St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Serving in Momence, IL

Because of the Pandemic, Fr. Pete is offering the following video resources for your consideration as his "Christmas Present" to the folks at the Border Towns. May you have a safe and blessed Advent & Christmas Season!




Advent Reflection - The Three Callings


The reflection is entitled, “The Three Callings,” based on the manner in which the Christian mothers of our communities reflect the example of our Blessed Mother and her response to the Archangel Gabriel in Luke 1. Thanks to everyone who modeled the life of faith that inspired Fr. Pete in his own ministry.

Daily Advent Reflections

Preparing Our Hearts Miracles Abound A New Light Shines
A World Full of Promise   Abundancia de Milagros

Fr. Pete's Christmas Song entitled, "A Child's Christmas Fanfare."

Inspired by Christmas Nativity plays of

fered throughout the world in Catholic parishes and schools, Sr. Joan O'Reilly and the students of St. James Catholic School in Savannah, GA were kind enough to provide their 2016 Nativity Play as part of this project.


Fr. Pete's Christmas Reflection entitled, "Family."

Fr. Pete took pictures from the various places he ministered, as well as "classic" photos from the parishes he serves, to produce this video about the importance of supporting our family, our community and certainly God. Thanks to everyone who modeled the life of faith that inspired Fr. Pete in his own ministry.



Fr. Pete's Children's Christmas Video, "The Polar Bear Parade."

Fr. Pete chose to write this song as part of his Youth Ministry work at the parishes he served early in his priesthood. Featuring the parishioners of St. Patrick's and St. Anne's Churches in the Kankakee Border Towns!


Fr. Pete's Children's Christmas Video, "The Christmas Train."

In an effort to bring a little Christmas Cheer to the folks at the border town parishes, Fr. Pete Jankowski took some of his hand-written Christmas music (even priests need a hobby - even if they are lousy at doing it!) and found a Christmas train video to which he attached the music, based on his childhood memories.



If any adult over the age of fourteen wishes to receive the sacraments at the Easter Vigil (April 3, 2021), please contact the parish office at  (815) 472-2864 or (815) 427-8265. Fr. Pete Jankowski will be holding all RCIA Sessions online this year via Zoom. Sessions will be held on Wednesday nights from 6 – 7:30 p.m.










Liturgy for the First Sunday of Advent November 29, 2020

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) awho 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.


Previous Online Masses, Blessings and Services...


November 29, 2020 (The First Sunday of Advent)


November 8, 2020 (The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 15, 2020 (The 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 22, 2020 (The Solemnity of Christ the King)

October 18, 2020 (The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 25, 2020 (The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 1, 2020

(All Saints Day)

September 27, 2020 (The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 4, 2020 (The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 11, 2020 (The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 6, 2020 (The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 13, 2020 (The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 20, 2020 (The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 16, 2020 (The 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time) August 23, 2020 (The 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 30, 2020 (The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 26, 2020 (The 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 2, 2020 (The 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 9, 2020 (The 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 5, 2020 (The 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 12, 2020 (The 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 19, 2020 (The 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

June 14, 2020 (Corpus Christi)

Corpus Christi in Spanish

June 21, 2020 (The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

June 28th, 2020 (The 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

May 24, 2020 (Ascension)

Celebrated at St. Partrick's Church 

Ascension Mass in Spanish

Memorial Day Service

May 31, 2020 (Pentecost)

Celebrated at St. Anne's Church

Pentecost Mass in Spanish  

June 7, 2020 (Trinity Sunday)

Celebrated at Sacred Heart Mission, Hopkins Park

Trinity Sunday in Spanish

May 3, 2020 (4 Easter)

Celebrated at Sacred Heart Mission, Hopkins Park

4 Easter Mass in Spanish

May 10, 2020 (5 Easter)

Celebrated at St. Patrick' Church in Momence, IL

5 Easter Mass in Spanish

May 17, 2020 (6 Easter)

Celebrated at St. Anne's Church

6 Easter Mass in Spanish

May Crowning Service

April 26, 2020 (3 Easter)

3 Easter Mass in Spanish

April 19, 2020 (2 Easter)

2 Easter Mass in Spanish

April 12, 2020 (Easter Sunday)

Easter Mass in Spanish

Blessing of Easter Baskets

April 11, 2020 (Good Friday)

Gospel of John Chant

Online Stations of the Cross

April 10, 2020 (Holy Thursday)

Holy Thursday Mass in Spanish

April 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday)

Palm Sunday Mass in Spanish Gospel of Matthew Chant

March 29, 2020 (5 Lent)

March 22, 2020 (4 Lent)

March 15, 2020 (3 Lent)


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!


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. In fact, it is said that Rev. Joseph LeSage, who took served from 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. Paradis was succeeded by Rev, M Letellier, pastor of St. Anne, who served for the next six years, followed by Rev. Lesage and then Rev. Z Berard.

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.

In 1914, Rev. A. L. Labrie had the present day church built, 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 1886, the first rectory was built just south of the church. 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.

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.

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.


Other Resources for Your Consideration...


Augustine Institute:Free subscriptions of FORMED for 40 days

Bayard: Living with Christ

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd(for parents)

Catholic Faith Network

Dominican Friars on Sunday Readings

Liturgical Press: Give Us This Day

Loyola Press

Faith Formation and Grammar and Writing Games



Oregon Catholic Press

Resources for Parishes

Resources for Home


Eucharistic Adoration with the Daughters of St Paul

Mary Walks Beside You: Strength for Living in Fragile Times

The Word Among Us


Pope Francis’ Prayer with Mary for COVID-19

Archbishop Gomez Prayer for COVID-19

Spiritual Communion. . .

COVID-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

Light a Candle Online (from the National Shrine of St. John Neumann). . .

Pauline Media Eucharistic Adoration . . .

Mary Walks Beside You: Strength for Living in Fragile Times. . . from Pauline Media



Support St. Patrick's Church by Giving Online!



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


Weather Permitting, We Will Celebrate ALL Masses at St. Patrick's and St. Anne's, Outdoors (otherwise, Masses will take place indoors). bring Your Own Chairs to the Mass and Observe Social Distancing. For Social Distancing Guidelines, Please CLICK HERE (English) and CLICK HERE (Spanish)


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!


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



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




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!


Video Announcement for Kankakee Bordertown Parishes - April 19, 2020

WE DON'T DENY THE SACRAMENTS! A Video Message from Fr. Pete Jankowski - March 2020

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 N. Market St.

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 Masses: 7:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Sun Mass in Spanish: 12:00 p.m.


Office Hours: Mon, Wed & Thu

8:00 - 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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Mary Tolmer, Office Manager

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John Rehmer, Dir. of Religious Ed.

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Jack Noonan, Maintenance

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