St. Joseph Catholic Church
As the second oldest church in Monroe County, MI, and the third oldest in the Archdiocese of Detroit, the story of St. Joseph's Parish is one of faith and community life centered on Christ in the Eucharist and guided by his Word.
The first French settlers began about 1790 making their clearings in the dense walnut stands behind the shores of Maumee Bay. Despite hardship, they worked and worshipped together in a small community with a simple log church and school. The primitive log church, built by the lake shore in 1819, was replaced by a frame structure in 1826. Their faith and sacrifices made it possible for the parish to grow.
The present church on a more accessible site was erected in 1851 and consecrated by Bishop Peter Paul LeFever in 1852". Others built on their efforts with similar commitment while facing new challenges.
Today, St. Joseph Parish, located in Erie MI, continues to be a faith based community of people who seek to make Christ known through our worship and love.
Prayer to St. Joseph: OH, SAINT JOSEPH, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me; and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen