Pastor’s Corner

Pastor's Corner

Dear Parishioners,

In today’s Gospel, Jesus scolds Peter, because Peter couldn’t fathom that Jesus’ mission on earth would not only lead to his death, but ultimately to his resurrection.



Please note special Labor Day Schedule

Mass on Labor Day (Monday, September 1 ) will be celebrated at 9:00 am. There is NO 7:00 am Mass, Confessions, or Adoration on Labor Day.

New Mass Times Beginning September 6/7



My Brother Priests:

I am sure you are all aware of the ongoing crisis in the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity. Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of Christians and other innocent victims of the violence in Iraq, Syria and Gaza who are struggling to survive, protect their families and live with dignity while mired in these terrible conditions.

Given the extraordinary nature of the crisis, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are asking Catholics from around the country to reach out to our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. I write to ask you to encourage your parishioners to pray for those affected by this turmoil in their time of suffering. Further, I write to ask also that you take up a second collection the weekend of September 6-7 for the purpose of providing relief and support to this troubled part of our world.

These funds will be used by Catholic Relief Services ad other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local Church to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing the people in Iraq, Gaza and Syria and surrounding countries where refugees have fled. These organizations have well-established partnerships with the Catholic Church in the region which allow them to respond quickly and efficiently to victims in some of the hardest to reach areas. Collection funds will also be used to support programs to aid persecuted Christians and to respond to rebuilding needs of Catholic dioceses in the impacted areas.

I thank you for your cooperation and prayers.

Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon
Bishop of Joliet


Back to the Basics...What We Believe
Erroneous Judgment

A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.

This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin." In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.

Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one's passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church's authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.

If - on the contrary - the ignorance is invincible, or the moral subject is not responsible for his erroneous judgment, the evil committed by the person cannot be imputed to him. It remains no less an evil, a privation, a disorder. One must therefore work to correct the errors of moral conscience.

A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time "from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith."

The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do persons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be guided by bjective standards of moral conduct.
Catechism of the Catholic Church

MATTHEW, The King and His Kingdom

A 24-Part Bible Study Featuring Jeff Cavins

This exciting study brings the Gospel to life and draws you closer to Christ. You will see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfills the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law and inagurates the Kingdom of heaven. Set in the rich context of Jesus life and teachings mean for us today.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study, September 9, 9:30 am to 11:00 am, St. Joseph Church Ministry Room. To register, contact Pat at 630.321.1002 or The cost is $30

Books will be handed out and paid for at the first meeting.

St. Joseph Catholic Church
Blood Drive

Wednesday, September 10 from 3pm to 7pm in the church hall. Sign-up online at or contact Pat at 630.321.1002. Photo ID required

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!

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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.)

Please note the new Sunday Mass times:

7:00 am
9:00 am
11:00 am

5:00 pm

Effective Sunday, September 7, 2014


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