In an effort to combat the spread of the Novel Corona Virus, First Sacrament gatherings at St. Joseph Catholic Church are suspended until further notice.
Please call the Parish Office 815-678-7421 to schedule a baptism. You may click here to print out the Baptismal Registration Form. Please fill in and return to the Parish Office.
A Baptismal Preparation class is required for new parents. Classes meet on the first Tuesday of the month. Please call the Parish Office to register for the class.
Godparent choices: one male godfather and one female godmother. At least one of the godparents needs be a confirmed, practicing Catholic.
The Eucharist is celebrated daily. Masses are offered each day except on Thursday when we have a Communion Service. Please see our website home page for Mass times.
First Communion is celebrated with our Second Grade Religious Education students in the spring of each year. This year First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
It is highly recommended that your child begins Religious Education Classes in Kindergarten or First Grade in order to build the proper foundation for receiving the Sacraments.
In an effort to combat the spread of the Novel Corona Virus, Confession is offered Saturday Afternoons from 4:00pm to 4:30pm in the Vestibule along Main Street and not inside of St. Joseph Catholic Church until further notice.
Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
First Friday after the 8:00 a.m. Mass until 9:00 a.m.
First Saturday after the 8:00 a.m. Mass
Second & fourth Wednesdays during the Holy Hour for Vocations.
Children generally make their First Confession in Second Grade. It is highly recommended that your child begins Religious Education Classes in Kindergarten or First Grade in order to build the proper foundation for receiving the Sacraments.
Students prepare for confirmation during their eighth grade Religious Education classes.
Sponsors for Confirmation can be siblings, grandparents, other relatives and close friends. The sponsors must be confirmed, practicing Catholics. Parents cannot be sponsors unless they are filling in as a proxy for a sponsor.
For more information about our confirmation program, please contact Lisa Sachs at 815-678-4720.
Please contact the pastor before you set a date at least six months in advance.
As part of the preparation for marriage you will also need to attend an Engaged Encounter weekend and a Natural Family Planning Class. The priest will give you more information about these programs when you meet with him.
Sacrament of the Sick
"Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the priests of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven." --James 5: 14-15
Please notify the church office when sacraments, visits and prayers are desired for those confined to the home, hospital or nursing home.