Entries for December 2019



St. Mary, Bethel OH

December 24th 4:00 PM

December 25th 10:00 AM


St. Peter's, New Richmond, OH

December 24th 4:00 PM



December 25th 10:00 AM






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It is the Christmas season again and time for another gathering for the St. Mary's Men of St. Joseph. We will be having an evening of fellowship at the Father Lewis Center (at St. Mary), with food and refreshments on Thursday, January 9, 2020, around 6:30 P.M, with food arriving around 7:00 P.M. Side dishes and desserts are welcome. We will have a brief meeting highlighting our accomplishments for 2019 and our endeavors for 2020. 


Bring yourself and we encourage you to bring another male parishioner. The more the merrier!!!! Please RSVP to Jerry Cahall 513 734-4630 so we will be sure to have enough pizza and refreshments for everyone. 


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Parish Offices Closed For The Holidays

The parish offices will be closed for the week of Christmas and the few days before New Year’s so that our hardworking staff can spend some time with their families to celebrate Our Lord’s birth.  The last day the parish office will be open is Friday, December 20th until 4:00 p.m.  It will reopen on Thursday, January 2nd.  

Please make sure to get your Mass intention requests in to Debbie in the parish office by Friday the 20th.  We will continue to update the information line (ext. 7) with Holy Day Mass times and cancellation information and keep the website and parish app calendar up to date.  

As always, if there is an emergency (such as a death in the family) you can page Fr. Reutter by calling the parish number and press extension 9. 


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There will be a special Mass on Saturday, December 28th at 9:00 AM for the Feast Of The Holy Innocents that will take place at St. Peter's. The Holy Innocents were the young male children from Bethlehem and its vicinity at the time of the birth of Jesus who were put to death by King Herod the Great. Herod ordered their death after the Magi who came from the East to pay homage to the child Jesus left without giving Herod news about “the newborn king of the Jews.”  

This slaughter is recounted in the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel but is not mentioned in other sources, such as the writings of the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus. Estimates of the number of infants killed range from  10-12, based on the likely population of Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth, to 64,000, a fantastic figure cited in the Syrian liturgy. This feast has been celebrated in the West since the fifth century. The Holy Innocents are the patrons of children, babies, and foundlings.