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Sacred Heart
Mass & Procession

Join us for our annual Mass and procession honoring the Sacred Heart of our Lord.  The devotion especially emphasizes the unmitigated love, compassion, and long-suffering heart of Christ towards humanity.  We are excited to welcome Msgr. Philip Halfacre as guest homilist.  Msgr. Halfacre serves as pastor of the parishes in Streator and Leonore, and is the Vicar General for the Diocese of Peoria. 

When:  Friday, June 16th

Where:  St. Mary's Church (303 S. Division St.)

Time:  7:00 p.m.


Eucharistic Holy Hours

Each Tuesday of at 7:00 p.m., St. Mary’s Church hosts a Holy Hour for Illinois Valley Catholics. 

There is time for silent prayer, adoration, and confession. 

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Growing Disciples
Pastoral Planning 

Bishop Tylka has begun a two year planning initiative.  The initiative, called “Growing Disciples,” will assess the current network of parishes and schools “so that we can not only meet the ministry challenges of today, but we can also grow a vibrant, sustainable mission-driven Church for the future,” said Bishop Tylka.


Our parish will update with articles and videos below.  


Rosary - 1st Saturday

1st Saturday Rosary:  We invite you to join us at 4:30 p.m. before our Vigil Mass on the 1st Saturday of each month to pray the rosary.  


Additionally, we are seeking people to lead the rosary.  If interested in volunteering, please call Mary Holland at (815) 667-4005.  

Mass and Sacraments

Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil Mass: 5pm

Sunday Masses: 8 and 10am

Weekday Masses: 7am

First Communion
& Confirmation

Arranged through our CCD program for children.  Adults please contact the church.


Online confession guide here.

Saturday: 4-4:45pm

Sunday: 7:30-7:45am

First Friday: 5:15-6:00pm

Anointing of the Sick

Please contact the church anytime day or night.

Holy Matrimony

Contact the church to schedule and begin preparation at least eight months before the wedding.


Contact the parish office to schedule an infant baptism.  

For adults, our regional RCIA program meets in the fall.

Mass and Sacraments

On Holy Thursday, April 11, 1675, Francis Jacques Marquette offered the first parochial Mass in the Illinois Country at Utica in the presence of 5,000 Native Americans. Father Marquette and his companion Louis Joliet, took possession of this land in the name of Jesus Christ and founded the Mission of the Immaculate Conception. A monument in his honor stands in the northeast corner of the property.


That mission eventually became the Church of Saint Mary. In 1858 a small frame church was built which was destroyed by fire seventeen years later and a brick and stone church was built on the site of the former Saint Mary School.


In 1883 the Reverend Charles Xavier O'Neill was appointed the first pastor of Saint Mary's but never took up residence there. The Reverend Canon Jeremiah Moynihan was appointed the first resident pastor in 1884. The Reverend Francis J. O'Reilly succeeded Canon Moynihan in 1888 and in the same year erected the present church.


Take a look at the Memorial's 1951 Commemorative Booklet.

Historic St. Mary's


Parish Calendar

Contact Us

St. Mary's Church

PO Box 159

303 S. Division Street

North Utica, IL 61373

Phone & Fax


Office Emails

Fr. Michael Driscoll, Pastor

Jennifer Newman, Secretary

Heather Leffers, CCD Coordinator

Bill Brown, Cemetery Sexton

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