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Mass Times

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Monday: No Mass
Tuesday 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday 8:15 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.

Holy Days: 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM
Holy Day Anticipated: 6:30 PM
CYM Mass: 2nd Sunday 10:30 AM

Confession

Saturday 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 a.m., and by appointment

Parish Staff

Rev. T. J. Hart, Parish Administrator [email]
Brunon Strozyk, John Hartnedy, Timothy J. Costello, Deacons
Paul Strack, Parish Counsel Chair
Janet Franklin, Secretary - Church
Dan Smith, Principal [email]
Pat House, Secretary - School
Christie Powell, DRE/ Youth and Young Adult Director
Dc. Timothy J. Costello, RCIA Director
William Piechocki,
Finance Counsel Chairman
Gregg Tribby, Facility Manager [email]


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Mailing Address

7025 Jasna Gora Drive
North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118





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History

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church had its beginning in 1878, when Polish Settlers came into this area. The church was built on the highest point of the hill and is referred to as "Jasna Góra" or Blue Hill, a shrine in Poland. This shrine has deep meaning because of its dedication to the Blessed Mother. This gave the people a feeling of their heritage.

The parish was originally a mission, served by the Holy Ghost Fathers. In 1887, Fr. Cyrill Augustynski, became the first resident pastor. Through the years 21 priests served as pastor beginning with Father Anthony Jaworski in 1878. Along with the present pastor, Father Robert T. Dienert, each one has had his own special quality that has helped maintain the growth in faith for the people.

Though times were not always easy, the people's faith overcame even what seemed to be hopeless situations. The original church was destroyed by fire. A new church and rectory were built in the present location. In 1932, again fire destroyed the church and rectory, which were rebuilt and dedicated in 1933. This was all possible through sacrificing hard work and love for their church. But each time their faith and community became stronger. There was always that sense of unity, to roll up their sleeves and get the job done, to lead a helping hand whenever anyone needed help, something quite prevalent still today.

Father Charles Hertel served as pastor from 1907 to 1949, longer than any other priest, a total of 42 years. Many of the old traditions were still kept alive during this time. In 1960, when Msgr. Thomas Pendergast was pastor, a new school was dedicated to replace the one built in 1923. The convent was remodeled and enlarged, that was originally built when Father Bartogze was pastor. In 1970, Father Edward McCormick became pastor and more changes took place. The church and rectory were renovated and air-conditioned. In 1978, the Centennial of our parish was celebrated, bringing people back home.

In 1985, Father Albert Schneider became pastor. The church and rectory have undergone extensive restoration. A new addition to the school was dedicated in January 1991. The grounds took on a different look with landscaping, paving and the addition of a canopy to the church. To increase the awareness of our Polish Heritage, the "Karnawal" returned and we are now located on Jasna Gora Drive.

In 1994, Msgr. Bernard Malone became pastor. Under his direction, in 1996 we underwent a campaign to build a family Life Center structure which is large enough for all parishioners to celebrate Mass together, as well as house many other school and parish functions. The Life Center was completed in late 1999 and has been a large addition to the parish community activities as well as the school.

So we cordially invite you to come, visit our parish and meet some of the people that we are proud to say make up our Christian family.