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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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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, Pastor


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.

May 28, 2017 Author - Bob Myers

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

Fr. Franzen Memorial Golf Outing

Save the Date:  June 11, 2017

Golf outing will be at Piper Glen Golf Course in Springfield.  Four-Person Scramble.  $65 per golfer until May 1 ($75 per golfer after).  Mass begins at 11:15am, Lunch to follow and Shotgun start at 1pm.  Dinner and Awards Banquet to follow.  Field limited to first 32 paid teams.  Forms will be available soon.  For questions call Diane VanderKooy at 217-971-6126. 

All proceeds are contributed to:  50% Retired and Infirmed Priests ~ 50% Catholic Heart Workcamp

To print a sign up form click HERE.