Pilgrimage church: St. Joseph, Sturgeon Bay
By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor
During this Jubilee year, we are asked to turn our hearts back to God, to be reconciled with God and with
one another. One way to set our hearts and minds upon this reconciliation is through a pilgrimage.
Bp. Robert Banks has designated 10 pilgrimage sites for the Jubilee Year. Pilgrims may receive a special
Jubilee Year indulgence granted by Pope John Paul. Conditions for the indulgence, besides the pilgrimage
itself, include: Sacramental confession, at any time and place, during the Jubilee Year; Eucharistic
Communion; and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.
Once at a pilgrimage site, the pilgrim is asked to recite the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles or Nicene Creed and
a prayer for the Holy Father. Below is one of the 10 pilgrimage sites:
St. Joseph Parish
526 Louisiana St., Sturgeon Bay
Weekend Masses: Saturday: 4 p.m.; Sunday: 9 a.m.
Daily Mass on Wednesday and Thursday at 8 .a.m; Friday at noon.
Evening Mass on Tuesday at 7 p.m., with Rosary preceding Mass at 6:40 p.m.
Communion service: Monday, 8 a.m. with Liturgy of the Hours.
Holy Day Masses: 8 a.m.
Confessions: 3 p.m., Saturday
Feast Day: March 19, feast of St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary.
Feast Day Celebration, 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 20, Holy Hour followed by ice cream social.
The parish was originally dedicated to St. John and dates to 1865, with the donation of land by Joseph and
Mary Lavasson. It was incorporated as St. Joseph Parish on Nov. 30, 1883.
The first church was built in 1866. It was served as a mission from Ahnapee, now Algoma.
Ground was broken for a second church in 1888 and the first church building was donated to St. Mary of
the Lake, Baileys Harbor.
This second church was remodeled in 1890, but it was soon too small for the parish. It contained three bells
in its single steeple: St. Joseph, Star of the Sea and Guardian Angel
The present church with its ttwin bell towers was built and dedicated on Nov. 14, 1910. To save costs, it
was built largely of materials from the razed second church building.
Administrator: Fr. Charles Mocco.
(Sources: Compass files; diocesan Archives)