St. John Parish, Leopold, MO, Founded 1856

St. John Church, Leopold, MO (circa 2010)
St. John Church, Leopold, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. David N. Coon
DRE & Director of Adult Faith Formation:
Nick Elfrink
Music Director:
Daniel Seiler
Youth Director: Tonya & Patrick Gott

Secretary:
Cindy Thele

Phone: (573) 238-3300 — Fax: (573) 238-2450
Mailing address: St. John Church, PO Box 83, Leopold, MO 63760-0083

Email: cindythele@hotmail.com
Web site: www.stjohnscatholiccemetery.org


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

Weekend Mass times

Sunday
8 a.m., 10 a.m.

Daily Mass Times

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
7:30 a.m.
Tuesday
6:30 p.m.
Thursday
8:30 a.m.

Confession

Saturday
4 – 4:30 p.m. or by appointment
Sunday
7:20 – 7:50 a.m.
9:30 – 9:50 a.m.
Tuesday
5 – 6 p.m.

Adoration

Monday
Every Monday from 8 a.m. until 7 a.m. Tuesday

Office hours

Monday – Thursday
1 – 5 p.m.

Updated: 09-26-16

History

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Twelve Catholic families and their pastor, Fr. John van Luytelaar, migrated to what was then known as Vinemount in southeast Missouri. Catholic Germans and Hollanders living in the community were Catholic, but until the arrival of the newcomers, attended Mass only infrequently because the nearest church was in Cape Girardeau. After Fr. Luytelaar’s arrival, on Aug. 15, 1856, work began on a two-room log structure where the pastor would live and celebrate Mass. Construction of a frame church began in 1858.

The Civil War Years obscured the history of the community. The parish was completely scattered. In 1866, Fr. John Bertens built a rectory and repaired the church for new immigrants. A log schoolhouse was added in 1872. A Dutchman, he studied German in Illinois to deliver sermons in both languages.

On Aug. 16, 1878, Fr. Francis Bettels arrived from St. Henry in Charleston and built a middle school the following year, followed by a frame schoolhouse in 1894. The growth of the community caused a request for a post office in 1894. The people named their postal address Leopolis in honor of the Pope at that time, Leo XXIII. The name was rejected by the postal authorities, but Leopold was submitted and accepted. In 1890, the first parish picnic had 150 parishioners in attendance. Today more than 2,000 people participate in the annual event.

The parish school was turned over to the State of Missouri in 1960. Further school additions have been tax funded and state aid supported and are state owned. Catholic students receive religious instruction from volunteers or attend Mass before each school day begins.

The Parish Council of Catholic Women (St. Anne Sodality) and St. Isidore Knights of Columbus Council #5893 are organizations that do much to support the parish in its spiritual life and outreach to the community at large.

Priests served

Lutelaar, Rev. Br. Thomas van, Feb 5, 1856 – Oct 1860
No resident priests, 1860 – 1866. Served by Vincentan Fathers from Cape Girardeau. Sanden, Fr. van der, is one noted.
Bertens, Fr. John, Nov 10, 1866 – Mar 1978
Bettels, Fr. Francis, Aug 16, 1878 – Jan 5, 1906
Huber, Fr. James M. (in charge), Jan 6, 1906 – Jun 8, 1906
Kurtenbach, Fr. Peter, Jun 9, 1906 – Sep 8, 1929
Moser, Fr. John S., Sep 9, 1929 – late-Jun 1937
Morrell, Fr. John T., late-Jun 1937 – Apr 26, 1948
Wiesmann, Fr. Henry W.
, Apr 27, 1948 – Apr 11, 1954
Stolle, Fr. Elmer G., Apr 12, 1954 – Jun 20, 1963
Eckhoff, Fr. August A., Jun 21, 1963 – Jul 14, 1979
Schneider, Fr. Stephen A., Jul 15, 1979 – Aug 11, 1985
Hodgson, Fr. William M., Aug 12, 1985 – Apr 26, 1986
Rochford, Fr. William B. (temp. Administrator), May 6, 1986 – Aug 18, 1986
Carlin, Fr. Joseph M., SJ, D, 1986 – 1987, 1987 – 1988
Seyer, Fr. James A. (temp. Administrator), Aug 2, 1988 – Aug 16, 1990
Graham, Fr. James P., CM, D, 1988 – 1989
Casteel, Fr. Michael J., Aug 17, 1989 – Aug 16, 1994
Nichols, Fr. Edward P., Jr., Aug 17, 1994 – Aug 16, 1995
Huggins, Fr. William A., Aug 17, 1995 – Jun 30, 2008
Harth, Fr. John M., Jul 1, 2008 – Jun 30, 2010
Hennecke, Fr. William W., Jul 1, 2010 – Jun 30, 2015
Coon, Fr. David N., Jul 1, 2015 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N37° 15.464’, W089° 55.579’ (click here for map)
Physical Address: St. John Church, 103 Main St, Leopold, MO

Attends to: St. Anthony Mission, Glennon, MO

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