Urbana, OH 43078
Rev. Matt LeeParochial Vicar:
Rev. Ignatius MadanuBusiness Manager:
Mrs. Amy BrinkerMusic Director:
Mrs. Jennifer KorteParish Office:
For Information about registration or to request the Sacraments of Baptism or Matrimony or Anointing of the Sick, please contact the Parish Office. You may also call if you wish to speak with a priest and schedule an appointment for reconciliation.
St. Mary History
Benedict J. Flaget, of Bardstown Kentucky, then one of the four dioceses in the United States, visits Urbana and celebrates the first Mass here.
John Baptist Purcell, the second bishop of Cincinnati, visits Urbana, and preaches from the steps of the old Courthouse on the Square
The Catholic population of Urbana greatly increases, with the arrival of many Irish immigrants who came here as laborers for the railroads.
John Purcell, now the Archbishop of Cincinnati, appoints Rev. Augustus A. Grogan as pastor of the new parish, named in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The cornerstone for the church was laid on the Feast of Corpus Christi, 1853. The first Mass was celebrated in the small, and unfinished church on Christmas Day 1853. The church building was eventually completed and dedicated in 1856, for a total cost of $14,000.
St. Mary Parish School opens, with classes conducted in the church building.
A new, larger and more elaborate church was constructed. A rectory and a schoolhouse were also built.
The parish purchased a larger building, on Main street, to accommodate the growing number of school students. The Sisters of Mercy, from Cincinnati, arrived and began to staff the school. The student body number 360 children!
The church was again enlarged, and given a more elaborate design, including stained glass windows and a bell tower.
The bell, cast in Troy, NY, was “named” St. Joseph!
The current school building was constructed, and the current rectory was built. The former rectory was converted to a convent for Sisters.
St. Mary School begins to offer a full High School program (prior it offered a 3 year commercial course following grade school).
The pipe organ, manufactured by Teller Organ Co., of Erie, PA, was installed in the church for a cost of $4,200!
The interior of the church was printed and re-decorated, the first major changes made since 1890.
The closing of the High School program, due to insufficient number of students.
Ground-breaking for the new church, across the street from the original campus on the property that had been Downey Park, The new church was consecrated by Archbishop Karl J. Alter on November 11, 1966
The original bell, –“St. Joe”—was rehung in the new bell tower and rang out again on Christmas Day.
The beautiful stained glass windows and doors, designed by Franklin Art glass Studios of Columbus were installed, in observance of the Jubilee Year.
- In celebration of the parish’s 150th Anniversary, redecoration of the church was done, — including restoration of several statues and the Baptismal Font from the old church, and embellishment of the Marian Shrine.
Schedule of Liturgies
Masses for Sunday
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
9:00 am - 11:50 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am
11:00 am - 11:45 am