Our Return to Mass

Ready to return to Mass? We are ready for you!

St. Joseph continues to follow COVID-related health and safety measures for the public celebration of Mass. Weekend Masses are 4 p.m. Saturday, and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Those measures have allowed us to safely celebrate Mass each weekend, and twice-a-week daily Masses for parishioners. We have increased our capacity for Mass attendance, but we have not let down our guard for health safety.

Here's what you can expect at Mass:

  1. Enter at the Center Street entrance only. You may leave via any door.
  2. Seating is allowed only in every other pew. That allows recommended distancing.
  3. Masks covering the mouth and nose are required in church at all times, except when receiving communion. We are subject to the  mask mandate of the City of Wauwatosa that is in place through April 7, 2021. Please comply. Wauwatosa is monitoring compliance; we could lose our ability to have public Masses if we are found out of compliance. If you forget your mask, ask an usher for one.
  4. Communion is distributed only in the form of the Body of Christ. Recipients should hold their hands as flat as possible so the communion distributor can place the host on the hand without making skin contact.
  5. Communicants approach the distributor in a different manner; ushers will guide you.
  6. Single-use music sheets are available at the Center Street entrance. After Mass, place them in the paper grocery bag in the Center Street entrance, for recycling.
  7. Contributions should be placed in the basket at the Center Street entrance.
  8. Pews, kneelers, door handles and other surfaces are sanitized after Mass.

We continue to update our website with the latest information relating to Mass and parish activities during the pandemic. See our COVID-19 page.

Parish Life

  • First Communion 2020
  • Confirmation 2020
  • To accommodate Christmas crowds during the pandemic, we had two Masses at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve – one in the church and one in the gym.
  • First Fruits Garden
  • 2019 First Communicants
  • People are encouraged to wear masks and must distance themselves during Masses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Blessing of 2018 Confirmands, with Fr. Dennis of St. Joseph, Bishop Haines, and Fr. Mark of St. Agnes
  • Youth choir singing at Breakfast with Jesus
  • A good time for all at Breakfast with Jesus
  • Fr. Dennis blesses Easter Foods on Holy Saturday. The blessing is a traditional Polish event, known in Polish as Święconka.
  • JJ Anshus Piano Recital Packs the Church
  • A role for all children at Breakfast with Jesus
  • Youth cantors lead the congregation in song.
  • Children enrolled in the St. Joseph day school participate in the annual Christmas program in church.
  • Fr. Dennis celebrates Easter Mass, 2018.
  • Baptism of Lorraine Nelson
  • St. Joseph is honored to be the teaching parish for seminarian Deacon Joe Stefancin.
  • Holy Thursday Feet Washing
  • Annual Parish Dinner and Auction
  • Annual Parish Auction and Dinner
  • Oktoberfest Kids Activities

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Parish News

Anonymous Donor Will Match Your Auction Donations!

An anonymous St. Joseph parishioner has made a "matching" donation challenge for the St. Joe's 2021 parish auction. Money raised between March 13 and March 31, 2021 will be matched up to $20,000!
Download the donation form, and return it with your donation to the parish office by March 31.

We won't be able to have the annual parish dinner auction this year due to the pandemic, but we still need your support. Last year, the auction raised more than $75,000 for the parish – money that funds the many services provided by St. Joseph and that helps keep the lights on. Donate between March 13 and 31 to help us raise those needed funds.

Men of Christ Conference at St. Joseph

This year, individual parishes, including St. Joseph, will host the Men of Christ Conference. This will be the morning of Saturday, March 20. Download the informational flier, with registration information.

March Parish Newsletter

Read or download the March parish newsletter.

Stations of the Cross

There are no in-person Stations of the Cross in church this Lent, but you can still participate in the devotion online. Following are some options:

Reservations will be required for the Good Friday service and for the three Easter Sunday Masses. Call 414-771-4626.

Raise Your Hand to Love and Rise Above – Catholic Stewardship Appeal

The needs of Gods people are even greater during the pandemic. Watch this moving video as Archbishop Listecki kicks off the annual Catholic Stewardship Appeal.


Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis has declared this the "Year of St. Joseph," our parish's patron. Read more about the designation and learn more about St. Joseph at a special section of the archdiocesen website. Then, watch for coming information on how our congregation will pay special attention to our patron this year.


We are all pilgrim people on different legs of the journey home. At St. Joseph, we pray for all to encounter Christ, be transformed by Christ, and accept Christ's commission to spread the Gospel.

If you've been away from the church for a long time or short time, you're still welcome at God's home. If you are coming from another faith tradition or no tradition at all, we welcome you home to the Christian Church founded by Jesus and expanded by his apostles to all people.

If you've moved into the neighborhood and are looking for a vibrant parish for your faith life, we welcome you to our Christian family.

We're happy to answer questions about our parish, about the Mass, about Catholicism and the Catholic Church today, and about how we as a parish of St. Joseph in Wauwatosa can serve you. Read More.

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