Fathers Day Fish & Fries Drive Up

posted Jun 11, 2020, 12:36 PM by Nettie Pell   [ updated Jun 11, 2020, 12:41 PM ]

Drive  in off 2nd street and follow the arrows.  Friday 6-19 serving starting @ 555pm. 

Re-opening Part 4

posted Jun 3, 2020, 8:39 AM by Nettie Pell

Reopening Phase for Saint Mary, Byron        Part 4


Dear People of St Mary,
                This week we began our reopening with morning Mass at 7:30am. All went wonderfully and it was great to have 10 people respond to the prayer of the Church publicly once more. I would remind you that you may continue to sign up and register for Mass using the Sign-Up Genius.

            Following all the necessary protocols laid out by the Diocese and the Health Department concerning the care and protection of all people I have been instructed that we can now move to the next phase starting this weekend. Beginning June 6/7, we are allowed no more than 30% capacity of our church which for us is about 70 people. Starting on Wednesday, June 3 you will be able to sign up for all Masses       Saturday:  5:00 PM  
Sunday:  8:00 AM (live streaming continuing) / 10:00 AM / ** temporary 12 noon
Weekday Mass: Tues – Fri 7:30 AM 
Confessions will continue to be offered Friday 8:00-8:30 AM and Saturday 3:30-4:30 PM. 

            With the increase in the number of people allowed to participate in Mass we rejoice but we must still be careful and follow the procedures and precautions laid out by “Back in His Presence” our Diocesan plan. We ask that you:

1.        Please wear a mask at all times except when receiving Holy Communion
2.        Check in with the Greeter upon entering the church. We need to be able to track people, if necessary.
3.         Please use only one door to enter/depart (front door of the church)
4.        An Usher will seat you in a designated pew. This is to keep a respectful distance and to minimize cleaning/disinfecting. Also, we ask you to arrive for Mass no more than 25 minutes before and to please be here no later than 5 minutes before the beginning of Mass to accommodate seating. Even though it may not be your “usual” seat remember every seat is a great seat!
5.        A blue cross on the pew will mark where to sit.
6.        The restrooms are available but, if possible, please use your bathrooms at home. 
7.        No collection will be taken up. Please deposit your stewardship gift/envelop in the basket in the aisle.
8.        Please follow the Usher’s instructions to receive Holy Communion. You are asked to approach the altar in a single line following the marks on the floor. Please remove your mask to receive Communion and then replace it after. At this time, you are asked to receive Communion in your hand. I would remind you that you do not have to receive Communion if you do not feel comfortable. You may continue to make a Spiritual Communion. 
9.        To accommodate the necessary cleaning after each gathering, we are asking you to follow the instructions of the Ushers who (like at a wedding) will dismiss pew by pew, keeping a respectful distance from the person in front of you.

            I realize these are all new things and it will take some time to get used to the requirements of this present time. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of learning. We are doing our best to keep you informed as things develop and to answer your questions as they come. With an increase in the number of people we also need an increase of helpers at each Mass. Please prayerfully consider helping as a Greeter, Usher or Cleaner. 
            I would remind you that this is a time for greater consideration for each other. A time to be kind and humble before our God. To remember, for example that we wear a mask not for ourselves but for others. To show a greater respect for our neighbor and to ask God constantly for His help. Together we will walk this path and allow our prayer to strengthen us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in our world.

Peace always,  
     Fr. Rich

Sign up for Mass

posted May 29, 2020, 9:21 AM by Nettie Pell

Dear People of St. Mary,


As we begin this process of reopening the church for public Mass there will be some growing pains and adjustments that need to be made so that things will run as smoothly as possible. Yesterday I sent an email letter explaining the requirements and procedures to begin the public celebration of Mass on Tuesday, June 2. I need to make some clarifications to help everyone in the parish have the opportunity to participate in Mass if they desire.


1          Please choose only one (1) Mass during the month of June. This is to give everyone who desires to attend an opportunity. We are limited to ten (10) people excluding the ministers. However, if you look the night before and there are still slots open, then you may sign up for an additional Mass.

2          You will notice that there are only eight (8) slots for each Mass on the Sign-Up schedule. The last two (2) slots are reserved for people to call into the parish office who do not feel comfortable or do not have access to the Sign-Up service.

3          We are required to keep track of everyone who attends each Mass so that if the need arises, we can track the participants. That is the reason why I am asking you to list the names of each person in your group. If you are a couple or a family, please list the names of each person in the comment section.

You may register to attend Mass beginning on Wednesday, May 27 by going to 


Thank you all again for your cooperation and I hope this clarifies any questions you may have as we prepare to lift our voices in praise of our Risen Lord. If you do have any other questions, please contact the parish office. I look forward to seeing you all again.

Peace always,

Fr. Rich

Live Stream Of Sunday Mass

posted May 20, 2020, 6:32 AM by Nettie Pell

Starting on Sunday the LIVE STREAM of Sunday Mass will be at 8AM.  You are able to watch it at anytime after that.  We are so thankful to have Wave marketing doing the taping for us. 

Video of Fr Rich Easter Morning 4/12/2020

posted Apr 17, 2020, 11:13 AM by Nettie Pell

Father Rich Easter Morning

Please enjoy this slideshow

posted Apr 13, 2020, 8:56 AM by Becca K.

Enjoy the photo slide show of all the parishioner pictures used to surprise Fr. Rich for Easter!
Video made by John seper

Online Giving/ Giving by mail

posted Apr 2, 2020, 11:31 AM by Becca K.   [ updated Apr 2, 2020, 11:31 AM ]

Why eGiving? eGiving is an easy and secure way to make contributions.

You can set recurring donations, so in this time that we can’t attend, we can still make a gift, which provides the church financial stability.

OR you can mail your envelops to the church office.
Thank you St Mary Catholic Church PO Box 1070 Byron, IL 61010

Live stream of Sunday Mass 10:00 AM, March 29, 2020

posted Mar 28, 2020, 1:30 PM by Becca K.   [ updated Mar 28, 2020, 1:31 PM ]

Join Father Rich of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Byron, Illinois for a live stream of Sunday Mass at 10:00 AM CDT on March 29, 2020.

Streaming Sunday Mass

posted Mar 20, 2020, 11:56 AM by Rebecca Ketter   [ updated Mar 20, 2020, 12:02 PM ]

We will be streaming Sunday Mass March 22 at 10:00 am.
Here is the link you will need:

Since we can’t gather as a community we can join ourselves in prayer.
I am praying for you. Trust in God’s love.
Peace always. Fr. Rich

Statement from Bishop David J. Malloy on COVID-19

posted Mar 17, 2020, 2:01 PM by Becca K.   [ updated Mar 17, 2020, 2:01 PM ]

** STATEMENT UPDATED AS OF 2:00 PM, 3/17/2020 **
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The outbreak of the coronavirus has become an event unique in our lifetime. While diseases and epidemics have always been a part of human history, in recent decades medical advances have largely protected us from such outbreaks, at least in our part of the world.

As we have seen in recent days, the growth in understanding of the danger of this virus along with the corresponding expansion of guidance from health professionals has impacted our lives as believers and as citizens. First and foremost, we are people of faith. Our lives of prayer, the sacraments and the practice of our faith come together as our witness to the gift of faith. In that context, the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Lumen Gentium 11).

At the same time, as citizens we are participants in our society and so we bear our responsibility to contribute to the common good.

In light of these considerations, and with deep regret, I am announcing today the suspension of public Masses, both weekday and Sunday Masses, in the Diocese of Rockford effective tomorrow, March 18, 2020. That suspension reflects the most recent guidance from the Federal Government and from the State of Illinois for the limitation of public gatherings to reduce the opportunity for contracting and spreading the coronavirus. All Catholics within the Diocese are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (per canons 85 and 87 in the code of canon law of 1983).

During this time all priests are to continue to offer the Mass privately each day. Pastors are obliged to celebrate a “Pro Popolo” Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation in fulfillment of Can. 534. Emergency requests for urgent pastoral needs including the Last Sacrament and the Eucharist should of course be covered. Churches should as much as possible remain open for private prayer and for confessions.

At this time, even if we cannot physically attend Mass, each of us needs to continue to pray daily. During this Lenten Season, consider praying over the readings for the Mass of the day which are available on line ( or in prepared Missals. Guidance for prayer and making a spiritual communion is posted at Please keep in your prayers all those who are afflicted by the virus, their family members, doctors and nurses treating the sick, those who have lost employment and all whose lives have been upended in this moment.

As indicated in previous guidance from the Diocese of Rockford, weddings and funerals and baptisms should still be offered under conditions of limited numbers of attendees in order to minimize the opportunity for transmission of the virus.I am also announcing the temporary closure of the Diocese Administration Center, beginning tomorrow and continuing through March 31, 2020. Whether this date must be extended will be evaluated as March 31 approaches. Diocesan Administrative staff will attempt to monitor email communications during this urgent situation. Likewise, given the guidance of the health authorities, all parish center and school offices should be closed. Coverage should be from the parish priests and if necessary one staff member on a very minimal schedule for essential business only.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center and Catholic Charities offices will function with modified and restricted hours related to food distribution for the poor and urgent services only.

Of course we need to ask how long such restrictions will be needed. Much of the current guidance is directed at reducing personal contact for the next two weeks. For that reason, the suspension of the public offering of Mass will last until at least Saturday April 4.Given the constantly updated guidance being given by health authorities,that date appears to be only advisory at this time. The Diocese of Rockford will continue to monitor developments and further directives will be issued closer to that date, especially with regard to the celebration of Holy Week.

I ask for your prayers, your patience and your understanding in these difficult days.Jesus told His followers, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.”(Mt. 28:20). We trust in His guidance now as we respond to the threats from the coronavirus.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford

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