Cholla Bay Powder Coating is again helping St. Joseph’s/San José Catholic Church in La Cholla where bilingual Mass is offered every Sunday at 8 a.m.

Previously, the company powder coated the church bells, which were beginning to rust, and more recently, they powder coated the metal grates that protect the front windows in the church.

Now they are fabricating and will powder coat a functional and decorative railing along the walkways and back steps of the chapel.

“Not everyone knows that Cholla Bay Powder Coating also has a complete welding shop where they repair metal items and create iron railings and other items for businesses and homeowners,” said St. Joseph’s sexton Bob Keller.

The new railings will be placed adjacent to the ramps in the front of the church and along the southeast walkway to the sacristy and bathroom.

“The railing will make the walkway safer and will enhance the ‘curb appeal’ at the church,” Keller said. “We were able to special ordered the powder coating to match the color of the new roof and trim paint.

“We are incredibly grateful to Kyle and Tina Cramer and their crew for their generous support, and to all the locals and visitors who contribute to our building fund. Our little chapel is part of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, but we are self-supporting. We rely on locals and visitors to make these enhancements possible and to, literally, keep the lights on,” Keller added.

The Power Coating business is just a couple blocks from the church, the first right-hand turn when you enter the community. Learn more about their services online at

To reach St. Joseph’s, take the road past the Sandy Beach Resorts and the sand road out past Wrecked at the Reef and Mare Blu. As the road winds into Cholla, the church is on the right and well-marked.

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

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Julio Castro at Cholla Bay Powder Coating sands a weld on the first section of the new railing for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church near Cholla Bay.