The Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculately Conceived:
We are honored to have our main parish named after Mary, the Mother of God and the greatest of the saints; how precious it is to have the glorious Virgin as our principal patron! As the Church teaches, Mary was conceived without any sin so as to be a pure vessel to bear Jesus, the Son of God. Mary's traditional title is, Theotokos, Greek for ,"God-bearer". The teaching of Mary's Immaculate Conception has always been a part of the Catholic faith, but was formally declared a dogma by Pope Pius the IX in 1854. The Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8th every year and is a Holy Day of Obligation.
St. John Vianney - Patron of Priests:
Our small mission church in Darrington is named after one of the holiest priests of the modern era, St. John Vianney, (1786-1859). He served in Ars, France and is best known for his simplicity of life, constantly fighting off satan, hearing hours worth of Confessions, and being able to read souls. He was canonized a saint on May 31, 1925 by Pope Pius XI. He is the patron saint of parish priests and his feast day is on August 4th. Our parish is also very blessed to have a first-class relic of John Vianney!