St. Mary Parish, Lamar, MO, Founded 1904

St.Mary Church, Lamar, MO (circa 2010)
St.Mary Church, Lamar, MO (circa 2010)

General parish info

Contact info
Pastor: Fr. Patrick A. Teter
PSR Coordinators: Regan Hargrave & Rebecca Brownlow

Phone: (417) 862-2492
Mailing address: St.Mary Church, 200 E 17th St., Lamar, MO 64759-2012


Weekend Mass times

Sunday
11 a.m.
Saturday
4 p.m.

Daily Mass Times

Tuesday & Friday
6 p.m.

Holy Days

7 p.m.

Confession

Saturday
3 – 3:45 p.m. or by appointment

Office hours

Tuesday & Friday

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Updated: 10-28-15

History

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Prior to the formal establishment of a parish, various priests of the Kansas City Diocese served Catholics in Lamar. Mass was celebrated in a small frame building erected in 1869. Upon the arrival of Msgr. William A. Keuenhof, the first resident pastor, a church was promptly built of wood and stone in 1904 and is still in use today.

The present rectory was built in 1946 and, with the help of a grant from the Extension Society, a parish hall was completed in 1978.

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In the past, the pastor of the Lamar parish also attended to its mission, St. Joseph Parish in Golden City, which was founded in 1912. However, with the advent of better transportation and highways, Catholics in the St. Joseph Mission area merged with the parish family in Lamar and the church building in Golden City was closed in 2000.

An active Knights of Columbus council, together with strong lay involvement, links Christian responsibility with community involvement and puts a face on “Catholic presence” in the city of Lamar.

*Fire destroys the church Sun., Feb. 8, 2009 (see the Feb. 20, 2009 of The Mirror, p. 9 for details).

Priests served

Hanley, Fr. Patrick H., Oct. 27, 1954 – Dec., 1954
Curran, Fr. Wilfred L., Nov. 9, 1954 – Jan. 31, 1958
Herzog, Fr. Leo J., Feb. 1, 1958 – Oct. 25, 1959
Nugent, Fr. Leo W. (vicar econome), Oct 13, 1959 – Apr 23, 1960
White, Fr. John J., Apr. 23, 1960 – Aug. 15, 1972
Palermo, Fr. Frank C., Aug. 16, 1972 – Aug. 31, 1980
Wilk, Fr. Mitchell S., D, 1980-1981, 1981-1982, 1982-1983, 1983-1984, 1984-1985, 1985-1986, 1986-1987, 1987-1988
Allen, Fr. Thomas E., July 7, 1988 – Aug., 1999
Biernacki, Fr. Jacob S., Oct. 7, 1999 – Aug. 16, 2001
Reynolds, Fr. James L., Aug. 17, 2001 – Aug. 17, 2004
Mai Vinh Loc, Fr. Timothy, CMC, Aug. 18, 2004 – Aug. 16, 2005
Lutz, Fr. Frederick J., Aug. 17, 2005 – Mar 1, 2011
Friedel, Fr. John  (J.) F., Mar 1, 2011 – Jun 31, 2013
Teter, Fr. Patrick A., Jul 1, 2013 –

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

Parish related

GPS coordinates: N37° 29.301’, W094° 16.446’ (click here for map)

Attends to: St. Mary Parish, Seneca, MO

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