Welcome to the church building of St. George
Saint George! A saint, a parish, a school. Over 150 years of holiness, sacraments, and education.
Saint George! Established in 1866, we are a family of faith, a community of service…and a field hospital for sinners--and every one of us who joins St. George belongs to that family, is wanted for that service, and is in need of that hospital.
Saint George! We strive to be Christ-centered and faith-directed in all that we do. Members of the Body of Christ, we belong to the Diocese of Jefferson City, rejoicing to be part of the great Tradition that is the Roman Catholic Church. The seven sacraments, together with our daily prayer, nourish us spiritually to be Christ-in-the-world more and more fully. All imperfect, yet through the mercy of God and the Blood of Christ, we are being saved. Despite ourselves, Christ is loving us to heaven. Christ desires to leave no one behind, and so we are compelled, bound to reach out to all we can, inviting them, urging them to the practice of faith, to join our field hospital, and to let Christ lead them on. It is imperative that all of us at Saint George never stop growing in our faith. Every day we can exercise the muscle that is our faith, every day we can make acts of faith. These open us to the working of God all around us.
I invite you to explore Saint George: the saint, the parish, and the school. If you already belong, then grow deeper in your faith, hope and love. If you are searching, then in the words of the Master: Come and See!
Saint George, the saint, pray for us!
Learn More about the church building of St. George
We invite you to learn more about the artistic symbolism of our church, which was built in 1974, by using the menu below.
The sanctuary is defined by the altar, ambo, celebrant’s chair, and tabernacle. Above the altar, we have a (faux) baldochino or canopy painted to represent the “overshadowing” of the Holy Spirit upon the offerings on the altar during the Eucharistic Prayer.
During the Christmas season, the Cathedral is noted for its Nativity set, which was first displayed in 2009.
The altar mensa is made of Black Pearl Granite. The altar base is of solid walnut with an alpha and omega in gold lettering on each leg. Between the altar legs is depicted the Lamb of Revelation laying on the scroll with the seven seals (Rev. 5:1-14ff.) Below the depiction of the Lamb is a Black Pearl Granite slab that contains three relics: St. Boniface, bishop and martyr (first class relic), St. Hildegard of Bingen (second class relic), and St. Gertrude the Great (third class relic).
The top of our ambo is Black Pearl Granite with the rest of walnut wood. On the front of the ambo is a depiction of the Holy Spirit hovering above a book in gold leaf.
The top of our tabernacle stand is Black Pearl Granite with the rest of walnut wood. On each side of the wood is a depiction of a cross and three heads of wheat in gold leaf. The tabernacle is beautiful golden with angels engraved on the front. Above the tabernacle is the crucifix with the cross of walnut. The blue niche has gold leaf cross hatches and stars throughout.
To the left of the tabernacle is a small altar with a beautifully painted statue of the Blessed Mother. The blue niche behind the statue has gold leaf stars throughout.
To the right of the tabernacle is a small altar with a beautifully painted statue of St. Joseph. The blue niche behind the statue has gold leaf stars throughout.
To the left of the Blessed Mother is another blue niche that has a walnut ledge with a beautifully painted statue of St. Ann instructing the child Mary.
To the right of St. Joseph is another blue niche that has a walnut ledge with a beautifully painted statue of St. George overcoming the dragon.
Other statues include St. Henry (in the chapel), the Sacred Heart and St. Anthony of Padua (both in the vestibule).
The Baptismal Font is located just inside the entrance of the church proper. Its top is Black Pearl Granite with a large stainless steel bowl that also serves as a holy water stoup. The rest of the font is walnut wood. On the four sides of the font depicted in gold leaf are: two deer drinking from a stream of water flowing from the Cross (cf. Ps. 42:2); a flame for the Holy Spirit (cf. Mt. 3:11; Acts 2:3); the Chi Rho (first two letters of the name “Christ” in Greek, as well as the Greek letters alpha and omega (first and last); the Holy Spirit descending like a dove with a cross nimbus and threefold rays emanating from his head.
The Paschal Candle holder is wood carved to resemble a twisted candle.
There are twelve dedication cross/candles on the walls around the church, representing where the church walls were anointed with the Sacred Chrism on the day of dedication June 17, 2018.
Above the center aisle, the ceiling is painted in shades of blue that becomes gradually darker as it approaches the sanctuary. This blue is covered with gold stars, perfectly spaced and orderly to reflect the perfect order of the heavenly Jerusalem. The density of the stars becomes gradually greater as one approaches the sanctuary.
Two of the ten ceiling murals from the previous church, the Annunciation of Mary and the Ascension of Jesus, have been restored and are incorporated into the present building. These murals signify the beginning and the end of the Paschal Mystery, and by bringing these back, we display a continuity of faith.
The sides of the church have murals of eight Angels. The four on the right wear red and their shields have symbols representing four important characters from the Old Testament: Abraham, Moses, David and Elijah. The four on the left wear purple and their shields have symbols representing the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
On the back wall are three murals. The central grand mural depicts Christ the King in glory with the Blessed Mother and John the Baptist on either side. Further to the left are: St. George (kneeling), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (to honor our school), St. Hildegard of Bingen (whose relic is under our altar), St. Joseph, St. Gertrude the Great (whose relic is under our altar), and St. Peter. Further to the right are: St. Cecilia (kneeling; for our musicians), St. Isidore (for our farming community), St. Hubert (for all the deer hunters in our community), St. Boniface (whose relic is under our altar), and St. Paul. Underneath the central mural are the symbols of the four evangelists.
The left mural depicts St. Michael the Archangel defeating the dragon (cf. Rev. 12:7). This directly faces the statue of St. George defeating the dragon at the front of the church.
The right mural depicts a Guardian Angel protecting two of the faithful.
Our Stations of the Cross were brought to St. George from a Convent Chapel in Ireland in the mid-1990s, and are at least 100 years old. They have been refinished and given a backdrop to enhance their appearance and our devotion.
The three stained glass windows to the left represent the mysteries of the Nativity (a manger), the Crucifixion (a cross), and the Resurrection (the Lamb that was slain from the Book of Revelation). The three windows to the right represent the continuation of those three mysteries of redemption: the first depicts a book citing 1 Cor. 12:4-11 describing the various gifts of the Holy Spirit; the second depicts a baptismal font; and the third depicts a flame representing the Holy Spirit’s continued presence and working.
Our central doors are custom made from Walnut with a white oak wood cross and beveled glass in four pieces around the cross. On the outside going in, there is the inscription, “House of God, Gate of Heaven” (cf. Gen. 28:7); on the inside going out is the inscription, “Go into all the world and tell the Good News” (cf. Mark 16:15).
The two side doors are also custom made from Mahogany.
Our chapel is used for daily Mass and on Sunday serves as a cry room. It holds a statue of St. Henry (Holy Roman Emperor, died in 1024, last of the Ottonian line), and large wooden reliefs of the Holy Family. There is a framed picture of the Divine Mercy, and also a large framed picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, beneath which is a large array of votive candles.
Our vestibule is small, but it contains statues of the Sacred Heart and St. Anthony of Padua, each having a display of votive candles. There is an icon of St. George, a framed picture of the Pope and framed pictures of our diocesan bishops.
Our plaza is dominated by a six-foot marble statue of the Good Shepherd standing on a three-foot pedestal. The canopy in front of the church includes four metal shields facing the road and depicting St. George on his horse spearing the dragon.
Inside the sacristy, there are three framed certificates certifying the authenticity of the three relics underneath our main altar. The ambry for the Holy Oils is also in the sacristy.