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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! email@example.com
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.