Prepare the Way of the Lord
With St. Joseph Parish
Evening Prayer December 2, 9 and 16
4:00PM in Church
Join us as Deacon Tim Roberts leads us in prayer
St. Joseph Parish
Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
December 4th, 7:00PM
When sinners are truly sorry for their sins,
confess them in the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
and resolve to amend their lives, they are assured of God's forgiveness through the ministry of the Church which is present in the Priest.
Please join us and be reconciled to our loving God.
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8-Holy Day of Obligation:
Vigil Mass, Friday, December 7, 6:00PM
Mass, December 8, 8:30AM
Mary was, from the very first moment of her existence (her conception), without sin, and chosen to be the Mother of Jesus.
Lehnertz Avenue Crib Blessing
December 16, 6:00PM
All are invited to this annual blessing of the crib
located at Lehnertz Avenue and Ohio Street
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Get ready for the best Christmas of your life!
The Giving Tree
Choose an ornament or box and return the wrapped package to church on the weekend of
December 15 and 16.
Poinsettias for St. Joseph
Dedicate one of the Christmas flowers which will
decorate our sanctuary during the Christmas season in memory or honor of someone.
Seeing the Messiah in the Book of Ruth
Women’s Bible Study Concludes December 12
1:00PM to 2:30PM
Happy 50th Anniversary Fr. Jerry!
On May 27, Father Jerry Leake
celebrated his 50th anniversary
of ordination to the Priesthood.
Congratulations and God Bless You!
Want to donate to Raise the Roof?
Want to schedule an automatic weekly donation?
Donate to St. Joseph School Fun Run?
Buy a Draw Down Ticket?
Buy a Plant the Seed Calendar Raffle book?
All this and more can be done through eOffering
Sign up today for eOffering to make it easy to organize
all your gifts to our parish.
Enrolling is easy-just click on the "Donate Now" THANK YOU!
Illinois Invest in Kids Act This new scholarship program will allow families to experience the benefits of a Catholic education at St. Joseph. These K-12 scholarships are based on financial need; funding will be provided by donor taxpayers who donate to the scholarship organization.
FAMILIES OF K-12 STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS BEGINNING
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2018 AT 7:00 PM
Go to empowerIllinois.org on Feb. 27 to start your application.
To receive real-time updates, please sign up for email communications through the Empower Illinois website and follow Empower Illinois on Facebook.
Last fall it was determined our church needed a new lower roof, new upper roof, a new furnace and air conditioning unit for the Parish Center and tuck pointing for the steeple. Estimated costs are approximately $95,000.
The lower roof and furnace and AC repairs have been completed with the rest of the work beginning in the spring.
We need your help to help finance this work.
If you would like to help with a contribution, just click on the link below and follow the instructions to donate.
Master Card, Visa, American Express and PayPal accepted
It's just that easy to help our parish raise funds for our roof repairs.
Please share our Go Fund Me page on your social media. Thank you!
Click here for the Raise the Roof "Go Fund Me" page
Click here to donate through MyEoffering.
PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN
(This affects every volunteer in the parish)
Are you volunteering at St. Joseph School?
Are you helping with Scouts?
Are you volunteering at Oktoberfest?
Are you a Lector, Eucharistic Minister or Usher?
All volunteers having contact, even potentially with minors are required to:
*Undergo a name background check and
*Complete Protecting God’s Children either online or at a class
*Online at virtusonline.org on your home computer or a time may be arranged to use the computer at the parish office. Instruction sheets are in the narthex.
*Read, agree to abide by and sign the Diocesan:
*Pastoral Code of Conduct
*Norms for the Prohibition of Sexual Misconduct
*Code and Guidelines for the Use of Technology and Social Media.
All of the above resources and forms to sign are available in the narthex of church, our parish office, Diocese website rockforddiocese.org/protecting-gods-children/or follow the link on our parish website.
Questions-Please contact the parish office at 630-844-3780.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners
"Do not abandon yourselves to despair.
We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song."
Saint John Paul II
“To those who have been away...come back…
Christ Himself is waiting for you.
He will heal you; and you will be at peace with God.”
GLUTEN FREE HOSTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
for Communion from the Priest in the center aisle or the Eucharistic Minister in that position. Please identify yourself as “gluten free” before you say “Amen.” GLUTEN FREE ARE NEVER MIXED WITH OTHER HOSTS ONCE CONSECRATED.
Gluten free hosts contain: water, garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, whole grain sweet white sorghum flour, fava bean flour and palm oil.
Please contact the parish office at (630)844-3780 so we know many hosts need to be consecrated.
"I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26