New priest begins service at St. Mary’s
Father Matthew Rehrer arrived July 29 to begin his service to the congregation at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pierce city.
Bishop Edward Rice has assigned Rehrer, who immediately began tackling issues that his predecessor, who had limited ability due to poor health, had not addressed.
During his first week, Rehrer attacked the sound system at church, which needs serious updating. A funeral opened the opportunity for him to share his farm background and knowledge of tractors and dairy farming. He toured Cox Monett and has made it known that the sick and dying would be an important part of his ministry here in Pierce City and Sarcoxie.
During his second homily, Rehrer reminded the congregation of why and how the Liturgy is closely connected to all of the biblical images of the Holy Eucharist. His goals would include time for benediction and improving the Liturgy and its participants.
Father Matthew, as he wishes to be called, comes from another rural area where he traveled 175 miles to three churches every week. He sees this, plus his early life on a farm, to be very helpful in getting acquainted with our community very quickly.
Local ministers are welcome to meet him after Aug. 18 as he will be his aging mother in Nevada for two weeks.