Information for the Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center can be found by watching the video below.

We are hoping to organize a mission trip to Kentucky in the near future.  The next organizational meeting is October 13, 2021, at 7:00pm in the Parish Center.

Parishioner, Art Lauer, will be coordinating our Mission Outreach here at St. Mary’s. Please contact Art to indicate interest and with questions at:


Letter of Thanks and an Invitation from Father Andy
Saint Mary Parish,

Peace and greetings to all of you from the Appalachian Mountains of the Diocese of Lexington!  It was such a JOY to be with you July 31 and August 1 for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  I so much appreciate the warm welcome from Fr. Bryan, Fr. Luke, and Fr. Ryan and all of you receiving me so graciously.  It was very energizing to be with you, and you made me feel right at home.

Many, many THANKS for your big-hearted support of the mission appeal for the Diocese of Lexington and our missionary endeavors in Appalachia.  Your generous assistance is already helping to elevate the dignity of people and alleviate some of their challenges and hardships so that we can evangelize Gospel values.  May God reward you with an abundance of His grace!

I invite you to come and be with us.  We welcome the gifts of sweat equity.  Our Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center offers mission immersion experiences for a long weekend or for a week or even a summer internship … for one person or for groups of up to 30 volunteers.  Come and experience the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky and let the beauty of the people touch your heart.  Explore the Mission Center’s website at for opportunities that await and see what God can do with the generosity of one person’s heart.   God bless y’all! And remember… YOU are Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored, and Deeply Loved!

Father Andy Garner