Welcome to the online home of St. Joseph the Worker!


St. Joseph the Worker Parish

We are a Roman Catholic faith family in Chatham Illinois   committed to proclaiming the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We live our faith with our words and through our actions.  Nourished by the Word of God and the Eucharist, we seek to become a place of mercy and hope where everyone is welcomed, loved and respected.

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Welcome to the website for Chatham’s Parish Church, St Joseph the Worker.

The Church is at her best and faithful to her mission, when she invites people to open the door and ask Jesus in. That’s precisely the invitation we extend; that’s the proposal the Church makes to the world.  Regardless of why people visit our parish, everyone who crosses our threshold is invited to open their hearts to God.

Our website is intended to be the virtual door to St. Joseph the Worker Church. I invite you to explore the different ways that you can get involved in our parish community. Whatever way you get involved, I pray that you will continue to open your heart to Jesus in your everyday life. I also hope that you will spend some time this Lent in the traditional disciplines:  prayer, fasting and acts of charity.  They are all wonderful examples of how letting Jesus in the door is a choice one never regrets.

Welcome to St. Joseph the Worker Parish website – thanks for visiting!

Fr. John Nolan, Pastor


SJW in Chatham has embraced Bishop Paprocki's call to make stewardship & discipleship a way of life.  Have you noticed the banners that greet you as you enter the church?  Parishioner Lynn Connelly has written an article for Catholic Times to explain the beginnings of our journey.   She writes "We are just beginning our quest to make stewardship and discipleship a way of life at SJW.  There is much work to do, but it's an exciting journey.  To read the entire article, go here.


The parish will publish a weekly reflection on the upcoming Sunday Scripture written by our parishioners as part of our journey on the path of Stewardship & Discipleship. Thanks to parishioner Kevin Shrake, for serving as the editor.  You will find the current article and all past articles under the Faith Formation Tab under Faith First Reflections.

March 26, 2017 Author - Ron Clark


Parishioner and Catechist, Riana Cattoor wrote an article for the special PSR section in the Catholic Times.  It talks about some of the unique activities Janice Anderson, our Faith Formation Coordinator, has incorporated into our Faith Formation Program here at St. Joseph's.  I encourage you all to read the article HERE on page 27A.

Parish Bulletin submissions are due Monday at 4pm to sjwreceptionist@comcast.net 





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Mass Times

Monday - 8:30am
Tuesday - 8:30am
Wednesday - No Mass
Thursday - 8:30am
Friday - 8:30am
Saturday - 4:30pm
Sunday - 8am & 10:30am

Office Hours

The Parish Office is open
Monday - Friday


Upcoming Events

Confirmation of Adults at Pentecost  - Bishop Paprocki invites Catholics who are catechized but not confirmed (i.e., who have received catechetical formation and the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist) to complete the Sacraments of Initiation by celebrating Confirmation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.  Confirmation of catechized Catholics will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, 2:00 pm.  More information, along with the registration form, can be found HERE.  The registration form which needs to be completed by the pastor, parochial administrator, or pastoral facilitator needs to be accompanied with an original baptismal certificate and returned to the Office for Catechesis by Thursday, May 11, 2017. If you have any question, please contact: Chris Malmevik, Director, Office for Catechesis (217-698-8500, x178 ).