506 Main Street, Minong, 54589
(Located in Washburn County)
Phone: 715-378-4431 ext.2
Year parish was established: 1891
Number of households: 194
Pastor: Fr. James J. Kinney
Weekend Mass: Saturday: 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 10:30 a.m.
Describe your faith community
St. Mary’s Church is comprised of all ages, with groups that are here all year around, those who are here when the weather is warm enough, and visitors in the area.
All are welcomed, as you will see when you enter the church for Mass and are greeted by the receiving line.
Our mission statements are implemented routinely by church and community outreach and ecumenical programs. You feel the different holy days and seasons of the year by the colors and symbols that are displayed inside the church.
When visitors come to our parish, they will …
… be encouraged to join in the celebration and feel part of the church. The third Sunday of each month has a meet-and-greet event after Mass. Coffee with a snack is routinely available to encourage everyone to stay awhile and interact. If you are looking to do a project, there is one. If you bring in a project, people will provide ideas and assistance to move your project forward.
How many churches have a bell to ring which the children truly enjoy doing? St. Mary’s does. Every Wednesday at 9 a.m. is Mass, followed by coffee time for fellowship.
In what ways, does your parish proclaim the Gospel with its actions?
Individual members share their skills to implement the mission statements of the church into practical everyday activities.
“Solidarity with those in need” was exemplified by the March 7 social justice symposium. There is an ongoing outreach to ensure parishioners and their neighbors are administered to when they are not able to be out and about. The annual WCCW-M bake and crafts sale is conducted with all the proceeds going to a charity fund. “Ecumenical and interreligious dialogue” is demonstrated on holy days and through general community gatherings, such as our upcoming Aug. 19 interfaith picnic.
What is something about your parish most people might not know?
Four facts may surprise a new person joining St. Mary’s Church. St. Mary’s has a cemetery in which no one has been buried in for several decades. Bishop James Powers was the pastor of St. Mary’s Church for five years while serving as adjutant judicial vicar. The last parcel of land around St. Mary’s Church was donated to a local Home for Habitat for their use. At one time, St. Mary’s was in the La Crosse Diocese before it was included in the Superior Diocese.