Welcome to 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



Upcoming Events


ALLELUIA! The Lord is risen! The pain and hopelessness of Good Friday has been replaced by the hope and life of the Easter event. We are given that promise of eternal life once more. Our God has again blessed us with the possibility of each of us spending eternity with Him. He gave us His only Son in order for that to be a reality. What can we say but ALLELUIA?

This special letter is, as it says above, an invitation. The invitation is to a deeper faith life with our Risen Lord. First, to those who are active members of SJW, I ask that you grow closer to the Lord this Easter season. How? By continuing to assemble each weekend and celebrate our God-given faith with the parishioners of our parish. By being those good stewards of time, talent, and treasure, thus fulfilling our call to be faith-filled disciples of Jesus Christ.

Secondly, this special letter is an invitation to those who have been away from our parish due to the pandemic. Please know that we miss you here at SJW. We are not the same without you. We do invite you to come back and worship with us. We do invite you to be involved once again. If you still feel uncertain as to the safety of being in a crowd or have a certain medical condition which prohibits you, know that you are in our prayers. But, if you are able to once again join us at Mass and other parish activities, please come back and enrich our parish community with your presence. We miss you!!!

Thirdly, I appeal to all members of the SJW community---if you know of someone who has left the active practice of the faith or has been hurt by the church, please invite them to return to church and pray with us. Have them talk to me about their experience, thereby possibly having healing come their way. Again, the invitation is to those former parishioners or inactive parishioners. SJW needs you to return to enable us to be a more encompassing community of believers. Without you, we are not as whole as we should be. Please come back to us soon. This invitation is one of welcome and hospitality.

St. Joseph the Worker parish is a vibrant community of faith. It is a community that strives to be the continuing presence of Christ in the world. Are we perfect? No. Are we striving each day to be better? Yes. God loves each of us with our faults, failings, joys, and hope. And so, let us grow more into the Lord by hearing the Lord's call to come and worship and celebrate, whether it has been since last weekend, a year ago, or a decade. We need each and every one to step through the doors of our parish, thereby stepping into the presence of our Risen Lord. That is the hope and challenge for which we strive.



14th Annual Fr. Franzen Memorial Golf Outing

June 12th, 2022

Edgewood Golf Course in Auburn

  • Registration Fee:  $80/ golfer, $320/Foursome,  includes Green & Cart Fees, Lunch & Dinner and Golfer Gift
  • $20 Dinner Only Option                                
  • Lunch at Noon followed by Shotgun start at 1pm
  • Dinner and Awards Banquet after all golfers finish
  • Field limited to first 32 paid teams. 

For questions contact David Kennedy:  217-494-2609, [email protected]

All proceeds are contributed to:  50% Catholic Diocesan Priest Retirement Fund ~ 50% Catholic Heart Work Camp

To sign up, print the brochure HERE.


Vacation Bible School is back in 2022!

July 18-22, 9:00am-11:30am

Open to children from age 4 through 5th grade, $10 fee per family.

To register as an attendee or as a volunteer, please print out the form HERE and fill out the appropriate side, then bring the completed form to the church office. 


Open preschool registration is underway! 

If your child will be 3 years old by September 1, 2022, you can register them for our preschool.  Go HERE to find registration information and forms.

Our 4-5 year old class is currently full, but we are taking paperwork for our waiting list.

Quick Link Resources

During this time, we hope you will continue to support the parish through prayer, service, and through your generous giving. We created a secure online program  using a credit card. We appreciate your continued generous stewardship of the past through this current challenge of the now and the near future.  Click HERE to donate.
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Office Hours

The Parish Office is open
Monday - Friday

Mass Times

Saturday - 4:30pm
Sunday - 8am & 10:30am
M, T, Th, F - 8:30am


Faith Formation | Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

2021-2022 Faith Formation Calendar

St Joseph the Worker Parish Calendar

Family Activity Calendar

Each month our Family Activity Calendar will make suggestions of fun things for families.

May 2022

 Calendars for past months can be found under the Formation Tab at the top of the page.

St. Joseph the Worker Preschool

St. Joseph the Worker Preschool offers a 4/5 year old class that meets on M/W/F at 9:00a.m-11:30a.m and a second class at 12:30p.m-3:00p.m and 3 year old class that meets T/Th at 9:00a.m-11:30a.m.

Mrs. Andrea Conlon 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


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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

Parish Bulletin submissions are due Monday at 4pm

to [email protected]

Mission Statement


Vibrant & Active

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.