• 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.
    • 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.

    • Support our Parish by purchasing good quality Cathoilc products from Parish WebStore, a portion of your purchase comes back to the parish.