Sacraments of Healing



The Sacrament of Reconciliation, sometimes called the sacrament of penance or confession, is intended to assist the Christian in becoming more Christ-like through the forgiveness of sin.

This sacrament can be celebrated on Saturday from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

First Reconciliation

First Reconciliation is ordinarily celebrated when a child is age 7 or 8 years old.  It is celebrated prior to the child’s celebration of First Eucharist.  Receiving the sacrament is a culmination of much preparation at home as well as through opportunities at the parish and school.

The policy of St. Joseph the Worker Education and Faith Formation Commission is that a student has completed one year of religious education or Catholic school immediately prior to beginning this sacramental program.

For more information on First Reconciliation, contact Julie Hill:

Phone: 563-588-1433

For information and dates regarding First Eucharist for 2018:

Click here to visit the Eucharist page under Worship and Sacraments.

Anointing of the Sick

This Sacrament is for all who are seriously ill, physically or mentally, and for those who have special need, such as prior to a major surgery. It is celebrated communally twice a year (during the Fall and Spring seasons), but can be celebrated any time by request. If you know someone who is ill and would like to be anointed contact the Parish Office:

Phone: 563-588-1433.


The proper preparation for this sacrament is regular participation in parish life and the instruction received through weekend homilies and our parish celebrations of Eucharist. A genuine desire for healing and forgiveness in this particular instance is also important.

St. Joseph the Worker

St. Joseph the Worker Parish Office
60 South Algona Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

Phone: 563-588-1433
Fax: 563-588-4108
$crip Line: 563-557-9091

Office Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am-1:00pm

St. Joseph the Worker Church
2001 St. Joseph Street
Dubuque, IA 52001

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