St. Mark Parish, Houston, MO
St. Mark Church, Houston, MO. (Photos by G. Eckl)
Texas county records reveal the building of a Catholic church with 60 members after the Civil War around 1867. In 1914 the church was destroyed by fire. Services took place in private homes until a new church was built in Beulah in 1932. When many families moved from the area during the depression and war years, the church was closed. During the 1940s, several Catholic families in the Houston area attended Mass at either Cabool or Willow Springs.
In 1952, St. Louis Archbishop Joseph Ritter gave his permission to buy land and build a church. Fr. Sylvester Bauer supervised the construction and landscaping of the church grounds. The cost was financed by St. Pius X parish in St. Louis. Dedication by Bishop Charles Helmsing, then of St. Louis, took place on June 14, 1953, and St. Mark officially became a mission church of St. Joseph Mission Center in White Church.
By 1969, with the parish debt paid, the Catholic community had grown to some 100 members. In 1975, St. Mark Mission Church became a parish with a resident pastor, Fr. Paul McLoughlin, and given care of the mission church, St. Vincent de Paul in Roby. Later, the Houston parish took St. John the Baptist Mission Church in Licking under its care.
All schedules subject to change. Please call parish offices above to verify.
Weekend Mass times
Daily Mass Times
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10 – 10:15 a.m.
12 – 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
GPS coordinates: N37° 19.198’, W091° 57.401’ (click here for map)
Physical address: 118 North Oak Crest St., Houston, MO