Please Read This Notice

We at St. Joseph Catholic Church are very excited to share Mass and the Eucharist with our community, even as we focus on necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With that in mind, please read these notes so you are better prepared for the conditions you will encounter inside of the Church.

It should go without saying that anyone who feels ill, is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, or was exposed to anyone who is sick, should not come to Church in person. Wearing an appropriate mask securely over the nose and mouth is required for everyone over the age of two inside the Church. Persons from different households must maintain appropriate separation from each other while seated, without exception. Contact tracing information must be provided in the ledger at the front of the Church. Those who do not adhere to these rules will be asked to leave.

When choosing seating, always consider published state and federal guidelines regarding personal spacing to prevent the transmission of disease. Alternating pews in the Church are blocked off with rope and should not be utilized for seating. The remaining pews are marked with Blue Crosses to indicate appropriate minumum spacing between persons from different households. Overflow seating in Father Blake Hall is flexible but minimum separation should always be maintained between persons from different households.

With State and Diocese capacity restrictions in place, Church seating capacity is between 56 and 84 persons, depending on sizes of groups from same households. Father Blake Hall, in the Church Basement, is outfitted to accept approximately 80 worshipers with the Mass displayed on a large screen television. When the Church is full, worshipers will be directed to Father Blake Hall. When Father Blake Hall is full, worshipers will be asked to stay in their vehicles and listen to the Mass on the radio at 90.3 FM.

After Mass concludes, Communion will be offered at the Church School door along Liberty Street for those who remained in their vehicles for Mass. Handicapped persons who will not be in the Church are encouraged to park in the courtyard on the North side of the Church. Communion will be brought to your car after Mass is complete.


To see Sunday's Mass Readings, CLICK HERE

As we progress toward an end to COVID-19 protocols, we will no longer offer on-line pre-registration for Mass Attendence. Contact Tracing Information will be collected in the Church as worshipers enter. This will continue as long as it is required by Federal, State, Local, and Diocese regulations. A separate Signup Sheet for readers and disinfection volunteers is located at the rear of the Church.


 

Dear Friends in Christ...

Our Parish is not immune to the worry and stress brought about by the presence of Coronavirus in our land. I urge everyone not to give in to dark thoughts, but rather to remember Jeremiah 29:11 as it speaks of God's love for us in time of turmoil. 

"For I Know The Plans I Have For You,
Plans to Prosper You and Not to Harm You,
Plans to Give You Hope and a Future."
 
With safety in mind, our Church is continuing to expand its Sacramental offerings in all ways possible to accomodate all comfort and health needs. Our Daily and Sunday Masses are being offered in person with well defined social distancing in the Church, or in your vehicle in our parking lot with the audio simulcast at 90.3fm and the Eucharist available at the doors of the Church School. The Saturday Vigil Mass is live-streamed on our Facebook Page (see the link at the top of this page). Our Confessional is recently renovated with improved ventilation, protective shielding, touch-free communication enhancements, and added sound absorbing wall pannels. And with the colder months coming, we're updating our camera system to allow overflow seating in Father Blake Hall during Mass. Most importantly, the Blessed Sacrament remains available for Adoration twenty-four hours a day from our parking lot along Commercial Street. 
 
Daily Masses are at 8:00a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, with a Communion Service at 8:00a Thursday. The Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00p. Sunday Masses are at 8:00a and 10:30a. Confession is offered at 4:00p on Saturday afternoons. The 8:00a daily Mass on the First Friday of the month includes Eucharistic Adoration and Confessions. There is an additional daily Mass on the first Saturday of each month at 8:00a with Confessions and veneration to St. Peregrine, the patron of those suffering from Cancer.  
 
Your generous donations are welcomed and needed to continue to offer the sacraments. Stationary collection baskets are located inside of the Church as well as on the banisters along the west Church doors. Collection and building fund donations may also be placed in the mailbox by the parish office door or sent via US Mail.
 
Our Parish Office is open on Monday and Tuesday from 8:30a to 2:30p, and on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:45a to 2:00p. Should an emergency need for anointing of the sick be required, call 815-678-7421 and speak to a staff member or leave a message.
 
As situations and circumstances of the CoronaVirus Pandemic evolve, changes come quickly. We advise parishioners to keep informed by checking Facebook (link) or signing up for text messages from Flocknote (link). 
 
I believe that with our eyes solidly on the Lord, we can all turn this time of tragedy and isolation into a wonderful opportunity to strengthen our souls and grow spiritually. Don't waste the 
opportunity. God Bless you all!
 
Yours in Christ, Monsignor Martin Heinz
Pastor, St. Joseph Catholic Church

Interested in becoming a parishioner? click here to print a copy of the registration form Please return the completed form to the Parish Office in person, by mail, or by placing it in the collection basket.

 

Mass & Confession Times

MASS TIMES
Weekend Masses:
Saturday at 5:00p
Sunday at 8:00a & 10:30a
Weekday Masses:
Mon-Wed. & Friday at 8:00a
Liturgy of the Word with Communion
Thursday at 8:00a
First Friday Mass
8:00a followed by Adoration and Confession
First Saturday Mass
8:00a followed by St. Peregrine Devotion for cancer victims, and Confession

CONFESSION
Offered Saturday Afternoons from 4-4:30p

Events

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Welcome to St. Joseph

  • Preparing for the Socially Distanced Ice Cream Social
  • Lining up to get a frozen treat on a hot summer day.
  • Barb keeping the Message Up To Date
  • Welcome to the Saint Joseph Catholic Church website.
  • The old church at Liberty and Commercial
  • Park and Pray Adoration
  • Readers Welcomed
  • Our Papal Blessing from 1932
  • St. Peragrine Novena
  • Life Chain
  • Live Stream Mass
  • Life Chain
  • Pet Blessing
  • RCIA Candidate Confirmation
  • Life Chain
  • Mass During Covid-19
  • Pet Blessing
  • Pet Blessing
  • Pet Blessing
  • COVID-19 Parking Lot Mass
  • Our Patron, St. Joseph
  • The Blessed Sacrament during Adoration
  • A cross made from a Blessed Palm
  • Preparing for Live Stream of Mass
  • Our Park & Pray area
  • Altar & Rosary Society
  • Holy Thursday Blessing during the Covid-19 Isolation
  • Our Worship Space
  • Our Church at the Start of Spring
  • Easter
  • Respect Life
  • Marriage Enrichment Dinner
  • Parish Picnic
  • Parish Picnic
  • Our Worship Space
  • Knights of Columbus grill for Parish Picnic
  • Parish Life Ice Cream Social
  • Altar & Rosary Society Pie Sale
  • Altar & Rosary Society Plant sale
  • Altar & Rosary Society Rummage Sale
  • Altar & Rosary Society Bake Sale
  • Candle-light Vigil
  • Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast
  • Our church
  • Cooking for KC Pancake Breakfast
  • KC St. Patrick Day Party

Virtual tour of St. Joseph Church

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Office Hours

The Parish Office is located at 10519 N. Main Street in Richmond, Illinois 60071

Office Hours are...
Monday & Tuesday 8:30a to 2:30p
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:45a to 2:00p

The office will be closed during Business and Liturgical Holidays

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