Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation, Cape Girardeau, MO, Founded 1868

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation, Cape Girardeau, MO (June 30, 2016)
Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation, Cape Girardeau, MO (June 30, 2016)

General parish info

Contact info

Pastor: Fr. Allan L. Saunders
Associate Pastor: Fr. Rayappa Chinnabathini
Pastoral Ministry and RCIA: Jim Keusenkothen
Director of Religious Education: Brenda Kuhn
Family Life Ministry Coordinator: Lisa Simmons
Parish Secretary: Donna Simonton
Parish Secretary and RCIA: Linda Boxdorfer
Principal St. Mary Cathedral School: Carol Strattman (see Parish related tab)

Phone: (573) 335-9347 — Fax: (573) 335-0649
Mailing address: 615 William St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63703-6242

Email: smparish@stmarycathedral.net
Web site: www.stmarycathedral.net


 

Weekend Mass times

Sunday
7 a.m. Rosary before Mass during May and October
8:30 a.m. Can also be heard on KZIM Radio, AM 960; Rosary before Mass during May and October
10:30 a.m. Rosary before Mass during May and October

Saturday
4 p.m. Rosary before Mass during May and October
5:30 p.m. Rosary before Mass during May and October

Daily Mass Times

Monday & Wednesday – Friday
6 a.m. Rosary before Mass during May and October
8 a.m. Rosary before Mass during May and October

Tuesday
8 a.m. Rosary before Mass during May and October
5:15 p.m. Rosary before Mass during May and October

Holy Days

5:15 p.m. Vigil
6 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 5:15 p.m.,

Confession

Sunday
4 p.m. First Sunday of the month only

Saturday
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment

Tuesday
4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment

Adoration

Sunday
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. First Sunday of the month

Devotions

Tuesday
4 p.m. Chaplet of Divine Mercy
5:45 p.m. Perpetual Help Devotions after 5:15 p.m. Mass

Friday
2:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross during Lent
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross during Lent

Office hours

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Updated: 07-10-17

History

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St. Mary of the Annunciation was founded to serve the German Catholics in Cape Girardeau. Prior to its founding, German immigrants attended Mass in St. Vincent de Paul Church. However, they longed for their own parish with a priest who could speak to them in their mother tongue.

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Following a failed attempt to establish a German speaking parish in Dutchtown, Fr. Aloysius J. Meyer, CM, also of German descent, began working with the community and eventually gained permission from Bishop Peter Kenrick of the St. Louis Archdiocese to begin the building process. Land was purchased at the southwest corner of Ellis and Themis streets for $500, but construction was interrupted by the Civil War.

Finally in 1868, a lot was purchased at the corner of Sprigg and William Streets and the groundbreaking took place on March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation. The first resident pastor arrived in August 1868. Working side by side with members of the parish, Fr. Julius Herde saw to the completion of the church.

From its inception, the parish family insisted upon a solid, Catholic education for its children. Classes were conducted initially by lay teachers. That changed in 1875 when the Sisters of St. Francis, who were in charge of St. Francis Hospital, staffed the school. They remained 28 years. Then, from 1903 until 1993, the School Sisters of Notre Dame had charge of the school. Today, lay teachers again staff the school.

Priests served

Forst, Msgr. Marion F., Jul, 1949 – Mar 23, 1960
Kampmann, Msgr. Leo P., Apr 23, 1960 – Aug 18, 1967
Huels, Msgr. Joseph H. (Pastor then Assist. then senior priest in residence), Aug 19, 1967 – Jul 31, 1977; Associate Pastor, Aug 1, 1977 – Dec 31, 1988; Resigned as Associate Pastor and designated by the Bishop as Senior Priest in Residence, Jan 1, 1988 – Apr 16, 1993
Gosche, Msgr. Joseph E., Aug 1, 1977 – Aug 16, 1987
Rolwing, Msgr. Richard C., Aug 17, 1987 – Aug 12, 2003
Kiefer, Fr. Thomas P., JCL, Aug 13, 2003 – Aug 31, 2014
Saunders, Fr. Allan L., Jul 1, 2014 –

Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N37° 18.023’, W089° 31.6’ (click here for map)

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St. Mary Cathedral School
210 S Sprigg St., Cape Girardeau, MO 63703-6241

Principal: Carol Strattman, carolstrattman@stmarycape.org

Phone: (573) 335-3840 — Fax: (573) 335-4142
Web site: www.stmarycathedral.eduk12.net

 

Attends to: Old St. Vincent Chapel, Cape Girardeau, MO

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