This English speaking Catholic church is situated in Paris' upscale 8th arrondissement. It was founded by Father Ignatius ... More
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
This English speaking Catholic church is situated in Paris' upscale 8th arrondissement. It was founded by Father Ignatius Paoli, an Irish priest en route to Rome who stopped in Paris and recognized the need for an English speaking congregation. St. Joseph's Catholic Church was completed in May 1987 and it is located within the same building that housed the original St. Joseph's Church which dates back to 1863. The Church's archives acknowledge it as having baptised Oscar Wilde before he died, and state that it has always welcomed "the fashionable, aristocratic, diplomatic, literary and financial world of Paris."
Whenever my husband, children, and I come to Paris, we just love going to the Sunday 11:00 Family mass at St. Joseph's (10 am and 12 noon, in July & August). The music is top and the priests fabulous! Though they do have regular parishioners, an especially warm welcome has always been extended to generous, English-speaking tourists. Coffee and treats are offered after the mass.
My husband and I, from Chicago in the U.S., were married at St. Joseph's on 14 July this year. This took a great deal of preparation, as many rules and laws had to be followed. But we slogged through all the administrative work and the secretary and priests at St. Joseph's couldn't have been more helpful and supportive! It was a beautiful, memorable day. The church was lovely & full of flowers, the priest most accommodating. If you have something like this in mind, kindly plan a generous donation. St. Joseph's deserves it!
Though the church is rather small, the mix of nationalities creates a very interesting environment. My sister and I attended the 9.30 Christmas eve mass... It wasnt perfect or rehersed (which was probably why it was so charming) but the sermon.... the sermon was absolutely fantastic. I would advice anyone to go especially as attending an English mass can be quite refreshing for those from English speaking countries.
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