St Joseph Catholic Church, San Antonio

The St. Joseph Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish church in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio, located at 623 East Commerce Street in downtown San Antonio, Texas, United States. The Gothic Revival house of worship was the fourth Catholic parish in the city.The church is an example of what the Chinese describe as a nail house; when the church refused to sell to a property developer a large shopping mall was constructed around it.Parish historyThe church occupies the probable second site of the MissiĆ³n San Antonio de Valero, before it was moved in 1724 to its present location. The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1868, and it was finally completed in 1871. It served a large and growing community of German immigrants. In the 1870s, Friar Henry Pfefferkorn, founder of the Liederkranz, painted the Annunciation and Assumption murals on the side altars. A steeple was added in 1898. Stained glass windows, imported from the Emil Frei Art Glass Factory in Munich, Germany, were installed in 1902.In 1944, Joske's department store offered to buy the church grounds in order to develop it commercially. Parishioners unanimously refused the offer to move from the site and so instead Joske's built around the three sides of the church, earning the church from locals the moniker "St. Joske's". A restoration was commenced in 1981. Today, the parish serves as home to a multicultural community and as a popular attraction for tourists. Spanish-language masses are held with mariachi music and the San Antonio Liederkranz sings once a month.
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  • The church was beautiful and the priest gave an excellent sermon. The parishioners made us feel at home.  more »
  • Beautiful church with an ornate sanctuary, impressive music, and a reverent, conservative mood. Although the wooden pews were unforgiving to my hind quarter, recently bruised from an intense water par...  more »
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  • When I entered, the Eucharist was displayed and it was so beautiful. I stayed for Mass and the priest explained very well the readings. Highly recommend going here :)
  • Great place to worship-very convenient to persons living in the downtown area-the fathers are very easy going and courteous-the worshipers are friendly and knowledgeable of procedures.

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