St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Serving in Momence, IL


Scenes from a...

Thanks to Dave & Amy Wheeler, Ruben & Carmen Andrade and a Whole Slew of Folks Who Made This Event a Benefical One for the St. Pat's Community!



Fr. Pete singing as Elvis!!! Watch him make a fool of himself to raise money for a good cause!!!


The Fender Benders in Action!!!



Honoring the 20th Anniversary CommemoratioN

of theWorld Trade Center Tragedy, the Border Town Parishes celebrated TWO CEMETERY MASSES

with Bagpipe Music and Honor Guard,

also honoring those who have fallen

in Afghanistan and in our Local Community


Watch the Honor Guard and Bagpipe Procession Above by Clicking on the Video!



Religious Education Returns to the Border Town Parishes!!!

Classes for Religious Education start on September 26, 2021! Feel free to register online or call the parish offices for more information at (815) 472-2864 or 427-8265.


CLICK HERE for St. Pat's Religious Education

and Parent Agreement Form (COMBINED)

CLICK HERE for St. Pat's Religious Education

and Parent Agreement Form (COMBINED


The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Returns to the Border Town!

Any parishioner aged fourteen or older who wishes to receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist is invited to join us for weekly classes, starting October 6th! Sacraments will be conferred at the Easter Vigil on April 16, 2022.



Click Here to Enter the RCIA Page for More Info




Congratulations and THANK YOU! to our Catechists who were Commisioned to Serve the Youth of Our Border Town Parishes on September 26, 2021!!!




Here are the highlights of the THREE Masses and activities that took place on St. Anne's Feast Day at the First National Shrine in the United States - St. Anne's Church in St. Anne, IL. Thanks to Bob Thompson for the pics and to Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV (Homilist at the 10:00 Mass), Fr. Don Wehnert, CSV, Fr. Moises Mesh, CSV and Fr. John Peeters, CSV (Homilist at the 2:00 Mass) for joining us at this celebration. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event such a spirit-filled on for the 500+ faithful who came to pray with us!!! CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE PICS!!!


CLICK HERE to enter the St. Anne Novena Page


Online Liturgy for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 17, 2021



Celebrated at the National Shrine of St. Anne - St. Anne, IL


Fr. Pete Jankowski has been celebrating all Masses on behalf of the parishioners of St. Patrick's Church (Momence) and St. Anne's Church (St. Anne) who are not able to church. Feel free to invite others to join our Masses if they are not able to join their own parish communities – we will never get large enough to worry about too many people that come and join us (and what a wonderful dilemma it would be if they did!). All we ask you to do is bring your own chairs to the Masses, bring your own masks and observe social distancing. For Social Distancing Guidelines, Please CLICK HERE (English Instructions) or CLICK HERE (Spanish Instructions).


Please continue to support our local parishes – we need your support to continue spreading God’s mercy during these difficult times.


To support the mission of St. Patrick's Church, please contact us at (815) 472-2864 or write us at 119 North Market Street - Momence, IL 60954.


To support the mission of St. Anne's Church, please contact us at (815) 427-8265 or write us at PO Box 470 - St. Anne, IL 60964.



Congratualtions to the Students of the Border Town (or, at least, those who could

weather the Snowstorms!) for Receiving Their First Confessions in February 2021!!!


Previous Online Masses, Blessings and Services...


October 17, 2021 (The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 24, 2021 (The 30th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 31, 2021 (The 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 26, 2021 (The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 3, 2021 (The 27th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 10, 2021 (The 28th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 5, 2021 (The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 12, 2021 (The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 19, 2021 (The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 15, 2021 (The

Solemnity of the Assumption)

August 22, 2021 (The 21st

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 29, 2021 (The 22nd

Sunday in Ordinary Time)


To View all Our Previous Masses

(Starting with the 3rd Sunday of Lent 2020),



St. Anne Novena

For the 141st time, St. Anne's Church hosts this special nine-day devotion in honor of the Mother of the BVM and the relic that has cured scores of faithful throught the world.


CONGRATULATIONS to our students receiving First Communion at St. Patrick's Church (May 2, 2021). Thanks to John Rehmer , as well as the catechists, for their really holy work during some very trying times!!!


For First Communion Pictures at St. Patrick's, CLICK HERE!



Congratulations to our Confirmandi and Newly Baptized who

Received Their Sacraments at St. Patrick's Church on Easter Weekend!!!

To View Photos, CLICK HERE!!!


At the "Our Lady of Lourdes" Grotto at St. Patrick's Church in Momence, a family of First Communion children gather to celebrate this sacrament OUTDOORS on June 21, 2020. Much thanks to DRE John Rehmer and the First Communion Catechists for helping our students receive this most sacred gift!



*NEW* CLICK HERE to Read the June 2021 Edition of the St. Patrick's Alumni Newsletter!!!

CLICK HERE to Read the March 2020 Edition

of the St. Patrick's Alumni Newsletter!



Much thanks to an anonymous donor who, in part, chose to donate their "Trump Money" to help purchase the 70" Divine Mercy image that now adorns the St. Patrick's sanctuary.


Another group of donors wishes to help Sacred Heart Church wil their "Trump Money" in serving the poor through special projects on the property. We are most grateful for the charitable spirit of our parishioners and benefactors. Please continue to help support our local parishes - with your help... and your PRAYERS... we will be able to get through our struggles together!






Say Hello to our Upgraded St. Patrick's Statue

Thanks to artist Marlo Steinle coming out of "retirement" to help our cause, Marlo took a paint-soaked statue of St. Patrick's (donated by Bishop McNamara School), stripped the paint, fixed it and repainted it for our outdoor grotto!


Over at St. Patrick's Rectory, the house has been cleaned, pergo floors have been laid, the house has now been painted and beautified for parishioner use!


Say Hello to St. Patrick's Rectory Upgrades! The house has been cleaned, pergo floors have been laid, the house has now been painted and beautified for parishioner use!


We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. These parishes east of Kankakee, IL served as "border town" churches in the mid-1800s, welcoming immigrants from throughlout the world. Our missions today is to do the same. St. Patrick's Church (the old border town from 1834) serves the Spanish and English-speaking communities of an old Dutch town. St. Anne's Church is the home of the National Shrine of St. Anne, brought to the states from France to Canada and then the US in the 1850s. Sacred Heart Church just celebrated its 80th anniversary; it is the poorest Church in the Joliet Diocese, the poorest city in Illinois and is the diocesan mission in great need of your help.


St. Patrick Parish was formed in 1859 with only thirty families, who then held Mass in their homes. From 1859-1890, it was a mission parish served by priests in neighboring St. George and St. Anne. It is said that the priests who tended the mission parish in those early days encountered many hardships since the means of travel were challenging. The Rev. E. LePoint first ministered to this little flock, choosing first one home, then another, for the locale of his services. As early as 1860, Fr. LePoint proposed to build a stone church but when Fr. P. Paradis began his supervision of the parish in 1862, he decided to erect a framed church instead and sold the excess stone that had been quarried from the rive, for the sum of twenty-two dollars.

The first chapel, thirty feet long and twenty-six wide, dedicated to Saint Patrick, started in September 1862, with the permission of the Most. Rev. Jason J. Dugan (then bishop of Chicago). Father Paradis was pastor of St. George at that time and had Momence as an out-mission.

It is interesting to find the following names among the first to help in erecting the first chapel – Savary, Hughes, Murphy, Bernier, Halpin, Paradis, Kirby, Fitzgerald, Malone, Campbell, Gelino, Sweeny and Tharien. The origin of the greater proportion of the first Catholic settlers of Kankakee explains the dedication of the parish to the glorious St. Patrick, apostle of Ireland.

Fr. Paradis was in charge from 1862-1872. From St. George, he was appointed to the pastorate of' St. Rose in Kankakee. In 1872, the Rev. Michael Letellier, pastor of St. Anne, took charge of the St. Patrick’s Mission. Through the courtesy of the C&EI railroad, he made his monthly trips on a handcar.

In fact, it is said that Rev. Joseph LeSage (1878-1886), used a hand car on the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad to get from St. George, where he was the pastor, to Momence.

Rev. P. Paradis had the first church built in 1862 by Catholic settlers who hauled logs and lumber from timber on the Kankakee River. The small timber structure measured 30 by 26 feet and was built where the present-day church stands today.

Rev. Joseph Lesage of St. George, next took care of the mission from 1878-1886, when the Rev. Z.S.P. Berard, pastor of St. Anne, was also given charge of Momence. The Rev. George Keraton was the first resident pastor of St. Patrick, coming in 1890.

By the 1880s, the parish outgrew the small chapel and Rev. Berard had a second larger frame church built. In 1886, the first rectory was built just south of the church.

In 1890, Rev. George Kerston was appointed the first resident pastor of St. Patrick’s, which then had 100 families in the parish.

The greatest development of the parish was witnessed under the incumbency of the Rev. A.L. Labrie (1896-1922) who, besides taking care of the spiritual needs of the flock, erected the St. Patrick's rectory as well (1896). He was instrumental in bringing the Sisters Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary (1906), who built the spacious and beautiful St. Patrick Academy. It was under Fr. Labrie, likewise, that the present commodious and artistic St. Patrick Church was built (1915), with the cornerstone being laid May 8.

The first Mass was held July 4, 1915. The cost of the church was $31,969, plus $7,633 for furnishings. The stained-glass windows, which are still present today, were donated by parishioners. Records show the windows were purchased in 1915 from John J. Kinsella & Co, in Chicago, makers of Art Glass. Original bills show the large transept window, “The Assumption” was $450; “St. John the Baptist” was $90 and “Our Lady of Lourdes,” $250. It is said that Rev. Labrie needed money for one last window and walked seven miles on a hot summer day to a parishioner’s house, in hopes of getting a donation.

In 1926, the grotto was erected in honor of the Virgin Mary, in the spirit of Our Lady of Lourdes. An altar was added for outdoor Masses in 2000.

Fr. Labrie was succeeded by the Rev. A.L. Girard (1923-1933) who through the generosity of M&M Harry B. Shaw put in the new marble altar, decorated the church and caused the landscaping to be done, which really makes, together with the Academy, a Catholic unit of which the citizens of Momence may be justly proud. Fr. Girard was appointed to St. John the Baptist, Chicago, in June 1933 and was replaced by the Rev. Telasfore U. Demarais, the present incumbent.

As years went on, there became a need for a church in Hopkins Park. Rev. Demarais, then pastor at St. Patrick’s and Sister Mary Adelaide Gagnon started a mission there in 1939. Men from St. Patrick’s donated time and material to help build Sacred Heart Mission, which is still operating today.

Former pastors Rev. AL Labrie, Rev. Telastore U. Demarais, Msgr. George Halpin, as well as Mr. Henry Halpin (the architect of our present church building) are all buried around the circle at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

In 1980, the interior of St. Patrick’s was completely renovated through parishioner donations and in 1985 the old rectory was razed and a new one built.

St. Patrick Academy


The cornerstone for St. Patrick Academy was laid in 1906, under the direction of Rev. La Brie, who invited the Sister Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary to serve as teachers and administrators. It opened Aug. 8, 1907, and the sisters hosted an “open house” inviting everyone from the parish and surrounding area. People brought gifts, including dishes, pots, pans, towels, etc.

The school began as a small parish school and boarding school for girls and boys in elementary school, and girls in high school. The first year, there was 75-80 day-school pupils and six boarders. In those first years, there was no money for hired help so the sisters would rise at 3:00 a.m. to do wash. They spent their summers housecleaning, scrubbing and painting.

In 1924, with growing enrollment, came a new addition which included a chapel, new classroom and dormitories. In 1931 a gymnasium was built.

The last year for grade school boarders was 1961 and the last year for the all-girls high school was 1965. The sisters taught until 1972. The following year, the academy was purchased from them. In 1986, the unused convent portion was demolished and a new front exterior wall, complete with decorative cross, was built the following year. The school chapel was renovated in 1987. Unfortunately, the academy closed in 2009.


Help support our parishes buy purchasing copies of Fr. Pete's Homiletic Books! You can purchase them at the parishes or online at!

Cycle A Homilies

Cycle B Homilies

Cycle C Homilies



CLICK HERE to watch Fr. Pete's Videos that Walk Through the Liturgy, produced for the University of Dayton


CLICK HERE to watch Fr. Pete's Twelve Part Series "Stories on the Journey," Broadcast on Shalom World TV!



Join us for a Two Minute Video Tour of both St. Patrick's Church and the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at St. Patrick's as part of the "Heritage Days" online tour of the city.


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Parish Photos

Events Calendar

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Support St. Patrick's Church by Giving Online!


For More Information about the December Daily Drawing or Fall Festival, CLICK HERE!!!

Parishioner Jean Gibson  invites you to experience what is called “Eucharistic Miracles of the World.” This website offers a great deal of information, with a “Virtual Tour” of various places around the globe that have encountered Christ in the most sacred of ways.To access this Website, CLICK HERE!!!


In a two-minute video, Three Masses are highlighted on May 23, 2021 at the Border Town Parishes ...  Weather permitting, Sunday OUTDOOR Masses take place at St. Anne's Church (St. Anne, IL)at 9:00 a.m.and at St. Patrick's Church (Momence, IL)  at 10:30 a.m. Please bring Your Own Chairs to the Mass! 




An Online Memorial Day Service at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Momence









Fr. Pete was ordained twenty-five years ago at the Cathedral of St. Raymond. Please continue to pray for his ministry to the folks of the border town parishes.



Fr. Pete celebrated TWO Masses on December 12, 2020 - one outdoor Mass at the Camino & Esperanza Retreat House & Grotto in St. Anne, IL and the other at St. Patrick's Church in Momence. Thanks to everyone who made these wonderful events possible!




from the Border Town Parishes For the Benefit of the Manteno Veterans' Home. If you would like to support their cause, please CLICK HERE!




On September 6, twenty-two students from St. Patrick's Church received the sacrament of Confirmation at two special Masses iwith Fr. Pete Jankowski. Congratulations to our students and their families!!!

CLICK HERE to view the pictures from the 10:30 a.m. Mass

CLICK HERE to view the pictures from the 12:00 noon Mass


Take a Nostalgic Tour of the Old St. Patrick Academy

CLICK HERE to read the story about St. Patrick's Academy and its Subsequent Closure

CLICK HERE to view pictures from the Academy Days!


A Greeting from Our St. Patrick's Staff to our Parishioners...


Fr. Pete found a way to help a grieving family who loved a lost one celebrate their funeral service on April 22. Thanks to the folks at Camino y Esperanza for helping Fr. Pete in this cause!


Easter Family Resources for Prayer (Courtesy of the Diocese of Joliet)

Resources in English

Resources in Spanish


Either Fr. Pete's dog Gabby is preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil on April 12th (which not only isn't going to happen anymore but wasn't going to happen to a dog anyway) or Fr. Pete does a lousy job giving his dog a bath! Poor Gabby...



St. Patrick's Church 

119 North Market Street

Momence, IL  60954

(815) 472-2864


Daily Mass: Mon - Fri 9:15 a.m.

Adoration Th 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sat Confessions at 5:00 p.m.

Saturday Mass: 5:30 p.m.
Sun Mass in English: 10:30 a.m.
Sun Mass in Spanish: 12:00 p.m.


Office Hours: Mon, Wed & Thu

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Parish Staff


Fr. Pete Jankowski, Administrator

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Fr. Dan Hessling, Pastor Emeritus

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Ema Elvir, Secretary

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Kathy Griffiths, Business Manager


John Rehmer, Dir. of Religious Ed.

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