Advent Wreath Making Party
December 2nd, 6-7:30pm

All Parish families are invited to join this event!  

Those who have participated in the past will tell you that it is an evening that will warm your heart. It is a great family activity, but it isn't limited to the "traditional" idea of family. All are invited! Come to the gym and create your own family Advent wreath and share cookies and cider. 

We supply the materials AND clean up the mess! The entire experience lasts approximately one and a half hours. We are asking for a donation of $30.00 per wreath to help defray costs. 

If you have any questions, email Mary Jane at

Prayer of the Week
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the Universe.
You sent your Son to be the the Light of the World and to spread His light of love to all.
As we light the candles of this wreath, may its growing brightness remind us of the approaching nearness of your Son so that the day of His coming may find us prepared and filled with joy.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Idea:  Light Your Advent Wreath each night at dinner and say this prayer before your meal.

In Need Of...
Decorating Volunteers
Help us make St. Josaphat's even more beautiful for Christmas! We are looking for volunteers to help decorate the church for the Christmas season. We will start decorating after the 12:00 mass on Sunday, December 23. See the bulletin for more information.

Liturgical Ministers
Would you like to serve as an Usher or Lector?  It's easy, and we would love to have you! Please contact the parish office for details at

Wedding Coordinator Volunteers
If you are interested in volunteering to help coordinate weddings at St. Josaphat and can be available 3 or 4 times a year to attend a Friday rehearsal (1 hour) and a Saturday wedding (2 hours), or would like more details, please contact one of our Wedding Coordinators:
Elizabeth Duryea , 
Carla McLaughlin  carlamclaugh@hotmail.comor 
Mary Jane Sullivan, DRE

Gloves and Hats
Our Helping Hands outreach is requesting adult sized winter gloves and hats to help keep our community's visitors warm in the upcoming colder months.  Please consider donating your gently used or new items - you can drop them off at the rectory any time.

Important Upcoming Dates!
December 1 - Men's Spirituality

December 1 - Boomers' Barlock family farewell after 5pm Mass

December 2 - Breakfast with Santa

December 2 - Advent Wreath Making

December 4 - Nativity Nights

December 7 - Dine Around: Roti

December 7 - La Caccina Concert

December 11 - Nativity Nights

December 15 - Men's Spirituality

December 15 - Women's Group 

December 16 - Parish Christmas Concert at 7pm

December 18 - Nativity Nights

December 24 - Christmas Eve Nativity Mass at 4pm

December 25 - Christmas Day Masses at 9a & 11a

December 26 - Women's Group

February 23 - Unity Gala

Christmas Tree Lot
Stop by the Community Park to purchase your Christmas tree or wreath and a portion of your purchase will go to St. Josaphat.  Lot hours are:
M-F 11am-8pm
Sa-Su 9am-8pm
Men's Spirituality
The Men's Spirituality Group meets on the first and third Saturday of each month (October - May) at 6:30am in the Red Door Meeting Room of the Rectory.  Participants use a resource to guide their discussion and prayer. 
All men of the Parish and their friends are welcome. Our next meetings are:
Saturday, December 1st
Saturday, December 15th
Breakfast With Santa
Breakfast with Santa is  Sunday, December 2nd, from 9a-12n in the school gym.
All proceeds benefit the St Josaphat Staff Bonus Fund!
Dine Around: Roti
Dine Around at Roti for Lunch or Dinner from 
11 am-8 pm  on  Friday, December 7th
1000 W North Ave
20% goes back to SJS
Giving Tree
Giving Tree Reminder -- If you've taken a tag from the Giving Tree, please bring your gifts to the rectory no later than noon on 
Friday, December 14th.  
Thank you for your generosity
Nativity Nights
 Nativity Nights are an opportunity for you to come and spend some time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.  Join us 
Tuesdays from 7-9pm 
on  December 
4th, 11th  and 18th.
The Eucharist will be present on the altar in the monstrance surrounded by candlelight. The lights in the church will be dimmed and there will be Advent music playing in the background. Father Francis will also be available for the sacrament of reconciliation in the church during this time.
You certainly don't have to spend the entire time in prayer - people will come and go throughout the evening. You can spend just a few minutes in prayer or as much time as you like. This is simply a time for you to be free of the hustle and bustle that can sometimes overtake the Christmas season and just spend a few minutes in quiet prayer with Jesus.
Women's Group
All women are welcome (all generations, millennials, single, with parish school children or not) to join. Just come to events where you have time or interest. Our mission is to offer  social/fun/community building among parish women; service opportunities;
 spirituality/reflection; and  book club discussion opportunities. Our next meetings are:
Saturday, Dec 15th 9-11a
Saturday, Dec 26th 9-11a

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve
Monday December 24th
4:00 pm
Especially for families with young children - brass quartet and children's choir will perform.

Christmas Day
Tuesday, December 25th
9:00 am & 11:00 am
Brass quartet will perform.

Feast of Mary, Mother of God
New Year's Day
Tuesday, January 1st
10:00 am

The Epiphany of the Lord
Saturday, January 5th
5:00 pm
Sunday, January 6th
8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm
Unity Gala
Join us on Saturday, February 23, 7pm at Moonlight Studios for an evening of celebration at our annual parish fundraiser. This year's event will feature cocktails, appetizers, an exciting Live Auction, and dancing! 
Purchase Tickets HERE  
Questions? email:
Shop and Support
Shop code: FUNDRAISEJOSAPHAT to save 15%, and 15% donated back to SJS

Recycle your floral vases - bring them to Ashland Addison Florist Co. for a donation to St. Josaphat!

Shop and select St. Josaphat Parish as your charitable organization, and St. Josaphat gets  5% on eligible items!

Shop and 
SJS gets 13%!

Thank you for your support!