Our Lady of the Cove Parish, Kimberling City, MO, Founded 1960
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Paul Anthony Suresh Samala
Administrative Assistant: Wally Swift
PSR Director: Mary Lippert
Phone: (417) 739-4700 • Fax: (417) 739-1782
Mailing address: Our Lady of the Cove Church, PO Box 548, Kimberling City, MO 65686-0548
Weekend Mass times
8 and 10 a.m.
Daily Mass Times
Monday – Friday
4 – 5 p.m.
Monday – Friday
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
9:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Adoration and Benediction
From a beginning in 1960 of only a few resident parishioners, Our Lady of the Cove Parish has grown to accommodate some 601 households. Established by the first bishop of the diocese, Bishop Charles Helmsing, the church was located on the shore of a lake cove. Able to be reached by boat or land, the lakeshore mission church was built primarily for summer vacationers.
Fr. James McKenna celebrated the first Mass on Nov. 26, 1961. Fr. McKenna, Fr. James Philips, Fr. Quentin Hahn, and Fr. Raymond Orf served the parish with its sister mission, Our Lady of the Ozarks in Forsyth, under the care of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Branson. As new residents moved into the area and tourism increased, the need arose for a larger church. While Fr. John Brath was pastor, groundbreaking took place at the present site on June 25, 1978. After completion of the church, Bishop Bernard Law elevated the mission church to parish status.
With the rapid growth of the area, parish ministries and activities have kept pace and include the Knights of Columbus, PCCW; Youth Group, PSR, RClA, and choir. There are also a group for singles, a new bereavement support group, and crafters groups. The parish hosts the southern Stone County Food Pantry that provides for more than 200 needy families per month. The Knights of Columbus and PCCW host monthly dinners open to the public and the Knights and Youth Group host breakfasts on the first and third Sundays of the month. Spring and fall garage sales each year provide funds that help the parish, the PCCW and the Knights of Columbus allocate moneys for mission outreach and parish improvements.
As the parish looks toward the future, the youth of today are actively involved in parish activities, worship, and outreach in Christian charity beyond our parish and diocesan boundaries. Parish growth includes new families moving into southern Stone County and people desiring to embrace our Catholic faith. All look with hope to a faith-filled future knowing that the Holy Spirit energizes this family-centered parish community.
Hahn, Fr. Quentin V., Oct 17, 1962 – Aug 1964
Phillips, Fr. james (Parochial Administrator), Sep 8, 1964 – Jun 14, 1965
Orf, Msgr. Raymond V., Jun 15, 1965 – Jul 9, 1976
Brownfield, Fr. Frowin V. M. (Administrator), Jul 10, 1976 – Oct 31, 1977
Brath, Fr. John A., Nov 1, 1977 – Jun 30, 1981
Binder, Fr. Mark J., Aug 17, 2001 – Aug 9, 2006
Than Van Liem, Fr. Joseph, CMC, Aug 10, 2006 – Jul 31, 2012
Saunders, Fr. Allan L., Aug 1, 2012 – Jun 30, 2014
Samara, Fr. Paul Anthony Suresh, Jul 1, 2014 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.
GPS coordinates: N36° 38.008’, W093° 25.230’ (click here for map)
Physical address: Our Lady of the Cove Church, 20 Kimberling Blvd, Kimberling City, MO