HERE ARE PHOTOS of Immaculate Conception Church, in Augusta, Missouri. The church is about 48 highway miles west of downtown Saint Louis, and is located in the southwestern corner of Saint Charles County, off of the scenic Missouri Route 94.
The church and its outbuildings sit up on a ridge northwest of the main town of Augusta. The parish dates from 1851, while the town of Augusta dates from 1836 and was then known as Mount Pleasant. Founded by a follower of the frontiersman Daniel Boone, the town was originally a steamboat landing, but a change in the course of the Missouri River in the 1870s left Augusta landlocked. Augusta is located on top of the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River valley, and the views there are spectacular.
About half of the inhabitants of Augusta claim German ancestry, and this was originally a German language parish.
This is one of the physically smallest churches in the Archdiocese; according to the latest census, this parish has approximately 400 Catholics.
Above the crucifix is a painting of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Station of the Cross.
Stained glass window of Saint Isidore, Farmer.
Stained glass window of Saint Agnes, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the confessional.
Some of the "great cloud of witnesses" are next to the Cross; these statues are on the choir loft.
Stained glass window above the front door shows the Holy Ghost, in the symbol of a dove.
Augusta is one of the premier wine grape growing regions in Missouri, and native grape varieties found in this area make excellent wine. Wine making was brought to Missouri by Catholic missionaries, and was widely practiced by European immigrants from various nations, and serious commercial grape growing in Augusta started in the 1840s. The wineries in this town are well worth visiting. The quality of Augusta wines has increased dramatically, and local vintages have been declared "best of the U.S." at competitions in Germany.
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m.
Saturday (vigil): 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m
5912 South Highway 94
Augusta, Missouri 63332