Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15) Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is simply our way as a parish of trying to respond to people in need as Jesus did as a Good Shepherd. Members of the parish community are called in baptism to serve one another and the wider community. Christ said that if we visited the sick, ministered to those in prison or helped the “anawim” (the little ones), that we did it to him. Thus we encourage people to always call us if there is any way that we can together assist those in need. Our community believes strongly in caring for each other, especially during difficult times.

Emergencies

Always call the office at 815-939-3573 to reach a priest in an emergency. Please leave a message, but continue trying to reach us if needed.

Pastoral Visits

Pastoral Visits: To schedule a visit from our care ministers, call 815-939-3573 ext. 103.

Communion to the Homebound

St. Joseph Parish has a ministry to those who are homebound or in nursing homes. Eucharistic Ministers or Care Ministers visit the homes of our parishioners and bring them Communion on a regular basis. If you or a loved one in the parish cannot attend Mass regularly, please call the parish office, 815-939-3573, or Deacon Leon Fritz, 815-932-6909

Parish Nursing Ministry

These nurses work together with the parish in the ongoing conversion of the faith community toward health and healing. The Parish Nurse Ministry needs volunteers from all healthcare fields. If you feel that you have been called to serve, you would like to speak with the parish nurse for services, call 815-939-3573 ext. 307 (leave message).

Funeral Planning

Ministers will work with any family preparing for a funeral. Call the office before the death if possible. We also offer a printed program with the order of service. After scheduling arrangements are made, our pastoral associate, Sister Denise Glazik, OP, coordinates the service, and makes herself available to pray with the family and answer questions.

Council of Catholic Women

All women of the parish are members of the CCW. In September there is a special collection (dues) for CCW.  All women of the parish are welcome to attend CCW meetings at 7 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in the Ministry Center on Prairie Avenue. For more information, contact Teresa Fritz, 815-932-6909/ lfritz1013@att.net.

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. The next Anointing Mass is at 10:30 a.m. TBA with a light lunch afterward.

 

Holy Name

Holy Name does many renovation projects at the parish and provides financial assistance for various programs and ministries. In an effort to raise funds, the group hosts various fundraisers throughout the year. Holy Name meets the first Sunday of the month after 8:30 a.m. Mass. All men  are invited. For more details, call 815-939-2935. 

Knights of Columbus

 Among their many activities, the Knights of St. Joseph Parish participate annually in the Tootsie Roll Drive to raise money for those with developmental disabilities and hold fundraising events to benefit the parish and other causes. The Knights will work with whatever time you have available. For more information,sluehrs@sbcglobal.net.

Blood Drives

Our parish hosts regular Blood Drives as a way of following Christ’s mandate to heal the sick. There is much technology in our world, but scientists have yet to develop a method for synthesizing blood. It’s up to us to share this most precious gift. Our next blood drive  is Sept. 24, 2017. Click here for an appointment or call 815-939-3573 ext. 103.

Healing Masses

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. The next Healing Mass is at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 14. 

Food Collection

Parishioners donate food at the back of church before Mass. Donations are picked up on Mondays and transported to the Center of Hope in Kankakee. This organization offers help as qualifying clients can choose 10-12 items weekly from its shelves. For every 1,000 pounds donated, the Knights match with $100 for the Center of Hope. Please be generous.

Persons with Disabilities Mass

PWD is offered the first Sunday of the month, from September to May, at St. Joseph Church. Persons with disabilities and their families are welcome as well as group home residents and parishioners. Refreshments and games at social time.