I have been to the parish office for 2 years trying to have someone let me in the church, during the week so I could take pictures of the altar. Having traveled 450 miles each time to get this accomplished, no one would answer the rectory door !Real class acts. I had called in advance from Ohio. A lot of good that did. My grandparents BOUGHT the main alter for the parish in the late 20's with their name on a plaque for proof of this. Now the damn place is closed. Pissed ? You have no clue. Now I'll never be able to document this.
This church is not a very Christian Church. They have parties and have really loud music. They park illegally, locking the fire hydrant and stop signs. They have no courtesy for people that live in the neighborhood. The current priest is extremely rude. I cannot even repeat what he said to us when we politely asked him to stop having loud music at 1 a.m. they give a bad name to the Catholic Church.
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!
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! :)