Sacred Heart Parish, Verona, MO
Sacred Heart Church, Verona, MO. (Photos by G. Eckl)
Phone: (417) 678-2403, Fax: (417) 678-2551
Mailing address: Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 533, Aurora, MO 65605-0533
Pastor: Rev. Rahab Isidor, email@example.com
Administrative Assistant: Theresa Kahre
Pastoral Associate: Sr. Petra Salgado, MCM
Also attends to St. Lawrence Church, Monett, MO
Sacred Heart Parish, Verona, was established for a small group of mostly German Bohemians and was first named after St. John Nepomuk. Mass was celebrated by Benedictine priests from Conception Abbey in the local Odkoven Hotel until a church building was erected in 1876. The parish cemetery was established in 1883. Men of the parish taught children in the church until 1888 when the first schoolhouse, a frame building with two rooms, was built. Benedictine Sisters from Arkansas staffed the school for nearly 86 years until the brick school, built in 1913, was closed in 1974. The present brick church was dedicated in 1900 and renamed Sacred Heart.
In conjunction with its 107th anniversary, a museum was established in the church to preserve the history and traditions of the Verona Catholics.
In 1991, ministry to the growing population of Hispanics in the area was begun. Since 1995 a Spanish Mass is celebrated every Sunday. Three CordiMarian sisters came to live in the convent in 1997 and minister to the Catholic Hispanic communities in Verona and surrounding towns.
In 1988, because of the growing shortage of priests, Sacred Heart’s pastor doubled as pastor of Holy Trinity parish, Aurora, as well, and moved his residence there. In 2000, the first Parish Life Coordinator of the two parishes was appointed, along with a Canonical Pastor.
In April 2003 the 90-year-old brick schoolhouse, no longer able to fulfill the parish needs, was demolished. A new hall is under construction.
The vision of that small band of immigrant settlers to live and establish the Catholic faith in Verona in 1874 has thrived and grown. The faithful parishioners of today bear witness to those early pioneers.
Weekend Mass times
8 a.m. & 5 p.m., Spanish
Weekday Mass times
Wednesday & Friday
4 – 4:50 p.m., or by appointment
GPS coordinates: N36° 57.925’, W093° 47.701’ (click here for map)
Physical address: Sacred Heart Church, 212 2nd St, Verona, MO