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Welcome to St. Patrick's Catholic Church

The First Parish of the Joliet Diocese (Established 1838)

Dear St. Pat's Family

Querida familia de St. Pat's


Proposed Multiphase Plan
for reopening our churches and the return to Worship


Read the Letter from Bishop Pates

Read the Executive Summary Plan

Reopening Plan for St. Patrick Church amid COVID-19

Pentecost Sunday 4pm Mass  May 31, 2020




Since Bishop Pates has asked that all Masses be suspended throughout the diocese, Fr. Arty will be celebrating a Holy private Mass from Saint Patrick’s every Saturday at 4:00pm (English) and 5:00pm (Spanish) Click and subscribe to our Facebook channel to watch our Masses LIVE or Click and subscribe to St. Patrick’s YouTube channel to connect and watch our Masses and other content we are providing.


Please continue to support our parish – we need your support to continue spreading God’s mercy during these difficult times.

To support St. Patrick’s Church please click the online giving link or call the parish office at (815) 727-4746.



May God bless and protect you all!


Important message

from Fr. Arty


Mensaje importante

de Fr. Arty




The Patron Saints of Ireland:

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

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

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


The History of St. Patrick's Church dates back to 1838 with the arrival of the Rev. 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 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 came from the Emerald Isle. As the community grew, Fr. 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 Metropolitan Chicago area. It is now considered a landmark of Joliet.

During the next 177 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.

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.



Parish Calendar

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Saints to Call On in a Pandemic.



And a Note of Thanks from Miss Julie Dillenburg DRE, St. Patrick's Church

FR. Vytas Memenas

Pastor of St. Patrick's from 1978-1990


It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Fr. Vytas Memenas. Fr. Memenas passed away at the age of 91 and was in his 63rd year of priesthood. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the souls of all the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

The Rosary from our beautiful grounds. 

El rosario de nuestros hermosos jardines. 05/27/20

St Patrick Church Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction English


Iglesia de San Patricio Exposición Eucarística y Bendición Español

St Patrick's The Divine Mercy Chaplet

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Religious Education


Protecting God's Children





Schedule of Masses

Daily Mass: Tuesday - Friday 7:30 a.m.

Monday Spanish Mass: 12:00 noon

Wednesday Spanish Mass: 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Mass: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses: 8:00 & 10:00 a.m.
Mass in Spanish: 12:15 p.m.


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 - 4:00 & 7:30 - 8:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 3:15 - 3:45 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


Office Hours

Mon-Th 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Friday 9:00 a.m. - Noon

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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; someone will return the call within 24 hours. All calls and visits are considered confidential.

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