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.
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
Thank you for your patience. The cemetery roadwork has been completed and is now accessible to vehicle traffic.
Thanksgiving Day Mass
Thursday, November 25th
Join us in giving thanks for God, our Almighty Father, for the many blessings He has bestowed on us.
Last Monday of each Month
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
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.