Please welcome Arthur Bautista, our new Seminarian!

My name is Arthur Bautista. I am currently a second year theologian at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary). I am studying for the
Archdiocese of Chicago. I was born and raised in the Philippines. At the age of 16, I entered a diocesan seminary in the Philippines. After my third year in college
seminary, my family decided to move to the States. I worked for three years as a nursing assistant at a nursing home in Evanston Illinois. In 2014, I decided to go
back to the seminary. I went to Divine Word College Seminary in Epworth, Iowa. I graduated with a degree in Philosophy. In 2016, I joined the Archdiocese of Chicago
and entered Mundelein Seminary to earn my Masters in Divinity. This year is my 7th year in the seminary. If it is God's will, I will be ordain as a deacon in 2019 and
ordain as a priest in 2020. 

St. Josaphat parish is one of the chosen parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago to become a "Teaching Parish". Your parish is the extension of the seminary of forming future priests not only for the Archdiocese of Chicago, but also for other dioceses around the United States. In other words, St. Josaphat parish is our "training ground" in preparation for our future ministry as priests. 

Your parish is my assignment parish throughout my remaining years of seminary formation. This year I will be involved with our youth ministry in the parish. I will be joining their Sunday gatherings and different activities throughout the year. In February, I will be staying full-time at the parish for three months to do my pastoral internship. After a year with youth ministry, I will be doing some parish administration, marriage preparation, and baptismal preparation. Lastly, for my deacon year, I will be assisting as a deacon at Mass. Also as a deacon, I will celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Matrimony with delegation of the pastor.

Important Upcoming Dates!

Wednesday September 27th- Virtus Training
Sunday October 1st- Family Mass (Catechetical Sunday)

Monday October 16th- Baptismal Preparation Class
Saturday October 28th- PreCana Class
Tuesday October 31st- All Hallows Eve
Wednesday November 1st- All Saints Day (Holy Day)
Thursday November 2nd- All Souls Day

 Please dine at Ignoble - A Food Focused Wine Bar on Wednesday 9-27-17 5-10 p.m. 2417 North Clybourn Avenue. Kids eat FREE.  
25% of proceeds go to St. Josaphat School
Shop for Schools on Roscoe Street between Damen and Western Thursday, 10-5-17 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 - 20% back to SJS
TOTS Playgroup
Are you looking for a playgroup for your lil Tot?

Are you looking to connect with other mothers of Tots at St. Josaphat?

The Tots Playgroup meets Thursday mornings in the Rectory Dining Room from 10-11AM.

Homeless Outreach:
Signup to help with the Homeless Outreach Program HERE!

We need volunteers on weekdays for about 2 hours. The Food Pantry operates from 9:30-11AM.

No experience needed!
Religious Ed is starting up again.
Has your Child been Baptized and received Reconciliation and First Communion?

Enroll your Children in Religious Ed on Tuesdays evenings from 6pm-7:30PM.

Contact Mary Jane Sullivan for more info and to schedule your child. 
Sacred Instrument Program
I'm looking forward to starting up the Sacred Instrumental Program (this is year five!). We rehearse on Fridays (starting September 22nd) during the recess hour and contribute to the music at several Family Masses throughout the school year. If your child does not attend St. Josaphat School, I can meet with him/her separately. This year, I would also like to feature the SIP at the Parish Christmas Concert (Dec. 18th) for the first time.

September 22nd -- First rehearsal (weekly) 

December 3rd -- 10am Family Mass 

December 18th -- 7pm Parish Christmas Concert 

January 14th -- 10am Family Mass 

February 4th -- 10am Family Mass 

March 18th -- 10am Family Mass 

Contact Joe Labozetta at
St. Josaphat Unity Gala
On Saturday February 10, 2018, our Parish's will run our largest annual fundraiser: the "St. Josaphat Unity Gala".  Just like the Unity Ball and Sweet Home Chicago fundraisers in the past, this event will bring us all together and raise essential funds for the place that we all call "home".   

Pulling off an event of this size and scale requires a lot of volunteers, so we need YOUR HELP! Opportunities to volunteer at the Committee level or for small 1-2 hour tasks are available now and throughout the year. Please contact the Unity Gala Volunteer Coordinator, Stephanie Samz, at
Become an SJS Substitute Teacher
St. Josaphat School is always on the lookout for new Substitute Teachers. If you are interested in becoming a Substitute Teacher for SJS please contact Jen Kowieski.

School Board Updates
Meeting dates for the SJ School Board:

SB meeting dates 2017-2018
(all regular meetings begin at 6:30pm in the Rectory)

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017
Monday, December 18th, 2017
Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Monday, April 16th, 2018
Monday, May 21st, 2018