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   except for the 2nd Monday of each month which will be at 6:00pm
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






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

 The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day!


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,

Vice-Chairperson, Debbie Shawgo,



Father Joe Molloy: Pastor                        

Sister Judith Pfile, O.P.: Pastoral Associate

Deb Howerton: Office Manager                 

Sue Coombe: Secretary                             

John Kennedy: Music Minister                   

Janice Anderson: Faith Formation Coordinator

Grace Stenke: Youth Coordinator                  

M.C. Garriott: OCIA Cooridinator              

Jackie Viste: Preschool Instructor              

Anna Barham: Sacramental Coordinator   

Cindy Essex: Baptism Preparation             






Capital Campaign Leaders Announced

 I am pleased to announce that the St. Joseph the Worker “Honoring the Past, Building the Future” Capital Campaign general chairs are Brian and Michelle Stenke. The Stenkes are very involved at SJW, are extremely faith-filled and outgoing.  I am grateful to both of them.

I have asked several parishioners to be Honorary Chairs—Sandy Conlon, Betty Wirtz, and Mike and Sharon Crowley.  They have been generous over the years with their time, talent, and treasure, and they are pillars of our parish and community.  They can inspire all of use to be generous stewards.  Bravo to these four!

Finally, the following people from SJW have said yes to be members of the Campaign Cabinet, assisting in the implementation of duties and services needed.  They are:

Rodger and Janice Anderson, Mark Bartolozzi, Paula Black, Wes and Riana Cattoor, Cindy Essex, Rita Evans, Rob and Kim Flesher, Tom and Chrisie Haase, Pat Kornfeld, Mark Rabideau, Liz Reef, Dave Spears, Bruce Thompson, Tom and Megan Walters, and Amy West.  My gratitude to each of them. 

Let us continue to pray for the success of our Campaign.  May we honor those who have gone before us at SJW, so that we now are able to build our own future.

Fr. Joe




Beginning in April, Mass will be at 6:00pm on the 2nd Monday of each month, not at 8:30am.  


We welcome the following who have registered in our parish during the month of April. May you find us to be welcoming, vibrant and active!

Becca & Matthew Dill Family

Jeff Dillman & Mary Beth Burtle

Gerry & Ginger Gardiner

Drew & Nicole Nicholson Family

Dennis & Jennifer Tiburzi Family


Join us for an afternoon of games on Wednesday, May 15th, 12:30-3:30pm in Kollross 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.  Drinks will be provided. 


The next TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) meeting is Sunday, May 19th at 9:15am in the Resource Room.

Holy Hour

Join us for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday, May 20th, from 6:00-7:00pm.




Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, May 22nd at 11:30am.  We will meet for lunch at Papa Frank’s, 4111 Wabash Ave, Springfield.  They have luncheon specials.

If you plan on joining us, please sign up in the Gathering Space by May 19th

If you have signed up to attend and find you cannot come, please contact Carol Lombardo at 214-514-8783 in order to give the restaurant an accurate reservation count.  Thank You! 

The next meeting of the St. Joe's Moms' Group's will be Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00pm in Kollross Hall.  Please join us for some informal, dedicated time to focus on growing our faith and getting to know other moms in the parish. ALL Moms (all ages/stages) associated with St. Joe's are welcome. Come join us, please—there's no obligation to do anything but show up. Questions? Text/call Sarah Gibson at 510-504-4329. See you there!

Preschool Registration for Fall 2024

Preschool registration for the 2024-2025 school year is open to all.  Please be sure to register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot for next year. Please click HERE or come into the parish office for a Registration Form.

Faith Formation and Vacation Bible School Registration forms are now available.  You can find the forms under Forms on the website.



  • At our May 2nd meeting, donations were made to support Vocations, Catholic Ministry on College Campuses (Newman Fund), Respect for Life (Two Hearts), the Knights of Columbus General Assistance Fund (used to help member’s families in a time of need), Father Franzen Golf Outing and Catholic Heart Work Camp.
  • Nominations for officers for Fraternal Year 2024-2025 were held.  The second round of nominations will be held at the June 6th meeting @ 7 PM at the KC Lake Club, immediately followed by elections.  All Brother Knights are encouraged to attend and vote, as your participation helps guide the council.
  • If any Brother Knight is considering serving as an officer, please reach out to Sean Fink at 217-415-1147.
  • If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Sean Fink.




Save the Date!

Day of WATCH - October 12, 2024

Experiencing the Holy Spirit



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:

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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Form can be filled out electronically by clicking HERE

Don't forget that if you have an iOS or Android device, you can use the MSP mobile app! After downloading, you'll need the following Organization ID to sign in: stjos


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