Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:30 PM
St. Patrick's Parish Picnic Takes Place on Saturday - September 20th, starting with a 4:30 p.m. Polka Mass!!! Following Mass will be Polka & Mariachi Music and lots of food and fun! Come join the fun!
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Welcome to St. Patrick's Catholic Church

The First Parish of the Joliet Diocese (Established 1838)


Let us Support the Dominican Sisters in Iraq

As the genocidal attacks intensify on Christians living in Iraq and the surrounding areas, Sr. Grace Henneberry (St. Pat's Alumnus) has provided stories for us of her sister Dominicans who still minister to those who are suffering. Above is a video of three of these Dominican Sisters - St. Catherine of Siena who have served the oppressed in Mosul, Iraq. To read more about their story, CLICK HERE.

If you wish to contribute directly to the sister's cause, please CLICK HERE (When redirected to the site, click "Other" and then enter "IRAQ"). St. Patrick's will take a special collection for the sisters the weekend of August 23-24. If you prefer to send a check, write it out to the Adrian Dominican Sisters (note it is for Iraq Relief) and send to...

Adrian Dominican Sisters
Attn: Iraqi Relief
1257 East Siena Heights Dr.
Adrian, MI 49221-1755


You can also contribute directly to the Chaldean Church (Mosul Relief) by clicking on the following link (and then click at top right corner of the page):


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)


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 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.


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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 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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