Cathedral of Saint Raymond Nonnatus

Mother Church of the Diocese of Joliet



Stations of the Cross
          Fridays of Lent         7:00pm
             Good Friday              6:00pm

Rules for Fasting and Abstinence

  • Everyone 14 years of age or over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
  • All from the age of 18 years up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • On these two days of fast and abstinence, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed.  When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.
  • To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is seriously sinful.
  • Lent is the principal season of penance in the Church year.  All of the faithful are strongly urged to develop and follow a program of voluntary self-denial (in addition to following the Lenten regulations), serious prayer, and a performance of works of charity and mercy.

Rediscover Jesus

What are you doing for Lent this year? It is a question each of us consider as we approach Lent. Lent isn’t just about giving something up; it’s about transformation. It’s about doing something bold to become a-better-version-of-ourselves. This Lent, join me and your fellow parishioners for Best Lent Ever®, a free email program from Dynamic Catholic that is based on Matthew Kelly’s new bestseller Rediscover Jesus—that’s the same book you all received as you left Christmas Mass this past year! Each day we will get an inspirational email with a short video featuring Matthew Kelly and a member of the Dynamic Catholic Team. Throughout Lent, they will guide us through each of the 40 chapters in Rediscover Jesus and share simple ways to bring Jesus into our everyday life. Let’s do something life-changing this Lent. Let’s take a 40-day spiritual journey to encounter Jesus—and ourselves—in a deeply personal way. The program is free! All you have to do is sign up at

Saturday, February 27, 2016. Arrive no later than 10:00am 
Sunday, February 28, 2016 depart at 7:00pm.
Join us for an incredible weekend with FOLLOW Youth Ministry for our annual FOLLOW Retreat. On FOLLOW 14, you will not only discover God but others and yourself. It is a weekend filled with Faith, Fun, Food and Fellowship.
Cost is $60 due 2/9.
Click here for the FOLLOW 14 Flyer and Code of Conduct-Medical Release Form

Mass Intentions for 2016

Mass intentions are due during the month of January and February for any Mass requests in 2016.  We ask that you try to limit the number of intentions per year as a way to allow as many parishioners as possible to schedule Masses. Requests will be granted as close to the requested date as possible. If it is not possible to comply with the primary request, the next closest date and time will be scheduled. If we move a request to a different date and or time, we will contact you. The suggested donation remains $ 10.00 per Mass. PLEASE include the following with your donation: Name, Phone, Address, Email, Requested Mass Dates, Intention for and Requested by.

Cathedral Senior Club First meeting of 2016! Guests are always welcome!

Due to unpredictable winter weather we will have a new location for our February meeting.
Join us Wednesday, February 17, 2016 @ 12:00 Noon
Cemeno's Pizza, 1630 Essington Road, Joliet

Cost:  $ 13.00 Members and $ 15.00 for Non-Members
Menu:  Choose one of the following when ordering. Coffee, Tea, Soda, & Tip included.
          A.  Italian Marinated Chicken Breast with green beans, soup, and bread.
          B.  Lasagna with soup or salad and bread.
50 /50 Raffle + Special Gift Card giveaway with an Italian flavor.
3 gift cards - Mariano's for $25 each. ♦ 3 gift cards - Cemeno's for $ 25 each.
Please place your reservation into the Sunday Collection or mail to the Parish Office.
Deadline: Sunday, February 14, 2016
Respond to Carol Embling 815.725.8556 ♦ Questions:  Call Rosemary Lux 815.727.9492


Prepare for Mass this weekend — see what we're singing, and join us!
Online versions of Cathedral orders of worship and concert programs are available in our new Worship and Music Archive
Click here for this week's Sunday Order of Worship.


Scout Day of Reflection Retreat 

Saturday, February 20, 2016
9am-1pm - This year there will be TWO separate sessions, one for Older scouts (grade 6+) and one for Younger scouts (grades 1-5). The event is for ALL Scouts (male or female) in 1st grade or older.  For further information, registration, & permission forms please visit:

Praying with Art
Silent Retreat for Men

Retreat Master, Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ
February 19-21, 2016

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, 420 W. County Line Rd, Barrington, IL 60010
To attend please call Bellarmine Hall at 847-381-1261. For questions, please call Jim Missig at 815-744-2829.

2016 Catholic Ministries Annual Appeal.  Please Participate! Your Gift Makes a Difference!  A gift to the CMAA will touch the lives of many in our diocese in a positive way. Together, the gifts of many enable our diocese to deliver needed education, ministry and services to those who need it most. Our parish goal is $ 86,284.00 and with your financial support, we can exceed this goal. When we exceed our goal in paid pledges, we will receive 65% of the amount over goal for use in our parish. To give you a more personal understanding of the work your gift will help us accomplish, please click on the video above called “Giving Thanks” that captures how your support helps the work of our diocese.

Our NEW Online Giving is an easy, safe and convenient way to make offertory contributions to Saint Raymond Parish.  With our new Online Giving website, your donations can be made automatically from your checking, savings, or credit card account(s) into the parish bank account.  This new program offers significant improvements and greater flexibility over our previous ACH/Credit Card program. You can chose your donation dates, types and frequencies, as well as enter multiple payment methods.  Click the logo to the left to access our Online Giving frequently asked questions and learn more about the benefits for you and the benefits for St. Raymond.


Opening of the Holy Door to Begin the Holy Year of Mercy was celebrated Saturday, December 12 at the 5:00pm Mass.  Prior to the beginning of Mass, Bishop Conlon opened the Cathedral's Holy Door, our local way of joining with Pope Francis as he opened the Holy Door in Rome.  Let us enter into this Holy Year in joyful celebration of God's extravagant love and mercy.  To learn more about the Jubilee of Mercy and the Opening of the Holy Door, visit the Jubilee of Mercy website HERE.


Pope Francis has proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, starting on the First Sunday of Advent November 30, 2014 and ending on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life.

Religious life ought to promote growth in the church by way of attraction. The church must be attractive. Wake up the world! Be witnesses of a different way of doing things, of acting, of living! . . . It is this witness that I expect of you. Religious should be men and women who are able to wake the world up.                                            — Pope Francis, meeting with the Union of Superiors General, November 29, 2013



Sunday Masses


7:30am | 9:00am | 11:00am

Weekday Masses

6:30am | 8:00am


Holy Days of Obligation

Vigil 7:00pm
Holy Day 6:00pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation
4:00pm to 4:45pm

Eucharistic Adoration
Second Tuesday of the Month
(unless otherwise noted)
3:00pm to 7:00pm

Saint Peregrine Devotion
Third Monday of the Month


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