St. Mary Parish
Odessa TX

79761





Who we are

St. Mary Parish is a Roman Catholic church in Odessa, Texas.

We are a fellowship of believers, made in God's image and called as disciples of Christ to share the Good News with everyone through learning, listening, praying and working together actively to reach out to our communities.

We are a place to believe, belong, and become!



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St. Mary Parish
612 East 18th St.
Odessa, TX 79761
United States
Phone: 432-332-5334
Fax: 432-332-1844
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Church Pastor

Rev. Bernardito Getigan
Rev. Bernardito Getigan
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612 East 18th St.
Odessa, TX 79761
United States
Phone: 432-332-5334
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Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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Dcn. Jesus Ortiz
Dcn. Hector Mendez
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Get off I-20 at 385, go N until 19th. St., where you go E on 19th. which turns into 18th. St. 4 blocks E of 385.   Edit


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St. Mary Parish Odessa Mass Times

Saturday Evening Mass: 6:00 PM
Sunday Masses: 8:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 7:30 PM

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Monday: 11:00 AM
Tuesday: 11:00 AM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM
Thursday: 11:00 AM
Friday: 10:00 AM

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., & Sun. – 30 minutes before each Mass
Saturday 4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M

Mass Times last updated on the 28th of June, 2020
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History of St. Mary Parish Odessa

The history and growth of the Catholic Church in Odessa began in 1932 when the five Catholic families in the city traveled to Midland for Mass. In that year, Rev. A Sirios was in charge of services for three towns: Stanton, Midland and Odessa.

From that small beginning the Catholic rise in population and in church growth rivaled the actual growth of the city itself. Odessa Catholics held the first Mass in 1937 in the old Legion Hall at Fourth Street and Alleghaney.

Celebration of Mass was continued there until a small building was erected at Fifth Street and Washington, at a cost of $10,000. St. Mary's became a parish in 1938 with Rev. Peter Morsch as its first pastor.

Under the direction of Rev. William Lensing, the church constructed one of the city's most beautiful edifices. The Parish Hall on East 18th Street and North Muskingum was constructed in 1951, followed by St. Mary's Catholic Church and rectory at East 18th Street and North Adams in 1955.

In 1961, St. Mary's School was opened in a generous-sized building at 1703 North Adams. Lay Extension Volunteers served as the first teachers. The Franciscan Sisters were the first religious order to staff the school. Students throughout the city enrolled in pre-kindergarten through the sixth grade.

St. Mary's School offers certified teachers, core curriculum, prayer and community, a volunteer-staffed library and computers for the children, with volunteers serving in many other areas. Organizations connected with the school are the School Board, Home and School Organization as well as a Fundraising Committee. Fund-raisers, such as the Fall Festival, 5K Run, International Day and the Athletic Dept. help support the school.

In October 1976, the dedication of the new Activities Building was held. The addition consisted of a large activities room, reception room with its own kitchen, den, three classrooms, nursery and a Religious Education Office. The nursery area is now the Church office and many of the rooms serve a different purpose today.

The Parish has been served by a Parish Council since 1976. There is one Legion of Mary group promoting prayer, spiritual works and service through the lay apostolate. There is an active Catholic Women's Organization, Daughters of Mary an organization and the Knights of Columbus Council #3203. A Religious Education Program serves the children and Bible study is conducted for adults. Ministries in the parish include ushers, Mass coordinators, Eucharistic ministers, lectors, commentators, sacristy and Sanctuary workers.

An organization with a long history of service to the community has been the Thrift Store, which has now evolved into Catholic Charities of Odessa. Throughout its existence, it has aided in supplying many material necessities to the people of the Church and the community.

The people of St. Mary's Church are proud of their community and pray that through the help of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, it will continue to grow in every way.

Pastors of St. Mary's Church: 1938 to 2018

Rev. Peter Morsch
Rev. Joseph H. Walter
Rev. Wilmer Riechel
Rev. William Lensing
Rev. John Lavin

Rev. Arnold Boeding
Rev. Benedict Zientek
Rev. Msgr. Andrew C. Marthaler
Rev. Francis X. Frey
Rev. James P. Bridges

Rev. Kevin J. Heyburn
Rev. Robert N. Bush
Rev. Francis X. Frey
Rev. Santiago Udayar
Rev. Hilary Ihedioha
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The power of Christian prayer Light of the World
Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth... may we begin to see the world in the light of understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.
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