Immaculate Conception Parish, Jackson, MO, Founded 1850
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. John Harth
Deacons: Walter Biri
Administrative Assistant: Kelly Mansfield
Bookkeeping/Accounting: Carol Short
Music Minister: Jerry Ganiel
Youth Ministers: Meg Garner
PSR Coordinator: Karen Engelen
RCIA & Adult Ed: Deacon Walter Biri
Principal Immaculate Conception School: Michele Campbell (see ‘Parish related’ tab)
Phone: (573) 243-3182 — Fax: (573) 243-6833
Mailing address: Immaculate Conception Church, 208 S Hope St, Suite 102, Jackson, MO 63755-2157
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
7 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.
11 a.m. September – May
10 a.m. June – August
Daily Mass Times
Monday – Friday
4 – 4:30 p.m. or my appointment
6 – 9 p.m. fourth Sunday of each month
7 p.m., Mother of Perpetual Help Devotions after 6:30 p.m. Mass
4:30 p.m. Rosary on first Saturday of each month
Monday & Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The first Mass celebrated in Jackson was in 1850, in the basement of the courthouse by Fr. Joseph Timon, CM, a Vincentian missionary from Perryville, MO. The first church constructed on property purchased in 1854 was dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Mass was celebrated once a month by a priest from St. Vincent’s College. The mission in Jackson attained parish status in 1874 with Fr. Rheingold serving as first pastor.
The parish continued to grow during the 20th century and by the 1960s it was evident that a new church was needed. On Aug. 15, 1962, the parish celebrated the dedication of its current church and rectory. In August 2000, the parish celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first Mass in Jackson, with a celebration culminating in an outdoor Mass in front of the present day courthouse.
The Ursuline Nuns directed a parish school from 1880 to 1913. From 1922 to 1927, a lay teacher taught in a one-room school. In 1943, the parish school reopened with the School Sisters of Notre Dame in a new school facility serving grades one-nine. By 1970, more space was required and four classrooms and a multipurpose room were added. Kindergarten was added to the curriculum in 1988. In the fall of 2002, the parish dedicated a new building with additional classrooms.
A tradition of service and action abounds and continues to grow as parish members volunteer to support programs such as RCIA, Vacation Bible School, the School of Religious Education, Eucharistic Ministers, Musicians, Youth Ministry, Quilters, Christmas Novena, Birthright, Teens Encounter Christ, the Jackson Ministerial Alliance, Cursillo, Camp Re-New-AlI, Knights of Columbus, church sports leagues, and the St. Ann’s Sodality.
On May 6, 2003, a tornado touched down in Jackson damaging the new facility and destroying much of the old school building and gymnasium. As in the past, the Immaculate Conception Parish family has come together to re-build and grow.
Eckhoff, Fr. August A., May 15, 1951 – Jun 20, 1963
Stolle, Fr. Elmer G., Jun 21, 1963 – Aug 18, 1967
Craig, Fr. Walter G., Aug 19, 1967 – Jun 17, 1969
Stevens, Fr. Alois J., Jun 18, 1969 – Jul 31, 1977
Stanton, Msgr. William J., Aug 1, 1977 – Aug 11, 1985
Schneider, Fr. Stephen A., Aug 12, 1985 – Aug 18, 1991
Eftink, Msgr. Edward M., Aug 19, 1991 – Aug 9, 2006; (retired Administrator), Aug 10, 2006 – July 2008
Harth, Fr. John M., Jul 1, 2008 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.