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St John's Nepomuk
St John's Nepomuk Catholic Church

25890 110th St

Lowry, Minnesota 56349
Phone: (320) 283-5273

Father Peter Kirchner
From the Junction of hwy 114 and hwy 55 in Lowry, proceed East on hwy 55 for three block and turn left on hwy 28. Proceed North on hwy 28 until reaching County Rd 15 and turn left. Go two and one-half miles to 110th St and turn left. St. John's of Nepomuk will be on your right hand side.

Fr. Roger Jacob Thoennes
Father Peter Kirchner
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From Sunday, July 14th 2024 To Sunday, July 21st


Sunday, July 14th

  • Reconciliation 8am(V)
  • MASS 8:30am (V)
  • MASS 10:30am (G)
  • Children's Liturgy of the Word
  • Second Sunday Pot Luck after Mass (G)


  • Rosary 4:30 pm (G)


  • MASS 8:30am (LR)
  • MASS 11:00am (V)
  • Adoration 2-5:30pm (G)
  • Christian Mothers Rosary 5:00pm (G) SB Parish Life Mtg 6:00p (G


  • MASS 8:00am (G)
  • Adult Choir 5-6pm (G)


  • MASS 10:00am @ GRV


  • MASS 8:00am (G)


  • Reconciliation 3:15pm (V)
  • MASS 4:00pm (LR)
  • MASS 5:30pm (G)


  • Reconciliation 8am(V)
  • MASS 8:30am (V)
  • Coffee & Rolls after Mass (V)
  • MASS 10:30am (G)


History of St John Nepomuk

The parish of St. John Nepomuk, founded primarily of families of Bohemian nationality, today St John welcomes those from many different nationalities

Catholic settlers began arriving in the Lake Reno area in 1866. Missionaries did their best to serve the needs of the earliest Catholic settlers beginning in 1868.

Between missionary visits, families would gather in homes to read prayers, recite recite the rosary and sing hymn. Many walked for miles to gather and participate in these layman services.. many of our early founders were baptized in homes by missionaries who traveled far by horse to administer this sacrament.

The first Catholic church in Pope County was built in 1870, which was constructed of hand-hewn logs designed by the parishioners. And from 1876 until 1884, Rev. John Schenk came from Long Prairie once a month to celebrate Mass in this log church

In 1887, the little log church was to small for the growing congregation, so the parishioners built a new church. In 1923 it was moved over a full basement, enlarged and remodeled. This church survived until 1946, when it burned to the ground.

In 1889, the Diocese of St. Cloud was formed, From then until 1916, when the parish was incorporated and Reverend Frank First became our first resident pastor. The parish was served by several priests who served parishes such as Duelm, Browerville, Belgrade, Royalton, Elmdale, Glenwood, Lastrup and Villard. The travel distances, considering available modes of travel then, were extraordinary.

Until 1917, when the first rectory was built, Farther First lived withe the John Bisek family, one mile West of the church. The first rectory was sued until the present rectory was built in 1967. Father First served until 1922.

After the disastrous fire of 1946, mass was celebrated in the Lowry Village Hall for about two years while the new church was being built. The cornerstone was laid on Sept 7, 1947 and mass was celebrated in the new church in 1948. In 1953, granite altars and a communion rail were intalled and a new organ was purchased. In 1958 the bell tower was built.

In 1967, the old rectory was sold and moved and the present rectory was built. During this same period, the parish council was organized to help with the administration of parish affairs and is still active. In 2000, the church was tuckpointed, plastered, painted and new carpet installed.

Religion classes are taught by volunteer lay teachers during the school year. Each year in August a bazaar is held with a dinner consisting primarily of Bohemian specialties, In addition to the dinner, bingo,children's games and a raffle provide entertainment in a festive atmosphere for many parishioners and other visitors.

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