Welcome to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Rev. Shaji Joseph Pazhukkathara..............Pastor
410 Michigan St, PO Box 6; Butternut, WI 54514 715.769.3644
Office Hours: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Saturday and Sunday Mass Times:
St Anthony's, Park Falls: 4:30 pm Saturday
Immaculate Conception: 8:00 am Sunday
St Anthony's Park Falls: 9:30 am Sunday
St Francis, Fifield: 11:00 am Sunday
Prayer/Communion Service at Immaculate Conception: 8:00 am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
MASS: Wednesday at 8:00 am (unless noted differently in the bulletin)
Fellowship Sunday is the first Sunday of each month.
Join us in the Parish Hall for coffee and conversation! If you wish to sponsor a
Sunday, please contact Kathy or John Schroeder. 715-769-3131
Marriage: Please make arrangements 6 months in advance. Call the parish office at 715-769-3644, leave a message if necessary.
Baptism: Call the parish office at 715-769-3644 and leave a message, if necessary.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): To become Catholic or receive the sacraments, contact the parish office.
Religious Education: Please call the parish office to enroll your child.
Grades 1-5 Wednesdays 2:15 pm-3:15 pm
Grades 6-11 The 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month 6:30 - 8:00 pm
The Butternut Knights of Columbus #7132 will be conducting the "Tootsie Roll" drive on May 6th, before and after the 8:00 am Mass.
The Knights will also be hosting the "Mother's Day" breakfast on May 13th after the 8:00 am Mass.
Congratulations to our First Communicants who received their First Eucharist on April 15th!
Congratulations to our Confirmation students who received the Holy Spirit on
April 22nd at St Anthony's in Park Falls!
New to the Community?
The Bells are calling to us once again!
Tower Bell/Clock Rededication Sunday, January 07, 2018
The Bells are ringing once again!!….. There is so much spiritual character in this Church that has been given to us from one generation to another for over 100 years. The Tower Bell project is one of many in keeping the heritage of all those early settlers alive and well.
One of those early settlers described how, as immigrants, they suffered in the hold of the ship during their long voyage to America.
They thought the ship was going to break in half. Their native land was Bavaria which is dedicated to the Mother of God. They had with them a painting of the Mother of God under the title of Immaculate Conception.
They implored Mary’s protection and their prayers were heard. They made it…, made it to a small village in the middle of nowhere land…The Town of Butternut…
The name of their Church would be an easy choice……Immaculate Conception.
There is a window in Sanctuary ceiling…….…..
Dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. Entitled: “The Children of Mary”
This window was made possible by the collection of pennies from the Catechism classes of the time. The price of the window was $12.50. The children would collect only $7.00. But a good hearted parishioner made up the deficit.
When you read the history of IMC it was people like every one of you who came together to build this beautiful church. Records tell us parishioners volunteered to dig out the basement; build the cabinets in the sacristy, the communion rail, additional pews, and many other projects through out the years.
Donations came for the stations, the windows, the statues; even the original bell that has been ringing for over 100 years was donated.
Historical Review of IMC - Dated 1926
“Even to this day the parish of Butternut can justly boast of being the only Catholic Church in the Diocese of Superior which has a clock in the Tower. Everybody, not only the members of the congregation but also every inhabitant of the village of Butternut has a special liking to this time piece.
For many years the clock operated through manual power, a winding exercised laboriously by Frank Heiderer, Oliver Bert, Roy O’Connell or the pastor.
In 1920 the clock was electrified through efforts of Fr. Kolman. All these many years, that tower clock, recorded time for the Village. Think now how lifeless the Village would be if the clock failed to function….”
Through your efforts the Wisdom of the Bell Tower is alive and well.
On July 18, 1909 six parishioners who had some big dreams, held probably one of the most challenging Building Committee Meetings ever…., and decided to build this Church which included a Bell and a Clock
On July 18, 2017 108 years later to the day…. Our Building Committee decided to ask for Donations to keep the Bell and Clock in service. On July 30 I asked for help…. 10 days later we made our goal. The Weekend of December 1st. was the first weekend the Bell rang for almost 10 months.
Every thing you hear is real, no artificial sounds, (although all functions are controlled by a processor), the 1000 lb. bell still swings (in the key of ‘G’) for the Angelus, for weddings, and 10 minutes before Mass. The strike hammer still hits the bell on the ½ hour and hour, and for the funeral toll. It has a battery back up & resets after a power outage and adjusts to DST…
In the Words of Fr. Joseph Graf 1957
“The clang of the Church Bell is not an empty sound; every note that vibrates upon the air, to the spiritual sense of hearing is a sound of faith, and a divine call to prayer.” Amen.
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