St. Patrick Parish began as a mission church of St. John the Baptist Parish in Somonauk. The church was erected and dedicated in Bristol in 1885 and eventually came under the supervision of St. Mary Parish in Plano. In 1948, Bishop Martin McNamara of the Diocese of Joliet invited the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception to take over St. Patrick Mission and St. Mary Church in Plano. Land was obtained in the 1980s to accommodate the future growth of St. Patrick Mission.
A large parish center was built and dedicated in 1988 on the property at 406 Walnut Street in Yorkville. The last mass celebrated at the mission church in Bristol was Palm Sunday, 2000, after which the doors were locked and the Eucharist was carried in a procession to the parish center in Yorkville.
Construction began on a new worship space adjoining the parish center in July of 2000. On February 15, 2002, Rev. Bishop Joseph Imesch celebrated the dedication of the new building and designated the 117-year-old Mission as an official parish. The founding pastor was Rev. Jerome Zalonis, MIC who served until June of 2007 when the Rev. Dan Cambra, MIC, was appointed pastor. Rev. Matthew Lamoureux, MIC, was named pastor of St. Patrick Parish in 2009.
Father Matt is assisted by Fr. Michael Callea M.I.C., Deacon Don Cyr and Deacon Dale Metcalfe.
St. Patrick Parish is an active parish following the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The parish sponsors numerous ministries designed to share the joyful message of the Gospel with the people of Kendall County.
As a Fox Valley community, Yorkville, is located approximately 45 miles southwest of Chicago. St. Patrick Parish is situated in a high-growth area.
The Religious Education program at St. Patrick is thriving and active. All catechists are certified by the Joliet Diocese.
The worship experience at St. Patrick is in union with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Our Mass and the Message Series offers the opportunity for the parish to reflect on a theme within the weekly mass readings from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels. The Mass is highlighted by a growing music program that includes Praise and Worship music featured at the 5 p.m. masses on Sunday nights. St. Patrick offers choir opportunities for adults, teens, and children.
The Member Engagement Survey was administered to all parishioners in May of 2015. The survey measured our levels of spiritual commitment and engagement toward the mission of the parish.
The survey is just one of the tools we have used to help us discern the needs of the parish and help us direct our focus for implementation of new programs, review of what we are doing well and revealing where we need to put more focus.
Here are some of the focus points uncovered:
These are only a few of the results from the survey. To view the survey questions, review the results and read more about the Member Engagement Survey, click on the document links at the right.
Art and Environment: Pat Engelhardt, 553-0544
Catholic Construction Corps: Larry Jennings, 553-0544
Cub Scouts: Scott Kendall, 319-331-0287
Donut Sunday: Rita Jump, 554-8337
Helping Hands: Ton Kager, 553-6476
Kendall County Food Pantry: Ann Failla, 553-0458
Light of the World Retreat: Cheri Hill, 552-7774
Liturgy of the Word for Children: Jennifer Edwards, 553-3390
"OK" Club (for those 55 and older): Barb Donnellan, 553-8836
Prayer Shawl Apostolate: Louise Cernekee, 553-4022
Pro-Life Apostolate: Becky Olson, email@example.com
Rosary Guild: Kathy Hellwig, 556-3727
Vocation Chalice: Adele Keller, 882-8944