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St. Joseph Catholic Church at 512 Buckroe Ave, Hampton, VA 23664-0126 US - PARISH MISSION STATEMENT We, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, in Hampton, Virginia, are proclaiming the Good News, celebrating our faith and reaching out to others inspired by the words of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, "Labor with missionary zeal, for the salvation of souls."

PARISH MISSION STATEMENT

We, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, in Hampton, Virginia, are proclaiming the Good News, celebrating our faith and reaching out to others inspired by the words of Saint Alphonsus Liguori,

"Labor with missionary zeal, for the salvation of souls."



A message from St. Joseph Catholic Church's pastor, Monsignor Walter Barrett:

"I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to St. Joseph Catholic Church. I hope that as you come to know us here at St. Joe's you will find our faith community to be open and loving. I pray that you will find a spiritual home here that will guide and nourish your faith life."

History of St. Joseph Catholic Church

St. Joseph's was originally founded as a mission to St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, Fort Monroe, to serve the spiritual needs of the increasing number of military and resident Catholics and tourists in the Buckroe Beach area of Hampton, Virginia.

On March 17, 1950, the Reverend Julius O. Schmidhauser, pastor of St. Mary's, wrote to the Very Reverend Peter L. Ireton, Bishop of Richmond, requesting permission to celebrate Mass in Buckroe for the "150 faithful." Bishop Ireton agreed to Father Schmidhauser's request and through the efforts of the Buckroe Civic Association, the Buckroe Community Center was made available as a temporary place of worship. It was there that the first Mass was offered on June 25, 1950. 

Later that year, the Catholic Community, in response to another pressing need, formed the "Buckroe Beach Chapel Project Committee" to raise the necessary funds to build a permanent sanctuary. With an overwhelming number of pledges from the congregation, a $500 gift from St. Mary's, and a $2,000 loan secured by Bishop Ireton, the committee began to search for land and study architectural plans.

Three adjacent lots were eventually purchased at the corner of Buckroe Avenue and Fifth Street, the site of Cordier Hall today. On July 3, 1955, Father Schmidhauser said the inaugural Mass in the unfinished structure, and on October 16, 1955, the Buckroe Beach Catholic Chapel was dedicated under the patronage of St. Joseph.

Buckroe Beach St. Joseph Chapel continued as a mission to St. Mary's until 1968, when it was elevated to parish status. It then became St. Joseph Church operating under the direction of the Redemptorist Fathers. By 1971, the number of parishioners registered at St. Joseph's far exceeded those registered at St. Mary's, and the Bishop designated St. Mary's as a mission to St. Joseph's, with one pastor administrating both parishes. In 1974, additional land across the street was acquired anticipating the need for a larger building to accommodate the burgeoning population.

On July 1, 1977, St. Joseph's and St. Mary's became independent parishes, and in 1978, St. Joseph's Building Committee was under way planning for a new church. The groundbreaking ceremony for the existing church was held on March 19, 1982, the feast day of St. Joseph; the formal dedication was June 26, 1983. 

Today, St. Joseph's ministers to more than 1,000 "faithful" Catholic families in Hampton, the surrounding peninsula, and the Southside. Approximately 30-50 new families join the church each year attracted to the vibrant, vital community of devoted parishioners and supportive clergy. As the parish prepares to celebrate a half century of missionary zeal, we are mindful of our humble beginnings and Fr. Schmidhauser's commitment to the "Catholics of Buckroe Beach."



A Lesson from Jonah

If you saw the person you have grown to hate with a car coming at them, you would:
A. keep walking, it’s not your fault
B. tell someone else to warn her/him.
C. reluctantly yell out a warning.
D. yell “Watch out!” and move to get them out of the way.



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