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Welcome to Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Berwick, Pennsylvania, affectionately known as "St. Mary's." Our mission is to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our community and to the whole world. We strive to witness to the truth with love, revealed by Christ and handed down through every age by the Catholic Church.

"All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
Matthew 28:18-20

Reverend Francis J. Tamburro, Pastor
Director of Religious Education
Mary Hoida, Director of Music
Margaret Kutza, Administrative Assistant
Donna Kotansky, Parish Secretary
JoAnn DiFebo, Facilities and Fund Raising Coordinator

Parish Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Religious Education Office: Monday - Friday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Weekly Bulletin  
English Version Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Bulletin Archives Bulletin Archives 2012-2017
Spanish Supplement Horario de Misas

Parish Registration Forms  
English Version English Form
Spanish Version Spanish Form
Change of Address - English Version Change of Address Form

Ministry Schedule  
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Religious Education Forms  
CCD Program Registration Registration Form
Confirmation Confirmation Form
Emergency Authorization Medical Authorization Form
First Communion First Communion Form

Phone Numbers  
Parish Office & Rectory 570-759-8113
Parish Hall & Grove 570-759-9227
Religious Education Office 570-759-9225
Facilities Coordinator 570-759-9227
Holy Family School 570-752-2021

Parish Events  
Parish Picnic 2020 Parish Picnic, see you next year
Parish Bar BQ
Parish Fish Fry 2020 Parish Fish Fry, see you next year
Polish Pottery Bingo Polish Pottery, November 17, 2019

Religious Education  
Vacation Bible School Registration Page
CCD Program CCD Program 2019-2020
Confirmation Study Q&A Confirmation Study Q&A
Catholic Faith Bee Catholic Faith Bee 2019
Faith Journey Faith Journey 2020
Adult Faith Formation
Immaculate Conception BVM Twitter Page Immacualte Conception BVM Twitter
Immaculate Conception BVM Facebook Page Immacualte Conception BVM Facebook

Diocese of Harrisburg  
Child Sex Abuse Communication - Bishop Gainer Diocese of Harrisburg
Dioicese Statement on Grand Jury Report - Bishop Gainer Statement on Grand Jury Report
One Year...Many Changes, Grand Jury Report update Grand Jury Report update

Immaculate Conception Advertisement Page Immaculate Conception BVM Advertsement Page

Saint Mary's Site Meter  
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Parish Sponsored Activities  
Bereavement Committee:
********** Volunteer Funeral Choir Available
Bible Sharing-Study:
********** Monday @ 1:30 PM, Parish Meeting Room
Church Choir:
********** Adult, Wednesday @ 7:00 PM
********** Children, Monday @ 3:45 PM
English as a Second Language Program:
Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit - Education and Literacy Programs
***** Sunday @ 5 PM, CCD Classrooms
***** Monday @ 6:00 PM, CCD Classrooms
***** Wednesday @ 6:00 PM, CCD Classrooms
********** Thursday @ 3:30 PM, Parish Center
Council of Catholic Women:
Laides Council of Catholic Women website
***** 1st Wednesday, Monthly @ 6 PM, Parish Center
Pastoral Council and Finance Committee:
********** Quarterly, Parish Meeting Room
Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults (RCIA):
********** As Needed
Youth Ministry:
********** Life Teen

Parish History  

Immaculate Conception BVM Church

The first Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary’s) in Berwick, Pennsylvania was begun in 1902 and completed in January 1903. It was a mission church of St. Columba’s and Father Murphy provided services for the 42 parishioners.

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church was officially chartered in Berwick in 1906, which was the year that the first resident pastor, Father John O’Donnell, was assigned. In 1915, fire destroyed the church, and a new church was completed at the same location on Mulberry Street in 1917.

The parish thrived and in 1955, a parochial school was built and staffed by the Sisters of Ss. Cyril and Methodius from Danville, Pennsylvania. A building was purchased for a new convent to house the sisters.

The number of parishioners continued to increase, and the necessity for building a new bigger church became evident. A new site was obtained, and construction of the new church was begun in March 1976, at Duval Street and Fowler Avenue. The dedication was held on May 22, 1977. A new rectory was constructed adjoining the church. In subsequent years, a Marian shrine, A picnic grove and the Way of the Cross were added to the church grounds.

In 1986, Immaculate Conception Parochial School consolidated with St. Joseph’s Parish Parochial School. The new consolidated school was known as Holy Family School. The lower grades were in the St. Mary’s building, while the upper grades were in the St. Joseph’s building. Following the opening of the local public middle school, grades 6 through 8 were eliminated at the St .Mary’s building. Realizing that grades one thru five could be accommodated at the St. Joseph’s building, plans were made to sell the St. Mary’s building on Mulberry Street to the Berwick Area School District. The sale was completed during the summer of 1992.

Plans were developed for a new parish center, consisting of CCD classrooms, a parish social hall and kitchen, and an annex area, to be built adjoining the Church. Early in 1994, the parish conducted a Capital Funds Campaign, which, with funds received from the sale of the parochial school, made construction of the new parish center possible. The ground breaking took place on May 25, 1994, and the dedication was on June 4, 1995.

The Centennial celebration of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church was celebrated October 8, 2005 with a parish banquet. Bishop Kevin Rhoades was the celebrant at the centennial Mass October 1, 2006.

Immaculate Conception BVM Church (Saint Mary's Church)
1730 Fowler Avenue
Berwick PA 18603-1462
(570) 759-8113


Mass Schedule
Saturday 4:30 PM vigil
Sunday 7:30 AM, 9:30 AM

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturdays 3:00 to 4:00 PM and by appointment.

Sacrament of Marriage
All couples planning marriage should contact the priest at least 9 to 12 months prior to the wedding.

Ministry to the Sick
Urgent calls are accepted at any time of the day or night. Arrangements for Communion calls at home should be made by calling the parish office. Regular visitations are made to the Berwick Hospital.

New parishioners are requested to register at the parish office as soon as possible. If you change your address or phone, please notify the parish office.

Children's Chapel
The chapel is open for all Masses. This facility is for your convenience and, when necessary, parents should use the chapel atmosphere to train small children how to behave in church.

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