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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Masses will be at the Grotto

Saturday, July 4th, 4PM

Sunday, July 5th, 10AM


Please wear a face mask and maintain

social distancing.


Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and maybe an

umbrella to protect you from the sun.


There will be no Masses in Church this weekend.


Fr. Tim's robocall of July 1st





Congratulations Raffle Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners of

our annual Homecoming Raffle.


     1st Prize     Vicki Hodgman

     2nd Prize     Sonny Skole

     3rd Prize     Laura Vranich

     4th Prize     Robert Horvat

We extend our deepest thanks to 

Barb Hallick and Charlene Bravo

for chairing the annual raffle.  We 

are most grateful to everyone for 

your support of the raffle.  


The total profit for the Homecoming

Raffle was $12,353. 


We are very humbled by the success

of the raffle even though the Fair was

cancelled.  The support and generosity

of our parish family is outstanding and

is appreciated so much more than you 

know.  God bless you always.


St. Joseph, pray for us! 



Jack McGinnis pulls the winning raffle tickets

and hands them to Fr. Tim.



Deacon Dave Raskowski Retires

It is with mixed feelings that we announce the

retirement of our beloved and much appreciated

Deacon Dave Raskowski.  We recognize Deacon Dave's

unconditional dedication, grace, and unwavering faith

as he served the people of St. Joseph Parish these

past 20 years.  He will always be remembered as a

hardworking, committed, friendly, and faith-filled 

person who is a true example to look for and follow.


We will celebrate Deacon Dave and his wife, Jo, at a

reception when the coronavirus is not as active.


People say one person can't

Make a difference in the world,

But we know that isn't true

because we've seen the difference

You make in the lives of those around you.


Faith is making 

yesterday a stepping-stone,

today a new beginning,

tomorrow a limitless possibility.

Thank you for your expressions of faith.


May your paths be filled with

simple joys and blessings without end.


God bless Deacon Dave, Jo, and the Raskowski family!













St. Joseph is open for weekday (8:30AM) 

and weekend Massess.



Fr. Tim will call weekly to notify us where

Masses will be held.





For weekend Masses celebrated in Church,

you must call the rectory, 815-727-9378, to

register to attend Mass as seating is limited.


Per the diocese and the governor we have to know who

is attending each Mass for the purpose of contact

tracing in the event that someone gets sick.  


  •     All parishioners must enter through the
        Chicago Street doors.

  •     Face coverings/masks are required for everyone                     over 2 years of age.

  •      Follow instructions from the ushers upon entering                   Church.

  •      Ushers will seat you and will dismiss you after                       Mass has ended.

  •      Confessions will be heard from 3 - 3:30 PM, Saturdays.



Due to space constraints, the Adoration Chapel 

will not be open for the time being.


Guidelines to return to Church

                                          Click to read



The Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays

is still lifted as the coronavirus pandemic continues.






Fr. Tim's Audio Calls

Fr. Tim's call for June 27th & 28th
Fr. Tim's call of June 18, 2020
Audio message from our pastor, Fr. Tim, on opening for Masses.

An audio message from our pastor on Church open for            Adoration, Fr. Tim.




St. Joseph Parish Needs Your Help!

We are in need of volunteers to help

at 10:00 & 11:30 Masses.  If you are able to

volunteer, please call the rectory.



A note from St. John's Food Pantry

Dear St. Joseph Parishioners,

    Thank you for the monetary and food donations to 

St. John the Baptist Food Pantry; since the covid pandemic

started there have been multiple changes that have happened.

The volunteer staff was cut over 75% due to CDC regulation,

and the process of having clients come in and receive

their products.  Most importantly the biggest change is the

increased number of clients that we have served, more than

double.  We continue to serve 300 - 400 people a week.  The

new faces are people that have never been to a food pantry

before who were furloughed or laid off.  With your donations

we are able to help everyone who has come through our doors

by providing them food and care packages.

     Thank you for helping us put smiles on so many faces

through your donations during this pandemic!  I pray that 

you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe during these

uncertain times.  Our volunteers and especially our clients 

appreciate your assistance and are very grateful for your

continued support of our efforts to help "feed the hungry."

     Many Blessings,

     Mary Cottrell

     Food Pantry Coordinator

"You pray for the hungry.  Then you feed them. 

This is how prayer works."   ~ Pope Francis



We need your help!

Our weekend to collect for St. John's Food Pantry

          is July 25th & 26          


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.




St. Joseph Parish is collecting wide-ruled binder paper

for the Back-to-School Fair.  Donations can be

left in Church or on the back porch of the

rectory.  Thank you.




Read a beautiful poem about St. Joseph,

written by a friend of our parish.

Click here.



Church Re-Opening Phased Plan

for Resuming the Celebration

of Masses & Sacraments


Read Bishop Pates' Letter

Read the Executive Summary Plan



Summer Picnic Cancellations




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.



The Diocese of Joliet is livestreaming Masses.

Visit www.dioceseofjoliet.org for more info.


The Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays

is still lifted as the coronavirus pandemic continues.  



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.





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.



                                      Every Life

           Cherished  *  Chosen  *  Sent




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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.







for R.E. Now!

Religious Education






and earn

money for

St. Joe's





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 


 - 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





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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