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BUY THOSE RAFFLE TICKETS NOW!!!


When you enter the Gathering Space at St.
 Mary, you'll notice the many tables that are set up with prize baskets that will be raffled off at the PIG ROAST. You can purchase your raffle tickets 
now! Tickets are 1 for $1, 6 for $5 and 15 for $10.
We have some great items that everyone will want. Gift cards include: $100 Kroger, $50 Wichard’s, $25 Walgreens, $25 Red Lobster, and dinner for two at Golden Corral. There are lots of coupons for free menu items at various restaurants and over 20 wonderful assorted baskets. There is a mascot stuffed "Miss Piggy" loaded with free coupons and gift cards!

While you are purchasing your RAFFLE TICKETS after Mass, please take the opportunity to buy your Advanced PIG Roast Dinner Tickets! Questions? Please contact Diane Hancock at 734-6827.
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St. Peter's Memorial Brick Update

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, approximately 80 people were at St. Peter for the parish picnic where the new Commemorative Brick area by the main church entrance was dedicated by Fr. Mike.

 

We will continue to sell bricks for the new area at the main entrance of Church. Order forms are available at both entrances. If you have any questions, please contact Greg Feldkamp -Pastoral Assistant. 335-7886 or via email at GJF357@zoomtown.com

You can still memorialize a loved one by taking part in our brick memorial project. The funds raised will go toward Peter's Fund, which is used for repairs around the church. Contact Greg Feldkamp at 513-335-7886 to purchase a brick or to help with the installation. 

The 4" x 8" bricks sell for $80 each. There are 3 lines of characters available with 14 characters per line. 

 

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Pictured here is the new St. Peter Parish Parish Pastoral Council which met for the first time Thursday, August 11. The members are all registered members of St. Peter’s Church. In the first row from left to right are: Greg Feldkamp, Larry Colonel, Jim Herweg, and Christina Willis. In the second row we have from left to right: Terry Cox, Tim Vinson, Pat Greeson, and Deacon Ron Stang. The officers are Larry Colonel, president, Terry Cox, vice-president, and Christina Willis, secretary.

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Rummage & Bake Sale at ST. MARY’S PARISH - One day only!  Friday, October 14th at 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Come join the fun by finding some great low cost bargains and enjoying some fresh baked goods. This event takes place in the Fr. Lewis Center. We hope to see you then!
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On Saturday October 8th, the 5:00 PM congregation cast their ballots. The majority requested the earlier Mass time option for the cold winter months. 

The time for the Saturday Evening Vigil Mass will change from 5:00 PM to 4:00 PM on 11/5/16 (the time change weekend). It will remain this way through the end of March. 

 

We revert to one Sunday Mass on November 6th. The last 8:30 AM Sunday Mass will be celebrated on 10/30/16.

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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 (terrycox14@gmail.com) 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.  

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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. 
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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. 

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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)

 

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ST. MARY & ST. PETER PARISHIONERS,


“ 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

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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!  

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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.

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

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

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

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BELLS OF ST. MARY’S UPDATE

We hope all of you are enjoying our new IT Verdin Digital Carillon Bell System. As you have likely experienced, we are able to choose different ringing patterns and peals that include some great realistic bell sounds! We have also selected music to play that is appropriate for whatever liturgical season we are in. It has certainly made a real difference here at St. Mary and is no comparison to the single bell that has rusted in place up in the front of the church.

As you might recall, for most of last summer, the soil was too wet to mount the last two additional speakers. (By the way, those 2 speakers were generously donated by a very kind parishioner). The large lift to climb up on the chimney required dry soil so it would be secure when extended to extreme heights. Thanks to parishioner Konrad Sandker, the speakers are now mounted (no charge for use of his lift and manpower) and Kim Trout (the audio engineer) has wired them into the bell system, each speaker with an independent volume control.

Another generous parishioners wanted to make sure we had a beautiful plaque that recognizes those who made gifts or memorials to make the Digital Bell Carillon possible. We worked with Lee Ann Helton at the Trophy Cup here in Bethel who did the layout on the plaque and donated all of the engraving. You can see that plaque in the St. Mary's Gathering Space. It is beautiful!

The system even has a wireless remote control where we can choose which song or bell peal plays on each button! It is easy to change each button at the main bell control. This is extremely useful when a funeral toll is needed or when bells for a Mass that isn't at the regularly scheduled time should occur.

 

Things never seem to go as you expect but this project has certainly been worth the wait. It has been completed thanks to the nearly 60 donors in our parish who saw the vision and importance to St. Mary having a bell system. It is important to note that no money from the weekend collections were used to complete this installation. It has been a great addition for St. Mary's 75th Anniversary!


 

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE IN OUR PARISH REGION

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

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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 @ cjadams1@fuse.net) by May 1 if you'd like to be a part of bringing more adult faith renewal and learning opportunities to our parishes. 

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ATTENTION ALL PARISHIONERS OF ST. PETER!

IT IS TIME FOR THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL NIGHT OF DISCERNMENT! COME TO THE PARISH HALL (FR. KENNEDY HALL) THIS WEDNESDAY EVENING, APRIL 18TH AT 7 PM


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. 

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  • It’s New and Better than Ever!!!!

  • Designed With YOU in Mind!

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


BIBLE STUDIES!!! ALL ARE WELCOME!!!


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! 

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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. 

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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. 


 

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NATIONAL NOVENA FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN LIFE
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 www.usccb.org/pray.

 

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Click here to view Archbishop Schnurr's comments in his letter to the Archdiocese on August 16, 2018 in regard to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report regarding clerical abuse.

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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!

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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.


Click To Read


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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

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NEW TO OUR PARISH REGION—SUPPORT GROUP

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 maryannstang@fuse.net or call 513-553-4765.


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Babies need our help -- and A Caring Place Pregnancy Center provides the help those babies and their parents need.  Up to 1,500 clients are served yearly with services and education.  Throughout the month of May, please bring a baby item e.g. diapers, wipes, pacifier, lotion, shampoo, blanket, onesies, sleepers, boy and girl clothing…the list goes on!   Please put them in the bassinet at either church entrance.                                               

Also, on May 11 and 12 after Mass, please take a baby bottle, fill it with spare change and bring it back in 2 weeks (May 25 and 26).  Thank you for your concern and love for God’s littlest ones!

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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.


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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

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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.

 

PENTECOST NOVENA

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.


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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.


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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

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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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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 www.usccb.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek!

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

Weekly on Monday from 6:00 to 7 pm

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

 

St. Mary Confession Schedule

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

Weekly on Thursday from 6:00 to 7 pm

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

 

 

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NEW SCHEDULE FOR CONFESSIONS AND ADORATION

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: 

Confessions

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. 

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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, ccc.city/calendar, 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.

 
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“...I was thirsty and you gave me drink...” MT 25:35 

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE AND NOT A DROP TO DRINK! So the saying goes. But you can help others in need of this precious commodity. How crucial water is to our bodies, our well being, our harvest, our world. Without water we would be devastated. Could you walk miles to the nearest watering hole? Bath in a muddy river? Drink un-filtered water? We often take for granted the simple task of turning on a facet and having access to clean running water, flipping a light switch in a dark room to light our way around, and flushing a toilet to carry 

away waste water. Throughout Africa, there is a critical lack of clean water for drinking and sanitation. Almost one 

billion people do not have access to safe water. One billion if not more. Sr. Rita Sturwold of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur will speak about the need for clean water and electric in Africa at all our Masses the weekend of August 17/18. A special collection will be taken up to help the Sisters provide life-changing electricity and clean water to those less fortunate in Africa. 


Please be as generous as possible to help. 

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

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

We have agreed to welcome seminarian Chris Komoroski to visit the parishes in our region and serve as the deacon for Mass.  He’ll do this about five times throughout the fall, alternating the parishes where he preaches.

He is currently a deacon in his last year of priestly formation.  The Church has a nearly continuous custom of ordaining men to serve as deacons before they become priests, just as a man is ordained a priest before he becomes a bishop.  There are three  levels of the sacrament of holy orders which conform a man’s soul to Christ in a particular way: deacon (Christ the servant), priest (Christ the mediator and offerer of sacrifice), and bishop (Christ the Head). 

Throughout much of the Church’s history, men have been ordained deacons only as a step on the way to the priesthood.  The practice of ordaining men to “the permanent diaconate” in the Roman rite (intending to spend the rest of their lives as deacons but not priests) has recently been revived.

For both seminarian deacons and permanent deacons, an important part of their ministry is to assist the priest at the liturgy and especially to proclaim the Gospel.  Deacons are also permitted to preach at Mass, although they do not ordinarily do so when a priest is present, just as a priest does not ordinarily do so when a bishop is present.

However, in order to give the seminarians practice preaching at Mass, which they will likely need to do every week of their lives, Deacon Chris will be preaching for us when he visits with us, in addition to serving at the altar.

Since the seminarians are fairly inexperienced at preaching, the seminary asks the host parishes to select some volunteers who will give them feedback each time they preach, to help make sure that his preaching connects with the people.  We thank our volunteers on the evaluation team for their service.

The purpose of preaching is for the bishop, priest or deacon to attempt to help connect the Scriptures with the faith lives of those gathered at Mass. I can tell you as a priest of 15 years that this is a very important but challenging task, as people come from very diverse backgrounds and are looking for very different things from the homily.  Please pray for Deacon Chris, that this experience will help to make him a good preacher and good priest!

 

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40 Days For Life

THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF ABORTION

 

FRIDAY VIGILS - Each Friday of the campaign there will be a group prayer hour from 7-8pm at Planned Parenthood, AUBURN AVE.  Parking is on side streets and at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, 45219, two blocks from Planned Parenthood. All are welcome to join us.  The dates are:  September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1.


"Abortion ends the life of defenseless babies in the most barbaric fashion....  Their only defense is you.  Going out to pray where abortions happen is the appropriate response to the most critical human rights issue in history."  Please watch this powerful new video and see what can happen when you answer the call to publicly and peacefully pray for an end to abortion this September 25th through November 3rd.

 

Click here to watch the "Save Lives Where You Live"

 

Sign up here for "Vigil Hours"

 

Other Local events:

Group Covering Hours

Wednesday, September 25th

Guardian Angels Parish (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Thursday, September 26th

St. John the Evangelist Parish, Deer Park/St. Saviour Parish (various hours)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Friday, September 27th

St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring, KY (7am-7pm) St. Dominic Parish (9am-11am)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Friday Group Prayer Vigils

Friday, September 27th

Each Friday of the campaign - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/1 - we will hold a group prayer hour from 7-8pm at Planned Parenthood. If you are not able to commit to prayer during daily vigil hours from 7am to 7pm, this is your opportunity to join with others in prayer for the intentions of the campaign. If this concept is new to you, it is also a good way to experience public prayer for the first time with group support. Parking is on side streets or at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, 45219, two blocks from Planned Parenthood.

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 PM

Group Covering Hours

Saturday, September 28th

All Saints Parish, Guilford, IN (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Sunday, September 29th

All Saints Parish, Guilford, IN (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Monday, September 30th

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (7am-7pm) Immaculate Conception Academy High School Sodality (Noon-1pm) Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life (6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Tuesday, October 1st

St. Gertrude Parish (7am-7pm) St. Henry Parish (2pm-3pm) St. Antoninus Parish (3pm-4pm) St. Edmund Campion Academy (4pm-5pm) St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs, KY (6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Wednesday, October 2nd

All Saints Parish, Walton, KY (7pm-7pm) St. Paul Parish, Florence, KY (10am-11am)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Friday, October 4th

St. Dominic Parish (9am-11am) St. Mary Parish, Hyde Park (4pm-6pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Friday Group Prayer Vigils

Friday, October 4th

Each Friday of the campaign - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/1 - we will hold a group prayer hour from 7-8pm at Planned Parenthood. If you are not able to commit to prayer during daily vigil hours from 7am to 7pm, this is your opportunity to join with others in prayer for the intentions of the campaign. If this concept is new to you, it is also a good way to experience public prayer for the first time with group support. Parking is on side streets or at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, 45219, two blocks from Planned Parenthood.

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 PM

Group Covering Hours

Saturday, October 5th

St. Ann Parish, Groesbeck (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Sunday, October 6th

St. Pius X Parish, Edgewood, KY (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Monday, October 7th

St. Vincent Ferrer Parish (7am-7pm) Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life (6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Tuesday, October 8th

Ruah Woods Staff and Board, 7am-Noon St. Henry Parish (2pm-3pm) St. Antoninus Parish (3pm-4pm) St. Edmund Campion Academy (4pm-5pm) St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs, KY (6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Wednesday, October 9th

St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Ft. Thomas, KY (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Thursday, October 10th

Our Lady of the Visitation Parish (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Friday, October 11th

Mount St. Mary's Seminary (7am-7pm) St. Dominic Parish (9am-11am)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Friday Group Prayer Vigils

Friday, October 11th

Each Friday of the campaign - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/1 - we will hold a group prayer hour from 7-8pm at Planned Parenthood. If you are not able to commit to prayer during daily vigil hours from 7am to 7pm, this is your opportunity to join with others in prayer for the intentions of the campaign. If this concept is new to you, it is also a good way to experience public prayer for the first time with group support. Parking is on side streets or at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, 45219, two blocks from Planned Parenthood.

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 PM

Groups Covering Hours

Saturday, October 12th

St. Thomas More Parish (9am-3pm) St. John the Baptist Parish Dry Ridge Rd. (3pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Sunday, October 13th

Holy Spirit Parish, Newport, KY (1pm-7pm) St. Anthony Parish, Taylor Mill, KY (3pm-4pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Monday, October 14th

GCYAL (Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life) - 6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Tuesday, October 15th

St. Henry Parish (2pm-3pm) St. Antoninus Parish (3pm-4pm) St. Edmund Campion Academy (4pm-5pm) St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs, KY (6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Wednesday, October 16th

St. Paul Parish, Florence, KY (10am-11am)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Friday, October 18th

Clinton County Day - (7am-7pm) St. Dominic Parish (9am-11am) St. Mary Parish, Hyde Park (4pm-6pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Friday Group Prayer Vigils

Friday, October 18th

Each Friday of the campaign - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/1 - we will hold a group prayer hour from 7-8pm at Planned Parenthood. If you are not able to commit to prayer during daily vigil hours from 7am to 7pm, this is your opportunity to join with others in prayer for the intentions of the campaign. If this concept is new to you, it is also a good way to experience public prayer for the first time with group support. Parking is on side streets or at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, 45219, two blocks from Planned Parenthood.

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 PM

Group Covering Hours

Saturday, October 19th

St. Ignatius Parish (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Sunday, October 20th

Holy Spirit Parish, Newport, KY (1pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Monday, October 21st

St. Philip Parish, Melbourne, KY (9am-11am) GCYAL (Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life) - 6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Tuesday, October 22nd

St. Henry Parish (2pm-3pm) St. Antoninus Parish (3pm-4pm) St. Edmund Campion Academy (4pm-5pm) St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs, KY (6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Wednesday, October 23rd

St. Therese Parish, Southgate, KY (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Thursday, October 24th

Pregnancy Center East Staff, Board & Volunteers (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Friday, October 25th

St. Margaret of York Parish (7am-7pm) St. Dominic Parish (9am-11am) St. Mary Parish, Hyde Park (4pm-5pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Friday Group Prayer Vigils

Friday, October 25th

Each Friday of the campaign - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/1 - we will hold a group prayer hour from 7-8pm at Planned Parenthood. If you are not able to commit to prayer during daily vigil hours from 7am to 7pm, this is your opportunity to join with others in prayer for the intentions of the campaign. If this concept is new to you, it is also a good way to experience public prayer for the first time with group support. Parking is on side streets or at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, 45219, two blocks from Planned Parenthood.

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 PM

Group Covering Hours

Saturday, October 26th

St. Mary Parish, Alexandria, KY (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Sunday, October 27th

Eastside Region (St. Cecilia; St. Margaret/St. John; St. Anthony, Madisonville (7am-7pm) St. John the Baptist Parish Dry Ridge Rd. (3pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Monday, October 28th

GCYAL (Greater Cincinnati Young Adults for Life) - 6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Tuesday, October 29th

St. Henry Parish (2pm-3pm) St. Antoninus Parish (3pm-4pm) St. Edmund Campion Academy (4pm-5pm) St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs, KY (6pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Wednesday, October 30th

Guardian Angels Parish (7am-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Groups Covering Hours

Friday, November 1st

St. Dominic Parish (9am-11am) St. Mary Parish, Hyde Park (5pm-6pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Friday Group Prayer Vigils

Friday, November 1st

Each Friday of the campaign - 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 and 11/1 - we will hold a group prayer hour from 7-8pm at Planned Parenthood. If you are not able to commit to prayer during daily vigil hours from 7am to 7pm, this is your opportunity to join with others in prayer for the intentions of the campaign. If this concept is new to you, it is also a good way to experience public prayer for the first time with group support. Parking is on side streets or at Holy Name Church, 2422 Auburn Avenue, 45219, two blocks from Planned Parenthood.

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 PM

Groups Covering Hours

Saturday, November 2nd

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton/St. Andrew Parishes (7am-7pm) St. John the Baptist Parish Dry Ridge Rd. (3pm-7pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Group Covering Hours

Sunday, November 3rd

St. John the Baptist Parish Dry Ridge Rd. (Noon-3pm & 4pm-5pm)

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 7:00 AM

Closing Day Prayer of Thanksgiving

Sunday, November 3rd

Join us to give thanks and celebrate the completion of our fall campaign. On the final day of the campaign we hope everyone who came to pray throughout the 40 days will come together to thank God for all the blessings, large and small, that resulted from our daily sacrifices of time and convenience to come to the sidewalk in peaceful, prayerful public witness to the sanctity of life. There will be time for you to share your reflections on what you might have witnessed and how you will continue to spread the pro-life message.

Address: 2314 Auburn Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219

Time: 3:00 PM

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Please remember to pray for our dead at all times, especially during the month of November. There will be two Memorial Masses where all are invited to participate in remembering the dead. 

 

REMEMBRANCE MASS AT ST. MARY’S

NOV. 12th, 2019  

 

 A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, Nov.12th at 7p.m. at St. Mary’s. This liturgy is for our families who have lost loved ones during this past year, November 1, 2018—October 31, 2019. 

 

REMEMBRANCE MASS AT ST. PETER’S

NOV. 19th, 2019

A Memorial Mass will be held on  Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 7p.m. at St. Peter’s. This liturgy is for our families who have lost loved ones during this past year between November 1, 2018—October 31, 2019.  

 

 

 

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2019

Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

For the month of October 2019, I have asked that the whole Church revive her missionary awareness and commitment as we commemorate the centenary of the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict XV (30 November 1919). Its farsighted and prophetic vision of the apostolate has made me realize once again the importance of renewing the Church’s missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulse to her work of preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again.

The title of the present Message is the same as that of October’s Missionary Month: Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World. Celebrating this month will help us first to rediscover the missionary dimension of our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith graciously bestowed on us in baptism. Our filial relationship with God is not something simply private, but always in relation to the Church. Through our communion with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we, together with so many of our other brothers and sisters, are born to new life. This divine life is not a product for sale – we do not practice proselytism – but a treasure to be given, communicated and proclaimed: that is the meaning of mission. We received this gift freely and we share it freely (cf. Mt 3w10:8), without excluding anyone. God wills that all people be saved by coming to know the truth and experiencing His mercy through the ministry of the Church, the universal sacrament of salvation (cf. 1 Tim 2:4; Lumen Gentium, 48).

On Mission in the World
The Church is on mission in the world. Faith in Jesus Christ enables us to see all things in their proper perspective, as we view the world with God’s own eyes and heart. Hope opens us up to the eternal horizons of the divine life that we share. Charity, of which we have a foretaste in the sacraments and in fraternal love, impels us to go forth to the ends of the earth (cf. Mic 5:4; Mt 28:19; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:18). A Church that presses forward to the farthest frontiers requires a constant and ongoing missionary conversion. How many saints, how many men and women of faith, witness to the fact that this unlimited openness, this going forth in mercy, is indeed possible and realistic, for it is driven by love and its deepest meaning as gift, sacrifice and gratuitousness (cf. 2 Cor 5:14-21)? The man who preaches God must be a man of God (cf. Maximum Illud).

This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission. People in love never stand still: they are drawn out of themselves; they are attracted and attract others in turn; they give themselves to others and build relationships that are life-giving. As far as God’s love is concerned, no one is useless or insignificant. Each of us is a mission to the world, for each of us is the fruit of God’s love. Even if parents can betray their love by lies, hatred and infidelity, God never takes back His gift of life. From eternity He has destined each of His children to share in His divine and eternal life (cf. Eph 1:3-6).

This life is bestowed on us in baptism, which grants us the gift of faith in Jesus Christ, the conqueror of sin and death. Baptism gives us rebirth in God’s own image and likeness, and makes us members of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. In this sense, baptism is truly necessary for salvation for it ensures that we are always and everywhere sons and daughters in the house of the Father, and never orphans, strangers or slaves. What in the Christian is a sacramental reality – whose fulfillment is found in the Eucharist – remains the vocation and destiny of every man and woman in search of conversion and salvation. For baptism fulfills the promise of the gift of God that makes everyone a son or daughter in the Son. We are children of our natural parents, but in baptism we receive the origin of all fatherhood and true motherhood: no one can have God for a Father who does not have the Church for a mother (cf. Saint Cyprian, De Cath. Eccl., 6).

Our mission, then, is rooted in the fatherhood of God and the motherhood of the Church. The mandate given by the Risen Jesus at Easter is inherent in Baptism: as the Father has sent me, so I send you, filled with the Holy Spirit, for the reconciliation of the world (cf. Jn 20:19-23; Mt 28:16-20). This mission is part of our identity as Christians; it makes us responsible for enabling all men and women to realize their vocation to be adoptive children of the Father, to recognize their personal dignity and to appreciate the intrinsic worth of every human life, from conception until natural death. Today’s rampant secularism, when it becomes an aggressive cultural rejection of God’s active fatherhood in our history, is an obstacle to authentic human fraternity, which finds expression in reciprocal respect for the life of each person. Without the God of Jesus Christ, every difference is reduced to a baneful threat, making impossible any real fraternal acceptance and fruitful unity within the human race.

The Universality of Salvation
offered by God in Jesus Christ led Benedict XV to call for an end to all forms of nationalism and ethnocentrism, or the merging of the preaching of the Gospel with the economic and military interests of the colonial powers. In his Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud, the pope noted that the Church’s universal mission requires setting aside exclusivist ideas of membership in one’s own country and ethnic group. The opening of the culture and the community to the salvific newness of Jesus Christ requires leaving behind every kind of undue ethnic and ecclesial introversion. Today too, the Church needs men and women who, by virtue of their baptism, respond generously to the call to leave behind home, family, country, language and local Church, and to be sent forth to the nations, to a world not yet transformed by the sacraments of Jesus Christ and His holy Church. By proclaiming God’s word, bearing witness to the Gospel and celebrating the life of the Spirit, they summon to conversion, baptize and offer Christian salvation, with respect for the freedom of each person and in dialogue with the cultures and religions of the peoples to whom they are sent. The missio ad gentes, which is always necessary for the Church, thus contributes in a fundamental way to the process of ongoing conversion in all Christians. Faith in the Easter event of Jesus; the ecclesial mission received in baptism; the geographic and cultural detachment from oneself and one’s own home; the need for salvation from sin and liberation from personal and social evil: all these demand the mission that reaches to the very ends of the earth.

The Amazon
The providential coincidence of this centenary year with the celebration of the Special Synod on the Churches in the Amazon allows me to emphasize how the mission entrusted to us by Jesus with the gift of His Spirit is also timely and necessary for those lands and their peoples. A renewed Pentecost opens wide the doors of the Church, in order that no culture remain closed in on itself and no people cut off from the universal communion of the faith. No one ought to remain closed in self-absorption, in the self-referentiality of his or her own ethnic and religious affiliation. The Easter event of Jesus breaks through the narrow limits of worlds, religions and cultures, calling them to grow in respect for the dignity of men and women, and towards a deeper conversion to the truth of the Risen Lord who gives authentic life to all.

Here I am reminded of the words of Pope Benedict XVI at the beginning of the meeting of Latin American Bishops at Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007. I would like to repeat these words and make them my own: “Yet what did the acceptance of the Christian faith mean for the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean? For them, it meant knowing and welcoming Christ, the unknown God whom their ancestors were seeking, without realizing it, in their rich religious traditions. Christ is the Savior for whom they were silently longing. It also meant that they received, in the waters of Baptism, the divine life that made them children of God by adoption; moreover, they received the Holy Spirit who came to make their cultures fruitful, purifying them and developing the numerous seeds that the incarnate Word had planted in them, thereby guiding them along the paths of the Gospel… The Word of God, in becoming flesh in Jesus Christ, also became history and culture. The utopia of going back to breathe life into the pre-Columbian religions, separating them from Christ and from the universal Church, would not be a step forward: indeed, it would be a step back. In reality, it would be a retreat towards a stage in history anchored in the past” (Address at the Inaugural Session, 13 May 2007: Insegnamenti III, 1 [2007], 855-856).

Entrusting the Church’s Mission to Mary
We entrust the Church’s mission to Mary our Mother. In union with her Son, from the moment of the Incarnation the Blessed Virgin set out on her pilgrim way. She was fully involved in the mission of Jesus, a mission that became her own at the foot of the Cross: the mission of cooperating, as Mother of the Church, in bringing new sons and daughters of God to birth in the Spirit and in faith.

I would like to conclude with a brief word about the Pontifical Mission Societies, already proposed in Maximum Illud as a missionary resource. The Pontifical Mission Societies serve
the Church’s universality as a global network of support for the pope in his missionary commitment by prayer, the soul of mission, and charitable offerings from Christians throughout the world. Their donations assist the pope in the evangelization efforts of particular churches (the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith), in the formation of local clergy (the Pontifical Society of Saint Peter the Apostle), in raising missionary awareness in children (Pontifical Society of Missionary Childhood) and in encouraging the missionary dimension of Christian faith (Pontifical Missionary Union). In renewing my support for these societies, I trust that the extraordinary Missionary Month of October 2019 will contribute to the renewal of their missionary service to my ministry.

To men and women missionaries, and to all those who, by virtue of their baptism, share in any way in the mission of the Church, I send my heartfelt blessing.

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Vocations Awareness Week - November 3 - 9th.

Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are the Sacraments of Initiation and ground the common vocation of all Christ’s disciples: a call to holiness and to evangelize the world. This ‘universal call to holiness,’ however, is lived out in many different ways in the Church as we all strive to respond to God’s individual call to lay down our lives in service to Him and the Church. Hence, every Christian believer is given some ‘Call’ by God to be a priest, religious, consecrated, married, deacon, or to remain in the celibate life for the sake of the Kingdom.

During vocation awareness week, the men who are committing their lives to discern their call to the priesthood at Mt. St. Mary's Seminary in Cincinnati will be traveling to the parishes across the diocese to speak about their vocations and seminary life.  We are pleased to welcome seminarian Anthony Sanitato who will speak briefly at the Sunday Masses next week at both of our parishes.  Please pray for him and pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

For more information and resources from our Vocation Office, please visit their website at www.cincinnativocations.org.

Holy Hour Brochure

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Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS)

The weekend of November 8/9, our parishes will take up the Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).  

Established by Saint John Paul II in 1985, the AMS is the only U.S. diocese responsible for providing  pastoral care to men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, enrolled at a U.S. Military Academy, being treated as a patient at any of the 153 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, or working for the federal government beyond U.S. borders— including those from our own parish and diocese.  Including families, AMS priests and deacons serve approximately 1.8 million Catholics who hail from 50 states and U.S. territories.  While the salaries and retirement of Catholic military chaplains are paid for by the U.S. Government, the AMS does not receive any funding from the government or military for program and administrative costs. To learn more about the AMS, go to https://www.milarch.org/nationalcollection/  Please give as generously as you can.  Thank you. 

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ADVENT – A TIME FOR CHANGE     

As usual, the cycle of readings change in Advent which  begins December 1st. We will be using the “Year A” cycle of readings. St. Peter's will continue using “Sunday's Word”. This year, St. Mary's will use a new publication called, “Ignatius Pew Missal”. The main difference is that “Pew Missal” includes the sung Entrance chants, different chants for the Responsorial Psalm and Alleluia along with musical notation for the Communion chants. We will add a label with the Archbishop Schnurr's “Vocation Prayer” and the “Prayer To St. Michael” at the inside back cover for your convenience. There are 152 hymns at the back of the missal, most of which are familiar. For the Advent season, St. Mary's will take all the music from
“Pew Missal” to help you get used to the books.

To introduce St. Mary's to the Entrance chant, we will sing a verse or two of the opening song, then the procession will stop before going up into the sanctuary. The cantor will then sing the Entrance chant refrain and the congregation repeats it (just like a Responsorial Psalm). The same happens with a Communion chant.

There is another change at St. Mary's that should be helpful. Remember a couple of years ago when we tried to use the wire shelves under your seat to hold the books, only to have them slide back to where you can't reach them? Now, we are going the place “Gather” and “Pew Missal” in the seat in front of you (you lean forward to place the books under the seat in front of you.) We won't put them under every seat (due to the cost) but you should find a book next to it or you.

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CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

St. Mary, Bethel OH

December 24th 4:00 PM

December 25th 10:00 AM

 

St. Peter's, New Richmond, OH

December 24th 4:00 PM

Midnight

 

December 25th 10:00 AM

 

 

 

 

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Parish Offices Closed For The Holidays

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

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

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

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INFORMATION LINE AT YOUR PARISH

Is there a closure or cancellation? Are there special events or activities that you want to know about? Special Masses or services? Use the information line at your parish to find out.
Call the main number
734-4041 for St. Mary or
553-3267 for St. Peter, then press "7". 

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

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

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

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

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

FASTING

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

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

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

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

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Archdiocese Of Cincinnati

Revised 2/27/20

Worship In Times Of Public Health Concerns

Each year, questions arise about adjusting liturgical practices during the flu season. We will follow the directives of the USCCB and local/federal health authorities. We will keep parishes, schools and agencies apprised of any changes or recommendations as they come available to us.

Click the link below to see the document for the Archdiocese.

Worship-in-Times-of-Public-Health-Concern

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On March 15th, 14 youth of St. Peter's and St. Mary's will be confirmed at St. Mary's 10:00 Mass by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr. Our young people have spent many hours studying our Catholic faith, preparing for this final sacrament of initiation. 

We know that your prayers matter. They continue to help to strengthen them throughout their years of formation.

Please join us in a novena for these young men and women as they near their Confirmation. 

We will be using the "Novena To The Spirit For The Seven Gifts"

You will find the 9 day Novena at this link. Confirmation Novena

You can also find the Novena prayer for the individual day for each date below:

March 7th - Day 1, Friday, 6th Week Of Easter 

March 8th - Day 2, Saturday, 6th Week Of Easter 

March 9th - Day 3, Sunday, 7th Week Of Easter 

March 10th - Day 4, Monday, 7th Week Of Easter 

March 11th - Day 5, Tuesday, 7th Week Of Easter

March 12th - Day 6, Wednesday, 7th Week Of Easter

March 13th - Day 7, Thursday, 7th Week Of Easter

March 14th - Day 8, Friday, 7th Week Of Easter

March 15th - Day 9, Saturday, Vigil Of Pentecost

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations To Our Newly Ordained!

On Saturday, May 16th, Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr ordained Fathers Chris Komoroski, Benson Lokidiriyo and Andrew Reckers to the priesthood at St. Peter in Chains.

Because of the pandemic, attendance at the ordination was by invitation only. The ceremony was live-streamed to thousands.

Before the Mass ended, first assignments were announced:
 

Father Chris Komoroski is assigned to parochial vicar at  St. Monica St. George Newman Center and Holy Family parish.

Father Benson Lokidiriyo is assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Andrew parishes in Milford as parochial vicar.

Father Andrew Reckers is assigned to the Coldwater Cluster of Holy Trinity, St. Anthony, and St, Mary parishes as parochial vicar.

Congratulations!

 

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 Mass Times Have Changed

Saturday (Vigil) 4 PM - St. Mary    5 PM - St. Peter

Sunday 8:30 AM - St. Peter    10:45 AM - St. Mary

8:30 Weekdays  - Mon. & Fri. St. Peter    Tues. & Wed. St. Mary

Public Masses have resumed. At this time, Archbishop Schnurr has allowed Masses to resume but no Masses including the weekend are of obligation until announced at some point in the future. With the pandemic, we simply don't know when that will be. We do not want anyone to come to Mass that is most vulnerable to illness and underlying conditions. Click here to know the new procedures for attending Mass.  

At St. Peter's and St. Mary's, we will be making all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. We will be practicing 6' distancing which dramatically reduces the capacity of our churches. We will follow the CDC's guidelines. 

 

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

 

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Guidelines for the Resumption of Public Worship

Mass Attendance

Archbishop Schnurr has granted us permission to resume the celebration of public Masses. However, the dispensation from the obligation to attend is still in effect, so no one is required to attend Mass. See more on our parish blog sccrparish.blogspot.com, which we will continue to update.

Our first public Mass will be at St. Peter’s on Monday, May 25th, for Memorial Day only at 9:00 AM. (Daily Masses will continue the same time at 8:30 AM beginning on Tuesday, May 26th.)

New health procedures will be required and re-evaluated weekly depending on the COVID19 situation in the State of Ohio. If you would like to attend Mass, please read through this message. Thank you for your patience and compliance.

Capacity & Seat Reservation

For now, Mass capacity will be limited to achieve 6-foot social distancing.

In order to accommodate this limited seating, parishioners must reserve their seats with the parish office (by phone, email, or returning the “Reservation Form” via mail or dropping it off in the mail slot). We hope to have on-line reservation available soon.

Seat reservations for May 25th and going forward are now being taken. Reservations for each weekend will open each Monday at 10:00 AM and end on Thursday at 4:00 PM or when we meet our seating capacity. Please, call the parish office or turn in your Reservation Form. The Weekend Mass times have temporarily changed:

SATURDAY: 4:00 PM at St. Mary’s 5:00 PM at St. Peter’s SUNDAY: 8:30 AM at St. Peter’s 10:45 AM at St. Mary’s

Before You Arrive

  • Please wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with warm, soapy water before leaving from home.

  • Bring your own hand sanitizer or wipes that can be used before receiving Holy Communion.

  • Do not bring items that contain bleach into the church as this will damage the pews and chairs.

  • Please be aware that the bathroom access may be limited. (Please make sure that children use the bathroom before leaving home.)

    Arrival Procedures

  • Masks (for all ages except for very young children) should be worn as soon as you exit your vehicle. In case you do not have a mask, the parish will provide you with one. (Take it home, wash it, and return wearing it at the next Mass you attend.) If you bring children, please be sure that they remain next to you at all times.

  • Arrive 15 minutes before Mass begins to stand in line and await an Usher to seat you. (The main doors of the church will open 15 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Please bring an umbrella with you in case of rain).

  • An usher will direct you to your seat. The church will be seated to fill the open pews/chairs from front to back.

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  • You may be sharing a pew with another household, but social distance is required between the households (minimum 6 feet).

  • The holy water fonts remain empty. Restrooms might be closed. No water fountain will be available. Mass Procedures

  • There will be no altar servers.

  • Communion will be distributed by clergy.

  • Please keep your face mask on for the duration of Mass.

  • Detailed Communion instructions will be given.

  • The Sign of Peace will be omitted. Please do not attempt to hold hands during the Lord’s Prayer.

  • Baskets will not be passed during the offertory. You will be able to place your weekly gift in a basket near

    the entrance of church. Ushers can direct you where to place your collection envelope on the way out. It may be easier to drop your offering off at the mail slots provided at the office door (St. Mary’s), undercroft door (St. Peter’s) during the week or mail in.

    Communion Procedures

  • More detailed instructions will be given at Mass.

  • The Archbishop is encouraging the reception of Communion in the hand (temporarily during the Pandemic).

  • The Precious Blood will not be offered to the congregation.

  • Use of personal hand sanitizer before Communion is strongly encouraged. Please bring your own.

  • There will be a single Communion line in the center aisle maintaining a 6’ distance between households (one way up the aisle to receive, returning by side aisle).

  • Masks should still be worn in the Communion line until just before receiving. Do not say “Amen”. After the priest offers you Communion, please step to the side, consume the Eucharist, and then immediately re-mask as you head back to your pew/chair.

    Departure Procedures

  • After the final blessing and thanksgiving, parishioners must remain in their pew/chair to be dismissed by the Usher. Each pew/chair will depart the church after Mass in an orderly manner, from the back to the front.

  • Clergy will not shake hands, in order to maintain distance.

  • Please do not congregate before or after Mass or in the parking lots.

    Church Cleaning Procedures

  • We will continue to implement cleanliness and sanitation practices, including disinfecting pews/chairs between every Mass.

  • Disinfecting will be done for door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces after every Mass.

  • Please follow the CDC recommendations regarding your own health. If you fall into an “at-risk” category,

    please consider staying at home and making a Spiritual Communion, (See the blog,

    sccrparish.blogspot.com).

  • Any weddings, funerals, and baptisms that you wish to celebrate must be conducted in accordance with the

    protocols of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Please contact the parish office.

 

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The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has published Covid-19 guidelines to safely return to Mass. Currently, there is no obligation to attend Mass. If you do not attend, we recommend a Spiritual Communion (see above) or one of the streaming video Masses that is listed on the home page of our web site. 

Click For Archdiocese Of Cincinnati Covid-19 Guidelines

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A Prayer For Peace

We thank you, O Lord,
For in your loving wisdom
You created one human family With a diversity
That enriches our communities.

We pray to you, O Lord,
That we always recognize
each member of this human family
As being made in your image and beloved by you, With worth and dignity.

We pray to you, O Lord,
That we may envision a way forward To heal the racial divisions
That deny human dignity and
the bonds between all human beings.

We pray to you, O Lord
That we may affirm each person's dignity Through fair access for all
To economic opportunity, housing, Education, and employment.

We pray to you, O Lord,
That we may have eyes to see
What is possible when we reach out
Beyond fear, beyond anger,
To hold the hand of our sisters, our brothers.

We thank you, O Lord,
For your call and challenge to us
That we may reveal your teachings and your love Through our actions to end racism
And to proclaim that we are all your children, heirs to your sacred creation.

Amen.*

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr Archbishop of Cincinnati

* Copyright © 2018, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Congratulations, on the ordination of 10 men to the diaconate on April 25!

Seven men were ordained transitional deacons for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati; one man was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati; and two men were ordained as transitional deacons for the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Cincinnati.

The ordination was a closed Mass celebrated by Archbishop Schnurr. Please join us in praying for these newly ordained men.

Mr. Aaron Hess of St. Mary, Philothea, Transitional Deacon
Mr. Edward Hoffmann of Sacred Heart, Cincinnati, Transitional Deacon
Mr. Louis Jacquemin of St. Anne, Hamilton, Transitional Deacon
Mr. Michael Kapolka of St. Luke, Beavercreek, Transitional Deacon
Mr. Anthony Marcelli of St. Bernadette, Amelia, Transitional Deacon
Mr. Scott Morgan of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Anderson Township, Transitional Deacon
Mr. Elijah Puthoff of St. Remy, Russia, Transitional Deacon
Br. Henry Hoffmann of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Cincinnati, Transitional Deacon
Br. Brent Stull of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, Cincinnati, Transitional Deacon
Mr. Jim Niswonger, St. Boniface/St. Mary, Piqua, Permanent Deacon

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