Celebrating 200 Years!
200 Years of Faith and Formation
1819 - 2019
October 2019 will mark the 200th Anniversary of St. Joseph Church of Erie MI, an impressive milestone and testament to the strength of our parish community. To commemorate our bicentennial, we are planning an exciting year of festivities to bring together all of our parishioners and our local communities.
Our Parish will recognize the bicentennial anniversary of St. Joseph Church in a year-long celebration starting Fall of 2018 through October 2019 by acknowledging the rich history and contributions of the Catholic community in southeast Michigan, and by inviting our communities to share in our joy. Our final celebration will be on October 19, 2019, with Mass and a reception.
We would appreciate families being willing to share photos, news clippings, or other items documenting these early days. Current activities include our history video recordings and our history power point. As our planning moves forward, you will find important dates and links to special topics of interest on this page. Thank you for your interest in our Bicentennial Year celebration!
The parish received special anniversary gifts given at the Christmas Masses. The gifts of a book and a commemorative year round ornament cross were made possible by two anonymous donors.
In addition, the K of C Council #7413, K of C Ladies Auxiliary, and St. Joseph Catholic School PTG gifted to our Parish families the dynamic Christian family media access program, FORMED. Access the site and register, with parish code: MGMSTJ
Embracing our 200-year journey:
In 1819 a log church was built, also on the north side of Bay Creek about half way between what is now Bay Creek Rd. and I-75. The church was approximately 25 X 30 ft. with high walls and a ceiling. The log church served the purpose until 1826, when a frame church was built by the little congregation and used by them for nearly thirty years. This church was located on the south side of the creek near Knaggs Corners which today is the intersection of Vienna and Bay Creek Roads. Note: Church pictured is a replicated version of earlier structures.
Anniversary t-shirts are now available. For more information, or to inquire as to how you can assist, contact Peg C. @ 419-262-6611 or Karen R. @ 419-262-6907
Our parish will be hosting several activities and events during 2019 to remember and honor our parish heritage.
Save the date:
The culmination of the yearlong celebration will take place on October 19, 2019. On this day, Archbishop Allen Vigneron will officiate at our 4:30pm Mass. A dinner/reception will follow the Mass at LaRoy's Hall in LaSalle MI.