St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Idaho City

Take a won't be disappointed. Head up to Idaho City and you will fall in love with St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Looking east up Church Hill, you will see the steeple and frame structure of the oldest Catholic church built for Euro-Americans in Idaho. The fire of 1865 destroyed almost the entire town within two hours, but the church miraculously survived when miners rallied to its protection. There were as many as a hundred miners at once on the roof. It was not so lucky when the second fire hit in May of 1867. The new building now before you was completed in November that same year, and the few vestments and alter pieces rescued from the fire are still inside. The history, the hospitality and the views are out of this world. So next time you are planning a trip, or passing through this amazing town, don't forget to stop by for Mass or join us for a communion service. You will be so glad you did! 


In August 2007 they remodeled the inside to look like it was over a hundred years ago. It took a lot of work from many people and it has all paid off. The church is beautiful. We had celebration to commemerate 150 years and our rejuvenation!  Click the button below for more information on the process. 

We would love for you to join us! 

First Sunday of the Month Mass at 12:00 PM

Other Sunday's Communion Service at 10:30 AM


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