St. Joseph - Waverly

***check the bulletin for any mass time changes***

Mass Times Sunday
Adoration Wednesday 3:00pm - 11:30pm
Confession Wednesdays 5:30pm - 5:55pm

CCD Christmas Program

Mark your calendars: the CCD Christmas Program will be held at 4:30pm on Dec. 8 at St. Patrick and a dinner will follow 5pm Mass.  We hope you can join us!


Monthly Volunteers:

Jan:  John Lichtenauer 

Feb:  Brian & Jill Barnhardt, Mark & Janelle Newton 

March:  Rex & Terry Arb

April:  Williams/Stice & Drumm  

May:  Joe & Shirley Lichtenauer, Liz Collins  

June:  Jay & Theresa Biggs

July:  Bob & Marie Drumm 

Aug:  Rex & Terry Arb 

Sept:  Perry & Diane Chapman 

Oct:  Kenneth & Irene Combes, Darrell & Chianti Combes 

Nov:  Brian & Jill Barnhardt, Joe & Heidi Arb 

Dec:  Joe & Shirley Lichtenauer 

 What is Hospitality?

Monthly Breakfast/Coffee & Donuts - every first Sunday hosted by a couple of parish families after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Contact Terry Arb if interested. Volunteers are needed volunteers in October, November & December. 

St. Joseph/St. Patrick CCD & Registration

Classes are on Wednesday evenings for all students Pre-K-12th grade.      Registration

please arrive by 5:55pm
6:00pm Mass 
6:30pm Class

Classes will end between 7:00 and 7:15pm depending on class/age. 

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2018-2019 St. Joseph CCD
 Fall Schedule
 Spring Schedule


5th - First Class
12th - class
19th - class / Virtus Video 
26th - class
30th - Knights of Columbus - Fishing Derby


1st - No Class / Christmas Break
9th - class
16th - class
23rd - class
30th - class

*****Pro-Life Activity*****


3rd - Class
10th - Class
17th - Rosary Activity / Class
24th - Class
31st - NO Class

*****Fall Fun Activity TBA*****


6th - Class
13th - Class
20th - Class
27th - Class

*****Soup Supper****


1st - All Saints - Holy Day of Obligation 
4th - SUNDAY - Saints Presentation - Following Mass
7th - Class
14th - Class
21st - NO class Thanksgiving Break
28th - Class


6th - class / Ash Wednesday
13th - No Class / Spring Break
20th - Class
27th - Class

*****Stations of the Cross*****


5th - Program Practice at St. Patrick, Emerald
Saturday 8th - Christmas Program at St. Patrick
13th - Christmas Activity / Class
19th - No Class / Christmas Break 
26th - No Class / Christmas Break


3rd - Class
10th - Class
17th - Class
24th - Class

*****First Communion*****




1st - Class/May Crowning

Church Cleaners for the month:

September - Liz Collins / Karen Foster

October - Lisa Litch / Teresa Arb

November - Melissa Hall / Tamara Fleming

December - Irene Combes / Chianti Combes

January - Karen Milliken / Janella Newton

Thank you for your stewardship in action!

Mass Intentions Available

Mass Intentions are available at St. Joseph for both Wednesday as well as weekend Masses.  Please contact the office if you would like a Mass intention added.  Thank you

History of St. Joseph Parish

Among the first settlers of Waverly were several Catholic families. In 1881 or 1882, Father Luke LaGierse, a Carmelite from Scipio, then Pastor of Emerald, made an effort to organize the scattered Catholic people around Waverly. He occasionally said Holy Mass for these families in the home of Michael Madden, located 3 and one-half miles northeast of town, and later in the home of John Carney in Waverly.

The first written record of the St. Joseph Parish began with the month of June 1886. Father Joseph Walsh of Scipio, and resident pastor of St. Patrick's Church in Emerald, took a lively interest in the Waverly Catholic fold and organized them solidly. There were about 20 families whose names we find on the first pages of the book of financial records: Dennis Brynes, John E. O'Neil, Cornelius O'Neil, Ma. Scholefer, Michael Schneider, Michael Dore, Sylvester Harndon, John Doyle, John Holohan J. Prodt, Daniel McManus, and Henry Doyster, Tom Gorsuch, William Hardy, Michael Madden, Edmund McCarthy, George Schlueter, Bush Harrington, Patrick McGrath, Michael McGrath, Jerry Egan, Dan Tompkins, and John Carney.

The first church was built in 1886 on land, donated by the McFaddens, a few blocks west of where the same church now stands. The cost of the new church was $1591.75 and a loan in the sum of $448 was needed to complete the building. The loan carried a 12% and interest rate and was paid off in 1896. From June 1887 to 1890 the Franciscan Fathers of Emporia were in charge of the St. Joseph Parish and Masses were held here only once a month for which they were paid $25 it is not clear how often they received the stipend.

Our parish was served as a mission of St. Francis Xavier, Burlington from 1890 to 1908. The first resident pastor of Waverly, Fr. John Haefele, was appointed in January of 1908. He also had the appointment of Homewood as a mission parish at this time. The property on Pearson Ave., where the church now stands, was purchased between 1909 and 1913. There was a home on the property that was used for the priest residence. The church was moved in October 1915 and a tower and bell were added and the house was made modern with electricity. A garage was added in 1921. The Center Valley rural school building was moved onto the property during the time Fr. Michael Morarity was pastor and it served as the parish hall until a new building was completed in 2009. The cost of the new building was $93,515.37 and was paid in full upon completion.

We celebrated 125 years as a parish in 2011. A crucifix, flanked with the statue of St. Joseph and a reflection bench, was added in our cemetery east of town. The priests who have served our parish our Fathers: Luke LaGierse, Joseph or John Walsh, Father Buechler, F.J. Herberichs, Robert Lehrer, J.H. Schulze, A.J. Domann, John A. Haefele, John Hurley, David C. Hall, M.J. McManus, Father Bathrow, Partlance, Karnowski, Malloy, Sylvester, William Landwher, Albert Wetharn, Harry Imhoff, John Walters, Charles Brink, Donald Goens, Michael Morarity, William Kaufman, George Klasinski, Jacob, Mauer, Lawrence Kelly, Leonard Moran, Norbert Lickteig, Joseph Dearborn, Earl Dekat, Ken Kelly, Francis Hund, Ken Kelly, Michael Hawkins, and Marianand Mendem.