History

As early as 1660 the Black River Falls area was visited by a Jesuit missionary, Father Rene Menard, but it wasn't until 1857 that Saint Joseph's Mission was established.  Early in 1859 Mass was occasionally offered in the Jackson County Court House.  In 1867 Father Marco visited Black River Falls to plan for the erection of a Catholic Church.

1867 Father Kerrigan served St. Joseph's from Eau Claire

1870 Father Lavin lived here for a few months

1871 The first Catholic church was built on German Hill

1881 Father Morse held services semi-monthly

1885 Father Volz served here when St. Joseph became a mission of Neillsville

1898 Father Garrity became first resident pastor

1903 Parish traded church properties with German Reformed Congregation and occupied present location on Main Street

1907 - 1925 Parish is served by non-resident pastors; Fathers Kenney, Reigelsberger, Broidy, Byrne, Durward, Stuhlmann, and Englehardt

1925 Father William Braun becomes second resident pastor followed by Fathers Kreibich, Peters, Koopman, Thuecks, Mathieu, Landy, Murphy, Barney, Mish, Braun and presently Father Robert A. Streveler

1927 First religious education summer school

1943 Present church is dedicated

1950 First school opens with 49 students

1952 New school (present building) opens with 87 students

1956 First parish son, Frances Smetana becomes priest, Father Joseph, O.F.M. Cap.

1959 Convent (present rectory) was purchased

1970 First Parish Council becomes functional

1978 School closes with 43 students

1982 Church renovations completed

2002 Vacation Bible School joins neighbor churches "on the hill"

2007 Church restoration

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Mass Times

St. Joseph's:
Saturday 4:00pm
(confession 3:30pm)
Sunday 10:00am
Tuesday Mass & Adoration 4-6pm
Wednesday - Friday 7:45am


St. Kevins:
Sunday 8:00am

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