a message from the pastor
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Fr. Dustin Schultz Pastor      

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We are now well into Advent, and Christmas is on the horizon. This is not only a beautiful time of spiritual fruitfulness but often a time we spend with our family and friends. As you make your plans for those days surrounding Christmas and juggle the many obligations you have, I would like to explain our spiritual obligations so they are not neglected thus forgetting the true "reason for the season". 

The 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve this year share a day and despite their proximity we have an obligation to attend Mass celebrating both days. It could then be stated that there is no "two-fer" deal where attending one Mass fulfills both obligations and thus a need to go twice. Our Mass times are as follows:

4th Sunday of Advent Mass Times

12/23 - St. Patrick Merna: 4pm

St. Mary Downs: 5:30pm


12/24 - St. Patrick Merna: 7:30am and 9am (No 11am)

St. Mary Downs: 9am

Christmas Mass Times

See above for Mass times

May you have a blessed Advent and we look forward to celebrating Christ's birth with you and your families. God bless.

Fr. Schultz

PRAYER NETWORK: We have a new Prayer Network that is exclusive to St. Mary’s Parish. To make a prayer request please CLICK HERE. Please indicate in your email if you wish the person we pray for to be anonymous. We will update the prayer list monthly, so we encourage you to let us know if the situation improves or the crisis has been resolved.

FAMILY REGISTRATION OR CHANGES TO CURRENT REGISTRATION: You can now register as a new family or make changes to current family registration electronically. You can click on the picture to the left to register/make changes or CLICK HERE



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