Mass and Devotions

The obligation to attend Mass resumed on Monday, September 14.

Regarding the obligation to attend Mass, the archbishop states: "If a person is at risk because of age, underlying medical conditions or a compromised immune system, one would be excused from the obligation. If a person is caring for a sick person they would be excused from the obligation out of charity. Fear of getting sick, in and of itself, does not excuse someone from the obligation. However, if the fear is generated because of at-risk factors, such as pre-existing conditions, age or compromised immune systems, then the fear would be sufficient to excuse from the obligation."

Celebration of the Mass is central to the life of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wauwatosa. Through the Mass, Christ's sacrifice on Calvary is made present.

  • Saturday Vigil Mass – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Masses – 8 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Daily Mass – 8:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • day school student Masses: 8:15 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (students only; no one else allowed at these Masses)

People age 5 and over attending Mass are now required by the state and by the City of Wauwatosa to wear masks. Exemptions to the mask requirement include: Individuals with medical conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities that prevent the individual from wearing a face covering. Ushers have disposable masks if you forget to bring one.

Please note that the City of Wauwatosa is monitoring compliance with the mask requirement. If we are found to be in violation, we risk losing our ability to have public Masses, so please wear a mask.

We have taped off every other pew, so distancing can be maintained.

See the website home page for more details on health and safety precautions.

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  • Tuesdays, 7:40 a.m., in church prior to 8:15 Mass
  • Thursdays, 7:40 a.m., in church prior to 8:15 Mass

Adoration and Private Prayer

The St. Joseph Chapel is again open for private prayer. Hours will be 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m Monday through Friday. The Blessed Sacrament will be reserved in the chapel. Due to social distancing, there is room for nine persons. When you leave the chapel, wipe down the chair you used with the sanitary wipes located on the stand near the back of the chapel.

Other devotions are suspended until further notice.