Who We Are
For over 130 years, we have been a strong Christian presence through worship and service on Joliet’s Southeast side.
We celebrate our Black spirituality and culture within a racially diverse parish community, although we welcome all visitors and new members from other faith traditions.
We advocate for the poor and marginalized within our Joliet area neighborhoods.
Our African American Catholicism
Can African Americans even be Catholic?
Of course! Take a look:
- There are 3 million African American Catholics in the US.
- We are one of nearly 800 African American Churches in the US.
- At present, there are 15 living African American Bishops. Six US Diocese are headed by African American bishops, including one Archdiocese.
- There are 250 African American priests, 437 deacons, and 75 men of African American decent study for the Priesthood in the US.
- There are 400 African American religious sisters and 50 religious brothers.
We Welcome You!
In being such a welcoming community, we feature visitors and our very own parishioners each week. The more we know, the more we care!
Deacon Bias’ 21st Anniversary
On Saturday evening, September 22, Deacon Ralph Bias’ twenty-first anniversary as a deacon was celebrated in the Sacred Heart parish hall. The hall was filled with Sacred Heart families including…
“It’s been about seven years since I haven’t been here. I came back when my granddaughter got christened, baptized.” (That’s little Kali, our newest Sacred Heart member, sleeping peacefully in…
Visitors from St. Anne’s and Seminarians
As the Sacred Heart family has learned, Fr. Ryan grew up in Oswego and was a member of St. Anne’s parish. This Sunday, Sacred Heart welcomed visitors from St. Anne…