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Annual CRHP Reunion Dinner

We would like to invite all the past and present CRHP weekend participants and their guest to our annual reunion dinner. It will be held at St. Mary Church in the Fr. Lewis Center following the 4:00 PM Mass on Saturday, January 28, 2017. We plan to eat around 5:30 PM, followed by a short video program, We hope you can join us for food, fun and faith-building. Please RSVP by January 20th to either Carol Adams (513) 553-515-3143 or her e-mail or Shirlene Wallace (513) 205-4762 or her e-mail We hope to see you there!


Women's Christ Renews His Parish Weekend

The Women's Christ Renews His Parish Weekend (CRHP) will take place on March 18th and 19th. CRHP is a time reserved just for women from Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon for personal and spiritual renewal. There is the added benefit of getting to know other women in our parishes. No cooking. No cleaning. No distractions. Just time to be with our Lord. 

Are you new to St. Peter or St. Mary? Then this is the perfect time to get to know others and let us welcome you. It is also a great time to come back and become reacquainted. 

Not Catholic but feeling this might be for you? You are certainly welcome to join us.

For more details, please contact Connie Taggart at513-646-6494 or Jen Binder (513) 317-0185. 

To learn more about CRHP, click "Faith Formation" on this web site and choose "Christ Renews His Parish" to read more and decide if this is for you. 


Join the Saturday Morning Men's Bible Study at St. Peter Church in New Richmond! We meet on Saturday Mornings from 7 AM to 8:30 AM at the church. ALL men of St. Peter and St. Mary are welcome and encouraged to attend. Call or email Terry Cox at 513- 236-7640 ( with questions or to sign up for this study. You are welcome to join this group anytime. 

The first study will be on the book of the Acts of The Apostles and will take approximately 10 weeks to complete. We will be using a study guide and commentary from LiLle Rock Scripture to guide us through this study. Study guides are $15 dollars which should be the only expense for this scripture study program. 

If you have tried or thought about studying scripture in the past but didn't find a way that worked for you, then consider giving this small group a try. This study will be a great way to go deeper into Holy scripture and learn with and from other men who desire to be more like Jesus and to be the best Catholic Christian guys we can be.  


Join us on the First Saturday of each month at 9:00 am for Mass at St. Mary. The next Saturday Morning Mass will be on February 4th. 


Ash Wednesday Masses will take place on Wednesday, March 1st. 

St. Peter - Mass at 8:00 AM and 7:30 PM

St. Mary - Mass at 12:00 PM Noon and 7:30 PM


Join us for our Spring Retreat Day on Saturday, April 8th. We will begin with Mass at 8:30 AM. The retreat follows. The topic is "The Eucharist". 

The retreat takes place at St. Peter Church and will last until approximately 3:00 PM. 


Celebrate the Sacrament Of Reconciliation in our pastoral region. Parishes throughout the Archdiocese will offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Join us at St. Mary, Bethel on Tuesday, March 14th from 7 - 9 PM 

or at St. Peter, New Richmond on Wednesday, March 15th from 7 - 9 PM. Come at a time between those hours that is convenient to you. 

Do you know someone who stopped going to Mass or feels separated from the church? Invite them. Three priests will be available at each parish. 

During this season of Lent, consider making a commitment to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and know the healing grace of God's mercy and love. You can learn more at


Note: There is no Lenten Penance Service in 2017.


St. Peter Weekday Mass Time Change

Effective April 27th, the Thursday and Friday morning Masses will be moved to 8:45 AM. The Communion Services on Monday through Wednesday will remain at 8:00 AM.


1st Communion At St. Mary

Come join the children for Mass on Sunday, May 6th at 10:30 as they receive their first Eucharist.

St. Peter To Have One Mass Only For 3 Weekends

Fr. Flaherty Vacations June 23 – July 10: With Father Flaherty vacationing during this period we are going to need to revise the week-end Mass schedule just a bit at St. Peter’s. Because of the difficulty we have had in trying to secure priests for the three week-ends he is gone, we will need to drop the 5:00 and 11:00 Masses the week-end of June 24/25, July 1/2 and July 9/10. The Saturday and Sunday folks are invited to join your brothers and sisters at St. Mary’s for the Saturday Mass at 5:00 or the 10:30 Mass. There will still be an 8:30 Mass. My apologies for any inconvenience due to this temporary revision but we do have a shortage of priests to go around. 
The Mobile Food Pantry visits St. Mary on the 3rd Friday of every month from 11 AM until 1 PM. This mobile pantry serves those in the Clermont Country area. The next date will be on November 17, 2017. Those in Clermont County who are interested should come to the Fr. Vincent Lewis Center at that time with proof of Clermont County residency.

Thanksgiving Day brings thoughts of lots of food, time with family and friends along with watching parades and football. While these things are all enjoyable, there is one thing that is most important we're sure you won't want to forget.

What better way to begin your Thanksgiving Day than to give thanks to our Almighty God who makes all things possible! 

Please join us for the morning 9 AM Mass at St. Mary and St. Peter. 

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Deacon Ron (St. Peter's) and Deacon Jerry (St. Mary's) will bake small loaves of bread that will be blessed at the Mass. You will be able to take these back home for your family to enjoy. 


This year, the Masses for the 4th Sunday of Advent on December 23rd and 24th are at the normal weekend times (5:00 PM Saturday; 8:30 and 11 AM on Sunday at St. Peter's) AND (4:00 PM Saturday, and 10:30 AM on Sunday at St. Mary's).

Join us this Christmas!  You are always welcome!

Of course, Christmas is a Holy Day of Obligation. The following are the Mass times:

St. Mary and St. Peter (Christmas Mass times are the same for both parishes)

Sunday, December 24th Christmas Eve - 4:30 PM

Monday, December 25th Christmas Day - 9:30 AM

Carols will start a half hour before each of the Christmas Masses.

Feast Of The Solemnity Of Mary

Monday, January 1st 10:30 AM (same time for both parishes)




“ I am very happy to have this opportunity to be your Temporary Parochial Administrator until December 31, 2017. At that time, hopefully you will have a new pastor.

I still have all of my responsibilities that I had before this appointment. I am Weekend Associate at the St. Veronica and St. John Fisher Region, which means, I have two Masses there each weekend. I also have scheduled Masses at the New England Club, Brookwood Retirement Community, Twin Lakes Retirement Community, Brown County Ursuline, Gate of Heaven Cemetery along with other commitments to Parishes in the area and of course all of the chores my sister gives me.

I really appreciate that Fr. Michael Flaherty will continue as our Weekend Associate for our parishes and help with extra Masses. We have worked out a schedule where I will have one Mass with you each weekend and with the generous help of Fr. Ron Williams, Fr. Ted Kosse and Fr. Hans Gruenbauer, we have all of the Masses covered on the weekends. I will be here for the Masses and the administration of your parishes during the week.

I am here to keep things going until your new pastor arrives. I am not here to change staff or programs. I look forward to praying with you and sharing in your ministry over the next ten weeks.

Pray for Fr. Mike as he begins his retirement years. Also please pray for your Parishes, your staff and me, and know that all of you are in my prayers as well.”

Fr. Pat Crone


It's Back! Join us for Donut Sunday following the 10:30 Mass on November 19th in the Gathering Space at St. Mary. The youth of both St. Peter and St. Mary be the hosts so you can spend some time after Mass getting to enjoy some great conversations and getting to know the people you go to Mass with. 

There are no worries about the donuts! As Deacon Jerry says, since these are served at church, we don't need to worry about calories. These are "holy donuts"!

 Join us for 10:30 Mass and a nice breakfast treat afterwards!


St. Mary's would like to congratulate our neighbors over at the Bethel-Tate High School! The football team had such an incredible season! They won every game with a 10 - 0 season up to their last playoff game on 11/3/17 against West Jefferson. 

It has been such an exciting accomplishment for the school and our community!  


Celebrate Bethel's Down Home Christmas!

The weekend of December 1, 2 and 3rd are filled with events. Click this link to see the detailed schedule. You won't want to miss it!

Highlights Include:

The Christmas Tree Lighting takes place at 100 South Main on Friday, December 1st at 6 PM

The Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 2nd at 5:30 PM on Plane Street.

The Christmas Concert "Remember The Gift" is at 7 PM  at the Bethel United Methodist Church (FREE of course).

The concert is repeated again on Sunday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM at BUMC.



Men and Women of St. Peter’s Parish - Lent Is Approaching Quickly! The St. Peter Men’s Club is having a Fish Fry Organizational Meeting on January 17th at 7:00 PM in the Fr. Kennedy Hall. You are welcome and encouraged to attend our planning meeting. Hope to see you there. The contact person is Kevin P. Reid.  


Due to the number of snow birds that will be gone in January and February who regularly attend Monday – Wednesday Communion Services but now won't be there to attend, there will be no Communion Services those days during those months. Fr. Howard will offer 9:00am Mass on Thursday and Friday.


St. Peter Parish Pastoral Council will meet with Fr. Adam Puntel on Thursday, Jan. 18th, at 7 PM. 


St. Peter Parish Pastoral Council will meet with Fr. Adam Puntel on Thursday, Jan. 18th, at 7 PM. 


St. Peter Worship Commission Meeting with Fr. Adam Puntel will take place Jan. 25th, 7 PM, in the Council Room. 


St. Mary Nickel Raffle follows the 10:30 Sunday Mass (approximately 11:45 am) in the Fr. Lewis Center on February 18, 2018. 

Please, if you have any items you would like to donate worth $5 or more or any items such as Gift Cards that you won't use, put them in the gathering space marked "Nickel Raffle". St. Peter parishioners can leave items in the back of church marked "Nickel Raffle at St. Mary's" or leave them with Debbie in the parish office.  

Any questions? Please call Diane Hancock 513-734-6827 or Debbie DePuccio at 513-734-4041. Most of all, please come and support our parish through this fun, fast-paced exciting event! IT IS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!!!


Proceeds go to the St. Mary's Building Fund (church mortgage).


Meet Fr. Howard Dinner!

We are so pleased to have Fr. David Howard become the new pastor for our region of St. Peter and St. Mary! We hope you will take this opportunity to meet him. Join us for a spaghetti dinner hosted by the Bible Study. It will take place at St. Peter's in
Fr. Kennedy Hall (lower level of the church) after the Saturday 5pm Mass on February 17th. Be sure to tell everyone! We look forward to seeing you!


Lenten Penance Service

There will be a Lenten Penance Service for our Pastoral Region on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00pm at St. Peter. Three priests will be available to hear individual confessions.

The penance service includes:

- Opening prayer and song

- Scripture readings (an Old Testament, a New Testament, a Psalm, and Gospel)

- Homily

- An Examination of Conscience

- An Act of Contrition and general confession of sins 

- Individual confessions with soft background music

- Closing prayer and song

Our Pastoral Region will alternate the location where the Penance Service occurs. The Lenten Penance Service is at St. Peter's and the Advent Penance Service is at St. Mary's.



St. Mary's, Bethel

Saturday, March 24th —Passion Palm Sunday - 4:00pm Mass

Sunday, March 25th—Passion Palm Sunday - 10:30am Mass

Wednesday, March 28th—Adoration and Way of the Cross - 6:30pm

Holy Thursday – March 29th - Mass Of The Lord's Supper – 7pm at St. Peter's

Good Friday – March 30th – Ecumenical Service – Noon

March 30th – Marian Stations 7pm

March 30th – The Lord's Passion 7:30pm

Holy Saturday – March 31st – Easter Vigil 8:30pm

Easter Sunday – April 1st – 10:30am Mass

St. Peter's, New Richmond

Saturday, March 24th —Passion Palm Sunday - 5:00pm Mass

Sunday, March 25th—Passion Palm Sunday – 8:30am and 11:00am Mass

Wednesday, March 28th—Adoration and Way of the Cross - 6:30pm

Holy Thursday – March 29th - Mass Of The Lord's Supper – 7pm

Good Friday – March 30th – Marian Stations - 3pm

March 30th – The Lord's Passion - 3:30pm

Holy Saturday – March 31st – Easter Vigil 8:30pm at St. Mary's

Easter Sunday – April 1st – 8:30am and 11:00am Mass


Eucharistic Adoration and Way Of The Cross

This takes place at both parishes through Lent. Come spend some time with the Lord. Eucharistic Adoration begins at 6:30pm. Stations of the Cross begin at 7pm. Stay for as long as you can. Enjoy this time with the Lord.



Saturday April 7th 8:30am to 3:30pm at St. Mary, Bethel, OH

People say a lot of things about Jesus these days. Some say he’s a historical figure, others say he’s a myth or legend. At times he’s written off as a sage or guru, a Middle Eastern man with no impact for my life. But this isn’t who Jesus said he was! He clearly claimed to be God, which demands a response from all people. If he is God, we owe him our lives and worship. If he’s not, then he must be cast aside in our search for truth.

Join St. Mary, St. Peter, and our presenter, PJ Ehling, for a day of reflection as we dive deeper into Jesus’ claim of divinity. Come and see for yourself what Jesus really said, what he really did, and how your response to his claim to divinity can change your life and change the world.

Mark your calendars to attend the upcoming St. Peter's/St. Mary's PLACE: Fr. Lewis Center (St. Mary—Bethel) Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Don't miss this spiritual day of faith and fellowship!

To register, please contact Debbie DePuccio at (513) 460-4509, or at your parish office, by Palm Sunday, March 25th.



Please join us for the next Women's Luncheon! Following the 10:30 Mass at St. Mary’s and the 11:00Mass at St.Peter’s THIS Sunday,April15th, 12:15pm at Campbell's Barn. Please join us for good food, fellowship and faith sharing. Please RSVP to: Marianne Peck at (513)-335-9239 or email at 


The new St. Peter/St. Mary Adult Faith Formation (AFF) committee is forming now, and we'd love to have you join us! The Bible studies, Lenten small groups and Days of Reflection on we've had in 2017/18 have been very well received, and we want to set up a more official team now to plan and execute programs for 2018/19. 

No matter what your talents or interests are - good with ideas, organizing things, helping behind the scenes, advertising, facilitating a small group, helping with food, etc., - we'd love to have you join us! Contact Carol Adams (513-515-3143 or email Carol @ by May 1 if you'd like to be a part of bringing more adult faith renewal and learning opportunities to our parishes. 




Please keep in mind that the PPC is an “Advisory Board to the Pastor” and not one’s own agenda. Discernment is the art of appreciating the gifts we have been given and discovering how best to use them/share them. It is discovering where one’s talents meet the world’s deepest hungers. How can YOU help your parish thrive and grow with God at it’s center? 

Come to the Discernment Meeting THIS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH to show your support and interest in helping St. Peter Parish. 


1st Communion will be celebrated at the 5:00 PM Mass at St. Peter on Saturday, May 5th. Please come help us celebrate Mass as our children receive their First Eucharist.



  • It’s New and Better than Ever!!!!

  • Designed With YOU in Mind!

  • Seeking adults from St. Mary and St. Peter!


Come to one of the three Bible Studies our parishes are offering and grow closer to God!

Men’s Bible Study - St. Peter on Saturdays at 7:00 a.m.

Women’s Bible Study - St. Peter’s on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. (after Mass)

Adult Bible Study (men + women) - St. Mary’s (Fr. Lewis Center) on Mondays in the evening at 7:00 p.m.

Yes, we are still going strong into the Bible Studies. You can join any time at any of the locations and times listed above.

Come deepen your faith and grow closer to God! 




As a parish region, we invite parishioners from both parishes to attend. We would like to extend a grateful thank you to Fr. David Howard for asking to be with us and stepping forward to take on the role of Parochial Administrator for us.

It has been a very reverent, healing, and welcoming 6 months with Fr. David on staff. A “DONUT WEEKEND” will be held at St. Marys on the weekend of June 9 & 10. Following the 4:00pm Saturday and 10:30am Sunday Masses, join us in the Gathering Space of St. Mary’s Church for a cup of coffee, tea or juice and go nuts for a great tasting donut or two! Come and show your appreciation for Fr. David and his time here at our Pastoral Region of St. Mary and St. Peter. 


Vacation Bible School

Come join the great fun! St. Mary's and St. Peter's will have Vacation Bible School (at St. Mary's) Monday, June 25th through Friday, June 29th. Hours each day are 9:00 am to noon.

Permission slips are on the bulletin board in both churches. You can also find it under the Summer Youth Ministry on this web site.

A $5 donation is appreciated. 

If you have questions, you can contact P.J. Ehling at (513) 284-3154 or (513) 734-4041. You can also e-mail him at


Summer Retreat For Grades 7 - 12

The deadline to sign up for the 7-12 grade Summer Retreats June 3, 2018. Be sure to contact P.J. Ehling at (513) 284-3154 or The retreat begins June 10 and ends June 13. There is a canoe trip on June 11. Its open to all youth entering grades 7-12 in the fall, and graduating seniors. Our focus will be on developing a spirituality that will equip us to live the Christian faith during/after school, through college, and beyond. 




Mission Sunday, June 9/10th

At the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday (St. Mary’s), the 8:30am Mass (St. Peter’s), and the 10:30am (St. Mary’s), we welcome Fr. Patrick. He is a Mission Speaker from the Archdiocese of Madras (India) and is part of the Mission Cooperative Appeal. Madras Archdiocese, established in 1952 has a population of 12 million, out of which 420 thousand are Catholics (under 5%). There are 163 Diocesan Priests, 268 religious Priests, 1530 Women religious and 124 lay Catechists who are actively involved in indirect evangelization through various Missionary works in this predominantly Hindu/Muslim dominated society.

With the Mission Cooperation Appeal monies, the Archdiocese will repair and build Mission chapels in the Thiruvalluar district/county, the most backward region of the Archdiocese for families and converts to meet and worship God and keep the Sabbath holy every weekend.

May God bless your generosity,

Most Rev. George Antonysamy, Archbishop of Madras (India)

A special collection will be taken up for this Mission Diocese this weekend. Please be as generous as possible. 


Welcome Fr. James Reutter!

A new Pastor has been appointed to our pastoral region of St. Peter's and St. Mary's. Fr. James Reutter comes to us from Our Lady of Victory on the West side of town, (Delhi area). He is completing a 12 year assignment there and will begin as our Pastor on July 1st. 

The folks over at Our Lady Of Victory will be giving Fr. Reutter a "send off" farewell reception after their 11:00 a.m. Mass on July 1st. This gives their parishioners the opportunity to wish him well and say "good-bye". 


St. Mary's and St. Peter's extends a big "THANK YOU" to Fr. Pat Crone, Fr. Adam Puntel and Fr. David Howard for their ministry and work at our parishes since Fr. Mike Leshney's retirement back in October. 

We look forward to Fr. Reutter being with us here and hope he will spend many happy years as our Pastor. 



The U.S. bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life taking place August 3—September 28. Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with little-known facts about Roe v. Wade to share with others. Sign up at



Take A Spiritual Field Trip!! See Matthew Kelly LIVE!!

Living Every Day With Passion And Purpose!

Join us as we carpool from St. Peter and St. Mary to St. Leon, IN (only 1 hour away) to hear Matthew Kelly speak on "Living Everyday with Passion and Purpose."

When: November 17 from 2-5 pm. Tickets: Cost is $39. Register soon at or call 859-980-7900.

For questions and to be included in carpooling, please call or text Connie Taggart at 513-646-6494. 


Small Group Study

“A Biblical Walk Through The Mass”

5-week video/discussion program. Give new life to your Mass experience as you learn why we say what we say and do what we do at Mass.

Times are convenient to Sunday morning Masses on Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21.

St. Mary 9:00-10:15 a.m. - Fr. Lewis Center (St. Mary's)

St. Peter 9:30-10:45 am - Fr. Kennedy Hall (St. Peter's)

Other days may be offered if there is enough interest. $20 fee for study materials.

Sign up sheets are available in back of both parishes or through Carol Adams at 513-515-3143. 


Women of the parishes!  Get ready for our Oct. 12th Slumber party at the Miller Barn!  Contact any member of the GRACE Committee, or call Mary Kinnard 553.4959 to reserve your spot!


THE DETAILS: Friday Oct. 12th 5pm- Sat. noon.  Cost $15. Includes potluck dinner, overnight space, bonfire, hot tub, breakfast & lots of fun! Can't sleep on an air mattress?  Rent out one of the 3 rooms available for an additional $32 and still enjoy all the fun.  


(Deb Davis, Heather den Hollander, Melanie Murray, Mary Kinnard, Karin Mendoza & Connie Taggart).  We are planning a Women's retreat for October 2019 at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, along with other women's ministries.  Curious?  Interested in helping?  Give one of us a call!





The recent news on sexual abuse scandals have left Catholics angry, hurt and confused. Fr. Reutter would like to give parishioners an opportunity to discuss this and help answer the question, "How to Stay Faithful When Your Leaders Fail You?" He will give a talk and then have an informal question and answer session. This is for any adult parishioners of St. Mary's and St. Peter's and will be held on Wednesday, September 12 from 7:15-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary's in the Fr. Lewis Center. (Adoration will be shortened this evening to 6:30-7:15 pm.) 



The Ministry Fair will be held on November 18, 2018 in the Gathering Space right after the 10:30am Mass at St. Mary's. There will be representatives from various groups to answer questions. If you are interested in any of the ministries in our parish, please prepare to speak to the representative of that group during this Ministry Fair. You may also go to our either our Facebook page or our website to download and print discernment resources before the Ministry Fair so the process will be streamlined. We hope to make this an enjoyable experience for those on both sides of the tables! 



Ho! Ho! Ho! You oughta go! To the St. Peter's Annual Ladies Christmas Party on Thursday, December 6 at 6:00 pm in the Fr. Kennedy Hall.  We plan on having lots of fun, laughter, fellowship and song as usual.  Part of the fun is our crazy stealing Santa game so bring a $10 gift that someone just can't wait to receive.

Bring an appetizer, main dish, side dish or dessert to share. A bottle of wine is perfectly fine also!  Also, please feel free to bring a friend, this is a great way of evangelizing and helping to grow our parish.Please RSVP to Connie Taggart to help us in the planning. or call or text 513.646.6494. We really need you to join us to make our evening complete!




Annual Nickel Raffle

St. Mary's Annual February Nickel Raffle will take place Sunday, February 16th following the 10:00 am Mass. Come one! Come all! This is a family fun event! Everyone is invited. Stroll around St. Mary's Fr. Lewis Center (inside of course) and see the many items you can win for JUST A NICKEL ticket if yours is pulled from the bag you place it in!


We can use your help. If you have items that you have received from "Santa" and don't need it, well, donate them to the Nickel Raffle. An item may just well be the thing someone wanted and can possibly win it for a NICKEL!


Donations of FOOD and BAKED GOODS are needed as well to supply a nice fun, easy to grab, lunch for the families to enjoy. (Please see the sign-up sheets on the table in the St. Mary's Gathering Space.) Thank you and we hope to see you there!!!




Chili Cook-Off Fund Raiser For Our Youth Ministry!


Come join us on Saturday, Feb. 8th, 6:30pm at St. Peter (after the 5:45 pm Mass). $3 to enter your chili or $5 to attend. It takes place at St. Peter's in Fr. Kennedy Hall (lower level of the church). The proceeds raised will benefit our Youth Ministry.  


The NEW Cathechism Men's Group meets at St. Mary's every Thursday at 7 P.M. All men are invited to join our Cathechism Men's Group. We dive into the riches, teaches and wisdom of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church, and discover the impact it has on our daily lives.

For more information, please contact Peter den Hollander at (513) 617-5150.


Parish Libraries!

Feed Your Soul!

Did you know that both St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s have a lending library of spiritual books, videos, pamphlets, and other great resources? These are available for you to take home and return when you are finished. And, NO library fees!!!

St. Peter’s – Library is in the church undercroft, second room on your right through the double doors. Hundreds of resources are available. Come visit before or after Mass or weekdays (when the parish office is open).

St. Mary’s – The library cart is in the parish gathering space with books that might interest you. Check it out before or after Masses. There is also a whole library of resources in the basement of the parish offices just waiting to feed you with Spiritual knowledge!



The Men’s Bible Study Group is having another FREE Sausage & Pancake Breakfast for the region on Sunday Feb. 17th between the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses at St. Peter’s. Everyone is invited for great food and fellowship. No reservations needed. Please mark your calendars for Feb 17th and bring the whole family. Father Reutter will be joining us.  If you have any questions, please call Greg Feldkamp, Pastoral Assistant 513-335-7886. We hope to see many of you there!



Encounter the Peace of Christ During the Season of Lent

This Lent, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will once again engage in the initiative, "The Light Is On For You". On Tuesday, March 24th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm, most Catholic parishes/pastoral regions will open their doors and provide the opportunity for private confession. (To take place at St. Mary, Bethel.)


If you have been reluctant to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, have been away from the Church for some time, or just find it difficult to get to a regularly scheduled confession time or communal penance service, this is your chance to experience the reconciling peace of Christ through the grace of the Sacrament. No stress, just peace! 


Invite a Friend or Family Member to Encounter the Peace of Christ


Do you know someone who stopped coming to Mass or is experiencing doubt in their lives? Invite them to participate in "The Light Is On For You" on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at St. Mary's. Invite them to experience the peace of Christ through quiet prayer and through the grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Repent and sin no more… experience Christ’s peace!


Priests throughout the Archdiocese will hear private confessions and churches will be open for quiet reflection and prayer. Consider making a commitment this Lent to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation and receive the healing grace of God’s forgiveness and love. 


A Guide for Confession

Returning to the Sacrament of Confession after being away for awhile can cause us to be anxious. However, you need not be afraid. It is our hope that this guide will help remove some of that fear and give you encouragement to receive Jesus’ forgiveness in this great sacrament. Keep in mind that during your confession, if you need help – especially if you have been away for some time – simply ask the priest and he will help you by "walking" you through the confession.

The basic requirement for a good confession is to have the intention of returning to God like the "prodigal son" and to acknowledge our sins with true sorrow before the priest.

Sin in my Life

In some ways, modern society has lost a sense of sin. As a Catholic follower of Christ, I must make an effort to recognize sin in my daily thoughts, actions, words and omissions. We are all sinners, but Jesusloves sinners. As He said, “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” So, we need not be afraid to recognize and admit our sin.

The Gospels show how deeply Jesus wishes to forgive us and how important is the forgiveness of our sins. Lives of saints prove that the person who grows in holiness has a stronger sense of sin, sorrow for sins, and a need for the Sacrament of Penance or Confession.

The Differences in Sins

As a result of Original Sin, human nature is weakened. Baptism, by imparting the life of Christ's grace, takes away Original Sin, and turns us back toward God. The consequences of this weakness and the inclination to evil persist, and we often commit personal or actual sin.

Actual sin is sin which people commit. There are two kinds of actual sin, mortal and venial.

Mortal sin is a deadly offense against God, so serious that it destroys the life of grace in the soul. Three simultaneous conditions must be fulfilled for a mortal sin: 1) the act must be something very serious; 2) the person must have sufficient understanding of what is being done; 3) the person must have sufficient freedom of the will.

Before Confession

Be truly sorry for your sins. The essential act of Penance, on the part of the penitent, is contrition, a clear and decisive rejection of the sin committed, together with a resolution not to commit it again, out of the love one has for God. The resolution to avoid committing these sins in the future (amendment) is a sure sign that your sorrow is genuine and authentic. This does not mean that a promise never to fall again into sin is necessary. A resolution to try to avoid the near occasions of sin suffices for true repentance. God's grace in cooperation with the intention to rectify your life will give you the strength to make progress in resisting and overcoming temptation in the future.

Examination of Conscience

Before going to Confession you should make a review of mortal and venial sins since your last sacramental confession, and should express sorrow for sins and a firm resolution not to sin again. Here is an examination of conscience to help you review your life. It is based is on the Commandments of God:

  1. I am Lord your God; you shall not have strange gods before me.

    Have I loved God with my whole heart and soul? Do I pray to God daily? Have God and the pursuit of sanctity in Christ been the goal of my life? Have I denied my faith? Have I lost trust in God’s forgiveness and goodness to me?Did I despair of God’s mercy? Have I placed my trust in false teachings or substitutes for God? Have I rejected any teaching of the Catholic Church?

  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

    Have I used God's name profanely in my speech? Is my speech unbecoming of a Christian person?

  3. You shall keep holy the Lord’s Day.

    Have I honored every Sunday by avoiding unnecessary work and going to Mass, including Holy Days of Obligation? Do I observe the one-hour fast before Holy Communion? Have I received Jesus in the Eucharist with serious sin on my soul?

  1. You shall honor your father and mother.

    Do I give due honor to my parents? Have I shown Christ-like respect to my spouse, family members and legitimate authorities? Am I patient with my family members and do I forgive them? Have I been attentive to the religious education and formation of my children?

  2. You shall not kill.

    Has my anger harmed others? Have I shown sacred respect for human life, especially to the innocent? Have I treated my body and others as a temple of the Holy Spirit? Have I violated God’s gift of fertility by an act of sterilization, suchas a vasectomy or tubal ligation? Did I abuse drugs or alcohol? Have I supported in any way abortion or "mercy killing"? Have I attempted suicide? Have I wished ill on another?

  3. You shall not commit adultery.

    Do I show appreciation and gratitude for my spouse? Have I been faithful to my spouse in my heart and in my relations with others? Have I been chaste in thought and word? Have I used any form of artificial contraception? Have I engaged in sexual activity outside of marriage? Have I viewed pornography? Have I committed impure acts by myself? Did I deliberately look at impure TV, pictures, reading? Have I married or advised another to marry outside the Church?

  4. You shall not steal.

    Have I stolen anything from another, from my employer, from the government? If so, am I ready to repay it? Have I been lazy in my work? Have I paid my employees a just wage? Did I fulfill my contracts? Have I vandalized ordestroyed another’s property? Did I rashly gamble, depriving my family of necessities? Have I contributed to the support of the Church and the poor and needy by giving a fair share of my time, talent and finances?

  5. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

    Have I lied? Have I gossiped? Have I cheated? Have I destroyed or defamed someone’s name or reputation? Have I discriminated against others because of race or other reasons? Have I spoken ill of any other person? Have I rashly judged others? Have I kept appropriate secrets and confidences?

  6. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

    Do I respect the sacredness of marriage by respecting another’s spouse? Am I a jealous person?

  7. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

    Am I envious of the abilities, gifts or possessions of others? Am I materialistic? Am I greedy or selfish with thisworld’s goods? Am I grateful for who I am and what I have?

During Confession

After examining your conscience and telling God of your sorrow, go into the confessional. You may kneel at the screen or sit to talk face-to-face with the priest. Do not be afraid.

Begin your confession with the sign of the cross, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. My last confession was _________ weeks (months, years) ago."

The priest may read a passage from holy Scripture.

Say the sins that you remember. Start with the one(s) that is most difficult to say. In order to make a good confession the faithful must confess all mortal sins. After confessing all the sins you remember since your last good confession, you may conclude by saying, "I am sorry for these and all the sins of my past life."

Listen to the words of the priest. He will assign you some penance. When invited, express some prayer of sorrow or Act of Contrition such as:
An Act of Contrition
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell. But most of all because I have offended you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.

At the End of Confession

Listen to the words of absolution; it is Jesus’ forgiveness to you through His priest. As you listen to the words of forgiveness, believe that you are forgiven and make the sign of the cross with the priest.

After Confession

Give thanks to God for forgiving you. Do your assigned Penance.

Finally be resolved to return to the Sacrament of Reconciliation often. We Catholics are fortunate to have the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It is the ordinary way for us to have our sins forgiven. This sacrament is a powerful help to get rid of our weaknesses, grow in holiness, and lead a balanced and virtuous life.





Are you interested in getting more out of Lent this year so it makes a real difference in your life of faith? The Parish Faith Formation team have all sorts of practical suggestions. To help you get started, Fr. Reutter will be giving a short talk in each parish on "How To Make A Good Lent", with handouts and "Q & A" afterwards. It is the same talk at both parishes so pick a date that is convenient to you:


Tuesday, February 26th at 7:00 PM at St. Mary's Fr. Vincent Lewis Center or 

Thursday, February 28th at 7:00 PM at St. Peter's Fr. Kennedy Hall.


When you click this link, you will be able to read the February 26th 2019 letter from Archbishop Schnurr regarding the meeting in Rome with Pope Francis and the world's bishops. The purpose of this gathering was to address the great evil of clerical sexual abuse of minors, with particular focus on bishops who failed to appropriately deal with this abuse in their dioceses.

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Click this link to get a complete listing of the Confession Opportunities during the 2019 Lenten Season.

Click For Confession Schedule



Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one and/or experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, or hopelessness?  You might benefit from joining with others who are experiencing similar feelings.  In sharing our stories, we might gain some insights, find strength, and develop hope for the future.  

For all who are interested, we will be meeting at St. Peter’s on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 7:00 PM. You do not need to pre-register. The first meeting is March 18th at 7:00 PM. 

Please direct any questions to or call 513-553-4765.


A Divine Mercy Celebration on April 28TH  from 2:00 – 3:15 pm at St. Bernadette Church, 1479 Locust Lake Rd, Amelia, OH 45102

Please join us as we celebrate Christ’s mercy with Eucharistic Exposition, Confessions, Recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, personal prayer and Benediction.

Four priests will be present for individual confessions.


Have you always wanted to walk & pray the steps at Holy Cross Immaculata Church on Good Friday (Mt. Adams)?  This could be the year you do it!  Join your parish family for this life changing spiritual experience!  For 150 years the faithful from Greater Cincinnati and beyond have prayed the 100 steps every Good Friday to Holy Cross Immaculata Church in Mt. Adams. Good Friday is April 19th. 

Join your fellow parishioners THIS FRIDAY, Good Friday. For anyone  wishing to carpool, we will meet at 9:00AM at St. Peter and St. Mary parking lots. We will return in time for the fish fry at St. Peter. To ensure we have enough drivers, please let us know if you wish to be included in the carpool from St. Mary or St. Peter and be dropped off at the church steps. Call or text Connie Taggart at 513.646.6494


St. Peter's Parish Picnic

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 30th for St. Peter’s annual parish picnic!

The annual Parish Picnic celebrates our Feast Day, and we are going to be celebrating as a Parish family.  Whether you are a long time parishioner, new parishioner or visitor - all are welcome!


The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. at the shelter, with a delicious picnic dinner at 4:30 p.m.  The Parish will provide the pork, chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, condiments, lemonade and ice water.  Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share.


Bring your family, friends, children and grandchildren!  There are lots of activities:  pony ride, hay ride, kiddie train ride, pinata, face painting, water balloon toss, cornhole, volleyball and jenga. Come and meet the New Richmond Fire Department and view a fire truck. 




May Crowning

The May Crowning Of Mary will take place on the first weekend of May at both parishes on Sunday, May 5th.

St. Peter's following the 8:30 AM Mass at 9:30 AM. All will gather at the doors of the church and process to the grotto.

St. Mary's at 10:30 am, the crown of flowers will be placed on the statue inside the church, then followed by Mass. 


Join The 9 Day Novena!

On May 18, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will celebrate the historic ordination of nine men to the priesthood! Deacons Alex Biroymumeisho, Mark Bredestege, Zachary Cecil, Christian Cone-Lombarte, Ambrose Dobroszi, Andrew Hess, Elias Mwesigye, Jeffrey Stegbauer, and Jedediah Tritle  have spent many years studying, discerning, and serving in preparation for this momentous day where they receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders. This will be the largest ordination class in more than 40 years!

We know that it is your prayers for the vocations of future priests that have strengthened them throughout their years of formation. We ask that you intensify your prayers and join us in a novena for these men as they near ordination day.

During this 9 Day Novena you will receive:

  • Videos from the men preparing for ordination, sharing their excitement for the priesthood. 
  • Daily email reminders to pray the novena. 
  • A daily prayer asking God the Father to bless, sanctify, and consecrate these future priests.  
Click here to sign up for the 9 days of e-mails.



It’s time for the men’s cookout. All men of St. Mary are invited and encouraged to attend the annual Men’s Cookout on Thursday, May 30th, at the home of Paul & Judy Spiller, 2688 Spring Street in Bethel. Festivities will begin with social time at 6:00pm. Dinner will be served around 6:30pm. Back by popular demand, John Wallace will be preparing smoked pork.  Please bring a side a dessert to share.  Bring a friend from our  parish to share in the fun.  For more information please contact John Wallace (513 378-9940) or E-mail at or or Jerry Cahall (513 543-0298) so we are sure to have enough food for everyone.  We hope to see you there!



On Memorial Day, we remember in prayer all who have died in military service for our nation. Please join us for Mass on that day, Monday, May 27th at 9:00 AM at St. Mary. 


St Vincent dePaul Run for the Poor Charity Event Reaches 27th Anniversary

The St Martin District Council of St Vincent de Paul is pleased to announce that it will hold its 27th annual “Run for the Poor” fundraising event this year on Saturday, June 8th.  The 5K race and fitness walk is a timed event that features trophies and awards for winners in many classes, and over 120 door prizes that go to many lucky participants. 

The starting gun will sound at 9:00 AM with the start and finish lines located on the spacious grounds of St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, located in the picturesque surroundings of Goshen in Clermont County.   The race route is flat and scenic with a large portion of the race circuit winding its way through wooded areas of Miami Meadows Park.  A water table at the half-way point of the race is staffed by cheering St Vincent dePaul volunteers for racers needing liquid and moral support. 

Free refreshments after the race are provided by First Watch, one of the Run for the Poor’s corporate sponsors.  More Run for the Poor info is available at  A link for discounted pre-race registration sign-up can be found on the website or by calling 513-474-1399.  Mail-in registration sign-up flyers for the Run for the Poor can also be found in the back of Church.


St. Peter's Business Manager

Greg Feldkamp has been the parish business manager for St. Peter’s since 2019. In this capacity, he assists the pastor in managing the many “business” functions of parish life so that the priest can focus more fully on prayer, sacramental duties and pastoral work with the people. 

His duties include working as liaison to the finance committee and parishioners to assist the pastor and finance members in planning and budgeting as well as helping the parishioners to steward our financial resources well; working closely with Stan our maintenance man on facilities management; coordinating renovation projects; serving as a liaison to community organizations who use our facilities; administering employment policies; ensuring that we are in compliance with government regulations; ensuring that our office automation and communication systems are up to date; and more. 

Greg has spent most of his life as a member of this parish with family roots going back to her founding in 1850. He has “done it all” in offering his service to the parish from the time he was a child serving at the altar when he attended the parochial school to his many areas of service as an adult, including parish council president, coordinator of ushers and greeters, member of the cemetery board, liturgical master of ceremonies, sacristan, funeral server, and personal assistant to a previous pastor. He also assists the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as a member of their diocesan pastoral council.

Fr. Reutter


The Pentecost Novena is the first of all novenas, nine days of prayer. After Jesus' Ascension into heaven, He commanded His disciples to come together in the upper room to devote themselves to constant prayer (Acts 1:14). They prayed for nine days before receiving the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.


On May 4, 1897, Pope Leo XIII proclaimed: "We decree and command that throughout the whole Catholic Church, this year and in every subsequent year, a novena shall take place before Pentecost, in all parish churches." It has been reported that Pope Leo XIII was inspired to mandate the Pentecost novena because of a letter from a housewife in Italy. Pope John Paul II has reiterated Pope Leo XIII's command for a worldwide Pentecost novena, although the novena can be prayed at any time — not only before Pentecost.


Try to go to Mass daily throughout the novena. Go to Confession during the novena. Make visits to church to adore the eucharistic Jesus throughout the novena. Pray the novena daily, beginning May 31st.



O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, promised to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, grant to give the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love.


Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may be detached from the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal; the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth; the Spirit of Counsel that I may always choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven; the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation; the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the knowledge of the Saints;  the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and desirable; and the Spirit of Holy Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


Coupon Books are available now!

$20 coupons books are available now. They are loaded with discount coupons for restaurants and businesses in the the Clermont County area!  Some can even be used more than once!! Each book sold gives the Youth $8.00 profit.  They will be sold after the Masses in the Gathering Space of St. Mary.  (Anyone wishing to purchase one from St. Peter’s, please see Debbie in the office on Wednesday or Thursday). This will help fund some of the activities and events that PJ does with the Youth. What a great way to support them and treat yourself with the many saving coupons in this book!  Thank you in advance for your help and support to our Youth.


Rummage And Bake Sale!

Bring your garage, attic, basement, and closet items from your ‘spring cleaning’ to St. Mary’s this week and next for our Rummage and Bake Sale on Friday, June 7th (9am - 5pm) and Saturday, June 8th (9am - 2pm)!!!  Sponsored by the Ladies’ Altar Society, this sale goes to help with many items we use and need in Church.  Call the parish office for drop off times.  Thank you for your support on this important fund-raiser.


On the weekend of June 15/16th, there will be a special collection at all Masses. This is to provide support for the Dayton and surrounding area victims who experienced the devastating tornados. Click the link below to read Archbishop Schnurr's Statement.  

Archbishop Schnurr's Statement On Disaster Relief


Saturday---4:00pm @ St. Mary’s        Sunday---8:00am @ St. Peter’s     

                   5:45pm @ St. Peter’s                     10:00am  @ St. Mary’s


Daily Mass Times:  8:30am         Monday & Friday--------@ St. Peter’s      

                                                      Tuesday & Thursday---@ St. Mary’s 

For complete details that outline the need for the change, click here. 





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It's back! Vacation Bible School will take place at St. Mary's for the South Clermont Catholic Region on June 24th through the 28th. Each day goes from 9am to noon. Registrations are being taken now for children grades K thru 6. If you are interested in volunteering, please let PJ know that you would like to be involved. It would be great to have you! It will be an awesome week!

Please call PJ at 513-734-4041 at extension 3. 


Mortgage Burning And Appreciation Day

St. Mary’s – Mortgage Burning and Appreciation Day 

It has been a busy year at St. Mary’s, even into the summer where we are already doing our planning for the new parish year that kicks in on July 1st. On Sunday, July 14th after the 10 AM Mass, we want to take a step back and do two things. First, we wanted to officially acknowledge the generosity of our parishioners in paying off the debt on the new church building. Since we are no longer paying interest on that building loan, we can enjoy worshipping in the beautiful new structure (debt-free) and of course dedicate our resources to building up our Christian community and serving those in need. We will celebrate all this with a “mortgage burning” ceremony immediately after the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Please join us. 

In addition to the financial generosity of our parishioners, we also want to express our appreciation for all those individuals and parish groups that keep the faith alive in the parish. We will pray for them at Mass as well. Without the dedication, commitment, hard work and sacrifice of our parish volunteers, we could not possibly continue to witness to the presence of Jesus Christ in our midst. 

Please take a moment to pray for the volunteer groups, that the Lord may continue to bless their efforts and allow them to bear great fruit. These include:

Adult Faith Formation (AFF) Team

Altar Attendants / Servers

Altar Society

Bereavement Committee

Building and Grounds

Catholic Charities (Mobile Food Pantry)


Confirmation Preparation

Education Commission

Eucharistic Ministers

Finance Commission

GRACE Committee

The Knights of Columbus


Men of St. Joseph (Lenten Fish Fries)

Offertory Gifts

Parish Library Ministry

Pastoral Council

Parish Religious Education Program (PREP)

Prayer Line

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and Children (RCIC)

Rosary Group


Shut-Ins / Visiting Nursing Homes

St. Vincent dePaul Conference (Food Pantry)


Worship Commission

Young Adult Ministry

Youth Ministry

K-6 Youth Ministry

7-12 Sunday Youth Ministry

7-12 Special Youth Ministry Events




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The Independence Day Mass for 2019 will be held at St. Peter's at 9:00 am. Please join us!


June 22 - 29 is Religious Freedom Week. It takes place from June 22, the Memorial of Sts. Thomas More & John Fisher, through June 29, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul. Join Catholics across the country to pray and act for the freedom to serve faithfully and with integrity.  Learn more at!



Please join us for the next Women's Luncheon on Sunday, June 23 at the home of Cyn Macke at 1868  US Highway 52, just over 1 mile east of Moscow, on the left, with a gate. You are welcome to bring a  side dish or a dessert, but that is not necessary.  Please join us for good food, fellowship and faith sharing.  Please RSVP to Cyn via text at 513-403-6679 or email at:



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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July 1st started the new parish year. As we begin this new parish year, we are adding some times in both parishes for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the sacrament of confession, because devotion to the Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins are so important to our spiritual life.

Effective immediately, the new weekly schedule for these sacraments and devotions is as follow: 


1st and 3rd Saturdays, St. Peter, confessions available before the 5:45 pm Saturday evening Mass (approximately 5:00 – 5:30 pm.) 

Every Monday, St. Peter, Eucharistic Adoration with confessions available, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 


2nd, 4th & 5th Saturdays, St. Mary, confessions available before the 4:00 pm Saturday evening Mass (approximately 3:15-3:45 pm.)

Every Thursday, St. Mary, Confessions 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Monday, St. Peter, Eucharistic Adoration with confessions available, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 

First Fridays, St. Peter, Eucharistic adoration before the morning Mass, 7:45-8:15 am.

Every Wednesday, St. Mary, Eucharistic Adoration 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Not in July) 

Additional times will be added during the seasons of Advent and Lent. 

Please note that there are occasional cancellations. For example, no confessions at St. Peter’s on the civic holidays of Memorial Day and Labor Day and no adoration at St. Mary’s in July. You can check the parish calendar any time to confirm availability by reading the bulletin or looking at the parish calendar online,, or by viewing the calendar on the parish app. If you call the parish office, you can press 7 at the recording and you will get a list of any cancellations or schedule changes for the current week.