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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 our virtual home of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Chatham, IL. In joy and gratitude, I extend to you my prayerful best wishes for a holy and blessed Advent and Christmas. Several years ago I received a Christmas card with this message: “This season, I wish you Jesus.” On the inside it read: “Isn’t nice to have everything!” With the angels in Bethlehem, our faith moves us to sing: “Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth!”
Advent and Christmas has a way of bringing to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not been to Mass or the Sacraments for months or years. What a wonderful and grace-filled opportunity to put aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship with the Lord and His Church community. I extend to all of you an open, grateful heart of welcome. Together, may we grow in strength and grace to know and celebrate together God’s presence in our lives and His dominion over all things of this world.
May our Lord Jesus the Christ, born in Bethlehem, bless you, your families and loved ones at this holy time of hope and grace. I hope to meet each of you in the Church. May Jesus abide in your hearts always!
Fr. John Nolan
PS: For a selection of Advent resources, check out this site
Link to Sr Thea Bowman's "Let Us Make This Week Holy"
View Sr Thea Bowman's Address to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1989
Christmas Mass Schedule
Children's Mass 4:30pm ~ Music of Christmas begins at 4pm
Ten Night 10pm ~ Music of Christmas begins at 9:30pm
Christmas Day 9am ~ Traditional Christmas Carols
Office Closed Dec. 24 & 25
Preschool Christmas Program
The Preschool Board will be hosting a reception following the program in O'Hara Hall. Please join us for some holiday spirit, cookies, and fellowship. A secret jolly visitor will be there as well!
Advent Lunch & Learn
Lunch at noon followed by Advent Reflection by Fr. Michael Friedel, Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral.
Prayer For Our Church
An important message from Bishop Paprocki HERE. 11/30/18
Please read a special message from Bishop Paprocki HERE. 10/31/18
A PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCH
Heavenly Father, In every age, you have been our refuge. Yet again and still, we stand before you asking for your protection on your holy Church.
For the victims of abuse and their families, pour out your healing and your peace.
For the Bishops of this country, continue to inspire their decisions, and guide them with your Spirit.
For the thousands of good and faithful priests, who have followed your call to serve you and your people in holiness, sustain them by your grace.
For the faithful who are angry, confused, and searching for answers, embrace them with your love, restore their trust, console them with your clear Gospel message, and renew them with your sacraments.
We place our Church in your hands, for without you we can do nothing. May Jesus, our High Priest and true compass, Continue to lead her in every thought and action–to be an instrument of justice, a source of consolation, a sacrament of unity, and a manifestation of your faithful covenant.
Grant this through that same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
St. Joseph the Worker Preschool
Mrs. Andrea Conlon is the Preschool teacher and provides fun, faith-based enriching activities to all of our students. She is assisted by her aides, parish members Mrs. Judy Gartland, Mrs. Melody Clark, and Mrs. Misty Leonard.
To find out more, click on the Formation tab at the top of the page and choose Preschool.
- Father John Nolan, Pastor
- Deacon Greg Maynerich, Deacon
- Sister Judith Pfile, O.P., Pastoral Associate
- Kathy Szamocki, Secretary
- Jinny Sachsenmaier, Office Manager
- Janice Anderson, Faith Formation Coordinator
- John Kennedy, Music Minister
- Rianna Cattoor, Program Activity Coordinator
- Anna Barham, Youth Coordinator
- Cindy Essex, Sacramental Coordinator
Tuesday - 8:30am
Wednesday - No Mass
Thursday - 8:30am
Friday - 8:30am
Saturday - 4:30pm
Sunday - 8am & 10:30am
Monday - Friday
FAITH FIRST REFLECTIONS
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.
December 16, 2018 Author - Mike Armstrong
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Parish Bulletin submissions are due Monday at 4pm