• Holy Week Schedule

      HOLY SATURDAY EASTER VIGIL MASS, APRIL 19  — 7:30PM
      The EASTER VIGIL MASS is the greatest and holiest Mass of the Church Year.  It does fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation.  At this Liturgy, the Easter fire is lit, the Easter Candle is blessed, the congregation lights their candles, Holy Water is blessed, the congregation renews their baptismal promises, our candidates are confirmed  and Alleluia is once again sung.  Don't miss this wonderful celebration of Christ's Resurrection!
       
      EASTER SUNDAY MASS, APRIL 20 — 8AM and 10:00AM
      Come and celebrate Christ's Resurrection!
       
      [10:00AM Mass on Easter Sunday will be at St. Patrick Church all other services will take place at St. Mary Church]
       
       
    • FROM THE PASTOR
      Did you ever read a fairy tale to a tiny child? Just when things look lost for our heroes, they defeat the evil ones trying to kill them, and they live happily ever after. And if you watch the tiny child as you read, he or she waits with breathless anticipation for the ending, afraid the bad guys will win, afraid that when the book is closed, sadness will reign. But then, just as you say the words, “they lived happily ever after”, the child sighs and smiles, and all is right with the world. Until
      they say, “But is it true?” You are forced to lightheartedly say, “It’s just a story, but it’s a good one isn’t it?” Our deepest longing, what our heart yearns for is a story that is really true, where the good guys really win for keeps and they live happily ever after. No wonder we remember Easter. You see, that story is true. It really happened. No one made it up or spun the tale out of thin air. For the first time in human history, our deepest longings came true. Jesus did defeat evil. He did die, but he rose again. He promised that if we followed him, we would live forever. We’re not talking Peter Pan here or Jack the Giant Killer. We’re talking about someone very real, our God who became one of us so we could become more like him. Our heavenly Father loved us so much that he couldn’t bear to tell us just a story. He sent his Son to us to answer our yearning hearts. And when Jesus did everything his Father asked, even dying on the Cross, the Father said this story had to end happily. And so he raised Jesus from the dead, so that Christ could live and we could close our eyes at
      night, unafraid, knowing that things that go bump in the night, all that is evil, even death, can never conquer we who are the brothers and sisters of the greatest hero of all–Jesus, Son of
      God
       

      Sincerely in Christ,
      Msgr. Eric R. Barr
      Pastor

    • WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO THAT IS COLLECTED EACH WEEK AT CHURCH?
      Every parish has financial obligations, including the basic operation of the buildings, salaries, maintenance, and improvements.  In addition, there are schools to support, programs to run, charities to be funded, and operational expenses like hosts and wine for Mass, music books, vestments, and so on.  In some cases, cemeteries and other buildings need attention.  Finally, there is the diocesan assessment that each parish pays to help run the diocese and the support services provided to each parish.

      Most parishes manage to get by with the collection, a few fund raisers and bequests.  But contrary to popular opinion, cash flow is also a problem, and many parishes operate in the red.  The Finance Committee is responsible for assisting the pastor in fiscal management.  Good stewardship is the basis for successful programs.

    • Parish Registration
      Why should you register?…To become part of the St. Mary/St. Patrick Church family.  If a parishioner is not registered, it is difficult for us to issue testimonial letters, recommendations, references, etc.  If we are to testify to your ability as a sponsor for Baptism, Confirmation, or witness at a Catholic Marriage, you need to be registered.  Parish registration is necessary before arranging a Baptism, Wedding or enrollment in the Religious Education program.   All new families are welcome at St. Mary/St. Patrick Church and should be registered in the parish.  Registration should begin as soon as possible.  If you are new to the parish and wish to become a registered member, please call the parish office. To register call the Parish Office 815-248-2490.
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      PLEASE UPDATE YOUR PHONE NUMBERS by calling the Parish Office at 815/248-2490 or placing a note in the collection basket, ‘Attention Judy’ with changes. It is difficult to reach families for RE items, ministry schedules & parish activities.

    • Divine Mercy Novena
      Use this link to learn more about the Divine Mercy Novena

      http://www.praymorenovenas.com/divine-mercy-novena

      Join an online group studying the Diary of St. Faustina

      http://stfaustinadiary.com/
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    • Mission Statement
      We, the Catholic Faith Community of St. Mary/St. Patrick, called by Baptism to be a visible sign of Christ's love, commit ourselves to witness to Jesus Christ's Gospel call to spread the word of God through the celebration of the sacraments, through the practice of Christ's law of love and through personal growth and relationship with Jesus Christ.