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St. Peter Confession Schedule
4:15 - 4:45 pm On The First and Third Saturdays. Otherwise, by appointment.

Weekly on Monday from 6:00 to 7 pm

Eucharistic Adoration
6:00 - 7:00 pm Monday (weekly).

 

St. Mary Confession Schedule

3:15 - 3:45 pm On The Second, Fourth and Fifth Saturday. Otherwise, by appointment.

Weekly on Thursday from 6:00 to 7 pm

Eucharistic Adoration
6:00 - 7:00 pm Thursday (weekly).

 

 

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Next year the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will celebrate the two centuries of faith since its establishment as a diocese in June of 1821. In anticipation of the bicentennial celebration, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr has written the following pastoral letter to encourage each of us to “Radiate Christ” by rediscovering “the joy of knowing Christ deeply and following Him, thereby becoming a witness to the world.” Please prayerfully read the letter and engage with its contents. It is Archbishop Schnurr’s hope that all Catholics of the archdiocese will reflect upon and discuss how we can individually and collectively Radiate Christ as we prepare to joyfully celebrate our bicentennial.

 

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INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process by which those who wish to join the Catholic faith community are welcomed and introduced to the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church. For those not yet baptized, this process leads to the Easter Vigil where they receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Those who have been previously baptized in another Christian tradition are invited to participate fully in the Church through the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.

 

Sessions for the Rite of Christian Initiation are available for anyone who wants to learn about the Catholic faith. The process begins with this “Inquiry” period in September, where questions lead to exploration. The formation sessions take place at St. Mary on Tuesdays from 7—8:30 PM in the Fr. Vincent Lewis Center.There is no final commitment to become a member of the Catholic Church until the Easter Vigil (spring). 

 

Would You Like To Revitalize Your Catholic Faith And Learn More?

The RCIA sessions would be perfect for you. If you or someone you know has been away from the church for some time, think seriously about participating in these discussions. It is a casual environment and we know the information will be most helpful.

 

Those who would like to know more can contact:  Deacon Ron Stang (St. Peter’s) at 513-309-5340 or Deacon Jerry Etienne at St. Mary’s (513) 734-4041 X 2. 

 

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GRACE LADIES’ 
AFTERNOON OF REFLECTION

Mark your calendars now for Sunday, November 8th. Plan to join us for a Women’s Afternoon of Reflection from Noon to 4pm. The guest speaker, Judy Muething, will provide us with insight on “Still Finding Joy” (lunch will be provided).

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Pray A Minute

Parishioners, Students, and Friends

You are invited to: Pray A Minute: One Million Hours of Prayer for Peace Justice and Goodwill. The world feels heavy these days. News headlines are filled with injustices and unrest. It seems as though everywhere we turn we find division and disharmony in our country. The world desperately needs Christians united in prayer.

A million hours of prayer may sound impossible, but if you divide that prayer time among all of the Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, it is just one minute of prayer a day. Just one minute.
 

From now until January 1, the World Day of Prayer for Peace, you are invited to pray one minute more than you already do, every day, specifically for the intention of peace, justice and goodwill in our country.

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MEET DEACON EDDIE HOFFMAN

This year, the parishes of the South Clermont Catholic Region will again have the privilege of being part of the formation of one of our seminarians as he makes final preparations to be ordained to the holy priesthood to serve the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

After doing a great deal of preparation work in the academic setting of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Mt. Washington where they train, such as studying the Scriptures and practicing the art of preaching and rhetoric, the faculty responsible for forming them to be good priests recognize that the best way for the men to learn to preach in the parishes is to go out into the parishes and do just that. So they assign them to parishes throughout the 19 counties of our archdiocese.

Last year we welcomed Fr. (then Deacon) Chris Komoroski, who is now stationed at the Newman Center parish at the University of Cincinnati. This year, we welcome Deacon Eddie Hoffmann. Deacon Eddie is a native of Clermont County hailing from St. Philomena parish in the Batavia area. Following the conversion of his brother Henry (also now a deacon in formation for the priesthood), he converted to the Catholic Faith while he was an Army ROTC cadet at Xavier University. He has committed to serve as an Army Chaplain for a time before returning to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He will preach five times at the Masses in the region through the fall season. A team of parishioners will assist him by giving him feedback for each of his preaching events.

You might remember from last year that seminarians become a deacon as one of the last major steps along the path to the holy priesthood. A priest remains always a deacon (conformed to Christ the Servant) even after his priestly ordination, just as a bishop remains always a priest even after his is consecrated. While a deacon, a seminarian shares in all the privileges and responsibilities of that office, including proclaiming the Gospel, assisting the priest at the liturgy, and celebrating the sacraments when needed by the pastor. Preaching at Mass is reserved to priests and deacons alone but is ordinarily done by the celebrant of the Mass or the cleric with the highest degree of orders (for example, a bishop would ordinarily preach if he is present at Mass). The liturgical guidelines allow a priest occasionally to delegate the task of preaching to a deacon when appropriate. The purpose of preaching is for the cleric to help connect the Scriptures with the faith lives of those gathered at Mass, whether instructing, encouraging, or admonishing.

I can tell you as a priest of 16 years that this is an especially important but challenging task, as parishioners come from diverse backgrounds and are often looking for quite different things from the homily. Please pray for Deacon Eddie, that this experience will help to make him a good preacher and, most importantly, a good and holy priest!

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SEMINARIAN PATRICK BLENMAN

Hello! My name is Patrick Blenman, and I am your seminarian intern for this upcoming school year. I am from Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney, OH, a small town in west-central Ohio, where I have lived almost my entire life. I am (one of 4) the youngest child of Frank and Melissa, with my older brother Daniel and my older sister Rachel, as well as my twin brother Stephen.


I have just completed 6 years of seminary education: 4 years getting my undergraduate degree in Catholic Studies at Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary in  Indianapolis, and 2 years of Theology at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary and School of Theology here in Cincinnati. Some hobbies and activities I enjoy are camping, movies, hanging out with friends, and making popcorn.


I am so blessed to be able to be here at St. Mary and St. Peter for this upcoming year to get to serve you and to learn more about parish life. I can be bad at names, so please be patient with me as I start out, but I look forward to being able to get to know you and your families as I begin my year and throughout this upcoming year.

 

Don't be afraid to reach out to me at any point if you have any prayer requests; I would be glad to pray for you and hope that you will send a couple of prayers up for me as I begin this time with you. Once again, I look forward to getting to know all of you better in the coming weeks and to be able to serve you and Fr. Reutter this upcoming year.

 

(Patrick can be reached at either parish phone line, extension 3, or by email at sccr.patrick@outlook.com[

 

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2:00 PM By St. Thomas More - Respect Life

Respect Life Sunday is October 4th. There will be a gathering of people from all over Clermont County and greater Cincinnati area that day to prayerfully witness to the sacredness of all Life from conception to a natural death. Life Chain 2020 will be standing (or sitting on chairs if needed) on the sidewalks of Rt. 125 (Ohio Pike) near St. Thomas More Church from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.

Please make plans to join us in support of life. St. Thomas More is located at 800 Ohio Pike, Cincinnati, OH. It is near the Withamsvillle Firehouse.