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Christmas Schedule 2018

  • Mon, Dec. 24, 2018    4:00 PM     Children’s Christmas Mass
  • Mon, Dec. 24, 2018    9:00 PM     Christmas Vigil Mass with caroling at 8:30PM
  • Tues, Dec. 25, 2018    9:00 AM     Christmas Morning Mass
  • Mon, Dec. 31, 2018    6:00 PM     Mary, Mother of God Vigil Mass
  • Tues, Jan.  1, 2019      9:00 AM     Mary, Mother of God Mass

Please note the Mass times listed above will take the place of daily Mass on those dates. On Wednesday, December 26th, 2018 daily Mass will be at 6:00 PM instead of 7:00 AM.

Also note there will be no 24 Eucharistic Adoration on Monday, December 24, 2018 or Monday, December 31, 2018.


“‘Fear of the Lord,’ may seem to be a somewhat unusual topic for a ‘Festival Letter’, but I have my reasons. It seems to me that reverence and awe before Almighty God is necessary for all of us, especially in these godless, secular days. ” – Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.

Click here to read Bishop Jenky’s seventeenth Festival Letter.


As an Advent gift to the Parish, St. Joseph has subscribed to FORMED for our parishioners.

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As of the end of September, there is much excitement throughout the Diocese because 264 of our school students have received over $1,000,000 of tax credit scholarships! Unfortunately, St. Joseph School had 43 families apply for a scholarship, but haven’t received enough donations to award one scholarship. Awards can only be given if the school has sufficient donated dollars for the next student in line to receive a full scholarship. For 2018, there still remains an untapped potential in Illinois of over $55 million in scholarship donations eligible for the 75% Illinois income tax credit.  It’s definitely a WIN-WIN as students receive 100%, 75% or 50% of their tuition and the donor receives a 75% Illinois tax credit on the amount of their donation to the SGO, the scholarship granting organization. It is not too late to make a donation for the 2018 tax year.

See for more information.

About the Tax Credit Scholarship Program


Empower Illinois Scholarship Application Opens Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.

We are pleased to announce the Empower Illinois scholarship application system will open on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Our system has been enhanced to make it easier for families and to manage the demand expected for tax credit scholarships to private schools throughout Illinois.

The new application will be available through the Empower Illinois website. It will be a two-step process.

  1. Reserve: On Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. families will complete a brief online form containing name and contact information, child name and preferred school. This will time stamp your application for the first-come, first-served scholarships.
  2. Apply: After reserving your place in line, families will be emailed a unique link and use their reservation code to complete the application. Applications will be sent on a rolling basis, over the course of a few weeks. After receiving the application email, families will have 3 days to complete the application and submit all required documents.

Our goal with this two-step process is to make it easier for families and provide more time to ensure your application is accurate and complete.

We understand that as parents and guardians, your life is busy. That’s why the reservation system will be accessible from mobile devices as well. Everything you will need for the reservation step should be top of mind. Once you get your application link, please use a computer to submit the required documents and finish the application accurately, without rushing.

If a student has already received a scholarship award letter, they do not need to reserve or apply. However, all other students should reserve and apply through this system beginning Feb. 27, regardless of how far you may have gotten through our old application.

More information, including helpful documents, FAQs and instructions, can be found on our website.

We know your children only get one chance at a great education. We are grateful for your patience and trust as we work to improve access to quality education for every child, in every neighborhood.

Scholarship Opportunity

We have received more information on how families can apply for a scholarship through the Invest in Kids Act. Please note, the application process start date has changed to January 31, 2018. Click here to see information on how to apply. Click here for frequently asked questions.

Donation Opportunity

We have received more information on how donors can donate to program. Click here to see step-by-step directions on how to donate. Click here for frequently asked questions.


This past year we hosted our third annual Spring Festival. It was a great success with the fostering of fellowship, friendship and fundraising! With your help, we would like to make the Spring Festival in 2018 an even bigger success!

If you are able to help, please fill out this response form and return it to the Parish Center.