Parish Events and News
Utica Knights of Columbus Hunger Blitz
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, our members will not be able to collect food donations in the front of stores this year.
But between NOW and February 15th, you can still help us reach our goal of raising $5,000 for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry! Just click on the button below to donate safely and securely through our Go Fund Me page.
Thank you for your support!!
Utica Knights of Columbus Pork Chop Dinner
The KC will be offering a drive-up pork chop dinner on Tuesday, February 16th at the Hall. Serving is from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Ash Wednesday - February 17th
Mass will be offered at 7:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be offered at St. Mary's on all Friday of Lent at 7:00 p.m. Come, walk with our Lord.
Saturday Vigil Mass: 5pm
Sunday Masses: 8 and 10am
Weekday Masses: 7am
Mass and Sacraments
Anointing of the Sick
Please contact the church anytime day or night.
Contact the church to schedule and begin preparation at least eight months before the wedding.
Online confession guide here.
First Friday: 5:15-6:00pm
Contact the parish office to schedule an infant baptism.
For adults, our regional RCIA program meets in the fall.
Arranged through our CCD program for children. Adults please contact the church.
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.