Sunday, December 14, 2014

St. James Belvidere Project

The Joes were at St. James Belvidere the past two Saturdays to work on a variety of projects in preparation for St. James' reopening. As the project is nearing completion with a goal of mid-December 2014, it is coming together beautifully and the Joes were honored to lend a helping hand!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Joes gathered last Friday at Field Fastener to celebrate another wonderful year. We are blessed to be able to serve with the treasures and talents that we have been given by God.

"What gives us dignity is not our wealth or good fortune or noble birth, but a worthy and virtuous life and the dignity of our labor."

St. John XXIII

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Upcoming Opportunities to Serve

Saturday – December 6th  AND Saturday – December 13th

Work Days – St. James Parish; Belvidere
St. James Parish in Belvidere is working to complete construction of their new church for the Christmas holiday.  Help is needed for general labor to accomplish this project.   St. Joseph & Sons would like as many as members as possible to participate to help St. James meet the goal. This will be a great way to help the St. James Parish celebrate Christmas in their new church. 

Please contact Jim Strey at if you would like to be a part of these opportunities.

St. Joseph and Sons Monthly Meeting – St. Bridget Church

Wednesday - November 26th

The regularly scheduled meeting will begin @ 6:30 am at St. Briget Church. After discussing upcoming projects, Joes will attend 7:00 am mass and reconvene to share a light breakfast and fellowship.  

The monthly meetings are a great place to meet Joes for the first time and to get to know who we are and what we are all about. Please feel free to attend if you are interested in learning more about or becoming a Joe. We welcome guests with open arms and a hot cup of coffee!

Please contact Bill Derry at if you have any questions.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dine with Dignity Project at St. Elizabeth's

Last weekend the Joes gathered to continue our “Dine with Dignity” project at St Elizabeth’s.
Background; St. Elizabeth’s provides hot meals 4 days a week to over 500 people. The dining area is an old gymnasium that has seen better days.

To provide an environment that allows dinning with dignity the Joes are on track to transform the room into a more pleasant environment for people to gather and eat.

The floor phase consisted of removing 30 year old linoleum that was stained and could not be cleaned. This was accomplished by coordinating our resources and the donation of time and a floor removing machine by Trademark Flooring. The machine reduced our time from our estimate of 5 hours to 2 hours. The Joe’s assisted with moving the flooring material to the dumpster. 

The next phase will be the cleaning and polishing of the terrazzo floor which was the original floor.
Completing the floor as well as the painting and interior design of this large space will make It feel more comfortable and help us to achieve our goal of creating a space to Dine with Dignity.

Our completion time frame is 2 week before Thanksgiving so the Thanksgiving meal will be served in the new area.

We thank all of you for your support and prayers for allowing us to help others.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Upcoming Projects

Our August meeting will be held August 27th at St. Bridget Church. We will begin our meeting at 6:30am in the parish center and attend the 7:00am mass together with a time for spiritual development and breakfast after mass. As always our meeting will conclude at 8:00am.

Look forward to seeing you there.

The Joes will be working on Saturday, September 13th, at St. James Belvidere to assist with a landscape/planting project. This one-day project will help the parish to complete the construction project there. More information will be provided as the date nears.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Another Key Project This Weekend

St. Joseph and Sons will participating in a clean-up and repair project at Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford on July 11th and 12th. Work times will be 7:30am to 4:00pm each day and all are welcome to join in and help us make a difference.

We’ll be working in coordination with a group of students from Boylan Catholic High School. Two dozen students will work with some parents in a Spiritual and Work Retreat over that same weekend.

Lunch will be provided daily. Time will be scheduled for a spiritual development session each day.

Looking forward to seeing you all there and be sure to wear your Joes red t-shirts.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

'Like' Us on Facebook!

Calling all Joes (and Friends)—
St. Joseph and Sons is now on Facebook.

Just click here to check out our page and give us a like. Post your comments and project photos, and then share with your Facebook friends.

By spreading the word about our good work (and the fun and satisfaction it gives us), we can build an even better presence!

Monday, February 17, 2014

St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center sent St. Joseph & Sons this letter in appreciation for the work done.