Current Events     


          St. Joseph Parish Pictorial Directory in celebration of our 125th Anniversary
          “Be a Part of History”

We are excited to announce Lifetouch Photography will take photos for the new Parish Pictorial Directory
Tuesday thru Saturday, July 28th through August 1st.  Weekday hours are 3pm to 9pm.  Saturday hours are 10am to 4pm.  Photography will take place in Ferdinand Hall.
You can schedule online by visiting our parish website at (link on home page)  or
go to   You can also call the rectory at 815-727-9378 to schedule your portrait time.

Parish representatives will be on hand the weekends of July 11/12 & July 18/19 in the back of Church to schedule your
family's portrait.
All individuals and families who have their picture taken for the directory receive a free 8x10 photo and a copy of the directory.  You may also schedule to have your family pictures or individual pictures taken and purchase those you would like.  Over 60 years old?  You will receive a 20% discount on any photos you order.
This is a wonderful opportunity to not only update our parish directory but to update your family photos with no sitting fees!   Our goal is 100% participation.

   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
     program through which adults can join the Catholic Church or can complete
     their initiation by receiving their Sacraments.

     Is RCIA for me?
     RCIA is for three groups of people:

          *  Those who are not baptized.
          *  Those who were baptized into another Christian denomination and
              wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.
          *  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
     conclusion 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 the
     rectory 815‐727‐9378.  Classes begin on Sunday, October 11, 2015, following
    10:00 Mass. Classes are held in the rectory next to Church.

      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
      also help with other church related educational expenses such as Bible Study
      supplies, RE supplies, etc. For those of you not aware of how it works:
      400 numbered tickets will be sold for $ 20 each. Each month drawings will
      be held to provide 4 prizes totaling $ 250 ($ 100, $ 75, $ 50, and $ 25) and a one
      time $ 500 prize will also be drawn at Christmas. Every winning ticket is put
      back into the mix for the following monthly drawings. The drawings will be held
      each 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.



    Friday Nite Lites Young Adult Ministry
    Are you in your 20's, 30's, or 40's?  Looking to deepen your faith & create lasting friendships?
    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
    adults 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.  

     November 20, 2015             

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
     scheduled Open House is Sunday, September 6, 2015, from 9:30 a.m.
     until Noon.

     Our Motto:  "All for the greater honor and glory of God."

     Visit the 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


      Announcing the St. Joseph Charitable Foundation

“Whatsoever 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 Carmelites
        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 has
        been established to help parishioners who need financial assistance to get them
        through a difficult time, whether they are in need due to a job loss, under-
        employment, health issues, or other matters.

        The goal of this foundation is to provide a yearly grant to parishioners who
        demonstrate financial need. Grants will be based on verified need, up to $500,
        and available once in a calendar year to an individual or family. All informa-
        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
       charitable foundation. 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.

       Applications for 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
       the grant.

       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 who have
       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 60432.
      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 Rectory 815-727-9378.

                   1 week of
              work                First Memorial
            Bricks Installed


Adoration Chapel
We invite you to spend time with our Lord in our Adoration Chapel. 

         The Chapel is open Monday through Friday following 8:30 a.m. Mass until 3:00 p.m.
         The Adoration Chapel is a peaceful, beautiful place to sit with Jesus in prayer
         and contemplation.

                                                                St. Joseph Adoration Chapel

                                             "Be still and know that I am God."  ~Psalm 46:10

       Remember St. Joseph Parish
       in your Estate Plans

        As stewards of God’s 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,
        zoos, nationwide non-profit health related organizations,
        and many other non-profit organizations
        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 815-727-9378.

       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.