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22 u Worship With Us 2013 St. Mary of the Seven Dolors 404 Iron Street Hurley, Wi 54534 715-561-2606 E-mail: Pastor: Father Frank Kordek O.F.M. Worship Services Weekday: Weekend: Monday – Communion Service 8:00 a.m. Tuesday – Mass 5:30 p.m. Wednesday – Thursday – Friday Mass 8:00 a.m. Saturday – Vigil Mass 4:00 p.m. Sunday – Mass 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. In the booming, brawling Hurley area community of 1885 and 1886, the missionary priest Fr. Chrysostom was the first visiting presence of the Catholic Church. In 1887 Father Gilbert Nuono gave the fledgling St. Mary’s parish its firm footing over the next 18 years. In 1891 St. Mary’s school opened to 120 students and served the Hurley community for nearly 100 years. In 1905 the new Diocese of Superior was formed and one of the first requests that came to the new bishop was from Fr. Nuono to build a new church for St. Mary’s. The church with the cornerstone was laid in 1906 and wasn’t finished until 1908. With the mines and the bustling lumber industry, Hurley had seen its heyday. With the decline of these economies, the Hurley area had become more dependent upon smaller industries, winter recreation and a service economy. St. Mary’s has shared in the communities lessening population as it falls in number while increasing in age. St. Mary’s church faces the same challenges and opportunities as the rest of the churches of the Diocese of Superior and of the United States. The shortage of priests has made us look directly at the need for consolidation and co-operation with other parishes. The church is actively recruiting and training parishioners to assume roles of leadership and ministry in our parish. Whatever direction of the Spirit leads us, we can be thankful for the faith and the efforts of those who have made St. Mary’s into what it is to-day. St. Mary’s 300 plus members church has several involved organizations and ministries. They have a group of dedicated lectors, Eucharistic ministers, altar servers and several lay ministers. They have an active communion distribution group for shut-ins and they provide many other ministries. They have an active music ministry, which is led by Jody DeCarlo-Schneider, Choir Director. The Religious Education Department is headed by Julie Pecotte. They also have an active Prayer Shawl Ministry headed by Donna Putzer.

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