The history of Saint Joseph's and Catholicism in Westphalia are forever linked as the active parish in the Diocese of Jefferson City.
Our patron saint, St. Joseph is held in great honor by the Church because of his care for Jesus and his love for Mary. He is the patron of carpenters, homeless persons, orphans, the Carmelite Nuns, and is prayed to for a happy death because he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary.
St. Joseph Catholic Church, founded in 1835, serves as the spiritual cornerstone of the German Catholic village of Westphalia, Missouri. The massive stone structure of the church building and the interior murals present a beautiful and reflective backdrop for worship. Father Anthony Viviano is the current pastor of St. Joseph Church.
St. Joseph School, located next to the church building, is the oldest school in the Diocese of Jefferson City. Classes began in 1838. Enrollment at the school remains steady and the students thrive on the solid values promoted by our Catholic faith and embraced by the parish family.
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St. Joseph and St. Anthony has gifted its parishioners with unlimited access to FORMED!
FORMED is a revolutionary online platform, that provides access to the best Catholic audio talks, movies, cartoons, ebooks, and video-based studies from trusted providers like Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, Sophia Institute Press, St. Paul Center, and more! After you have set up your account, scroll down to see our custom content, which includes a suggested parish wide content, as well as a teen and a kids pick of the week, a link to watch daily Mass and more!