St. Mary Parish returns home

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St. Mary Catholic Church in Joplin, MO, celebrated its happy and historic dedication and blessing on Dec. 17, 2014.  Bp. James V. Johnston, Bp. Emeritus John J. Leibrecht, Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor, and a host of area priests, deacons, religious, guests, and parishioners marked the end of what has been an exile of sorts since the former parish plant was destroyed in a May, 2011 tornado. With the help of the parish family and neighbors, some local, some from across the globe and never met, St. Mary Parish has rebuilt its place of worship under the expertise of RDG Planning and Design and Crossland Construction. The photos taken by photographer Bruce Stidham speak for themselves. Readers may find a description of the art and architecture of St. Mary Church below as well as additional photos here. Read more

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St. Mary School blessed, dedicated for new school year

New beginnings were recently celebrated by two Catholic schools in Joplin. St. Mary Catholic School celebrated the opening of its new building with a ribbon-cutting on Fri., Aug. 22. On hand was the new principal for St. Mary School, Ann Hamlet; former principal Steve Jones; Fr. J. Friedel, pastor, St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Joplin; members of the Joplin Area Catholic Schools (JACS), and representatives of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more

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St. Mary Church awarded $300,000 community grant

ST. MARY PARISH AWARDED GRANT—Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor, hugged Stephanie Howard, chairman of the board for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, on Nov. 27, 2013, after she announced a grant of $300,000 for the rebuilding of the St. Mary Catholic Church and School. (Photo by Roger Nomer)
ST. MARY PARISH AWARDED GRANT—Fr. Justin Monaghan, pastor, hugged Stephanie Howard, chairman of the board for the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, on Nov. 27, 2013, after she announced a grant of $300,000 for the rebuilding of the St. Mary Catholic Church and School. (Photo by Roger Nomer)

Christmas joy came early for St. Mary Parish in Joplin.

As the faith community labors on its new parish plant, rebuilding after the 2011 tornado, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri recently surprised Fr. Justin Monaghan with news that the parish he pastors was receiving a $300,000 grant.

“I was totally shocked; I had no idea,” Fr. Monaghan told The Joplin Globe after the grant was presented to him on Wed., Nov. 27, 2013. He was at a meeting at Hardy, Wrestler, and Associates, an accounting firm with offices about two blocks from the site of the former St. Mary Parish and School, when the surprise took place. Read more

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