One of two churches on the island, Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church has been serving the Bass Islands’ Catholic community since 1883. The building itself was dedicated in 1928, constructed with limestone quarried from nearby Kelley’s Island. Mass is Sunday at 10:30 AM year-round. There is an additional Saturday afternoon Mass at 5:30 PM during the summer months to help accommodate for the influx of vacationers. Mother of Sorrows Church is also an important part of the Put-in-Bay community. They put on events year round that bring the people of the island together, such as bingo nights and a 5k run/1k walk in association with Miller Boat Line that is a major fundraiser for the church.
The stained-glass windows and ceiling fresco are breathtaking. These help make the church quite the tourist attraction when Mass is not happening. So even if you aren’t here when they’re having Mass, it’s definitely worth stopping by to check out. Clergy from Mother of Sorrows, along with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, take part in the Blessing of the Fleet, blessing the ferries, helicopters, and other sea and air vehicles that serve as the lifeblood of the island. It’s a wonderful island tradition that brings the entire community together, from year-round residents to part timers.
Welcoming visitors to the island is a favorite tradition of Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. They welcome guests of all faiths, and are looking forward to spending worship time with you.
After Mass at Mother of Sorrows
When Mass is over, you’ll likely be ready for lunch. Fortunately, Mother of Sorrows is located right by downtown, where you can pick from a ton of lunch options. Pasquale’s Cafe is an island favorite, as is the Boardwalk Restaurant and their world-famous lobster bisque. You really can’t go wrong with your dining choices on Put-in-Bay, so pick something that sounds good and hop on in!