St. Mary Church, Mount Vernon, IL, USA

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3rd Grade Teacher Opening

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St. Mary School, Mount Vernon is now accepting applications for a 3rd grade teacher opening for the 2015-2016 school year. The preferred candidate will have Illinois teacher certification along with experience in technology and Illinois Learning Standards. Additional duties as assigned.

Interested candidates should provide a resume, college transcripts, and a minimum of three references with phone numbers and addresses, and proof of Illinois Certification to complete their application file. Please mail the application file to: St. Mary School, Attn: Brett Heinzman, 1416 Main Street, Mount Vernon, IL, 62864.  

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates will be notified by phone if they are selected to participate in interviews.


2015 Lenten Reconciliation Services

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Lenten Reconciliation Services

Please examine your conscience and approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent in preparation for the Sacred Triduum and Easter. Here is the schedule of Reconciliation services in our area. 

Sun., March 15        St. Barbara, Scheller, 3 p.m.

                              St. Mary IC, Mt. Vernon, 7 p.m.

Mon., March 16       St. Theresa, Salem, 7 p.m.

Tue., March 17         St. Ann, Nashville, 3–4 p.m. 5:45 - 7 p.m.

Thur., March 19        OL of Perpetual Help, Posen, 7 p.m. 

                               St. Mary Mag., Todds Mill, 7 p.m.

Sun., March 22          St. Charles, Dubois, 3-3:45 p.m. St. Michael, Radom, 6 p.m.

Tue., March 24          St. Mary, Centralia, 7 p.m.


2015 Ash Wednesday February 18

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Ash Wednesday Masses 
8:30 a.m. St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church, Mt. Vernon - All School Mass
12 Noon   Good Samaritan Hospital Chapel, Mt. Vernon
6:00 p.m.  St. Barbara Church, Scheller
7:30 p.m.  St. Mary Immaculate Conception Church, Mt. Vernon

Please note:  there is no vigil Mass on Tuesday evening, February 17, 2015.  All Masses will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.


2015 Holy Week and Easter

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Here’s the schedule for the major liturgies of Holy Week and Easter.

Tue., March 31, 11:30 a.m.       

                The Chrism Mass

                Cathedral of St. Peter, Belleville

Holy Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.      

                The Mass of the Lord’s Supper

                St. Barbara, Scheller

Good Friday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.

                The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

                 St. Mary, Mt. Vernon

Easter Night (Saturday, April 4), 8:00 p.m.

                 The Easter Vigil in the Night

                 St. Mary, Mt. Vernon

Easter Sunday, April 5

                  Easter Sunday Mass at St. Barbara, 8:00 a.m.

                  Easter Sunday Mass at St. Mary, 10:00 a.m.


2014 Catholic Relief Services Collection

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 February 21, 2014


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

On March 29-30 our Belleville Diocese will take up the Catholic Relief Services Collection. The Catholic Relief Services Collection funds six Catholic agencies that work to serve our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. Through humanitarian aid, resettling displaced individuals and families and advocating on behalf of victims, the Catholic Relief Services Collection allows us to see every encounter with a suffering person as an opportunity to help Jesus in disguise.


During drought seasons, the only water available in Ethiopia and other areas of East Africa runs deep undergroundoften as deep as 1,000 feet. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) worked with other aid partners to bring in rigs that can drill down to these depths. Taking into account the nomadic nature of many people in this region, they made wells along community migratory paths so they can continue to graze their herds and move them according to their needs. These water sources make a tremendous difference in the community. Livestock stay healthier and produce more milk, which means that the people have more food and rely less on outside resources. More work remains to be done, however. Many of the wells serve double the population they were made for and program managers fear that the communities will be unable to continue their pastoral work if more wells are not added.


Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is a dedicated network of legal immigration programs that promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants. Religious Immigration Services (RIS), a department of CLINIC, assists Catholic religious workers with visas. In 2013 they helped a

priest from Kenya enter the United States on a religious worker visa so that he could serve as a chaplain for the Little Sisters of the Poor and St. Annes Home in San Francisco. The home gives elderly people of limited financial means a place to live with dignity. Since its foundation in 1901, the home has

welcomed more than 20,000 elderly men and women of all faiths, nationalities and backgrounds. Thanks to the CRS Collection, they now have a chaplain.


CLINIC and CRS are two of six worldwide Catholic relief agencies funded by the Catholic Relief Services Collection. These agencies work to provide food, water, disaster relief and other vital assistance to Jesus in the disguise of suffering people each day. Please be generous in the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Your support truly makes a difference.


Sincerely and appreciatively yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton, Ph.D., S.T.D.
Bishop of Belleville

This collection is to be taken up on March 29-30, 2014

Envelopes for this collection should be in your parishioners regular envelope packets. Please send the proceeds of this collection to the Chancery no later than Friday, May 9, 2014. Please make the check payable to “Catholic Diocese of Belleville and indicate Catholic Relief Services in the lower left-hand corner of the check. Your cooperation in forwarding the check by the requested date is appreciated.


Thank you for your assistance.

 Click this link for a PDF of Bishop Braxton's Letter 

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