Sacred Heart Mission Church, Thayer, MO, Founded 1892

Sacred Heart Church, Thayer, MO (circa 2010)
Sacred Heart Church, Thayer, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. Shoby Chettiyath

Phone: (573) 471-2447 • Fax: (573) 471-9820
Mailing address: St. Mary Church, PO Box 67, West Plains, MO 65775-0067

Email: stmarychurchwestplains@gmail.com


Weekend Mass times

Sunday
8:30 a.m.

Daily Mass Times

Thursday
11:30 a.m.

Confession

Sunday
8 a.m., First Sunday or by appointment

Adoration

Thursday
10:30 a.m. Third Thursday

Updated: 10-04-17

History

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A visiting priest celebrated the first Mass in Thayer in 1885. In the early days Catholics gathered for Mass in a hotel room and later in the homes of various parishioners whenever a priest was available. The home of the Harvey Boughnou family was one of the first.

On May 29, 1893, a lot on South 6th Street was donated for a church building. Fr. John Waelterman, pastor of St. Joseph in White Church, supervised the project. In 1903, the church building was moved to the corner of 5th and Walnut Streets. A bell tower, bell, and vestibule were added. This church was the parish’s home for more than 50 years. In 1958, the parish received a donation of 9.7 acres of land from the Owen Best family. The current church on Best Circle Drive was built under the direction of Fr. Sylvester Bauer.

Priests served

Westrich, Fr. Donald (in charge), Oct 17, 1962 – May 29, 1964
Reagan, Fr. Harold
(in charge), Jun 9, 1964 – Jun 14, 1965
Rolwing, Msgr. Richard C., 
Jun 15, 1965 – Aug 16, 1966
Hertz, Fr. Nicholas, Aug 17, 1966 – Jun 1967
Huggins, Fr. William A., 
Aug 23, 1972 – Jul 31, 1977
McLoughlin, Fr. Paul J., Jul 15, 1979 – Aug 31, 1981
Baker, Fr. John W., Mar 11, 1981 – Jun 23, 1981
Bauer, Fr. Sylvester W., 
Jul 1, 1981 – Aug 14, 1984
Hodgson, Fr. William M., Aug 15, 1984 – Aug 12, 1985
Monaghan, Fr. Justin D., May 25, 1994 – Aug 16, 1999
Carr, Fr. Gary M., Aug 17, 1999 – Aug 16, 2001
Brath, Fr. John A., Aug 17, 2001 – Aug 17, 2004
Reynolds, Fr. James L., Aug 18, 2004 – Jun 3, 2008
Weidenbenner, Fr. Joseph (Parochial administrator then pastor), 
Jul 1, 2008 – Jun 30, 2009; Pastor, Jul 1, 2009 – Jun 30, 2015
Chettiyath, Fr. Shoby, Jul 1, 2015 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N36° 31.612’, W091° 33.097’ (click here for map)
Physical address: Sacred Heart Mission Church, Best Cir, Thayer, MO

Attended from: St. Mary Parish, PO Box 67, West Plains, MO 65775-0067

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