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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. 


We are joining the World's Largest March For Life!


The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year we bring together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming. 

We will be leaving on Thursday, January, 18th for the actual March For Life that takes on Friday, January, 19th. We return on Sunday evening, January 21st. Questions? Contact P.J. Ehling at 513-284-3154 or by e-mail at

History On March For Life:

January 22, 1973 is ingrained in the minds of pro-lifers because on that infamous historic day the Supreme Court invalidated 50 state laws and made abortion legal and available on demand throughout the United States in the now-infamous decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.  The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since 1973 is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, legalized abortion on demand.

At the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, we mourned the death in 2012 of Nellie Gray, the founder of the March for Life and the “Joan of Arc” of the pro-life movement. In October 1973, months after the Roe and Doe decisions, a group of thirty pro-life leaders gathered in Nellie’s home in Washington, D.C. to discuss how to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Roe. There was a fear that January 22 would pass as any other day rather than allow for a moment to reflect upon how legalized abortion had hurt women and taken babies’ lives over the course of the year. That was the day that plans for the first March for Life began.



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).


The Light Is On For You

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, February 27 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, February 27, 2018 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. 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 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. 


On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. It marks 40 days before the celebration of Easter. Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Season is a time for contemplating one's transgressions.

Ash Wednesday Mass Times

9:00 AM St. Peter's

Noon St. Mary's

7:00 PM Both Parishes


According to the Catholic law of abstinence, every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent. Every person between the age of 18 and 59 (beginning of 60th year) must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 


Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.


Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants. For the reception of ashes, the priest says, "Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return" or "Repent and believe in the Gospel."




Chili Cook-Off Fund Raiser!

Come join us on Feb. 10th, 6:00pm at St. Peter (after the 5:00pm Mass). $3 to enter your chili or $5 to attend. It takes place in Fr. Kennedy Hall (lower level of the church). The proceeds raised will benefit our Youth Ministry.  


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!


Join St. Peters (5:00pm - 7:30pm) and St. Mary's (4:30pm - 7:30pm) for their Fish Fridays! Eat in or carry out with a great meal that won't break the bank! Come enjoy some great food! 


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 



If you are looking for yours, please remember to contact Debbie in the Parish Office to request a copy of your 2017 donations to the Parish. If you need the “total” right away, she can tell it to you and put a hard paper copy in the mail to you as well. They can not be emailed due to having to have the raised seal on them. Thanks you for all you have given in 2017 and God Bless you for your continued Stewardship of “Treasure” to your parish in 2018. 




Your “junk” can become someone else’s “treasure” at St. Mary’s Rummage Sale on June 1st and 2nd!!! Please remember when doing your Spring Cleaning of the attic, the closets, the basement or the garage, to drop off your goods at St. Mary’s on Tuesdays and Fridays, (or to Debbie at St. Peter’s on Wednesdays and Thursdays).

It is never too early to begin collecting the variety of goods you offer to the Rummage Sale. Clothing, shoes, women’s accessories (earrings, necklaces, bracelets), small appliances, knick-knacks, books, bedding, tools, dish ware, cookware, pictures, etc... we are told we always have a nice assortment of things and in good condition too. And that my friends is because of you and what you supply us! Thank you in advance for all you do to help with this endeavor. God Bless You!!!!


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. 


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 9-1 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 before and after Masses, but there is a whole library of resources in the basement of the parish offices just waiting to feed you with Spiritual knowledge!


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.


St. Peter's Parish Picnic

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 24th for St. Peter’s annual parish picnic!

We plan to gather at the shelter around 2 PM with the picnic foods being served at 4 PM. Please watch the bulletin as more details are provided.


May Crowning

The May Crowning Of Mary will take place on the first weekend of May at both parishes on Sunday, May 6th.

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 following the First Communion Mass at 10:30 AM. At the end of Mass, all will process out of the church and gather around the statue in the memorial garden, just outside the church doors.



  • 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! 



Join us on Saturday, August 4th from 4 to 8 PM for the St. Mary’s Pig Roast!

There will be so much fresh food and fun. You won’t want to miss it! Advance meal tickets are $7 available on Tuesday or Friday at St. Mary's Office 7:00 AM - 5:00 or available at St. Peter on Wednesday or Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM The advance tickets are also available at Community Savings Bank in Bethel. Adult tickets are $9 when purchased at the event. Children 5 - 10 are $4 and under 4 are FREE!

What do you get for your hard earned moolah? A lot! Your meal includes your choice of pulled pork or chicken. (Brats, metts and hot dogs are available as an alternative.) Five sides include mac and cheese, baked beans, cole slaw, green beans and awesome sweet corn. Lemonade, iced tea or ice water and your choice of dessert is included. Soda is available for a nominal charge.

We are thinking of your comfort and are ready for rain or shine. If you prefer the air conditioning, the
Fr. Le
wis Parish Center will be open. If you enjoy eating outside, we will provide the huge tent with lots of tables and chairs.

The Pig Roast features beer from the Old Firehouse Brewery. Other brands are also available. All brands are at a nominal, extra charge.


This year, we will have the "Split the Pot" and largest "Bid-n-Buy" ever! Entertainment is by Adam Rutherford.   


Come and have some fun. Let's go “HOG WILD” and meet up with friends and family both new and old.

You can make this our best event ever by spreading the word. Please contact Shirlene Wallace 205-4762 or Diane Hancock 734-6827 if you have any questions.





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 Rummage Sale takes place this Friday, October 19th from 9 to 5 P.M. and Saturday, October 20th from 9 to 2 P.M. We have asked for donations of any item(s) that are in good, usable condition. The sale takes place in the Fr. Vincent Lewis Center, 3398 State Route 125. Thank you for your support with this fund raising event.



November 1st is the Feast Of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass times are as follows:

St. Peter's

9 AM

7 PM

St. Mary's


7 PM

There will also be special memorial Masses remembering the loved ones who have passed during the last year. This Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 7 P.M. on Friday, November 2nd. at St. Mary's (All Souls Day). The Memorial Mass for St. Peter's will take place on Wednesday, November 7th at 7 P.M.


There will be two Memorial Masses where all are invited to participate in remembering the dead. 

St. Mary's will take place on All Soul's Day, Friday, November 2nd at 7 P.M. 

St. Peter's will take place on Wednesday, November 7th at 7 P.M. 

A special candle lighting ceremony will take place before those Masses. 

Please remember to pray for our dead at all times, especially during the month of November.


Saturday, December 8th is the Feast Of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day Of Obligation. This feast references Mary’s conception in her mother’s womb without the stain of original sin.

Friday, December 7th Mass at St. Mary's is:

7:00 PM

Saturday, December 8th Mass at St. Peter is:

9:00 AM

Saturday, December 8th Mass at St. Mary is:

12:00 PM Noon

Since a "grave cause" is needed to excuse one from this obligation, it would be a serious or mortal sin to willfully skip Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation, as the Church teaches. Reasons such as the necessity to work to support one's family, child care, personal sickness or the care of the sick, necessary travel etc. would excuse a person on a particular occasion.


Please note that the Saturday 4:00 P.M. Mass at St. Mary's and 5:00 P.M. Mass at St. Peter's will occur at the ordinary scheduled time and do not meet the obligation of attending the Feast Of The Immaculate Conception Holy Day Mass.   



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! 




  • Date: Thursday December 6th

  • Appetizers: 6:00 pm

  • Dinner: 6:30 pm

  • Cost:$3.00 plus a side dish (appetizer, dessert, or "side" potato/veggie/salad - whichever you prefer)


The Altar Society Christmas Dinner will be December 6, 2018, starting at 6pm with appetizers. A $3.00 reservation is required and a $5.00 gift will be exchanged.  There will be women in the Gathering Space to take reservations and
answer any questions.


SECRET PAL LADIES, there will be a table for gifts to conclude our year, and slips available to join in the fun for next year!




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!



This is a very special time of the year to prepare for the celebration of Christmas. A time to remember that Jesus became one like us in all ways but sin. Come Lord Jesus, our Emmanuel Come!!

This year, our Advent Penance Service will take place on Thursday, December 13th at St. Peter's

There will be three priests for private confessions. Come as a family or individuals to pray together for reconciliation with YOUR PARISH FAMILY. 



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!




It is the Christmas season again and time for another gathering for the St. Mary's Men of St. Joseph. This Christmas we will be having an evening of fellowship at the Fr. Lewis Center (at St. Mary), with food and refreshments on Wednesday, January 2, 2019, around 6:30 P.M, with food arriving around 7:00 P.M. We will have a brief meeting highlighting our accomplishments for 2018 and our endeavors for the upcoming year. 

Bring yourself and we encourage you to bring another male parishioner. The more the merrier!!!! Please RSVP to Jerry Cahall 513 734-4630 or Gary Donaworth at 513 734-6577. This would be helpful so we will be sure to have enough pizza and refreshments for everyone.