Saturday, May 19, 2007

Photos of Saints Mary and Joseph Chapel, in Saint Louis, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saints Mary and Joseph Chapel, in the Carondelet neighborhood of Saint Louis, Missouri. This was a parish church until 2005; now it is chapel administered from the nearby Saint Stephen Protomartyr Church. It has two Masses per week and is popular with weddings. It is located overlooking the Mississippi River about 6-½ road miles southwest of the Old Cathedral.

This is the fourth church located on this site, the first being a log cabin dating from 1818. The chaplain of that log church was the Venerable Felix de Andreis of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests).

According to the chapel's history:
The present Sts. Mary and Joseph's church building is considered one of the most beautiful and thoroughly constructed churches in the city of St. Louis. It is the British village chapel type with a touch of Norman leaning toward Gothic architecture. The columns and arches are of bedford Indiana limestone and this item alone makes it one of the few churches of the Archdiocese of St. Louis with stone columns and stone arches. The entire ceiling of the inner church is of exposed timber. The entrance has been built of Wisconsin Lannon stone trimmed with Bedford limestone.

Archbishop John J. Glennon laid the cornerstone on September 22, 1940.

These photos were taken after the 4:00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass. The chapel was packed, and Father chanted and sang the Canon of the Mass!

The tabernacle is on the left side-altar, while Saint Joseph's altar is on the right. Note the intact communion rail.

"He hath given his angels charge over thee", from Psalm 90.

The view from the chapel, which is sited high above the Mississippi River; the riverfront here is mainly industrial.

The Chapel is next door to the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet.

Mass Times:
Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.
Saturday (Vigil) 4:00 p.m.

6304 Minnesota Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63111


  1. Hey you forgot pictures of the Sacred Heart statue w/the promises of the Sacred Heart hand-stenciled all around! My parents were married in this church in January 1952. Fr. Chuck Barthel, pastor of St. Stephen Protomartyr, was an Associate (and I used to be one of his altar boys in grade school) at our home parish 25 years ago & so he was only too happy to celebrate Mom & Dad's 55th Anniversary Mass this past January. It's such a gorgeous chapel and I LOVE the 4pm Mass on Saturdays.

  2. Sacred Heart statue? I missed that completely: didn't even see it. Ugh, I oftentimes just see what I'm interested in and am oblivious to everything else!

  3. It's on the left side, in front of the side altar where the Tabernacle is, next to the hand-painted picture of Our lady of Perpetual Help. They have a beautiful Bapistery, too.

  4. You'll also notice in the picture you posted of the mural over the doorway by the statue of the Blessed Mother: on the left, it says "eat, drink, and be merry" with a candy cane (as in "Merry Christmas") and on the right it says just the opposite: "take up your cross and follow Me." The doorway is in-between, suggesting that a life of balance is in order. That's what I got from it, anyway.