Sacred Heart Parish, Poplar Bluff, MO, Founded 1891
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. William Hodgson
Associate Pastor: Fr. Simon Enudu
Deacon: Deacon David O. Farris
Secretary: Sherry Lampe
Bookkeeper: Heather Akridge
Maintenance: Michael Henry
Principal Sacred Heart School: Monique Gribbins (see ‘Parish related’ tab)
Phone: (573) 785-9635 • Fax: (573) 785-2069
Mailing address: 825 Vine St Poplar Bluff, MO 63901-4952
Weekend Mass times
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
5:30 p.m. Spanish
Daily Mass Times
Monday – Tuesday & Thursday – Friday
5-5:15 p.m. or by appointment
3-3:45 p.m., or by appointment
Begins 8 a.m. Monday and ends 12 a.m. Thursday
at Black River Medical Center
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Missionary priests came to Poplar Bluff to care for the needs of Catholics as early as 1875. Sent by St. Louis Archbishop Peter Kenrick, the growth of the Catholic community brought approval for a church to be built and dedicated to the Sacred Heart in 1876.
From 1876 until 1885, priests from Arcadia and Doniphan ministered in Poplar Bluff. Fr. Theodore Schmitt was appointed pastor in 1885. Fr. Pius Preiser who, in 1891, began the building of a new and larger wooden church, succeeded him in 1887. As was the custom, the school, staffed by Ursuline Sisters, had been built before the church. It was a two-story building. The downstairs floor, an auditorium, was used for church services until the new church was completed.
Fr. Daniel J. Daly was assigned to Sacred Heart Parish in 1940. By April 1942, the current building was dedicated by Archbishop John Glennon. The church, with its beautiful stained-glass windows, was built at a cost of $60,000. Fr. Daly also established four mission churches in surrounding towns, some of which now have parish status.
A new school was built in 1961. A parish center was completed in 1986. Land has been purchased to enlarge the cemetery and surround it with a beautiful fence. Burials date back to the 1860s, thus making the cemetery older than the parish.
Daly, Msgr. Daniel J., Nov 26, 1940 – Jun 9, 1957
Huels, Msgr. Joseph H., Jun 24, 1957 – Aug 18, 1967
Stolle, Fr. Elmer G., Aug 19, 1967 – Aug 20, 1976
Lavelle, Fr. Donald, CMF, D 1978
O’Connor, Fr. Ramond E., CMF, D 1979-1980, 1980-1981, 1981-1982, 1982-1983, 1983-1984, 1984-1985, 1985-1986, 1986-1987
White, Fr. Richard S. CMF, D 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1989-1990
Duffner, Fr. Ralph J., Aug 17, 1990 – Aug 16, 1993
McDevitt, Fr. Michael V., Aug 17, 1993 – Aug 12, 2003
Swalina, Msgr. Michael F., STD, Aug 13, 2003 – Aug 13, 2007
Coon, Fr. David N., Aug 13, 2007 – Jun 30, 2015
Hodgson, Fr. William. M., Jul 1, 2015 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.