My fiancé and I moved to Chicago in December and started looking for a catholic church that we would like to get married in. Every Sunday we went to a different church around the downtown area until we finally found what we were looking for...a beautiful church, with a community feel, and amazing priests/sermons. St.Joseph's is definitely a hidden gem!! The following sums up St. Joseph's church: Beautiful! - The outside of this church is very deceiving because of it's modern look. Once you walk through the front doors you will be in awe. Inside a huge beautiful cathedral. It's absolutely gorgeous. Great Priest --- Fr. Larry is amazing! He is very personable, remembers everyone by name, and most importantly delivers great sermons. We take something away from every mass we attend. Amazing Music --- The music is awesome. It's not traditional, boring church music. It's very modern, with a great rhythm and beat. Community Feel --- Fr. Larry is a big reason this church has a sense of community. Once he found out we were new to the area and church, he immediately introduce us to other parishioners and gave us a warm welcome. There are coffee and donuts after the 11 am mass in the gathering area, which allows you to get to know other parishioners. Historic ---- St. Joseph's happens to be one of the oldest churches in Chicago. In the 70's, the front of the church collapsed and was reconstructed with a more modern look, which makes it very deceiving when you drive past it. Once inside, you'll see a beautiful cathedral with such great detail. Free Parking & Easily Accessible ---- Do I have to say more? This is not something that's easy to find in Chicago. St.Joseph's has it own school and parking lot across the street that is free for parishioners on Sundays. Flexible Mass Times --- St.Joseph's also has a sister church called Immaculate Conception a couple blocks away. It is much smaller and is attached to its school. Between the two churches you have a lot of different mass times to pick and choose from. We absolutely love it here, and you will too! We can't wait to get married at St.Joseph's next Spring. If your new to Chicago and looking for a great Catholic church, trust me....this is the one! :)
As a person who's 100% Czech, I look forward to my annual visit to this sanctuary. First visiting as a child with my mom, aunt and cousin, I quickly learned it was a kind of peaceful oasis, a step back in time, a place to practice respect and reverence under old-growth trees (there are also the fond memories of having to fetch water, running past the hooded statues!). As a member of both Czech genealogical societies, I made a recent visit to glean information on my family and to photograph some headstones. One of the office personnel, Beverly, was an absolute doll in that respect. She showed me more grave information than I'd learned previously, and encouraged me to visit the impressive Eastland Memorial, after marking a map of the grounds to help me find certain family markers. She was wonderfully kind. I've decided to purchase a "brick" there as I have had two relatives perish in that tragedy. I can't wait to go back. Bohemian National Cemetery is a Chicagoland garnet gem.
St. Joseph is a beautiful Catholic church, and the diverse community has a welcoming spirit. If you are looking of a "spiritual home" this is the place!