Our Return to Mass


Ready to return to Mass? We’re ready for you!

St. Joseph continues to follow COVID-related health and safety measures.

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 starting this weekend, 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 are required in church at all times, except when receiving communion. We are subject to the state’s mask mandate, and that of the City of Wauwatosa. Please comply. Wauwatosa is monitoring compliance; we could lose our ability to have public Masses if we are found out of compliance.
  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. For the time being, we have a limited number of communion distributors at each Mass.
  6. Communicants approach the distributor in a different manner; ushers will guide you.
  7. 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.
  8. Contributions should be placed in the basket at the Center Street entrance.
  9. 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
  • First Fruits Garden
  • 2019 First Communicants
  • People are encouraged to wear masks and must distance themselves during ...
  • Blessing of 2018 Confirmands, with Fr. Dennis of St. Joseph, Bishop ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Fr. Dennis celebrates Easter Mass, 2018.
  • Baptism of Lorraine Nelson
  • St. Joseph is honored to be the teaching parish for seminarian ...
  • Holy Thursday Feet Washing
  • Annual Parish Dinner and Auction
  • Annual Parish Auction and Dinner
  • Oktoberfest Kids Activities

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Parish News

Obligation to Attend Mass Resumes; Masks Required in Church

The obligation to attend Mass has resumed. Read the archbishop's column on restoration of the obligation to attend Mass, and on situations when you would be relieved of the obligation. We will have expanded capacity in church.

People attending Mass are required to wear masks, per the state order and per the Wauwatosa city ordinance. If we are found not in compliance, we risk losing the ability to have public Masses; the City of Wauwatosa is monitoring compliance. If you forget a mask, disposable masks are available; ask an usher for one. If you have a medical issue that merits an exemption, please let Fr. Dennis know of that situation.

The Saturday Vigil Mass starts at 4 p.m. Daily Mass is celebrated on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:15 a.m.

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Catholic Formation Online Series

St. Joseph is offering a series of online presentations on "Separation to Closeness," starting in September. There will be Tuesday morning and Thursday evening sessions. Read More.


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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