St. Joseph Parish, Scott City, MO, Founded 1911

St. Joseph Church, Scott City, MO (circa 2010)
St. Joseph Church, Scott City, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. Joesph Weidenbenner
Administrative Assistant: Becky Collier
Cindy Johnston
RCIA Director: Gary Ziegler
Principal St. Joseph School:
 Betty Spalding (see ‘Parish related’ tab)

Phone: (573) 264-4106 • Fax: (573) 264-4106
Mailing address: 201 S Messmer St., Scott City, MO 63780-1101

Web site:

Weekend Mass times

10 a.m.
4 p.m.

Daily Mass Times

Monday & Thursday
8 a.m.


Monday & Thursday
7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
3 – 3:30 p.m.

Office hours

Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Updated: 10-04-17


Mr. Joseph Scherer was surely answering God’s call for a Catholic church for people of the Fornfelt-Ancell-Illmo area when he offered to donate two acres of his farm for church grounds, provided that the church be called St. Joseph.

Founded by Fr. John Muehlsiepen, pastor of Kelso’s St. Augustine Parish, St. Joseph Church was built in Illmo in 1912. (The three towns later incorporated into the present Scott City). Vincentian priests from Cape Girardeau served the parish until its first resident pastor Fr. Augustine Lager arrived (1913-1922).

Pastors who have since served the parish are: Fr. Bernard Groner, 1922-41; Fr. Albert Weinig, 1941-47; Fr. Aloys Marschner, 1947-48; Fr. Aloysius Peopsel, 1948-49; Fr. Joseph Little, 1949-56; Fr. Alois Stevens, 1956-60; Fr. Raymond Slay, 1960-63; Fr. Thomas Allen, 1963-76; Fr. Robert Schumacher, 1976-86; Fr. Roger Leveillee, 1986-93; Fr. Patrick Wissman, 1993-99; and Fr. David Coon, 1999-2007. Fr. Oliver Clavin began serving as pastor in September of 2007 from Kelso.

A school staffed by the School Sisters of Notre Dame opened in 1926. Due to a diminishing number of vocations, the sisters withdrew in 1974 and were replaced by lay teachers. Several principals from the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Ursuline Sisters of Mount St. Joseph have since served.

The original church was renovated and enlarged in 1936. In 1967 a new church was built. Dedicated by Bishop Ignatius Strecker, it was the first area church to be built in the round. The former church building was used as a parish hall until 1979 when a new hall and school were built.

The St. Joseph Bell Tower was lifted into place and dedicated by Bishop Bernard Law in 1976. The two bells from the old church were joined with a new and larger tone-appropriate bell.

The church interior was completely renovated in the summer of 2002. Parishioners attended Mass in the parish center while the work went on. The pews, woodwork, statues, and Stations of the Cross were also refurbished.

St. Joseph’s Parish and School families join together today in a parish life of thanksgiving, bringing true meaning to its mission statement, “Living and Spreading the Life and Love of Jesus Christ.”

Priests served

Fr. John Muehlsiepen, 1912 – 1913
Fr. Augustine Lager
, 1913 – 1922
Fr. Bernard Groner
, 1922 – 1941
Fr. Albert Weinig
, 1941 – 1947
Fr. Aloys Marschner
, 1947 – 1948
Fr. Aloysius Peopsel
, 1948 – 1949
Fr. Joseph Little
, 1949 – 1956
Stevens, Fr. Alois J.
, Apr 2, 1956 – Apr 22, 1960
Slay, Fr. Raymond P., D, 1962
Allen, Fr. Thomas E., Aug 1, 1963 – Jul 15, 1976
Schumacher, Fr. Robert A., Aug 21, 1976 – Aug 18, 1986
Leveillee, Fr. Roger L., Aug 19, 1986 – Aug 16, 1993
Wissman, Fr. J. Patrick, Aug 17, 1993 – Aug 16, 1999
Coon, Fr. David N., Aug 17, 1999 – Sep 5, 2007
Clavin, Fr. M. Oliver, Sep 6, 2007 – 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.

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N37° 13.456’, W089° 30.672’ (click here for map)


St. Joseph School
606 Sycamore St., Scott City, MO 63780-2326

Principal: Betty Spalding,

Phone: (573) 264-2600, Fax: (573) 264-1325
Web site:

Attended from: St. Augustine Parish, 211 S Messmer, 220 S US Hwy 61, Kelso, MO

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