St. Joseph’s Church is 150 years old; public invited to celebrate

The parishioners of St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz will celebrate the 150th anniversary of their parish community Saturday, June 27. Pictured is the historic church building parishioners currently worship in, which was dedicated in 1888. An outdoor Mass begins the celebration at 4:30 p.m., concelebrated by Bishop Donald Kettler and past parish priests.

The parishioners of St. Joseph’s Church in Pierz will celebrate the 150th anniversary of their parish community Saturday, June 27. Pictured is the historic church building parishioners currently worship in, which was dedicated in 1888. An outdoor Mass begins the celebration at 4:30 p.m., concelebrated by Bishop Donald Kettler and past parish priests.

As far as it is known, the year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of St. Joseph’s Church parish in Pierz. In 1865, the Rev. Francis Xavier Pierz started ministering to the community of Rich Prairie. Rich Prairie would eventually be renamed Pierz in the reverend’s honor.

In keeping with tradition, the parish is celebrating with a 150th anniversary outdoor Mass (weather permitting), at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 27. Bishop Donald Kettler will officiate and all past parish priests that are able will concelebrate. Music for the Mass will be provided by a combination of the folk and adult choirs, singing a variety of appropriate songs for the occasion. There will be plenty of seating available with handicapped parking and seating area also provided.

After Mass, outdoor entertainment will include old time music, food and beverages on the grounds for all to enjoy. Guests will also be able to take guided tours of the historic Catholic Church, covering some of the past special events making the parish what it is today.

If the weather is not agreeable, Mass will be held inside the church with the celebration moving to the lower level of the church. All are invited to celebrate with parishioners of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pierz.

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