St. Joseph's Church
 
 
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Welcome to St. Joseph’s, the oldest Catholic church in Peoria

Join us in continuing the mission of The Venerable Fulton Sheen on Peoria’s South Side.

103 Richard Pryor Place
Peoria, Illinois
(309) 673-6317
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Mass Times:

Monday 7:30 A.M. (Confessions 7 A.M )
First Friday 7:00 P.M. in Spanish
Saturday 4:00 P.M. (Confessions 2:45 P.M.)
Sunday 7:30 A.M. in Spanish

 
 
 

Get in touch

 

103 Richard Pryor Place
Peoria, Illinois
(309) 673-6317

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A rich history

Since 1878, the church body that is now St. Joseph's has been a landmark of beauty and service proclaiming the glory of God throughout Central Illinois. 

Born in El Paso, Illinois, the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen began his priestly service at St. Patrick's in Peoria. When St. Patrick's was closed, it was absorbed into St. Joseph's, a church where Sheen celebrated Mass.

 
 

Click any of the images below for a closer look at the uniquely beautiful details of our church.

 

 

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Pray where he prayed

When the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen is declared among the blessed in Heaven, the world will celebrate and travel from far and wide to visit his tomb and the places where he served God's people. 

As we await the beatification of Fulton Sheen, St. Joseph's holds the high honor of continuing his evangelical mission on the south side of Peoria. All are welcome to come pray where he prayed and celebrate the continuing mission inside this majestic church.

 
 
 

 

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Sophia's Kitchen: Serve As Sheen Served

In the shadow of St. Joseph's Church sits Sophia's Kitchen, the largest soup kitchen in the Diocese. Under the direction of the Heart of Peoria Catholic Community, Sophia's Kitchen gives to those in need, offering daily support for their health and endless spiritual guidance for their everlasting souls. Inspired by the spirit of St. Francis and under the pastoral leadership of Sacred Heart / St. Joseph’s Parish, this mission is an outward expression of our Catholic beliefs.

Volunteers make hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches daily. The rest of the menu varies day by day as God provides. Local grocery stores and restaurants donate liberally to help provide filling and nutritious food. Sophia's Kitchen is staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers, who give generously of their time so that no one goes hungry. 

Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 8AM-3PM.

Mailing address:

Sophia’s Kitchen
c/o Sacred Heart Church
504 Fulton Street
Peoria, IL 61602

309-655-1578

 
 

 

 
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A beautiful history to honor & preserve

Having survived a fire, an earthquake and multiple lightning strikes, this steadfast 140+ year old church perseveres as a symbol of God's love...yet it is in dire need of structural repairs. We are working daily to raise funds to save the beauty of the church and preserve its beautiful, rich history.

Make our mission your mission. Get in touch at (309) 673-6317 or support our renovation and repair efforts here.


Click any of the images below for a closer look at the uniquely beautiful details of our church.


St. Joseph’s Church is the oldest expression of Christ's commitment to the south side of Peoria.

We continue the work of Fulton Sheen, who celebrated Mass at St. Joesph and carried out his mission here to serve the people of Peoria and beyond.

As a secondary pilgrimage site, we are committed to continue to serve the heart of Peoria, a mission Sheen loved and served in his own time. Following his footsteps, we seek to proclaim Jesus Christ on the South Side of the city by assisting the people of Peoria most in need by feeding them both physically and spiritually.

Having survived a fire, an earthquake and multiple lightning strikes, this steadfast 140+ year old church perseveres as a symbol of God's love...yet it is in dire need of structural repairs.



St. Joseph’s is in essential need of:

  1. A new roof. Our 140+ year old roof is original, rapidly deteriorating, and decades past its lifespan.

  2. Exterior structural and façade repairs. The louvers desperately require repair to prevent structural damage. Additionally, the shamrock, front doors, and north doors are at risk of disintegrating. The beautiful stained glass windows are also original and are starting to wave from heat; they need to be vented and saved.

  3. Restoration of the high altar to its original, the way Fulton Sheen would have celebrated on it.

  4. Other serious issues in need of repair include electrical and alarm problems, damage to interior walls, the clock on our bell tower, and more.

Estimated $1.2 million - $1.5 million in total repairs to restore our church to its original beauty


Please help us save the beauty of this church, preserve its history and that of Fulton Sheen’s, and make the necessary structural repairs to keep it standing in beauty and light. Make our mission your mission. Get in touch at (309) 673-6317 or support our renovation and repair efforts here.

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