J.S. Paluch Company Inc.
Over one hundred years of service since 1913

A Bit of History

The J.S. Paluch Company began in 1913 as Merchants Press on Ashland Avenue on Chicago’s north side. Founder John S. Paluch initially printed church forms, baptismal and marriage certificates, parish newsletters, and assorted fund-raising materials for local Catholic parishes. As the business progressed, he soon added devotional items and increased the company’s religious selections. His repertoire continued expanding, but John didn't know just how far his little company would grow!

Following the Great Depression, John's children worked at Merchants Press, keeping the company thriving. The company name was changed from Merchants Press to J.S. Paluch Co., Inc. in honor of its founder, John Stanislaus. After John's passing in 1955, JSP continued to grow and moved to larger facilities on Winnemac Avenue. As business reached outside the Chicago area, Chester began to open regional offices beginning with East Brunswick, New Jersey. Currently J.S. Paluch Co., Inc. has printing plants in Franklin Park, Illinois, Santa Fe Springs, California, and Coral Springs, Florida, with regional offices across the country and Puerto Rico. Since 2004, the home office has been located in Franklin Park, Illinois.

After Chester’s death in 1980, his wife Margaret A. Paluch assumed a more active role in the company. Under her direction, publications expanded significantly. Margaret held a deep commitment to creating awareness of and developing financial support for vocations. She establish the National Vocations Awareness Division (NVAD) in 1985. In 1988 NVAD fully funded the J.S. Paluch Co., Inc., Vocations Seminar inviting leaders from national Catholic organizations devoted to vocations which continues today. The Paluch Family Foundation was established in 1995 to support local seminaries as well as small, local organizations focused in the areas of vocations, stewardship, and liturgy.

In 1994, Margaret was joined by her daughter Mary Lou Rafferty who became the third-generation owner of J.S. Paluch along with her husband William J. Rafferty, our company President. Under their leadership, JSP continues to meet the Catholic community’s changing pastoral needs in an ever-changing economy. The Raffertys have worked hard to stay current with the Church’s needs and to provide the newest technology such as online tools and support for customers.

J.S. Paluch remains a family-owned business. We have served our faith by providing for the printing needs of the Church of over a century and we look forward to continuing to serve the Church into the next century. We offer a wide range of services from design and branding services to our Parish Success Group. Your mission is our mission. We continue to innovate to provide the best digital products to serve the Church for the next century. From beautiful websites that serve your parish to our eBulletin service that sends your weekly bulletin digitally, we can help serve all of your parish's technology needs. All of our products are built to serve your mission.



Bulletin Services

The J.S. Paluch Company provides an extensive variety of bulletins in numerous formats and sizes. We have expanded from a local supplier of Sunday bulletins in the Chicago area to a nationwide publisher. Offices in Illinois, California, Florida, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Missouri, and Puerto Rico supply custom - printed weekly bulletins to thousands of parishes around the country. Ads for the bulletins are sold by a national sales force of nearly two hundred people.

The Paluch Company continues to be the leader and innovator in today’s industry. In 1992 we introduced Laser - Com Express, a state - of - the - art bulletin service; ours was the first company to provide typeset bulletins, telecommunicated copy, and laser printing to their customers. Bulletin users also receive an extensive collection of artwork, graphics, and headings for their bulletin layout.

Calendars and Vocation Awareness

The J.S. Paluch Company is committed to vocation awareness. In 1983 the company published its first Catholic Family Appointment Calendar with a vocation theme for distribution at the parish level. Our calendar division has grown into one of the largest providers of Catholic calendars in the country. The sale of all our Catholic calendars helps support vocations.

In 1985 the company established the National Vocations Awareness Division (NVAD). Since 1988 we have hosted and underwritten an annual national vocations seminar that provides an ongoing forum for continued collaboration among leaders in vocation ministry and related church organizations from across the U.S. and Canada.  Mary Lou Paluch Rafferty serves on the Mundelein Seminary Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of the Sanctuary of Culture Foundation. William Rafferty is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Sanctuary of Culture Foundation. The company supports many local and national vocation-related projects and programs through sponsorships and in conjunction with the Paluch Family Foundation. The Paluch Family Foundation recognizes and supports Catholic ministries in the areas of vocations, stewardship, and liturgy.

J.S. Paluch's Digital Services

Technology should make life easier and work joyful. Our team in cooperation with our digital brand OneParish has set out to develop tools that serve your parish's mission. From developing beautiful websites to our eBulletin service to the OneParish App, technology should take care of the urgent so you can get back to the importance of ministry. OneParish offers the following digital solutions through J.S. Paluch:


  • Online Giving Solutions
  • Beautiful Website Development
  • The OneParish App
  • Silbo Messaging
  • OneParish eBulletin



Service

J.S. Paluch is a Catholic company and as a result, the work we do, the products we provide, and our daily interactions are an act of service to our Catholic communities. The Church’s mission is our mission. As we continue to serve the Church, we dedicate ourselves to providing our customers with the best possible service.

Together we work to enrich the faith of believers throughout the country, simplify the administration of parishes, and enhance parish communications with their members. At J.S. Paluch we pride ourselves on providing the very best services for the past century, and we look forward to serving our faith for the next century and beyond. Thank you for letting us serve your mission.

Please share any comments, questions, and suggestions with us at any time. We appreciate your input, your interest, and your patronage.


Our Customers Speak

Advertising in a church family setting, word travels when you do a good job! Working with J.S. Paluch Co. is no work at all; literally, they do it all for you!
—Jason E Chase Construction
Working with everyone at J.S. Paluch comes with such ease. Everyone is extremely polite to work with and very knowledgeable which makes the marketing process very easy and enjoyable.
—Schmidty’s Garage
Advertising in the church bulletin has been very lucrative for our company. The J.S. Paluch website makes for a seamless hassle free way to upload your artwork. We grew 110% this last year.
—Revelation Integrated Services Inc.