Meet Fr. Troy Richmond!

SMO/SMP I share a statement that I have entitled, “Meet Fr. Troy Richmond”.  It is a copy of his curriculum vitae as it appeared in the April 2nd “The Catholic Messenger” with my editorial comment shared between the lines.
Meet Fr. Troy Richmond
Fr. Troy Richmond, 45 –  youth returns to SMO/SMP – as of July 1, 2020 will serve as pastor of SMO/SMP.  An Ottumwa native – as is Radar O’Reilly as MASH devotees would know – he graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in music. –   Go Cyclones!  –  I can’t wait for the battle of the grand piano and the trumpet with Lynn at her ivorys playing the Nebraska fight song and Fr. Troy on his trumpet playing the ISU fight song as a closing hymn should these teams meet up in a contest as Fr. Troy played in the ISU Marching Band.  –  I think it is just fine for Fr. Troy to blow his own trumpet – He studied pre-theology at St. Ambrose – my Alma Mater (72) and later during the SAU days of Deb, SMP Faith Formation Director and Jeff Menke of SMP – and completed his theological studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois.  He was ordained to the priesthood June 14, 2003 by Bishop Franklin – I was at the cathedral that day – Fr. Richmond previously served as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish and St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, Ottumwa; – I was pleased to be Fr. Troy’s first pastor and yes, he went on yet to live a normal priestly life – he went on as a parochial vicar at Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish, Muscatine and St. Joseph Parish, Columbus Junction; St. Mary Parish, Wilton; administrator of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, Muscatine; parochial vicar, administrator, and then pastor of Ss. Mary and Joseph  Parish, Sacred Heart Parish, Fort Madison (now Holy Family Parish, Fort Madison) and pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Montrose; and Pastor of St. James Parish, Washington prior to his service as pastor at Ss. Mary and Mathas, Muscatine since 2014 and as pastor at St. Joseph Parish, Columbus Junction since 2018. – A number of Fr. Troy’s assignments have drawn on his Spanish Language facility and this will be a blessing to the Spanish speaking members of SMO/SMP –  His overall pastoral experience in his 17 years as a priest having served as a parochial vicar and pastor will serve well his pastoral ministry at SMO/SMP.  I am truly pleased that Fr. Troy who was for me as a pastor, my first pastoral vicar is now, as a pastor to be my successor as pastor at SMO/SMP.  As the ole Latin blessing goes:  Fr. Troy, Ad Multos Annos! -To Many Years – Fr. John

Welcome Fr. Troy Richmond

Effective July 1st, Fr. Troy Richmond is assigned as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Oskaloosa and St. Mary Parish, Pella. As of July 1st Fr. Troy is relieved of his current assignment as pastor of Saints Mary & Mathias Parish, Muscatine and St. Joseph Parish, Columbus Junction.  Fr. Troy is the son of Sherry Richmond and the late Gary Richmond of Ottumwa, Iowa.  Fr. Troy was ordained for the Diocese of Davenport by Bishop Wm. E. Franklyn, D.D. in 2003. I am pleased to share this brief notice of Fr. Troy’s assignment with my parishes of SMO/SMP.  I look forward to offering more of an introduction of Fr. Troy next weekend.  Let us pray for Fr. Troy as he comes to take leave of the parishes, he has served as pastor for six years and as he prepares to come to all of us at SMO/SMP as our pastor.

Liturgy of the Hours

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Morning prayers from Liturgy of the Hours will be prayed on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the St. Mary Church library.  In addition, these prayers will be prayed on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 a.m. at Smokey Row.  Please contact the parish office at 641-628-3078 with any questions.

Flame of Love

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  The Flame of Love prayer group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary Church.  Please contact the parish office with any questions.

Eucharistic Adoration

CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  Eucharistic Adoration is held every Monday evening from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and the First Friday of every month following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and closing with Benediction at 9:30 a.m.

TV Mass for Homebound

For the faithful at home or in healthcare settings, the Heart of the Nation Sunday TV Mass can come to you on KCWI channel 23 (CW) at 8:00 a.m., or you can watch online anytime on Sundays at

Join the Knights of Columbus

Please consider joining our parish Knights of Columbus council. For more information, visit, or contact Joe Lickteig at 641-621-0061 or Travis Eisenbarth at 641-780-0700