Parish Penance Service
annual Lenten Penance Service is Tuesday, March 17th, at
in Church. Several
priests will be available to hear your confession.
Good Friday Fish Fry
Join us for a delicious fish dinner on Friday, April
3rd, at St. Joseph Park
from 4 - 7 PM.
On the menu: a fish dinner or macaroni and
potatoes, slaw, bread, and dessert. Dine in or
Scholarship Applications for students attending Catholic
grade schools in the
Diocese of Joliet can be
found by clicking on the Parish
All applications must be
postmarked no later than May 1, 2015.
400 Club Tickets on Sale
We are selling 400 Club tickets
to raise the necessary monies
to fund the 2016
St. Thomas More Lecture Series
speakers as well as additional
speakers throughout the year. Money
raised through 400 Club ticket sales
help with other church related
educational expenses such as Bible
supplies, RE supplies, etc. For those
of you not aware of how it works:
numbered tickets will be sold for $ 20
each. Each month drawings will
to provide 4 prizes totaling $ 250 ($
100, $ 75, $ 50, and $ 25) and a one
500 prize will also be drawn at
Christmas. Every winning ticket is put
into the mix for the following monthly
drawings. The drawings will be held
month throughout 2015. Tickets
can be obtained through the Rectory at
815-727-9378, call Bill Gimbel at
815-263-5763 or e-mail him:
Thank you for
your support of this program.
Would you like
to become Catholic?
Would you like to receive Sacraments in
the Catholic Church?
R.C.I.A., which stands for the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a
through which adults can join the Catholic Church or
initiation by receiving their Sacraments.
RCIA for me?
RCIA is for three groups of
* Those who are not baptized.
* Those who were baptized into another
Christian denomination and
wish to enter into full communion with the
* Baptized Catholics who were not fully
formed in the Catholic faith and
have not completed their initiation, who have
received neither the
Sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation.
RCIA classes are held
following 10:00 Mass for a six‐month period. At the
of the classes, the adults are ready to join the
Church at the Easter
Vigil Mass. There is no cost for the RCIA program.
Anyone interested in
learning more about the RCIA program, please call
815‐727‐9378. Classes begin on Sunday,
October 11, 2015,
10:00 Mass. Classes are held in the
rectory next to Church.
Friday Nite Lites Young Adult
Are you in your 20's, 30's, or 40's?
Looking to deepen your faith & create lasting
Join us at St. Joseph Parish Young Adult Ministry - Friday Nite Lites.
This group meets
twice a year in the Legion Room
at St. Joseph Park. We have a dynamic group of young
who attend these get togethers.
Mark your calendars for
our 2015 gatherings: All meetings are
held at St. Joseph Park,
700 Theodore Street, in Joliet,
at 7:00 p.m.
May 15, 2015 Cookout
Questions? Call 815-727-9378.
St. Joseph Parish Museum,
the Ancel Center
St. Joseph Parish Museum - the
Ancel Center - is open by
appointment only during the winter
months. The next regularly
House is Sunday, April 12, 2015, from
Our Motto: "All for the
greater honor and glory of God."
Museum's website! Click here.
Visit the Museum's Facebook
Page! Click here.
The story of St. Joseph
Parish is told beautifully throughout the museum,
with many photos, artifacts,
and much more on display.
If you have any items you
would like to donate to the museum, please
call the rectory at
815-727-9378 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcing the St.
Joseph Charitable Foundation
you do to the least one, you do unto me. (Mt. 25:40)
Through the generosity of the Carmelite
Order of Priests and Brothers,
St. Joseph Parish was
recently blessed to receive two grants, one for $5,000
and the other for
$15,000. These grants, offered to ministries where
serve the Church, are
made available to help these ministries meet the basic
needs of people
in need. As a result, the St. Joseph Charitable Foundation
to help parishioners who need financial assistance to get
difficult time, whether they are in need due to a job loss,
health issues, or other matters.
The goal of this
foundation is to provide a yearly grant to parishioners who
financial need. Grants will be based on verified need, up to
once in a calendar year to an individual or family. All
tion will be held
in the strictest of confidence.
As you read this,
we hope it has encouraged you to make a donation to this
We are extremely grateful to all parishioners and
benefactors who choose
to support this very worthy cause. The mark of
any parish community is
the way they care for one another, especially those
most in need. If
you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the
St. Joseph Charitable
Foundation, please mail it to St. Joseph Church,
416 N. Chicago St.,
Joliet, IL, 60432, to the attention of Fr. Timothy P.
Andres, O. Carm.
Thank you for seriously
considering making a donation to this very worthy
To whom much is given,
much more is required.
God bless each of you
for your continued generosity to St. Joseph Parish
and for your
faithfulness to Our Lord and his Church.
assistance will be available in the Church Rectory or by
clicking on the link
below. Please contact Mrs. Cherie Gimbel or
Fr. Timothy P. Andres,
O. Carm. if you are interested in applying for
Application for St.
Joseph Charitable Foundation Grant
St. Joseph Prayer Garden
St. Joseph Parish has built a Prayer
Garden in memory of past and present parishioners,
friends and supporters of our
Parish. Located in the vacant area between the Rectory and
Church buildings, it is a
center for quiet reflection, contemplation, and meditation.
To support construction of
this Prayer Garden, memorial bricks are being
sold. This is a wonderful
way to memorialize Parents,
Grandparents, Clergy & Religious, Alumni, Teachers, Those
gone before us or a way to
honor Those still among us.
We would like to thank
everyone who has helped to make the prayer Garden a
reality. More photos
are shown in the Photo
Gallery section of the website.
If you would like to order a memorial
brick, please download the Memorial
Brick Order Form and
return the completed form with
your payment to the rectory at 416 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL
To see examples of Memorial Brick
wording, click here.
Bricks are ordered twice a year,
in the spring and in the fall.
If you have any questions
or need additional information, please call Fr. Tim at the
We invite you to spend time with our Lord in our
The Chapel is
open Monday through Friday following 8:30 a.m. Mass until 3:00
Chapel is a peaceful, beautiful place to sit with Jesus in
"Be still and know that I am God." ~Psalm 46:10
St. Joseph Parish
in your Estate Plans
As stewards of Gods
gifts, we have opportunities
to provide lasting
legacies. Imagine the possibilities
if every parishioner
remembered St. Joseph Church,
whatever the gift amount,
in their estate plans. We
are often solicited by our
alma maters, area museums,
non-profit health related organizations,
and many other non-profit
to remember them in our
estate plans. The Church
and its ministries, as an
important part of our parishioners
lives, should be at the
forefront of their
thoughts when designing
their estate plans. Your
gift to St. Joseph Church
is appreciated and will be
used in accordance to your
wishes. For more information,
call the Rectory at
St. Joseph Parish History
Historic St. Joseph Church, located at the north end
of Joliet's City Center, was established in 1891 to serve
the growing community of Slovenian immigrants who had
settled in the town at the end of the nineteenth century.
The present church building, made of Indiana
limestone, with its distinctive dual steeples and silver
hue, was erected in 1905.