Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

At last year’s Convocation for Priests, pastors were asked to review carefully their Mass schedules and to assess whether all the current Masses were needed in order to effectively serve the needs of the parish. One criterion cited was that if more than one Mass was less than half full, then we should seriously consider a change in our Mass schedule.



Diocese of Joliet Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal 2014
"Trust in the Father's Care

The Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA) provides funding for the ministries and services offered by the Diocese of Joliet. This annual campaign provides financial support for the education of seminarians, scholarships for Catholic Schools, the work of Catholic Charities and many more of the ministries and services provided by our Diocese.

Those who have contributed to the CMAA in the past but have not done so yet in 2014 have or will soon receive a letter asking them to make a gift in support of themany good works underwritten by the CMAA.

We encourage our parishioners to make a generous gift. Also, we remind those of you that have already pledged your support, to continue to make your pledge payments. After our parish reaches its goal in the amount paid, 60% of any additional funds received are returned to the parish to help with our needs.

Ministers of the Eucharist Needed

We are in need for individuals to bring the Eucharist to Saratoga Grove Assisted Living and Retirement Community. If God is calling you to this very important and rewarding ministry, please contact Deacon Frank Kozar at the Parish Center at 630- 964-0216 x 1107 ( for more information. Training and assistance will be provided. Please prayerfully consider serving Our Lord by serving our brothers and sisters in need.

Fifteen Random Stewardship, Ideas for the Month of July

1. Think of a charity which is amply blessed at Christmas. Remember them with a gift mid-year.
2. Invite a single friend over for a meal.
3. Attend an extra Mass on a weekday this month.
4. Abstain from something you like—meat, a latte, a cold drink—on Fridays and save the money for a charity.
5. Take your rosary with you for an early morning walk.
6. Recycle more.
7. Each day, say a prayer for one of the world’s trouble spots.
8. Turn off the TV, phone, and computer, and spend an hour devoted to someone you love.
9. Surprise an old friend with a phone call.
10. Buy or pick a flower for someone without a “reason”.
11. Take your family to a farmers’ market if in season.
12. Stop for a moment during your busy day and enjoy an ice cream cone or other favorite treat.
13. If you hear a great homily, tell the homilist.
14. Splurge on some produce and buy enough to share with someone in need.
15. On occasion, try turning your prayer before meals into a spontaneous prayer of thanks, using your own words.


Back to the Basics...What We Believe
“Good Acts and Evil Acts”

A morally good act requires the goodness of the object, of the end, and of the circumstances together. An evil end corrupts the action, even if the object is good in itself (such as praying and fasting "in order to be seen by men").

The object of the choice can by itself vitiate an act in its entirety. There are some concrete acts - such as fornication - that it is always wrong to choose, because choosing them entails a disorder of the will, that is, a moral evil.

It is therefore an error to judge the morality of human acts by considering only the intention that inspires them or the circumstances (environment, social pressure, duress or emergency, etc.) which supply their context. There are acts which, in and of themselves, independently of circumstances and intentions, are always gravely illicit by reason of their object; such as blasphemy and perjury, murder and adultery. One may not do evil so that good may result from it.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

A Benefit Concert with Violinist Amanda Fenton and Friends

July 25 at 7:00 pm, St. Joseph Church, 4801 Main St., Downers Grove

Please join violinist, Amanda Fenton, and violist, Heather Lofdahl, for a benefit concert in support of The Peck Alumni Leadership (PAL) Program. The PAL Program benefits the alumni of a Title I Elementary School orchestra program in
Greensboro, North Carolina. Through PAL, the alumni develop their leadership skills, take private lessons from local musicians, teach private lessons to students at Peck Elementary School, and perform regularly.
Freewill donations will be accepted.


This dinner with Bishop Conlon is open to all men who are high school age or older and their fathers. The evening begins with Mass at 5:30 pm at St. Joseph Parish in Downers Grove. Dinner runs from 6:00 pm and ends by 8:00 pm. Participants will have the chance to have dinner with Bishop Conlon and Fr. Burke, hear vocation stories, ask questions and meet other young men interested in knowing more about the priesthood. Please contact your pastor or RSVP to Fr. Burke at or 815-834-4004 if you are interested in coming to the next Andrew Dinner:

Tuesday, August 19
St. Joseph Parish, 4801 Main Street, Downers Grove, 5:30 pm Mass followed by dinner and discussion—6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Please note a new Summer 2014 Mass Schedule. No 12:15pm Mass for the summer months

There will be no Sunday 12:15 Mass for the summer months beginning Sunday, May 25 through and including August 31. (This affects Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.)


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