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St.joseph Catholic Church

607 University Dr, Starkville, MS 39759
http://www.stjosephstarkville.org
(662) 323-2257
 
History of St. Joseph catholic church Beginnings. The beginning was small but the commitment and dedication were grand. During the 1920s the Catholic community that was to become the parish of Starkville consisted of the Ed Lucke and Sam Phillips fami...read more
History of St. Joseph catholic church Beginnings. The beginning was small but the commitment and dedication were grand. During the 1920s the Catholic community that was to become the parish of Starkville consisted of the Ed Lucke and Sam Phillips families and about 50 students from the near-by Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College. A small lot was purchased on Maxwell Street in 1929 to build a very modest, frame chapel. The congregation was organized as a mission of the Church of the Annunciation of Columbus, MS, and Sunday Mass was celebrated at 7:00 a.m. by Father Vincent Haigle, O.S.B., who drove from Columbus to Starkville on Saturday evening and slept on a cot in the back of the chapel. Father Haigle celebrated the first Mass in the new chapel in November,1929 and it was dedicated by Bishop Gerow on May 4, 1930. The chapel building still stands on Maxwell Street, recognizable as a church but now used for other purposes. The history of the Catholic community in Starkville and the College, renamed Mississippi State College in 1923, is marked by the commitment and dedication at its humble beginnings to a vision of what the Church needed to be to serve the multiple needs of a small town and university based congregation. Milton Robelot, a lay apostle, was assigned to the Mississippi State College (Mississippi State University, MSU, since 1958) for well attended weekly devotional services. During the World War II years, the number of Catholic students increased sharply as many military-related studies and programs at MSU brought in young men from the large urban areas throughout the country. Mass was celebrated Sunday mornings in MSUs Lee Hall Auditorium by Father Clarence Meyer, O.S.B. On-campus Mass continued in MSUs Chapel of Memories until February 1999. As the country, Starkville, and MSU adjusted to the peaceful years following World War II, St. Joseph Church, the Starkville mission of Columbuss Church of the Annunciation, was assigned its first resident priest. Father John T. Martin, a diocesan priest and assistant to the Columbus pastor, took up residence in Starkville on November 5, 1946. Since the congregation was fast outgrowing the small Maxwell Street chapel, one of Father Martins priority tasks was location of an appropriate site for a larger, parish church. During his first year (1947) in Starkville, Father Martin found a suitable lot with a standing house for sale on University Drive, the site of the previous and present St. Joseph Churches. The lot and house were purchased May 31, 1947 for $15,000. The house became the rectory and services continued at the Maxwell Street chapel. St. Joseph Becomes a Parish Church The congregation continued to grow and organize. The Altar Society was formed in November, 1946, and a Newman Club for MSUs Catholic students in 1947. Decisions and events during the next five years completed the transformation of the Starkville/Campus Catholic community and St. Joseph church from a mission with inadequate facilities on a side street to a full-fledged parish with a spacious and beautiful new church in a favored location. The parish of Starkville was established August 28, 1948, comprising all of Oktibbeha and Webster counties and part of Choctaw county. Work began on the new church on the University Drive property with much ceremony on December 11, 1949. The church cost $60,000 and was dedicated by Bishop Gerow. Father Martin celebrated St. Josephs first midnight Mass on Christmas, 1951, and Bishop Gerow administered the Sacrament of Confirmation for the first time in April 1952. The ceremony was followed by another event, which while non-sacramental, was immensely satisfying to Bishop Gerow, Father Martin, and the congregationthe burning of the parish mortgages on its properties! Father Edward L. Cratin assistant pastor of St. Peters in Jackson and an MSU engineering graduate, was installed as the second pastor of St. Joseph in 1953. In the same year the parish was expanded
 
 

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  • 5:30 Pm
  • 5:30 Pm Mass (Fall & Spring Only)
  • 7:00 Am
  • Communion
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  • Confirmation
  • Counseling
  • Sunday Mass: 9 Am & 1130 Am
  • Sunday Mass: 9 Am & 11:30 Am
  • Wed & Fri
  • Weddings
  • Weekday Mass: Tues & Thurs
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History of St. Joseph catholic church Beginnings. The beginning was small but the commitment and dedication were grand. During the 1920s the Catholic community that was to become the parish of Starkville consisted of the Ed Lucke and Sam Phillips families and about 50 students from the near-by Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College. A small lot was purchased on Maxwell Street in 1929 to build a very modest, frame chapel. The congregation was organized as a mission of the Church of the Annunciation of Columbus, MS, and Sunday Mass was celebrated at 7:00 a.m. by Father Vincent Haigle, O.S.B., who drove from Columbus to Starkville on Saturday evening and slept on a cot in the back of the chapel. Father Haigle celebrated the first Mass in the new chapel in November,1929 and it was dedicated by Bishop Gerow on May 4, 1930. The chapel building still stands on Maxwell Street, recognizable as a church but now used for other purposes. The history of the Catholic community in Starkville and the College, renamed Mississippi State College in 1923, is marked by the commitment and dedication at its humble beginnings to a vision of what the Church needed to be to serve the multiple needs of a small town and university based congregation. Milton Robelot, a lay apostle, was assigned to the Mississippi State College (Mississippi State University, MSU, since 1958) for well attended weekly devotional services. During the World War II years, the number of Catholic students increased sharply as many military-related studies and programs at MSU brought in young men from the large urban areas throughout the country. Mass was celebrated Sunday mornings in MSUs Lee Hall Auditorium by Father Clarence Meyer, O.S.B. On-campus Mass continued in MSUs Chapel of Memories until February 1999. As the country, Starkville, and MSU adjusted to the peaceful years following World War II, St. Joseph Church, the Starkville mission of Columbuss Church of the Annunciation, was assigned its first resident priest. Father John T. Martin, a diocesan priest and assistant to the Columbus pastor, took up residence in Starkville on November 5, 1946. Since the congregation was fast outgrowing the small Maxwell Street chapel, one of Father Martins priority tasks was location of an appropriate site for a larger, parish church. During his first year (1947) in Starkville, Father Martin found a suitable lot with a standing house for sale on University Drive, the site of the previous and present St. Joseph Churches. The lot and house were purchased May 31, 1947 for $15,000. The house became the rectory and services continued at the Maxwell Street chapel. St. Joseph Becomes a Parish Church The congregation continued to grow and organize. The Altar Society was formed in November, 1946, and a Newman Club for MSUs Catholic students in 1947. Decisions and events during the next five years completed the transformation of the Starkville/Campus Catholic community and St. Joseph church from a mission with inadequate facilities on a side street to a full-fledged parish with a spacious and beautiful new church in a favored location. The parish of Starkville was established August 28, 1948, comprising all of Oktibbeha and Webster counties and part of Choctaw county. Work began on the new church on the University Drive property with much ceremony on December 11, 1949. The church cost $60,000 and was dedicated by Bishop Gerow. Father Martin celebrated St. Josephs first midnight Mass on Christmas, 1951, and Bishop Gerow administered the Sacrament of Confirmation for the first time in April 1952. The ceremony was followed by another event, which while non-sacramental, was immensely satisfying to Bishop Gerow, Father Martin, and the congregationthe burning of the parish mortgages on its properties! Father Edward L. Cratin assistant pastor of St. Peters in Jackson and an MSU engineering graduate, was installed as the second pastor of St. Joseph in 1953. In the same year the parish was expanded