600 N Liberty St
Phone: (816) 252-0121
From the diocesan history book, "The Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph", author Kevin Kelly writes about St. Mary Parish:
"Perhaps a man more experienced in reading the signs of a fickle climate would have seen the warnings written in the sky on that mid-winter Saturday morning in 1850. But the young Irish-born priest began his ride to Independence on horseback not expecting an unseasonably mild February to turn into a raging blizzard on Saturday.
He had Sunday Mass to celebrate the next day at St. Mary Parish. The rain quickly soaked him to the skin as his horse plodded through mud, then rain turned to ice, then to a hard, blowing snow as the temperature plummeted.
He passed just three houses on his way, but seeing no light, he pressed on. Drowsiness set in. The priest knew that giving in to sleep would mean certain death. He talked loudly to his only companion, his horse. He prayed, he sang, he slapped his cheeks and pulled at his hair - anything to stay awake and alive.
Finally, as the priest neared the brink of unconsciousness, he felt his horse quicken his pace, perhaps recognizing a familiar landmark. He had made it to the edge of Independence. Hearing faint hoof beats, neighbors peered from their cabins to wonder that anyone would be out in such a storm. They recognized the priest, and pulled him inside to a fire.
The next day, he was at the altar of St. Mary Parish, celebrating Mass. Such was the steel of the pioneer Catholics of western Missouri. One can only imagine how the history of Catholicism here, and even the history of Kansas City, might be different had Father Bernard Donnelly, the `Pioneer Priest,` perished that day."
Founded in 1823, Saint Mary Parish is the oldest in the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph. Settled by Catholic pioneers and missionaries, Saint Mary has a long and interesting history. The church has survived uprisings among settlers of different faiths, raids by outlaws, and the Civil War. Though faced with many trials and tribulations, our founding settlers remained steadfast in their faith. The cornerstone of the existing building was laid in 1864 with the building completed in 1865. The cornerstone laying marked the departure of the first train from Kansas City which went to Independence for the purpose of carrying Fr. Bernard Donnelly, our first pastor, and five carloads of people to the celebration.
After more than 180 years, St. Mary Catholic Church still stands at the corner of College and Liberty Streets, calling to the community around to join in the glory of God that abounds from within its walls. We welcome new members every year and have an active, growing parish. In the tradition of Fr. Donnelly, today`s shepherd, Fr. Matthew Bartulica, leads this community in building a future for all. Come be a part of history! Come visit historic Saint Mary Parish in Independence, Missouri.
Mass times: 5pm Saturdays, 8am and 11am Sundays, 5:00pm Sunday (Extraordinary Form Mass);
12pm Daily Mass
Confessions 45 minutes before Mass
Building upon a rich heritage as the founding parish of our diocese, our mission is to serve Christ in building up God’s Kingdom through our ministries of Word, Worship, Community, and Service.
HoursMon: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tue: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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4th Annual Chant Camp: Level I
09:00 AM - 07/31/2017
At St. Mary'sANNOUNCING THE 4TH ANNUAL CHANT CAMP AT ST. MARY'S! Level One (ages 7-12) will take place each morning from 9-12:30. We will learn simple chants and solfege, and...
4th Annual Chant Camp: Level II
01:00 PM - 07/31/2017
At St. Mary'sANNOUNCING THE 4TH ANNUAL CHANT CAMP AT ST. MARY'S! Level Two (ages 13-18) will take place each afternoon from 1-4:00pm. We will learn simple chants and solfege,...
2nd Annual St. Mary's Oktoberfest!
09:00 AM - 10/14/2017
At St. Mary'sSaint Mary's Parish in Independence is hosting it's 2nd annual Oktoberfest! This year will feature vendors, live music and entertainment, German food and of course,...
2017 VBS At The School of Mary
08:00 AM - 07/17/2017
At St. Mary'sJoin us at St Mary's for our 2017 Vacation Bible School program! This year we'll be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of Our Lady's appearance in Fatima Portugal....
St. Mary's 2nd Sundays 4: Blessed John Henry Newman
06:30 PM - 06/11/2017
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Ora et Labora Work Day for Young Adults
09:30 AM - 05/13/2017
At St. Mary'sOra et Labora day for young adults When: Saturday, May 13th, 2017 from 9:30 A.M., until 5:00 P.M. Where: Saint Mary’s Parish Convent (600 N. Liberty Street;...
Missa Cantata: Mass for Five Voices (feat. The Ancora Chorale)
05:00 PM - 05/07/2017
At St. Mary'sExperience a Traditional Latin Mass-a sung Mass-accompanied by Independence's own Ancora Chorale, a professional choral ensemble. The Chorale will provide all the...
Convent Work Day with the Sisters
08:00 AM - 04/29/2017
At St. Mary'sDear Saint Mary’s Parishioners, On Divine Mercy Sunday, Father Matthew introduced me in his column in the bulletin, and it was very good to meet some of you in...
St. Mary's Parish St. Patrick's Day Party!
07:00 PM - 03/17/2017
At St. Mary'sJoin us in a celebration of Saint Patricks Day! The party will be held at 622 N. Main in St. Mary's Gym. Doors open at 7:00pm! $10.00 gets you music, food and drinks...
Mass of Consecration of St. Mary's Altar
06:00 PM - 01/20/2017
At St. Mary'sSt. Mary's is an historic church in Independence, MO. We have been working the past few years on renovating, restoring, and beautifying our church. We are now in...
Saint Mary's Oktoberfest 2016
09:00 AM - 10/15/2016
At St. Mary'sSaint Mary's Parish is hosting it's first annual Oktoberfest! We have space for over 200 vendor booths, a kid zone, live music, great food and fine drink! All proceeds...
Save The Storks Night!
06:30 PM - 10/02/2016
At St. Mary'sThe group "Save the Storks" is changing the discussion on abortion. Through a compassionate dedication to assist and aid mothers in crisis pregnancies they are reshaping...
Lex Orandi: Sacred Music
09:00 AM - 08/13/2016
At St. Mary'sThis is the second segment in the Lex Orandi series at St. Mary's-Sacred Music. This is a series that takes place August 13, 2016, and discusses the sacred music...
Totus Tuus (VBS): Grades 7-12
07:30 PM - 07/25/2016
At St. Mary'sCall the office to sign up or grab a registration form from the parish! Every day is from 7:30-9:30pm. Your child will have great religious education all week! Only...
Totus Tuus (VBS): Grades 1-6
09:00 AM - 07/25/2016
At St. Mary'sCall the office to sign up or grab a registration form from the parish! Every day is from 9am-3pm. Your child will have great religious education all week! Only...
Farewell to Charles!
12:00 PM - 07/24/2016
At St. Mary'sStay after the 11:00 Mass to wish Charlie well at a reception downstairs in Fitzgerald Hall, after his final Mass here as organist. He will be joining Clear Creek...
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