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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. 


Join St. Peters for their last Fish Fry on Good Friday, April 14th from 5:00 to 7:30 PM. Eat in or carry out with a great meal that won't break the bank! Awesome desserts and drinks are part of your meal at no additional charge.

Come visit us at St. Peter 's in Fr. Kennedy Hall and have a great time. 

For those of you who would like to join us at church, you might consider going to the "Way Of The Cross" at 3:00 PM, followed by the "Passion Of The Lord" Good Friday Service at 3:30 PM. Join us for a baked or fried fish dinner afterwards. 


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 will be celebrated at the 5:00 PM Mass at St. Peter on Saturday, May 6th. Please come help us celebrate Mass as our children receive their First Eucharist.


1st Communion At St. Mary

Come join the children for Mass on Sunday, May 7th at 10:30 as they receive their first Eucharist.


St. Peter's Parish Picnic

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 25th for St. Peter’s annual parish picnic!

This year’s Parish Picnic will also be a “Homecoming”. We are asking anyone that has ever been associated with St. Peter’s to come and renew old friendships. Former parishioners, students from the school, etc are all welcome. Please begin to spread the word of this upcoming event.

The brick area will be officially dedicated as part of the festivities. Watch the bulletin for additonal information.

If you have any questions, call Rich Adams at (513) 752-7563 or Greg Feldkamp at (513) 335-7886.  

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.

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

St. Peter's

8:45 AM

7 PM

St. Mary's


7 PM

There will be a special memorial of the loved ones who have passed during the last year. This will take place at the 7 PM Mass at St. Peter's and a special 7 PM Mass on All Souls Day at St. Mary's.


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!  


On Friday, December 8th, we celebrate 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 8th Masses at St. Peter are:

8:45 AM

7 PM

Friday, December 8th Masses at St. Mary are:

12:00 PM Noon

7 PM


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.



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!!

For your convenience, we will have a Penance Service at each parish for Advent.

Monday, December 11th at St. Peter at 7 PM

Wednesday, December 13th at St. Mary at 7 PM

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




  • Date: Thursday December 7th

  • 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)

  • Contact Karen Moermond or Rita O'Toole at (513) 734-7391 with questions & reservations. We will be in the gathering space taking reservations after Mass starting Saturday, Nov 18th through Sunday, December, 3rd.

    *If you are interested in being a part of the Gift Exchange, please bring a Christmas Wrapped Gift with a value of no more than $5. 


Christmas Party At St. Peter's!

Join the St. Peter's Ladies on Thursday, December 14th at 6:00 PM at St. Peter's in Kennedy Hall. This one is just for the ladies of St. Peter's and St. Mary's. It was such a great night last year that we have to do it again! No husbands, no boyfriends, or children! Just you!

Bring a covered dish, appetizer or dessert and an exchange gift valued at $10. We'll laugh a lot while we play the crazy 'Stealing Santa' game. If you want to bring a bottle of wine to share, that's okay too. 

We're saving postage so if your know anyone who doesn't e-mail, please be sure to tell them to RSVP to Connie Taggart at (513) 646-5494 (call or text) or e-mail her at and say "yes" to an evening of holy fun!



Calling all men of the pastoral region! It is the Christmas season again and time for another gathering for the 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 3, 2018, around 6:30 P.M, with food arriving around 7:00 P.M. We will have a brief meeting highlighting our accomplishments for 2017 and our endeavors for the upcoming year. 

Bring yourself and we encourage you to bring another male parishioner. The more the merrier!!!! At this gathering, hopefully we will be able to welcome our new pastor to our region. Concerns or information? Contact or call Gary Donaworth at 513 734-6577 or with an e-mail to RSVP. This would be helpful so we will be sure to have enough pizza and refreshments for everyone. Sincere thanks. Gary Donaworth 


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. Adam will offer Mass on Thursdays at 8:45am and Deacon Ron will offer a Communion Service on Fridays at 8:45am. 


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 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 a 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."