After many months of waiting for matching brick, the final touch was added to the residence of St. Joseph’s pastor, Father Marco Lopez.

Construction of the apartment, which was added to the back of the church, began in July of 2021 and was completed in phases as funds were available. Father Marco moved there in June of 2022, but some finishing details were still needed, including the window trim.

Sexton Bob Keller haunted the brick yards and finally found the right ones last month at Los Pinos lumber and hardware. In the meantime, work has continued to build a gated wall around the property for security and curb appeal. That project is expected to be completed before the July issue of the Times hits the streets.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Chapel offers the only bilingual Mass in Puerto Peñasco at 9 a.m. every Sunday. Because of its quaint beauty and size, seating up to 100 people, it is a popular church for small quinceañeras, baptisms and Catholic weddings.

To reach St. Joseph’s, take the paved road past the Sandy Beach condos and the dirt road past Wrecked at the Reef. As you wind your way toward Choya Bay, the church is on the right and clearly marked.

      For information about services and sacraments, contact Sexton Bob Keller by e-mail at: or by phone at 928-706-6928.

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Ricardo Beltran applies the thin, decorative brick trim to the windows on the priest’s residence at St. Joseph’s Catholic Chapel in La Choya, where bilingual Mass is offered every Sunday at 9 a.m.