Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph December 2020—December 2021









St. Joseph Catholic Church





Bringing fun and faith together
for an awesome weekend retreat.

New date: Feb. 26-27, 2022

Saturday at St. Nicholas and Sunday at St. Clare Church;
all eighth-grade students attend both sessions


We have re-opened registration due to the date change. If you didn't register yet and now can attend, please register by Jan. 25 on your parish website. No need to register again if you have already registered.

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Mass Times


Sunday Mass Partnership Schedule:

Corpus Christi: 9:00 am - in person & live streamed
St Joseph : 10:30 am - in person

Saturday Mass: 4:30 pm at Corpus Christi

Live-stream Mass is offered at 9:00 am

Holy Day: TBD

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Available by appointment

St. Joseph Cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk.

- JOSEPH HOUSE - Welcomes McKendree Students every Monday evening, during Fall & Spring semesters, for dinner, drinks, games, comradery as well as quiet study areas provided.

- Communion Service: Wednesday, 10 am (alternating weeks between Cedar Ridge and Lebanon Care)

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Office Hours

Tuesday – Friday 8:30am-2:00pm

Office Phone: 618-537-2575



Bishop Barron's

“Strange Rites” and the Promise of Natural Religion

Along with many other cultural commentators, I have been tracing for the past many years the phenomenon of religious disaffiliation, the sobering fact that armies of people, especially the young, are leaving institutional religion behind. It is simply no good denying the statistics, which have been borne out in study after study, and the truth of massive disaffiliation is evident to any priest, minister, or rabbi who looks out, week after week, to see ever dwindling congregations. However, I wonder whether the insistence upon the existence of so many “nones” has led to a certain misperception—namely, that all or most of those who have left the churches have simply become atheists, skeptics, and materialists. In point of fact, the closer we look at the “nones,” the stranger, more variegated, and oddly religious they seem.  My thoughts on…

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“The Ten Commandments” and Our Pathetic Attention Span

I like to watch old movies. Over the past several months, I’ve watched (or re-visited) a number of Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, some screwball comedies from the thirties and forties, and a couple of film-noir classics. Last week, over the course of three evenings, I managed to get through the three hours and forty minutes (yes, you read that correctly) of the Charlton Heston version of the Ten Commandments from 1956. With delight, I took in the still marvelous technicolor, the over-the-top costumes, the wonderfully corny faux-Shakespearean dialogue, and the hammy acting that is, one might say, so bad that it’s good. But what especially struck me was the sheer length of the film. Knowing that it required a rather extraordinary act of attention on the part…

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What Are the Laity Supposed to Be?

Back in the 1950s, Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, began to articulate a vision that was largely ratified at the Second Vatican Council. She said that the prevailing notion of a “commandments spirituality” for the laity and a “counsels spirituality” for the clergy was dysfunctional. She was referencing the standard view of the period that the laity were called to a kind of least common denominator life of obeying the ten commandments—that is to say, avoiding the most fundamental violations of love and justice—whereas priests and religious were called to a heroic life of following the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Lay people were ordinary players, and the clergy were spiritual athletes. To all of this, Dorothy Day said a rather emphatic no. Every baptized person, she insisted, was summoned to heroic sanctity—which is to say, the practice of both the…

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