BUILDING STRONG FAITH-FILLED FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

St Mary of the Assumption

For the most part, Catholic individuals of Union Grove belong to St Mary Dover. As early as 1944-49, they began working for their own parish church in the Grove. Father Zuern was sympathetic to their plans and during his pastorate, 1.35 acres of land were donated to the Archdiocese of the Milwaukee with the stipulation that a Catholic church be built thereon. The Archdiocese purchased another 3.65 acres at this site, which was located just east of Union Grove Grade school on 14th Ave. Eventually, the Archdiocese sold the five acres back to the original owner.In the meantime, the search for a suitable property in the Grove for a Catholic parish continued. Land situated on Highway 11, a couple of blocks east of the Racine-Kenosha Counties Teachers College, was considered but finally rejected. The Union Grove Baptist church new stands at this location. In 1961, the Archdiocese purchased 14.7 acres of the Mamie Hill property on Highway 45, across from Union High School. While the Archdiocese was looking for an appropriate site for the new Catholic Church in Union Grove, the catholic community in Union Grove were untiring in their efforts to raise funds for the proposed new parish. The goal was to raise $60,000 for the new parish; through dinners, fairs, smokers and fund drives $90,000 was raised. The community was quite surprised with the results.On April 26, 1963, the Archbishop had granted permission to establish a new parish.

Today, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. The dogma of the Assumption has its roots in the early centuries of the church. The Catholic Church teaches that when Mary ended her earthly life, God assumed her body and soul into heaven. This belief traces its roots back to the earliest years of the church. Today, the Feast of the Assumption is marked as a major feast day and a public holiday in many countries. In most countries, including the United States, it is a Holy Day of Obligation, and Catholics are required to attend Mass. It is also important to mark the significance of the feast as especially vital by emphasizing the necessity of celebrating the Eucharist that day.