We're glad you're here!

We’ve been preparing for you.  We are dedicated to helping you have a warm and welcoming experience at St. Vincent’s whether
you’ve been Catholic all your life, you’ve been away for a while, or are curious about the Faith. All are welcome here.


See helpful information below before you make a visit or contact us if you have further questions or needs.

Our Parish Office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Make a Visit | 1913 Ritter Drive, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701


Give us a Call | (573) 335-7667

Shoot us an Email | contactus@svparish.com

Fr. Rick Jones | Pastor

Fr. Brian Straus | Associate Pastor



Directions & Parking

  From Kingshighway and Broadway:  Go east (toward the river) on Broadway and turn left on Caruthers Avenue.  Turn left onto Ritter Drive and when it bends to the left, keep going straight to enter a large parking lot.  The church will be on your left and you can enter through the door next to the tall bell tower.

This is my first Mass, what should I do?



A "Guide to the Mass" and “Introduction to Catholicism” are available at the Help Desk in the Gathering Space. 


Feel free to pick one up and take it home with you. Also, there are cards there to leave your information to get more information about a specific ministry or to connect with a Pastor. Fill one out if you'd like.

Do you have a bulletin or program?


At all entrances, you will see a plexiglass container with bulletins to take with you. 


The "Guide to the Mass" referenced above will help you follow along; however, you're welcome to just sit back and observe if you have not been lately or ever before.


Inside front cover of the blue hymnal, you will see various prayers listed there as helpful reminders and guidance.

Do you have Low-Gluten Hosts for Holy Communion?

Low-gluten Communion hosts are available at all weekend liturgies to those suffering from Celiac Sprue disease. The hosts, made by the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, contain 0.01% wheat gluten. They are accepted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and are recommended by the journal Gluten-Free Living as “perfectly safe” for sufferers of Celiac Sprue disease (Vol. 9, no. 1). Here is more info.

The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau has approved these low-gluten altar breads for use in the Diocese. During a weekend Mass, the minister having the consecrated low-gluten hosts will be in the center aisle on the left side. When you approach this minister, just indicate that you need one of these consecrated hosts.

Do you have any other tips with following along with the Mass?


If this is your first time attending at Catholic Mass (or you haven’t been in a while), we know it can be a little intimidating!  The good news is, we’re here to help…not to judge!  The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s fairly quiet as you walk in the sanctuary. This is a time of prayer, reflection, and preparation rather than a time to be social. You’ll see a blue book in front of you.  This is where you’ll find the readings and the music for the Mass.  The top number on the wooden boards on either side of the altar will provide the page number of the readings, and the other numbers will provide the music pages in order. Need help?  Just ask your neighbor or you can always stop by the Information desk in the lobby. Otherwise, sit back, relax and take in the beauty of a Mass with a 2,000 year heritage.

My family wants to become members of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, how do we do that?

There are a couple of ways to do this:

Drop by the Parish Office (Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) to fill out a short form.

Download the St. Vincent Registration Form here.You can return it to us by mail at 1913 Ritter Drive Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701 or by dropping it off.


We are excited you will be joining our parish family (officially!) If you have any questions, let us know 573-335-7667 or at contactus@svparish.com.

Do you have a space for little ones during Mass?


Our signage is something we are working on improving.  Please bear with us. 


 You will find our Family Room in the back of Church. There is also an additional restroom in there for your convenience.


There are speakers in the Gathering Space as well at the entrance of the Church if you need a space to let your little ones stretch their legs and still hear and see the Mass.

Do you have any ministries during Mass for little kids?

Each week on Sundays at the 9 a.m. Mass we have programs for children ages 3-5 called "Little People’s Church."  For Kindergarten, first, and second graders we have "Children’s Liturgy of the Word."  Both groups of children will be dismissed after the opening prayer to hear, discuss, and reflect upon the day’s readings/gospel and they will return to you at the end of the homily/sermon.

If you prefer to accompany your child, parents are welcome to join to get your child settled.


NOTE: We do not have Little People's Church or Children's Liturgy of the Word the weekend after Thanksgiving, the week before and after Christmas, or the week of Easter.


Do you have Sunday School?


Yes! We call it Parish School of Religion (PSR) and it provides the Catholic teaching and spiritual formation for children in grades one to eight attending public and parochial school.


PSR meets on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Center Gym from 5:45 to 7:00 p.m. September thru May. For details about classes this year, please contact Kathy Hotop-Raines.


All children in the parish are invited to attend classes. Best of all, there is no fee for materials or textbooks. Parents and other parishioners are invited to become a part of our teaching staff. 


Learn more here.

Where are your restrooms?


The signage inside of our Church is not as good as we would like it to be.  Please be patient with us! 


In the meantime, you will find there are restrooms available in the back of the Church near the Family Room.


More restrooms are located behind the altar. Simply exit through the side door closest to the statue of Mary, follow the hallway, and you’ll see them on the left. 

Do you have a Parish School as well?


Yes!  St. Vincent de Paul Grade School is on our campus. Here is more info about this fantastic school.

Where can I put a face to a name?


Visit our About Us page to see the photos of our Clergy, Staff, and Chairs. 

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