Baptism – Please call the parish office for arrangements. Baptisms can take place during or after weekend liturgies. Baptism preparation class is required.
First Communion/Reconciliation -
Parish Reconciliation – Communal penance services during Lent and Advent seasons. Individual Sacrament of Reconciliation is available one-half hour before weekend liturgies or by appointment.
Matrimony – Engaged couples are to begin marriage preparation at least 6 months before their wedding as required by diocesan policy. A usage fee of $250 is due at the time the church is reserved for the wedding date.
Mass of Resurrection – Our parish is very proud of the liturgies we provide to celebrate both the earthly and eternal lives of our deceased members. Volunteers take care of greeting, ushering, choir music, military tributes, funeral dinners, and several other aspects in the process of laying our friends and families to rest. Fisch Funeral Home of Remsen is second to none in caring for the deceased and their families, and has been an integral part of parish life in Remsen since 1946.
Anointing of Sick - Available as needed, as well as at specified Masses throughout the year.
Priesthood/Religious Life - Twelve native sons of St. Mary’s Parish have been ordained to the priesthood, along with five men not native to Remsen but who attended St. Mary’s Schools. Twenty-seven native daughters of the parish have entered the Sisterhood, as have 12 non-native women who attended St. Mary’s. This amounts to 56 vocations to the priesthood and religious life out of St. Mary’s Parish, a proud and historical tradition of service to the Church. If you would like more information on the priesthood or religious life, please contact our pastor, Fr. Bill McCarthy (786-1437), or Fr. Brad Pelzel, Diocesan Office of Vocations (
, 712-233-7522). We also have an excellent video on the priesthood available for loan, “Fishers of Men” (please contact the rectory).
Diaconate - St. Mary’s Parish has been served by one deacon, Allen “Bud” Weiler, who was ordained in 1988 and died in 2003. Rick Roder, a parishioner, is in his fifth year of diaconal formation. You may contact Fr. Bill, Rick (
, 712-786-2015) or the Sioux City Diocese (
, 712-233-7512) for more information. The diocesan webpage for diaconate formation contains a lot of information on the formation process.