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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

Lenten Penance Service

Thursday, March 5th - 6:00 p.m.

Stations of the Cross

Each Friday during Lent following 6:00 p.m. Mass.



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.



March 1st

Lector: Lana Dean
Altar Servers: Ben Gunderman, Jake Antici, Abby Antici
EM’s:  Stacy Gunderman, Tony Gunderman
Becky Johnson, Jimmie Johnson

March 8th

Lector: Danny Mitchell
Altar Servers: Ben Weinzierl, Peter Weinzierl, Evan Mace
EM’s: Chris Black, Lauren Gunderman
Barbara Crotts, Bill Crotts

March 15th

Lector: Sheila Mace
Altar Servers: Hayden Mace, Sean Thomas, Hannah Thomas
EM’s: Tracy Dowell, Danny Mitchell
Melaine Haunert, Tim Haunert

March 22nd

Lector: Lauren Gunderman
Altar Servers: Barbara Moreno, Alana Taylor, Andrew Taylor
EM’s: Russ Townsley, Jackie Townsley
Cathy Shonk, Brian Shonk

March 29th 

Lectors: Bob Carius and Anthony Gunderman
Altar Servers: Kyla Price, Andreya Price, Chase Baker
EM’s: Chris Black, Dave Thomas
Becky Johnson, Jimmie Johnson