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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

Holy Day of Obligation

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Friday August 15th

Mass will be at 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.


What better way to give of your time and talent than to invest in the lives of our young people.  If you are interested in serving as a PRE teacher or perhaps even a substitute, please contact Trish Hinds at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Groups are forming for this fall for the Book of Genesis. This 11 week study will begin the week of September 7th and conclude the week of November 16th.  Groups are now forming for Tuesday morning, Wednesday evening, and Sunday evening.  Sign up sheets will be available in the vestibule and in the Parish Hall.  Please contact Melaine Haunert at 612-8274 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.


Congratulations to all who participated in the booth in any manner . The "sinfully delicious" hamburgers are well known and with the booth's cleanliness, smiling waiters and terrific food, we continue to be a fair tradition that we can be proud of.  Not only can we be proud of our great food, but of all the records that were broken by this year's fair booth.

1)  Number of persons who signed up to work, both from the English Mass and from the Hispanic Mass

2)  Number of youth who helped

3)  Net receipts/net profit - Gross receipts $13,392 with a net profit of $7,672

Thanks again to all you who made this year's fair booth an overwhelming success.



There will no longer be a Monday morning mass.

Weekday masses will be Tuesday 6:00 p.m., Wednesday 6:00 p.m. and Friday 6:00 p.m.