Sunday Mass will resume at St. Joseph’s Catholic Chapel in La Cholla this month, after a six-month sabbatical caused by the corona virus restrictions.

“We are pleased that bi-lingual Mass will again be offered at 8 a.m. each Sunday morning at our San José/St. Joseph’s mission church in La Cholla,” said Bob Keller, sexton for the church. “We will have to conform to the social distancing and sanitation requirements the city has put in place; but we will be able to gather to worship again. Gracias a Dios.”

Along with Mass, other services and sacraments will be available, including reconciliation before Mass and anointing of the sick on the second Sunday of each month.

The Blessing of the Animals will take place Oct. 4, on the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. This blessing will follow the Mass at approximately 9 a.m. in the church. It is offered to all pets, regardless of their owners’ religious affiliation.

October will also see preparation for the celebration of All-Soul’s Day, or Dia de los Muertos, as it is called in Mexico.

Those returning to the church in La Cholla will quickly recognize the changes that have taken place over the past six months, including new brick trim around the windows, a larger steeple, and the new faux-Spanish-tile metal roof. The incredible improvements over the last seven years are thanks to the generosity of residents and visitors who have supported the building fund.

To reach the church, take the road out past the Sandy Beach resorts, then the dirt road past Wrecked at the Reef. As the road winds toward La Cholla, the church is on the right and clearly marked.

For information about services, contact Keller by e-mail at, by phone at 928-706-6928 or by mail at P.O. Box 297, Lukeville, AZ 85341.

Many improvements, including the new roof, were implemented during the six-month covid-generated sabbatical at St. Joseph’s.

Pastor Padre Carlos blessing one of many pets in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis last year. The Blessing of the Animals will be on Oct. 4 at 9 a.m., at St. Joseph’s in La Cholla. All pets are welcome.