Thursday morning - 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. & Sunday morning - 8:45 - 10:15 am
Berst Hall - Madonna Room 

All participants must bring their own materials

Come when you can and bring a friend!
For more information:  Pat Hudetz at 630-935-2103 

Welcome to The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Mass Reservations are no longer required.  You may view our Phase 5 guidelines here




This annual collection helps meet the needs of our elderly, infirmed, and retired diocesan priests, especially those who have extraordinary medical expenses beyond what insurance can cover. “It helps out with unusual expenses that a priest might encounter, like a huge dental bill or a hearing aid,” said Father John Balluff, episcopal vicar for clergy for the diocese. This second collection also helps to pay for repairs at the St. John Vianney Villa Priest Retirement Home in Naperville, an assisted living facility for retired priests. But we all know that few priests really retire, as they often fill in for a pastor who becomes sick or goes on sabbatical. They also celebrate daily and weekend Masses, hear confessions, perform funerals, celebrate weddings, and anoint the sick.

Let’s give generously to this second collection on Father’s Day weekend here.

The 2021 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal

2021 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal Update
(as of June 13, 2021)

Assumption Parish

Goal:  $35,000
Amount Pledged:  $27,513
Amount Paid:  $25,528
Number of Donors:  151

Immaculate Conception Parish

Goal:  $9,900
Amount Pledged:  $12,034
Amount Paid:  $10,104
Number of Donors:  45

Thank you to everyone who has already pledged a gift for this year’s annual appeal!  For those that still wish to donate, pledge envelopes may still be returned directly to the Diocese via USPS.  Secure online gifts can also be made at, or text DONATE to (815) 205-1949. 

Thank you for your generosity!


Dear Parish Family,
     This year, the theme of the Appeal is “Shining the Light of Christ!” Can you imagine anything more precious? How did you feel when you were chosen to be on a team?  Picked for a lead part in a play?  Pretty special, I would imagine.  Greater than anything you have or will ever be chosen for, God has chosen you to join Him and fulfill the plan He has uniquely created for you.  How do we acknowledge God’s grace and show Him our gratitude?  One way is to give back to God the gifts He shared with us.  We can support our parish, our  diocese and the Church throughout the world with gifts of time, talent, and treasure. This year’s goal for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish is $35,000, and this year the goal
                                            for Immaculate Conception Parish is $9,900.
     Our annual appeal supports 30 ministries that shine Christ’s light throughout the diocese, especially on those most in need.  Your gifts to the CMAA help the poor and vulnerable, form our future shepherds, and spread the faith through our Catholic schools, faith formation programs in parishes, and programs for young adults.  The CMAA funds the mission and ministries of our diocese.  It also funds services that are of great help to the ministries here in our parish.  Please answer our Bishop's request and make a generous pledge.  Let’s welcome our new Bishop Ronald Hicks with a quick and generous response to the Appeal.  Perhaps the mailing has already arrived at your home. Let’s all do what we can, as quickly as we can, and have another successful year.
     Let’s see if we can get many more parishioners to share the light of Christ and to allow the Lord to use all of us to accomplish His will and to show His kindness and mercy to those around us.  The Diocesan goal to support the many ministries of the work of the Church throughout the Diocese of Joliet is $8.2 million.  Thank you in advance for your support! 
                                                                        God Bless All of You!

                                               Father Raed Bader


My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

There is no denying the importance of light to humanity. It brings comfort, warmth and growth. It leads us from darkness. It guides our journey.

Of course, as Christian stewards, we recognize that Christ is the true “light of the world” (Jn 8:12), and equally important to those corporal, tangible benefits are the countless spiritual ones His special light provides. Each and every day, I am grateful to Him for lighting my path, especially as I begin my ministry here in the Diocese of Joliet.

But what becomes of Christ’s light? Do we keep it for ourselves?

One cannot help but consider the servant in the Parable of the Talents, who buried his master’s bag of gold instead of increasing its yield and was subsequently thrown out into the darkness. Christ’s disciples are called to magnify His light, which is why we chose Shining the Light of Christ as the theme for the 2021 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal (CMAA).

Please prayerfully consider joining me in supporting the 2021 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal and shining Christ’s light brightly in our diocese.


Most Reverend Ronald A. Hicks
Bishop of Joliet

Online giving is a great way to make your donations without writing checks or using cumbersome envelopes.  You can set up recurring donations or make a one-time donation. You may pay your Family Faith Formation tutition and set up re-occuring payments.  YOU have complete flexibility over your account.  Feel free to set up one schedule for one fund or multiple schedules
for multiple funds.  It's entirely up to you.



Only those practicing Catholics who are in the state of grace may receive Holy Communion.  

If one is receiving the Sacred Host on the tongue: When receiving communion on the tongue please do not lean towards the minister. Please stand up straight as possible, after saying “Amen” in response to the minister of the Holy Communion, the communicant should open the mouth wide and fully extend the tongue far enough so that the Sacred host can be placed upon it without danger of falling also for safety precautions. Please note that it is important to extend the tongue, not just open the mouth. Once you have received communion proceed towards the inside middle isle and return to your seat. 
If one is receiving the Sacred Host in the hand, the  following is normative: 

Upon approaching the minister of the Sacred Host, fully extend the hands under the glass in for the minister could reach them. The left hand is extended, with the right hand under the left in support (left handed person may with to place the left hand under the right). In essence, a throne is formed in the sign of an X-cross to receive the Sacred Host.
In Christ,

Father Bader

September 21, 2020 
Reception of Communion on the Tongue – During Cornavirus Pandemic 

Parish Reopening Co-Leadership Teams,  

For well-founded reasons the liturgical guidelines during the pandemic limited distribution of Holy Communion in the hand. Pastors are still urged to encourage the faithful to receive in the hand, as it is the safest way to distribute/receive Holy Communion. However, out of respect for those who insist on receiving on the tongue and with the hope of avoiding conflicts at this most sacred time of the Holy Mass, an exception may be made in a given parish at the full discretion of the pastor, and only in accord with a strict observance of the procedure provided here.  

Procedure for Distributing Holy Communion on the Tongue; 

Parishes are to establish a dedicated station for those receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, separate from those coming to receive communion in the hand; 
Communicants move forward to the designated station in single file maintaining six feet between each person assisted by markers on the floor; 
The minister distributing Holy Communion wearing a mask/face shield, sanitizes his / her hands, either from a nearby table, or offered by an usher; 

The communicant sanitizes his/her hands from a table or from sanitizer offered by usher, removes the strap of the mask or face covering from one ear, letting it hang from the other ear and exercises care not to touch the face, clothing or any other surface after sanitizing the hands; 
After having sanitized his/her hands, the communicant approaches the priest or extraordinary minister, and receives the Host on the tongue; 
The communicant steps six feet to the side, replaces the mask over the mouth and nose and returns to his/her seat;  
The minister puts the ciborium on a near-by table and sanitizes his / her hands, rubbing hands together and until they are dry (at least for 20 seconds each time). This must be done after each communicant receives

The minister picks up the ciborium and begins the process again; 

All other guidelines about masking, face shields and other preparatory actions before distribution remain in force.

Because of the safety precautions exercised for those receiving Communion on the tongue, each parish will have to determine how best this is to be done given the fact that some parishes distribute Communion to recipients remaining in the pews. In any case, it has worked out well for those who receive Communion on the tongue to come last and to a designated station.  

It should be observed from the outset that more care and time will be required in implementing this exception, as communion on the tongue poses additional health risks to both the minister and the communicant. Out of regard for specific health protocols, this process may not be rushed, particularly the sanitizing and drying of the minister's hands between communicants. Failure to strictly follow this procedure may result in de-certification of the parish to host congregations for liturgical services.  

Most Reverend Richard E. Pates
Apostolic Administrator Diocese of Joliet


Do you really honor the Lord's Day, or does your
Sunday look like every other day of the week?

St. Isaac Jogues Live Mass
Saturday 4:00 p.m. & Sunday 10:30 a.m.

End Crisis & Division:
A Powerful Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows for
Peace in the United States

We need to pray for our country!

Recent reports show numerous riots The situation causes unrest in society, whether it be physical, visual, or emotional.

Losing life is always tragic, as the Catholic Church teaches that every life is precious and deserves dignity. Let us pray the novena below for peace in our country and for the dignity and respect of all human life, from conception until natural death.  Our Lady of Sorrows is a very powerful intercessor. Many graces are attached to her devotion.

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows for Peace

Most holy and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, you stood beneath the cross, witnessing the agony of your dying Son.  Look with a mother’s tenderness and pity on us, as we kneel before you. We venerate your sorrows, and place our request with dutiful confidence in the sanctuary of your wounded heart.

Present them, we beseech you, on our behalf to Jesus Christ, through the merits of His own most Sacred Passion and Death, together with your sufferings at the foot of the cross.  Through the united efficacy of both, obtain the granting of our petition.  To whom shall we have recourse in our wants and miseries, if not to you, Mother of Mercy? You have drunk so deeply of the chalice of your Son. You can with compassion receive our sorrows.

Holy Mary, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow at the sight of the Passion of your divine Son. Intercede for us and obtain from Jesus these petitions if they be for His honor and glory and for our good and the good of our nation.

For an end to all discrimination in our society,
Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us. For peace in our country, 
Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  For the protection of all human life, from conception until natural death, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  
That the souls of the departed rest in the eternal peace
of your Crucified Son, Jesus Christ,  Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  

That we may see each person as Christ sees us–made
in His image and likeness, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  

That the families of those who have lost a loved one may know the comfort of Christ’s constant love, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  For our president, governors, elected officials, law enforcement officers, and all public figures, that they may encourage and promulgate peace in a divided society, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  For an end to all violence and civil unrest, Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.That we may love one another as Christ loves us, even when we may disagree.   Our Lady of Sorrows, hear us.  Amen.


Mass Times at Assumption Church
Reservations No Longer Required
Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
First Saturday of the
Month 8:30 a.m.

Daily Masses
Rosary 8:00 a.m. Monday - Friday
Tuesday 6:30 p.m.
First Tuesday of the Month Mass is followed by St. Peregrine Devotion and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
 Wednesday 8:30 a.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.

Mass Time at Immaculate Conception Church
Sunday 9:30 a.m.  

Sacrament of Pennance/Confession Schedule
Saturday 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. at Assumption Church

Adoration Chapel 
  Hours:  5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

A Prayer for Persons Suffering from the Coronavirus
You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that roams in darkness, nor the plague that ravages at noon.  
Ps 91:5-6

Merciful God, hear our fervent prayer for all who suffer from the coronavirus.
May those who are infected receive the roper treatment 
and the comfort of your healing presence.
May their caregivers, families and neighbors be shielded from the onslaught of the virus.  Give solace to those who grieve the loss of loved ones.  Protect and guide those who strive to find a cure, that their work may conquer the disease and restore communities to wholeness and health.  Help us to rise above fear. We ask all this through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes, and in the name of your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.   

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