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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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.

Monday, August 15th at 9:00 am Assumption Mass at St Patrick Church.
Because August 15th falls on a Monday, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

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.
Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

There will be no mass on Tuesday 8/9 at St Patrick Church, because of replacement of the carpet.
Tuesday, August 9th at 8:00 am Mass will be at Saint Mary of the Woods Church.
"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”.
Priest Ordination 2022

Priest Ordination 2022
Check out this video--more than one familiar face! And Fr. Lindle *might* be happy to be ordained... :-) We're blessed that our new vicar possesses evident joy!

Watch Priest Ordination 2022 (5 Min)
Tuesday, June 14th, 2022:

There will be no 8:00 AM Mass at St Patrick Church on Tuesday, June 14th.
Sunday, June 5th, 2022:

Read Archbishop Schnurr's Pentecost Sunday Letter.
Friday, June 3rd, 2022:

8:00 AM Mass at St Patrick. St. Mary of the Woods Church floors are being waxed, and will not have the Friday morning Mass.
Monday, May 30th, 2022:

Memorial Day Mass
9:00 AM Mass. Celebrant Father Robert Hale.
Sunday, May 29th, 2022:

Celebration for Father Robert Hale
Deacon Robert Hale is planning on celebrating all of the weekend Masses here during the weekend after his ordination. His ordination is May 21. He will be here May 28/29 to celebrate the Masses. There will be a celebration of his ordination on Sunday, May 29 at noon at the Winner Harvest Barn, 7317 St. Rt. 47W, DeGraff, OH.

Please bring a side dish to share. Burgers, Brats, & Hot Dogs will be provided, as well as drinks and dessert!.

See Meet the Seminarians
Sunday, May 8th, 2022:

May Crowning
Bring flowers to Mass, May 8! All are invited to bring flowers that Sunday, or to put them in the vases any time in the month of May!
SMOW Dayton Dragons Fundraiser:
Come join us for a fun weekend of DRAGONS baseball games!

Saint Mary of the Wood's with the Dayton Dragons vs. South Bend Cubs Saturday, June 4 at 7:05 PM and/or Sunday, June 5 at 1:05 PM.
Use the below ordering options, or follow the listed hyperlink to go directly to our reserved seating sections.

What's included?
• Game ticket for a stadium seat
• Great family entertainment
• Over $30 in value - but the cost is just $14
• $7 of every ticket purchased is returned to St. Mary of the Woods - Russell's Point.

DEADLINE TO ORDER: May 16th (this can be extended by a few days)
• Mail: Dayton Dragons, Day Air Credit Ballpark, PO Box 2107, Dayton, OH 45401
• Fax: to (937) 228-2284
• Email to:
• Phone: (937) 228-2287 x160


Use this link to order directly online.

View SMOW Dayton Dragons Group Outing Dates Ordering Form 2022
Parish Pilgrimage 2022

Parish Pilgrimage
Saturday, June 4, 2022

• Begin at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ada, Ohio
Venerate St. Bernadette's relics, which are currently on tour in the US
• Attend the 9:00 AM First Saturday Mass, including sprinkling with Lourdes water

• Travel to the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio
• Lunch in the shrine cafeteria
• Explore the grounds and have an opportunity to pray together
• Return that evening

• Transportation will be by caravan
• Cost: lunch at the shrine (price to be announced)

Freewill donations are accepted at the shrine for those who desire to give.
All are welcome!
Please register by contacting the parish office by Wednesday, May 11.

View Parish Pilgrimage 2022 Flyer

Visit The Relics of St. Bernadette United States Tour
Parish-Wide Consecration 2022

Parish-Wide Consecration 2022
Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Renew your consecration, or participate for the first time.

Tuesdays, 7:00 PM at St. Pat's May 3rd - 31st
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM at SMOW May 4th - June 1st
Feel free to alternate locations. Attendance at every session is not required.

Free copies of "33 Days to Morning Glory" are available. Use "33 Days to Morning Glory" again, or try a different option.

"Total Consecration Through the Mysteries of the Rosary"
A wonderful book! To do it optimally, you'd need a half hour or so that you wanted to dedicate to praying through the meditations well. Also, it takes a few days longer, so you'd want to start 5 full weeks before consecration day.

"St. Louis de Montfort's Version--The Original!"
Nothing wrong with this version, either--it's the first! St. Louis de Montfort's version is heavy on recited prayer, so it would be a different approach than "33 Days". But it is tried and true, and loved by many.

Contact the office 937-592-1656 to sign up, or with any questions.

View Parish-Wide Consecration 2022 Flyer

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.

Sunday, April 24th 2022
8:00 AM Mass at St. Mary of the Woods Church
10:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick Church
Divine Mercy Holy Hour will follow Sunday Mass at both churches.

See Mass Schedule to listen to The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Saturday, April 16th 2022:

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

Easter Vigil 2022

Easter Message 2022

When you see the light of the Easter candle, may it direct your gaze to Heaven and your heart to the hope and joy of salvation. And may you, too, be enlightened by Christ's love and radiate His light to the world.

Watch "An Easter Message from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr"
Alex Dugas & Patrick Blenman diaconate ordination will be on Saturday, April 23rd, 2022 at 11:00 am.

Transitional deacon Robert Hale priesthood ordination will be on Saturday, May 21st, 2022 at 11:00 am.

Father Hale will visit our parish on the weekend of May 29th.

Both ordinations will be at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati, Ohio.

See Meet the Seminarians
Friday, April 22nd, 2022:
Gender Identity Luncheon
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is hosting a luncheon featuring Damon and Melanie Owens on April 22 at 12:30 pm at St. Paul Catholic Church in Englewood. The event will provide formation on the beauty of the Church's teachings on sexual identity with tips for accompaniment, and is geared toward parents, educators, or parish catechists - anyone desiring formation on this important topic. The cost is $10 per person, and we invite you to register online at

View Gender Identity Luncheon Flyer

We hope you can make it!
Thursday, March 31st 2022:
Lenten Penance Service
6:15 PM Mass. Eucharistic Adoration and Confession after Mass. This will be a Latin Mass.
See Mass Schedule

Read Father Shawn's letter "5th Thursday Latin Mass" for more information.
Friday, March 25th 2022:
Pray for peaceful resolution in Ukraine.
Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance that he will preside over at 5pm in St Peter's Basilica, Rome (12 pm noon Eastern time). All are asked to join in this prayer for the consecration and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

12:00 PM Noon the Angelus prayer, prayer for the Consecration, and a Rosary at Saint Mary of the Woods.

Read Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr Letter.

Read Vatican News article: Pope to consecrate Russia and Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Thursday, March 17th 2022:
6:15 PM Mass
See Mass Schedule
Sunday, March 13th & March 20th, 2022:

2022 Lenten Talks
4:00 PM "Last Supper: The Passover, the Temple, and the Prayer of Jesus" Lenten Talks with Father Shawn Landenwitch located at Winner Harvest Barn, De Graff, Ohio. Bring a Bible and join us for an optional pot-luck following the talk!
View Lenten Talks 2022 flyer.

Listen to Last Supper (Part 1) (Part 2).
St. Vincent de Paul Society (937-210-1280)
This active ministry is one that asks its members to journey with love and assistance to our brothers and sisters most seriously in need of our guidance and help. Currently society members operate the Food Pantry located in Makley Hall on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. Call 937-210-1280 for information.

See St. Vincent de Paul Society
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022:
7:00 PM Mass
See Mass Schedule
Friday 4/8 4:30 PM at Saint Patrick Church.

Monday 4/11 6:00 PM Lenten Service at St. Mary of the Woods Church. Service includes Prayer Request Rosary & Stations of the Cross on Mondays during Lent.

Rewatch "Celebration of the Lord's Passion and Stations of the Cross from St. Patrick Church" on Facebook. Stations of the Cross starts at 1:10 (38 min).
Our support of the Catholic Ministries Appeal allows us to stand with the ministries that teach, feed, and heal throughout the archdiocese. This year, St Patrick's goal is $12,389.

Families will be receiving a CMA mailing from Archbishop Schnurr in the coming week or so. Please prayerfully complete your pledge card and return it in the envelope provided, or bring your completed pledge card and envelope to Mass. For more information or to donate online, please visit Thank you!
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.