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Mary Mother of the Church staff 1967Sister Eustasia, Sister Marie Magdalen, Fr. Donald Burns, Sister Mary Faith and Sister Deborah, from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, Michigan.
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Mary Mother of the Church 1991A photo of the complete staff at Mary Mother of the Church in 1991. Pastor Fr. Donald Burns and Co-pastor Fr. James Zappa.
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Mary Mother of the Church 2013 Guide Book and DirectoryThis is the 2013 Guide Book and Directory cover for Mary Mother of the Church. The inside of the directory contains the Mission Statement, staff contacts, calendar of events for the year and the names and addresses and phone numbers of those who wished the information published.
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Mary Mother of the Church 2014 Guide Book and DirectoryThis is the 2014 Guide Book and Directory cover for Mary Mother of the Church. The inside of the directory contains the Mission Statement, staff contacts, calendar of events for the year and the names and addresses and phone numbers of those who wished the information published.
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Mary Mother of the Church 2015 Guide and DirectoryThis is the 2015 Guide Book and Directory Cover for Mary Mother of the Church in honor of its 50th Anniversary. The cover contains a photo of Pastor Jim Perkl, and former pastors James Zappa and Donald Burns. The inside of the directory contains the Mission Statement, staff contacts, calendar of events for the year and the names and addresses and phone numbers of those who wished the information published.
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Mary Mother of the ChurchThe 25th Anniversary Mass at Mary Mother of the Church with Fr. Harry Majerus. Pastor Fr. Burns and unidentified priest.
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Mary Mother of the Church celebrates 50 yearsParish directory shows exterior brick cross and the Mary image used by the parish.
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Mary Mother of the ChurchEaster Service, Fr. Donald Burns. Mid 1980s.
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Mary Mother of the ChurchDuring a special presentation at Mary Mother of the Church, the OUR FATHER prayer is danced around 1977.
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Mary Mother of the ChurchThe Our Father in dance - Give us this day....circa 1976 Burnsville Current.
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Mary Mother of the ChurchDuring a special presentation at Mary Mother of the Church, the OUR FATHER prayer is danced around 1977.
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Mary Mother of the ChurchDuring a special presentation at Mary Mother of the Church, the OUR FATHER prayer is danced around 1977.
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Fr. Harry Majerus Mary Mother of the Church.Celebrating 35 years as a priest, shown with: Fr. Wirth, Fr. Majerus, Sister Helen Wallerich formerly at Mary Mother and Fr. Gilbert.
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Fr.Harry Majerus Mary Mother of the ChurchA celebration of the 35th anniversary of becoming a priest for Fr. Harry Majerus, Assistant Pastor Mary Mother. September 28, 1977 Burnsville Current.
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Mary Mother of the Church 1976Expansion of the parish center begins.
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Mary Mother of the Church 197 6Pentecost Mass with balloons - July 1976
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Mary Mother of the Church Music 1978Nancy Gotto, Ron Peacock, Gloria Tentis members of one of the Mary Mother of the Church music groups 1978.
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Mary Mother of the Church 1977Awareness of Television presentation at Mary Mother for youth. Presented by Joanne Tromiczak. August 10,1977 Burnsville Current.
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Mary Mother of the Church, Cliff Road, Burnsville2016 Celebration of their 50th anniversary.

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 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.
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Official Decree establishing Mary Mother of the ChurchSeptember 7, 1965 then Archbishop Leo Binz, Archbishop of St. Paul established Mary Mother of the Church to serve areas of Burnsville, Eagan and Lebanon Township (now Apple Valley).
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Mary Mother of the ChurchThe first four associate pastors: Fr. Harry Majerus 1971 - 1980, Fr. Stan Sledz 1980 - 1982, Fr. Tim Morin 1983 - 1989 and Fr. Tom Brioschi 1989 - 1990. Their photos appear in the 25th anniversary calendar 1991.
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Baptism Font - Mary Mother of the Church 2017At the entry to Mary Mother of the Church is the large Holy Water/Baptism font.
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Mary Mother of the Church original building committeeThe parish began with services at Cedar School in Eagan, until a church could be built. This is the original building committee.
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Staff at Mary Mother of the ChurchSeated - Sister Anne, Sister Helen, Dee Selchow
Standing, Fr. Burns, Sister Mary Margaret, Sister Genevieve, Fr. Majerus.
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Fr. Donald Burns retires 1993Portions of two newsletters from Mary Mother of the Church thank Fr. Burns as he retires.
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Fr. Donald Burns dies 2002Founding pastor of Mary Mother of the Church dies.
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Ground breaking for Mary Mother of the ChurchFr. Donald Burns, founding pastor, is shown with Joe Kennelly whose family farmed the land where Mary Mother stands.
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Mary Mother of the ChurchAir view of Mary Mother of the Church, Cliff Road, Burnsville, 1980s.
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Mary Mother of the Church 2017The lower level Chapel at the Church in redesigned.
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Mary Mother of the Church 2017Christmas Choir practice 2017.
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