News & Updates
- Special Invitation to Young Men: St. Andrew Dinner
- Letter from Bishop Michael McGovern
- The Illinois Knights of Columbus is offering free online membership through October 31. More details HERE.
- A new kiosk has been placed in the west entrance of the church. The kiosk contains engaging materials to enrich your faith. The kiosk is provided free of charge by our local Knights of Columbus councils.
- Pray the Mass like never before. This video explains what the Mass is really all about.
- U.S. Bishops Statement on the Death of George Floyd
Fr. Urban Completes Doctorate
Fr. Urban Osuji completed his doctoral degree at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis. His thesis project was presented to the staff, faculty, and students of Aquinas Institute. With the topic Effective Preaching: A Practical Guide for Fidei Donum Priests [International Priests] in the Belleville Diocese, Fr. Urban intends to help international priests in our diocese to adapt their preaching for local parishioners. Four years of classroom work and two years of writing the thesis, the effort of Fr. Urban is commendable. We as a parish congratulate him on this achievement.
Local K of C Members Complete their 4th Degree
On Saturday, June 27, nine Knights of Columbus members from Benton and West Frankfort completed the 4th Degree Exemplification. The statewide event was live streamed due to Covid-19 and was hosted locally by District Deputy Harold Campbell with assistance from Louie Ferando. State officer Ken Martinek from Mt. Vernon installed the candidates.
From St. Joseph Parish, we congratulate Ken Hungate, David Stock, David Garavalia, David Spencer, Harry Orlandini, Mike Young, and Jim Yancik.
West Frankfort candidates were George Karowski and Bryce Levanti.
(front) George Karowski, Ken Hungate, Bryce Levanti, David Garavalia
(back) Louie Ferando, Harold Campbell, David Stock, Jim Yancik, David Spencer, Harry Orlandini, and state officer Ken Martinek
Podcasts and Videos
Does your faith seem a bit "stale"? Are you indifferent towards the Church?
Here are some resources that can help you grow in knowledge and faith.
- Fr. Mike Schmitz -- videos and podcasts on lots of timely topics; especially good for young adults
- Science & Faith: Jesus Present in the Eucharist
- Miracle in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1996
- Miracle of Lanciano Italy
- Why Am I Catholic? the Eucharist
- All Things Catholic
- The Tightrope: Reflections for Busy Catholics
- The Veil Removed -- beautiful 7-minute video that depicts what is happening during the Mass
Into the Breach is a call to battle for Catholic men of all ages, which urges them to embrace wholeheartedly masculine virtues in a world in crisis. This video series seeks to answer what it means to be a Catholic man in today’s world. The series is inspired by the Apostolic Exhortation for Catholic Men written by Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix and produced by the Knights of Columbus.
Food Pantry Needs Help Filling Shelves
The Benton West City Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry needs our help all year long to keep the shelves stocked with food. All donations of non-perishable food items or monetary donations are greatly appreciated. Donations can be brought to the church or taken directly to the Pantry on South Main Street.
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