Support St. Joseph the Worker

With the cancellation of masses, our parishes have lost offertory collections that are essential. We hope you will continue to tithe to St. Joseph the Worker Church. Find out how you can make your Sunday offertory contribution by clicking HERE.

Quick Link Resources

Click HERE on Sunday to watch Palm Sunday Mass Live Stream to Facebook.  Click HERE to watch via Dropbox.

Click HERE to view the Readers Theater Passion of the Lord

Performed at St. Joseph the Worker ~ April 24, 2011

SJW Past Online Mass & other Services

Daily Mass Elsewhere

Faith Formation Resources at Home



COVID-19 Celebrations, Cancellations & Health Concerns

St Joseph the Worker parish is closed to anyone other than essential personnel, but the full Parish Staff staff remain available to support your needs, primarily operating in a work-from-home mode. Parish Center staff are able to access the phone system, email, and files remotely in order to continue essential operations during this time. 

While our parish church is closed for the daily and Sunday celebrations of the Mass, we invite you to join together for a Palm Sunday Marathon:

  • Facebook Live Mass starting with music at 9:15am & Mass to follow HERE.
  • Reader's Theater Gospel of John available via YouTube at noon.

These presentations are exciting technology for us.  Pray they all work and that we can continue to live stream the Mass to you each week.

Palm Sunday Blessings,

Fr. John Nolan, Pastor

Additional Information


To view the bulletin click HERE.

Welcome to the online home of St. Joseph the Worker!

Dear Parishioners

Here we are as a people of faith thrust into a worldwide pandemic of CONVID-19.  People are working diligently and around the clock to stop the virus in the US (and the world).  Stock markets continue to rise and fall, people are sheltered in place, store shelves are slowly recovering their stock (and yes, I even saw some TP packages).

Where is a loving God in times like this?  Why would God allow something like this to happen?  It is very easy to lose faith and to live in fear when the headlines are full of bad news.  People are scared--this is a virus to be taken seriously. However, is fear the right response?

“Fear not” is one of the most repeated commands in the Scriptures, and for good reason. We do not live in a God-less world, if we did, then we would have little hope, with ample reason to fear. Fear is “an unpleasant often-strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” (Webster)

Yet, as Christians, we live and walk by faith. Faith is a trust in God, in His goodness, care, control and our future.  Although the world may panic and fear the virus, and although society may put its hope and trust in policies, social distancing, and time, we ultimately put our faith in God. Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” 

What does this look like in our current situation? It means we will pray. It means we will put others first. Moreover, it means that as a community of faith, rooted in the love of Jesus “We live our faith with our words and through our actions.” Christian freedom concerns what love will look like for each of us.

I found this prayer on the Internet:

Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty

God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;

Bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you.

-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765


Upcoming Events

Our parish wide Lenten service project is focused on helping our local homeless population through a charity called, Helping the Homeless in Springfield, IL.  To learn more click HERE.

Starry Night 2016


Office Hours

The Parish Office is open
Monday - Friday

Mass Times

Monday - 8:30am
Tuesday - 8:30am
Wednesday - No Mass
Thursday - 8:30am
Friday - 8:30am
Saturday - 4:30pm
Sunday - 8am & 10:30am


St Joseph the Worker Parish Calendar

Family Activity Calendar

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

March 2020

April 2020

 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 year old class that meets on M/W/F and 3 year old class that meets T/Th, both from 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.

Registration for the 2020-2021 is now open for all!

More information and all forms can be found HERE.

To learn more about our Preschool Fundraisers click HERE

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Prayer For Our Church

We Pray 

Lord Jesus,
You traveled through towns and villages
curing every disease and illness among the people. 

At your command, the sick were made well.
Come to our aid now in this health crisis so that we may know your healing love.

Heal those who are sick: 
     may they regain their health and strength.
Heal us from our fear, 
     which prevents us from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, 
     which makes us certain of our health and life apart from you.

Bless health care professionals with strength and compassion
     as they selflessly respond to our needs.

We make this prayer in your strong and holy name,
you, who with the Father and Spirit,
live and reign for ever and ever.


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.