St. Joseph the Worker


Welcome to the St Joseph the Worker Parish website! As pastor here, I am glad that you are inquiring about our faith community. 

The parish of St. Joseph is vibrant & active. The faith of this community is obvious, and it is a vibrant, celebrated, & revered faith. People put their belief into action in many ways. I am overly impressed with the outreach people have to the poor, the food pantries, & the needy. Volunteers are always coming forth to help whenever & wherever possible.

If you would like more information about the parish, or if you would like to be a member, that would be great. We would be glad to "have you in the pew" at our Masses, worshiping & celebrating the Lord's presence. Please know that if you have any questions, call the parish office at any time. We are here to assist you in any way possible.

May St. Joseph the Worker intercede daily for you & your needs.

Enjoy the website,
Father Joe




Monday: 8:30am
Tuesday: 8:30am

Thursday: 8:30am
Friday: 8:30am

Saturday: 4:30pm
Sunday: 8:00am & 10:30am





Monday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm




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.


Parish Pastoral Council

The role of the St. Joseph the Worker Parish Pastoral Council members is to serve the pastor, provide channels of communication and cooperation to the pastor, staff and members of the parish, and provide support to the pastoral work of the parish.   By working together in community we grow in faith and fellowship.

If you have questions, concerns or requests about St. Joseph the Worker Church, your parish stewardship or activity committee, or as a parishioner, you are encouraged to contact the Pastoral Council Chairperson, or Vice-Chairperson.   

Chairperson, Pat Kornfeld,  [email protected]

Vice-Chairperson, Debbie Shawgo,  [email protected]



Father Joe Molloy: Pastor                                  [email protected]

Sister Judith Pfile, O.P.: Pastoral Associate       [email protected]

Deb Howerton: Office Manager                           [email protected]

Sue Coombe: Secretary                                       [email protected]

John Kennedy: Music Minister                             [email protected]

Janice Anderson: Faith Formation Coordinator   [email protected]

Grace Stenke: Youth Coordinator                         [email protected]                

Jackie Viste: Preschool Instructor                        [email protected]

Anna Barham: Sacramental Coordinator              [email protected]

Cindy Essex: Baptism Preparation                       [email protected]





If you, or your group, has plans to use the Kitchen, O’Hara Hall or Kollross Hall for any activity or meeting, you need to notify the office of the date and time that you would like to use it.  In addition, if you have an activity planned for a weekend, please make sure that you have what you need from the office prior to the weekend.  Thank You.


The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults is for those seeking full initiation in the Catholic Church—Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, with weekly sessions being held and initiation taking place at the Easter Vigil.  For those already baptized in another Christian faith tradition, weekly sessions will be held based on need, with a Profession of Faith, Confirmation, and Eucharist being celebrated at an appropriate time.  For more information, contact

Fr. Joe at 217-483-3772 or

MC Garriott at [email protected].

Afternoon of Games

Join us for an afternoon of Games on Wednesday, September 20th, 12:30-3:30pm in O’Hara Hall.  We will be offering card games, dice and board games.  You can bring a friend, learn a game, teach a game or just sit, watch and visit.


Older Wiser Lovable Seniors, for those 55 years or older. Please join us Friday, September 15th at 5:30pm in Kollross Hall. We will have a guest speaker, Andrew Hansen, Director of Communications and Editor of the Catholic Times.  Andrew will introduce us to his documentary “God Is Alive”.  Sign-up in the Gathering Space.

We will be honoring the dedicated men, women and youth of our Parish who have willingly stepped forward to offer their time and talent as catechists this year on September 17th at the 10:30am Mass. Please plan to attend to show your support and appreciation for their generosity in desiring to help us bring our Catholic traditions to the adults and young people of our parish. We are most grateful for their service in this ministry!

Young Adults and Family Get Together at the Park

The Young Adult Group will be hosting a get together at Chatham Community Park starting at 11:45am on Sunday, September 17. Please join us for fellowship and fun. Both families and singles are welcome. Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch for you and your family! Desserts will be provided. 

SJW parish will be hosting an evening of the Eucharist, as we continue our journey through this Year of the Eucharist in our Catholic Church.  On SUNDAY,  SEPTEMBER 24th at 6:00pm, Coach Kramer Soderberg will be with us.  He is the head Men’s Basketball Coach at Millikin University in Decatur.  He is a very faith-filled Catholic and is the author of “Fill Your Cup for Christ.”  In this book, Coach Soderberg traces his faith journey and his love for the Lord.  He has a special love for the Eucharist.  He currently resides in Decatur with his wife and children.  Come and hear this coach, author and disciple.

Come join us for lunch as we resume our activities.  We will meet at 11:30am on Wednesday, September 27th at Abe’s Hideout, 2301 S Dirksen Parkway in Springfield.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the gathering space.  You can also sign-up if you need a ride.    

God forgives you!  Do you forgive yourself?

We invite you to the Day of WATCH (We Are The Church) on October 7, 2023, with a theme this year of Forgiveness.  The day includes lunch, snacks, & drinks.  If you have any questions or plan to attend, please contact:   Peggy Billhartz 217 483-2833 or Carol Gustafson 217 899-6330.  God Bless.




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St. Joseph the Worker Preschool offers a 4/5 year old class that meets on M/W/F from 9:00am - 11:30am and a 3 year old class that meets on T/Th from 9:00am - 11:30am. Mrs.Jackie Viste 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 and Mrs. Melody Clark.

More information and all forms can be found HERE

To learn more about our Preschool Fundraisers click HERE