was a time for people to experience God’s grace, mercy, and understanding as they became united with Jesus in the sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick and Eucharist. A nice luncheon followed in the parish hall.
The special Saturday morning event certainly highlighted the truth that God loves us and we are not alone, especially when we pray with and for each other, share in the sacraments and enjoy being together. We thank all who helped in making this such a wonderful experience.
*A video presentation of the Mass of Anointing is available on our YouTube Playlist.
Disciples, Discussion, and Dilly Bars!
The Confirmation candidates enjoyed another summer gathering after Sunday Mass July 26. The session highlighted the fact that Christians are all called to build the kingdom of God through sharing our gifts and serving each other. The informal meeting included a video presentation and other activities and concluded with prayer and Dilly Bars!
The first official formation gathering for these young people is scheduled in September. Please keep the candidates and their families in your prayers as they continue this sacramental journey. These teenagers will be confirmed in the fall of 2016.
Grateful for your support of wonderful trip!
Twenty-five members of our parish’s “SNL” group participated in a very special mission experience in Pembroke Township July 14-17.
The group wants to take this opportunity to acknowledge God’s goodness and thank all who supported them along the way. Our Lord truly blessed us this past week with beautiful weather, a great group of leaders and very supportive parish and community!
A Huge Thank you on behalf of St. Joe’s Youth Ministry goes out to the following people for their donations: Servpro of Kankakee; Dana & Morgan Byers; Chuck and Tracy Goranson; the parents who supplied snacks for our teens and leaders and all of the parishioners who donated to our fundraisers. Without everyone’s support, we would have never had such a successful Mission Trip. Thank You!
Be sure to read the upcoming Beacon newsletter for more on our Mission Trip story!
Marriage Celebration Weekend
The Council of Catholic Women and the people of St. Joseph Parish honored the Sacrament of Marriage with a special blessing for married couples at weekend Masses July 11 and 12. It was nice for everyone to see the different anniversary years represented at the various liturgies. A recording from Sunday Mass is available on our YouTube Playlist. Congratulations for all of anniversary milestones throughout the year!
Religious Education Registration Underway
Religious Education Registration for the 2015-2016 School Year is now open at St. Joseph Parish. Classes are scheduled to begin Sept, 16, 2015. All new and returning students must register.
There are several ways to register. Click here to download the enrollment form. Print, fill-out and return form to the parish. Or call the RE Office, 815-937-9340, to register by phone. Registration Days are also planned. Stop-by the RE Office from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, or from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 26, to sign your children up. Click here to look over the tuition fees.
Those who complete registrations by July 28 will be entered into a drawing for $50 tuition discount, which will be held on the first night of RE class.
Thank you for your commitment to the spiritual lives of your children and your support of this parish program.
Some words of gratitude from the Youth Ministry
St. Joseph Youth Ministry is extremely grateful to everyone who so generously supported our recent fundraising efforts. The money we raised through our T-shirt sale, car wash, garage sale and from the amazing Facebook Good Deed Challenge will fund our upcoming Mission Trip in Pembroke Township.
A huge thanks goes out to all the teens and leaders who gave of their time and energy with these fundraisers. God Bless You All!
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.
- May 14, 201
- 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Parish Hall, back parking lot,
- and Grove Street
Great food, cold drinks, kids games and prizes, face painting, mobile video games, music, snow cones, cotton candy, bingo, dunk tank (Mr. Wilkinson, Mayor Adams, and others), duck pull, split the pot.
Individuals, families and members of parish groups and organizations are welcome to help plan and to volunteer at the Fest. For further details or to join the committee, contact Anthony Wilkinson, 815-933-8013 or here.
All are welcome to join in the fun!!!
Bernadette “Bernie” Johnston, 92 of Bourbonnais, passed away April 16, 2016, at Presence Our Lady...
Daniel J. Mazzuchi, 39, of Bourbonnais, passed away Saturday (March 26, 2016) at his home, after a...
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...
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.
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.
Click here to listen to Bishop Conlon's homily launching this year's CMAA with Fr. Tony's remarks about St. Joseph's and the Appeal.
Your support is very important to the success of this diocesan campaign!
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.
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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.