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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

First Friday Adoration

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins immediately following the 6:00 p.m. Mass the first Friday of each month.  There are over 30 parishioners who participate in First Friday Adoration, however, others are needed.  Could it be you?  Is Jesus asking you, "Could you not pray with me for one hour?"  Our next Adoration will be Friday, February 6th.  Please consider joining the ranks of those who spend an hour talking to Jesus.  You won't be sorry you did.

Little Rock Scripture Study Groups now forming.

The Sunday evening group has already started but would welcome anyone who would like to join.  The Tuesday morning group will begin Tuesday, February 3rd at 9:30 a.m.

Written in a poetic and symbolic style, John's Gospel tells the life story of Jesus, the incarnate Word of God. It begins with his heavenly existence and his descent into the world. It follows Jesus through his public ministry of "signs" that lead to his passion, death, resurrection, and ultimate ascent to the "glory" of his heavenly Father. Many of Jesus' miracles and teachings in John appear in no other gospel and what is common to John and any of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) is always told in a distinctive fashion by John. John places a special emphasis on Jesus' commandment to "Love one another as I love you" (John 15:12).  If you are interested, please contact either Danny Mitchell ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Carol Fredricks ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Melaine Haunert ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or the church office at 793-7717 ext.100.


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.



January 25th

Lector: Bob Carius

Altar Servers: Hannah Thomas, Alana Taylor, Kyle Price

EM’s: Danny Mitchell, Laurie Vaughn, Brian Shonk, Cathy Shonk

February 1st

Lector: Anthony Gunderman

Altar Servers: Ben Gunderman, Abby Antici, Jake Antici

EM’s: Tony Gunderman, Stacy Gunderman, Bill Crotts, Barbara Crotts

February 8th

Lector: Sheila Mace

Altar Servers: Ben Weinzierl, Peter Weinzierl, Evan Mace

EM’s: Lauren Gunderman, Chris Black, Danny Mitchell, Tracy Dowell

February 15th

Lector: Dave Thomas

Altar Servers: Barbara Moreno, Sean Thomas, Hannah Thomas

EMs: Tim Haunert, Melaine Haunert, Brian Shonk, Cathy Shonk

February 22nd

Lector: Melaine Haunert

Altar Servers: Alana Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Hayden Mace

EM’s: Russell Townsley, Jackie Townsley, Barbara Moreno, Dave Thomas