All are Welcome Here

As parishes, we exist for the salvation of souls, particularly through the celebration of the sacraments of baptism, reconciliation and Eucharist. We would love to help you enter into an eternal life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ for the salvation of your immortal soul! 

We warmly invite you to worship with us at Holy Mass, and please do introduce yourself afterwards to Father Miniatt. We hope you find St. Mary and Sons of Zebedee to be a faithful Catholic community that nourishes your spiritual life!

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Our Churches

St. Mary and Sons of Zebedee parishes were clustered together in 2013. Many aspects are shared between the parishes such as staff and faith formation, but both retain separate Pastoral and Finance Councils, as well as their own records. You can choose to register with either St. Mary or Sons of Zebedee based on which site you will most often attend Mass.

St. Mary

St. Mary Parish’s home is an old church that has been beautifully maintained up to the present day.

St. Mary Church – Lomira, WI

About the Church
At St. Mary, you will be struck by the beauty of the architecture and stained glass windows as you walk in the stately wooden doors.

Celebrating Mass
St. Mary is home to the 4:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays. In terms of its music and the “presider style,” the 4:00 p.m. Mass is very reverently celebrated, yet has a typical parish vigil Mass feel.

Masses typically draw people from beyond Lomira itself, so St. Mary Parish strives to imitate her Patroness in keeping her arms open to welcome all her children from near and far.

Sons of Zebedee

Sons of Zebedee – St. James and St. John form one parish. They were merged in 1998 and adopted a new name, Sons of Zebedee, a symbol of a brotherly relationship cultivated by a respected father.

St. James Church – Oakfield, WI

About the Church
St. James is housed in the remodeled Liberty Hall (which was home to community gatherings in the 1920s-50s). The church features beautiful stained glass windows dedicated to the sacraments of the church.

Celebrating Mass
St. James’ 8:00 a.m. Sunday Mass is a pretty typical “early Mass.” It’s early for most folks to be doing a lot of singing, so you can expect a reverent, mostly recited Mass.

After Mass, most people disperse in a friendly way and you’re sure to see a familiar face or two.

St. John Church – Byron, WI

About the Church
St. John is the oldest and perhaps the quaintest of the three churches, being picturesquely perched on one of the highest hills around. Inside the thick stone walls, it is an intimate, quiet, peaceful place to pray.

Celebrating Mass
The 9:45 a.m. Mass is celebrated at St. John. In terms of atmosphere, St. John Mass attendees are very friendly. People will probably say hi after the 9:45 a.m. Mass and will want to chat.

How to Get Involved

Parish Opportunities

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in our small, rural parishes!

  • At Mass itself, the ministries that could always use more participants are lector and cantor/choir member.
  • Our Religious Education program needs faith-filled, friendly catechists and aides.
  • There are different community-building social events to help with throughout the year (Chili Supper, Spaghetti Supper, Raffles, Sunday potlucks, etc.).
  • Folks with the requisite skills can get involved with groundskeeping work, cleaning of church facilities and simple maintenance projects.

Check out our current opportunities or contact the parish office for more information.

How to Register

To register with either St. Mary or Sons of Zebedee, you can begin by filling out our online registration form. We will need general and sacramental information about you and your family. Once you have submitted your registration form, the parish office will reach out with any additional questions.

In our follow-up conversation, we may ask about your interests and share what our parishes can offer. This includes:

  • Discussing sacraments, if you are looking to celebrate baptism or get married.
  • Talking about opportunities for serving at Mass such as reading or singing in the choir.
  • Discussing our Religious Ed. Program, and the volunteer opportunities available to help out by teaching or being a teacher’s aide.