Saturday, May 26, 2007

Photos of Saint Joseph Church, in Josephville, Missouri


So says the inscription over the front door of Saint Joseph Church in Josephville, Missouri. It is an accurate statement.

The interior of the church has been recently restored.

The sanctuary during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Crucifix, decorated for the Easter Season.

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred Host we hail!

The communion rail.

Painting of the happy death of Saint Joseph, above the sanctuary.

Altars of Mary and Joseph.

Station of the Cross.

Saint Anthony of Padua.

St. Josemaria Escriva 6 Oct. 2002
Opus Dei

'M' is for Mary.

One Lord
One faith ☩
One baptism

A combination confessional and cry room. I've seen this in many smaller churches.

The pipe organ. Older organ pipes tend to be decorated, while modern pipes tend to be bare metal. I wonder if it may be better to use painted steel or iron pipes instead of expensive copper alloys. New pipe organs are often unaffordable for small parishes.

Stained glass window above the front entrance.

The ☧monogram is made of the Greek letters Χ (chi) and Ρ (rho): the first two letters of 'Christ'.

From the parish website:
St. Joseph Church has been referred to as “the oldest homemade church in the area,” This is because clay for the bricks was dug from “the brick yard pond,” an area of red clay on the farm located across the road from the church. The bricks were baked “on the spot” on Leonard Rothermich’s farm at a cost of $4 per one thousand. Lumber for the church floors and communion rail came from the trees of parishioners’ farms. Local masons and carpenters did the work, and on October 6, 1872, the new church was dedicated by Rev. Henry Muehlsiepen, vicar general of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The church is located about 42 highway miles west of downtown Saint Louis, Missouri, in Saint Charles County.

The rectory. I had a brief conversation with Father near here.

Saint Joseph Parish
Mass Schedule
Sat: 5:15
Sun: 7:30 - 10:00
Founded 1852

1390 Josephville Rd
Wentzville, MO 63385


  1. Beautiful Church, Mark. I see the altar table in front of the high altar, so it's obviously an NO Church. Do they also celebrate the TLM there? BTW, that's one of the most beautiful sanctuaries I've seen. Churches like that in Canada are few and far between.

  2. I has been recently renovated, but that's all that I know about it.

    Maybe a Saint Charles County reader could comment here about its history.