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Welcome to St. Mary's Church!

Weekday Masses

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

Weekend Masses

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

Confessions Saturdays 3:00pm



Soup and Stations:


Thursdays during Lent starting March 6th thru April 10th

Soup in Mary Hall at 5:30pm, Stations at 7:00pm in church


Holy Week Schedule

Holy Thursday, April 17th - No Morning Mass

Mass of the Last Supper 7:00pm, Adoration until 10:00pm

Good Friday, April 18th - No Morning Mass

Stations - 12:00 noon; Passion Liturgy, Veneration of the Cross, Communion - 4:00pm

Holy Saturday, April 19th - Easter Garden flower dropoff - 8:30am - 10:00am

Easter Basket Blessing - 12:00 noon

Easter Vigil Mass - 6:30pm

Easter Sunday - April 20th - Masses at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00am




St. Peregrine Cancer Support Group

Have you or a family member or friend become a victim of cancer? Come join other cancer survivors and those currently dealing with cancer as we share our stories of our personal battle with cancer and treatments along with diet suggestions and helpful hints. Best of all, the group is friendly and we will only offer you love and positive support.  

We meet the second Thursday of the month at 10:30am in the Parish Center. Why don't you consider joining us for our next meeting? If you have any questions, please contact Barb Russell at 815-385-0024 or email the St. Peregrine Cancer Support Group directly at:


Message from Fr. Bob

A Warm Welcome to our Website Viewers!

"From God's Your House!"


As Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Community, I would like to welcome you to our parish website. It brings me great joy in the name of our parish family to wish you blessings this year! Here at St. Mary's we 'Welcome You Into Our Family.'

Our mission from Jesus is to share and spread the Good News of God's love and forgiveness, and live the Good News of Jesus. We gather in the Eucharist and share the body and blood of the Lord and then continue to bring the Good News to our family, neighbors and community. We share many gifts, talents and treasures. We believe that God has a Plan . . . .we are grateful to be given the opportunity to share his love.

Welcome, to our family and may the Lord bless you!

Fr. Bob

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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Fast and Abstinence

What is the Church's offical position concerning penance and abstinence from meat during Lent?

In 1966 Pope Paul VI reorganized the Church's practice of public penance in his "Apostolic Constitution on Penance" (Poenitemini). The 1983 revision of the Code of Canon Law incorporated the changes made by Pope Paul. Not long after that, the U.S. bishops applied the canonical requirements to the practice of public penance in our country.

To sum up those requirements, Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. In addition, all Catholics 14 years old and older must abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Abstinence does not include meat juices and liquid foods made from meat. Thus, such foods as chicken broth, consomme, soups cooked or flavored with meat, meat gravies or sauces, as well as seasonings or condiments made from animal fat are not forbidden. So it is permissible to use margarine and lard. Even bacon drippings which contain little bits of meat may be poured over lettuce as seasoning.

Each year in publishing the Lenten penance requirements, the U.S. bishops quote the teaching of the Holy Father concerning the seriousness of observing these days of penance. The obligation to do penance is a serious one; the obligation to observe, as a whole or "substantially," the days of penance is also serious.

But no one should be scrupulous in this regard; failure to observe individual days of penance is not considered serious. Moral theologians remind us that some people are excused from fasting and/or abstinence because of sickness or other reasons.

In his "Apostolic Constitution on Penance," Pope Paul VI did more than simply reorganize Church law concerning fast and abstinence. He reminded us of the divine law that each of us in our own way do penance. We must all turn from sin and make reparation to God for our sins. We must forgive and show love for one another just as we ask for God's love and forgiveness.

To find this article and others regarding the Catholic Faith go to the American website: 


Catholics Come Home
I am a Catholic who has been away.
If you've been away for whatever reason...we welcome you. Here you'll 
find information that will help you on your way back to the Catholic Church.
How do I begin the preocess of returning to the Church?
Your local parish is the best place to begin your process of returning to the Catholic Church. Contact a parish near you and let them know you would like to return. You could schedule an appointment to speak with the Pastor,find out the times for Mass, inquire about the events and programs available for adults: organizations, etc. You may want to ask about theparish schedule for Reconciliation. 
Need more information about Reconciliation? Check out our Faith Formation section: Going to Confession - Examination of Conscience.
We're here for you...Let’s get together and talk about it on Tuesday’s at 7:00pm at:
St. Mary Catholic Church
1401 North Richmond Road
McHenry, IL 60050
There's also more information on our website. Go to the Faith Formation tab and click on the Catholics Come Home tab.


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