Mary, Mother of the Church – A Welcoming Parish Since 1965

Are you searching for a welcoming parish? Do you linger on the edges of Christian life? Would you like to become part of a community of faith and Christian service?

We invite you to join us for Mass, supportive groups, fellowship, or faith exploration. Mary, Mother of the Church has a staff of approximately 20 full and part-time ministers, and offerings as diverse as a parish food shelf, a grief support group, Bible Study, Military Family Support Group, Faith Formation for youth, summer children’s programs, Habitat for Humanity, Loaves and Fishes, and exploration for those interested in the Catholic faith (RCIA).

Our outreach programs and social activities are the soul of our community. Our goal is to provide an environment which supports and encourages people to continue the work of Jesus Christ. At the heart of our parish are Jesus Christ and his teachings. Unite with us in worship and feel the comfort surrounding you.

  • Come, join us for any of the Mary Mother parish events or activities listed on this website. You are welcome! To download a brochure about Mary, Mother, please click here.

Mass Times
  • Weekend Masses: Saturday: 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 & 11:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m. Childcare is provided during Mass – Sundays, 8:30 & 11:00 am
  • Daily Masses: in the Chapel Monday, Thursday and Friday: 9:00 a.m. Tuesday: 6:30 a.m. Wednesday 5:30 p.m.
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Monday & Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., ChapelEaster Cross
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday: 9:00 a.m. in the Church (or by appointment)
  • Rosary: in Chapel Mondays 8:15 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 8:15 a.m. Wednesday: 5:00 p.m.
  • Sung Morning Prayer: in Chapel Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. during Advent and Lent.
  • Holy Day Masses: Holy Day Masses are announced seasonally. Please check this page for upcoming Holy Day Mass dates and times.
How to Join Our Church

Catholic ChurchWe welcome new members! Please stop by or call the Parish Office at 952-890-0045 for registration materials.

Parish Office

Mary, Mother of the Church

3333 Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN 55337-3397

Phone: (952) 890-0045

Fax: (952) 890-0789

Office Hours:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Please call or stop by for information regarding:

  • Parish registration
  • Change of address
  • Funerals
  • Weddings
  • Baptisms
  • Sacraments
  • Or any other questions
Map & Directions

From North: Proceed south on Cedar Avenue (also Highway 77) from I-494 by Mall of America. Cross Minnesota River and exit at Cliff Road. Turn right (west) and proceed approximately one quarter mile. Mary, Mother of the Church is on left (south) side of road.

From East: Proceed westbound on Highway 13, or any westbound road, until reaching Cedar Avenue (also Highway 77). If on Highway 13, turn left (southbound) and proceed to Cliff Road. Turn right (west) and proceed approximately one quarter mile. Mary, Mother of the Church is on left (south) side of road. If on other roadway, upon reaching Cedar Avenue, turn appropriately (north or south) to proceed to the Cliff Road exit.

From South (35W): Proceed northbound on 35W. Exit onto Highway 13 northbound. Turn right on Cliff Road. The church is just past the first stoplight on the right (approximately one quarter mile from highway 13). From South (Cedar Avenue Highway 77): Proceed northbound on Cedar/Highway 77 from Apple Valley and points south. Exit on Cliff Road and turn left (westbound). The church is approximately one quarter mile from Cedar on the left side of Cliff Road.

From West (Highway 13): Proceed northeast bound on Highway 13 from Savage and points west. Turn right onto Cliff Road (eastbound). The church is approximately one quarter mile from Highway 13 on the right side of Cliff Road.

Our History

The first Sunday Mass was celebrated in the gymnasium at Cedar School on Sunday, September 12, 1965.

Mary, Mother of the Church was established on September 7, 1965, by Archbishop Leo Binz. Father Donald Burns was named founding Pastor. The Church is located on 22 acres of former farmland, twenty of which were once owned by parishioner Joe Kennelly. The parish began with 550 charter households.

In 1966, thirty parishioners planted the 900 evergreen trees along the south border of the Mary Mother parish grounds. Today, many parishioners plant seeds of faith in giving their time and sharing their gifts in numerous ways. The first Sunday masses were held in the gymnasium of Cedar School in Eagan. All other religious activities were conducted at the former rectory located on North River Hills Drive in Burnsville.

In 1967 a Building and Finance Committee was formed and an architect commissioned for the construction of the church and the original Parish Center. The first Mass in the new church was celebrated on March 9, 1969. Formal dedication followed on May 18th, with Archbishop Leo Binz presiding.

By the mid-1970s, the parish was serving 1,645 households. To accommodate this growth and expanding program needs, an addition to the Parish Center was built in 1976.

In 1986, the Parish Pastoral Council formed a Long Range Planning Committee to study and make recommendations for future needs in the areas of staffing, services, facilities, and finance. After thorough review, the existing Parish Center was renovated to maximize use of existing space, and construction of a new 18,000 square foot addition was built. The project was completed in November of 1988.

Mary Mother has grown and matured over the years and will begin celebrating its 50th anniversary in the fall of 2015. We are a parish with generous portions of both young and old. From our peak growth of 3,200 families and 10,000 people, we have since stabilized at about 2,000 families.

Mary, Mother of the Church is a vibrant, energetic presence in the local community with a strong commitment to community service. With excellent programs for both youth and adults, all are invited to join us, to participate in worship, and to find a welcoming spiritual home.

Philosophy & Beliefs

Our Purpose

To provide an environment which supports and encourages people to continue the work of Christ.

We believe…

  • Sunday Eucharist is the core ministry of our parish and the source and summit of our lives as Roman Catholics
  • Each individual, at every age, is a needed and valued member of our faith community
  • In a spirit of hospitality that nurtures community
  • Spiritual growth is essential to the vitality of our faith community
  • In compassionate service and action for social justice
  • We are called to faithful and responsible stewardship of all God’s gifts
  • Leadership of the parish must be visionary, accountable, and accessible to the parish

Our Mission

To help the members of our Roman Catholic community embrace a deepening conversion to the life of Christ. We will strive to share our faith within our own families and the wider community.Childrens Faith Formation Family

Our Vision

Households are the primary focus for establishing deeper relationships with God. There is a continuous flow of nourishment and support from the parish church to household members. This is expressed, in return, by an increased commitment to the life of the parish and larger community. Leadership Groups Each of our parishioners, young and old alike, is invited to take an active role in the life of our parish by becoming involved in a ministry of his or her choice. Some have a gift for leadership (wisdom, discernment, discipleship, knowledge, evangelism).

There is a Leadership Group associated with each parish ministry:

  • Parish Pastoral Council
  • Finance Council
  • Christian, Caring and Justice
  • Communications
  • Community Life
  • Liturgy

Mary, Mother of the Church has a rich tradition of hospitality and participation among parishioners. This tradition has fostered a wonderful atmosphere of stewardship among the members of the community. At Mary Mother, stewardship is a way of living, not a gage to measure donations.

StewardshipPeople of this or any other parish will be generous with their time, talent, and treasure, if they become engaged and involved in the life of the parish. Seeing the great good that is being accomplished by the ministries and members of this community is the great engine powering the spirit of stewardship. If our membership is able to see the value and power of both the vision and the accomplishments of the parish, they participate and invest in the community wholeheartedly, not only with their time and energies, but also with treasure.

Most importantly, the community becomes an animated, exciting, and invigorating environment for all. Worship becomes a true ‘community experience.’ We truly become the Body of Christ. Please, won’t you join us? Reach out to this community and it will embrace you.

Many opportunities exist for you; single or married, older or younger, to become involved in the vibrant life of Mary, Mother of the Church. Come and live the life of the good steward.

Please contact any staff member or ministry leader for assistance, by calling 952-890-0045. We will explain the opportunities available and welcome you to the community.

Contact Us

Mary, Mother of the Church

3333 Cliff Road

Burnsville, MN 55337-3397

Telephone: 952-890-0045

Fax: 952-890-0789

To contact specific individuals with specific questions, please use our Staff Directory.