St. Michael Mission Church, Cabool, MO, Founded 1888
General parish info
Canonical Pastor: Fr. Paul Wightman, OMI
Associate Pastor: Fr. Leo Arockiasamy, HGN
Parish Life Coordinator: Deacon Joseph Kurenbach
Mailing address: Sacred Heart Church, 302 E State St., Mountain Grove, MO 65711-1759
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
St. Michael’s is the oldest existing mission church in the diocese. It was originally under the care of St. Joseph in White Church. Some members of the German settlers who arrived in White Church eventually made their way to Cabool as early as 1852.
Until the construction of a church, Mass and the sacraments were celebrated in a hall on Main Street. After that building was destroyed by fire, liturgies were held in the home of Henry Hengel on Pine Street. It was in that house that the marriage of Henry Hengel to Mary Bauch took place on Aug. 1, 1885. The first church was a box-like structure that eventually had a tower and sacristy added. The present church was built in 1971.
Although the church serves only 25 households–about 40 baptized Catholics–its attendance swells with visitors, hunters, and vacationers who come through the area every year. St. Michael’s “Mother Church” is Sacred Heart Parish in Mountain Grove.
A priest from Springfield now serves the parishioners’ spiritual needs. The everyday running of the parish is taken care of by a parish life coordinator and the parishioners, who have stepped up to the task of helping in any way they can.
Boyer, Fr. Mark G., MA, Aug 17, 2002 – Aug 17, 2004
Wightman, Fr. Paul, OMI (Canonical Pastor), Aug 18, 2004 –
Bertrand, Fr. Vincent E., JCL (provide Sunday Masses), Aug 22, 2004 – Jul 12, 2005
Figge, Fr. Urban, OMI, Jun 12, 2006 –
Isidor, Fr. Rahab (Sacramental Ministry), Jul 1, 2008 – Jul 1, 2009
Fasching, Fr. Jeffery (Sacramental Assistant), Jul 1, 2009 – Oct 10, 2015
Hoa Le, Fr. Mark M., CMC (Sacramental Assistant), Oct 11, 2015 – Jul 31, 2016
Dunn, Fr. Charles, (Sacramental Assistant), Aug 1, 2016 – Jul 5, 2017
Arockiasamy, Fr. Leo, HGN, (Associate Pastor), Jul 6, 2017 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.