The “Fisherman’s Church” as St. Michael’s is best known has served the people of Biloxi’s Point since it was established as a mission in 1907. Today this unique cylindrical church with it’s scalloped shell roof still stands as a symbol of strength for all the hard working nationalities which make up this spiritual community.
Ravaged by the two most powerful hurricanes to ever hit the Gulf of Mexico, Camille in August of 1969, and Katrina in August of 2005, St. Michael Church has stood 200 mile per hour winds and a 28 foot tidal surge. The church is a testament to the struggle of these devout Catholic families who form the nucleus of this colorful maritime parish.
The inspiring interior of St. Michael is designed to focus attention to the main altar, two and a half tons quarried in the Holy Land, with a bronzed crucifix hanging above it, that appears be suspended in mid-air. The stained glass windows depict figures of the twelve apostles gathering in their catch. We try to do the same as we reach out to visitors with god’s invitation to stay and pray.
Today St. Michael Church and it’s parishioners are still recovering from the devastating effect of Hurricane Katrina. We are finalizing plans for restoring and reconstructing this prayerful, sacred place.
St. Michael Parish also sponsors the Blessing of the Fleet. This annual event commemorates the beginning of Biloxi’s shrimping season which begins late May or early June. Shrimp boats parade past the blessing boat to receive a symbolic touch of holy water in hope for a safe journey seaward and a bountiful catch.