Sacred Heart Parish, Springfield, MO, Founded 1882
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Gasper Masilamoni, CMF
Administrative Assistants: Dee Pohl and Armida Martinez
Accountant: Howard Pohl
Hispanic secretary (Wed): Mariandine Huertas
CRE/PSR: Sharla Beuerlein
PSR Coordinators: Jim Farrar and Miguel Perez
Director of Hispanic Ministries: Julia Valdes
Music Director: Andrew Peters
Weekend Mass times
9:30 a.m., English
12:30 p.m., Spanish
6 p.m., Spanish
4 p.m., Vigil, English
Daily Mass Times
6 p.m., English
6 p.m., Spanish
5-5:45 p.m., Spanish or by appointment
3-3:45 p.m., English or by appointment
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Prior to 1882, all Catholics in and around Springfield attended the “old” Immaculate Conception Church on North Campbell an unclear source of dissatisfaction on the part of the northern residents of the parish prompted the people to write Bishop John Hogan in Kansas City requesting their own parish, although it was no more than 10 blocks to Immaculate Conception.
It took two separate petitions to sway Bishop Hogan to grant the request in 1882. The new church was named St. Mary, spelled “St. Marie.” It was destroyed by a tornado on Nov. 5, 1883. The German and Irish parishioners rebuilt the church and renamed it Sacred Heart. Just before 1892, the Germans of the parish petitioned Bishop Hogan both for their own priest–one who could speak German–and for their own church. Their request was granted in the form of St. Joseph Church in Springfield.
Claretian Missionary Fathers accepted the pastoral responsibilities for Sacred Heart Parish in 1981. Today Sacred Heart welcomes a growing Hispanic population by scheduling Sunday Masses in Spanish and church events familiar to the Latino newcomers.
A collaborative ministry is the norm for this parish. The pastor, deacon, religious, and laity work well together to help the parish live its mission statement, which reads in part “… our purpose as a parish is to portray in our lives the teaching of Jesus Christ by giving compassion and reconciling love to all through our prayer and action.” The sincere and friendly atmosphere, coupled with an entire renovation of the interior of the church, caused national recognition in the recently published book, Excellent Catholic Parishes: the Guide to Best Places and Practices (Paulist Press). Today only a few families live within walking distance of the church, but that does not inhibit the gathering of people from diverse backgrounds to worship together as proud parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish in Springfield, MO.
Brady, Msgr. Thomas, Mar., 1920-1957?; Pastor Emeritus (D, 1958)
Harter, Fr. Benedict W. (Administrator), Oct. 8, 1954-Apr. 20, 1959
Hanley, Fr. Patrick H., May 2, 1959-May, 1964
Westhues, Msgr. John H., June 12, 1964-July 29, 1965
Stanton, Msgr. William J., July 30, 1965-Aug. 18, 1967
McKenna, Fr. James F., Aug. 19, 1967-July 14, 1971
Baker, Fr. John W., July 15, 1971-Mar. 9, 1974
Reidy, Msgr. Thomas E. VG (Administrator then pastor), Mar. 10, 1974-May 14, 1974; *Pastor, May 15, 1974-July 14, 1981
Farrell, Gr. Richard J., CMF, D, 1981-1982, 1982-1983, 1983-1984
Lavelle, Fr. Donald R., CMF, D, 1984-1985, 1985-1986
Bartlett, Fr. Richard A., CMF, D, 1986-1987, 1987-1988, 1988-1989
O’Connor, Fr. Raymond, OMF, D, 1989-1990, 1990-1991, 1991-1992, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1995-1996
Peplansky, Fr. Joseph, CMF, D, 1996-1997, 1997-1998, 1998-1999, 1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004) Senior Priest in Service (D, 2005-2006)
Iacona, Fr. Fancesco, CMF, Aug.17, 2005 – Aug 15, 2007
McGann, Fr. Thomas A., CMF, Aug 16, 2007 – Aug 12, 2009
Robles, Fr. Daniel, Aug. 13, 2009 – Jul 31, 2012
Návalo, Fr. Héctor, CMF, Aug 1, 2012 – Jul 14, 2016
Masilamoni, Fr. Gasper, CMF, Jul 15, 2016 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.
GPS coordinates: N37° 13.657’, W093° 17.028’ (click here for map)