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   Monday Mass will be at 6:00pm during Lent.
Tuesday: 8:30am

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

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


Saturday: 3:15-4:00pm or by appointment

During Lent, Fr. Joe will also hear confessions each Monday evening 5:00-5:30pm before Mass and Stations.






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]   

M.C. Garriott: OCIA Cooridinator                        [email protected]

Jackie Viste: Preschool Instructor                        [email protected]

Anna Barham: Sacramental Coordinator             [email protected]

Cindy Essex: Baptism Preparation                       [email protected]





We need your help.

I hope you have heard about the plans and projects that St. Joseph the Worker is considering to ensure that our parish thrives far into the future. The top projects include improvements to our:

  • Parking lot and drainage system.
  • Church electrical and lighting systems.
  • Parish hall kitchen.
  • Onsite storage with construction of a new building.
  • Parish endowment for repair and maintenance.

We want to know what you think about these plans and projects. We have launched a planning study that includes a comprehensive survey of our entire parish community. Families are invited to go online to complete the survey. Click HERE for the on-line survey.

The survey closes March 11. We want you to tell us which projects you feel are the most important for St. Joseph the Worker’s future, and we want to gauge support for a potential major fundraising effort for the projects.

We are relying on the participation of our entire community in the planning study and encourage you to share your opinions on the projects. The more feedback we receive, the more informed our parish leaders will be as they make decisions on our next steps.

Your Pastor,  Father Joe

If you would like to take the survey using your phone, scan this QR code with your phone camera:




Dear Parishioners of SJW,

St. Joseph the Worker Parish is looking to the future.

Our parish leaders, led by the finance and parish pastoral councils, have been tracking SJW's long-range needs in recent years.

We have identified several projects that will keep our parish and its facilities strong for decades to come. The top projects include improvements to our:

  • Parking lot and drainage
  • Church electrical and lighting
  • Parish hall
  • Onsite storage with construction of a new
  • Parish endowment for repair and

Fundraising for some or all of these projects will be conducted as part of the Centennial Campaign, a five-year effort from 2023-2028 marking the 100th anniversaries of the transfer of the diocesan See city in 2023 and the dedication of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in 2028. This campaign is a celebration of the legacy of stewardship throughout the diocese, with a special focus on parish life. It was inspired by the Fourth Diocesan Synod, and all parishes in the diocese are participating.

Before we move forward with a capital campaign, though, we want to hear from you. St. Joseph the Worker is conducting a planning study, which starts later this month and includes a survey of the entire parish community. The survey will let us know which projects you - our faith family- consider the most important and will help guide us if we launch a major fundraising effort to pay for them.

We have hired the Steier Group, a leading Catholic development firm, to conduct the study. We will share more details about the study, the projects and a potential capital campaign in the coming weeks.

Your Pastor,

Fr. Joe

To view a complete list of our Lenten Activities, go to the Parish Life tab, Lent and Lenten Activities or click HERE.


On Mondays during Lent, we will have Daily Mass at 6:00pm, followed by Stations of the Cross.

On Fridays during Lent, there will be Evening prayer at 5:00pm, followed by Stations of the Cross.

First Friday

Eucharistic Adoration is available on Friday, March 1st from 7:15-8:15am and 9:15-11:30am, ending with Benediction.  All are welcome.  



Preschool Registration for Fall 2024

Preschool registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open to all.  Parents of current students will receive first priority; then, alumni families; and then, the general public. Please be sure to register soon to guarantee your spot for next year. Please visit our webpage or come into the parish office for a Registration Form.

  • Fish Fries will be starting February 16th at the KC Lake Club. There will be a raffle during the Fish Fries to support the Council’s charitable donations.
  • KC’s will be hosting the Special Olympics Polar Plunge on March 2nd at the KC Lake Club. For more information on how you can register and/or donate, visit HERE
  • Our next regular meeting will be on March 7th, 7:00pm at the KC Lake Club, North Lakewood, Chatham IL.

If you are interested in joining the Knights of Columbus, contact Sean Fink at 217-415-1147, or speak to one of the many members within the parish.

Ark of Hope Project     

Catholic Relief Services works with organizations around the world to help poor and vulnerable people overcome emergencies, build a sustainable future through agriculture, and access to vital health services. The CRS Ark of Hope program offers a meaningful way for our community to join them in their work and to help fight global poverty one animal at a time...or two by two.

Our Faith Formation classes are collecting donations throughout the Lenten season. Noah’s boat will be in the gathering space to collect your donations and children may donate in their Faith Formation classes as well.


Living Stations - Friday, March 1st—7:00pm

The public and parish are invited to come witness, remember and reflect on the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ as our youth bring to life this contemporary version of the Stations of the Cross. You will not want to miss this moving performance!


Save the Dates

On April 10th, 17th and 24th, from 6:00-7:30pm, there will be a book discussion on Fr. Chiola and Sr. Sharon’s Book “Science & Christ: A Dialogue.”

CHWC teens are looking for destination t-shirts to use in a quilt we hope to raffle off this year.  If you have any to donate, please drop them off at the parish office.  They can name a location (such as Nashville, TN) or be a fun place (such as Disneyland).  Thank you for your support.

CHWC Chicken Dinner & Online Auction will be May 5 from 11:30am-5:00pm.  There will be dine-in and carry out options.  




Caregiver Interfaith Volunteer Services

CIVS is a network of religious and community agencies that provides services to adults 60 and over who live independently. Volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, shopping and grocery shopping for persons no longer able to leave home.

To volunteer or to receive services—call our parish representative, Sherry Kepperling, at 217-741-2862, or call 217-757-6621 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital to find the help that you need. There is no charge for the services; however, donations are appreciated. 

More information is available in the caregiver brochure on the bulletin board in the hallway by the handicap entrance.


Parents who would like to have their child baptized at St. Joseph the Worker are required to attend a preparation class. The next classes will be on the following dates at 6:30pm:

April  11, 2024

July 11, 2024

October 10, 2024

To sign up for a class, or to make alternate arrangements, call the church office at 217-483-3772.

Thanks to Cindy Essex for helping our new parents prepare to raise the next generation of the faithful.



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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