Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church is one of Put-in-Bay’s two churches. It was founded in 1883 and has been serving the Catholic community of the Lake Erie islands ever since. The present site of Mother of Sorrows was built in 1928. It is made from limestone that was quarried from Kelley’s Island, around five miles away.
Mass is held on Sunday at 10:30 AM all year. In addition, when the island is “in-season” there is also a 5:30 PM Saturday mass. This way more people are able to attend mass in comfort, since the church is smaller than what you would typically find on the mainland.
In addition to the church’s role in the Catholic community, it’s role is also very large in the Put-in-Bay community. Mother of Sorrows is involved in many events over the course of the year, like the 5k run/1k walk they co-host with the Miller Boat Line. The proceeds from this event are a major source of funds for the church. There are also bingo nights and additional events that help bring the island community, both residents and visitors, together. Like the Blessing of the Fleet, during which clergy from Mother of Sorrows, as well as St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, bless the vehicles of air and sea, asking for the safety of their passengers during the season.
You will be in awe of the beauty of the ceiling fresco and the stained glass windows. Many people visit the church outside of Mass time to come see the building and its beautiful features. Stop by even if you aren’t attending Mass. Mother of Sorrows loves to welcome visitors to the island and guests of all faiths, whether it is for worship or just to share their history.
Near Mother of Sorrows
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