St Mary's Church
St. Mary
Church of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin
Valmeyer, Illinois

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History of Recent Events at St. Mary

(2019 - 2021)


Christmas Masses

Father John celebrated Mass on Christmas Eve.
Father Bill Spencer celebrated Mass on Christmas morning.
Father John celebrated Mass of the Holy Family on Sunday, December 26.

Sundays of Advent

The children of PSR lit the candles of the Advent wreath each week of Advent.

Children’s Nativity Play

The children of PSR performed the Nativity Play on December 19.

Advent Reconciliation and Mass

Father John offered individual confessions in the sacristy followed by Mass on Thursday, December 16.

Christmas Decorating

The church was Decorated on Wednesday, December 15.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Father John celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception at St Mary on Wednesday, December 8.

Altar Sodality Christmas Dinner

The Altar Sodality held its annual Christmas dinner in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, December 7.

Christmas Cookie Bake Sale at Masses

The annual bake saled sponsored by the Ladies Altar Sodality were held following Mass on December 4th and 5th.

Annual Autumn Church Picnic

St. Mary and St John United Church of Christ held our annual autumn church picnic on September 19.

We celebrated our 20th year, returning to our usual and spectacular church picnic with a silent auction,
a country store, raffles, games, bingo, and live music, in addition to our famous fried chicken dinner under the tents.

Younger children enjoyed fishing for prizes, the bounce house, and facepainting. Older children played laser tag.

100th Anniversary Celebration of St. Mary Parish

Most Reverend Michael McGovern, Bishop of Belleville, joined us to celebrated the 100th Anniversary of St. Mary on Saturday, August 28

Bishop McGovern Celebrated Masses at St. Mary

Coffee and donuts followed the Sunday morning Mass on both July 24 and 25.

Welcomed Fr. John Kizhakedan as Pastor of St. Mary

Fr. John Kizhakedan become the pastor of St Mary, effective Tuesday, July 20.

Fish Fry at the Valmeyer Mid-Summer Classic

The parish had a fish fry stand at the Mid-Summer Classic on Independence Day weekend.

Altar Server Training

Training was held on Saturday, June 26, 11:00 by Eddie Van Zandt.

The Altar Sodality washed and ironed the albs and surplices so they are all clean for your children.

First Communion Celebration

Congratulations to our young parishioners celebrating their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 2:
Brayden Eckenfels
Leigha Henerfauth
Elizabeth Schreder

Annual Diocesan Spring Blessing of the Farm

The Annual Diocesan Spring Blessing of the Farm was held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Farm of Dale and Kay Haudrich.

Chrism Mass at the Cathedral

On Chrism Tuesday, March 30, St Mary's and all parishes send their representatives to the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville to witness and celebrate this beautiful liturgy.

Holy Week Liturgies

These Holy Week Liturgies were offered:

  • Palm Sunday Vigil: Saturday, March 27, 5:00 PM
  • Palm Sunday: Sunday, March 28, 9:00 AM
  • Mass of the Lord's Supper: Thursday, April 1, 7:00 PM
  • Good Friday with Stations of the Cross: Friday, April 2, 7:00 PM
  • Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 3, 8:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 4, 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM

Lenten Fish Fries at the St. Mary Parish Hall for Carry-Out Only

Every Friday in March the Knights had fish fries where you could order either a 1/2 pound or 1-pound of fish
with a side of the famous Knights’ chips.

St. Mary Rural King Fundraiser

St. Mary received 10% from Rural King on purchases parishioners made between March 14-27.

Bishop McGovern Visited St. Mary on Sunday, March 21 at 9:00 AM

His Excellency Bishop Michael McGovern presided at Mass, concelebrated with Fr. Felix. After Mass, a receiving line was held.

Ash Wednesday Masses with Touchless Ashes

Father Felix returned from his vacation and celebrated two Masses on Wednesday, February 17, at 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM.

Because of the coronavirus, instead of receiving ashes as a cross on the forehead, they were sprinkled on top of heads.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Mass was celebrated on January 1 at 9:00 am.


Christmas Masses

St. Mary offered three Masses to celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord.
The Masses were at 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 10 pm on Thursday, December 24, and at 9:00 am on Friday, December 25.

Advent Reconciliation

Father Felix offered Reconciliation in the Cry Room on Friday, December 11, at 7:00 pm.

Daystar Christmas Collection for the Needy

The collection was held December 10.

Fall Church Picnic

A scaled-down version of our usual picnic was held on September 20.
Activities included : Chicken Dinner Carryout, Two Colossal Raffles, and a Sealed Bid Auction.

PSR Classes Began

PSR virtual learning began Sunday, September 13.

Valmeyer Sports Hall of Fame, February 15

Following the Sports Hall of Fame we gathered at St. Mary’s Parish Center to meet and talk with the inductees. The Knights of Columbus offered pizza and wings.


Children’s Nativity Play on December 24

The children of PSR performed the Nativity Play on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Decorating December 18

We decorated the church and gathering area in preparation for Christmas.

Knights of Columbus Breakfast, November 3

St. Mary’s Parish Hall was the site for a delicious breakfast, cooked by the Knights of Columbus.

Breakfast included fresh pork sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and fried potatoes.

Fish Fry on October 18

We came to St. Mary’s Parish Hall for what may have been the best fish in Monroe County, cooked by the Knights of Columbus.

Fish dinner included your choice of side dishes: Valmeyer’s famous chippers, potato salad, cole slaw, and stewed tomatoes.

Fall Church Picnic on September 15

Each autumn since New Valmeyer was established on the bluff, St. Mary’s joins with St John United Church of Christ to have a church picnic with fried chicken, a silent auction, a country store, raffles, bingo, and live music.

Before the Flood, St. Mary’s picnic was on the second Sunday in September; St. John’s on the fourth Sunday.

Having come together to rebuild Valmeyer on the bluff after the flood, the parishes now come together for a Fall Church Picnic on the third Sunday each September.

Sweetheart Dance on February 16

We celebrated Valentine’s Day at our Parish Center.
Music was played by a new, talented local band, Dr. Fong and the Long Brothers.

Cash Bingo on January 20

Cash Bingo was held at our Parish Center.
Proceeds went to maintenance on our buildings.

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