The sacraments include:

The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.

Though not every individual has to receive every sacrament, the Church affirms that, for believers as a whole, the sacraments are necessary for salvation, as the modes of grace.


Infant/Child* Baptism at Immaculate Heart of Mary  (*Younger than 8 years old)

heartCongratulations on the birth of your child, and thank you for choosing to offer your child the greatest of all gifts, the life of grace and the hope of eternal life. Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments and is the “door” which allows one to have a spiritual life in the first place, and grafts us onto Christ.

Typically, baptism are held on Sunday’s, after the 10:15 a.m. Holy Mass. Although we try to schedule one baptism at a time, there are times where multiple children will be paired.

To schedule and prepare for this Sacrament, you will need to:

  1. Be a parish member. If you are new to the parish, you will need to complete a registration form. Forms are available in the church at the information table, or on our web site (ihmcatholicparish.org) under “About Us” and then “Joining Us.”
  2. Contact Jodi Murphy, Secretary at 608-221-1521, or by e-mail at jmurphy@ihmparish.org to select an available date/time.
  3. Fill out the questions on the form included, which is necessary for the baptismal certificate.
  4. Schedule a baptismal preparation session with Father Chad prior to the date of the baptism if this is your first child.

Stipend for Priest Suggested stipend/gift for priest is $10.00 or whatever you are able to give, payable to the priest. You may give this to him in person the day of the baptism.

Godparents/Sponsors: Please read pages 3 and 4 of our 2017 Baptism Booklet for information about and for baptismal sponsors.


Baptism of Older Children

Children who have reached the age of reason (we consider this to be 7 years old – the age children prepare to receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion) are old enough to understand the Sacrament of Baptism, and must attend baptism preparation sessions, along with their parents/guardians, prior to being baptized. Children of this age are able to speak on their behalf during the baptism rite, and need to be prepared so they understand what the Sacrament of Baptism is all about.

We highly encourage parents to have children baptized when they are infants. We also strongly encourage parents to enroll their children in our Catholic School or Religious Education programs, where they will be taught the Catholic faith and prepare for the reception of the Sacraments following a timeline that is appropriate for their age level.

For infant/child baptism, parents/guardians will need to answer these questions for the baptismal certificate.


Baptism for Adults

Baptism for Adults Adults who have never been baptized and are desiring to receive the Sacraments of the Catholic Church must attend the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). Preparation sessions for adults begin with an inquiry session and interview. RCIA sessions begin in the fall and continue through Palm Sunday, with the reception of the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass. For more information, contact Kathy Marshall at 608-221-1521, ext. 308, or kmarshall@ihmparish.org.



Preparation for Confirmation is offered for students in their junior year of high school or older.  Sessions are held on Sunday evenings in the Church Meeting Room, beginning in the early fall. (6 sessions in the fall, 6 sessions on the winter).

For more information, contact our Youth Minister, Eileen Hribar – Grades 6-11:
Phone:  608-221-1777
E-mail:  ehribar@ihm-school.org

VOLUNTEER TO TEACH!  If you’d like to be a catechist or assist with our Religious Education program, let us know – we would love to have your help!  THANKS!

Holy Eucharist

First Eucharist (Communion) and First Reconciliation (Confession)

In 2nd grade or older, we prepare children to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  The students prepare for both sacraments through either Religious Education classes or at IHM School.

The preparation for First Reconciliation gives children a beginning experience of what it means to know right from wrong, to be sorry, and to make up or reconcile.  It helps them understand everyone’s need both to ask for and to give forgiveness.  The aim is that early positive experience of this sacrament as one of peace and forgiveness will also motivate them to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on a regular basis.

The First Communion preparation is rooted in the Mass so the children and their families will develop a deep and abiding love for Holy Eucharist through celebrations shared in the family and the parish.  The Mass is presented as the central expression of our Catholic faith in which Christ is really present to us.  The children are prepared to celebrate Holy Communion with reverence, understanding, and hope.

Families also play a large role in the preparation process.  Throughout the year, there are several meetings/retreats for parents and children to learn more about their faith and the particular sacrament.

If you have any questions about the Sacrament of First Reconciliation or First Communion, please contact Laura Soldner at 221-1001 ext. 313 or lsoldner@ihmparish.org.


Communion Ministry to the Homebound

IHM offers regular Communion distribution by trained lay ministers.  Frequency depends upon the desire of the home-bound person.    If you are in need of receiving Communion in your home, or if you’d like to assist with taking Communion to our home-bound parishioners, please contact the parish office (608) 221-1521.

Eucharistic Adoration

Weekly on Wednesday mornings, following 7:00 Mass in the church, then through 8pm in the Adoration Chapel.

Reconciliation (Confession)

  • Private confessions are available for 30 minutes before each daily Mass or for 40 minutes before each weekend Mass in the church Reconciliation Room.
  • Communal celebrations take place seasonally.
  • The sacrament can also be requested by calling Rev. Droessler  at 608-620-5849.

Anointing of the Sick

In the revised rite of the Church, this sacrament may be administered to a Catholic prior to a special operation, in the event of serious illness, for anyone who needs the Lord’s healing power, or because of the immediate possibility of death.

Families or friends are asked to contact the parish office to request a private celebration of this sacrament. Call 221-1521.

Holy Matrimony


Getting married in the Catholic Church involves several steps, making it necessary that you begin the process at least six months before the wedding date. Please contact Fr. Droessler at 608-620-5849 to learn more about the preparation process and what the requirements are for marriage in the Catholic Church.


Holy Orders/Vocations

Our Parish Priests

Pastor Father Chad Droessler_opt  

Fr. Chad Droessler




Please contact Father Chad if you or someone you know would like to learn more about becoming a priest, brother, sister, deacon, or lay church minister.  Please pray for more vocations to the priesthood and all religious ministries!!!


Our Parish Seminarians


Deacon Andrew ShowersAndrew Showers August 2012

The Diocese featured our “parish son” seminarian
Andrew Showers on their Facebook page in
January of 2013.




Tim Mergen: “Called to Discern . . . and Act!” by Tim Mergen

I first thought about the priesthood around second grade while studying religion at Immaculate Heart of Mary grade school.  We learned much in class and I had many questions to ask my parents about religion as well.  My parents taught me well that God has a plan (vocation) for every single person.  God gives each person free will to choose whatever path in life they desire but it is ultimately through fulfilling God’s will in your life that one becomes the happiest and most fulfilled.  From then on I was always conscience of trying to understand what God was calling me to do in life.  I had an interest in religion more than many of my classmates and brothers, so the idea of priesthood was present, although in my heart it was not what I wanted personally.  I was raised by wonderful parents and I always admired the marriage they had.  Seeing their example I greatly desired to be married and to raise a family of my own.  As a result, I was not open to the idea of the priesthood and shut it out as a possibility for many years.  In its place I dated throughout high school, college, and beyond asking God to lead me to a spouse.
With each dating relationship there was always an unsettling question about priesthood in the back of my mind I knew I had not fully answered.  Despite my efforts to rid any idea of the priesthood, the thought of it would continually reappear at different times in my life.  It was an idea that was consistent, persistent, and subtle.  It was particularly present during my Air Force Academy Basic Cadet Training when I was first introduced to a priest-chaplain.  I remember being in awe of a man who wore combat fatigues and traveled all around the world to bring the sacraments to troops who were unable to go to Church.  Even then, it took another six years for me to finally be open to a formal discernment process.  Once that began, another two years passed before I finally was honest enough with myself to admit that God was calling me to seminary.  It was during a vocation discernment retreat at a seminary in which I discovered real peace that I finally decided to formally apply to seminary.  I was able to start seminary only a few months later through the grace of God opening a path and clearing hurdles with the Air Force to allow me to begin.
There is no question that my path to seminary was lengthy, perhaps longer than God intended.  I am thankful for the experiences in life I was afforded but in my heart I know the truth is that for so many years I simply did not trust God and was not open to His high fiveswill.  I knew that I wanted a traditional family life and I never thought a life in service to God would ever be capable of producing happiness or fulfillment.  God was patient with me and over time the more I trusted him the more he changed my heart.  Ultimately, he changed my heart into the heart he created me to have.  He gave me the grace to embrace joyfully the prospect of becoming a priest of Jesus Christ.  I have never been more joyfully, peaceful, and free in my life.  Today I cannot imagine moving toward any other path in life.  My heart desires Jesus Christ alone through the vocation to the priesthood.  I pray that God continues to lead me on this path where one day He calls me to ordination through the Church.


Pope inspires Mount St. Mary’s seminarians  Read this article…and click on the picture of Tim by his plane and see how he made the news!