St. Joseph

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103 Richard Pryor Pl., Peoria, IL

(Mailing Address: 504 Fulton St., Peoria, IL 61602)

Mass Times:

Monday 7:30 A.M. (Confessions 7 a.m.)

Friday 7:30 A.M. (Confessions 7 a.m.)

Saturday 4:00 P.M. (Confessions 2:45 p.m.)

Sunday 7:30 A.M. in SPANISH

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A MUST SEE HISTORICAL LANDMARK 

RETURN TO THE 18TH & 19TH CENTURY 

FIRST MASS IN PEORIA 1721 

INITIAL CHURCH WAS ST. JOSEPH STARTED IN 1852. 

1ST CHURCH WAS 50 FEET X 32 FEET X 16 FEET HIGH. 

IN 1856 A STEEPLE WAS ADDED 

THE CHURCH WAS UNDER THE CHICAGO DIOCESE UNTIL 1877 WHEN THE PEORIA DIOCESE WAS OFFICIALLY FORMED. 

APRIL 20, 1879 THE "NEW" ST. JOSEPH CHURCH WAS BUILT AT A COST OF $26,000 , AND WAS 100 FEET X 62 FEET WIDE WITH A TOWER WHICH ROSE TO 186 1/2 FEET. 

ST.JOSEPH WAS BUILT IN THE GOTHIC REVIVAL STYLE. 

IN 1929 THE ORIGINAL BRICK WAS COVERED WITH IMITATION STONE CALLED SHAMROCK. 

THE WOOD ALTARS WERE CARVED BY A GERMAN MASTER. 

THE FRESCO PAINTING WAS DONE BY ARTIST, FRANK DIRKSON. 

IN 1890, THE MARIAN BELL SYSTEM, OPERATED BY PULLING ROPES BY HAND WAS INSTALLED.  

THERE ARE 3 BELLS, THE LARGEST WEIGHS SIX TONS AND IS THE LARGEST IN PEORIA. 

IN 1896, A NEW LANCASHIRE-MARSHALL ORGAN WAS INSTALLED.  IT WAS POWERED BY A WATER MOTOR PUMP. THE ORGAN COST $4,000. 

IN 1960 THE ORGAN, IN NEED OF REPAIRS, STOPPED PLAYING.  

IN 1980 IT WAS REPAIRED AND IS NOW WORKING.  

IN 1975 ST.PATRICK CHURCH WAS MERGED WITH ST. JOSEPH, AND RENAMED AFTER ST. MARTIN DE PORRES, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN SAINT WHO HELPED THE SICK, HUNGRY AND NEEDY OF PERU WHICH MATCHED THE GERMAN AND IRISH SPIRIT OF THE ORIGINAL CHURCH. 

IN 1998 DESIGNER LIGHTING INSTALLED ON STEEPLE "FOR THE GLORY OF GOD". 

IN APRIL, 2005 A FIRE ALMOST DESTROYED THE CHURCH 

IN NOVEMBER, 2005 THE CHURCH COMPLETELY RESTORED WAS OPENED AGAIN UNDER THE CARE OF THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST PROVINCE WHO ALSO CARE FOR SACRED HEART CHURCH

WALK INTO THE PAST. YOU'LL SENSE AND HEAR THE BUILDERS OF THIS LANDMARK.:IF YOU LISTEN REAL CLOSE.