From The Desk of Father Shawn...

July 24th, 2022: Coming Improvements to the Church
Lenten Talks with Rev. Shawn Landenwitch:

Last Supper: The Passover, the Temple, and the Prayer of Jesus, 2022 Lenten Talk (Part 1)(Part 2)

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


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Tuesday, September 27th, 2022

There will be no 8am Mass on Tuesday, September 27th at St. Patrick Church.

See Mass Schedule
Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Eucharistic Procession & Family Fun Day
4:00 PM Sunday, October 2nd, Eucharistic Procession from St. Mary of the Woods Church to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, Russells Point.

View Eucharistic Procession and Family Fun Day 2022 Flyer
The Search Series

St. Mary's Church in Urbana presents The Search Series
“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” -St. Augustine

The Search is an award-winning video-based series from the Augustine Institute hosted by Chris Stefanick that explores the fundamental questions and mysteries of what it means to be a human person. The production is beautiful; the content is compelling; and it's for everyone. If your faith is already solid, The Search will help you to deepen it. If you're feeling unsure, it's for you too. If you're worried about your kids or grandkids, it's a great series for you to share with them by bringing them along.

The Search features scientists, artists, philosophers, and other people from all walks of life proclaiming how their searches for meaning in life led them to Jesus and the Gospel. The Search proclaims the Gospel in words that modern ears are ready to hear and images that modern eyes can't help but see and remember.

The kick-off is Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft of St. Mary's Church in Urbana, and we will meet for seven consecutive Wednesday nights (except the Wednesday before Thanksgiving!). All are welcome to attend.

Visit to learn more.
Ohio March for Life 2022

Ohio March for Life
October 5th, 2022
11:00 AM Columbus

Wednesday October 5, 2022
8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary, Urbana
9:00 a.m. Bus departs for Columbus
11:00 a.m. Ohio March for Life Rally begins
12:00 p.m. Ohio March for Life begins
3:00 p.m. Bus departs for Urbana

Wednesday October 5, 2022 will be the Ohio March for life in Columbus. Since Roe v. Wade is overturned, marches are now moving to the state level.
St. Mary, Urbana is chartering a bus to go to Columbus. The bus will be first-come, first-served with a suggested donation of $25 per seat. The bus will hold 56 passengers. If you opt to drive yourself we will have a rendezvous point in Columbus. If you would like to take the bus, please call the St. Mary Parish Office at 937-653-1375.

View Ohio March for Life Flyer
Saturday, September 17th, 2022:

NE1 Sack Lunch Ministry for Women:
NE1 Ladies, please join in the first NE1 Sack Lunch Ministry for Women to share scripture with one another.

When: Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Where: St. Patrick Makley Hall
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
By: The St. Patrick Monday Night Bible Study Ladies

Please bring your own sack lunch, beverage, your bibles and a small notebook.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

We ask you to read the readings for Sunday, September 18th, 2022 before coming: Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113:1-2,4-8; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-13

We will have discussion, prayer, fellowship and fun.

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20

View NE1 Sack Lunch Ministry for Women flyer.
Wednesdays, September 2022:

Knights of Columbus will continue to meet on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in St. Patrick's Makley hall.

Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a six week program "Into the Breach" for all catholic men.

Visit Knights of Columbus Council #1782 on Facebook to learn more.

August 27 & 28 - Missionaries from the Archdiocese of Lexington will be speaking at all Masses of the NE 1 Family of Parishes. Deacon John Brannen will be with Father Lindle at the churches in Champaign County. Rev. Gary Simpson will be the celebrant at all Masses at St. Mary of the Woods and St. Patrick. There will be a second collection that weekend. Thank you for your generosity!

Visit Catholic Diocese of Lexington.

Read "Giving of ourselves to those in need is a crucial part of our Christian mission" article by Father Gary Simpson.

Registration paperwork for faith formation has been sent out, and is due August 28. If you did not receive paperwork (and especially if your oldest child is new to the program), please contact Ashley at the parish office. We are returning, with some modifications, to a classroom based model. This year is a Confirmation year for children in the 7th and 8th grades. Faith formation at both parishes will begin Sunday, September 11, after Mass.

High school students and up are welcome! Rehearsals meet every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the choir room beginning September 7th, 2022.
RCIA Classes Begin Soon!

RCIA will begin on Tuesday, August 23, at 6:30 PM at St. Mary of the Woods Church, Russells Point. Classes will be held every Tuesday until mid-April. Anyone who would like to know more about the Catholic faith, or is interested in joining the Church, is welcome to attend! The first several months are focused on what the Church believes and professes in the creed, and the second half of the year looks at living the life of grace through the Sacraments and the moral teachings of the Church. If you'd like to attend, please contact Ashley at the parish office, or email her at All levels of interest are welcome!

See Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Wednesdays, July 13th through August 17th:

Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a six week program "Into the Breach" for all catholic men. On Wednesdays, July 13th through August 17th, at 7:30 PM in St Patrick's Makley hall.

Visit Knights of Columbus Council #1782 on Facebook to learn more.

Please join us to celebrate the ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY with OUR LADY OF FATIMA SHRINE MASS on SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2022 6:00 p.m. Celebrant Father Shawn Landenwitch. There will be shuttle service from St. Mary of the Woods parking lot beginning at 4:30 p.m. The Rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. at the Shrine in Russells Point.
Saturday, August 13th, 2022

St. Mary Family Fun Day, 228 Washington Ave, Urbana, Saturday, August 13th, 2022, Noon - 9:00 PM. Something fun for everyone!

Visit St. Mary Family Fun Day on Facebook.

Read Urbana Daily Citizen article "St. Mary Fest is Aug. 13"

View St. Mary Family Fun Day 2022 flyer.
"Today, I call on all people, and especially Catholics, to redouble our commitment to caring for women, children and families so that abortion is not only illegal, but unthinkable."

Read Archbishop Schnurr's Letter to the Faithful upon Overturning of Roe v. Wade. (English) (Spanish)

For a listing of the many resources available for women in unexpected or crisis pregnancies in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, please go to

You are not alone. No matter what challenges you are facing.

Walking with Moms in Need is a national initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to help parishes better support and accompany pregnant and parenting women. Joining in this initiative, parishes across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati are embarking on a Year of Service to assess, expand and communicate resources to moms in need in our communities. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes are called to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.”

To learn more visit
NE-I Family of Parishes Family Picnic

NE-I Family of Parishes Family Picnic on Sunday, July 31st 2022 at 1 p.m. West Liberty Lions Park Shelter House #1 576 Township Road 174, West Liberty, OH 43357. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Councils: 1727, 1782 and 4378. The Knights will provide meats and drinks. Please bring a side dish and a lawn game. The splash pad will be available for those with kids.
Archdiocese of Cincinnati SafeParish™

From the Safe Environment Office,
With Summer activities in full swing, we would like to remind all parish/school employees and volunteers of the requirements of the Decree on Child Protection. All employees and volunteers are required to have completed The Archdiocese of Cincinnati SafeParish™: Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse - Arch. of Cincinnati Edition training or child protection training under the prior child protection platform (VIRTUS). In addition, employees are required to complete an online background check, manual fingerprint, and B4 form once prior to beginning employment. Ohio Department of Education licensees may have additional requirements and should check with their school office or athletic departments if there are any questions. Volunteers are required to complete an online background check prior to volunteering with youth. Employees and volunteers are required to stay current in completing SafeParish™ quarterly bulletins.

As of July 8, there are 10,000+ SafeParish user accounts that are pending due to lack of compliance in completing the quarterly bulletins. With the school year beginning for most in August, please make sure to complete the quarterly bulletins or you will not be able to work/volunteer with youth until your SafeParish account is approved. Please direct questions regarding bulletin completion to your parish/school safe environment coordinator.

Thank you for all you are doing and please stay safe and healthy!

Bill Mitchell
Director - Safe Environment Office

To access or register for your SafeParish account go to

To learn more, visit Archdiocese of Cincinnati SafeParish™ Resources.
Vacation Bible School 2022

VBS 2022 - God of the Impossible! July 18 through July 21 at St. Patrick Parish from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. All are welcome from (potty-trained) age 4 through those going into 6th grade! If you are feeling called to help, please let Ashley Roberts know! You can email Melissa Winner at or text at 419-852-5651. High school and middle school help is also needed; if you are interested, please have your parents contact us. Registration forms due June 19th.

Watch “All Creatures” at

Watch “Yes He Can” at
Parish Council Update:

As of July 1st, there will be a new combined parish council for St. Mary of the Woods and St. Patrick churches. The purpose of the combined council is to streamline the administration for our pastor with the implementation of Beacons of Light. With six parishes, it would not be helpful for our pastor to work with six separate councils. The combined council will have six representatives from each parish. Only the six members from each parish will vote on business specific to that parish. All twelve members will vote on business that impacts both parishes.

Members from St. Patrick include; Lisa Brandel, Adrienne Dearwester, Sara Marcinko, Noah Stolly, Pat Tynan, and Judy Weiser.

Members from St. Mary of the Woods include; Shawn Bihn, Karen Burgel, Derreck Dillon, Dale Motzko, Barb Ternasky, and Renee Winner.
Sunday, June 19th, 2022:

Corpus Christi Procession and 125th Anniversary Celebration!
St. Patrick Church will have a 125th Anniversary Celebration on June 19th. It will include a Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession at 11 a.m. and a meal afterward in Makley Hall. Chicken and salmon will be the main dishes.

Read Bellefontaine Examiner article “Prayers lifted for the community”.

On Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. from May 2 through October 10, the Rosary will be recited at the Fatima Statue at Indian Lake. Bring your lawn chair and rosary! Also, come prepared for the weather - umbrellas, jackets or sunglasses. The Statue is a beautiful setting for reciting the Rosary. Join us in prayer each Monday as Our Lady requested.
Sounds strange, doesn't it? Yet this is what the Holy Father has called. In its simplest form, synodality represents a collaborative approach by all the people of God to address a particular issue for which the Holy Father seeks input. For this synod, he wants to hear from everyone on how the whole Church (not only the bishops and priests) can journey together in bringing the gospel message to the world. To address this "synodal" approach, he has called for all dioceses in the world to hold local consultative meetings to discuss this topic.


Updated April 20th, 2022
Saturdays at 7:00 AM
That Man Is You - Men's Group
Saturdays at 7:00 am in Makley Hall RCIA Room.