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








Celebrate the Year of St. Joseph     8 December 2020—8 December 2021

St. Joseph Catholic Church

Dec 7th, Vigil Mass For The Immaculate Conception of The Virgin Mary

December 5th Mass



Prayer to Saint Joseph

O Glorious Saint Joseph,

Spouse of the Immaculate Virgin,

Obtain for Me a Pure, Humble and Charitable Mind

and Perfect Resignation to the Divine Will. 

Be My Guide, Father and Model through Life, 

That I May Merit to Die as You Did, 

In the Arms of Jesus and Mary.  




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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



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Bishop Barron's

Three Comings of Christ Prepare Us for Advent

Many years ago, in the context of a high school religion class, a very wise Benedictine nun gave me a template for understanding Advent that I’ve never forgotten. It is simply that Advent calls to mind three “comings” of Christ: the first in history, the second now, and the third at the end of time. Meditating upon each of these is a helpful preparation for the holy season upon which we are embarking. Let us first look back. Fulton Sheen said that Jesus is the only religious founder whose coming was clearly predicted. And indeed we can find throughout the Old Testament indications and anticipations of the arrival of the Messiah. How often the New Testament authors use the language of fulfillment and insist that the events around Jesus occurred “kata tas graphas” (according to the Scriptures). They…

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Why Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Are Not Absolute Values

In the wake of the French Revolution, the triplet of “liberty, equality, fraternity” emerged as a moral compass for the secular society. Something similar has happened today in regard to “equity, diversity, and inclusion.” For most pundits and social activists, at least in the West, these three values function as fundamental norms, self-evident moral truths of absolute value that ought to guide our behavior at both the personal and institutional level. But this cannot be right. For whatever plays that determining role must be good in itself, valuable in every and any circumstance, incapable of being positioned by a higher value. Neither equity, diversity, nor inclusion enjoy these prerogatives, and this can be shown readily enough.  First, let us consider equity. Fostering equality is indeed a high moral value in the measure that all people are identical in dignity and are equally deserving of respect.

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The Moral and Spiritual Purpose of the Law

The text below is the homily Bishop Barron offered regarding Church and state and the true purpose of the law for the Red Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on Monday, October 4, 2021. The Red Mass is a special liturgy offered for judges, lawyers, and others in legal professions. May I say as I commence these reflections that it is an extraordinary privilege to be here with all of you today. Thank you, Archbishop Aymond, for the invitation to speak, and thank you to the entire legal and judicial community of New Orleans—judges, politicians, city officials, lawyers, students of the law—whose important work we place today in prayer under the aegis of God’s grace and providence. I fully realize that oceans of ink have been spilled trying to adjudicate the rapport between Church and state or between one’s religious convictions and one’s civil commitments. I furthermore realize…

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