St. Mary Church

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125 W 5th St
Mount Carmel, IL 62863
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Deacon John Fridley

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Saturday: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Sunday: 8:00 - 9:00 am


Tuesday: 8:00 am

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About St. Mary Church - Mount Carmel, IL

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The earilest record of the Catholic church in Mt.Carmel dates back to 1836, when Nicholis Peter married Barbara Wirth. In those days, Mass was said in various homes by missionaries on horseback.
In 1850, several Catholic families migrated here from Germany. By the next year, they had begun work on the church. This first church, which was located where our present public high school stands now, was dedicate to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and a cornerstone was erected on Augest 8, 1852.
By the turn of the century, the community as well as the parish was growing. Fr. Buddle realized that a change in location was needed so that the school and church could be more centrally located. The cornerstone of our present church, which is located at Fifth and Chestnut Streets, was laid on March 27, 1900. A rectory, school and convent were also built at this time.

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