St. Edward Catholic Church - A brief history

The Catholic Extension Society coupled with the Kansas City’s Bishop Edwin V. O’Hara’s desire to have a parish in every county of that diocese resulted in the founding of St. Edward as a mission church in 1945. Located near Roaring River State Park, the Catholic community numbered 154 parishioners, making it one of the larger mission churches.
On April 6, 1989, a new church, located at our current site, was dedicated to accommodate the growing Catholic population.
In August of 1999 the mission became a parish.
The parish has seen significant growth in subsequent years. This growth in population has increased cultural diversity and outreach of our parish.  As a Parish in a rural area, our members come from several counties in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas.

Parish Organizations

  • The Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW)
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Council
  • Parish Finance Council

Parish School of Religion

The religious education and formation of children begins in the home. Family commitment and parish support are essential.

We have started PSR. Classes are on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.

We are located in Cassville between Bus Hwy 37 and Y Hwy to the west and east and between W 17th St. and W 18th St. to the south and north.

Parish Mission Statement:

As a Catholic Community, our Mission is to invite and encourage members to celebrate and share their faith in Jesus Christ through prayer and action.

Adult Education

In 2014 we began a program to help  members of our Parish become more conscious, intentional disciples of Jesus Christ. A variety of ongoing adult education programs will be available for all.

Are you looking for information about current Parish activities and events?

Click on the "Weekly Bulletin" tab above!

The Weekly Parish Bulletin has all the updated information.

Our faith community welcomes you and invites you to share in our celebration of the Holy Mass:   

 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. 

Saturday 4:00  p.m.      Sunday 11:00 a.m. and

                                                    12:30 p.m. in Spanish

The Sacrament of Reconciliation:  Saturday  3:00 - 3:45 p.m.,  Sunday 12:00-12:15 a.m., or by appointment.

 An introduction to our Pastor Fr. Bill Hodgson:

Fr. Bill Hodgson was born in Illinois about 80 miles north of St. Louis.  He came to Missouri in 1970 to attend College of the Ozarks. From there he entered Seminary for our Diocese and was ordained in 1979.  During the past 40 years he has served various parishes across the diocese as well as working with the Cursillo movement for 39 of the 40 years.  He came from a family that enjoys music and plays a few instruments (mostly as a hobby).  He served St. Edward’s once previously from 1992-1996 when it was joined with Sts. Peter and Paul in Pulaskifield. 

St.  Edward

Catholic Church

107 W 17th St. (PO Box 492)

Cassville MO 65625


fax: 417-847-4947


The Parish Office is open Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.