St. Anne's Catholic Church / Ntnl Shrine of St. Anne

Serving in St. Anne, IL


Online Liturgy for the Solemnity of Christ the King - November 26, 2023

Celebrated at St. Anne's Church - St. Anne, IL


Fr. Pete Jankowski has been celebrating all Masses on behalf of the parishioners of St. Patrick's Church (Momence) and St. Anne's Church (St. Anne) who are not able to church. Feel free to invite others to join our Masses if they are not able to join their own parish communities – we will never get large enough to worry about too many people that come and join us (and what a wonderful dilemma it would be if they did!). 


Please continue to support our local parishes – we need your support to continue spreading God’s mercy during these difficult times.


To support the mission of St. Patrick's Church, please contact us at (815) 472-2864 or write us at 119 North Market Street - Momence, IL 60954.


To support the mission of St. Anne's Church, please contact us at (815) 427-8265 or write us at 230 N. 6th Av. - St. Anne, IL 60964.



BONUS MASS for Thanksgiving Day November 23, 2023

Celebrated at St. Anne's Chapel - St. Anne, IL


Fr. Pete's Homilies - Marian Pilgrimage Sites in Europe


From September 6-15, Pilgrims from the Border Town Parishes Visited Marian Shrines in Medjugorje, Fatima and Lourdes. Below are the four homilies that Fr. Pete preached at thes holy sites. Included with the homilies are video highlights of the holy sites the pilgrims visited.


Homily Preached about Tour in Medjugorje (Preached at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Barcelona, Spain)

Homily Preached about Fatima

at the Steyler Hotel Chapel in Fatima, Portugal

FIRST Homily Preached at the Crypt Chapel - Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral - Lourdes, France

SECOND Homily Preached at the Crypt Chapel - Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral, France



The Masses for the

2023 St. Anne Novena




On this Feast Day of St. Anne for 2023, we focus on Nonagenarian Ruth Sparenberg, one of the brightest lights in the sea of stars. Ruth's quiet and loving demeanor serves as a model for anyone wishing to live a Christian vocation. Much thanks to all ten grandmothers who were the focus of these homilies - Fr. Pete has benefitted from their respective examples of faith and we pray that you do as well!!!


Click Here to Access the

2023 St. Anne Novena Page!!!


On this FIRST day of the Novena, today's Mass focuses on Fr. Pete Jankowski's grandmother, Maria Carmela Cosenza (1911-2010), an immigrant from Cosenza, Italy who shared her love of family and faith with a "domestic Church" that started their life anew in the New World. "Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon her..."

Today's Mass focuses on Edwina Vincent, grandmother and secretary at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Sandwich, IL. Along with her maintenance husband Bill, Edwina has served that "peripheral community" (as Pope Francis might call it) for most of her life and the life of her family. Like other pillars like her in local parish communities, Edwina serves as the "doorway" through which parishioners encounter the first face of God at a Catholic parish. God bless Bill and Edwina and all those who dedicate their lives to their families, communities, Churches and certainly God.

The focus of this day's homily is on grandmother Ellen Fischer, who faithfully served the parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle Church while raising her children in Joliet. Ellen was such a positive influence at St. Paul's and, with staff Lillian Cepon, Ray Kaufmann and Bill Parker, served as models of compassion during the heyday of this parish's history.

The focus of this day's homily is on grandmother Sue Cordano, who, with husband Don Cordano (1934-2015), was part of Fr. Pete's daily breakfast crowd during the first twenty years of his priesthood. Dauter Marisue Grabavoy reflects on the manner in which mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Sue took care of husband Don throughout their marriage (and end of life cancer treatments) in a type of "love letter" that she writes about the matriarch of her family.

AToday's Mass focuses on Cathy Weinberg, whose sacrifices made during her forty year marriage to husband Jim and their three daughters served as a model of faith that Fr. Pete remembers some fifteen years ago. Fr. Pete had the honor of celebrating the wedding Mass for two of her three daughters and spent many nights in the Weinberg home sharing stories of faith with Jim and Cathy.

Today's Mass focuses on Evangelina Hernandez, who symbolized the "heart" of her family and the heart of the St. Patrick's Community in Joliet. She and her husband Rafael helped start the Hispanic Ministry at St. Patrick's Church in Joliet, building a community from its initial phases to one of the largest communities in the city based on two words that help build parish Churches - "Bienvenidos" and "Hospitalized" - "Welcome" and "Hospitality,"

The inspiration for this ten-part reflection series on grandmothers of the faith came from Facebook reflections by Tom Jagodzinski about his own mother Genevieve, who passed away in 2017. Fr. Pete reflected on Tom's memories and his own about this grandmother; Gen reminded Fr. Pete about so many other grandmothers who have modeled this life of grace, prompting these series of homilies about this under appreciated women of faith who followed the example of the grandmother NOT mentioned in the bible, Good St. Anne (the grandmother of Jesus).

On this EIGHTH day of the Novena, Joanne Hermann represents a whole slew of wonderful mothers and grandmothers who have supported a "periphery" Church of the Joliet Diocese which might not be appreciate in the larger diocesan framework but is "home" for Joanne and generations of her family, as the Church has been for so many others. Much thanks to all those parents who, similarly to Joanne and husband John, for their dedication and love for their local parish community.

There are many ways to sacrifice for the cause of the faith. On this NINTH and LAST Day of the Novena, we focus on St. James the first apostle who died as a martyr for Christ. There are other types of martyrs in this world. Today's homily focuses on St. Anne Parishioner Linda "Cookie" Schroeder who, after fifty plus years of marriage raising the children and grandchildren, now faces the task of caring for a husband who suffers from incurable illnesses. Cookie's example of faith and dedication to her husband serves as a model by which each of us should live our Christian life in the name of God.

This is the homily that Fr. Pete offered at the Traditional Latin Mass on St. Anne's Feast Day inside the church building - July 26, 2021

This is the Homily that Fr. Pete offered at the Outdoor Novena Mass in Honor of St. Anne (in ENGLISH) on July 26, 2020.

This is the Homily that Fr. Pete offered at the Outdoor Novena Mass in Honor of St. Anne (in SPANISH) on July 26, 2020.



Border Town Mass & Appreciation Dinner - February 11, 2023



The St. Anne and St. Patrick Community honor those who have served our parishes at our Annual Mass & Appreciation Dinner on February 11. Food was provided for over two hundred fifty souls - pans of JR Chicken and side dishes as well as pasta, pizza and three types of Mexican dishes, rice and potatoes as well. Outside of a pan of beans... all the food was gone by the end of the night!!! Thanks to everyone who made this event such an important one for our parish communities.


2022 St. Anne Novena

For the 142nd time in the parish's history, hundreds of faithful came to pray at St. Anne's Pavilion and Shrine to venerate a relic that has healed so many good souls in the parish's history. Click below to view all the pics!!!


For Pictures of the 2022 Novena, CLICK HERE!



Confirmation Liturgy

St. Anne's Church

April 30, 2022


On April 30th (with special permission), students from St. Anne's Church celebrated their confirmation liturgy after a two year process. Especially during this trying times of COVID, we thank Kim Emerson, Dana Miramontes and all those who were involved in the formation of these young adults.





First Communion Liturgy


On April 23, 2023, the students from St. Anne's Churches celebrated their respective First Communion Liturgy. Kim Emerson, Ashley Childress, as well as so many others (including the parents, the primary educators of these children!) were invested in this two-year process of formation for the sake of saving souls. Much thanks to everyone who made a difference providing the Lord's grace to this wonderful, young souls!!!


St. Anne Novena

For the 141st time, St. Anne's Church hosts this special nine-day devotion in honor of the Mother of the BVM and the relic that has cured scores of faithful throught the world.



Here are the highlights of the THREE Masses and activities that took place on St. Anne's Feast Day at the First National Shrine in the United States - St. Anne's Church in St. Anne, IL. Thanks to Bob Thompson for the pics and to Fr. Jason Nesbit, CSV (Homilist at the 10:00 Mass), Fr. Don Wehnert, CSV, Fr. Moises Mesh, CSV and Fr. John Peeters, CSV (Homilist at the 2:00 Mass) for joining us at this celebration. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event such a spirit-filled on for the 500+ faithful who came to pray with us!!! CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL THE PICS!!!


Congratualtions to the Students of the Border Town (or, at least, those who could weather the Snowstorms!) for Receiving Their First Confessions in February 2021!!!



Previous Online Masses,

Blessings and Services...


December 8, 2023

(The Immaculate Conception)

December 10, 2023 (The Second Sunday of Advent)

December 17, 2023 (The

Third Sunday of Advent)

November 23, 2023 (Thanksgiving Day Mass)

November 26, 2023 (The Solemnity of Christ the King)

December 3, 2023 (The First Sunday of Advent)

November 5, 2023 (The 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 12, 2023 (The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 19, 2023 (The 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 22, 2023 (The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 29, 2023 (The 30th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 1, 2023

(All Saints & All Souls Day)

October 1, 2023 (The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 8, 2023 (The 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

October 15, 2023 (The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 10, 2023 (The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 17, 2023 (The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 24, 2023 (The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 20, 2023 (The 20th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 27, 2023 (The 21st

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

September 3, 2023 (The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 6, 2023 (The Transfiguration of the Lord)

August 13, 2023 (The 19th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

August 15, 2023 (The

Assumption of the BVM)

July 16, 2023 (The 15th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 23, 2023 (The 16th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 2, 2023 (The 17th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

June 25, 2023 (The 12th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 2, 2023 (The 13th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

July 9, 2023 (The 14th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

June 4, 2023

(Trinity Sunday)

June 11, 2023

(Corpus Christi)

June 18, 2023 (The 11th

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

May 14, 2023

(The Sixth Sunday of Easter)

May 21, 2023

(The Ascension of the Lord)

May 28, 2023

(Pentecost Sunday)

April 23, 2023

(The Third Sunday of Easter)

April 30, 2023

(The Fourth Sunday of Easter)

May 7, 2023

(The Fifth Sunday of Easter)

April 7, 2023

(Good Friday)

April 9, 2023

(Easter Sunday)

April 16, 2023

(The Second Sunday of Easter)

March 26, 2023

(The Fifth Sunday of Lent)

April 2, 2023

(Palm Sunday)

April 6, 2023

(Holy Thursday)

March 5, 2023

(The Second Sunday of Lent)

March 12, 2023

(The Third Sunday of Lent)

March 19, 2023

(The Fourth Sunday of Lent)

February 19, 2023 (The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 22, 2023

(Ash Wednesday)

February 26, 2023

(The First Sunday of Lent)

January 29, 2023 (The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 5, 2023 (The Fifth

Sunday in Ordinary Time)

February 12, 2023 (The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time)

January 8, 2023

(The Epiphany of the Lord)

January 15, 2023 (The Second Sunday in Ordinary Time)

January 22, 2023 (The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time)

December 25, 2022

(The Nativity of the Lord)

December 30, 2023

(The Feast of the Holy Family)

January 1, 2023 (Solemnity

of Mary, Mother of God)

December 11, 2022

(The Third Sunday of Advent)

December 12, 2022 (Highlights from the Bilingual Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrations)

December 18, 2022

(The Fourth Sunday of Advent)

December 4, 2022

(The Second Sunday of Advent)

December 4, 2022

(Spanish Mass with Bishop Hicks)

December 8, 2022

(The Immaculate Conception)

November 13, 2022 (The 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

November 20, 2022 (Solemnity

of Christ the King - 34 OT)

November 27, 2022

(The First Sunday of Advent)


To View all Our Previous Masses

(Starting with the 3rd Sunday of Lent 2020),



Here is a GIF from the St. Anne Golf Outing from June 12, 2021. Below is the golf prayer I offered to start off the festivities, courtesy of the Passionist Community (as an aside, whomever hired the caterer with the cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped jalepenos SHOULD GET A RAISE!!!)...


Lord of the Fairways,

You’ve blessed us with the beauty of nature, the abilities of mind and body, plus the insights of modern technology. These blessings join together today in our 2021 Golf Outing, in memory of Fr. James Fanale.


Be with us, that we may enjoy

each moment of today’s outing:



our vision be keen as an eagle’s,

our drives straight as aces,

our irons sure as the birdies’ flight,

our putts true and on the mark,

and the fellowship above par!

May we call upon your Holy Name only

in praise, and leave cursing the Devil

to those more qualified…

And, if it be your Will, a good score

would make today heavenly! Amen!


St. Anne's Catholic Church was founded by Father Charles Chiniquy, who travelled to Illinois in 1852 and helped found the parish for which the city was named. He was accompanied by most of his French-Canadian parishioners from nearby Bourbonnais, IL. The current structure was built in 1872 to replace Father Chiniquy's original log church. The stone structure is of Gothic design and topped with a bell tower. The church survived a fire in 1893.

The church contains a national shrine to St. Anne, established in 1888 to provide parishioners with a counterpart of the shrine at Beaupré, Canada. The shrine is now known throughout the Middle West and several miraculous cures have been reported. St. Anne's Day, July 26th, brings hundreds of visitors to venerate the relic of la bonne Sainte Anne.

Learn more about St. Anne's Church and the Miraculous Power of the Relics by CLICKING HERE!

Click Here to Read "The Saga of St. Anne" and the History of the City!!!


St. Anne's Church 

Photo Directories

Thanks to Ruth Sparenberg & Anne Andrade for assembling, scanning and editing the following Photo Directories from the Church History of St. Anne's Church!

1960s St. Anne's Church Photo Directory

1970s St. Anne's Church Photo Directory

1989 St. Anne's Church Photo Directory

1998/2004 St. Anne's Photo Directory

2023 St. Anne's Church Photo Directory - NEW


Take a video tour of the parish by clicking onto our YouTube Video of the Church! St. Anne's Church is located at 230 North Sixth Street in St. Anne, IL.



St. Nicholas visits the St. Anne's community in December! To learn more about St. Nicholas, CLICK HERE!


Help support our parishes buy purchasing copies of Fr. Pete's Homiletic Books! You can purchase them at the parishes or online at!

Cycle A Homilies

Cycle B Homilies

Cycle C Homilies




CLICK HERE to watch Fr. Pete's Videos that Walk Through the Liturgy, produced for the University of Dayton


CLICK HERE to watch Fr. Pete's Twelve Part Series "Stories on the Journey," Broadcast on Shalom World TV!





Acquiring a Papal Blessing



The Vatican provides a wonderful opportunity to receive an Apostolic Blessing for Birthdays, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, Religious Professions, Ordinations and Anniversaries of these sacraments. For weddings and such, Fr. Pete offers a special blessing on the first Sunday weekend of each month and is willing to purchase an Apostolic Blessing for anyone who asks (and if he can afford it... since he pays out of pocket!!!


If you are interested in receiving an Apostolic Blessing, you can do so by clicking the link to the left or by calling the parish offices.



Religious Education

Our Faith


Parish Photos

Events Calendar

Maps & Directions


Support St. Anne's Church by Giving Online!!!



2023 Memorial Day Highlights at the Bordertown Parishes

2023 Holy Week Highlights at the Border Town Parishes


Click Here to Watch Highlights from St. Anne's Valentine's Brunch and Bingo for Our Seniors on February 19, 2023!!!





Fr. Pete Jankowski came to realize that this form of "Virtual Evanglization" has resulted in almost 350 Videos that has been produced for the St. Anne & St. Patrick Communities, resulting in over 1050 hours of work for the sake of helping souls at the Border Town Parishes... that is almost FORTY FOUR DAYS of constant producing in helping souls reach heaven at the Border Town! Thanks to all who have contributed to this cause of evangelization for the good people of Momence and St Anne, IL!



Highlights from the Border Town Parish Picnic on August 21, 2022!!!




Listen to Timothy Cardinal Dolan's interview with Fr. Pete Jankowski, who heard 24 hours of confessions in 2014!!!




to enter the

St. Anne Novena Page



In-Church Homily for Divine Mercy Sunday and the Blessing of Seeds and Fields - April 24, 2022





St. Patrick's - Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.


In 2014, Timothy Cardinal Dolan interview me on April 17 about Fr. Pete's experience sitting in the confessional for 24 hours, in honor of St. John Vianney. We added pictures of some of our recent parish activities (Novenas, Confirmations, etc.) and just overlaid them on the audio.


Watch St. Patrick's Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrations from December 11-12!


Parishioner Jean Gibson  invites you to experience what is called “Eucharistic Miracles of the World.” This website offers a great deal of information, with a “Virtual Tour” of various places around the globe that have encountered Christ in the most sacred of ways.To access this Website, CLICK HERE!!!


In a two-minute video, Three Masses are highlighted on May 23, 2021 at the Border Town Parishes ...  Weather permitting, Sunday OUTDOOR Masses take place at St. Anne's Church (St. Anne, IL)at 9:00 a.m.and at St. Patrick's Church (Momence, IL)  at 10:30 a.m. Please bring Your Own Chairs to the Mass! 




CLICK HERE to go to the St. Anne Novena Page









Fr. Pete was ordained twenty-five years ago at the Cathedral of St. Raymond. Please continue to pray for his ministry to the folks of the border town parishes.



Fr. Pete celebrated TWO Masses on December 12, 2020 - one outdoor Mass at the Camino & Esperanza Retreat House & Grotto in St. Anne, IL and the other at St. Patrick's Church in Momence. Thanks to everyone who made these wonderful events possible!


from the Border Town Parishes For the Benefit of the Manteno Veterans' Home. If you would like to support their cause, please CLICK HERE!


Funeral Mass for Rev. James Fanale, CVS - Celebrated at St. Anne's Church (St. Anne, IL) on October 21, 2020

CLICK HERE to Read Obituary

"Viatorian Community Loses a Beloved Priest and Scholar" - CLICK HERE to Read this Reflection by Viatorian Provincial Fr. Daniel Hall, CSV

Weather Permitting, We Will Celebrate ALL Masses at St. Patrick's and St. Anne's, Outdoors (otherwise, Masses will take place indoors). 

Please bring Your Own Chairs to the Mass and Observe Social Distancing. For Social Distancing Guidelines, Please CLICK HERE (English) and CLICK HERE (Spanish)


An Online Memorial Day Service at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Momence


Join our Kankakee Border Town Parishes in an Online May Crowning Service!


Fr. Pete found a way to help a grieving family who loved a lost one celebrate their funeral service on April 22. Thanks to the folks at Camino y Esperanza for helping Fr. Pete in this cause!


Easter Family Resources for Prayer (The Diocese of Joliet)

Resources in English

Resources in Spanish


Either Fr. Pete's dog Gabby is preparing to be baptized at the Easter Vigil on April 12th (which not only isn't going to happen anymore but wasn't going to happen to a dog anyway) or Fr. Pete does a lousy job giving his dog a bath! Poor Gabby...



St. Anne's Church 

230 North Sixth Avenue

St. Anne, IL  60964

(815) 427-8265


Wednesday Mass 5:00 p.m.

First Friday 5:00 p.m.

Spanish Mass Friday 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Confessions 8:30 a.m.

Sunday Mass: 9:00 a.m


The Rosary is Prayed

Prior to Every Mass


Office Hours: Monday-Tuesday

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Email Rectory


Parish Staff


Fr. Pete Jankowski, Administrator

Email Fr. Pete Jankowski

Ema Elvir, Secretary

Email Ema Elvir

Kathy Griffiths, Business Manager


Kim Emerson, Dir. of Religious Ed.

Email Kim Emerson

Check out St. Anne's Religious Ed on Facebook by CLICKING HERE!

Jim Sparenberg, Maintenance

Email Jim Sparenberg



For only $25, you can dedicate a Journeysongs Pew Book from either parish. Please call (815) 427-8265 for more information!


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