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


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

On Ash Wednesday of each year, we begin a journey from the ashes on our foreheads through the palms we will carry to an empty tomb.  We make this journey within the community and the family.  My prayerful hope is that all people will feel welcome here at St Joe’s and that people will meet their God here through Jesus.

Since you are here, you can learn about our programs and get a glimpse of who we are, but remember—it’s only a glimpse.  Please consider joining us for worship and experience the personal atmosphere when people come together.  Enjoy our website and then join us.  I can assure you of a genuine, warm welcome.

Finally, I hope your Lenten observance has gotten off to a good start. Ash Wednesday’s Gospel challenged us to increase our prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Use these forty special days to pray more and attend Church more.  Increase your self-discipline and generously help others with your time, talent and treasure.  Young children may measure the success of Lent by what they give up – the more “mature in spirit” demonstrate Lenten success by what they give! 


Fr. John Nolan


Upcoming Events

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.

Our collection of gently used clothes & shoes for St. Martin De Porres will end on Easter Sunday.  We've had an amazing response from our Parishioners and we thank you for your generosity!  After Easter if you have clothes, please bring them directly to St. Martin De Porres.  You can find their location & hours by visiting their website HERE.



April 18 ~ Holy Thursday Mass at 6:30pm

April 19 ~ Good Friday Service at 6:30pm

April 20 ~ Easter Vigil at 8:00pm

April 21 ~ Easter Sunday Mass at 8am and 10:30am


The office will be CLOSED Friday, April 18-Monday, April 22


Please note:  All Catholic churches are required to begin the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday evening after dark.  Therefore, all parishes will cancel their early Saturday evening Mass on April 20. St. Joseph Parish will begin our Easter Vigil at 8pm.



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.

April 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. 

Tim Connolly

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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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.



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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.