St. George Church founded in 1848 is a Roman Catholic Parish and a member of the Joliet Diocese. The Clerics of St. Viator have served the parish since 1898. When founded St. George served the local farming community, it now serves 300 families from the various communities of Bourbonnais, Bradley, Kankakee, Manteno, Momence, Grant Park, and St. Anne to name a few. This diversity melds both old parishioners who have roots from the beginnings of the parish in 1848 to those who have recently joined the St. George Parish Family.
St. George is a very active community. Activities range from the celebration of the Liturgy to social and educational activities. All parishioners are encouraged to be involved in the Eucharist celebrations to serve as ushers, lectors, altar servers, and choir members. Religious education is provided for children from K – 8th grade with sacrament preparation at the appropriate grade levels. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is held each year. In the last two years the classes have averaged five to six adults for religious preparation.
Additional Ministries are the Peace and Justice Committee, Pastoral Care and Homebound Ministry, Family Ministry, Pastoral Care and Homebound Ministry provides one-on-one interaction with those parishioners unable to attend services but who would still like to receive the sacraments and to hear the news of events at St. George. The Peace and Justice Committee coordinates fundraising efforts to provide money to needy areas throughout the world. Monthly food drives are also held to replenish the local food pantries. The Family Ministry sponsors activities for families that are made up of every age group from adults to young children. Family Ministry has sponsored Vacation Bible School, a Casino trip, Family Movie Night, Christmas trip to Navy Pier, the Memorial Day Reception and a prayer blanket making get-together.
Just some of the social groups at St. George are the Holy Name Society, Family Ministry and the Garden Club. All men of the parish are welcome to be involved in Holy Name Society activities. These range from the annual December Stag Fish Fry, the Golf Outing in June to coordinating the July Summerfest as fundraising projects for the parish. Family Ministry hosts the Annual Soup Supper on Ash Wednesday, Halloween Event, Bon Fires, Shadow Stations and so much more! The Garden Club is responsible for the landscaping improvements that are seen throughout the parish grounds. St. George Catholic Church encourages its parishioners to be involved in whatever way he/she wants, to be involved. I look forward to meeting you at our next event.
May God Bless You!
Rev. Daniel R. Belanger, C.S.V.