St. Henry Parish, Charleston, MO, Founded 1873

St. Henry Church, Charleston, MO (circa 2010)
St. Henry Church, Charleston, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. David J. Dohogne
Associate Pastor:
Fr. Alexander Nwagwu
Office Manager:
Connie Reeves
Administrative Assistant:
Carletta Samons
Principal St. Henry School: Michael Eftink (see ‘Parish related’ tab)

Phone: (573) 683-2114, Fax: (573) 683-7800
Mailing address: St. Henry Church, 304 Court St., Charleston, MO 63834-1114

Email: connie@sainthenry.org
Web site: www.sthenrychurch.org


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

Weekend Mass times

Sunday
8 a.m.
Saturday
6 p.m. Vigil Mass

Daily Mass Times

Tuesday & Thursday
8:15 a.m.

Holy Days

8:15 a.m.

Confession

Saturday
5 p.m. or by appointment

Adoration

Thursday
8:45 a.m. 4th Thursday of each month

Office hours

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Updated: 07-31-17

History

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In 1837 Fr. John B. Taritori, a Vincentian from Perryville, acquired 154 acres of land in Texas Bend as a site for a Catholic church and cemetery in Tywappity Bottoms. The little church was dedicated on Sept. 15, 1839, under the patronage of St. Francis de Sales. As immigrants mainly from Germany arrived, a larger, frame church was constructed in Charleston and dedicated to St. Henry in 1873, replacing St. Francis. The pastor also attended the needs of Catholics in eight surrounding cities as far west as Poplar Bluff, often celebrating Mass in private homes until 1905 when a larger church was dedicated.

A school was begun in 1888 with an enrollment of 35 pupils. In 1890, Ursuline Sisters from St. Louis taught there until a larger school, named Charleston Convent School, opened Sept. 12, 1892. In 1920 the Ursulines added a two-year high school curriculum, only to be replaced in 1922 by three lay teachers. In 1926 the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon, MO, took over the school with 167 students.

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Extensive structural repairs were made to the church and the Old Convent School in 1948. Two years later, a new parish, dedicated to St. Maria Goretti, was founded in East Prairie, and in 1953, the high school was completely renovated and a new elementary school built. Two years after that, the church interior was gutted and thoroughly renovated. Eventually dwindling enrollment and financial and academic limitations closed the high school, which had graduated 354 students between 1937 and 1969. In 1976 St. Maria Garetti parishioners merged with St. Henry’s parish and the little church in East Prairie was closed.

Lay involvement and leadership has been encouraged and maintained from the parish’s early beginnings up to the present day.

A more in-depth history can be found here.

Priests served

Schmitt, Msgr. Charles P., Dec 18, 1948 – Mar 14, 1976?
Swalina, Msgr. Michael F., STD (Administrator), Mar 15, 1976 – Jul 31, 1976
Landewe, Fr. Robert A., Aug 1, 1976 – Jul 14, 1978
McHugh, Fr. Paul J., Jul 15, 1978 – ?
Graham, Fr. James P. CM, D, 1981 – 1982, 1982 – 1983
Swalina, Msgr. Michael F., STD (Administrator), Feb 7, 1983 – July, 1984
Ernstmann, Msgr. Mark C., Aug 16, 1983 – Aug 16, 1989
Kunkel, Fr. Raymond W., Aug 17, 1989 – Aug 17, 1992
Reynolds, Fr. James L., Aug 18, 1992 – Aug 16, 1995
Lause, Fr. Richard, CM, D, 1995 – 1996, 1996 – 1997, 1997 – 1998
Brown, Fr. Gerald J., CM, D, 1998 – 1999, 1999 – 2000, 2000 – 2001, 2001 – 2002, 2002 – 2003
Nichols, Fr. Edward P., Jr. (Parochial Administrator), until Aug 12, 2003
Schneider, Fr Stephen A., Aug 13, 2003 – Aug 16, 2005
Sunnenberg, Fr. Scott M., Aug 17, 2005 – Jun 30, 2009
Eftink, Fr. Glenn A., Jul 1, 2009 – Mar 13, 2013
Nwokoye, Fr. Patrick I., May 16, 2013 – Jun 30, 2013 (Parochial Administrator, then Pastor), Jul 1, 2013 – Jul 31, 2017
Dohogne, Fr. David J., Aug 1, 2017 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N36° 55.451’, W089° 20.872’ (click here for map)

CharlestonSchool

St. Henry School
306 Court St., Charleston, MO 63834-1114

Principal: Michael Eftink, principal@sainthenry.org

Phone: (573) 683-6218, Fax: (573) 683-4124
Web site: http://sthenry.eduk12.net

Attended from: St Francis Xavier Parish, 245 W Front St, Sikeston, MO 63801-2810

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