St. Mary’s Catholic Church

3025 Central City Road
Joplin MO 64804
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St. Mary’s Catholic Church was established on October 16, 1938 and was originally housed in a small residential building, located on the NE corner of 22nd and Jackson Ave. During World War II, the Church saw much growth and a new building, affectionately called the “Quonset Hut”, was built in 1945. This served the parish until the late 1960”s. At that time, a larger church was needed and built on 25th Street.

Through the years, St. Mary’s grew to serve more than 700 families and as a result received several refurbishings and additions. On May 22nd, 2011, the entire St. Mary’s physical building including the school, church and rectory were completely destroyed by an EF 5 tornado. The large iron cross outside the church remained. When the electric utility purchased the majority of the land to expand their operations in that area, the diocese and church purchased land on 32nd Street and Central City Road for their new home in the Spring of 2012. St. Mary’s held the dedication Mass of their new church on December 17, 2014.

With numerous activities, St. Mary’s parishioners are dedicated to serving Christ in ministries that provide for the community. St. Mary’s Parish remains constant with their commitment to stewardship, as more Parishioners take ownership of their Parish.

Fr. Joe Weidenbenner took over as pastor in July 2019. 


St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church

812 S. Pearl Ave.
Joplin MO 64801
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Established in 1876 by Father Henry O’Reilly, St. Peter’s parish originally consisted of 12 to 15 families of German, Irish and French origin. Seeing the need for a larger church, construction began in 1905 and was dedicated in 1907. Designed by famous Joplin architect Austin Allen, the church was based on European Gothic medieval churches – the Late Gothic Revival style. The 17 stained glass windows, which were donated by founding families, is just one of many significant architectural features of this structure that placed it on the National Register of Historic Places.

Continuing to grow through the years in ministry and service to the community, St. Peter’s Mission states, “We, the parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, are led by the Holy Spirit to further our faith community. Through prayer and action we proclaim the Word of God and live out the message and mission of Jesus Christ to know, love, and serve others.”

Rev. Brian J. Straus serves as the administrator of St. Peter’s.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church

909 North Madison
Webb City, Missouri 64870
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Serving the Catholic Community since 1908, Sacred Heart welcomes People of Faith in Webb City, Carl Junction, Airport Drive, Oronogo, Carterville, North Joplin and surrounding communities. Sacred Heart’s Mission Statement reads, “We shall love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul and with all our strength. And we shall love our neighbor as ourselves”, and depicts the commitment in serving Christ among their fellow parishioners, community, and all citizens.

As a Welcoming Parish to the Hispanic Community, Sacred Heart offers a Hispanic Mass at 12:15 p.m. every Sunday, in addition to its other masses.

Rev. Francisco Paco” Gordillo serves as the Pastor of the parish. 
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Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

601 S. Jefferson Ave. 
Springfield MO, 65806 
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The nine regions of the diocese cover more than 25,000 square miles which includes 39 counties in southern Missouri. Within the regions, 66 parishes, 18 missions, and four chapels serve the 66,000 Catholics who comprise the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau. The diocese has two cathedrals: St. Mary of the Annunciation Cathedral, Cape Girardeau, MO, and Cathedral of St. Agnes in Springfield, MO.

The Most Reverend Edward M. Rice serves as the Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau.

JACS Business Office
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801

St. Mary's Elementary School
3025 South Central City Road
Joplin, MO 64804

St. Peter's Middle School
931 South Byers Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801

McAuley Catholic High School
930 South Pearl Avenue
Joplin, MO 64801