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Parish Events and News

Guest speaker, Dr. Ray Guarendi is coming to Utica!

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When:  Tuesday, July 30th, 2024
Where:  303 S. Division St., Utica
Time:  7:00 p.m.


Dr. Ray is a Catholic father of 10, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker, and nationally syndicated radio and television host.  He has made regular appearances on Oprah, Joan Rivers, Scott Ross Prime Time, 700 Club, Gordon Elliot, and CBS This Morning.  


The evening's topic is "The Logic of Being Catholic".  Dr. Ray is a captivating speaker, delivering compelling humor-laced presentations while providing practical advice and proven techniques.  

Understand and defend the wisdom and beauty of the one, true faith.  It is a presentation you won't want to miss!!

Growing Disciples - Pastoral Planning 

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As was announced at Pentecost, a merge to form one parish will occur between St. Mary, Utica and Holy Family, Oglesby.  You can read the letter from Bishop Tylka at the link below.

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Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Our parish honored this feast with a beautiful evening Mass on Friday, June 7th.  Mass concluded with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a solemn procession on the streets of town, Benediction, and the Litany of the Sacred Heart.   

Consider joining us in 2025 for this annual tradition.

Scroll through pictures from the 2024 Sacred Heart Procession

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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