St. Joseph Catholic Church, a fixture in the North Phoenix community for almost 50 years, was destroyed by fire the evening of April 30th. In times such as this, we know our faith will carry us through this difficult time. Please pray for our Parish community and our Pastor, Father Reggie. In our strength, we will move toward our 50th Anniversary as a beacon of hope and love. Please consider a donation to help us rebuild our church.
*ALL MASSES ARE BEING HELD IN ASCENSION HALL*
The fundraiser held by Knife & Fork (Rusconi’s) was a success and raised almost $1000. Thank you so much to our friends in the community, we really appreciate your support!
The children and staff at Highlands Latin Phoenix dropped off a huge handmade card and a basket of cutouts (hearts, butterflies, etc.) and fruit snacks. Thank you so much for your support!
To our faithful parishioners and friends in the community,
As you may know, our beloved St. Joseph Catholic Church, a fixture in the North Phoenix community for almost 50 years, was heavily damaged by fire the early morning hours of May 1st, the Feast of St. Joseph the worker. Thanks be to Our Lord Jesus Christ that no one was injured. At a time like this there are many questions. What happened? Where will we go to Mass? Who can we call? Will we rebuild? How can I help?
In order to reach as many people as possible we are relying on our Ministries to help with our grassroots efforts to communicate to our many parishioners and offer information and answers as they become clear. In the meantime, it is important to know that the important work of Christ and the operations of St. Joseph Catholic Church continue.
A Rebuilding Team is being assembled to help stabilize operations, assess damages and create and implement a path forward. Please visit our website www.stjoephx.org for updates.
A few common questions:
What happened? The Phoenix fire department is still conducting its investigation. We have few clear details; however, they do not suspect foul play. What we do know is that internal alarms went off shortly before midnight and police were dispatched. Upon their arrival, smoke was seen, and fire fighters arrived within a few minutes. We are eternally grateful to all the brave first responders and their heroic efforts, please keep them in your prayers. However, the fire spread very quickly, and the main church was a total loss. The tabernacle was recovered. The roof above the Adoration Chapel collapsed, but by the grace of God, the Monstrance and our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament was unharmed.
Will Masses Continue? Yes. Daily mass and Sunday mass will be held in Ascension Hall until a temporary facility can be constructed. Please refer to the website and bulletin for further updates.
Will there be a temporary Adoration Chapel? Adoration at St Joseph’s will be suspended for now. The closest chapel is at St Joan of Arc Parish and additional chapels in the diocese can be found on the diocese website www.dphx.org
Who can we call? As you can imagine, the front office (which was only slightly damaged) will be very busy over the next few weeks getting things back in order. We will do our best to respond to calls but please be patient.
Will we rebuild? You better believe it! But it will take time as does any building project. There is much to be done and the members of the Bishop’s staff will assist in the process.
How can I help? There are several things. First, please continue your support of St. Joseph Church. Your time, talent and treasure are needed now more than ever. While we do have insurance, there will certainly be many needs as we rebuild. Any contributions will be greatly appreciated. Second, spread the word to everyone our Church was a special building but only a building. The real heart of St. Joseph Church is Jesus Christ and the community, the people he calls together to witness to His love. In years to come, let history record that the fire only ignited us and served to bring us closer together in Christian faith, hope and charity. Lastly, please pray for our Parish community and our Pastor, Father Reggie. In the Lord, we will find strength and journey together toward our 50th Anniversary as a beacon of hope and love.
The fire is a tragic loss for our faith community – but the building itself points to the reality of our faith – Jesus Christ is alive and is Risen. It is He who calls us to faith, hope and charity.
- Fr Reggie
Click below for Video
Fr. Reggie's Reflections
Parishioners needing emergency contact requiring a priest may call 602-996-5120 and follow the voice mail instructions. The on-duty person will be paged and return your call.
Sunday: 12:00 PM in the Church
Wednesdays: 8:30 AM
Saturdays: 2:00 PM
- Fr. Regidor Carreon, Priest
- Nick Bambulas, Maintenance
- Michelle Carmichael, Administrative Secretary
- Glenda Coen, Assistant Secretary
- Mario De Leon, Finance
- Karen LeDuke, Finance
- Ricardo Moran, Youth Ministry
- Susan Sage, Baptism, RCIA, Wedding Prep.
- Brad Thompson, Maintenance
- Sheryl Watts, Religious Education