Parish Events and News


Christmas Mass Schedule

Join us for Mass celebrating the birth of our Savior!


Friday, December 24th @ 4:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.*

Saturday, December 25th @ 9:00 a.m.

* Please note that incense will be used at both vigil Masses.  

Additionally, due to Christmas falling on a weekend, there WILL NOT be the normal 5:00 p.m. Mass offered on the 25th.  For the weekend obligation, we will offer Masses at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 26th.  

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Funeral Arrangments for
Msgr. James J. Swaner

St. Mary's Parish was blessed to have Msgr. Swaner serve as our pastor from 2003 until his retirement in 2016. 

Services Thursday, November 11th @ St. Mary's Church, Utica

Visitation - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass - 12:00 p.m.

Burial - St. Columba Cemetery, Ottawa

A tribute to Msgr. Swaner can be found in our bulletin for Nov. 14/21

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Cemetery News

Thank you for your patience.  The cemetery roadwork has been completed and is now accessible to vehicle traffic.                 

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Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thursday, November 25th
9:00 a.m.

Join us in giving thanks for God, our Almighty Father, for the many blessings He has bestowed on us.


Rosary Recitation
Last Monday of each Month
6:00 p.m.

Come pray with us each month.  The rosary is a beautiful meditation on the life of Our Lord. 

                         The next date is November 29, 2021  

Mass Schedule

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.

Holy Matrimony

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


Online confession guide here.

Saturday: 4-4:45pm

Sunday: 7:30-7:45am

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.

First Communion
& Confirmation

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.

Historic St. Mary's


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

Amy Weber, CCD Coordinator

Bill Brown, Cemetery Sexton


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