Welcome to our website of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Abbott, Texas.

We hope you will find the site an informative and helpful resource. We also hope you will consider visiting our church.

Whether you visit our website or bless us with your presence at Mass, please know this…wherever you are on your journey of faith, may you find a warm welcome with us.

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil Mass – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday – 8:00 a.m.
Monday – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Sunday 7:30 – 7:45 a.m.

Saturday 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m.

Monday-Friday 5:45 p.m.
Saturday 5:15 p.m.

Holy Days of Obligation

One of the precepts of the Church is to attend Mass every Sunday and every holy day of obligation.  In addition, we should abstain from servile work on these days.  These holy days are special to us as Christians.  While the obligation does exist, it is better to think of them as a “holy day of opportunity!”  Think of it as attending your best friend’s party—you wouldn’t want to miss it! These are days when the whole Catholic Church celebrates together.

There are 5 holy days of obligation that we observe in the USA.  Some of them are always obligatory, and some are non-obligatory when they fall on a Saturday or Monday.  That is a decision that each nation’s bishops’ conference makes.  Here are our holy days of obligation:

  • January 1 *Mary, Mother of God
  • August 15 *Assumption of Mary
  • November 1 *All Saints
  • December 8 Immaculate Conception
  • December 25 Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

*The ones with an asterisk not obligatory if they fall on a Saturday or Monday.

The Immaculate Conception is always obligatory unless December 8 is a Sunday.  When that happens, the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on Monday, December 9 and there is no obligation to attend Mass.

Christmas is always obligatory.

In addition, some holy days are permanently moved to the closest Sunday, so the holy day obligation is covered by the Sunday obligation:

  • Epiphany is permanently moved to a Sunday
  • Ascension is permanently moved to a Sunday
  • Corpus Christi is permanently moved to a Sunday

There are also a couple holy days that the US bishops have made permanently non-obligatory:

  • March 19 Joseph
  • June 29 Peter and Paul

Regardless of whether an obligation exists, there will still be Mass celebrated near you.  Join the Church in celebrating our high holy days!

Ministerial Staff

Pastor – Father Joseph Keating

Deacon – Denver Crawley

Director of Religious Education – Callie Nowlin

Secretary – Agnes Timmons

Bookkeeper – Terry Timmons

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Holy Week Schedule

Easter Triduum

Thursday (March 29, 2018) – 6:00pm – IHM, Abbott – Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper

Friday (March 30, 2018) – 3:00pm – Nativity, Penelope – Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Friday (March 30, 2018) – 6:30pm – IHM, Abbott – Stations of the Cross

Saturday (March 31, 2018) – 8:00pm – IHM, Abbott – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018)

8:00am – IHM, Abbott – The Resurrection of the Lord Mass at Dawn

10:00am – Nativity, Penelope – The Resurrection of the Lord Mass During the Day

Texas Bishops’ Advisory on ‘Texas Right to Life’

The Texas Bishops have issued an advisory regarding the organization called ‘Texas Right to Life.’  They are advising Catholics not to participate with this organization.  Please visit https://fwdioc.org/02-2018_TRTL_parish_advisory.pdf to read the bishops’ statement in full.

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