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
Office: 740.653.0997

Saint Mary School
Office: 740.654.1632

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

Confession Schedule:
Saturday: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Or by Appointment (Call 740.653.0997)

December  2016
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  • Greenery Sale Pick-up (Teacher Association - benefits tuition assistance)
    Starts: 12:00 AM
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  • This Man Is You
    Starts: 12:00 AM
    Location: Spirit Center
  • Confessions
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Location: Church confessional
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  • 2nd Sunday Advent
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • ANGIE Birthday
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • RCIA Dismissal
    Starts: 8:45 AM
    Location: Rectory Conference Room
  • Baptism Class
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: conference room
  • Pen/Comm Prep I - Tour of Church
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: Spirit Center & Church
  • PSR
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: St. Mary School
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  • RCIA Session
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: Spirit Center
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  • Christmas Liturgies Planning mtg
    Starts: 4:30 PM
  • Liturgy
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: conference room
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  • Blood Drive
    Starts: 1:00 PM
  • Childrens Choir
    Starts: 3:00 PM
  • Adult Choir
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • Immaculate Conception
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Mass
    Starts: 7:00 AM
  • All School Mass
    Starts: 9:00 AM
  • Mass
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • This Man Is You
    Starts: 12:00 AM
    Location: Spirit Center
  • Candlelight Tour
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Blood Pressure Screening
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Sandwich Saturday
    Starts: 8:00 AM
    Location: spirit center
  • Confessions
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Location: Church confessional
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  • 3rd Sunday Advent
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • CRE - away
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • RCIA Dismissal
    Starts: 8:45 AM
    Location: Rectory Conference Room
  • Penance Prep
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: Spirit Center
  • Baptisms-FS
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: Church
  • PSR
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: St. Mary School
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  • Funeral Choir Practice
    Starts: 10:15 AM
  • RCIA Session
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: Spirit Center
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  • All School Mass
    Starts: 9:00 AM
  • Tree Trimming/Staff lunch
    Starts: 10:00 AM
  • School Advisory Board
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • Students of the Month Pancake Breakfast
    Starts: 8:00 AM
  • Childrens Choir
    Starts: 3:00 PM
  • Christmas Program
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • Pre-School/Kdgn/8th - rectory visits
    Starts: 10:00 AM
  • PreSchool visits
    Starts: 1:00 PM
  • Advent Penance Service
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • Confessions
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Location: Church confessional
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  • 4th Sunday Advent
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • RCIA Dismissal
    Starts: 8:45 AM
    Location: Rectory Conference Room
  • PSR
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: St. Mary School
  • PSR Confessions Gr/7-8
    Starts: 10:00 AM
  • MFL Donut Sunday
    Starts: 10:00 AM
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  • Christmas Break - No School
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • RCIA Session
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: Spirit Center
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  • Childrens Choir
    Starts: 3:00 PM
  • Adult Choir
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • Prison Mass
    Starts: 6:30 PM
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  • Christmas Eve
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Mass
    Starts: 4:00 PM
  • Incense
    Starts: 6:30 PM
  • Incense
    Starts: 9:00 PM
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  • Christmas Day
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Mass
    Starts: 9:00 AM
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  • Eve Holy Mother of God
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Confessions
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Location: Church confessional

The Season of Advent – Preparing for Christ

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In her liturgical year the Church helps the Christian faithful to encounter each year anew, her Lord, Jesus Christ. Since God has become Man in Jesus Christ, He has entered time and our world, and thus the liturgical seasons and commemorations are not memories of distant events of our Salvation History, but are encounters with the living God. As with the visible world and nature, there are seasons and cycles to the year. The same is true with our liturgical year. There are times for fasting and feasting; times for sorrow and joy; and times for more intense conversion and penance. But in all of this, the Church encounters her Lord and His saving Gospel. Throughout these times and seasons, Catholics re-live the life of Christ: the Annunciation to the Bl. Virgin Mary, Jesus’ Incarnation, His Birth, being raised in the holy family, His Baptism and retreat into the dessert, and His Paschal Mystery: His Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension and the Gift of the Holy Spirit. As Christians, celebrating well the rituals and traditions of the Church in her liturgical year, helps us to live intimately with Jesus Christ.

As we prepare to journey through the season of Advent, the prayer and worship of the Church helps us to remember our need and longing for the Messiah. Although our world is all about immediate gratification; the timeless memory of the Church tells us to be in touch with our longings. It is good to long. By recalling the ancient prophecies and the expectancy of the Messiah, we are aided in renewing our need for Jesus as Lord and Saviour, and welcoming Him more into our lives, especially those fibers of our being that are in need of conversion and healing. Mother Church also encourages us to look for the many ways in which the Lord comes to us now: sacramentally in Holy Communion, in the person of the Priest, in holy Scripture, and in the person of our neighbour. In We are also reminded that the Lord will return again at the end of time as Judge, or at our death in particular judgement, and so we heed the call of John the Baptizer to “make straight His paths.”

With this in mind, let us look to where we need the Lord more in our lives – to turn away from sin and to turn toward the Lord and His mercy and healing. Our deanery parishes will offer advent penance services to help us go about this christian work:

  • Monday, 5 December – St. Joseph – Sugar Grove, 7.00 pm
  • Sunday, 11 December – St. Bernadette, 3.00 pm
  • Monday, 12 December – St. John the Evangelist – Logan, 7.00 pm
  • Tuesday, 13 December – St. Mark the Evangelist, 7.00 pm
  • Thursday, 15 December – St. Mary of the Assumption, 7.00 pm
  • Sunday, 18 December – St. Mary – Bremen, 3.00 pm
  • Sunday, 18 December – St. Joseph – Circleville, 4.00 pm

As Mother Church helps us to prepare not only for the commemoration of the Nativity this Advent, but more importantly, for when we meet the Lord face to face, let us avail ourselves of this special opportunity to seek God’s mercy and grace in this sacrament. Let us welcome the Divine Physician into our lives to heal and transform us, so that we may be ready and open to receive Christ the Lord in the many ways He comes to us this Advent and this New Liturgical Year.

Walking with Purpose for the women of our parish

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Have you been yearning for a deeper Spiritual life? The new women’s ministry at St. Mary is aimed to help with this… and more! Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Women’s Bible Study that helps women experience the transforming power of God’s unconditional love through personal study & small group discussion. Plan to attend the first series “Living in the Father’s Love” beginning January 19th.

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Thanksgiving Drive

The St. Mary Social Concerns Committee is sponsoring a Thanksgiving Day Food and Paper Products/Toiletries Drive for St. Vincent dePaul. Please bring non-perishable food items, 4 packs of toilet paper, single wrapped rolls of paper towel, tissues, napkins, individual bars of soap, individual, toothbrushes, dryer sheets, dish soap.

Thanksgiving Day, we pray and give thanks to God for the many blessings we have received. Also, please keep in your prayers the people who work hard to produce, prepare, transport, and sell the food we eat. To learn more about the Catholic Church and food issues, visit the Catholic Rural Life’s website at: http://catholicrurallife.org.

Family Advent Event – Sunday, 27 November

Join us Sunday, November 27 in the Spirit Center immediately following the 11:15 a.m. Mass for a light lunch and Advent Crafts.Enjoy a bowl of homemade soup while the kids have fun with crafts focused on the true meaning of the season. All are welcome and no registration or fee is required. If you have any questions please call Dan Boyden at 614-554-2612.

Two Spots in St. Mary Preschool for income-based scholarships

Do you have a child who is four years old and would like to attend preschool for FREE or at a substantially lower cost? There are two spots left in St. Mary Preschool for these income-based scholarships from the Ohio Department of Education. Please contact Angie Eisenacher for more information about this exciting opportunity! aeisenac@cdeducation.org

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND IS RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY AND OCTOBER IS RESPECT FOR LIFE AWARENESS MONTH

THE ST. MARY SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM AT THE LIFE CHAIN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2. 

What is the Life Chain? It is a visual statement of the solidarity by the Christian community that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. It is a peaceful, prayerful, public witness in honor of the over 56 million lives lost to abortion. We pray for our nation, for people in crisis situations, those recovering from abortion loss, and an end to abortion. Please meet at Miler Park parking lot at 12:45 p.m. to stand along Memorial Drive for one hour. Signs will be provided. Come, let us seek God’s divine intervention for the healing of our nation.

Reading & Praying Scripture

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Divine Reading for the Jubilee Year Order of Preachers: 1216-2016

Holy Rosary Devotion

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Communal Rosary on Saturday Evening 5.00pm before the 5.30 Mass

Engage Your Faith

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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.

 

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