St. Anne's Catholic Church / Ntnl Shrine of St. Anne

Serving in St. Anne, IL

Advent & Christmas Activities at the Border Town Parishes! Click Here to View Everything We Have to Offer in 2021!!!


Click Here to View St. Patrick's Schedule for 2021!

Click Here to View St. Anne's Schedule for 2021!


Click Here to Learn More about Our Fontanini Nativity Raffle!





Honoring the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the World Trade Center Tragedy, the Border Town Parishes celebrated TWO CEMETERY MASSES with Bagpipe Music and Honor Guard,

also honoring fallen soldiers in Afghanistan and in our Local Community


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


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




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.



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 Second Sunday of Advent - December 5, 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.


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


CONGRATULATIONS to our students receiving First Communion at St. Anne's Church (May 9, 2021) and Thanks to Kim Emerson, as well as the catechists, for their really holy work during some very trying times!!!


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



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...


November 28, 2021

(The First Sunday of Advent)

December 5, 2021

(The Second Sunday of Advent)

December 12, 2021

(The Third Sunday of Advent)

November 7, 2021 (The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 14, 2021 (The 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 21, 2021 (The 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time - THE SOLEM. OF CHRIST THE KING)

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),



Here is a GIF from the St. Anne Golf Outing from June 12, 2021. Below is the golf prayer I offered to start off the festivities, courtesy of the Passionist Community (as an aside, whomever hired the caterer with the cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalepenos SHOULD GET A RAISE!!!)...


Lord of the Fairways,

You’ve blessed us with the beauty of nature, the abilities of mind and body, plus the insights of modern technology. These blessings join together today in our 2021 Golf Outing, in memory of Fr. James Fanale.


Be with us, that we may enjoy

each moment of today’s outing:



our vision be keen as an eagle’s,

our drives straight as aces,

our irons sure as the birdies’ flight,

our putts true and on the mark,

and the fellowship above par!

May we call upon your Holy Name only

in praise, and leave cursing the Devil

to those more qualified…

And, if it be your Will, a good score

would make today heavenly! Amen!


St. Anne's Catholic Church was founded by Father Charles Chiniquy, who travelled to Illinois in 1852 and helped found the parish for which the city was named. He was accompanied by most of his French-Canadian parishioners from nearby Bourbonnais, IL. The current structure was built in 1872 to replace Father Chiniquy's original log church. The stone structure is of Gothic design and topped with a bell tower. The church survived a fire in 1893.

The church contains a national shrine to St. Anne, established in 1888 to provide parishioners with a counterpart of the shrine at Beaupré, Canada. The shrine is now known throughout the Middle West and several miraculous cures have been reported. St. Anne's Day, July 26th, brings hundreds of visitors to venerate the relic of la bonne Sainte Anne.

Learn more about St. Anne's Church and the Miraculous Power of the Relics by CLICKING HERE!


Parish Council Minutes

October 17, 2019

August 22, 2019

September 24, 2020


Take a video tour of the parish by clicking onto our YouTube Video of the Church! St. Anne's Church is located at 230 North Sixth Street in St. Anne, IL.



St. Nicholas visits the St. Anne's community in December!

To learn more about St. Nicholas, CLICK HERE!


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!


Religious Education





Religious Education

Our Faith


Parish Photos

Events Calendar

Maps & Directions


Support St. Anne's Church

by Giving Online!!!



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! 




CLICK HERE to go to the St. Anne Novena Page









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!


Funeral Mass for Rev. James Fanale, CVS - Celebrated at St. Anne's Church (St. Anne, IL) on October 21, 2020

CLICK HERE to Read Obituary

"Viatorian Community Loses a Beloved Priest and Scholar" - CLICK HERE to Read this Reflection by Viatorian Provincial Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV

Weather Permitting, We Will Celebrate ALL Masses at St. Patrick's and St. Anne's, Outdoors (otherwise, Masses will take place indoors). 

Please bring Your Own Chairs to the Mass and Observe Social Distancing. For Social Distancing Guidelines, Please CLICK HERE (English) and CLICK HERE (Spanish)


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


Join our Kankakee Border Town Parishes in an Online May Crowning Service!




Greetings from Our St. Anne'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 (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. Anne's Church 

230 North Sixth Avenue

St. Anne, IL  60964

(815) 427-8265


Wednesday Mass 5:00 p.m.

First Friday Mass 5:00 p.m.

Sunday Confessions 8:30 a.m.

Sunday Mass: 9:00 a.m.


Office Hours: Monday-Tuesday

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

Email Rectory


Parish Staff


Fr. Pete Jankowski, Administrator

Email Fr. Pete Jankowski

Ema Elvir, Secretary

Email Ema Elvir

Kathy Griffiths, Business Manager


Kim Emerson, Dir. of Religious Ed.

Email Kim Emerson

Check out St. Anne's Religious Ed on Facebook by CLICKING HERE!

Jim Sparenberg, Maintenance

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