Welcome to St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Celebrating our 175th Anniversary (1838-2013)

On April 5-6, as part of our Holy Father's "Festival of Forgiveness," Fr. Pete Jankowski heard confessions at St. Patrick's Church for twenty-four hours straight. As a result, he was interviewed by Timothy Cardinal Dolan for his local Radio Show from New York. To hear the interview, please CLICK HERE.

 

For a copy of Fr. Pete's homily/reflection

on the event, please CLICK HERE.

 

 


 

 

The Patron Saints of Ireland (Left to Right):

St. Columba of Iona (Feast Day - June 9th)

St. Brigid of Kildare (Feast Day - February 1st)

St. Patrick of Ireland (Feast Day - March 17th)

 

 

Fr. Pete's Welcome

On behalf of the staff and parishioners of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, I wish to welcome you to our web site and to our parish community. Read more

 

The History of St. Patrick’s Church dates back to 1838 with the arrival of the Reverend John Francis Plunkett, an Irish immigrant who came in answer to the call of the dying canal workers during the malaria epidemic of 1838. Father Plunkett was appointed the first pastor of the future St. Patrick’s Church by Bishop Gabriel Simon Bruté of Vincennes (now Indianapolis), Indiana.

With the building of the I&M Canal, many immigrant families had come to the area, most of whom were Catholic and many came from the Emerald Isle. As the community grew, Father Plunkett began construction of a new church on Broadway Street just west of the Canal and south of Jefferson Street. Thus was born St. Patrick Church, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Joliet and the second oldest in the whole Metropolitan Chicago area. It is now considered a landmark of Joliet.

During the next 175 years and seventeen pastors later, St. Patrick Church has flourished and experienced many changes. Our longest serving pastor came from Tipperary, Ireland in 1917, Rt. Msgr. Philip L. Kennedy. Upon his arrival, Msgr. Kennedy erected a new St. Patrick’s Church, School and Rectory. The first Mass was offered in the new church on Sunday, March 2, 1919. Msgr. Kennedy served St. Patrick’s from 1917 until the time of his passing in 1961.

At the closing of our school in 2011, St. Patrick’s has refocused itself back on its immigrant roots, not only serving those long-established parishioners who can trace their lineage back to the early years of the parish’s history but those new to the area from foreign countries who wish to receive spiritual assistance while providing for their families. To quote Pope Francis, St. Patrick’s Church of 2014 truly is “The Church of the Poor” in both flesh and the spirit, made up of a immigrant population from throughout the world. It  truly is our pleasure and honor to serve all of them, namely all of us, pillars and neophytes to the parish, in the name of the Lord.

 

Religious Education

 Protecting God's Children

 

 

For more information about the Pantry, please call (815) 727-4746. Those in need of food must live in the 60436 Zip Code

Please call this number for assistance and someone will return the call within 24 hours. All calls and visits are confidential.

On the weekend of September 5-6, the St. Patrick’s Graduating Class of 1964 will be getting together for our 50th Reunion. At this time, we are trying to contact all of our fellow ‘64 graduates. If you are a graduate or know a ‘64 graduate, please contact the rectory with your name and contact information. - Larry Lindholm, Class of ‘64.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 







 

 

 

Schedule of Masses

Daily Mass  Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m.
Wednesday Spanish Mass 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Mass  4:30 p.m.
Sunday Masses  8:00 & 10:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish 12:00 noon


St. Brigid Daily Mass

& Adoration Chapel

Open Monday - Friday

7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Rosary Prayed Thursdays

in English after 7:30 a.m. Mass

Rosary Prayed Daily

in Spanish at 12:00 noon

 

Confession Schedule

Confessions are heard on Wednesdays from 3:00 - 3:45 & 7:30 - 8:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. or by appointment. If the green light is shining above the confessional door, then the priest is in the confessional. If the red light is also shining, this means that someone is already in the confessional.

 

Parish Address

710 West Marion Street

Joliet, IL 60436-1556
(815) 727-4746
fax (815) 727-4798

 
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