Category Archives: News

Help St. Mary School and Keep Charlevoix Beautiful

We will be finishing up the weeding on Thursday beginning at 3:30 just North of American House and working toward the bridge. If we could get 20 people we will be able to finish up quicker! Please help! If you cannot be there at 3:30 please just come when you can.


Thank you to all those who helped the last two evenings!



Kathleen Dvoracek, Principal

        St. Mary School

Leslie Miller-Knoop Funeral

Leslie Miller-Knoop’s funeral Mass will be on Friday, June 22nd at 7pm.  There will be visitation at the church before the funeral, starting at 6:30pm.  Please keep her husband, Rodger Knoop and Mike and Sue Miller and  extended family in your prayers; and continue to keep her in your prayers also.

Austin Swidorski was in a Accident

Also, Austin Swidorski, one of our altar servers and son of our youth minister, Kim Swidorski, was in an accident yesterday and is recovering with a concussion and fractured pelvic up at McClaren in Petoskey.  This is truly a miracle for the accident scene shut down M66 for several hours last evening.  Please keep Austin in your prayers and that his recovery will be smooth.

Annual CSA Drive

We will be doing our annual CSA drive on the weekend of June 23rd and 24th.  We have a goal this year of $72,485.00.  Any donations received above this amount will be returned to the parish.  We have been able to make our goal every year for the past 6 years and we feel this goal is within our reach!  There are pledge cards at the entrances of the church doors along with information booklets about the Catholic Service Appeal.  You may take one home this weekend and pray about what you can donate to this appeal that provides so much to our diocese, the priests and the parishioners of our parishes.  You may fill out the card and return it to the parish office or in the collection basket at the offertory.  Donations can be spread out throughout the year or given as a onetime gift.  Thank you for taking the time to reflect on your donation.  There will be more information in the bulletin and on the following weekend.

Big Ticket Festival

The Diocese of Gaylord is again an official sponsor for Big Ticket Festival 2018 being held
June 20-23 in Gaylord. The Christian music festival is one of the largest faith-based events
in the country featuring top musicians, speakers, activity and experience tents, sporting
events, kids’ zone and more. Just some of this year’s headliners include Toby Mac, Michael
W. Smith, Family Force 5, Jason Gray, Sidewalk Prophets and over 60 more artists and
speakers! Big Ticket Festival offers participants opportunities to encounter Christ through
fun, worship, entertainment, experiences, activities and speakers that teach, motivate,
and inspire. Because of the diocese’s sponsorship, a special Catholic discount is currently
available. Full four-day festival passes are only $59 until April 3, 2018. (This is over 50%
off the regular four-day pass price of $129.) For more information or to purchase tickets
online, go to and click on the link for Big Ticket Festival 2018.
Tickets may also be purchased by stopping in to the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Gaylord.

Vacation Bible School with the Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist

Monday will begin our Vacation Bible School with the Dominican Sister of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.  We will begin at 9am and end around noon each day.  There is daily Mass Tuesday through Friday from 8:30am until just after 9am.  The sisters will be attending Mass and your family and children are welcome to join us. Registration forms are at the church doors, parish office and will be available on Monday.  The form is also attached.  There is no cost for this VBS!

VBS Form


Global Leadership Summit

You have influence and the ability to positively impact your community and world. No matter where your influence is-in your family, school, work of church-when you commit to grow your leadership, everyone around you wins!

St Mary Parish is hosting the Global Leadership Summit as part of our community outreach ministry. This event will be held on Thursday-Friday August 9-10, 2018 at the Charlevoix High School Auditorium.

ALL ARE INVITED to register and experience this life changing event.  This is a community wide event for all of our local leaders

to participate in. Register today by following the link on the St. Mary websites. Use Priority Code 18HSFAMILY to receive our parish discounted rate of $89.00 through June 26, 2018.

If you have any questions, feel free to call Doug or Laura at the office.

Global Leadership Summit


St. Mary Cash Raffle

The St. Mary Cash Raffle kicks off this weekend!  Tickets are $100 each or 6 for $500.  There will be one Early Bird drawing for $500 on July 8th.  The final drawing will be held on Sunday, August 12th at the St. Mary Parish Festival.  The Grand Prize is $10,000, 2nd Prize is $2500, and 3rd Prize is $1000.  Tickets may be purchased after all weekend Masses or you can contact a school family or the office.  Thank you for your support!

Vacation Bible School

We are fortunate again this year to have the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor return to run our summer Vacation Bible School Summer Mission for our students in grades K through 6th.  The dates will be June 11th through the 15th.  The cost is FREE because of the donations we received at our Northern Lights Celebration this past fall.  A registration sheet is attached and may be turned into the parish office so we can get a count for supplies and the Sisters.  We will also need any middle school, high school or adults who would like to volunteer to assist the Sisters during their week with us.  Please let Mary Plude know or Mindy in the parish office.