Welcome to St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Parish is a Christ-centered family which welcomes all members to continue their spiritual growth and religious education and to use their individual talents to assume shared responsibility for service and fellowship to our community.

Welcome to the St. Mary's Parish website.  It is our hope that through these pages, all our visitors will be given a window into the life of a vibrant, active, inclusive and faith-filled community.  As the pastor of St. Mary's, I have the great joy of witnessing the many ways our faith community prays together and takes an active role in being an outward sign of Christ in the local community.  Regardless of whether you have been a member of St. Mary's for many years, you are new to our community, or you are just stopping in for a visit, please know that you are welcome here.  Take some time to explore the content of our website and learn more about St Mary's Parish.  We are always happy to see new faces, so if you would like to stop by and visit our parish, it would be a blessing for us to meet you.

~ Father Tuan Van Nguyen






Saturday, August 15th at 4 PM: REGISTER

Sunday, August 16th at 8 AM:  REGISTER

Sunday, August 16th at 10 AM:  REGISTER



Please prayerfully consider continuing your financial support of our parish during this difficult time. We depend on your support to continue the daily operations of St. Mary's as well as the ministries that take care of those in need. For those not currently contributing online, please consider signing up here.

Contributions can also be mailed in or dropped off at the Rectory. We thank you for your support and for your prayers during this troubling time. 

If you are mailing, please mail to PO Box #456.  Do not list the street name/address or it will be returned.

Love and prayers,

Fr. Tuan

Subscribe to our brand new YouTube page!  Masses are uploaded every Sunday after they are streamed on our Facebook page.  Click here to subscribe today!

How to make

Spiritual Communion

at home! 

Click here.

St. Mary's Minooka Live-Streamed Masses on Facebook:

Every Sunday @ 8 am

Click here to access our Facebook page!


Relevant Radio - 950 AM:

Mass @ 12 pm everyday * Rosary every evening * Divine Mercy @ 3 pm


Daily Mass with Bishop Richard Pates:

Live @ 9:00 am weekdays and 10:00 am Sundays

Click here to access these live Masses recorded at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus.

RE 2020-2021


To register, please pick up a registration packet on our rectory porch (always open!) or print one out here, and return to Fred Ban by August 24th.  Grades K-7 will be meeting virtually, while 8th graders will meet in person (with all the necessary safety precautions taken).  All classes will meet on Wednesday evenings.  To view the schedule, please click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Fred Ban:  815-467-2233 ext. 104


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We have finally been given the okay to reschedule the Sacrament of First Holy Communion!  We will be doing things a bit differently this year. We will be having 4 Communion dates and times to allow for social distancing and safety.  Registration is now open!  Please click here to visit our First Communion registration page. Once you are there, you will click on "register". Once in the registration system, you will be asked to choose which Mass you would like to attend. You will have four choices: 

Saturday, September 12th at 10 am

Sunday, September 13th at 2 pm

Saturday, September 19th at 10 am  

Sunday, September 20th at 2 pm

You will register ONE ticket for your chosen Mass. This one ticket will secure 3 seats for First Communion; one seat for your first communicant, and two seats for family members. Because of social distancing guidelines and the seating arrangements of the Church, we can only allow the Parents and the Communicants in the Church. We will be live streaming the Sacrament for those family members who cannot attend.


Congratulations to our future Deacon,

Mr. Fred Ban!

Dear Parishioners,

Usually in this space I talk about the happenings in the RE world. Today I would like to take this opportunity to talk about something on a personal level.

As most or some of you know, I am receiving the Sacrament of Holy Orders by the Ordination to the Diaconate on Sat. Aug 22nd. I have been asked many times “How did you know you wanted to be a deacon?, What is a deacon?, What is Holy Orders, isn’t that just for Priests?”

The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Jesus’ priesthood, which he bestowed upon His Apostles. Holy Orders is referred as the “sacrament of the apostolic ministry”. In the sacrament, a, man is incorporated into the priesthood of Christ at one of 3 levels, episcopate, priesthood or diaconate. The essential rite of the sacrament consists in the bishop’s laying on of hands on the head of the ordinand and prayers asking God for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and gifts of the proper ministry to which the candidate is being ordained. The third level of that sacrament is the diaconate.

How did I know that I wanted to be a deacon? This all started years ago when Fr. Mark and a few parishioners put the idea in my head. At that time, I was not ready to answer the call. In fact, I thought they were a bit crazy, there was no way I could do this, but the call and voice was always there. There was no big “AHA” moment, just a constant prayer of calling.  After a few years of prayerful discernment, I realized that it was time and I spoke with Fr Tuan and he reaffirmed that yes it was time to answer yes.

The past 4 ½ years has truly flown by, there have been some trials and tribulations along the way, but it has been a beautiful and exciting journey. I have learned much about our Faith and what makes us special as Catholics and about myself as well.

As I approach this last week before my ordination, I ask that you keep me and my family in your prayers. This has definitely been a family journey of prayer, faith, and discovering. Not only have I seen my faith grow, but also the faith of my wife and 2 sons. It has effected us in many ways. Rest assured we are praying for you. 

Unfortunately we can not have everyone at the Sacrament as we would like, but I would love to invite you all to watch the live stream on Aug 22nd at 11 am. The diocese has not told us exactly how they will be doing the stream but I will let everyone know.

I would like to thank the Staff of St. Mary’s for all of their help and support, Fr Tuan for his belief in me, his prayers, his support and guidance has been invaluable. Fr Mark for his seeing of something in me I never saw before. You the parishioners of St. Mary’s for your prayers and support and kindness. My friends who keep me grounded, you know who you are! I would like to thank my children, Devan and Ian. You both have helped me more than you realize. I love you more than you could ever know and appreciate you more than you will ever realize. Finally, my wife Joann, thank you for always being there for me and our family. Your strength is truly an inspiration, you have kept me up when times are tough, kept me humble when I needed it. Words cannot express my love and gratitude for everything you have given me. Not only has this diaconate journey been wonderful but has been a blessing to our journey as husband and wife. I am proud to be your husband. Thank you for letting me follow my dreams.

As for my plans for the future, I will be working towards my Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies.

Lastly, I want to express my excitement at being able to serve you, the community of St. Mary’s as your deacon. I look forward to being there for all of you.

God Bless,

Fred Ban

St Mary’s Minooka

Director of Religious Education

Diaconate Class of 2020

Diocese of Joliet

CCW News

Peg Furto, chairman of Raffle Mania 3, and Jeanne Rapp, CCW President, presented Fr. Tuan with a check for $4,915.00 to be used towards a  classroom in the Parish Center. Thank You to all of you who participated in Raffle Mania 3. Your generosity allowed us to make this donation.

To all of you who bought tickets in March for Raffle Mania 4, due to the pandemic, we had to postpone the raffle. We will be resuming it sometime in the future when we are able to once again enjoy a more normal routine. All tickets already sold will be included in the raffle. Thank you for your generosity and patience.

St. Mary’s CCW

A Message from Fr. Tuan:

I hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. I pray for all of you everyday.

Because of the Pandemic, we have decided to postpone our Annual Golf Outing until next year. When speaking with the golf course we would only be able to allow 50 people to join us and we usually have approximately 175. We love you all and couldn't possibly leave anyone out. Next year we are planning our golf outing to be even bigger and better!

I also want to let you know that we will not be hosting an Oktoberfest this year. After the Pandemic we plan to hopefully hold Oktoberfest again. 

So stay tuned, stay safe and most of all stay healthy. We will all get through this......together.

Love and Prayers, 

 Fr. Tuan

Thank you to our volunteer

greeters & cleaners

who are keeping St. Mary's safe!

They are responsible for keeping records of who is attending each Mass (for contact tracing) , taking temperatures, dispensing hand sanitizer before Mass and during Communion, for seating everyone with regards to social distancing, and for sanitizing the church after Mass.  Thank you!!

Heavenly Meals

 cookbook with over 600 great recipes!

The Joliet Diocesan Council of Catholic Women's new cookbook:  This cookbook has over 600 recipes from the home kitchen's from women (and some men) from all over the Diocese of Joliet in Illinois.  The cookbook contains family favorites to treasured heirloom recipes.  From city to farm, young and "mature", contributors share recipes, tips, and joy in these "heavenly meals" brought to their family tables.  

All proceeds from this cookbook benefit the Bishop Blanchette Scholarship Fund, of our diocesan council, which was established in 1982, as a memorial to our late Bishop Romeo Blanchette.  The scholarship program continues to honor him, and it is exclusively supported by indivdual donations, parish and deanery CCWs, and fundraisers.  Our scholarship applicants are students in serious financial need, wishing to attend one of our fine diocesan high schools.

A $20 donation is requested per book.  (Checks payable to the BBSF)

Please contact Kathy of the St. Mary's CCW if you are interested in purchasing a cookbook:  

(815) 941-4419

Keep Us in Your Prayers   

Denise Tonarelli

Kimberly Gaydula

 Jillian Munsell

Dylan Pickett

Sandra Severson

Paul Thien Phu

Kevin McEvilly

Jim Cox

 Nichole Reisberg

 Sarah Landers

Pam Baumgartner

Mark Evans

Taryn Schrader

Madeline Milashoski

Jerry & Lorraine Davidson

Dominic Boblak

Geri Dillon

Robyn Bumgarner

Barb Tweet

Perez Family

 Brody Roberts

Don Ruettiger

Deidra Hogan

Cathy Hesselggesser

Al Solely

Bill & Judy Stafford

Fr. Jim Lennon

Peter Lehner

Special Intention



RESERVATIONS  ARE REQUIRED FOR WEEKEND MASSES (see links posted to register).  






WED:  (Communion Service Only) 8:30 AM

*Daily Mass/Communion Service in Church

SAT:  4:00 PM

*4:00 PM in Church

SUN:  8:00 & 10:00 AM

*8:00 AM in Church

*10:00 AM in Parish Center

HOLY DAYS:  6:30, 8:30 AM &  7:00 PM



SAT: 3:00-3:30 PM

*Parish Center


Rectory Hours:

MON-THU: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

FRI: 8:00 AM -2:00 PM


Upcoming Events:





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