Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church

The Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church provides a beautiful, peaceful space for worship. Locals and visitors alike appreciate the simple beauty of the stone building and stately sanctuary.

Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church Details

Mass is schedule every Saturday at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 10:30 am. Mass is also held on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm during the summer season.

The parish is located at 632 Catawba Avenue, near the Erie Islands Branch Library, Put-in-Bay High School, and the Town Hall. Other places of worship in the area include St John at the Bay Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Sunday mornings on Put-in-Bay are always special occasion. After attending mass, worshippers often enjoy brunch at one of the many restaurants in downtown. Good options include the Old Forge Cafe and Creperie, the Village Bakery, and the Chocolate Cafe. All of these are within walking distance to the church.

Sundays are also a great time to enjoy the natural beauty of the island. Take a hike in Jane Coates Wildflower Trail or enjoy a picnic at Massie Cliffside Preserve after church.

The History of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church

By the mid-1800’s, Put-in-Bay was home to more and more permanent residents. After the War of 1812, this region starting attracting more and more interest thanks in part to its beautiful setting and prime wine-making conditions. Figures like Jose deRivera were instrumental in setting the course for the Put-in-Bay we know today.

In 1866 a story run in the Sandusky Daily Commercial Register detailing the growth of the island. With vineyards the main source of income for islanders and its grand reputation as an ideal vacation spot, the economic stability of the island looked good.

By 1876, a local government was needed. The three islands, Middle, South, and Gibraltar, organized into a township with Put-in-Bay incorporated as the village into this area.

With all these changes came the need for place of worship and a parish community. The Catholic residents began offering mass in their island homes. A small church was erected in 1876. It soon became apparent a larger church was necessary, for both locals and the increased summer visitors. By 1929, Put-in-Bay has its very own Catholic church built and ready for use.

The beautiful stone church features an impressive rose window which illuminates the sanctuary on Sunday mornings. The grounds also include the sanctuary and parish with a beautiful lawn to welcome worshippers.


Mother of Sorrows is also a popular spot for weddings and baptisms as well as funerals of both esteemed locals and long-time visitors.

This church also sponsors the annual Put-in-Bay Pooch Parade. Held every May, canines and their human companions parade through the streets of downtown. Win prizes and enjoy this cat-free parade!

There are also events throughout the year that support this important island institution as well as donations accepted at mass. The annual Miller Boat Race 5K donates funds to Mothers of Sorrows. Beginning and ending at the Boathouse Restaurant, this challenging race takes runners through the most beautiful areas of the island.


620 Catawba Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA

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