Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Photos of Saint Joseph Church, in Chenoa, Illinois

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Joseph Church in Chenoa, Illinois, of the Diocese of Peoria. The church is 111 highway miles southwest of the Chicago Loop

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - exterior

The parish was founded in 1859, and is named after Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus and patron of the Universal Church.

Chenoa, in McLean County, was laid out by Matthew T. Scott in 1854 at the intersection of two railroads. This region used to be tallgrass prairie, is very flat, and is noted for having some of the most fertile soils in the world. Underground are vast seams of coal. McLean County is the largest in Illinois at 1186 square miles.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - nave

My visit to this church was suggested by JB Powers of the Society of St. Barbara.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - altar

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - Mary Immaculate and Saint Patrick

Mary and Saint Patrick.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - Divine Mercy

The Divine Mercy in front of the altar.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - Saint Joseph and Saint Anthony of Padua

Saint Joseph and Saint Anthony of Padua.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - tabernacle

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - ambry

Sacred chrism.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - communion rail

The communion rail.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - Altar of Mary

Altar of Mary; to the right is a statue of Saint Anne and the child Mary.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - station of the cross

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - stained glass window Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - stained glass window Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - stained glass window



Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, in Chenoa, Illinois, USA - pipe organ

225 West Owsley Street
Chenoa, Illinois 61726

3 comments:

  1. These are great photos! I've passed by Chenoa about 50 times over the last 5 years and driven by the exterior of this church several times without ever going in.

    If I might recommend a church to visit -- the chapel at DeSmet High. As a DeSmet grad, I went to many masses in the chapel. It has a great window above the altar of the Christ breaking bread on the road to Emmaus and a beautiful hand carved cherry wood statue of Mary with the crown of thorns in her lap. They used to (and I assume they still do) have mass every morning at 7:30a.m. in the chapel and its open to the public (the chapel is not connected to the school building). It is a wonderful chapel for a high school campus.

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  2. This web site about St. Joseph's Parish in Chenoa, Illinois is extremely well done.

    This is the church where I was Baptized, received my first Holy Communion and Confirmed. It is where my son John and daughter Laura were Baptized. It is from here that Holy Mass for the funerals of my parents and siblings were offered for their souls.

    The church is a beautiful and you can feel the presence of God when you enter. I am joyful also at seeing the icon of Jesus as "Divine Mercy" being present, especially when this Sunday (which is also my beautiful wife's 29th birthday -she says) is the great Feast of Divine Mercy.

    It is a small church, but it is a very holy oasis and remains an extremely dear place in my heart. The pastor is Father Carl Loprest. He is a wonderful shepherd.

    Tom Kelleher Spokane, WA

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