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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!
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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.
- 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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Families find meaning of the manger
Parishioners Michael and Jennifer Fitzgerald decided this year they would encourage their children to give back to their community and do their part to help others in need have a nice Christmas. Emilee and Aiden, who are students in the parish Religious Education program, did odd jobs and household chores to earn some cash and their parents donated as well. Meanwhile, the company that Jennifer works for matched the family’s donation.
Many thanks to the Fitzgerald Family as well as Michael and Sarah Brooks of the parish who also donated gift cards from their recent community fundraiser and all the others who made donations for St. Joe’s to distribute to help brighten Christmas for families in need.
Celebrating the Nativity of our Lord
Thank you for celebrating this wondrous time with us. May the blessings of Christmas remain with you and your family today and always.---Fr. Tony and St. Joseph Parish Staff
Our clergy and liturgical ministers created a loving and welcoming environment and our music ministry really shined as they put their hearts and souls into these liturgies! We thank them and those behind-the-scenes who all made our Christmas Masses such beautiful expressions of our gratitude to our Lord. God is so good and we are Faithful and Grateful at St. Joe’s.
A fresh start during this Advent Season ...
God loves us so much that he was born as a vulnerable little baby and all salvation came from that mercy beginning at the manger. This was the theme of our Advent Reconciliation Service Dec. 15. As a child makes great steps forward and back we are the same with our faith lives and sins. The evening service was a time to reflect on this and experience the love and mercy of our Lord.
Thanks to everyone who came to pray and receive the sacrament; the visiting priests; the ministers; the musicians and the men and women who transformed the back of church into such a beautiful prayer space.
Searching for the Savior!
Young people in St. Joseph’s Religious Education program enjoyed a Nativity Scavenger Hunt through the school building Dec. 7.
The first clue started them on the path of God’s Purpose … “What does that mean?” asked the children. Looking around they saw the sign for the Multi-Purpose Room. “That’s it!” This began their quest through the building, following clues, enjoying treats and finding pieces of the Story of Christmas along the way.
Back in the parish hall, the groups assembled and colored their Nativity Scenes and talked about that most wondrous night.
PWD Christmas Party
The annual Persons with Disabilities Christmas celebration was held Dec. 4. This gathering included Mass in the church and social time in the parish hall with Christmas carols led by Fr. Tony. Each visitor enjoyed refreshments and picked out a gift during the party.
The coordinators would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for their generous monetary donation and all the parishioners who donated items for the Christmas gifts and those who have been supporting this particular ministry through participation in the parish Manna Program.
Parishioners offer the monthly PWD Mass and social as way of reaching out into the community. They invite people from the area as well as residents of group homes and other residential facilities for prayer and fellowship. The smiles and attitude of the guests always makes this special project worthwhile!
Many thanks to all who made this year’s PWD Christmas event such a wonderful experience for the guests! It certainly was a rewarding afternoon for the volunteers as well.
Here’s the scoop …
It was a time to celebrate God’s goodness as children preparing for First Reconciliation and their parents gathered Nov. 29 at the St. Joseph Parish Hall.
Through Reconciliation, God gives us the chance to know that we need to change, admit what we have done wrong, and then celebrate that He is always there waiting for us. So they all celebrated with an ice cream social! Please keep these students and families in your prayers as they continue to prepare for this special moment, which will be celebrated in early 2017.
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.
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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!!
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.
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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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