Parish Events and News

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Immaculate Conception  Mass Schedule

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation and refers to the special way the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived.  

                                      Join us for Mass!

                          Thursday, December 8th, 2022

                                   7:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.

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Advent
Eucharistic Holy Hours

Each Tuesday of Advent at 7:00 p.m., St. Mary’s will host a Holy Hour for Illinois Valley Catholics.  Fr. Driscoll has invited several area priests to offer Advent reflections.  There will also be time for silent prayer, adoration, and confession. 
7:00 - 7:30 p.m.     Reflection
7:30 p.m.                Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7:30 - 8:00 p.m.     Sacrament of Reconciliation Available

8:00 p.m.                Benediction

 

Schedule of Visiting Priests
November 29th - Fr. Austin Bosse
December 6th - Msgr. Mark Merdian
December 13th - Fr. Paul Carlson
December 20th - Fr. Nicolas Wilson    

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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.  

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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.

Confessions

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.

Baptism

Contact the parish office to schedule an infant baptism.  

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

 

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

815-667-4677

Office Emails

office@stmarysutica.org

bulletin@stmarysutica.org

schedule@stmarysutica.org

Fr. Michael Driscoll, Pastor
frdriscoll@stmarysutica.org

Jennifer Newman, Secretary
office@stmarysutica.org

Heather Leffers, CCD Coordinator
heatherleffers@stmarysutica.org

Bill Brown, Cemetery Sexton
bbrown@stmarysutica.org