Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church | Joplin MO

Bishop Rice has issued these directives to the Diocese.

All public Masses are canceled until further notice.

We will be streaming the Sunday 11:15 AM and 6 PM Masses on our Facebook page.

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Take care of yourselves, and take care of each other.

We are sorry to announce Joplin Area Catholic Vacation Bible School 2020 has been cancelled.

Due to the concern for the safety and health of our children, volunteers, and families, we have decided to cancel Vacation Bible School for the summer of 2020.

This was not an easy decision and is so disappointing however we look forward to VBS 2021 next July!

Thank you,
Becky Bertoncino

Mass Times

All public services are canceled until further notice by a directive by Bishop Rice.

Saturday | Reconciliation 4:00–4:45 PM | Mass 5:15 PM

Sunday | Masses 9:00 AM, 11:15 AM & 6:00 PM

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | Rosary 8:00 AM | Morning Praise 8:20 AM | Mass 8:30 AM

Tuesday | Mass 6:00 PM

Wednesday | Eucharistic Adoration 9:00 AM–12 Noon & 5:00–9:00 PM

Thursday | Mass 8:30 AM

A Communion Service Will be Held on Days Where There is No Mass

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Faith in Our Hometown


St. Peter’s Parish has a rich history of faith, endurance, and service to God. It was faith and the desire for the Sacraments that moved a handful of Catholics in a rough and tumble mining town to get together and seek out a priest to come here for Mass and other Sacraments that they had been unable to receive since leaving their respective homes to make new lives here. The answer to their prayers came in the form of a missioner from the Osage Indian Mission, now St. Paul, Kansas, who came here at least once a month to provide the services for which they yearned. At first, they attended Mass in the Antoine Chatelle home in East Joplin and later as the Catholic population increased, a lodge room above a saloon was converted into a temporary church on Sundays. Then with the blessing of the Archbishop of St. Louis, they built their first church and became a parish in 1877.

Through the years, the parishioners endured tests to their faith, such as a period of anti-Catholic harassment by the Ku Klux Klan, the sadness and trials of two world wars, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War, and even survived a few internal fusses among parishioners. Throughout the 125 years, members of the St. Peter’s family have willingly and enthusiastically contributed to the social welfare of the community.

In fulfilling service to God, the parishioners are led by the Holy Spirit to further our faith community, as declared in the parish mission: “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.”

Current Message Series


Lent is like a sprint- it only lasts a while. For most of us, this is a good thing. After all, sacrificing and abstinence are difficult.

What if our practices and rituals during Lent stayed with us after Lent? In other words, what if Lent hung around?

· Imagine a habit of fasting that abstains from meat (on Fridays) all throughout the year…

· Imagine a habit of prayer that includes prolonged periods of time in front of the Blessed Sacrament throughout the year…

· Imagine a habit of generosity that automatically deducts from our paycheck throughout the year…

All of this is possible!

I’m not sure if you can relate to the young man who, after being asked about his Lent, said, “It was the worst Lent ever! I didn’t last past the first week.” This sense of discouragement is very common. For many students, Lenten fasts can seem little more than New Year’s Resolutions- it’s hard to stay with it.

As we are nearly to the mid-way point in Lent, it’s a good time to be reminded of the virtue of resilience. Another word for that is “sticktuitiveness” or even grit, a popular academic word. Remind your students (and maybe a peer or two?) that Lent is as much a marathon as a sprint.

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