Welcome Sundays

Join Us for Welcome Sundays!

Greetings and Welcome to St. Joseph Parish!

Welcome Sundays is a great way to visit our church, ask questions, learn more about our parish, or learn about the Catholic faith! While we are always welcoming at St. Joseph Parish each and every Sunday, our monthly “Welcome Sunday” is our “open house” and it’s something special! It’s a great way to meet other families in the parish as well and to learn about parish activities.

Once a month, after each Sunday Mass, from September through June, we encourage you to join us for coffee, juice and donuts on the dates shown below. These dates are generally the second Sunday of the month.

Fr. Bob, Pastor, greets new parishioners

Each month a different church organization sponsors the event and provides information about their activities. It’s a great way to meet other families, friends or your neighbors in the parish!

If you are a newly registered parishioner or if you are interested in joining our parish or if you have been away from the church and are thinking of returning, join us. We encourage socializing of family and friends and all newcomers are encouraged to attend!

Our Welcoming Committee is also on-hand to introduce newcomers to parishioners or to answer any questions you may have about our parish. A table is set up with church information available as well. 

…. Fr. Bob Tonelli

Located in the church’s Community Room, coffee and donuts are served immediately after each of the Sunday masses. Each month a different church organization sponsors the event and provides information about their activities.





Fr Gosbert greets parishioner Mary Joan Fitzgerald who lives at Mather Place of Wilmette.  Ms. Fitzgerald provides church bulletins for those at Mather that are unable to attend Sunday Mass.  An accomplished pianist, in addition, she plays sacred music on the piano for the residence.  






  • Not familiar with St. Joseph Church? On Welcome Sundays, Greeters are “on-hand” to help direct you or to answer questions.

  • Mary Pearce, Chairperson of The Welcome Committee greets new parishioners at their Welcome Table on Welcome Sundays where parish information is available.

2013 Welcome Sundays

Date Sponsoring Organization
 January 13, 2013  The Evangelization Committee
 February 10, 2013  The Sisters of Christian Charity
 March 17, 2013  The Women’s Club – “ The St. Joseph’s Table”
 April 14, 2013  The Parish Pastoral Council
 May 12, 2013 The Men’s Club
 June – August  Summer Break!
 September 8, 2013  Music and Choir Ministry
 October 13, 2013  Cub Scouts
 November 10, 2013  Youth Ministry
 December 8, 2013  The Women’s Club Bake Sale


The above sponsoring organizations are on-hand to answer questions about their organization’s role in the parish or the programs they sponsor at the parish. Members also serve as Greeters for parish Masses.

We encourage everyone who visits us to sign-up for our monthly on-line newsletter, “The Bells of St. Joseph”. The newsletter provides a variety of information about church and school activities as well as inspirational material. E-mail addresses provided are not released to any outside organizations and are used for newsletter releases only.

A message from Our Welcome Committee …

We hope that you will find our parish to be a warm and friendly community. After you register, someone from the Welcoming committee will contact you to extend our greetings and see if we can assist you as you get to know the parish. The committee also hosts “Welcome” parties, fun events for getting to know fellow parishioners.

These events are held on special Sunday evenings where pizza is served or during Welcome Sundays at selected times during the year.

Interested in attending? Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

Mary Pearce

Each year the Sisters of Christian Charity sponsor one of the Welcome Sundays’ events.

The Sisters set up an information table showing their various activities and works that their Order does throughout the year.




In December, the Women’s Club hosts a bake sale to raise money. Proceeds benefit area charitable organizations.








Welcome Sundays is also a great way to provide an opportunity for those who have been away from the church to begin a process of journeying back.

On Welcome Sundays during Mass, we pray for those who have been away from the church to return. We pray to the Patron Saint of our parish, St. Joseph.

Personal invitation to someone who has been away from the church is the most effective way for those to return. We encourage parishioners to do personal invitations to family members or friends to return to the church.

The following is a part of “Welcome Sunday Mass”:

  • Special effort is made for Greeters and Ushers to be present at all Masses to aid those who have been away by answering any questions or assisting as needed.
  • From the pulpit, the St. Joseph Prayer is said by the congregation (lead by the lector) at the end of Mass.
  • For the weekend masses, The “Vase” is moved from the St. Joseph altar to the main altar and placed in the vicinity of the pulpit.
  • On Welcome Sundays from time to time special homilies are said designed to be uplifting, provide encouragement, personal testimony, church service, etc.
  • Once Mass is concluded, staff is available to meet further at Coffee and Donuts in the Community Room.