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
For additional Lenten Talks, see From The Desk of Father Shawn
LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS:
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Sunday, September 26th, 2021:
PARISH MOVIE MATINEE!
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
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:
THAT MAN IS YOU
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.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA):
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 (email@example.com
; 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)
*TICKET ALSO INCLUDES A DRAGONS HAT!
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.
A NEW CHURCH DIRECTORY
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:
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
OUR LADY OF FATIMA SHRINE MASS CANCELLED:
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
CALVARY CEMETERY DONATIONS:
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:
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
BROWN SCAPULAR ENROLLMENT:
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 catholicaoc.org/beacons-of-light
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 OUR LATEST SEMINARIAN INTERN:
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
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION:
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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH:
RECEIVE PLENARY INDULGENCE DURING THE YEAR OF ST. JOSEPH
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
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 usccb.org.
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.