Hello and welcome to our church website! We’re so glad you are thinking of joining us! St. Joseph the Worker is an energetic group of disciples excited to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others!
It can be hard to take that first step to go to Mass for what can be the first time in years or ever. To help you feel more comfortable when you join us, we’ve dedicated this page to helping you know what to expect at St. Joseph the Worker.
Once you park in the church parking lot, come right in! We have three different doors to choose from! Feel free to choose whether or not you would like a song book. Then you can sit wherever you choose. There is no assigned seating unless the pew is marked with a “RESERVED” sign. If you need assistance, ask one of our friendly greeters!
Mass begins with the Liturgy of the Word. At this time, we listen to readings from the Bible. The First Reading is usually from the time before Jesus. The Second Reading is usually from one of the many letters written by the early leaders of the Church. We then hear from Jesus Himself when the priest or deacon reads from the Gospel. After the Gospel, the priest or deacon gives a homily where he helps explain the Word of the Lord and how it relates to our lives.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist begins after the Liturgy of the Word. The night before He died to save us from sin, Jesus had one Last Supper with His closest followers. He gave them His Body and Blood in the form of Bread and Wine and said “do this in memory of Me.” At every Mass, we remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us, and we offer ourselves up to God along with Jesus’ Body and Blood. This is the most important part of Mass.
After the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we are sent forth into the world to do God’s work and bring His people back to Him!
During Mass, we sit, stand and kneel to reflect our reverence for God and the importance of different parts of the Mass. We invite you to do the same if you are able. If you are unsure of when to sit, stand or kneel, look around you to check what others are doing. You’ll catch on!
The music at the 5:00 and 8:30 Masses is more traditional music. The 11:00 Mass is the contemporary worship service. We sing songs with a more upbeat and contemporary feel at this Mass with additional instruments including drums, a guitar and bass. Whichever Mass you choose to attend, you can follow along with the lyrics projected on the screens above the altar. Singing is a form of praising God, so we hope you’ll join in!
We’re so glad you brought your kids with you! Seeing and hearing children during Mass reminds everyone that Mass is for everyone and gives us a future of hope! We offer several opportunities to help your child get the most out of Mass.
In each of the church entrances, you’ll find a small basket of children’s books. Feel free to take a couple for your child to look at and read during Mass and simply return the book(s) to the basket after Mass.
In each of the entrances, you will find a 5″x7″ bulletin on the side of the book rack. These contain activities, puzzles, etc. related to the readings of the day. These help explain the lessons from the readings at a child’s level.
During 8:30 and 11:00 Mass on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month, we invite children (and any of their guardians who wish to attend) downstairs to Martin Hall after the opening of the Mass. The kids will experience and participate in the same elements of the Mass taking place upstairs but on a level that relates to younger children (ages 5-10). They return to the church as the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins.
We offer live streaming of the Mass downstairs in Martin Hall. If you have a restless child and would feel more comfortable viewing and listening to Mass in a more private setting, Martin Hall is available during all weekend Masses. On Sundays with Children’s Liturgy, streaming will begin after the children are dismissed back upstairs to church. We are not indicating that noisy children are not welcome in the church (far from it!), we simply want to make use of our available space and equipment to better serve our guests.
Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some people dressed up and others dressed more casually. Wear what would make you feel most comfortable.
We’re so glad you’ve decided to visit us! Here’s some information to help you plan your visit! If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at 563-588-1433.
We are just off of Highway 20 after the Fremont Ave. Bridge. You can find our location on the map. You can find further directions on our Location & Directions page.
Our church parking lot is the most convenient place to park. There are ADA Accessible parking stalls along the church. There are also four Preferred Parking stalls near the main door that do not meet ADA standards but are more convenient for those with limited mobility such as the elderly, pregnant mothers, those with physical limitations, etc. If the church parking lot is full, there is another parking lot behind the school. You can also park on the sides of the surrounding streets.
Bring an open mind and an open heart ready to hear the Word of God! If this is your first time going to church in a while or if you go every week, be ready to make new friends and take part in a lively community of faith. Whatever your background or beliefs, you are welcome here.