27 C Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Phone: (801) 328-8641 x 364
Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Mon - Fri
Rural Mission Outreach enables the Diocese to support and expand Catholic presence within Utah's vast 85,000 square miles. Catholics in rural areas are assisted with resources to meet the expanding needs of the Diocese. Priests, deacons, religious and laity travel these areas to provide support.
A Catholic Church in every neighborhood.... Well, no, not quite. But, most Utahns along the Wasatch Front are likely to live within 15 to 20 minutes of a Catholic Church. If we oversleep and miss the 8:00 am Mass, we can attend the 10:00 am Mass or the 12:00 am Mass. Or if we don't like getting up early on Sunday morning, we can attend the 5:30 pm Mass on Saturday. Going to Mass is something most of us living in the Wasatch Front area take for granted.
Not so in rural Utah. In many of the rural areas of Utah, Catholics are fortunate to have a Mass celebrated in their local community once a month. On other Sundays, a deacon, religious or lay minister conduct Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest (SCAP). Travel can take up to an hour to reach a Catholic Church.
The Rural Mission Outreach Program allows the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City to support and expand our Catholic presence in Utah. Within Utah's vast 85,000 square miles, there are growing clusters of Catholics in rural areas in need of Mass and sacraments, catechetical instruction and community faith development.
On May 17, 2009 two new missions were dedicated in the Diocese to help serve the needs of Catholics in rural Utah. The Saint Paul Catholic Center in Hurricane UT is the first Catholic building in the over 100 year settlement of Hurricane City. In recent years, Catholics living in Hurricane would drive to Saint George for Mass or attend SCAP offered in the American Legion Hall. The Saint Paul Catholic Center was largely funded through local fund raising efforts, a formal fund raising campaign and through a Diocese of Salt Lake City grant. Additionally, the Catholic Church Extension Society has been very generous in helping this mission area.
Our Lady of the Light/Nuestra Señora de la Luz Mission in Beaver, UT was also dedicated on May 17, 2009 by the Most Reverend John C. Wester, Bishop of Salt Lake City. The city population is 2,511 with 40 Catholic Families in a predominantly LDS area. Before the dedication of their mission, Catholics in Beaver would travel 50 miles to Cedar City for Mass and the sacraments. Before the mission building was acquired, religious education classes were held in the Beaver City Library and conducted by Sister Yvonne Hatt, CSC.
The continuing presence of the Catholic Church for isolated Catholics is imperative. Maintaining this presence in the mission is a challenge. These missions rely on support of the Diocesan Development Drive as the parishioners' own resources are not sufficient. Your annual support not only provides funds to purchase new property and construct/renovate new buildings, it helps pay the transportation expenses of a priest to celebrate Mass or a deacon or lay minister to offer SCAP. Through your annual gifts to the Diocesan Development Drive, the mission is able to continue providing a Catholic presence in many rural areas including Beaver and Hurricane.