New Server Schedules – Extra & New Volunteers Welcome!

The new schedules for Mass servers, lectors, EMCs, greeters and gift bearers have been mailed to our current volunteers. Anyone who was listed on the Substitute list was not mailed a schedule, but can pick one up by request in the Parish Office at any time. If there are any corrections to be made, please email The corrected version will be updated on our website.

There is a bit of a shortage in all areas of our Liturgical service voluteers – altar servers, lectors, Ministers of Communion, ushers. Please consider serving your Lord and your Church by volunteering one Mass a month in some capacity. No experience is necessary, we will train you!

Please contact the office if you would like to be added to the lists or if you need to change your current availability.


First Saturday Devotion

First Saturday Devotion was started as a response to our Blessed Mother’s appeal made at Fatima in 1917. She said, “In these times, my son wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart,” and called for the faithful to make five consecutive First Saturdays in reparation to her Immaculate Heart. This call for making the first Saturdays included: having a Mass for the purpose of consecrating ourselves to her Immaculate Heart, going to confession once a month, and wearing the brown scapular. Praying the rosary daily is also an integral part of fulfilling her request.

Fr. Ronald would like to invite all the faithful to seriously consider making this spiritual pledge to our Lord in response of his request and the request of His Mother. Mass is every first Saturday at 8:15 am, with the rosary starting at 8:00 am. Mass concludes with prayers of consecration and reparation, benediction and an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Afterwards, breakfast and a video on Our Lady’s message will be provided for those would like to attend.

She asked for five consecutive first Saturdays to be made in our lifetime. 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s apparition in Fatima. You are invited in thanksgiving and loyalty to our Heavenly Mother to fulfill her requests.


St. Mary’s Book Club

St. Mary’s spiritual book club will meet March 27, 2017 at 7 PM in the gathering space of the church.  The book chosen the month of February 2017 is “The Five People You Meet in Heave” by Mitch Albom. The group has been meeting since August and has read a variety of fiction (Joan of Arc) and non -fiction books (Rediscover Catholicism) followed by discussion.  The group meets about one hour on the fourth Monday of the month, and the members take turns deciding which books or church documents to read.  Please call Donna Throneburg at 217-808-1200 or Heather Warren at 217-251-7387 for information. We encourage you to attend even if you haven’t finished the book!





As the ‘official’ Year of Mercy comes to a close, our Parish is left with the challenge of how to best nourish and express charity and compassion. Efforts are underway to re-establish our prayer blanket ministry, by making it a more ‘inclusive’ effort. Hence, an invitation is extended to all parishioners to be a part of a ministry that transforms knotted fabric into sacramentals for the sick, aged, & marginalized of our Church, community & world.

Possible ideas for involvement include:  1. Donations of fabric and/or money. 2.The creation of blankets privately within a home setting. 3.  The creation of blankets within a public setting(such as Church). with fellow parishioners.  4.  The willingness to deliver blankets to intended recipients.

*Upon completion of a prayer blanket, arrangements will be made [via Parish office] to have the blanket blessed within the framework of a mass.

Need more information? Please contact Pat Catanzariti or Sue Sheeran at



 “What kind of work can be more noble than to cultivate the minds of young people, guarding it carefully, so that the knowledge and love of God and His holy precepts go hand-in-hand with learning? To form young Christians and citizens — isn’t this the most beautiful and noble-minded way to make use of life, of all one’s talents and energy?”




He is assigned to St. Mary’s.  What is an Aspirant? An Aspirant is a man discerning the call of God to the diaconate and who has completed the Inquirer phase.  He is ready to begin the next step of the formation process, which is called Aspirancy. This stage usually lasts between 18 months and 2 years. During this time, the aspirant attends 10 course offerings from the Diocesan Department of Catechesis and Formation to prepare for the diaconal formation program. Bruce will be assisting Fr. Ronald in all facets of parish life.


REMINDER: If you are renting or using the parish hall or meeting rooms or any part of the facility; NO ALCOHOL OR SMOKIING is allowed. Special arrangements can be made for alcohol if you apply in advance. The Diocese requires a special “event liability policy” that you must purchase in advance. If you are planning a Birthday party we remind you that NO BLOW UP GAMES are allowed on parish property. This is a policy of the Diocese. We do ask that if you use the facility you leave it as you found it. Please clean up and take out the trash when you are done.


 Ireland Trip May 3-12, 2017

Ireland, land of Saints and scholars, where the faith, planted by St. Patrick, despite trial and persecution, has flourished and grown.  This land has endeared itself to the minds and hearts of so many Americans by its poetry, songs and legends, this Emerald Isle that the angels said looked so peaceful there.

Several St. Mary’s ladies are taking this trip with the Golden Frontier group and invite more to consider the trip.  You will be able to make this 10-day trip flying to Shannon, Ireland from St. Louis/Chicago/Kansas City or Indianapolis during the most beautiful time of the year.  Included will be the famed Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, the Cathedrals of Galway and Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Killary Harbor and Adaire.  (Northern Ireland and Dublin are not part of this trip.)

If interested see the office for brochures that include the itinerary or go to for information.  Passport needed.  Early signup does have a $100 discount.



We are offering a new service to all of our parishioners. Our own parish nurses will be offering a free blood pressure screening the last weekend of the month after the 5:30pm & 8:30am Masses.  If you are a nurse, LPN, etc., and would like to participate in this parish service, please call Diane Yates at 251-5208 or the office at 466-3355.


 Mike David will pick up scrap metal products that you want to dispose of.  He then donates part of that income to St. Mary’s School.

His number is 808-1446.


Invite someone back to church!  Do you know anyone, maybe a friend or relative, who is not coming to church at this time? Why not make it one of your acts of mercy & invite them to come to church with you. Talk to them about why they are not coming. Encourage them to let go of whatever the problem is & come back & talk to God about it. Encourage them to come to adoration & spend quite time talking to God about the problems. Invite them to come to a social function at the church. Maybe the Binga or Fish Fry is all they need to get them thinking about coming back once they are in the door. Pray about it and act on it. Bring a soul back to God as your Lenten offering!


FOOD PANTRY:  Our food pantry is low on provisions and in need of everything EXCEPT vegetables.  Please be generous & support this ministry.



Please consider helping to sort clothes on Mondays from 11-2.  Help is always needed.

If you are gathering  a lot of large shopping bags & do not know what to do with them, the CCC would love to have them.  They use a lot of large bags each week, something that 10-20 pieces of clothing will fit into (not the small plastic bags).  Bags can be left at the parish office and travel size shampoo, soap, etc. are always needed by the ministry.



They have some new great daily content you can choose to receive for 2016:

  • Popes in a Year (really cool)  We know the current pope traces his authority all the way back to the first pope (St. Peter). But do you know much about all the popes in between? Join us on a journey from St. Peter all the way to Pope Francis. Each weekday we’ll send you a short, 1-minute something about one pope. By the end of the year, you’ll know something about every single pope!  Begins Jan 4th, 2016. (Not sent on weekends)
  • Daily Works of Mercy (email or txt msg)  One short message each day…with one simple thing you can do to celebrate this Year of Mercy.
  • Catechism in a Year (switching it up with the Baltimore Catechism this year)  Join the largest group in human history (120k+) to ever study the catechism together! Get one email a day (MON-FRI) and cover the entire catechism in a year!

Click each link to learn more, sign up and then PLEASE share these links with your friends!


Lighthouse Catholic Media gives a portion of every purchase made with our promo code back to our parishes.  The Promo Code is 102708.  The website is:  https://www.lighthoisecatholic  Additional Information is on the front of the binder with the CD descriptions in St. Mary’s Gathering Space.