Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 7.00 pm
Sundays of Lent - Holy Hour
Exposition, Sung Vespers, and Benediction
4:00 pm; Vespers at 4.40 pm & Benediction at 5.00 pm
Saint Mary of the Assumption
132 South High Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Parish Office: 740.653.0997
Faith Office: 740.653.5054
Parish Office Hours
Mon – Fri: 8.00 am – 4.30 pm
Saint Mary Cemetery
Map to St. Mary Cemetery
Saint Mary School
Sunday Mass Schedule:
Saturday: 5:30 pm
Sunday: 8:45 am and 11:15 am
Daily Mass Schedule:
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00 am
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am
Holy Day Schedule:
Masses: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, and 7:00 pm
*Please consult the Parish Bulletin
Saturday: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Or by Appointment (Call Rectory)
Please give thought and prayer to taking advantage of the below opportunities at St. Mary of the Assumption as we prepare to take up the discipline of Lent with our Catechumens in the RCIA Process. In addition to “giving up” something for Lent, please do not forget about the process of conversion, that is, cooperating with God’s grace to turn with your whole body and soul to Christ. Do battle with sin and those things which keep us away from being fully alive in the Lord.
I. Stations of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross devotion will be offered on Friday’s during Lent at 7:00 pm. Stations of the Cross booklets will be available in the Church. This year, our parish school children in eighth grade will present the Living Stations of the Cross with Fr. Eilerman on Friday, 20 March at 7:00 pm.
II. Exposition & Vespers: Our parish will again offer Sunday afternoon Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 4:00pm. We will chant Vespers, the Evening Prayer of the Church, at 4:45 pm and close with Benediction Service at 5:00 pm. Worship Aids will be available in the Church.
III. Daily Mass: Monday and Wednesday at 7:00 am and Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am
IV. Rosary: Our parish prays the Rosary as a community at 5:00 pm before the 5:30 Anticipatory Mass.
V. Confession: The sacrament Penance is offered from 4-5pm on Saturdays and there will be a Penance Service with individual celebration of the sacrament on Thursday, 26 March at 7:00 pm. Other opportunities are available at parishes within our Deanery (see bottom of post).
VI. Lauds: Our parish will offer Lauds, the Morning Prayer of the Church on Holy Thursday at 9:00am, Good Friday at 9:00am, and Holy Saturday at 9:00am. Worships Aids will be available in the Church.
VII. Lenten Reflections: Consider subscribing to Fr. Robert Barron’s Lenten Reflections via email: http://www.lentreflections.com
VIII. Consider subscribing to Magnificat, a prayer book with Mass readings and spiritual reflections. This is a monthly publication, but it would be wonderful to take up during Lent and continue afterward.
Alms & Works of Mercy:
I. Operation Rice Bowl: Our parish will take up a second collection at all Sunday Masses for Catholic Relief Services. St. Mary School and St. Mary Parish School of Religion students will also be given a Rice Bowl to collect money for the good works of CRS. Please consider taking the money you’d save in “giving up” something for Lent and donating it to this charitable organization which does good works all over the world.
II. St. Vincent dePaul Food Collection: Our Vincentians will collect non-perishable food items in the St. Vincent dePaul boxes on the back tables in the narthex of church.
III. Sandwich Saturday: All are invited to help build sandwiches for the local food pantries on Saturday, 28 February at 8:00 am in the Spirit Center. Please consider bringing bologna, cheese, and bread with you to donate for this effort. This work typically continues on the 4th Saturday of each month.
Fasting & Abstinence:
I. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Please consider fasting on these days, and others, for specific prayer intentions this Lent.
II. Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence.
Growth in Faith:
I. Lighthouse Media Displays: Please check-out the Lighthouse Catholic Media Displays in the Main and South vestibules of church and pickup a talk by one of the greatest Catholic speakers in the world on prayer, church teaching or the spiritual life. A donation is appreciated to continue this opportunity.
II. Our parish is offering several adult faith enrichment series this Lent. A series on the Theology of the Body on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm and a diverse option of liturgical, spiritual, and prayerful topics which can be found (here).
III. Consider reading a book on the Catholic Faith or a book which leads you on a Catholic Retreat. Need some direction? Ask Father Eilerman, Deacon Frank, Deacon Nic, or Brian McCauley.
Other External Resources for Lent:
Deanery Options for the Celebration of Penance
Tuesday, 10 March – St. Mark the Evangelist, Lancaster, 7:00 pm
Monday, 16 March – St. John the Evangelist, Logan, 7:00 pm
Sunday, 22 March – St. Bernadette, Lancaster, 3:00 pm
Monday, 23 March – St. Joseph, Sugar Grove, 7:00 pm
Thursday, 26 March – St. Mary of the Assumption, 7:00 pm
Sunday, 29 March – St. Mary, Bremen, 3:00 pm
“Remember, O man, that thou are dust, and unto dust thou shalt return.”
Mass with the Distribution of Ashes:
7:00 am, 9:00 am, and 7:00 pm
Please find information below regarding the trip in September to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and Mass with the Holy Father.
The Fairfield-Hocking-Pickaway Deanery is pleased to offer an upcoming Pre-Cana session for couples preparing for the sacrament of Matrimony. Please see the PDF Form below with more information on the Retreat as well as the registration form.
Any questions should be directed to Maggie Bennett, a St. Mary of the Assumption parishioner, at 740.243.1552.
Thank you to everyone who generously supported the FCHS Irish4Life Club with your donations and prayers! We took 39 students who had a very powerful experience of just how very alive and well the pro-life movement is in our country. We have come back more convicted than ever that we can make a difference and we can touch the lives of those who are most in need of God’s love: the poor, the vulnerable, those in crisis pregnancy situations, and the elderly. May the good work that God has begun in the lives of these young people be brought to fruition. And may God reward you for your support of them.
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St. Mary of the Assumption is proud to offer Lighthouse Catholic Media CD's in the main and south vestibules of church. Please checkout one of the displays and pickup a talk by one of the greatest Catholic speakers in the world! This program is made possible with the help of your donations, so please do what you can financially to support this work of the parish in evangelization. Thank you.