Let's make our community a better place!
Let's make our community a better place!
As per the directive from Bishop Mulvey, Bishop of Corpus Christi, we will have Masses for the general public with only 25% of the church capacity, starting the weekend of May 9 and 10. This means that for each Mass we will be able to accommodate 85 attendees. You are encouraged to wear a mask as you walk in for the Mass and to practice social distancing. Please follow the instructions of the Ushers in this regard. All the other instructions will be given before each Mass.
New Mass Schedule
Saturday - 5:00 PM
Sunday - 9:00 AM (also streamed on social media)
Mon, Wed, Thur and Fri - 8:30 AM
(Bishop Mulvey has also granted a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass to all the faithful. For more information click here.)
This is a time for us to remain united and find meaning in personal prayer. When we pray we all become one in the Lord.
Let us continue to raise our hearts in prayer, for the affected persons and those caring for them.
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.
Monday,Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
(First Holy communion)
30 minutes before weekend Masses
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. Join us!
We have started building a new Rectory and by the end of February we will start the construction of a new Religious Education building and Parish Office. Soon we will begin the repair of our Parish Hall. Thanks to all who have supported our efforts!
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