St. Mary, Mother of God
Roman Catholic Church

Sylva, North Carolina

Welcome to our parish!

Reverend J. A. Voitus, Pastor

22 Bartlett Street
Sylva, North Carolina 28779

Our parish is situated in Jackson county, in the mountains of Western North Carolina. We are about 45 minutes west of Asheville. Nearby towns are Cherokee and Bryson City to the west, and Waynesville to the east. Come visit us!
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(828) 586-9496

The office is staffed on Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Parish Bulletins

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Weekday Masses

Usually celebrated Tuesdays through Fridays at 9 a.m. in English. Click on the date of the most recent parish bulletin, listed above, to be sure.

Saturday Masses

8 p.m. in Spanish

Sunday Masses

9 a.m. and 11 a.m., both in English

Confession (Rite of Penance)

Father Voitus hears confessions after each weekday Mass.

New on the Web Site

Catholic Campus Ministry Hosts Many Events for New WCU Students This Week

Monday, August 18 was the first day of Fall Semester classes at WCU and so we welcome back our college students. Catholic Campus Ministry has several "Week of Welcome" events in the works. We invite all college students to participate in campus ministry at one or all of our events this week.

Wednesday, August 20: We will have an Open House for freshmen and other new students from 5:30-6:30 p.m. This is a time for new students to get introduced to one another, to their campus minister, and campus ministry. Then, at 6:30, all students are invited to our first "Supper @ the Center." This is a free, home-cooked meal followed up by a student-led, faith-based program. We usually wrap up around 8:30.

Thursday, August 21: Sunset Picnic and Hike to Waterrock Knob. We will carpool from the Catholic Student Center at 6 p.m. and drive up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. A simple picnic dinner will be provided, then we will make the short hike to the top of the Knob to watch the sun set over three states. What a way to enjoy God's creation!

Friday, August 22: We invite all students to participate in the Byzantine Liturgy being offered by our visiting Ukrainian Rite clergy. Any WCU students who need a ride to St. Mary's for this, please be at the Catholic Student Center by 5 p.m.

Our ongoing campus ministry program involves Sunday Mass, Wednesday dinners, catechesis, Bible studies, prayer, retreats, and more. You are invited to learn more by visiting our web site at You can also contact our campus minister, Matt Newsome, at or 828-508-0789. Thank you for your prayers and support of our vibrant campus ministry!