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Welcome to St. Mary's

Welcome to St. Mary's Catholic Church.  We are the flagship of the Catholic Community in Independence County and in Batesville, Arkansas.  We serve the college students of Lyon College with our Catholic Campus Ministry.  St. Mary's also attends St. Cecilia's Church in Newport, Arkansas (Jackson County) and St. Anthony's Church in Weiner, Arkansas (Poinsett County).  Our pastor is Rev. Dhanraj Narla who began his pastorate here on December 2012.  We also have a permanent deacon, Mike Cumnock.  We hope you will feel welcome to our community and to our Church.

Week at a glance

PRE Classes for grades kindergarten through 12th grade meet weekly Sunday mornings from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. throughout the school year.

Lifeteen/Edge - our Catholic Youth Ministry - is for our young people grades 5 through 12 and meets weekly on Sunday evenings from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Want to learn more about the role of the Papacy and the Catholic Church?  RCIA classes begin Wednesday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m. For more information, you may contact Chris Stahr at 307-3065.

Fall Bible Study:  The Book of Genesis.

The study of Genesis is underway, but it is never too late to join one of our three groups.  For more information, you may contact Melaine Haunert at 612-8264 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Tuesday's 9:30 a.m. in the St. Paul Room

Wednesday's 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall (Hispanic Group)

Sunday's 5:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall


October Schedule for Lectors, EMs and Altar Servers

October 5th

Lector: Bob Carius

Altar Servers: Ben Gunderman, Evan Mace, Barbara Moreno

EM’s: Brian Shonk, Cathy Shonk, Tony Gunderman, Stacy Gunderman

October 12th

Lector: Sheila Mace

Altar Servers: Abby Antici, Jake Antici, Jackson Hunter

EM’s: Tim Haunert, Melaine Haunert, Becky Johnson, Jimmie Johnson

October 19th

Lector: Lauren Gunderman

Altar Servers: Kyle Price, Alana Taylor, Andrew Taylor

EMs: Jackie Townsley, Russell Townsley, Tracy Dowell, Laurie Vaughn

October 26th

Lector: Lana Dean

Altar Servers: Sean Thomas, Hannah Thomas, Gavin Long

EM’s: Dave Thomas, Chris Black, Danny Mitchell, Barbara Moreno