Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might notperish but have eternal life.



New Mass Times Beginning September 6/7



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.


There will be a food collection, September 20 and 21 for our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Thank you for your continued generosity!


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

Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. He is "able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them." The Holy Spirit "himself intercedes for us . . . and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."

Since Abraham, intercession - asking on behalf of another has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God's mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ's, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks "not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others," even to the point of praying for those who do him harm.

The first Christian communities lived this form of fellowship intensely. Thus the Apostle Paul gives them a share in his ministry of preaching the Gospel but also intercedes for them. The intercession of Christians recognizes no boundaries: "for all men, for ings and all who are in high positions," for persecutors, for the salvation of those who reject the Gospel.

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.

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