ST. JOSEPH ROCKS FOR 200 YEARS!
200 Years of Faith and Formation
1819 - 2019
October 2019 marked the 200th Anniversary of St. Joseph Church of Erie MI, an impressive milestone and testament to the strength of our parish community.
Our Parish recognized the bicentennial anniversary of St. Joseph Church in a year-long celebration 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 was on October 19, 2019, with Mass and a reception.
The parish received special anniversary gifts given at the 2018 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.
Bicentennial Year Memories
Our final celebration Mass, with Archbishop Allen Vigneron as celebrant. A dinner reception followed at LaRoy's Hall.
St. Francis of Assisi, Pet Blessing
Hosting of Blessed Solanus Casey Relic
Parish Outdoor Mass & Picnic
Reception to honor Sisters Dorthea, Mary de Porres, and Frances