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St. Mary Church

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Address
1812 Lynn Ave
Altoona, WI 54720
USA
Phone
715-855-1294
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Pastor
Father Derek Sakowski

Mass Times

Weekend

Saturday: 4:00 pm

Sunday: 11:00 am

Sunday: 1:00 pm
Spanish

Weekday

Wednesday: 8:00 am

Friday: 9:00 am

Saturday: 9:00 am
1st Saturday of the Month

Confessional

Saturday: 7:45 - 8:50 am
1st Saturday of the Month

Saturday: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Special

Tuesday: 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Eucharistic Exposition

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About St. Mary Church - Altoona, WI

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There is unofficial evidence that St. Mary's parish may have been established in 1902. The inspiration for establishing a full-parish at Altoona has been credited to Fr. Lawrence J. Vaughn, Altoona’s first resident priest. He went about lecturing a great deal and used his “lecture money” to help build up St. Mary’s Parish. He bought a two-story rambling hotel for $500. The building was moved from its location north of Spooner Avenue to where the church is presently located. After Fr. Vaughn left in July 1907, Fr. Henry Toeller came to Altoona. It was under his charge that the old St. Mary’s Church was built (completed in 1916 with a congregation of about 30 families). Fr. Toeller left in 1923 and Fr. Titus Tettenborn of the Oblates Immaculate Mary took over. The Oblate Fathers continued to serve St. Mary’s for the next forty years. In June 1964, Bishop Treacy replaced the Oblate Fathers with a diocesan priest, Fr. Herbert Zoromski. On August 28, 1968 Fr. Norbert Wilger arrived to assume leadership over the (then) 265 family parish. In 2008, Fr. Wilger retired after 40 years of dedication and service to St. Mary’s. In 2012, Fr. Derek Sakowski was named Parochial Administrator for both St. Mary’s and St. Raymond of Peñafort (in Brackett), as well as Hispanic Minister for the Eau Claire area. Fr. Sakowski was appointed pastor of both parishes on Feb. 7, 2013.

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