Picnic Grounds

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

 

 

 

Would you like to Rent the Hall or Picnic Grounds?

 St. Joseph Hall, Legion Room, & Park Pricing

 
In addition to the pricing below, St. Joseph Hall can be rented by the hour for various events:   Birthday Parties, Showers, Luncheons, and other occasions.  Call the rectory at 815-727-9378 for more information.

The parishioner rate to rent the Hall at St. Joseph Park is $700 plus a $300 deposit.*  The deposits will be returned upon approval of the Park Manager following an inspection after the event.  Any damage to the property will result in a forfeit of the deposit.

The non-parishioner rate to rent the Hall at St. Joseph Park is $800 plus a $300 deposit.*  The deposits will be returned upon approval of the Park Manager following an inspection after the event.  Any damage to the property will result in a forfeit of the deposit.

*The above prices are base fees and may be revised after this posting.  Additional fees vary depending on type of services at your event.  Please call the rectory for final pricing and availability.

 Planning a special celebration for your group or family?  Why not rent the Picnic Grounds and Hall for your event?

The rental fee for the picnic grounds and hall is $2,675, plus a $350 deposit.*  This price includes use of the outside kitchen, the bar, the grassy areas, two bandstands, and the air conditioned Hall.   Please call 815-727-9378 for more information and availability.  The summer dates usually book a year ahead of time – don’t delay, call today!

The Legion Bar is also available to rent for smaller gatherings (50 people).  This room is located off the main Hall on the north side of the building.  It is air conditioned as well. 

 Parishioner rate to rent the Legion Bar is $150.*

           Non-Parishioner rate to rent the Legion Bar is $250, plus a $100 deposit.*

*The above prices are base fees and may be revised after this posting.  Please call the Rectory at 815-727-9378 for availability and final pricing.

 

Summer Picnic Schedule

As of today all picnics

are on schedule. 

We will follow

directives from

the governor and

the diocese 

during the

coronavirus

outbreak.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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