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 740.653.0997)
Our parish will be offering two Information & Inquiry Sessions on the R.C.I.A. or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process this coming week. The RCIA process is for men and women who are curious about Catholicism and open to possibly begin formal inquiry and discernment of seeking union with the Catholic Church. Click (here) for more information on the RCIA process.
- Sunday, 21 August at 10 am in the basement of the Parish Rectory (building beside the Church at the corner of High & Chestnut Sts – entrance in rear) – or –
- Monday, 22 August at 7 pm in the Spirit Center (basement of the old school building behind the church – entrance in the rear)
Interested persons should attend one of these sessions if they’ve not yet been in contact with Brian McCauley – RCIA Director. If you’re interested in the process, but cannot make one of the above sessions, please contact Brian McCauley (email) as soon as possible. Regular RCIA sessions begin on Monday, 29 August at 7 pm in the Spirit Center.
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (link to PDF), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise- of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
From the introductory note:
This version draws on the wealth of papal teaching since the 2007 version of Faithful Citizenship, such as the later magisterium of Pope Benedict XVI and that of Pope Francis to date. From these great teachings we discern, for example, messages to the universal Church to attend in a special way: to the inextricable link between our witness to the truth and our service to those in need (Caritas in Veritate); to our role as missionary disciples, called forth from the sanctuary to bring Christ to the margins with joy (Evangelii Gaudium); and to the care for our common home and all who dwell in it, especially the poorest (Laudato Si’).
The document is also updated to take account of recent developments in the United States in both domestic and foreign policy:
- The ongoing destruction of over one million innocent human lives each year by abortion
- Physician-assisted suicide
- The redefinition of marriage—the vital cell of society—by the courts, political bodies, and increasingly by American culture itself
- The excessive consumption of material goods and the destruction of natural resources, which harm both the environment and the poor
- The deadly attacks on fellow Christians and religious minorities throughout the world
- The narrowing redefinition of religious freedom, which threatens both individual conscience and the freedom of the Church to serve
- Economic policies that fail to prioritize the poor, at home or abroad;
- A broken immigration system and a worldwide refugee crisis
- Wars, terror, and violence that threaten every aspect of human life and dignity
All of these threats, and more, speak to a breakdown in what Pope Francis has called an “integral ecology” (Laudato Si’, nos. 137-55). Without the proper ordering of relationships of persons with each other, with creation, and ultimately with God himself, sin takes hold. Pope Francis reminds us that all individuals, nations, and members of the global community have the duty to place the needs of others ahead of selfish desires to possess and exploit the good things that come from God’s hand.
This document is to be read prayerfully and in its totality. It would be a serious mistake—and one that occurs with regrettable frequency—to use only selected parts of the Church’s teaching to advance partisan political interests or validate ideological biases. All of us are called to be servants to the whole truth in authentic love, and it is our fervent hope and prayer that this document will provide aid to all those seeking to heed this call.
This DVD study by Jeff Cavins provides the easiest way to understand Sacred Scripture. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story of our Salvation History woven throughout Scripture, so that you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and understand what it’s all about. The Bible is a story about the Father’s unfailing love for you, a love that you are now called to share with others.
Sessions will run 8 consecutive Thursdays beginning on 29 Sept. and ending on 17 November,
from 7 – 8.30 pm in the Spirit Center.
Registrations and Student book cost of $20.00 are both due by Monday, 11 September 2016.
Questions? Contact Brian McCauley at 740.653.5054
The week of Sunday, 10 July, a postal mailing went out to active St. Mary School, St. Mary PSR, and St. Mary Homeschool parish families who have children who could begin preparing to celebrate the sacraments of Penance and holy Communion or Confirmation this coming year. The mailing contained general information and the calendar of sacramental preparation for parents who intend to begin preparing their children for sacraments this year.
If you did not receive this mailing, perhaps because you’re new to the parish or haven’t been active in religious education recently, please contact Brian McCauley at the parish as soon as possible to determine a religious education and sacramental preparation plan for your particular situation. Please contact us also if you’ve a child who is “out-of-sequence” in the sacramental life of the Church so we can together determine a timely and prudent plan.
Check out the trailer below… more details to follow.
Registrations will being after Sunday Masses later in August.
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Patronal Feast Mass
Monday, August 15, 7:00PM
Our Patronal Feast Celebration is the Solemnity of the Assumption celebrating Blessed Virgin Mary’s glorification.
Incense will be used.
Please bring non-perishable food items to Mass on August 15th to be given to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.
There will be an Ice Cream Social in the Courtyard following the Mass.
If you are in high school, have you thought about using your talents to sing in our St. Mary Choir? A number of students sing in their school choirs and are developing outstanding talents! Or maybe your full class schedule could not accommodate Choir this year. Please consider sharing your gifts with our choir! We meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 and are very accommodating of homework and extra curricular activity schedules. Come late, leave early, miss here and there, but come be a part of the excitement! We sing beautiful and challenging music and the choir spans all ages beginning with high school freshmen. If you are looking for service hours or a way to find a ministry that is an expression of you, come try us on and see if we’re a fit! We will begin practices and singing at the 8:45 Masses in early September. Keep an eye on the bulletin for details, and in the meantime, introduce yourself to Mrs. Silleck – either email her at email@example.com, text or call her at 614-419-5768, or stop up in the loft after Mass. We look forward to meeting you, And bring a friend!