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Springtime – it’s like all of a sudden we’re filled with a sense of newness, with renewed energy, and with a renewed spirit and allergies.

It’s only fitting that Easter falls right at the beginning of spring. We’re reminded during this season about the new life that is promised to us through Jesus. We see through the blooming flowers how our lives can be transformed from nothingness to beautiful signs of God’s creation. We are reminded during this time of the year how we are given new opportunities for growth and new opportunities for moving on. Throughout Lent we focused on the cross, re-examining our lives as disciples. We’ve were reminded that in no way can we make it on our own, but that only through Jesus are we made a new creation.

But now spring is in the air – Easter is in the air. Just as the disciples saw a new day after Jesus’ Resurrection, we too are given a new day this Easter season. My hope during this time of newness is that we will each discover again how much God loves us, how much grace has been poured out to us, and how our renewed spirits may better serve our Lord. Easter is in the air, a new day is upon us, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Welcome to St. Joseph the Worker in Chatham.

Fr. John Nolan


Upcoming Events

It’s not too late!   Join the fun on June 9, 2019, at Edgewood Golf Course in Auburn. The day will include Mass at 11:15am, lunch, golf, fun hole “challenges”, catered dinner, prizes & awards.. Forms are available at the back of church, outside the parish office or on our website under Service.  

All proceeds are contributed to Priests’ Retirement Fund and CHWC Campers


Join us on Saturday, May 25thafter the 4:30pm Mass as we dedicate Kollross Hall in memory of Father Dennis Kollross.

Light hors d'oeuvres  will be served


Evening Bible Study

The Pivotal Players St Augustine & St. Benedict.

When: Tuesdays—June 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th.

Where:  St. Joseph the Worker in Kollross Hall

Time:  7pm

For registration or more details, contact Sr. Judith at (217) 483-3772 or Pam Branham at (217) 652-0246


Life is Wild ~ God is Good
Open to all children age 4 (by 9/1/2019) to present grade level 4 (entering grade 5). Registration will end on July 1, so reserve your family’s spot today!
VBS is $10 per family.
Forms can be located on our website, www.stjoschatham.org, at the welcome desk or in the parish office. 

Drone Coverage of Notre Dame Progress

Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, April 15, 2019

After Spire Toppled

 Interior AFTER the fire


You may have heard that a fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019.  Here are a couple pictures of the inside after the fire (left) and after the spire toppled (right). 

For a 360° look inside Notre Dame cathedral click HERE

For updates and more pictures see the Catholic News Service website HERE.



Office Hours

The Parish Office is open
Monday - Friday

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.

May 2019

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




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. 

Mary Beth Paulek

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.

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News You Can Use

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Form can be filled out electronically by clicking here.


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 


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.



Vibrant & Active

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.