From The Desk of Father Shawn...

May 30th, 2021: The Eucharist and the Communion Rail
Lenten Talks with Rev. Shawn Landenwitch:

Rediscovering Mary: Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope, 2021 Lenten Talk (Part 1)(Part 2)(Handout)

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


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Sunday, December 12th, 2021:
St. Patrick Church will have a Holy Hour after 10:00 AM Mass.
See Mass Schedule
Wednesday, December 8th, 2021:
7:00 PM Immaculate Conception Mass (Holy Day of Obligation)
See Mass Schedule
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021:
6:15 PM Mass followed by Adoration, Confession, and Benediction. There will be several priests available.
See Mass Schedule
Saturday, December 18th, 2021:
Rorate Mass: In honor of Our Lady
A Rorate Mass is an Advent tradition of celebrating Mass in honor of Our Lady entirely by candlelight. As Mass progresses, the first light of dawn appears near the time of the consecration, reminding us that Jesus, come into our midst in the Eucharist, is the light that illumines the darkness of the world.

The first words, in Latin, of the opening antiphon are "Rorate caeli" (hence the title "Rorate Mass"), and are based on a verse from the book of Isaiah: "Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior."
6:00 AM Rosary
6:30 AM Mass
Carry-in breakfast to follow in Makley Hall.
Wednesday, December 1st, 2021:
Pray for Dobbs
The Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization could impact the fate of millions of preborn children and their mothers. Arguments will begin to be heard by the Supreme Court on December 1.

During the month of November, each rosary we pray before Mass in the parishes will have the Dobbs case as its special intention. We will also say the rosary on Thursday at 5:45, before the 6:15 pm Mass. Additionally Eucharistic Adoration each Thursday during November will be offered for this case and the protection of the unborn life.

Visit for more information.

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021:
Giving Tuesday is November 30th
Any money donated at the following link on November 30th will not be assessed, so 100% will go to the parish. Donations can be made earlier, but those will be assessed.

Money donated to St. Patrick Bellefontaine will be put towards painting the inside of the church.

For St. Patrick Bellefontaine;
visit to donate.

For Saint Mary of the Woods;
visit to donate.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of charitable giving that takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and is the largest world-wide day of giving.

Visit to learn more about #GIVECatholicAOC.

Visit to learn more about Giving Tuesday.
Thursday, November 25th, 2021:
9:00 AM Thanksgiving Day Mass
See Mass Schedule
Saturday, November 20th, 2021:
5:00 PM Supper in Makley Hall
6:00 PM Singing will be in Church.

Come and join us for a free evening of food, singing, and fellowship! Many talented musicians will be featured in the concert. ALL ARE WELCOME!

St. Cecilia is Patron of Musicians.
Visit Catholic Online St Cecilia.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2021:
There will be no 8:00 AM Mass on Tuesday, November 9th.
See Mass Schedule
Synod 2021-2023

Sunday, November 7th, 2021:
Synod 2021-2023
The Holy Father has called a synod inviting ALL the Baptized to come together to discuss and discern how we can walk together in accomplishing the Mission of the Church. He wants ALL those who make up the Church to participate: elderly, youth, religious orders, clergy, lay faithful, poor, disabled, divorced, migrants, those who no longer practice the faith, etc. More will be coming on how this is going to be accomplished at the local level, and what the discussion themes will be. In the meantime, please give participating in this first phase of the synod some prayerful thought. The Holy Father and the Holy Spirit value your input! Questions? Please feel free to contact Deacon John Homoelle at

View Archdiocese of Cincinnati media article:
"Catholic Church Synod: A unique chance for voices to be heard."

Visit Synod 2021-2023. See roadmap for the diocesan phase.
View Preparatory Document: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.
View Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality: Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment in Local Churches.

Visit Salt and Light Catholic Media: "What is the synod on synodality?"
Youth Ministry Quiz Night 2021

Friday, November 5th, 2021:
Youth Ministry Quiz Night!
Join us for a night of Fun, Jeopardy/Game Show themed quiz at St Patrick's Makley Hall. Open to Grades 4th-8th. Awards for the winning team.

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm Knights of Columbus Dinner. Proceeds to benefit the next Youth Event.
$3.00 Hot Dog and Fries
$4.00 Brat and Fries
Price includes drinks.
6:30 pm Quiz Sign Up (meet in Ashley's room).
7:00 pm Quiz Starts

Competitors, we need you in the Parish Hall and signed up by 6:30 pm, sign up as you enter the hall (if you are late it is okay, come on in anyway.) We will meet in Ashley's room at 6:30 and go over the plan for the quiz. Quiz starts at 7:00 pm.

Family and friends, we need your help! The Teams will have an opportunity to ask the audience for help, they also need you there cheering them on. Upon entering the Hall everyone will receive a ticket, keep a hold of this for a chance to win prizes!!

View Youth Ministry Quiz Night 2021 flyer
Thursday, November 4th, 2021:
6:15 PM Mass. Followed by Eucharistic Exposition, Reconciliation, and Benediction.
See Mass Schedule
Monday, November 1st, 2021:
9:00 AM Mass. Solemnity of All Saints
Since this Holy Day falls on a Monday, the obligation is dispensed.

See Mass Schedule
October 1st-20th, 2021:
See the proposed Northeast Deanery Family of Parishes (NE-2), and be sure your voice is heard and give your feedback from October 1st to 20th.

Visit to learn more.
My name is Antonio (Tony) Losekamp. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be assigned to Logan County for my Pastoral Internship! This is my fifth year of seven in seminary, and it has flown by! Before seminary, I received my undergraduate degree from THE Ohio State University and originally come from Cincinnati’s eastside. It was during my undergrad at OSU when I started to practice my Catholic faith on my own. No one was making me go to Mass, but I did have good role models in my older siblings that encouraged me to go to Mass at the local Newman Center. I was invited to a Bible study my freshman year, and it was the first time I was around other guys to talk about our faith and get to know each other as brothers to fight alongside. One of those brothers taught me to pray with scripture, and the rest is history. Once you actually start having regular conversations with Jesus, there’s not much you won’t give Him. So, I said I would give him everything that led me to seminary and God willing, in three years, it will lead me to lay prostrate on the floor of the Cathedral in complete surrender to the Lord of the Universe as I am ordained His humble priest. Pray for me! I pray for you!

See Meet the Seminarians.
Thursday, October 7th, 2021:
There will be a 8:00 AM Mass followed by confession on Thursday 10/7 for the Marian Pilgrims. There will be no Thursday evening Mass, confession, and Eucharistic Adoration. Also there will be no Friday 10/8 8:00 AM Mass at Saint Mary of the Woods Church.

See Mass Schedule
Sunday, September 26th, 2021:
Sunday, September 26th after the 10:00 am Mass. Popcorn and water will be provided! All are invited!

We will also be kicking off our Year of Faith Formation and passing out the materials for "A Family of Faith".

View PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton | An Inspiring Documentary
An interview with Archbishop Schnurr

Beacons of Light: An interview with Archbishop Schnurr
Please check out this interview with Archbishop Schnurr, where he answers some common questions about Beacons of Light!

Watch An Interview with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr - Archdiocese of Cincinnati, discussing Beacons of Light with Anna Mitchell of Sacred Heart Radio.
Sunday, September 19th, 2021:
Paperwork for Faith Formation has been sent out in the mail. Please complete and return to the Church Office by September 19th. The Faith Formation Kickoff will be Sunday, September 26th, 2021 after 10:00 am Mass.

See Education Page for more details.
Sunday, September 19th, 2021:
Eucharistic Procession and Family Fun Day!
Sunday, September 19th is the St Mary of the Woods to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine annual Eucharistic Procession and Family Fun Day!

Procession begins at the St Mary of the Woods church at 4 pm, and travels 0.8 miles to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. Once there, we will have dinner and games for the parishioners to enjoy!

Shuttles will be going from the SMOW church to the shrine continuously from 3:45 pm to 7:45 pm. Please park at the SMOW church, even if you do not plan on participating in the procession, as parking is very limited at the shrine.
Saturday, September 11th, 2021:
A new season of "That Man is You" is starting up on Saturday, September 11, 2021. This year's topic is "The Vision of Man Fully Alive," which enables men to experience authentic freedom as sons of God. As men live the three-fold mission of abiding presence, joyful service and loving sacrifice, their hearts and homes will experience the joy that God desires. To sustain them on their spiritual journey, the men will be led directly to the three spiritual foods that Christ Himself proclaims: The Eucharist, The Word of God, and The Will of God. The meetings will be in the RCIA room at St. Patrick on Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. and ending promptly at 8:30 a.m.
Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith?
RCIA classes are beginning soon! This year's classes will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM at St. Pat's, and will begin on August 24. We spend the first half of the year looking in detail at what the Church professes in the Creed, and the second half of the year learning about the life of grace received in the Sacraments. All the while, we endeavor to grow in prayer and our relationship with the Lord. Anyone with interest or questions about the Faith is welcome! Please contact Ashley Roberts if you plan to attend (; or call the parish office).

See Christian Initiation (RCIA).
Dayton Dragons Fundraiser:
Invitation to Dayton Dragons Games benefitting the Saint Mary of the Woods Fireworks Fund
Saturday August 21st @7:05 pm and/or Sunday August 22nd @ 2:05 pm.
Day Air Credit Ballpark, Dayton, OH.
$12 per ticket ($6 of every ticket purchased is given to St. Mary of the Woods)
Deadline to order is August 16th

View Dayton Dragons Fundraiser Ticket Order Form.

View Invitation to Dayton Dragons Games from David Goff, SMOW Festival Co-Chairman, for additional details.
Schedule your appointment online or sign up after the below weekend Masses.
August 14th and 15th, and August 21st and 22nd.
See the flyer in the bulletin for photo dates and times and how to sign up online.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Sunday, August 15). Normally a separate Holy Day of Obligation, but since the Assumption falls on a Sunday this year, your regular Sunday Mass will fulfill the obligation.

See Mass Schedule.
Annual August Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Mass at Indian Lake cancelled.
Read Peak of Ohio article "Annual August Mass Cancelled at Indian Lake Shrine".

Other events (not cancelled): Rosary at the Lake, Mondays @ 6:00 PM May through October 2021; Eucharistic Procession & Family Fun Day, Sunday, September 19th 2021 from 4pm-5pm.
There will be no weekday Mass for Monday 8/2 to Friday 8/6.

See Mass Schedule.
The trustees have been considering having another columbarium built as the current columbarium has reached maximum capacity. A columbarium will cost approximately $45,000.00. If you or a family member intend on being cremated and having your ashes placed in a columbarium, please know that capacity has been reached. The only way Calvary Cemetery can afford to build another columbarium is to raise a majority of the anticipated costs in advance.

In addition to the columbarium, the trustees have also discussed making other improvements to the Cemetery including improving the road system, planting native hardwood trees to replace the dead or removed trees, improving or restoring headstones as needed, providing pressurized water, constructing a suitable storage building for cemetery materials and more. These improvements can only be made if funds are available.

Please consider making a donation to Calvary Cemetery. Calvary Cemetery is not financially supported by Saint Patrick Church. The Cemetery’s financial existence is based solely from lot and columbarium niche sales and donations.

Mail your donation check payable to Calvary Cemetery and send it to:
Calvary Cemetery
Attention: T. Stolly
P.O. Box 68
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.

Thank you for your consideration.
Calvary Cemetery Trustees: Bob Stoll, Mike Maze, Joe Steggeman, Mark O'Connor and Terry Stolly.
Call Terry if you have any questions: 937-539-2779.

See Calvary Cemetery.
There will be an opportunity for enrollment in the Brown Scapular on Sunday, July 18th, after the 10:00 AM Mass at St. Patrick. 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.

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!
Thursday, July 15th at 6:15 PM will be the Latin Mass for July.
Beacons of Light:
View Archbishop Schnurr's Beacons of Light letter.

Read Archbishop Schnurr's full letter to the faithful concerning Beacons of Light.

Sign up for the free newsletter to stay up-to-date with Beacons of Light news and updates at
Vacation Bible School 2021:
VBS is July 26th-29th! All kids 4-years old through 6th grade (next school year) are welcome! Call the office or visit the website for registration paperwork. Cost is $10/kid, $30 max/family. All are welcome. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED.
See Education Page for more details.

View VBS '21 flyer.

View VBS Permission Slip '21.

Songs for VBS 2021:
Watch "Blessed Be Your Name".
Watch "Good God Almighty".
Summer Adult Ed 2021:
The Mass - 5 Week Summer Adult Ed Class

Tuesdays; June 22nd to July 20th; 7:00 - 8:00 PM at St. Patrick.

Fridays; June 25th to July 23rd; 9:00 - 10:00 AM at St. Mary of the Woods.

Please contact Ashley at the parish office, if you plan to attend. The Tuesday session is contingent upon interest.

View Summer Adult Ed 2021 flyer.
Check out this amazing documentary on our Blessed Mother!

Watch “Mary, Life After Jesus: The Road to Ephesus” a documentary (47 min). Watch it today for free. Feel free to share with others.

Presented by The American Society of Ephesus (George B. Quatman Foundation).
Meet Seminarian David Gross; "Hello, I am from Dayton and will be in Theology II in the fall at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati. I entered the seminary after graduating from the University of Dayton in 2018. I am the second-oldest of four children; I have two brothers and one sister. I like to play the piano, and my favorite devotion is the Rosary. I am grateful to be here, and look forward to the summer!"

See Meet the Seminarians.
Beginning June 5th, there will be additional Confession times at Saint Patrick on Saturday 3:00 - 3:30 pm, and at St Mary of the Woods on Friday mornings 8:45 am.
Priest Ordination 2021:
Watch a beautiful video of the 2021 Priest Ordination on YouTube.
Saturday, June 19th, 2021:
Marian Consecration of Archdiocese of Cincinnati live-stream
12:00 p.m. Marian Consecration of Archdiocese of Cincinnati live-streamed from the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati, OH.
Eucharistic Procession 2021

Sunday, June 6th, 2021:
Saint Patrick Eucharistic Procession
Be sure to join us for our Eucharistic Procession through the neighborhood of St. Patrick! The procession will be held immediately following the 10:00 AM Mass on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 6th. We will walk up Newell St. to Auburn, Auburn to Park, Park to Spring Street and up through the church parking lot - weather permitting!

View Saint Patrick Eucharistic Procession Flyer.
Marian Pilgrimage
Join us for a Marian Pilgrimage this October!
An idea was raised in the Marian Consecration classes this past month about organizing a pilgrimage to a few particularly unique shrines to Our Lady located in Wisconsin. We will be visiting the National Shrine of Our Lady, Help of Christians at Holy Hill (near Milwaukee), and the only Marian apparition site in the United States to have received Church approval to date--Our Lady of Good Help (near Green Bay). All are welcome!

The tentative schedule is as follows:

Thursday, October 7: depart at 1:00 PM. Stop at the Shrine of Christ's Passion in St. John, IN. This shrine has very moving, almost life-sized outdoor Stations of the Cross. Overnight in Milwaukee.

Shrine of Christ's Passion
Friday, October 8: The National Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians at Holy Hill. We will attend Mass, and have some time to explore before heading to Green Bay. Overnight in Green Bay.

Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians
Saturday, October 9: The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. We will attend Mass on the anniversary of the apparition, as well as take a shift in an all-night prayer vigil (Friday to Saturday) commemorating the 150th anniversary of the shrine's miraculous preservation from the most devastating fire in US history.

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
We will return late in the evening on October 9.

At this point, we have several extra hotel rooms in our block, but no available spots on the bus. If you would like to come along, and are willing to drive yourself and/or carpool, you are very welcome! The extra hotel rooms will be first come, first served.

Please contact Ashley Roberts at the parish office by July 1 if you are interested!
Sunday, May 16th, 2021:
Marian Parish Consecration Prayer
For those who were not able to attend our parish Marian consecration on May 16, we encourage you to read and unite your hearts to the consecration prayer:

Read Marian Parish Consecration Prayer.
Thursday, May 13th, 2021:
Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays
Great news! The Bishops of Ohio have announced that effective the weekend of June 5th and 6th, the Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays has been reinstated!

Please read the attached letter from the Bishops of Ohio, which should answer any questions you may have.

Just a reminder, that even after the Governor's mandates are lifted, you may still wear a mask to church if you feel more comfortable doing so.

Also, while the majority of the church will be full capacity, the marked pews on Our Lady's side of church will still be a place to distance from others if you wish.

*Please Note: Starting the weekend of June 5/6, we will no longer be streaming Mass on Facebook.

Read Lifting Dispensation Letter.

Visit Catholic Conference of Ohio.

Archbishop Schnurr has designated the following parishes to serve as temporary shrines during the Year of St. Joseph: St. Joseph, North Bend; St. Joseph, Dayton; and St. Joseph, Wapakoneta.

A pious visit to one of these churches during this holy year is an occasion for receiving a plenary indulgence for those who recite an Our Father and the Creed, along with fulfillment of the other requirements for obtaining an indulgence (prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, sacramental confession, and reception of Holy Communion).

Please visit the parishes’ websites to see church visiting hours and any possible devotional activities:

St. Joseph Church, North Bend, Ohio

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Dayton, Ohio

View Year-of-St-Joseph.pdf

St. Joseph Church, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Visit St Joseph (Wapakoneta)
Friday, January 22nd, 2021:

Day of Prayer
The bishops of the United States have designated next Friday, January 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, as a day of prayer and penance for the legal protection of unborn children. Your prayers and sacrifices are greatly needed. Please find a concrete way to bring before Our Lord all the unborn, mothers and fathers in crisis pregnancies, those who suffer the effects of a past abortion, those who support abortion, and all the leaders of our country.

Visit the bishop's website, at

Below are some great resources for anyone you know who might be suffering from a past abortion. Please share, and say a prayer for all those who are in need of God's healing touch!

9 Days for Life, January 21-29
Saturdays at 7:00 AM
That Man Is You - Men's Group
Saturdays at 7:00 am in Makley Hall RCIA Room.