Updated 5/28. Public masses have officially resumed. The Archbishop has lifted the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays during this time. Parishioners are free to attend a weekday Mass rather than a Sunday Mass. The Livestreamed 10:00 AM Mass will continue on Facebook. See Parish's Coronavirus Protocol for details.

View Parish Coronavirus Protocol for public Mass.

See Mass Schedule for Sunday Mass Live-Stream; Daily Mass Online; An Act of Spiritual Communion; The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
From The Desk of Father Shawn...

May 31, 2020: Welcome to the Catholic Church!
Lenten Talks with Rev. Shawn Landenwitch:

Unlocking Divine Mercy, 2020 Lenten Talk ( Part 1)( Part 2)( View Handout)

For additional Lenten Talks, see From The Desk of Father Shawn.
Radiate Christ 2020

“Radiate Christ” Pastoral Letter:

Next summer we will celebrate the two centuries of faith since our archdiocese was established on June 19, 1821. In anticipation of the bicentennial, Archbishop Schnurr has written a pastoral letter, entitled “Radiate Christ,” urging each of us to discipleship and to “rediscover the joy of knowing Christ deeply and following Him, thereby becoming a witness to the world.” It is Archbishop Schnurr’s hope that all Catholics of the archdiocese will prayerfully read this letter and engage with its contents, reflecting upon our relationship with the Lord and considering how we can individually and collectively Radiate Christ to all whom we encounter.

“Radiate Christ” can be found on The Catholic Telegraph website.

View “Radiate Christ” Pastoral Letter.


View Upcoming Events or visit us on Facebook for more information.

Dear Friends at St. Patrick Catholic Church,

Thank you for this chance to introduce you to the Sisters of Notre Dame mission in Uganda. (This is through the Archdiocese’s Mission Co-Op Program.) 25 years ago, a bishop in Uganda asked the Sisters of Notre Dame for help in educating the children in his diocese. He knew that without an education, the people in this remote area of the Ugandan bush would continue to face a cycle of poverty. This cycle impacts anyone’s ability to provide for their family, to pursue goals, and to live with some degree of comfort and calm.

And so, St. Julie Mission was established off of a tiny dirt path in rural Buseesa, Uganda in 1995. As you’ll see in the video, the mission has grown from a field of tall grass into a thriving academic community. Enrollment of 40 students in 1995 has turned to 600 students today (preschool through junior college). Our all-girls high school has consistently done well on the national leaving exam, ranking in the top 100 out of over 3,500 schools.

We are immensely happy for these dedicated young ladies, most of whom have grown up without books, electricity or plumbing in their homes. Graduates are becoming nurses, accountants, fashion designers, and teachers (among many other roles). Young women from Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya are becoming Sisters of Notre Dame and taking on teaching and leadership roles.

Most students have access to clean water only while at school. The ever-longer droughts are making it hard to provide enough water at the mission. After the COVID lockdown in Uganda, we plan to install a deep well and pump to retrieve clean water for our students and the nearby village. Please pray for us as we pursue this.

We hope our students’ smiles bring you a bit of joy today. Their education is the result of many people from many cities around the world pulling together to make St. Julie Mission more than just a boarding school.

Thank you for taking time to learn a bit about your Ugandan brothers and sisters in Christ today.

Webale Muno! (Thank you very much!)
The Sisters of Notre Dame in Covington, KY

The Sisters of Notre Dame in Covington, Kentucky are part of an international congregation of women religious. Sisters serve throughout the Greater Cincinnati region, in Morehead, KY, in Uganda, and in other cities and countries as needed. Learn more about Covington SNDs at www.sndky.org and the international congregation at www.snd1.org.

Watch St. Julie Mission video at https://youtu.be/276FxmW97S0

Visit Sisters of Notre Dame in Covington, KY website at www.sndky.org

Visit Sisters of Notre Dame in Covington, KY on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sndky/

Visit Sisters of Notre Dame international congregation (world site) at www.snd1.org

Our faith formation program will be seeing some significant and exciting changes in the coming year! We will be transitioning from the traditional classroom approach which many of us received as children, and which has been the standard at parishes across the country for quite some time, to a whole-family catechesis model called “A Family of Faith” from Sophia Press.

We are embarking on this new journey for several reasons. Foremost, it is the vision of the Church that the faith be actively passed on in the home, and that parents act as the first educators of their children in the truths of the faith. This new program will equip parents to fully embrace their role as primary educators of their children’s Catholic faith.

There will be many changes, much of which will be most easily learned by doing. However, here are some of the important points that will help us get up and rolling:

FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION: These classes (second grade, and seventh/eighth grade) will meet weekly this year, as usual. Confirmation and First Communion students will attend with their families once a month on Community Meeting days.

SCHEDULE: “A Family of Faith” meetings will occur twice per month; usually on the first and fourth Sundays.

TIME: Both “A Family of Faith”, and sacramental prep, will be changing meeting times. We will now meet after the 10:00 Mass, from 11:15-12:15.

HOW IT WORKS: The first meeting of the month is for parents, who will themselves receive formation in the information they will subsequently teach their children. Between meetings, parents teach 2 lessons to their children, choosing from a wealth of activities which will be provided. At the end of the month, the whole family attends for a Community Meeting. This allows us to review what we have learned, and make important connections with the other families in the program through activities which strengthen our bond with one another in Christ.

Please Contact the office if you did not receive any forms.


Please contact Ashley (ashleyroberts.dre@gmail.com) with any questions.

Visit sophiainstituteforteachers.org for more information on “A Family of Faith” from Sophia Press (see bottom of page).

View A Family of Faith Calendar--St. Pat's 2020-21.pdf.

View Sacramental Prep Calendar--St. Pat's 2020-21.pdf.
August 25th, 2020
Parish Poll:
Who do you want for a new statue (opposite St. Patrick in the main entrance)? St. Faustina, St. Michael the Archangel, Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa, St. Vincent de Paul, or St. Cecilia.
See Parish Poll.
August 20th, 2020
Financial Statement FY20:
View Father Landenwitch's Letter and the St. Patrick Church's Financial Statement for Fiscal Year 2020.
Pray a Minute 2020

August 2020 - January 1st, 2021 (World Day of Prayer for Peace)
“Pray a Minute” - One Million Hours of Prayer for Peace, Justice and Goodwill
From August 1 through January 1, the World Day of Prayer for Peace, Catholics across the archdiocese will be invited to pray just one minute more than they already do, every day, for the specific intention of peace, justice and goodwill in our country. If every Catholic in the archdiocese were to do this, it will collectively amount to more than one million hours of prayer. Individuals are, of course, welcome to dedicate more than one minute of prayer per day if they so choose. Folks can join in this prayer movement at any time - it is never too late. Specifically: (1) visit www.PrayAMinute.com and commit to praying one minute or more every day from now until January 1 specifically for the intention of peace, justice and goodwill in our country; and (2) share this opportunity for spiritual renewal with your parishioners, friends and family members and on your personal and parish social media networks. Whether we are quarantined at home or are out in the world, we can all unite in prayer!
Tuesday, August 25th 2020
For those who would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith, or are interested in joining the Church, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is beginning soon! All levels of interest are welcome. The classes are required for adults seeking Baptism, Confirmation, or Holy Eucharist, but are open to all others. RCIA meets every Tuesday night from mid-August through the beginning of May. This year, classes will be held at St. Mary of the Woods. Please contact Ashley at either parish office or ashleyroberts.dre@gmail.com if you have any questions or are planning to attend.

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
Saturday, August 15th, 2020
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Because the solemnity falls on a Saturday, regular Sunday Mass will fulfill the obligation this year. Also the Fatima Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at Indian Lake has been cancelled. However there will be a 9AM Mass at Saint Mary of the Woods Church on Saturday, August 15th.

9:00 AM Mass at Saint Mary of the Woods Church.
Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Latin Mass:
6:15 PM Latin Mass.
6:45 PM Confession, Adoration & Benediction.
July 27th-30th, 2020
Vacation Bible School 2020 - CANCELLED:
With much prayerful consideration, Vacation Bible School (VBS) has been cancelled.
24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration 2020

July 24th-25th, 2020
24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration:
On Friday and Saturday, July 24th and 25th, our parishes will be holding 24 hours of Eucharistic adoration to ask God's blessing and help for our country.

Adoration will be held at St. Patrick's. Exposition will begin at 3:00 PM on Friday the 24th, go through the night, and most of the day on Saturday. Each hour will begin with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

The closing will begin at 3:00 PM on Saturday the 25th. We will pray the Chaplet at 3:00 PM; the Rosary at 3:15 PM; and benediction will follow, concluding before the 4:00 PM Mass.

Our greatest potential for helping our country is becoming more holy ourselves; and coming to pray before Our Lord is incredibly effective in this regard. Our prayers for others--that all our brothers and sisters would find peace, healing, and above all, a deep relationship with Christ--are particularly effective when made in His Presence as well.

Your visit can be for any length of time; even a few minutes. It is not necessary that your prayers be restricted to the current affairs of our country--just remember the nation at some point while you're there!

We need two adorers per one-hour time slot. To this end, there will be a clipboard available after each of the weekend Masses for interested people to sign up until each hour is covered. However, this is only to be sure someone is always with Our Lord--anyone is welcome at any time!

If you are unable to participate, please consider praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the top of any hour during this 24-hour period.

Please contact the parish office with any questions.

Eucharistic adoration is a beautiful act of worship, a consolation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a powerful avenue for personal sanctification, and bears much fruit for our community, our nation, and our world. Please make every effort to find some moment in these 24 hours to come visit Our Lord!

See Mass Schedule to listen to The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
July 21st-23rd, 2020
JULY 21-23, 2020 TIME: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM. INCLUDES LUNCH ON July 23, 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM.
This class will be for those who have completed 3rd grade and up. Please call the office if you would like to attend. If you would like to serve but cannot make those dates, please let the office know.
July 18th and 19th, 2020
There will be two opportunities for enrollment in the Brown Scapular the weekend of July 18 and 19.
Saturday, July 18th, after 6:00 PM Mass at St. Mary of the Woods Church.
Sunday, July 19th, after 10:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick Church.

Anyone who has not previously been enrolled in the Brown Scapular is highly encouraged to take part.

This very powerful devotion to Our Lady has the potential to obtain great graces for each one of us. For more information on the Brown Scapular, check out the video, below!

We will have scapulars available, or you may bring your own.

Each step we take toward Mary is a step we take toward her Son. Take advantage of this chance to draw nearer to Jesus through the intercession of His Mother and ours!

Watch The Brown Scapular Explained by a Discalced Carmelite Priest from Institute of Carmelite Studies Publications.
Saturday, July 11th, 2020
Spanish Mass
Cancellation: There will be a Spanish Mass on Saturday, July 11th, 2020 at 5:30 PM. After that date, the monthly Spanish Mass has been cancelled.
Saturdays at 7:00 AM
That Man Is You - Men's Group
Saturdays at 7:00 am in Makley Hall RCIA Room.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Saint Pratrick Eucharistic Procession:
Be sure to join us for our first Eucharistic Procession through the neighborhood of St. Patrick! The procession will be held immediately following the 10:00 Mass on Sunday, June 14.

View Saint Pratrick Eucharistic Procession Flyer.
Sunday, June 7th, 2020

First Communion at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.
With Rev. Shawn Landenwitch.
Watch First Communion Mass on Facebook videos.

First Communion 2020

Saturday, May 30th 2020:

Pentecost Vigil at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) with Father Landenwitch.

Pentecost Vigil 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020
9:00 AM special Memorial Day Mass at Saint Patrick Church. Public Masses will officially resume.
The summer adult ed class will begin again on Friday, June 5th. This class is held on Friday mornings at St. Mary of the Woods, after the 8:00 AM Mass. In the previous 3 summers, we have covered the first three sections of the Catechism. This year, we will look at the last section of the Catechism--Christian Prayer--as it is exemplified in the life and writing of St. Therese. As a Doctor of the Church, St. Therese is regarded as an exceptional teacher of the universal Church, whose insight into the divine truths is specially recommended for all the faithful. Though rightly assigned a place among intellectual giants and theological masters, it is the depth of her love and confidence in God, lived out through fidelity in whatever task God put before her, which makes her loved and approached by so many throughout the world.

If you have not already done so, please contact Ashley Roberts at 937-592-1656 or ashleyroberts.dre@gmail.com, to let her know you are interested, and to get ordering information for the book we will be using. It is not necessary to have attended in previous summers.
Paddy’s Pig Run/Walk 5K for 2020 - CANCELLED
Dear Paddy’s Pig Supporters,

I think this is our 18th year of racing and fun. Back in the winter months our committee had chosen June 26th as the 2020 Paddy’s Pig 5K Run/Walk date. The city of Bellefontaine approved our parade permit, members worked on t-shirt pricing, chipped timing, Food Trucks discussed and the beer garden plans laid out.

Then a very scary Pandemic hit our world, our country, our state, and our county. As of this evening 18 citizens are confirmed as having had COVID 19. The good news is that folks are recovering, there were no deaths and no new cases since April 24th. That being said there are many things up in the air, so to speak, and many unknowns.

So our committee and church, Saint Patrick, want to thank you for your continuous support as we announce that we have made the decision to cancel the race this year.

There are many unknowns as parade permits are on hold, and the virus itself causes concern, and we don’t want to risk loosing funds we’d have to commit to the race, or disappointing vendors or runners should we have to cancel. So, we will miss seeing all of you and visiting with you after the race. We look forward to the 2021 race, and ask God to bless you abundantly and watch over you and your families.

Take care in these challenging times and unchartered territory. If you need food, come to our church Food Pantry. Help one another and next year’s race will be here before you know it.

Thank you.
Dear Parishioners,
Our parish is now moving to online giving through our Parish Data System (PDS). You can set up your account at the link below. There are less charges to the parish if you use DIRECT DEPOSIT versus a Credit/Debit card. The card fees cost us more. We hope you like and will consider using this new giving tool. The Parish staff member that posts your giving now can just pick up your donations in the system. Call the office if you have questions. Fr. Shawn was the first participant and all went through the system well. We're pleased.
Thank you.

Visit Saint Patrick Church Online Giving by Vanco Payment Solutions at eservicepayments.com.
Saturday, April 25, 2020:
Saint Patrick Catholic Church Anthony Marcelli will be ordained a transitional Deacon next Saturday, April 25th at Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio at 11:00 A.M. In texting Anthony today, he said only their parents will be able to attend. The Ordination may be streamed, we'll have to wait and see. If you wish to send him a note or card send it to: Anthony Marcelli, Saint Bernadatte Church, 1479 Locust Lake Rd, Amelia, OH 45102.

Visit Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Vocations website.

Visit Novena for Deacons: Day 5 - Anthony Marcelli and Prayer for Deacons.
Sunday, April 12, 2020:
Kathy and Keith LeVan offer an Easter song for us. "Once Upon a Tree" by Pepper Choplin.
Visit Kathy Weiss LeVan Facebook Videos .
Saturday, April 11, 2020:
Listen to Father Shawn's interview in peakofohio.com article "Local churches will celebrate Easter and have a message of hope (Audio included)".
Sunday, March 29, 2020:
Thank you note from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage.

Dear parishioners of Saint Patrick in Bellefontaine,

I am father Andre Sylvestre from the archdiocese of Cap Haitian. I am a good friend of Linda Thieman from St. Henry Parish. I said mass once at your parish. I also know Roger who visited Haiti last year with Linda. I am the Director Founder of the Orphanage of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the archdiocese of Cap Haitian. Linda Thieman is the Mother of my orphanage and the ambassador of the orphanage as well in the States. She wired me the $550 that you gave her to help me buy food for my orphaned kids. On behalf of all my 37 orphaned kids I thank you very much for your generosity. Be assured that you will be present in our daily prayers because my orphaned kids pray for their benefactors at each meal they have. We will pray especially to God to ask Him to protect you from coronavirus during this scary time you are facing.

We are experiencing a scary time in Haiti too because we have 8 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Haiti right now. When we heard the great number of people who are killed by coronavirus in Italy we are very afraid of what may or will happen in Haiti soon if God does not make a miracle. We are praying a lot despite the doors of the Churches are closed.

At the orphanage we teach the kids to wash their hands very often. We teach other principles of hygiene as well. The kids are allowed to be only around of their residence. We do not allow visitors to come to see them. We stop the cooks from going to the informal market. We buy everything for them. Thanks to your generous financial assistance, I was able to buy food for one and half month for the orphaned kids despite the cost of the food becomes very high. Furthermore, there is already shortage or black market about food. Please keep us in your prayers as we for you and for the American people in general.

Fr. Andre Sylvestre

Visit Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage Foundation.

Watch Pope Francis give the "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City [Rome] and the World) blessing on Friday, March 27th, 2020.

Watch on EWTN Facebook page.

Watch on Vatican News YouTube page.

Read on Vatican News for full text of his meditation.
Welcome Therese Calland as Administrative Assistant for Saint Patrick Church. Therese can be contacted at tcalland328@gmail.com.