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


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Recent Events at St. Mary

2023

Our Autumn Church Picnic was held on Sunday, September 17

Celebrating our 22nd year, St. Mary and St John United Church of Christ held our autumn church picnic on Sunday, September 17.
Our spectacular church picnic featured a silent auction, a country store, bake sale, raffles, games, bingo,
and live music in addition to our famous fried chicken dinner under the tents.

Pampered Chef Fundraiser was held by the Altar Sodality in August

Pastor Fr. John Blessed the Cross for Our Church Roof, July 23

Parishioners came to the Gathering Area after Mass on Sunday, July 23, where Fr. John Kizhakedan blessed the tall cross that will be put outside on the roof of our church.

St. Mary’s Fish Fry Booth a Success as Valmeyer Won the 51st Mid-Summer Classic

Many thanks to the parishioners who volunteered to serve fish, chicken and home-made potato chips over the Fourth of July weekend. The booth was a great success, and our home team won the 51st Mid-Summer Classic baseball tournament. Congratulations, all!

First Holy Communion, Sunday, May 7, 9:00 AM

Children received the sacrament of their First Holy Communion at the 9:00 am Mass on Sunday, May 7.

Altar Sodality Spring Dinner, Tuesday, April 11, 6:00 PM

The ladies’ spring dinner meeting was held on Tuesday, April 11 at the Parish Center.

Holy Week Liturgies

The following Holy Week liturgies were held this Lent.

  • Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 2, 9:00 AM
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper: Thursday, April 6, 7:00 PM
  • Good Friday with Stations of the Cross: Friday, April 7, 3:00 PM
  • Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 8, 7:00 PM
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 9, 9:00 AM
  • Stations of the Cross, Every Thursday during Lent, 6:30 PM

    Stations of the Cross were led by our confirmand at 6:30 PM every Thursday during Lent.

    First Reconciliation, Thursday March 30, 6:00 PM

    Children received the sacrament of First Reconciliation at 6:00 pm on Thursday, March 30, prior to the 7:00 pm Mass.

    Lenten Fish Fries at the Parish Hall, Fridays in March

    One of the graces of Lent is our Lenten fish fries at St. Mary’ parish hall.

    Ash Wednesday Mass, February 22, 7:00 PM

    Ash Wednesday Mass was held on February 22.

    Altar Sodality Meeting, Sunday, January 8, 10:00 am

    The monthly Altar Sodality meeting was held on Sunday morning following Mass.

    Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, January 1

    Vigil Mass was celebrated at 5:00 pm at Tipton on December 31.
    Mass was celebrated at 9:00 am on January 1.

    2022

    Christmas Masses, December 24-25

    Christmas Vigil Mass was celebrated, Saturday, December 24, at 5:00 pm
    and Christmas Morning Mass was celebrated Sunday, December 25, at 9:00 am

    Christmas Reconciliation at St Mary, Thursday, December 22

    Father John offered the sacrament of Reconciliation.

    Children’s Nativity Play on Sunday, December 18

    The children of of the parish performed the Nativity Play at the conclusion of the 9:00 am Mass on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 18.
    After Mass, coffee and donuts were served in the Gathering Area.

    Christmas Decorating, Tuesday, December 13

    We got into the Christmas spirit and had fun while decorating St. Mary church for Christmas.

    Christmas Cookie Bake Sale, Sunday, December 11

    The Christmas Cookie Bake Sale was held Sunday, December 11.

    Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Thursday, December 8

    Father John celebrated this Mass which was a holy day of obligation.

    Altar Sodality Christmas Dinner, Tuesday, December 6, 6:00 pm

    The Altar Sodality held its annual Christmas dinner in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, December 6.

    Father John Celebrated Thanksgiving Mass, Thursday, November 25

    Children’s Mass was held Sunday, November 20

    Altar Sodality Meeting, Sunday, November 6

    All ladies of the parish were cordially invited to the monthly Altar Sodality meeting on Sunday morning following Mass.

    All Souls Day Mass, Wednesday, November 2, St. Patrick, Tipton

    Father John celebrated All Souls Day Mass at St Patrick Church, Tipton, for all three sharing parishes.

    All Saints Day Mass, Tuesday, November 1

    This Mass enabled us to honor all the saints of the church and was a holy day of obligation.

    Church Picnic on Sunday, September 18

    Celebrating our 21st year, St. Mary and St John United Church of Christ held our autumn church picnic on Sunday, September 18. Our spectacular church picnic featured a silent auction, a country store, bake sale, raffles, games, bingo, and live music in addition to our famous fried chicken dinner under the tents.

    Confirmation, May 6

    His Excellency Bishop Michael McGovern bestowed the sacrament of Confirmation on 10 children at St. Mary parish on Friday, May 6. The Altar Sodality hosted a reception afterward.

    First Communion, April 24

    Children received First Communion on Sunday, April 24.

    Holy Week Liturgies

    These Holy Week Liturgies were offered:

    • Palm Sunday: Sunday, April 10, 9:00 AM
    • Mass of the Lord's Supper: Thursday, April 14, 7:00 PM
    • Good Friday with Stations of the Cross: Friday, April 15, 3:00 PM
    • Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 16, 8:00 PM
    • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 17, 9:00 AM

    Altar Sodality Spring Dinner Meeting, April 5

    The ladies’ spring dinner meeting was help on Tuesday, April 14 at The Acorns.

    Lenten Fish Fries

    Lenten Fish Fries were held March 18th, March 25th, April 1st, and April 8th.

    Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

    Father John celebrated Mass on New Year’s morning in honor of the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

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