Sacred Heart Mission Church, Thayer, MO

Sacred Heart Church — Thayer, MO. (Photo by G. Eckl)

Phone: (417) 256-2556

Physical Address: 3612 Best Circle, Thayer
Mailing address: St. Mary Church, PO Box 67, West Plains, MO 65775-0067

Pastor: Fr. Maurice Chukwukere,

Attended from St. Mary Parish, West Plains, MO 65775-0067


A visiting priest celebrated the first Mass in Thayer in 1885. In the early days Catholics gathered for Mass in a hotel room and later in the homes of various parishioners whenever a priest was available. The home of the Harvey Boughnou family was one of the first.

On May 29, 1893, a lot on South 6th Street was donated for a church building. Fr. John Waelterman, pastor of St. Joseph in White Church, supervised the project. In 1903, the church building was moved to the corner of 5th and Walnut Streets. A bell tower, bell, and vestibule were added. This church was the parish’s home for more than 50 years. In 1958, the parish received a donation of 9.7 acres of land from the Owen Best family. The current church on Best Circle Drive was built under the direction of Fr. Sylvester Bauer.

Mass Times

Sunday—8:30 a.m.

Thursday—11:30 a.m.