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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.

Gaudete Et Exultate (Rejoice and be Glad).

Click on the link above to read Pope Francis' latest Apoltolic Exhortation. 

GE is meant to be practical: it is not “a treatise on holiness, containing definitions and distinctions helpful for understanding this important subject, or a discussion of the various means of sanctification.” Rather, it is a meditation on how to respond to Christ’s invitation to be saints: to “Rejoice and be glad,” (§1).


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

Welcome to our St. Joseph the Worker (Chatham) website.

It is our hope that through these pages all our visitors will be given a window into the life of a vibrant, active, inclusive and faith-filled community.  If not, let me know what's missing. We are here to serve and welcome you.

St. Joseph Worker is a wonderful parish, teeming with activity, full of life and people who are pursuing their full identity as a son or daughter of God within His eternal family, the Catholic Church.

Regardless of whether you have been a member of St. Joseph for many years, you are new to our community or you are just stopping in for a visit, please know that you are welcome here.  Take some time to explore the content of our website and learn more about our vibrant and active Parish.  We are always happy to see new faces, so if you would like to stop by and visit our parish, it would be a blessing for us to meet you in the offline world, as well as this online world. 

May God continually bless you and the loved ones in your lives.


Fr. John Nolan, Pastor

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

What's New



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. 

August 19, 2018   Author - Carol Gustason



A monthly series of case studies that illustrate the challenges presented to us as Christians.  Written by Kevin Shrake.

Challenged by Life August 2018

 You will find the current article and all past reflections under the Faith Formation Tab in the pages Faith First Reflections & Challenged by Life.

Parish Bulletin submissions are due Monday at 4pm

to sjwreceptionist@comcast.net 




St Joseph the Worker Parish Calendar

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

Family Activity Calendar - August 2018

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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

Mission Priest

Weekend August 25/26

Fr. George Kintiba will be with us on the weekend of August 25 and 26, 2018 to speak about his religious community of missionary priests and Brothers.   They help people neglected and forgotten by society to build a better future and foster vibrant Catholic communities of service and faith around the world.  Your prayerful & financial support is appreciated.