A Franciscan Parish

I'm New

St. John the Baptist Welcomes You!

We are so glad you found us! St. John the Baptist Parish is a lively bi-cultural Catholic parish founded in 1852 in the heart of Joliet, Illinois. Together, people of all ages pray, learn and grow as we work together to make the inner-city Joliet community a better place by serving the poor and standing up for the rights of immigrants. The parish is staffed by the Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province, whose postulants live and study at St. John's.

We invite you and your family to learn more and to become a part of our community as we live the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the modern world in the Franciscan tradition. All are welcome!

When you visit

Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go? We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

When are services?

Monday - Friday | 8:30am - 9:00am

Sunday English Mass | 8:00am
Sunday Spanish Mass | 2:00pm, 6:00pm

When is confession available?

Confession is available beginning at 3pm on Saturdays.

What should I wear?

How we dress conveys respect and honor. When you dress appropriately for Mass, it tells God that He is worth the effort and He deserves our best. As long as your heart is here for Jesus, your clothing should be what makes you feel your best for God. If a suit and tie feels respectful to you, please do so. If you are more present and less self-conscious in casual dress attire, then do so. We want you to come for your spiritual growth, not your attire.

How do I get to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church?

Our Parish is located at 401 N. Hickory Street, Joliet, IL 60435-7118. Here is a map.

Where do my children go?

We love families and children. Please come as a family and enjoy Mass together in church. There are also areas for families with young children to utilize if during Mass, your child needs a break. We also offer Children's Liturgy during certain times of the year. 

I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?

It can feel uneasy when you are unsure when to kneel, sit, and stand during Mass. In reality, these actions have great symbolism and are designed purposefully. Once Mass is well-understood, these actions make much more sense and visitors can easily join in.  

I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in communion?

Although we would love to extend an invitation to all to join in the Eucharistic Communion, however, unfortunately our Catholic beliefs regarding the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist are quite different than other denominations. We continue to pray that one day we will all be able to join in at one Eucharistic Table. 

Am I expected to put money in the offering?

In order to provide a beautiful space to worship, we need continued support from our parishioners for our building upkeep and for our ministry both in the church and in our local community.