Texas Forts Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Mason: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

This modest church atop a hill in the Central Texas city of Mason has been serving the Catholic community for more than a century. Built in 1876 of red sandstone rocks quarried from the area, St. Joseph's was originally a small one-room chapel that has since expanded to include a parish hall and classrooms for religious education. A grotto shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the Americas, greets visitors.

The sky blue ceiling was originally painted by parishioner Manuel Lopez in the early 1900s. For decades, the doves and angels, meant to represent the Holy Spirit in traditional Spanish Baroque style, were covered with acoustic ceiling tiles. They were only discovered after a tornado tore away the church roof in 1989. The ceiling has been carefully restored, adding a touch of elegance commonly found in historic churches throughout Mexico. As the church does not hold regular visitation hours outside its mass schedule, please call the number provided to schedule a time to view the church. 


  • 210 S Avenue B
  • Mason, Texas
  • 76856



  • This is an active church.  Please be respectful of services.


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