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PASTOR'S WELCOME

Welcome to our virtual home of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Chatham, IL.  In joy and gratitude, I extend to you my prayerful best wishes for a holy and blessed Christmas.  Several years ago I received a Christmas card with this message: “This Christmas, I wish you Jesus.” On the inside it read: “Isn’t it nice to have everything!”  With the angels in Bethlehem, our faith moves us to sing: “Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth!”

Christmas has a way of bringing to Church individuals and families who, for various reasons, have not been to Mass or the Sacraments for months or years.  What a wonderful and grace-filled opportunity to put aside past differences and old habits and begin anew that prayerful relationship with the Lord and His Church community. I extend to all of you an open, grateful heart of welcome. Together, may we grow in strength and grace to know and celebrate God's presence in our lives and his Lordship over all things of this world.

May our Lord Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, bless you, your families and loved ones at this blessed time of hope and grace. I hope to meet each of you in the Church. May Jesus abide in your hearts always!

 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 Fr. John Nolan, VF, Pastor

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FAITH FIRST REFLECTIONS

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.

January 15, 2017 Author - Fr. John Nolan

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PANCAKE AND SAUSAGE BREAKFAST AND BAKE SALE

Please join us for an ALL YOU CAN EAT Pancake and Sausage Breakfast and Bake Sale this Sunday, Jan. 15 from 8am-1pm. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for Children age 4-11 and Children under 4 are FREE. Proceeds benefit Chatham and Holy Family Food Pantries.  Here is an update note that we recently received from Chatham and Holy Family Food Pantries.

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A Day in the Life of a NET Missionary

Many of you heard Bethany Szamocki briefly speak at Mass about her experience with the NET Missionaries.  Do you wonder what Bethany and her NET Team do?  HERE is a note from her to tell you all about A Day in the Life of a Missionary.  Please keep Bethany and the all the NET Teams in your prayers!

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Sharing Our Saints

As our Confirmation candidates near their Confirmation day on February 25th, a few of them would like to share a little bit about the Saint that they have chosen for their journey, in their own words. This week Landon Marconi (6th Grade) shares with us about the life of St. Sebastian…

St. Sebastian is the saint of sports. He was born in 258 A.D. He was born in Milan. He enlisted into the Roman Army to assist the martyrs. Sebastian was arrested for being a Christian and the punishment was to be shot by arrows. He lived through the attack. Once the Emperor found out, he ordered his troops to kill him and throw his body into a sewer for him to be forgotten. Also, when he came back, he shouted at the Emperor for his cruelty against Christians. He died in January, 288 A.D. His feast day is January 20th.

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Note from Bishop Paprocki

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 at

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 www.dio.org/catechesis/adult-confirmation.html. 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 or )

. 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)

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