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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.


It's our website--thank you for visiting.

Welcome to Ordinary Time in the liturgical year---this stretch of Sundays teach us about what being a Christian is all about.  We are particularly thankful to St Luke, the Evangelist, who wrote the Gospel that will guide us during these upcoming weeks.  Ordinary Time means that the weeks are numbered. The English word “order” comes from the Latin word for numbers in a series, ordinalis.  We will stay in Ordinary Time until Ash Wednesday when the Season of Lent begins.

 We have a new tab to this website:  Padre’s Blog.  It’s a periodic trip into the Pastor’s life to find out what’s on his mind this week, this season, this year.  You might want to check it out. 

 And if you happen to check out the Blog, I also welcome you to the other pages of this website.  There is a wealth of information in these pages that will help you to get to know our community, to participate in our community, and to give us the privilege to serve you in the name of Jesus!  The Catholic Church wants to be a welcoming community, and we at St Joseph the Worker in Chatham take this challenge very seriously as we strive to become a Stewardship/Discipleship parish.  We believe strongly that everyone has a place in the Church and that there is no better commitment than the one we make to God and to work for the building of His Kingdom in a world that very much needs His presence. 

 May God continue to lead you and guide you as you read, watch, and use our website. May it be a source of peace and strength to you.


Fr. John Nolan, VF


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

Upcoming Events


Bible Study for Lent

Catholocism:  The Pivotal Players - St. Augustine & St. Benedict

Starts March 14th at 12:30pm on Thursdays for 5 weeks

Cost is $15.  For more information click HERE.

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

St. Joseph the Worker Preschool offers a 4 year old class that meets on M/W/F and 3 year old class that meets T/Th, both from 9:00a.m-11:30a.m.

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.


Mass Times

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


St Joseph the Worker Parish Calendar

Family Activity Calendar

Each month our Family Activity Calendar will make suggestions of fun things for families.

February 2019

 Calendars for past months can be found under the Formation Tab at the top of the page.

Office Hours

The Parish Office is open
Monday - Friday




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. 

No new reflections at this time.  Please talk to Fr. John or Sr. Judy to sign up.

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Don't forget that if you have an iOS or Android device, you can use the MSP mobile app!  After downloading, you'll need the following Organization ID to sign in: stjos

Parish Bulletin submissions are due Monday at 4pm

to sjwreceptionist@comcast.net