St. William Mission Church, Gainesville, MO, Founded 1958
General parish info
Pastor: Fr. Paul Wightman, OMI
Sacramental Priest: Fr. Charles Dunn
CRE: Sheri Richardson
Mailing address: St. William Mission Church, PO Box 367, Gainesville, MO 65655-0367
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
Fr. Sylvester W. Bauer headed a team ministry that served four counties from West Plains. The monsignor was planning the original church in Gainesville when he noticed a lovely old fallen tree and realized what a striking altar it would make. He went on to design oversee the building of St. William’s Church.
There had been a Catholic church in Udall (St. Helen), but so few people came to it that it was closed. However the number of annual tourists called for a small chapel in Gainesville for Sunday worship. Fr. Bauer expected about 35 people for the first service. More than 100 showed up. Today more than 150 parishioners are enrolled. The stone church with its log altar has been expanded by the completion of a new addition for meetings and other assemblies. It is big enough to hold the entire parish if need be.
Deragowski, Msgr. Eugene J., April 23, 1960 – June 15, 1965
Hahn, Fr. Quentin V., Jan. 1962 – Aug. 1964
Schmittzehe, Fr. Franklin, June 15, 1965 – Jan 4, 1971
Brownfield, Fr. Frowin V. M., Jan 4, 1971 – Feb 1, 1973
Binder, Fr. Mark J. (Parochial Administrator), May 1, 1974 – Sept. 1, 1975
Wightman, Fr. Paul, OMI, (Canonical Pastor), 1976 – 1983, Aug 1, 2004 –
Weidenbenner, Fr. Joseph (Sacramental Assistant), Aug 16, 2007 – Jun 30, 2008
Isidor, Fr. Rahab (Sacramental Assistant), Jul 1, 2008 – Jun 30, 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 –
Above is compiled from diocesan archives.
“D” designates information compiled from The Catholic Directory or Year Book.