Altus, Arkansas

Sun: 9 AM
Mon: No Mass
Tues: 7:30 AM
Wed 6:00 PM
Thur.- Fri:  7:30 AM
Sat: 5:00 PM

Sat: 4:30 PM
Sun: 8:30 AM

Sun: 8:30 AM
Sat: 4:30 PM

5118 St. Mary's Ln
Altus, AR 72821
Map & Directions

(479) 468-2585

Fr. Pius Iwu

Brian Lachowsky

Church Secretary:
Vicki Ross

Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 5118 St. Mary's Lane, Altus, AR 72821; (479) 468-2585 (office)

The parish council provides feedback and support for the pastor as he
oversees the church community.  Its role is to investigate and consider matters
relating to parish activities and to formulate practical conclusions concerning
them.  Members individually address issues concerning parish life, the liturgy,
religious education, finance, and service.  They represent the concerns of
parishioners to the priest and serve as a conduit for information from him to his

President: Daniel Vaught
Phone: (479) 468-4945

The Finance Committee consists of parishioners from various backgrounds
who advise the pastor on financial matters.  The group meets regularly to
review financial information and make recommendations, when needed.

Chairperson: Debbie Ramey

The challenges of the present moment are in fact yet another reminder of the
decisive importance of the Catholic laity for the advancement of the Church’s
mission in today’s rapidly changing social context.  The Knights of Columbus,
founded as a fraternal society committed to mutual assistance and fidelity to
the Church, was a pioneer in the development of the modern lay apostolate.  
Each Knight, in fidelity to his baptismal promises, is pledged to bear daily
witness, however quiet and unassuming, to his faith in Christ, his love of the
Church and his commitment to the spread of God’s Kingdom in this world.  
-Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI

The St. Mary’s chapter of the Knights of Columbus (Council 14010) is
dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Supreme Council and the Catholic
Church.  The men undertake numerous tasks to help those of the parish and in
the surrounding area, giving time, money and effort to aid those in need.  The
council meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM at Lawrence
Hall.  Dinner is served before meetings. Contact Grand Knight Dan Vaught
(479) 468-4945 for more information.

“Following the example of Christ, who “having loved his own…loved them to the
end” (Jn 13:1), this holy mother of a family remained heroically faithful to the
commitment she made on the day of her marriage.  The extreme sacrifice she
sealed with her life testifies that only those who have the courage to give of
themselves totally to God and to others are able to fulfill themselves.
-Pope John Paul II at the canonization of Saint Gianna Beretta Molla.

The St Mary’s Christian Mothers Society & Guild is open to all women of the
parish.  Its mission is to strengthen the parish and its members through
service and prayer, especially through the education and support of children.  
We also offer support for expectant and young mothers.  In addition, we
organize dinners at Lawrence Hall after funerals.  Members clean and decorate
the church each week.  

They meet at 6:00 PM on the third Monday of each month in the middle
classroom of Lawrence Hall.  Contact President Vicki Wiederkehr (479) 468-
3061 for more information.

St. Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things.  
He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that
went to make up his life.
-Blessed Josemaria Escriva

The St. Joseph Society is the traditional men’s service group for St. Mary’s
Parish.  Records show it has existed in some form or another since at least the
early 1900’s.  It is entirely dedicated to serving the church and its parishioners
in whatever capacity is needed.  It holds its meetings beginning at 5:30 PM on
the third Monday of each month at Lawrence Hall.  Each meeting is preceded
by a meal prepared by a member.  Contact President Gary Wiederkehr (479)
468-3061 for further information.  

Talent and individual expression are not qualities that just other people
possess.  You have it too!  All of you have the capacity for creativity in your
quilting.  Let yours happen and realize that there are no boundaries to your
unique expression.
-Source Unknown

The St. Mary’s quilting club meets each Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM in the
quilting room (first classroom) in Lawrence Hall for fun, friendship and quilting.  
They create hand-made masterpieces in fabric, which are sold at the annual St.
Mary’s Thanksgiving celebration.  The bulk of the funds generated are then
donated to the Church.  All are welcome.  Father David quilts with the club.  You
don’t have to know how to quilt to attend.  Contact Lynda Evans (479) 468-0016
for more information.

The more you continue to read scripture, the more you begin to think as He
thinks and act as He acts.  And that’s how, over time, you gain the wisdom of
the ages.
-Wayne Cordeiro

The St. Mary's scripture study group, The Vine & The Branches, seeks to grow
closer to the Lord through the study of the Bible. All are welcome to attend our
meetings held each Wednesday at 6:30pm at the home of Tom and Amy
Sexton. Contact Jennifer Wright: (479) 209-3044.

“I feel that our souls are moved to the ardor of piety by the sacred words more
piously and powerfully when these words are sung than when they are not
sung, and that all the affections of our soul in their variety have modes of their
own in song and chant by which they are stirred up by an indescribable and
secret sympathy."
-Saint Augustine, Confessions, Book X, chap. 33, MPL, XXXII, 799ff

St. Augustine also reportedly said, “He who sings well prays twice.”  St. Mary’s
has a long tradition of worshiping God in song during the mass.  Music is the
universal language through which we can sometimes best express our love of
the Lord, either from the choir loft or from the pew.  Some members of the choir
join in song at the Saturday vigil mass, but the group gathers its full forces for
Sunday mass and for holy days.  

All are encouraged to join in the singing and to join the choir.  Raising a joyful
noise before the Lord can be a truly fulfilling experience.  Contact Choir Director
Amy Sexton (479) 667-7218 to join and/or to find a schedule of choir practices.

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let
them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the
prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And
if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to
one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a
righteous person has great power as it is working.”  James 5:14-16
As Christians we are charged with helping our brothers and sisters regardless
of their circumstances.  Several parish members attend to those who are sick
and homebound, particularly in the delivery of the Eucharist at least once each
week.  If you are a parishioner wanting or needing to be visited, please contact
Amy Sexton at (479) 667-7218.

Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble
of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my
burden light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)  St. Mary’s parish does its best to welcome
everyone.  If you are a Catholic looking to join a parish, you can contact the
parish office directly at (479) 468-2585.  You can also fill out the following form
and drop into the mail, the collection basket or at the rectory.  Father David or
the church secretary will then contact you.  

Parish Membership Form (pdf)

If you are and adult who is not a catholic and are interested in joining the
church as a member of St. Mary’s, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults may
be for you.  Click
here for more information.
St. Agnes