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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


This year our Sew n' Sews group has stitched a beautiful Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions quilt.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  The winner will be drawn May 7 at our Annual Chicken Dinner and Silent Auction and you need not be present to win.  Tickets will be sold after all Masses starting the weekend of April 22 or from any Catholic Heart Work Camper.  You may also call the parish office to purchase.  Proceeds benefit our youth attending CHWC this summer in Nashville, TN.


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.

April 30, 2017 Author - Sr. Judith Pfile

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

Confirmation of Adults at Pentecost  - Bishop Paprocki invites Catholics who are catechized but not confirmed (i.e., who have received catechetical formation and the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist) to complete the Sacraments of Initiation by celebrating Confirmation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.  Confirmation of catechized Catholics will be celebrated on Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, 2:00 pm.  More information, along with the registration form, can be found HERE.  The registration form which needs to be completed by the pastor, parochial administrator, or pastoral facilitator needs to be accompanied with an original baptismal certificate and returned to the Office for Catechesis by Thursday, May 11, 2017. If you have any question, please contact: Chris Malmevik, Director, Office for Catechesis (217-698-8500, x178 ).