Holy Trinity Parish, Aurora, MO, Founded 1906

Holy Trinity Church, Aurora, MO (circa 2010)
Holy Trinity Church, Aurora, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Administrator: Fr. Paul Lourd Raj Pudhota
Secretary: Therese Kahre
DRE: Leigh Ann Calhoun

Phone: (417) 678-2403 • Fax: (417) 678-2551
Mailing address: PO Box 533, Aurora, MO 65605-0533

Email: htcc482@outlook.com

All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.

Weekend Mass times

10:30 a.m.
4 p.m.

Daily Mass Times

Tuesday & Thursday
8 a.m.


10 – 10:15 a.m.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Office hours

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
2 – 5 p.m.

Updated: 10-04-17



In the late 19th century, local mining prosperity attracted Catholics to Aurora. To attend Mass, they had to travel by horseback or carriage to either Verona or Billings. This led them to petition Kansas City’s Bishop John J. Hogan to start a parish. The first Masses were held in the City Hall by visiting Benedictine priests from Conception Abbey.

The first resident pastor, Fr. William Burke, came in 1896. Ten years later, Holy Trinity Church was built at the corner of College and Lincoln in 1906. A one-ton church bell, the tone of which was enhanced by the addition of 30 silver dollars, announced the presence of the new Catholic Church.

Fire engulfed the interior of the church on Nov. 13, 1915, which was subsequently restored and improved. With parish growth, a new rectory was added in 1916 and, in the late 1960s, a school of religion for those unable to attend Sacred Heart Catholic School in Verona. Gradually the site was no longer adequate for the parish’s needs.

Land at Carnation Road and Highway 60 was donated in 1979 for a new parish complex. The dedication of the new church and rectory took place on the feast of the Holy Trinity, June 1, 1980. Stained glass windows from the old church were included in the new. Parishioners built the altar and lectern from native stone. In the early 1990’s a bell tower was added to house the bell from the old church. A covered entryway to the church, a new wing with classrooms, hall and kitchenette were added. In 1996 a building housing a gym and large kitchen was built.

Because of the shortage of priests, since 1988 one pastor has served both Holy Trinity and Sacred Heart, Verona. In 2000, the parish started a new era with a parish life coordinator and a canonical pastor.

Priests served

Donelly, Fr. Thomas E., Jul 29, 1952 – Sep 2, 1958
Willerding, Fr. Raymond E., Sep 2, 1958 – Jun 14, 1965
McKenna, Fr. James F., Jun 15, 1965 – Aug 18, 1967
McGrane, Msgr. Walter J., Aug 19, 1967 – Aug 15, 1972
Ingoldsby, Fr. Gervase W., Aug 16, 1972 – Jul 9, 1976
Tyransinski, Fr. Lucius L., OSP, D, 1978
Landewe, Fr. Robert A., Jul 15, 1979 – Aug 15, 1988
Morciniec, Fr. Peter J., Aug 16, 1988 – Oct 6, 1999
Saunders, Fr. Allan L., Aug 18, 1998 – Aug 16, 2000
Hulshof, Fr. David F., Aug 17, 2000 – Jan 2006
Braun, Fr. John S., Jul 6, 2006 – Aug 16, 2007
Balthazar, Fr. Rodolphe (Sacramental Assistant), Aug 16, 2007 – Jan 6, 2010
Alverez, Fr. Milton, CMF (Sacramental Ministry), Jan 7, 2010 – Apr 2011
McDevitt, Fr. Michael V. (Canonical Pastor), Jul 1, 2010 – Jun 30, 2011
McGann, Fr. Thomas A., CMF (Sacramental Priest), Jul 1, 2011 – Jul 31, 2012
Wenani, Fr. Kizito (Sacramental Priest), Aug 1, 2012 – Jun 30, 2013
Restrepo, Fr. Ruben D., CM, Jul 1, 2013 – Jun 30, 2014
Prost, Fr. Charles, CM, Jul 1, 2014 – Jul 5, 2017
Pudhota, Fr. Paul Lourd Raj, (Administrator) Jul 6, 2017 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N36° 56.965’, W093 44.257’ (click here for map)
Physical address: Holy Trinity Church, 22383 Lawrence 1180, Aurora, MO

Attends to: SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Pulaskifield, MO

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