The Church of St. Mary, followers of Christ, are inspired by our Catholic Faith to brough the Eucharist, Prayer, and Education, as the family of God, and with one another, we desire to live our faith in the world.


St. Mary's Church Elizabeth, IL

Special Announcement For Cemetery

The Parish Council and Finance Committee approved the updated Cemetery Rules and Regulations listed below at their meeting of Dec. 6 2023.  We ask for your assistance in keeping our cemetery as a safe and beautiful area not only for our visitors, but for the cemetery personnel.  Any questions or comments can be directed to any memeber of the Parish Council or Finance Committee.  Thank you.


Cemetery Rules and Regulations - effective 4/1/24

               (For the safety and efficiency of cemetery personnel)

  •       No planting of trees, shrubbery, or flowers 
  •       No glass or wire allowed
  •       Decorations - Flowers, shepherd's hooks, statues, solar lights, personal items, etc.
  •                   Up to 2 decorations allowed on the concrete base of the monument
  •                   One saddle arrangement allowed per monument
  •                   One additional decoration per grave allowed in the ground

                                           (does no include Veterans's markers)

  •          Any excess decorations will be removed by cemetery personnel

                              Families will be notified that the decorations were removed and will be 

                              told where they can pick them up

  •          All seasonal or damaged decorations will be removed prior to the semi-annual 

                  Clean-Ups on April 1st and October 1st of each year



Pastor Message and Prayer


"Divided tongues as of fire,...rested on each of them."

The Holy Spirit is my fire


Luke uses drama to describe the descent of the Holy Spirit.  He gives us a sudden windy noise, tongues of fire, and a miracle of language all can understand.  But such theatrical skills are used to communicate a truth about the Spirit of God.  Fire is a sign of Sprit's presence.  Luke tells us that the tongues of fire came to rest upon"each one" of the fathered disciples.  This indicates that the gift of the Spirit comes to us as individuals.

     The personal gift of the Spirit does not negate the communal nature of the curch.  Yet this passage insists that being church is not like making sausage, where all our particular talents and skillls become ground together into an indistinguishable mix.  The gift of each individual is important in spreading God's reign.  Therefore, we must not use the communal nature of the church as an excuse for inactivity.  We should not disqualify our own gifts by comparing them to thoses of others.  It is easy to findy someone who is more prayerful, more generous, more insightful than we are.  Seeing this superior capability in others can tempt us to sit back and do nothing.  The church is impoverished when we refuse to use the gift we have been given.

     At Pentecose, each disciple is marked with his or her individual flame.  This dramatic image does not simply report an event of the past.  It is Luke's way of showing how to build the church today.  If the gospel is to cover the earth, we must each find our particular fire and use it.

     What gift has God given to me?  How well do I use it?

Prayer Starter:  Holy Spirit, enkindle your fire in my heart.   Lead me to use the gifts you have given me in God's service.


Fr. Joachim








St. Mary Mass Times

Weekend Mass Times
Saturday 6:00pm
Sunday 8:30am

Daily Mass Times
Wednesday 8:30am
Wednesday: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 9am-9:30am
Friday 8:30am
First Friday 8:30am Healing Mass and Adoration

Confession Times
Saturday from 5:30-5:50 or
by appointment by calling the Rectory at 815-858-3422

Ash Wednesday: March 2nd
St. Mary 8:30 A.M.
6:00 P.M.

St. John 4:00 P.M.

St. Mary Office Hours

Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 am- 3:30 p.m.. by appointment
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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