Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Mansfield, MO, Founded 1943

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Mansfield, MO (circa 2010)
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Mansfield, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. Paul Wightman, OMI
Associate Pastor: Fr. Leo Arockiasamy, HGN
CRE: Nancy Stepro

Phone: (417) 924-3779
Mailing address: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, PO Box 468, Mansfield, MO 65704-0468


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

Weekend Mass times

Sunday
8:30 a.m.

Saturday
6 p.m.

Confession

Sunday
8 – 8:20 a.m.

Updated: 10-04-17

History

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A small group of families gathered to celebrate Mass in a building that was once a gas station in Mansfield. It was founded as a mission of Sacred Heart Parish in Mountain Grove. A modest native stone church was constructed in 1947. The Benedictines served the congregation for about 12 and a half years. Immaculate Heart of Mary Church became a parish on Sept. 1, 1949.

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Three years after the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was established in 1959, a succession of diocesan priests served as pastors. In the early 1970s, parishioners constructed a hall, doing most of the work themselves under the direction of parishioner Alvin Herrman. The hall served for the religious instructions of the children and other parish activities.

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate began their service in the mid-1970s. Fr. Leonard Baldus, OMI, then the pastor, began a mailing campaign to raise funds for the construction of a new church complex. Parishioners also pledged contributions to the building fund. Bishop John Leibrecht dedicated the church on June 27, 1987.

Priests served

Orf, Msgr. Raymond V. (Administrator), Apr 20, 1959 – May 19, 1961
Hahn, Fr. Quentin V., May 20, 1961 – Oct 16, 1962
Cernauskas, Fr. Daniel E. (Administrator), Oct 17, 1962 – Jun 11, 1965
Schmittzehe, Fr. Franklin D., Jun 15, 1965 – Jan 3, 1971
Brownfield, Fr. Frowin V. M. (Administrator), Jan 4, 1971 – Jan 31, 1973
Binder, Fr. Mark J. (Administrator), May 1, 1973 – Aug 31, 1975
Seitzer, Fr. Joseph A., OMI, D, 1978 – 1980
Wightman, Fr. Paul, OMI, D, 1980 – 1984
Baldus, Fr. Leonard M. OMI, D, 1984 – 1998
Meyer, Fr. Carl J., OMI, D, 1998 – 1999
Wightman, Fr. Paul, OMI, D, 1999 – 2002, and Aug 18, 2004 –
     Weidenbenner, Fr. Joseph (Sacramental Assistant), Aug 16, 2007 – Jun 30, 1008
     Isidor, Fr. Rahab (Sacramental Assistant), Jul 1, 2008 – Jun 30, 2009
     Fasching, Fr. Jeffery (Sacramental Assistant), Jul 1, 2009 – Oct 10, 2015
     Hoa Le, Fr. Mark M (Sacramental Assistant), Oct 11, 2015 – Jul 31, 2016
     Dunn, Fr. Charles, (Sacramental Assistant), Aug 1, 2016 – Jul 5, 2017
     Arockiasamy, Fr. Leo ,HGN, (Associate Pastor), Jul 6, 2017 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N37° 06.751, W092° 34.464’ (click here for map)
Physical address: Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 354 N Roote Ave, Mansfield, MO

Attends to: St. Leo the Great Mission Church, Ava, MO; St. William Mission Church, Gainesville, MO; and Sacred Heart Church, Mountain Grove, MO

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