Every parish has financial obligations, including the basic operation of the buildings, salaries, maintenance, and improvements.  In addition, there are schools to support, programs to run, charities to be funded, and operational expenses like hosts and wine for Mass, music books, vestments, and so on.  In some cases, cemeteries and other buildings need attention.  Finally, there is the diocesan assessment that each parish pays to help run the diocese and the support services provided to each parish.

      Most parishes manage to get by with the collection, a few fund raisers and bequests.  But contrary to popular opinion, cash flow is also a problem, and many parishes operate in the red.  The Finance Committee is responsible for assisting the pastor in fiscal management.  Good stewardship is the basis for successful programs.

    • Parish Registration
      Why should you register?…To become part of the St. Mary/St. Patrick Church family.  If a parishioner is not registered, it is difficult for us to issue testimonial letters, recommendations, references, etc.  If we are to testify to your ability as a sponsor for Baptism, Confirmation, or witness at a Catholic Marriage, you need to be registered.  Parish registration is necessary before arranging a Baptism, Wedding or enrollment in the Religious Education program.   All new families are welcome at St. Mary/St. Patrick Church and should be registered in the parish.  Registration should begin as soon as possible.  If you are new to the parish and wish to become a registered member, please call the parish office. To register call the Parish Office 815-248-2490.
    • Mission Statement
      We, the Catholic Faith Community of St. Mary/St. Patrick, called by Baptism to be a visible sign of Christ's love, commit ourselves to witness to Jesus Christ's Gospel call to spread the word of God through the celebration of the sacraments, through the practice of Christ's law of love and through personal growth and relationship with Jesus Christ.
    • Important Announcements
      School Supplies Drive
      St. Anne’s CCW will be sponsoring a drive for school supplies beginning July 26th through August 10th.  DEADLINE FOR THIS COLLECTION IS SUNDAY, AUGUST 10TH.  Donations may be placed in the baskets at the entrance of either church or on the porch at the Parish Center.  If you have any questions please contact Bob & Susie Wendel at (815) 248-8016.  Your support of this project is sincerely appreciated

      Summer Coffees Resuming at St Patrick
      Held immediately following the 10AM Mass, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Coffees in July will be held on the 13th and 27th.

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      PLEASE UPDATE YOUR PHONE NUMBERS by calling the Parish Office at (815) 248-2490 or placing a note in the collection basket, ‘Attention Judy’ with changes. It is difficult to reach families for RE items, ministry schedules & parish activities.

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