Living Our Faith, Building Our Future


 Mass Schedule
Weekend Masses:
Saturday: 5:00pm Vigil
Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am,
and 5:00pm
Daily Mass:
Monday-Friday: 7:00am
Saturday: 8:00am

Reconciliation & Adoration:
Saturday: 8:30-9:30am

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 Parish Contacts
Ackles Center (Offices)
Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:30pm

711 E. Colfax Ave.
South Bend, IN 46617
Rev. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C.

Parochial Vicar
Rev. Daniel Ponisciak, C.S.C.

Saint Joseph Grade School
216 N. Hill St.
South Bend, IN 46617
School Website
Saint Joseph Preschool
711 E. Colfax Ave.
South Bend, IN 46617
Preschool Website

Website Administrator
Sean Kennedy

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Happening now at Saint Joseph...
Ash Wednesday - February 10

Please join us for Ash Wednesday Mass at Saint Joseph Church:

7:00am, 12:15pm, 5:30pm

Parish Mission - February 20 & 21

A Parish Mission is an experience designed to touch the heart, centered upon how much the loving Lord desires to encounter and save each one of us. Its goal is to bring renewal and enthusiasm, to invigorate our parish community. The Parish Mission is a preaching event. God’s Word is proclaimed through the Bible and Catholic doctrine so that the faith, commitment, and attachment to the Body of Christ present in our faith community might further flourish. The mission is very much a “bring the whole family” event.

This Lent, Saint Joseph parishioners are invited to experience this renewal of faith during our Parish Mission. Acts of Mercy, with special guest Frank Runyeon, dramatically presents classic stories of our faith, highlighting the theme of God’s mercy with featured selections from the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John. Learn more...

Parish Fish Fry - February 26

Join for a fabulous meal of fish, mac & cheese, salad, bread, and homemade desserts at the annual Parish Fish Fry in Fanelli Hall at the school on February 26, from 5-7pm. Tickets are pre-sale only ($5 each / $25 max per family) and can be purchased after Masses February 13/14 and 20/21, or at the parish office through February 19. School families may also order tickets online to be billed through Facts. Many volunteers are also needed! Add your name to the Google Doc to signup, or contact Becca Walton at

24 Hours for the Lord - March 4-5

On March 4-5, Saint Joseph Parish will host 24 Hours for the Lord. This event serves as an intentional way to enter into prayer, adoration, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Pope Francis has asked all dioceses around the world to participate in this prayer experience, and we are privileged here at Saint Joseph to be a part of it. 

24 Hours for the Lord Schedule:

Friday, March 4
12:00-2:15pm - SJGS Adoration
2:15-3:30pm - SJGS Parent/Family Adoration
3:30pm-midnight - Adoration (online signup)
4:00-6:00pm - Confession
7:00pm - Stations of the Cross
8:00-11:00pm - Confession

Saturday, March 5
Midnight-11:00am - Adoration (online signup), concluding with Benediction
9:00-11:00am - Confession
11:30am - Mass

Preschool & Grade School Registration

Preschool registration for the 2016-17 school year is now open for current school families and parishioners registered as of September 1, 2015. General registration opens February 15. Please visit the Saint Joseph Preschool website for more details. 

Saint Joseph Grade School is now accepting registrations for all grades. Visit the SJGS website for more info.

Now Hiring: SJGS Principal

Saint Joseph Parish is seeking a principal for our award-winning parish school, to begin in summer 2016. Inspired by the charisms of the Congregation of Holy Cross, our teachers, staff, and parents are devoted to the importance of working and collaborating as a family in our mission to form future leaders and saints, striving to bring forth children of Jesus Christ by means of Christian education. With great zeal, we work to challenge our students to excel and to live lives that make God known, loved, and served. Please see the position announcement for details and application information.

Jubilee Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as an opportunity for us to celebrate the gift of God’s mercy. Mercy is not only a forgiveness of sins, but a reaching out to all human needs, material and spiritual. We can be merciful like the Father by easing our neighbor’s misfortunes or suffering in either body or soul with compassion through the works of mercy.

The corporal works of mercy consist in feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. The spiritual works of mercy include admonishing the sinner, instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving injuries, and praying for the living and the dead. These works are taken from the gospels, particularly Matthew 25.

At Saint Joseph, we will be highlighting these works throughout the year by taking one or two as a monthly theme and offering suggestions for living them out. The theme for the month of February is "shelter the homeless."

Servant of God Dorothy Day, calling us to radical hospitality, wrote, “If we hadn’t got Christ’s own words for it, it would seem raving lunacy to believe that if I offer a bed and food and hospitality…to some man, woman or child, I am replaying the part of Lazarus or Martha or Mary and that my guest is Christ. There is nothing to show it, perhaps. There are no haloes already glowing round their heads–at least none that human eyes can see.” Yet she, in the tradition of the Church from its first days, took seriously the words of Jesus in Matthew 25: “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” There are more than 600,000 people who are homeless in the United States, and more will experience at least a few days without real shelter each year. Globally, we are in the midst of a refugee crisis. We are called to be merciful, to act on behalf of those who do not have a place to say, to respond to their needs with hospitality.

Consider one of the following suggestions as a way to live out this corporal work of mercy:

• Support the youth mission trip to build homes by praying for our teens and their leaders, making a donation to defray the costs of the trip (attn: Katie Ball-Boruff at the parish office), or volunteering to serve as an adult leader.
• Support local refugee families by donating diapers, wipes, gender neutral onesies and blankets and clothes, paper towels, toilet paper, plastic wrap, foil, Ziploc bags, and toiletries to. Contact Katie Ball-Boruff if you would like to donate other household items to help set up a new home for this family.
• Support refugees worldwide by learning more, praying, donating, fundraising, advocating, or using social media. Catholic Relief Services has more information about specific ways to do each of these activities.
• Give of your time or resources to the Center for the Homeless, Hope Ministries, or St. Margaret’s House.
• Participate in the St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk on Sunday, February 21 at 2:30pm.
• Volunteer to serve as a host for Weather Amnesty at one of the following shelters:
o Catholic Worker Community/Our Lady of the Road: 574-235-0623
o South Bend Center for the Homeless: 574-282-8700
o Life Treatment Center: 574-233-5433
o Project Warm/Hope Ministries: 574-235-4150
• Knit or sew a warm blanket to give as a gift to the homeless or to donate to a homeless shelter.
• Give sacrificially throughout Lent to the Operation Rice Bowl to support the homeless throughout the world through the efforts of Catholic Relief Services.

Help "Bridge the Gap" - Pledge Now!

Download a Pledge Form  |  Read the FAQ

Goal: $900,000  |  Current total: $827,835 (as of January 13)
It is not too late to help us reach our goal! Drop your pledge forms at Mass or at the parish or school office!

Construction is underway but we are still shooting for our goal to secure $900,000 in pledges in order to complete the final phase of our campaign projects -- a school addition with classrooms and a gymnasium, and improved green space -- that will serve our parish in numerous ways for generations to come!

The generations of Saint Joe faithful that have come before us have left us a great legacy. I feel that we have been blessed in many ways, and I give thanks to God. I pray that each of you, too, will see God’s glory in the work before us, be inspired by the underlying mission we seek to strengthen, and find within yourselves a desire to give in gratitude.

Thank you to those who have already stepped up with great enthusiasm towards this initiative! I continue to be humbled by the generosity within our Saint Joseph community. Know that I welcome any questions you might have as you prayerfully consider your support. For your convenience, you may download a pledge form here. Also see frequently asked questions about this appeal.

May God bless our parish named in honor of his faithful servant Saint Joseph, and may God bless each of you!

Fr. Kevin Russeau, C.S.C.



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