Saturday, August 18, 2007

Photos of Saint Joseph Church, in Neier, Missouri

HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Joseph Church, in Neier, Missouri. The unincorporated community of Neier is in rural Franklin County and is about 9-½ highway miles southwest of Union, Missouri, and about 59 highway miles west of downtown Saint Louis.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - exterior

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - outdoor wooden cross

I've seen several of these wooden crosses in the Archdiocese. They look like something that would be found in Bavaria.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - cornerstone

ST. JOSEPH'S
KIRCHE
1867-1899

This church was originally a German-language parish. It was completed in 1899 with the construction of the bell tower.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - nave

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - sanctuary

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - painting of Saint Joseph in apse

Saint Joseph painted in the dome of the apse. Joseph holds lilies and carpenter tools.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - altar

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - crucifix and tabernacle

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - altar detail

Carving on the altar-table. It appears as though it was blazingly bright in this church; but rather it was in near darkness. These photos were taken with a tripod and long exposure times.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - sanctuary lamp

The sanctuary lamp.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA -  The Holy Family

The Holy Family is to the left of the altar.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - baptismal font

Pax, peace, and the baptismal font to the right of the altar.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - baptismal font

The baptismal font is of unusual design and is made of a bluish metal.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - Station of the Cross

The XIIIth Station of the Cross: "Consider how, after Our Lord had died, He was taken down from the cross by two of His disciples, Joseph and Nicodemus, and placed in the arms of His afflicted Mother. She received Him with unutterable tenderness and pressed Him close to her bosom."

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - stained glass window

The stained glass windows here are mainly of this general design; the Lamb of God is at the top.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - Infant Jesus of Prague

Infant Jesus of Prague.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA -  Icons of Jesus and Mary

Icons of Jesus and Mary.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - painting over the choir loft

Above the choir loft. Which Saint could this be? With a plow, I would have guessed Saint Isidore the Farmer, but here he is wearing ancient robes.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - narthex

Inside the narthex.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - stained glass window

Window over the front door.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - exterior window

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - sign

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Neier, Missouri, USA - under construction

A new outbuilding under construction next to the church.

Mass times:
Daily: 6:30 a.m.
Saturday (Vigil): 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m.

Confessions:
Saturday: 4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Address:
2401 Neier Road
Union, Missouri 63084

4 comments:

  1. The carved cross was probably done by the late Father Anthony Bukarus (I'm not sure if the spelling of his last name is correct). He was from Lithuania and lived in Franklin County for a long time.

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  2. I agree -- it was probably Fr. Tony Backauskus. He used to make those in his shop. My parents have a smaller version of one like this in their house.

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  3. The cross was created by Father Anthony Bukauskas.

    Father Bukauskas was born in Boblaukis, and educated in Lithuania, Germany. He completed his Theological studies and was ordained as a priest in Eichstatt, Bavaria.

    He came to the United States in 1949 and was a priest and teacher at St. Francis de Sales in St. Louis, MO. He was appointed Pastor of St. Joseph Church of Neier, MO in 1964.

    In addition to his Priestly duties, in 1970 Father Bukauskas became a visiting artist at the East Central Jr. College Union, MO and begain teaching Painting 1 and Painting 2. In the art community Father Bukauskas was known as fab.

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  4. Is also could be Saint Leonard, which used that instrument to limit the area for a new church, and Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio, which taught the Indians to use it.

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