Holy Family Parish, Shell Knob, MO, Founded 1978
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Henry Grodecki, CM
Associate Pastor: Fr. David Baunach
Administrative Assistant: Michele Jereczek
Phone: (417) 858-2518 • Fax: (417) 858-6029
Mailing address: Holy Family Parish, PO Box 228, Shell Knob, MO 65747-0229
Weekend Mass times
6 p.m. Memorial Day – Labor Day only
5 – 5:45 p.m. 4th Saturday of month, or by appointment
Tuesday & Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Prior to the establishment of Holy Family Parish as a mission by Bishop Bernard F. Law on Dec. 22, 1978, the Catholics in Shell Knob attended Mass at St. Edward in Cassville or St. Ann’s in Berryville AR. Until it was officially made a parish, the community was attended by pastors from SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Pulaskifield and then from Sacred Heart Parish in Verona.
Holy Family is “the parish the lake built.” Virtually all its members moved into the Shell Knob area to make their retirement homes in small communities along the shores of Table Rock Lake and in the rugged beauty of Mark Twain National Forest. As was the case in most of southern Missouri, it was necessary to overcome misconceptions and distrust of Catholics. This has led the parishioners to become ambassadors of good will through community outreach projects. For example, area church women are invited to a Valentine tea which has become not only a great time for fellowship, but also an excellent way for parishioners to witness the Catholic faith to Protestant neighbors.
Recently the parish expanded worship facilities. At the dedication ceremonies on April 13, 2004, ministers as well as laity from various Protestant Churches sang with the choir. The new church reflects the area in environment and ecumenical spirit, hosting events from the region. Holy Family parishioners understand that their strength is built on their unity and family spirit.
Drewelow, Fr. David, C., Apr 2, 1984 – Aug 18, 1986
Chambers, Fr. Leonard R., Aug 19, 1986 – Aug 16, 1987
Eschbacher, Fr. Jerome J., Aug 17, 1987 – Sep 12, 1989
Morey, Fr. Charles W., Sep 13, 1989 – Summer, 1994
Thro, Thomas, SJ, D, 1994 – 1998
Brath, Fr. John A. (Administration), Sep 1, 1998 – Aug 16, 2001
Orthel, Fr. Joseph A., Feb 6, 1999 – Aug 16, 1999
Miller, Fr. David L., Aug 17, 1999 – Jul 1, 2011
Boyer, Fr. Mark G., Jul 1, 2011 – Jun 30, 2013
Braun, Fr. John S., Jul 1, 2013 – Jan 11, 2016
McLoughlin, Fr. Paul J. (Administrator), Jan 12, 2016 – Jul 4, 2016
Grodecki, Fr. Henry, CM, Jul 5, 2016 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.