Welcome to Historic St. Joseph Catholic Church!

Mass Times


Saturday, 4:00 PM
Sunday, 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 AM
8:30 AM

The Sacrament of Confession
Saturday, 3 - 3:30 PM
Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Litany to the Blessed Mother, and the Rosary are recited every Saturday beginning at 3:00 PM.


As living members of the Body of Christ, the people of 

St. Joseph Parish embrace the Traditions of the Church  as given to us by Christ. 

Empowered by the Holy Spirit we teach, live, and love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ, and celebrate the Word of God as a faith-filled community that welcomes all who seek the truth.  We celebrate the presence of God in our midst through worship, service, and catechesis.  In accordance with the teachings of the Church, we work to assist all parish members in discerning the truths of our faith and the moral obligation to which we are called to live the Gospel.  Email us.


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St. Joseph Parish Needs Your Help!

Volunteer training 5/26/20,

6PM, in Church.  Enter through

Clay Street entrance.


The Catholic Dioceses in the State of Illinois have

begun implementing a phased plan of re-opening

our Churches as we navigate our way through

these new waters. 


As we follow the guidelines set by the Church

and State government, we are seeking

volunteers to assist the Church in various

roles.  Volunteers will assist with seating parishioners,

manning sanitizing stations, and cleaning after

parishioners leave.  Volunteers should be under

65 years of age with no underlying health conditions.


Please call the rectory if you are able to volunteer,

815-727-9378.  Additionally, if you have any questions,

or need additional information, please call the rectory. 

We cannot open safely and successfully without

your help.


God bless you and stay well.


Fr. Tim





Church Re-Opening Phased Plan

for Resuming the Celebration

of Masses & Sacraments


Read Bishop Pates' Letter

Read the Executive Summary Plan








As we approach our great national holiday of 

Memorial Day, when Americans throughout

our great country gather to remember and pray 

for all those men and women who made the

ultimate sacrifice to protect our God-given

freedoms, we wish everyone a blessed,

safe, and healthy holiday.  

We also pause to give thanks for all of our 

veterans, living and deceased, who have

served our nation with courage

and dignity.  I wish we could gather for

our annual celebration of this great

day at our Cemetery Grotto, but

our prayers and gratitude transcends time 

and space.  May God bless our

beloved dead, our veterans

and troops, and all faithful Americans

who admire and understand

service and sacrifice.

                                                                    ~  Fr. Tim

I read this every year at Memorial Day:

“It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”

                                              ― Charles M Province




 Have you Turned in Your

Homecoming Fair Raffle Tickets?


Even though our Homecoming Fair is cancelled, 

we are still holding our annual Raffle and

we need your full support.  All tickets sold and returned by Sunday, June 7th, will be eligible

for the Early Bird drawing with a cash prize of

$250!  We thank you for your continued support

of the Parish.  If you need additional tickets to

sell, please call the rectory and we will happily

mail them to you.














We need your help!

Our weekend to collect for St. John's Food

Pantry is June 27 & 28.


St. Joseph Parish supports the St. John Food Pantry with 

a collection on the fourth weekend of each month.  Since we

are unable to collect donations at weekend Masses, we

are asking for your help.  


Could you make a monetary donation or bring

an item or two of non-perishable food or a

household item (cleaning product, shampoo, etc.)

to help St. John's Food Pantry?


Monetary donations can be mailed to the rectory or

dropped through the mail slot in the front door of the

rectory. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped

off to the back porch of the rectory at your convenience.


Many are in need during this challenging time.  With children

home from school and adults not working full time or at

all, so many are lacking basic necessities, like food.


May God bless you for your generosity and

prayerful support.




The beautiful poem below was written by a friend of

our parish. To view it larger, click here.




Summer Picnic Cancellations

It is with great disappointment and much sadness that

I officially announce the cancellation of all activities at

St. Joseph Park for this 2020 season.  This decision was

not arrived at easily.  I have been following the news

like all of you, hoping that this health crisis would have

subsided by now, but that has not come to fruition.  I

have also spoken to city and diocesan leaders, our

insurance carrier, and medical and infectious disease

experts who recommend not going forward with our

picnic season, especially since it would be almost

impossible to enforce the requirements of social

distancing and the need to wear a face covering in

public.  I know some of you might be thinking, why

cancel the entire summer?  I understand that, but you

need to understand the time and planning that goes

into each and every picnic, as well as up-front expenses

for food, entertainment and other items, all while not

knowing whether your picnic might be cancelled at any

time due to present health circumstances.  I understand

full well the financial burden that the cancellations place

on all the organizations that use our Park.  This fundraiser

is often one of their primary sources of revenue, just as

it is here at St. Joe’s.  However, I believe that most of

you agree with me that the health of all those who attend

and volunteer at these picnics is paramount, along with our moral responsibility to confront this pandemic together.  I appreciate your support of this decision and ask for your continued prayers for all of our health care professionals,

first responders and all others who have placed their own

health at risk to serve us.  May God grant us His protection

and guidance and may our Blessed Mother wrap each of us

in the mantle of her love.  God love all of you.

Fr. Timothy P. Andres, O.Carm.

Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Joliet





Oh Mary, we crown Thee with blossoms today. 

Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May




Prayer to St. Rocco

O Great St. Rocco, deliver  us, we beseech thee,

from the scourges of God; through thy intercession,

preserve our bodies from contagious diseases, and

our  souls from the contagion of  sin.  Obtain for us

salubrious air; but above all purity of heart.


St. Rocco is the patron saint of epidemics 

and the gravely ill.



St. Joseph’s Senior News          May 2020


Wishing all members and families comfort and good

health during this crisis. It would be wonderful if we

could click our fingers and everything would be as it

was last year.  We can only pray that this crisis

resolves itself as quickly as is safe and possible.


Unfortunately, until the order to allow gatherings

occurs, our Senior monthly meetings are on hold.  

Our May Meeting is cancelled.  Our get-togethers

have always been a great way to connect with friends

and keep up with happenings of St. Joe’s’ events.

However, there are other ways to continue

these connections:


      A phone call, text, message, a hand-written note,

      email, etc., are some of the ways we can reunite

      with friends in a safe manner. Your friends will be

      so happy to hear from you.


      St. Joseph’s website www.stjosephjoliet.org is

      the site for the weekly bulletins providing important

      information regarding messages and events.


      St. Joseph’s Facebook page (St. Joseph Catholic

      Church, Joliet, Il.,) provides links to Masses,

      inspirational messages, stories, news, and so

      much more. Check it out.


Even though we do not attend Mass at St. Joe’s, please

do not forget to make your weekly contributions. You can

do this online, through online banking, or by mail (403 N.

Chicago Street, Joliet, Il, 60432.)


Also, many of us are now ordering from Amazon. Just

google Amazon Smile, and using your same Amazon

profile info, you can set it up so St. Joe’s gets a small

portion of your order. The price does not increase.


If you would like, provide your email address so you

receive notices about Seniors directly. Maybe you have

something you would like to share to lift our spirits.

Please drop a note to Mary Barrett, Publicity, at mfbarrett@sbcglobal.net.


Till we are together once again!





The Diocese of Joliet is offering two Masses

each day from the Cathedral that can be viewed

via the internet as follows:

9:00 AM    Celebrated by Fr. Burke Masters and

                 Fr. Ryan Adorjan



11:30 AM    Celebrated by Bishop Pates





 All Masses and activities at

St. Joseph Church and Parish Park are cancelled 

until further notice in accordance with the State 

of Illinois guidelines.




We recognize the centrality of the Eucharist in

our Catholic Faith, but the present crisis requires

us to follow directives that will eventually

minimize this pandemic.


So Storm Heaven with your prayers and recite

the following prayer as you make your

Spiritual Communion with Christ.


An Act of Spiritual Communion  


My Jesus, I believe that You are present in

the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to

receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You

sacramentally, come at least spiritually

into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were

already there and unite myself wholly to You. 

Never permit me to be separated from You. 




Thank You!  Thank You!

 We truly appreciate everyone

who has mailed in their offertory envelopes or

made online donations to St. Joseph Church.

Your generosity is helping us to maintain the Church

we all love and to keep the lights and heat on

until we all gather together again to

give praise & thanks

to our Lord and God.


We depend on your spiritual and financial support to

continue the operations and ministries at St. Joseph Church. 

If possible, please prayerfully consider continuing your

donations to St. Joseph Church during these

uncertain times.  Your offertory gifts can be mailed

to the rectory, dropped through the mail slot 

in the front door, or you can submit your

offertory gift via Online Giving through the link

on the right-hand column. 

We truly appreciate your continued support.




Scholarships Available

St. Joseph Parish supports the Catholic Education

of our registered, active parishioners.  Elementary 

students can apply for the Parish Scholarship here.

Students in grades 6 - 11 can apply for the 

Klimek Scholarship here.  Please note the new

deadline date is June 15th.

Call the rectory with any questions.




The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal for 2020 will kick

off in February.  Click on this link to watch the video.

Information will be mailed to diocese households.





Check out the new FORMED!! 

   Take advantage of this FREE program!








                                      Every Life

           Cherished  *  Chosen  *  Sent




Novena to St. Joseph & Holy Hour

Our parish monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour will include a

Novena to St. Joseph at a future date.  Monthly novenas

are suspended until the health crisis is over. Our parish patron,

St. Joseph, is the patron of the Universal Church. Having

died in the "arms of Jesus and Mary" according to Catholic

tradition, he is considered the model of the pious believer

who receives grace at the moment of death, in other words,

the patron of a happy death. St. Joseph is also the patron

saint of families, fathers, workers and those seeking

employment, against doubt & hesitation, cemetery

workers, among many other causes.


All are invited to join us in this monthly Novena

to St. Joseph and Holy Hour.  We will notify you

when Holy Hours will resume.




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that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase

price to your favorite charitable organization. 


You can use your existing account on Amazon.com. 

Remember to go through Smile.Amazon and select

St. Joseph Parish as your charity of choice. Click on

this link or the icon in the right-hand column to begin

shopping and helping St. Joseph at the same time!



Let Great Lake Scrip gift cards help with your shopping 

Great Lake Scrip gift cards are a convenient way to do your

shopping, while helping St. Joseph Church in the process. 

Purchase gift cards - the same you would purchase in

stores - at face value through the Church. Use the cards

to fill up your vehicles with gas, purchase groceries and

gifts, dine out, and so much more!  Click on the Great

Lakes Scrip icon above or call the rectory for additional

information.  NEW!  You can now place your order online

and pay with a credit card!  Save time. Save Gas.






Religious Education





Listen to 

Fr. Tim's 

interview with

Scott Slocum 

under the










St. Joseph 

Parish Museum










"And gradually,

though no one

remembers exactly how it

happened, the


becomes tolerable. 

And then acceptable. 

And then legal.

And then  applaudable."

 - Joni Eareckson Tada




All Life


From the Womb

To the Tomb










Cyber crime has hit St. Joseph and is

hitting dioceses nationwide. If/when you receive an email from

Fr. Tim requesting

you to purchase a gift card or to urgently contact

him via email,  please delete it! It is a scam!

This email scam is also using other priests’ names in the diocese asking for money or gift

cards.  Parishioners should contact the parish office to verify the legitimacy of any suspicious request

they may receive.






Sacraments Parish Photos Our Faith


Saturday:  4:00 PM
Sunday:  8:30, 10:00, & 11:30 AM 
Weekdays: 8:30 AM
Confession: Saturdays,                         3 - 3:30 PM

Upcoming Events

Event Calendar
Map and Directions



The month of

Our Blessed Mother




How to pray 

the Rosary





How to pray the

Chaplet of 

Divine Mercy




Prayer for Those

Considering an Abortion

Heavenly Father, You who breathe life into creation by the power of the Holy Spirit, and make each and every person in Your image and likeness, send forth the Holy Spirit anew upon those who are contemplating an abortion. Dispel their fears, comfort them in sorrow, and grant them courage to choose to bring forth this new life into the world, which is a precious gift from You.

Provide for them love and support from those around them to help ease the burden they carry at this time. Help them to see the light of Your face and Your joy. Delight in them and their child, and grant them a spirit of wisdom and understanding to direct their path.  Amen.


Mother Mary,          

You experienced misunderstanding for your unexpected pregnancy. Pray for your children who are contemplating an abortion. Intercede for them before the throne of God that they might have the grace to give life to their children, and teach them how to give of themselves in self-sacrificial love as you did.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.



Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.










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Please continue to pray as individuals and families 

for all affected by the virus. 

Know that we are praying for you and your health.

St. Joseph, pray for us!


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