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Weekday Masses

Tuesday-Friday 8:00am
(Tuesday 9:00am during school year)

First Friday of the month - Annointing Mass at 8:00am

Weekend Masses

Saturday Evening 4:00pm
Sunday 7:00am, 9:00am, and 11:00am

Confessions Saturdays 3:00pm

Additional Confessions:

Friday Dec. 12 7:30-7:50am
Saturday Dec. 13 9:00-9:45am
Tuesday Dec. 16 6:00-6:45pm
Wednesday Dec. 17 7:30-7:50am
Thursday Dec. 18 7:30-7:50am
Friday Dec. 19 7:30-7:50am
Saturday Dec. 20 9:00-9:45am
Tuesday Dec. 23 7:30-7:50am

Wednesday, December 17 -7:00pm: McHenry Combined Parishes Advent Penance Service at St. Patrick, 3500 Washington, McHenry

 "Encounters with Emmanuel" - Advent Eucharistic Holy Hour with Reflections - These are times to encouter in quiet the living Christ in the Blessed Eucharist. During these Holy Hours, Fr. David will be giving a 10 minute reflection on the encounters these people had with the Christ Child. 

Tueday, December 16 - The Shepherds

Tuesday, December 23 - The Magi


Wednesday, December 24 - 4:00pm 

11:30pm - Choir Concert

Thursday, December 25 - Midnight, 9:00am


Wednesday, December 31 - 4:00pm

Thursday, January 1 - 9:00am





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Letter from Fr. David

 Dear Friends in Christ,                                          December 14, 2014

                 One of my most enduring memories of Christmas is witnessing mom’s annual wrapping extravaganza in our barely recognizable family room.  Every year for a couple of days she would completely take over the room, during which time the rest of us either went elsewhere in the house or attempted to squeeze ourselves in between the panoply of presents.  By the end of these wrapping days the family room would – no joke - resemble one giant present!  It was great fun… long as none of us tried to interfere with mom’s master plan - which I maybe did once or twice, to my great peril and everlasting shame.  Well ok maybe that’s being just a BIT exaggerating and overdramatic!  Mom’s festive ritual was actually quite entertaining, and mom was usually a good sport about us kids wanting to be included in it.  Sometimes I would even help wrap a present or two.  Not very well, I might add.  For all I know, mom may still engage in this memorable ritual.

                The other thing about mom’s wrapping fest is that she almost always did it while watching, or sort of watching, the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.”   She will tell you that she has watched 40+ years of scenes from this movie, but may actually have never seen the entire movie all in one sitting.  Well, maybe she has once or twice.  Still, she can surely quote for you MANY lines from this timeless story.  And after the numerous times I sat through parts of this movie, so can I thus quote.  Here are just a few of my favorite lines:


“Ask Dad, he knows.”

“Say brainless, don’t you know where coconuts come from?”

“I wish I had a million dollars……Hot dog!!”

“…And, dance by the light of the moooooon….whatdidyouwishforwhenyouthrewthatrock??

“Why don’t you kissherinsteadoftalkinghertodeath!”

“Oh, youth is wasted on the wrong people!”

“Do you know what the three greatest sounds in the world are?” “Mmmm hmmm – Breakfast is served,   Lunch is served, Dinner is served….”

“I’m allllll right, I’m allllllll right!”

“Well, Mother, old Building & Loan pal, I think I’m going to go out and do some passionate lovemaking.”

“What are you doing, picketing?”

 “What are they – ducks??”

“George Bailey lassos STORK!”

“Let’s have a toast - To Mama Dollar, and Papa Dollar!”

“And now the local yokels are making with the David and Goliath wisecracks.”

“Well, you look about like the kind of angel I’d get.  More like a FALLEN angel.”

“Look at me, I’m giving out wings!”

“You’ve been given a great gift, George – a chance to see what the world would be like without you.”

“Well, hurry up, Gabriel!”

“You see George; you really had a wonderful life.”

“I want to live again, I want to live again…..”

“Isn’t it wonderful, Bert, my mouth’s bleedin’!!”               

“Hello bank examiner, officer, reporters.  Isn’t it great, I’m going to jail!”

“Oh, look at this wonderful old drafty house!”

 “A toast – To my big brother George, the richest man in town!!”

 And the clincher – written in Tom Sawyer, Clarence’s gift to George Bailey: “Remember, no one is a failure who has friends.”

                 On this “Joy” Sunday, let’s consider and acknowledge how much joy each of us brings each other, often in simple and unglamorous ways.  And also consider and celebrate how wonderful a life we have knowing that the “Lord is near”, that he is ALWAYS near – even if sometimes in the form of an Angel Second Class. 

 Blessing in Christ,                            

Fr. David

St. Mary's Stations of the Cross

Learn of the Stations of the Cross - The Way of Sorrow for Jesus as told through 14 canvas paintings that hang in Saint Marys Catholic Church in McHenry, Illinois.The paintings are brought to life with modern day motion effects, music and dynamic transitions that often pertain to the events and station being described.

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McHenry, IL 60050
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