Welcome to St. Mary
History of St. Mary Church
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.
Canceled until April 15th
By appointment Only
The Diocese of Little Rock has closed all Catholic Schools in Arkansas until April 17th.
Preschool parents if you have raffle tickets and money for baseball basket please try to drop off to main school Monday 2:00-6:00. If that is not convenient please mail to St. Mary School 310 North Second St. Paragould.
K-6th grade parents please remember about our switch out day Monday 2:00-6:00 Again if you can not drop by please let me know. Please bring your completed AMI day packets, raffle tickets and money, and you are also welcome to bring your April payment for tuition. We still have expenses during this time. I know you want your child's teacher not to miss a paycheck. If you are currently unemployed due to COVID 19 please let me know and I pray for you and your family during these hard times. I know the teachers would enjoy notes, cards , or pictures hand made from kids. They can be left on Monday too.
We miss the kids greatly. It will be good next week when we will be able to see them through ZOOM. Prayers for all St. Mary School family, the world, and all health care people.
Faith at home
Since Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the suspension of all public Masses and non-essential gatherings at parishes during the COVID-19 crisis, the Diocese of Little Rock is compiling a list of online resources to help you stay connected and continue to practice your faith at home, including online Masses, readings and prayers. This list at dolr.org/covid will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire you with all my heart.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already in my heart
and unite myself to you completely.
Please do not let me ever by separated from you.”
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
Immaculate Heart of Mary
No Masses until April 15th
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St. Mary Catholic Church
220 North Second Street
Paragould, AR 72450