Sacred Heart Parish, Caruthersville, MO, Founded 1892

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

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. Jaroslaw Z. Skrzypek, JCL
Deacon James D. Darter
Administrative Assistant:
Erika Garcia Garcia
PSR Director: Vicki Carter
Sr. Darlene Presley, GHMS

Phone: (573) 333-4301 — Fax: (573) 333-4301
Mailing address: Sacred Heart Church, 605 Ward Ave., Caruthersville, MO 63830-1663

Web site:

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

Weekend Mass times

8:30 a.m.
7 p.m.

Daily Mass Times

Monday and Wednesday
6 p.m.


8 a.m., or by appointment
5:30 p.m., or by appointment


5-6 p.m., first Wednesday of each month

Office hours

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1 to 5 p.m.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Updated: 10-04-17


The first Catholic prayer offered in Pemiscot County, MO, is attributed to the Spanish explorer De Soto. The exact spot where De Soto planted a cross and led a prayer in 1542 is uncertain, but it is thought to have been near the present site of Caruthersville.

In 1793, Fr. Pierre Gibault assumed his duties as pastor of New Madrid and its dependencies, which included the village of La Petite Prairie (Little Prairie), a settlement a short distance down river from present-day Caruthersville. By 1799, the French Catholic population had reached 78; however, the village of Little Prairie was completely destroyed in the New Madrid Earthquake of 1811. By 1870, the population of Caruthersville was 80. In 1876, the first Mass was celebrated in the home of a Dr. Palmer. Clement and Sally Nanson, non-Catholics, donated the land for a Catholic church in 1877.

The first Catholic church in Pemiscot County, a 24’ x 40’ frame structure with a 48’ belfry tower, was built in 1892 and dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Fr. William Schulte, the first pastor, was appointed in 1897 by the Most Rev. John Joseph Kain, Archbishop of St. Louis when the parishioners assured the archbishop that they could and would support a permanent pastor.

The first two decades of the 20th century saw the construction of the first rectory (1900), Sacred Heart Catholic School (1905), the present church (1913), and the present rectory (1925). Ursuline sisters from Crystal City taught at the school until 1937. They were replaced by Sisters of the Most Precious Blood.

The school was built in 1956, the year the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau was established. Both religious and lay teachers continued to educate children there until 1971, when the school closed.

Sacred Heart Parish in Caruthersville entered the 21st century after more than 100 years of service to Christ and proclamation of the Good News in Pemiscot County. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the parish will continue in service to Christ for many years to come.

Priests served

Huels, Msgr. Joseph H., Nov 8, 1950 – Jun 23, 1957
Baker, Fr. John W., Jun 24, 1957 – Apr 22, 1960
Ellinger, Fr. Wallace G., Apr 23, 1960 – Jun 14, 1965
Schumacher, Fr. Robert A., Jun 15, 1965 – Aug 18, 1967
Stanton, Msgr. William J., Aug 19, 1967 – Jun 17, 1971
Wissman, Fr. J. Patrick (Administrator), Jun 18, 1971 – Feb 9, 1979
Brownfield, Fr. Frowin V. M., (Administrator), Feb 20, 1979 – Oct 14, 1979
Reker, Fr. Val H., Jul 15, 1979 – Jul 31, 1980
Marquart, Fr. Ernest J., Aug 1, 1980 – Aug 16, 1987
Monaghan, Fr. J. Fergus (first as Administrator), Sep 11, 1987 – Dec 14, 1987; *Pastor, Dec 15, 1987 – Aug 16, 1989
Edwards, Fr, Byron H., Aug 17, 1989 – Aug 15, 1990
Hirtz, Fr. Daniel J., Aug 17, 1990 – Aug 16, 1995
Dougherty, Fr. James, SJ, D, 1995 – 1996
Hodgson, Fr. William M., Aug 17, 1996 – Nov 15, 1996
Campbell, Fr. Joseph, D., 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004
Sunnenberg, Fr. Scott M., Aug 18, 2004 – Aug 16, 2005
Tochtrop, Fr. Randolph G., Aug 17, 2005 – Jun 30, 2009
Bartolomeo, Fr. Thomas (Tom) (Parochial Administrator), Jul 1, 2009 – Aug 8, 2010
Skrzypek, Fr. Jaroslaw Z., Aug 8, 2010 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N36° 11.387’, W089° 39.394’ (click here for map)

Attended from: Immaculate Conception Parish, New Madrid, MO

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