Welcome to St. Patrick's Catholic Church
The First Parish of the Joliet Diocese (Established 1838)
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 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.
On March 7-8, Fr. Pete will celebrate this year’s “Festival of Forgiveness” by hearing confessions for twenty-four hours straight, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on March 7th. Confessions will be heard in conjunction with our Irish Mass & Dinner and our All Night Adoration Devotion, continuing through the night.
Below you can read Fr. Pete's reflection on the event as well as an audio interview with Timothy Cardinal Dolan on his weekly New York radio program from 2014.
A Refresher on the Season of Lent
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; someone will return the call within 24 hours. All calls and visits are considered confidential.
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
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.
710 West Marion Street
Joliet, IL 60436-1556
(815) 727-4746(815) 727-4746
fax (815) 727-4798
Mon-Th 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - Noon