St. Augustine Parish, Kelso, MO, Founded 1878
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Joseph Weidenbenner
Administrative Assistant: Becky Collier
Bookkeeping: Cindy Johnston
RCIA Director: Gary Ziegler
Principal St. Augustine School: Sarah Cato (see ‘Parish related’ tab)
Phone: (573) 264-4106
Mailing address: PO Box 26, Kelso, MO 63758-0026
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
6 p.m. Vigil Mass
Daily Mass Times
Friday & Saturday
6:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.
5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Devout and faithful settlers of the early village of Kelso were finding it increasingly difficult to attend Mass at surrounding parishes and hoped to establish a parish of their own. Fr. Sosthenes Kleiser, pastor of St. Mary’s Church, Cape Girardeau suggested, that they first open a Catholic school. The church would follow. He recommended a teacher and the school was opened in the fall of 1877.
In the spring of 1878, 31 families met with Fr. Kleiser to discuss the possibility of building a church. The building was completed in six months and Fr. Kleiser became the first pastor. The first Mass was celebrated with Fr. Kleiser on Nov. 3, 1878.
Fr. Kleiser stayed on as a beloved pastor until August 1882 when Fr. A. J, Kleinschnittger, or Fr. Klein as he came to be known, was assigned as the new pastor. The congregation soon outgrew the small wood frame church. On April 23, 1889, the parishioners built a new church. It had been designed by Br. Adrian, OSF, a renowned St. Louis architect.
On Aug. 28, 1890, the feast of St. Augustine, parishioners traveled in wagons to take part in the dedication of the new church. Vicar General Brady dedicated the new church, naming St. Augustine as its patron saint. The church was remodeled in September 1948. Then, on June 27, 1979, work began on the restoration of the church to its original design with a few modern changes. Seven months later, the parish family again gathered for a rededication ceremony. Over the years the parish has undergone many changes, including the addition of other buildings and the coming and going of many talented and dedicated pastors. The faithful devotion of the parishioners of St. Augustine Parish has remained constant. Today, the parish is home to more than 440 families.
A more in-depth history can be found here.
Keusenkothen, Msgr. Joseph F. (Assistant then pastor), Sep 5, 1926 – Sep 29, 1940, Sep 30, 1940 – Jun 20, 1976
Orf, Msgr. Raymond V., Jul 10, 1976 – Aug 16, 1990
Westhues, Msgr. John H., Aug 17, 1990 – Aug 16, 1994
Clavin, Fr. M. Oliver, Sep 16, 1994 – Jun 30, 2015
Weidenbenner, Fr. Joseph, Jul 1, 2015 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.
GPS coordinates: N37° 11.408’, W089° 32.993’ (click here for map)
Physical address: St. Augustine Church, 211 S Messmer, Kelso, MO
St. Augustine School
PO Box 97, 230 S Messmer St.
Kelso, MO 63758-0097
Principal: Sarah Cato, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (573) 264-4644, Fax: (573) 264-1475
Web site: www.stakelso.eduk12.net
Attends to: St. Joseph Parish, Scott City, MO