Welcome to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Aransas
Let's fill our community with God's Love!
Let's fill our community with God's Love!
There will be Stations of the Cross
every Friday of Lent after Morning Mass.
Mass - 8:30 AM
Stations of the Cross soon after Mass
We invite you to join us for daily and Weekend Masses.
Saturday - 5:00 PM
Sunday - 9:00 AM
Sunday - 11:00 AM
Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri - 8:30 AM
Confessions: 30 minutes before Mass
We welcome you to join us for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, while you are vacationing here at Port Aransas. You will find this to be a place of welcome and will surely feel at home. Worshiping together with the Catholic community here at our Church will definitely be an uplifting experience for you.
We are a welcoming Catholic community, called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people. You will find our church a truly prayerful space to experience the loving presence of God. We are always happy to welcome the numerous visitors who come to spend a relaxed time with their loved ones on the seashore. We appreciate your faithfulness in joining us for Sunday Mass and this has always been an inspiration for us as well. We are always grateful for the support you give us and that has strengthened our efforts to bear witness to the love of God.
This is the dream project of the people of St. Joseph Church in Port Aransas to be the harbingers of hope. Having experienced the ravages of hurricane Harvey, we, as a community want to build a campus that will serve the needs of everyone who live in and visit Port Aransas. We want to embrace the future with hope and courage, and establish a circle of friendship. We are in that process of building our legacy for the future generations, who will usher in an era of hope, fellowship and peace. Please join us!
You can lend your support at our online giving page. https://osvhub.com/stjosephportaransas/giving/funds/building-fund
Parish Hall Repairs
We were able to complete the work on a new Rectory and Parish Office with CCD classrooms. This was made possible with generous donations from numerous people. We are grateful to all the people who contributed to this effort. We are now in the process of repairing the Parish Hall. The Parish Hall was built in the 70s and needs modifications to suit the various activities of our Parish. Any modification we want to make will have to be supported from the money from the Building Fund. It is important, therefore to have sufficient funds in our Building Fund to cover the expected costs. As in the past, we continue to rely on donors to enable us to complete this project.
Secondary sources tell us that priests were visiting the settlement now known as Port Aransas as early as 1860. Unfortunately, we are unable to verify this information at this time since records in the diocesan archives do not date back that far and the Official Catholic Directory does not specifically reference that location until 1885. However, we believe the area was most likely visited by either Corpus Christi or Refugio.
Port Aransas is first referenced in the 1885 OCD which notes that Mustang Island was visited from Corpus Christi. Mustang Island is consistently referenced between 1885 and 1903 and was being visited either by Corpus Christi or Rockport. In 1904, Mustang Island was no longer named but was instead replaced by St. Anthony Mission located in Tarpon, Nueces County (Tarpon being an earlier name given to Port Aransas.) This continues until 1913 when Tarpon is now referred to in the OCD as Port Aransas. In 1913, St. Anthony Mission, Port Aransas comes under the care of Sacred Heart, Rockport. This continues through 1947.
Between 1948 and 1970 the OCD lists the mission at Port Aransas as under the care of Our Lady Star of the Sea in Aransas Pass. The first time the mission is listed as "St. Joseph" is in 1954, however, it may have changed names sooner. The name change is unclear from the OCD and would require further research in the diocesan archives. From 1971 to 1988, Port Aransas is listed under the care of Our Lady of Assumption in Ingleside. It is listed as an independent mission from 1989 - 1992 and as a parish from 1993 to the present.
This Church served the community until 2009