“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful song.”-Psalms 100:2
Weekly Masses and Weekend Masses are available here at St. Mary's Church. Our school children attend on Monday's and Friday's, also serving as lectors and altar servers.
It is beautiful to watch our children grow in their
faith and learn to serve our Lord.
Weekend Masses are full of joyful songs and the powerful word of our Lord. Join Us:
St. Mary Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday 5:15pm - 5:45pm
Sunday 8:30am - 9:15am
or by appointment
St. Mary's Congregation, Paragould, was organized by Monsignor John Eugene Weibel, in December, 1883. Since there was no church building in Paragould at the time, the first Mass was celebrated in the Commercial Hotel, which was owned by John Staudt. Soon after its foundation, the small parish began to grow. The Kasper, Springle, and Meistrel families moved to Paragould, and were added to the parish.
Reverend George Gleisner came to Northeast Arkansas and conducted services in Jonesboro, Pocahontas, and Paragould from 1887 to 1889. Father Weibel resumed the pastorate of St. Mary's Church in 1889, bought the location on Second and Highland streets for $300, and erected a frame church for $680.
One year later, 1890, the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters came to Paragould, bought a lot close to the Church, and built a small school and convent. At the time, only seventy-three Catholics lived in Paragould, including the Brinkman, Wrape, English, Staudt, Meistrel, Bleier, Weber, Isler, and Kirchoff families.
The Small school served the parish until 1906, when the present school was built in 1956 at a cost of $10,000. The frame church served until December 13, 1936, when the present $50,000 church building was dedicated.
At St. Mary's Catholic Church , we believe in the Holy Trinity, the divinity of Jesus Christ, and the authority of the Bible. We also believe in the power of prayer and the importance of living out our faith in our daily lives.
The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross or Via Crucis, commemorate Jesus's passion and death on the cross. There are 14 stations that each depict a moment on his journey to Calvary, usually through sacred art, prayers, and reflections.
Stations are said Each Friday of Lent at 6pm and Good Friday at 3pm.