Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Parish


Thank you for visiting our website, we hope you will find it helpful. Whether you are a regular parishioner or a visitor we want you to know how welcome you are.  If you are visiting us from another part of the country, or from another parish in the Joliet diocese, or from another part of the world we want you to know that the priests and people of St. Francis of Assisi welcome you to our parish.  Please feel free to contact us for more information.


Yours in Christ
Fr. Herb Essig, Pastor


Religious Education


Come Experience

Our Franciscan Transitus Devotion


The Transitus is a Franciscan devotion to ritually remember the passing of St. Francis from this life to God.  St. Francis died just after sunset on October 3rd and so, this ritual takes place each year to solemnly recall and honor our Holy Father Francis’ entrance into joy.  It is the living memory of the Little Poor Man (Il Poverello) of  Assisi.  By uniting in this prayer, our commitment to follow Christ is strengthened in the way of our Patron Saint.

We invite you to come together to commemorate this night:

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: St. Francis of Assisi Church


Pet Blessing

Processions of animals, everything from dogs and cats to hamsters and even horses, are led to churches for a special ceremony called the Blessing of Pets.  This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi and his great love for all creatures.  It also serves to remind us of our solidarity with all of nature and our responsibility to be faithful stewards.

 In honor of the Feast of St. Francis, you are invited to bring your pet to the outside statue of St. Francis on Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00pm.









1:00 PM





Joy of the Gospel











Monday: 7:30 P.M. Mass
Tuesday thru Saturday: 7:30 A.M. Mass
Saturday 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 8:15,10:00 & 11:45 A.M.
American Sign Language
interpreted Mass is offered at the
8:15 Mass every weekend.
Holy Day
Please call the Parish Office
for Mass times.

Sarament of Reconciliation
Saturday, 4:00 - 4:45 P.M., after weekday Mass, or by appointment.



Upcoming Events


Parish Council Minutes


Evangelli Gaudium