Entries for February 2020


Due to social-distancing requirements of the Governor of Ohio and our Ohio bishops, the Fish Frys are canceled until further notice. 

Join St. Mary's (4:30pm - 7:30pm) or St. Peters (5:00pm - 7:30pm) for our Fish Fridays! Come enjoy some awesome food! You can eat in or carry out a great meal that won't break the bank! (St. Mary's prices are the same again this year!!!) Click Here For St. Mary's Menu

Both churches offer fried or baked fish, French fries or baked potatoes. St. Mary's continues with Split-The-Pot for those who would like to participate. Of course, both parishes have a great number of mouth watering desserts to choose from. 

The dinners are available every Friday through Lent that include 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, and 4/3. We hope you'll join us!






Time given to prayer during Lent should draw us closer to the Lord. We might pray:

• For the grace to live out our baptismal promises more fully.
• For the elect who will be baptized at Easter and support their conversion.
• For all those who will celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation with us during Lent that they will be truly renewed in their baptismal commitment.
• For those young people who will be confirmed during the Easter Season that they will continue to grow in love and closeness to the Lord.
• For those children who will receive their First Holy Communion.

The Church has two forms of official penitential practices. -Fasting and abstaining from eating meat.

Practicing fasting and abstinence on the designated days is one of the precepts of the Church (bare minimum requirements for practicing Catholics). They are offered in reparation for our sins and the sins of others and as a way to prepare for the great Easter feasts of the Lord’s Resurrection.  They help us to develop self-mastery and the freedom of heart which enable us to love God fully and completely and grow in holiness. (CCC#2043) 

Catholics 14 years of age and older should abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, & ALL FRIDAYS during lent.


• Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence.
• Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
• The norms of fasting are obligatory from age 18-59. • When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. (if necessary) 
Note: Invalids, pregnant & nursing mothers are exempt from the obligations to fast & abstain. 

Almsgiving, the third traditional practice  of Lent, means donating money or goods to  the poor and performing acts of charity.   It is a witness to charity to our brothers  and sisters in need and a work of justice  pleasing to God. 

Parish Lenten Almsgiving – SVDP This year we will focus on our very own St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 

Throughout Lent you will see a grocery cart in the gathering area with  brown paper bags, and a list of items of
nonperishable items attached.  Take a  bag home, fill it up or donate what you can,  all donations are appreciated no matter  how small or large.  If you would rather donate money instead of food you will find envelopes and a box marked ‘LENTEN SVDP DONATIONS”  on the table in the gathering area.  

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Join us for Mass at St. Mary's on Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 PM as we celebrate the Annunciation Of Mary. The feast of the Annunciation marks the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he told her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is celebrated on 25 March each year.

The Gospel of Luke says that the angel Gabriel came to Mary to tell her that she would give birth to a son. He told Mary that she should call her son Jesus. The angel also said that Jesus would save people from their sins. Mary asked the angel how she could be pregnant, since she was a virgin. That the angel explained that Jesus was conceived in her womb through the Holy Spirit without the agency of a human father and born while Mary was still a virgin.



On March 19th, the Thursday, 8:30 AM Mass at St. Mary will celebrate the Feast of St. Josephdedicated to the memory of Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary. 

Saint Joseph’s Day gradually began to be celebrated in Ancient and Medieval times, and was well established by the 900’s. But it was only made official by Pope Pius V in 1570. Mainly, in Vatican City and throughout Rome and Italy, people celebrate Saint Joseph’s Day by attending special Masses, joining in parades, wearing the color red, carrying priest-blessed fava beans, and setting up an altar to Saint Joseph in their house.

Italians in other lands, including the US, also are known to put on major Saint Joseph’s Day parades, but it’s those in Rome and the Vatican who, arguably, are the most enthusiastic about celebrating this holiday.

Novena to St Joseph:  (There are prayer cards to St. Joseph in the rear of Church. It is recommended that you pray a Novena to St Joseph beginning on March 11.) This prayer is often distributed on prayer cards with proof of the power of this prayer. "This prayer was found in the 50th year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent from the pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle.  

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Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves shall never die a sudden death or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them—neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy or be burned in any fire or be overpowered in battle.  

Say the Novena for nine mornings for anything you desire. It has never been known to fail, provided that the request is for one's spiritual benefit or for those whom we are praying for.