St. Theresa of Avila and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: we are Roman Catholic parishes in the heart of South-Central Illinois. God’s Spirit is alive in our parish community. The young people in our PSR and Youth Ministry are filled with enthusiasm. Young adults and parents take seriously their baptismal call to minister to one another and to pass down the faith to our children. Our older members continue to bless us with their wisdom.
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The mission of our parish is to be a community who believes, proclaims, and extends the powerful and loving presence of Jesus Christ to others. We are called and sent to pass down the Catholic Faith we have inherited through our worship, word, and work.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When you visit
Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?
We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.
When are Masses?
Saturday Vigil Mass:
5:00 pm - St. Theresa of Avila, Salem
8:00 am - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Kinmundy
10:00 am - St. Theresa of Avila, Salem
6:00 pm - Tuesday Mass - St. Theresa of Avila, Salem
9:00 am - Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Mass - St. Theresa of Avila, Salem
9:30 am - 1:00 pm Adoration - St. Theresa of Avila, Salem
What should I wear?
Clothing that is respectful of the presence of God. The Church is not a casual place.
Where should I park?
St. Theresa of Avila gym parking lot.
Where do my children go?
Children are in integral part of the family and as such learn about Mass by attending Mass with their parents or caregivers.
I’m not Catholic ... so, how do I know when to sit, stand and kneel?
Follow along with the congregation and Father.
Am I expected to put money in the offering?
The money you choose to put in the offering is your gift to God. This gift helps the Church pay the bills, keep the lights on and so much more. What is God asking you to give? Your time? Your talent? Your treasure?
I have a hearing problem. Is there any special assistance?
We have a microphone system to make hearing easier. Sitting in the front of the congregation may be helpful as well.