Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

In today’s Gospel, Jesus once again scolds the Pharisees about their ignorance concerning those in need around them, namely the sick, inners, and the outcast.




Brothers & Sisters in Christ,

An important way for the Diocese of Joliet to spread the Good News and inspire people in their faith life is through Christ is our Hope, the magazine that gets sent to every registered parishioner within the seven counties that make up the Diocese of Joliet. I cannot thank you enough for making this possible. My hope is that you find reading the magazine to be a source of great inspiration and education about our Catholic faith and have shared some of the articles with others. All the parishes in the diocese help make this vital ministry possible, along with your personal support, so it is a vital part of the diocese’s efforts at engaging in the New Evangelization.

My prayer is that the magazine is one of the many ways through which the diocese tries to help people grow in faith. Through articles by and about the people who are part of our diocesan family, the magazine seeks to keep you connected to the Church and to make everyone realize that turning to Christ is when our hopes, our joys and our lives truly come to life. Through your generous donation, and support from the parishes in our diocese, Christ is our Hope is published each month, reaching out to over 170,000 households.

Please help me to continue to spread the Good News with a donation to this appeal. You can mail your gift in response to the direct mailing that was sent to your home. By making a donation, you are helping to spread the Good News to others, just as Jesus did.

As with any effort, prayer is important. So thank you for your prayers for the magazine being an integral part in helping people row in faith, and thank you for your generosity.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon
Bishop of Joliet

Believe Celebrate Live

September 21 - October 19
For five weeks, from September 21 through October 19, our parish at each Sunday Mass, will reflect on different aspects of the celebration of the Eucharist. We will focus our attention on The Gathering, The Liturgy of the Word, Giving Thanks, Communion, and Sending. Sunday after Sunday, we gather to celebrate what we believe, and are then sent out to live as disciples of Jesus. This time of reflection, over these five weeks, will help us to rediscover the great sacrament of unity and to encourage us to live a life of gratitude and service during the week.

In addition to the times during Mass when we will reflect on the celebration of the Eucharist, join with other parishioners for the following events:

A Short Reflection on the Focus of the Day (following each Mass)
Following Saturday evening and Sunday Masses from September 21 through October 19, come and gather for a brief experience of faith sharing on the aspect of the Mass which was the focus for that given Sunday.

Why Do We Do That?
A Two-Part Look at the Meaning of Our Rituals
Join Bob Valle, our Director of Liturgy and Music, for an in-depth learning experience in Church Hall I on the following days:

October 9, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm
Why Do We Gather as a Community? How Are We Fed at the Table of God’s Word?

October 23, 7:00 pm—8:30 pm
What does it mean to Feast at the Table?
How does the Mass Change Us to Be Food for Others?

And if you can’t make it to the two evening sessions, they will be combined into one!
October 18, 9:00 am—11:30 am

Together, may our parish grow as a true Eucharistic community, one built on gratitude and service which Christ, through the celebration of the liturgy, calls us to for the world.


Back to the Basics...What We Believe
Prayer of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving characterizes the prayer of the Church which, in celebrating the Eucharist, reveals and becomes more fully what she is. Indeed, in the work of salvation, Christ sets creation free from sin and death to consecrate it anew and make it return to the Father, for his glory. The thanksgiving of the members of the Body participates in that of their Head. As in the prayer of petition, every event and need can become an offering of thanksgiving.

The letters of St. Paul often begin and end with thanksgiving, and the Lord Jesus is always present in it: "Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"; "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving."

Catechism of the Catholic Church

HELP IS NEEDED FOR PADS MEAL (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)

As you know, St. Joseph Parish historically provides assistance for a local PADS site on each ofthe Monday nights during the month of March. This shelter provides our local homeless families with a hot dinner, safe nights’ sleep, breakfast the following morning, and a brown bag lunch. The shelter is located in the lower level of the First Congregational Church of Christ, directly across the street from the Downers Grove Library.

Due to overcrowding at a PADS site in Bloomingdale, the First Congregational Church has been asked to open their doors a couple of weeks early (from their typical October 1st start date), in order to accommodate the overflow. Because St. Joseph Parish has always been so generous with the PADS ministry, FCC has asked us to assist them by coordinating one of these Mondays in September.

Help is needed to prepare specific food items for the dinner meal, purchase bulk breakfast foods for the following morning, and bulk items for brown bag lunches. Adult volunteers are also needed to plate up food, serve and clean-up alongside high school students.

If you are willing to help you can sign-up online simply by going to To log in, please enter the last name: Correll and the password: pads.

September 29th Chili
Coordinator: Julie Correll at 630.963.6922 or via We will be in need of chili, salads, vegetables and desserts at dinner; bulk eggs, bacon, cereal, milk and juice for breakfast; and brown bag lunch items.

St. Joseph Parish will also be organizing volunteers to staff this overnight shelter. If you are able to work on this Monday night, please contact Deacon Frank Kozar at 630.964.0216, ext. 1107 or via The following shifts are available: 9:00-11:00 pm, 11:00 pm-3:00 am, 3:00-7:00 am. If you have never worked PADS overnight, be assured that you will be scheduled with experienced people. As always, your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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 x1107, ( for more information. Training and assistance will be provided. Please prayerfully consider serving Our Lord by serving our brothers and sisters in need.

PET BLESSING in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Joseph Youth Apostolate is sponsoring a PET BLESSING in honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Bring your pet – either on a leash, in a crate, box or cage…or in your arms to the St. Joseph parking lot on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 at 12:00 NOON.

Fr. Marek will bless all pets present at 12:15 pm. From 12 noon -12:15 pm, appointed “judges” will be viewing your pets for the following prizes: 1. Best dressed 2. Best behaved 3. Most unusual pet! In the event of inclement weather, we will meet in the school hall.

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