About St. Joseph Parish

In 1884, a frame church was erected on Bible Hill in the northwest part of Shell Lake. It was destroyed by fire in 1894. A new church was built in 1895 and continued to serve Catholics until the present church was completed in 1981. in 1897, during the pastorate of Fr. Stephen Leinfelder, a small building was erected behind the brick church. It served as the visiting priest's residence, as well as a winter chapel and catechism classroom. Around 1900, St. Joseph, consisting of 90 families, was made a mission of Cumberland. From 1902, when when Fr. Apollonius Hopdegard was named the first resident pastor, until 1914, St. Francis de Sales Parish in Spooner served as a mission of Shell Lake.

After Fr. Dean Buttrick's arrival as pastor in July 1967, the parish began plans for building a new church. On July 19, 1981, Bishop Raphael M. Fliss dedicated the new church and hall.  St. Joseph's Church is now clustered with St. Catherine of Alexandria in Sarona and St. Francis de Sales in Spooner. The parish membership consists of approximately 125 families.



Council of Catholic Women Meeting; 3rd Monday of the month at 1 pm (April - November)


9 am in the Gloria Dei Hall.  Contact T Nau at (715) 466-4349 or the Parish Office for information on current study


• Mass at 8:30 am
• 1st Friday Anointing of the Sick to follow Mass


Confessions before the 4:30 pm Mass