St Mary's Catholic Church
Suffolk VA

23434-5715



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We, the welcoming family of St. Mary of the Presentation, believe in Jesus Christ as our Risen Lord and Savior.



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St Mary's Catholic Church
202 S Broad St
Suffolk, VA 23434-5715
United States
Phone: (757) 539-5732
Fax: (757) 538-0103
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Fr Emmanuel T. Mensah
Fr Emmanuel T. Mensah
Pastor
202 S Broad St
Suffolk, VA 23434-5715
United States
Phone: (757) 539-5732
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1 Corinthians 6:20

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

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Fr. Emmanuel Tabi Mensah, a Ghanaian by birth, was ordained a priest on July 11, 1992. He was raised by a Catholic family and reckons his faith and vocation from his Catholic upbringing. Before his appointment to St. Mary of the Presentation Parish as an Associate Pastor in 2014 and then Pastor in 2015, he had previously served as:

Associate Pastor 1992-1995 St. Paul’s Parish, Asante-Mampong, Ghana
Pastor 1995-2000 St. Anthony’s Parish, Dwinyama, Ghana
Director 2000-2008 Kumasi Archdiocesan Human Development Office
Pastor 2000-2008 Holy Trinity Parish
Chaplain 1996-2008 Kumasi Archdiocesan Women Council
Dean 1999-2000 Tepa Deanery
Managing Director 2005 Kumasi Catholic Press
Consultor 1997-2008 (Two Terms)
Secretary 1998-2003 Priests’ Council
Associate Pastor 2009-2012 St. Ursula’s Parish, Parkville, MD
Catholic Chaplain 2013 Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Chaplain 2014 St. Agnes’ Hospital, Catonsville, MD

Fr. Tabi Mensah has had the privilege of studying at the following institutions:

1978 – 1985 St. Hubert’s Minor Seminary, Kumasi, Ghana

1986 – 1992 St. Peter’s Major Regional Seminary, Cape Coast, Ghana

1995 – 1996 Maryknoll Institute of African Studies of St Mary’s University, MN

2011 – 2014 Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins Academic Medicine, Baltimore, MD (Clinical Pastoral Education)

Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA (Clinical Pastoral Education)   Edit
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St Mary's Catholic Church Mass Times

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Saturday 5:00pm;
Sunday 10:00am

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Tuesday-Friday 10:00 am

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Saturday 4:00pm or by appointment

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We Will Continue Livestreaming Daily Mass (T-W-Th-F) and Sunday Mass Until Further Notice.

Services Begin @ 10:00 AM.

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History of St Mary's Catholic Church, Suffolk VA

According to records at St. Paul’s Church in Portsmouth, from 1804 the priests of Norfolk attended the entire surrounding territory, including Suffolk. In 1835 St. Paul’s received its first resident pastor and for nearly 100 years a priest from St. Paul’s served Suffolk. While it is not recorded when the first Mass in Suffolk took place, the earliest on known was in 1873 and was celebrated By Father Thomas J. Brady of St Paul's at the Suffolk home of Mrs. Elfrida Holland Lewis.

By 1908 there were 10 Catholic families in Suffolk. The original St. Mary's Women's Club was founded in 1908 and members went door-to-door asking for contributions to build a new church.

The lot chosen for the church was on the corner of Smith and Broad Streets, St. Mary's present location. The lot cost $500 and the church cost $1200 to build and seated about 100 people. With about 40 families now in the Parish, Bishop Van de Vyver, Bishop of Richmond, dedicated the new Church on November 12, 1909.

It was not until 1927 that Father Joseph V. Brennan, the first resident pastor, was assigned to St. Mary's. In 1929 a mission of St. Mary's was established in Franklin and in 1948 was dedicated as St. Jude's Parish. In July of 1964, the Catholic Community of Smithfield was established as a mission of St. Mary's and in 1988 was named the Parish of the Good Shepherd.

As the Parish grew so did the need for a larger church. In July 1953 the original wooden building was moved to the rear of the church site and turned to face Smith Street. The present church was built in 1953-54 and dedicated on September 12, 1954. The old church was torn down in 1975 and replaced with the present two-story parish hall and education building.   Edit


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