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
St. 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

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

February  2018
SMTWTFS
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  • Rachel Birthday
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • WWP pre-meeting
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Location: conference room
  • WWP
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • 5:30pm Blessing of Throats
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Feast of St. Blase
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • TMIY
    Starts: 6:00 AM
  • Confessions
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Location: Church confessional
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  • Communion Prep II
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: Spirit Center
  • PSR Session
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: SMS
  • Baptism Class
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: conference room
  • HS Youth Group
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: spirit center
5
  • Foundation
    Starts: 6:00 PM
  • RCIA Session
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: Spirit Center
  • Finance/AdminMA
    Starts: 7:00 PM
6
  • School Mass
    Starts: 9:00 AM
  • Schola practice
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Location: church
  • Liturgy
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: conference room
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  • Children Choir
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Location: church
  • Adult Choir
    Starts: 7:00 PM
  • FCHS School Board
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: FCHS
8
  • WWP pre-meeting
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Location: conference room
  • WWP
    Starts: 7:00 PM
9
  • PS Family Lent Night
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Location: spirit center
10
  • Blood Pressure Screening
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • TMIY
    Starts: 6:00 AM
  • Confessions
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Location: Church confessional
11
  • PC Pancake Breakfast
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • PSR Session
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: SMS
  • Baptisms
    Starts: 11:15 AM
    Location: Church
  • HS Youth Group
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: spirit center
12
  • Funeral Choir
    Starts: 10:15 AM
    Location: church
  • RCIA Evening of Prayer
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: Church
13
  • Staff Lunch
    Starts: 12:00 PM
  • Schola practice
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Location: church
  • School Advisory Board
    Starts: 7:00 PM
  • MS Youth Group
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: spirit center
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  • Ash Wednesday
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Mass
    Starts: 7:00 AM
  • All School Mass
    Starts: 9:00 AM
  • Children Choir
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Location: church
  • Mass
    Starts: 7:00 PM
  • Adult Choir
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • PS Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Starts: 3:00 PM
  • WWP pre-meeting
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Location: conference room
  • WWP
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • Confirmation Retreat
    Starts: 12:00 AM
    Location: Camp Damascus - Centerburg, OH
  • PS Parent/Teacher Conferences
    Starts: 9:00 AM
  • Stations of Cross
    Starts: 7:00 PM
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  • Women's Conference
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • TMIY
    Starts: 6:00 AM
  • Sandwich Saturday
    Starts: 8:00 AM
  • Confessions
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Location: Church confessional
18
  • Rite of Sending
    Starts: 8:45 AM
    Location: Church
  • PSR Session
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: SMS
  • PSR Stations
    Starts: 10:15 AM
  • Rite of Election
    Starts: 2:30 PM
    Location: St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 61 Moss Rd, Westerville, OH 43082, USA
  • Vespers
    Starts: 4:00 PM
  • HS Youth Group
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: spirit center
19
  • Presiden't Day-NO School
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • RCIA Session
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: Spirit Center
20
  • School Mass
    Starts: 9:00 AM
  • Schola practice
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Location: church
  • Parish Council
    Starts: 7:00 PM
21
  • Children Choir
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Location: church
  • Adult Choir
    Starts: 7:00 PM
22
  • Student Pancakes
    Starts: 8:00 AM
  • Eucharistic Adoration
    Starts: 9:45 AM
  • Benediction
    Starts: 1:45 PM
  • WWP pre-meeting
    Starts: 6:00 PM
    Location: conference room
  • WWP
    Starts: 7:00 PM
23
  • Stations of Cross
    Starts: 7:00 PM
24
  • Men's Conference
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • TMIY
    Starts: 6:00 AM
  • Confessions
    Starts: 4:00 PM
    Location: Church confessional
25
  • SMS Open House
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • Candidates Scrutiny
    Starts: 8:45 AM
    Location: Church
  • Baptisms
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: Church
  • PSR Session
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: SMS
  • PSR Confession 3-4
    Starts: 10:00 AM
    Location: Church
  • Vespers
    Starts: 4:00 PM
  • HS Youth Group
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: spirit center
26
  • RCIA Session
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: Spirit Center
27
  • Diocesan Honors Choir Concert
    Starts: 12:00 AM
  • School Mass
    Starts: 9:00 AM
  • Schola practice
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Location: church
  • MS Youth Group
    Starts: 7:00 PM
    Location: spirit center
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  • Children Choir
    Starts: 3:00 PM
    Location: church
  • Adult Choir
    Starts: 7:00 PM
 

The Liturgical Year with Our Lord:


Entering into the Season of Lent

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Father Benedict on our Lenten Journey:
“The Christian life is itself a constant journey of conversion and renewal in the company of the Lord, as we follow him along the path that leads through the Cross to the joy of the Resurrection. The primary way by which we follow Christ is by the liturgy, in which his person and his saving power become present and effective in our lives. In the Lenten liturgy, as we accompany the catechumens preparing for Baptism, we open our hearts anew to the grace of our rebirth in Christ. This spiritual journey is traditionally marked by the practice of fasting, almsgiving and prayer. The Fathers of the Church teach that these three pious exercises are closely related: indeed, Saint Augustine calls fasting and almsgiving the “wings of prayer”, since they prepare our hearts to take flight and seek the things of heaven, where Christ has prepared a place for us. As this Lent begins, let us accept Christ’s invitation to follow him more closely, renew our commitment to conversion and prayer, and look forward to celebrating the Resurrection in joy and newness of life.”

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 forgot the more important aspect of replacing it with something of a greater good or spiritual good. The Church encourages us to go about a more intense time 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.

Increased Prayer and Spiritual Nourishment:

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 inside the vestibules. Our parish school children in eighth grade will present the Living Stations of the Cross with Fr. Eilerman on Friday, 9 March at 9.00 am and 7:00 pm.

II. Exposition & Vespers: Our parish offer Sunday afternoon Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 4:00pm. We will chant Vespers, the Evening Prayer of the Church, at 4:40 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, 1 March. Other opportunities are available at parishes within our Deanery (see bottom of post).

reading_the_breviary-400VI. 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.

IX: Read the Mass Readings (Link)

X: Pray the Liturgy of the Hours Online (Link)

XI: Pray over the Mass Readings using Lectio Divina (Link)

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, 17 February and Saturday, 17 March 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.

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, or Brian McCauley.

Deanery Options for the Celebration of Penance

Thursday, 1 March – St. Mary of the Assumption, 7 pm
Monday, 5 March – St John the Evangelist – Logan, 7 pm
Sunday, 11 March – St. Bernadette – Lancaster, 3 pm
Tuesday, 13 March – St. Joseph – Sugar Grove, 7 pm
Sunday, 18 March – St. Mary – Bremen, 3 pm
Sunday, 18 March – St. Joseph – Circleville, 4 pm
Tuesday, 20 March – St. Mark the Evangelist – Lancaster, 7 pm

2018 Men’s Conference & Women’s Conference

The annual Catholic Men’s Conference and Catholic Women’s Conferences will be held on two Saturdays in February. At each of these, Bishop Campbell will celebrate Mass and priests of the diocese will provide opportunities for the celebration of the sacrament of God’s mercy in confession. Both events will take place at the Ohio Expo Center at the Ohio fairgrounds in Columbus. Details are posted below with links to more information and to register:

Religious Freedom Lecture at the Josephinum

The Theological Consortium of greater Columbus presents the 14th annual Lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Relations on Thursday, March 8, at 7 PM at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. Dr Thomas Farr, president of the Religious Freedom Institute, speaks on The Crisis of Religious Freedom in America and Abroad: How it Affects Us All. Reservations not required; for information visit www.pcj.edu or call 614.985.2274.

The Catholic Foundation – Scholarships

The Catholic Foundation’s Applications for Scholarships will open on Jan 29 and close March 9. Scholarships support promising and deserving students by assisting them with the costs of their education. Donors often establish a scholarship to honor or memorialize friends, teachers, family members, or other loved ones. Since 2007, The Catholic Foundation has awarded over $430,000 in scholarships empowering over 100 young people to continue their academic and vocational studies. For information and to apply, visit www.catholic-foundation.org/scholarships. If you are interested in opening a Scholarship Fund of your own, contact Scott Hartman at shartman@catholic-foundation.org or (614) 443-8893.

Free Family Day at Camp Damascus!

SAVE THE DATE.

The first annual Damascus Day will be a FREE event for families to explore Damascus, participate in high adventure activities, and hear internationally recognized keynote speaker, John O’Leary.

Everyone is invited to join. This event is open to our CYSC community and beyond; benefactors, families, friends, parishioners, neighbors, grandparents, parish leaders, priests, alumni, campers, and all.

Schedule:
12:00pm Arrival and Welcoming!
12:30pm Opening Mass with Rev. Jonathan Morris from Archdiocese of New York
2:00pm Free activity time (high ropes, rock wall, zip line, archery tag, and more)
5:00pm Dinner with Live Music
6:00pm Club (skits, entertainment, keynote, adoration)
8:15pm Closing

Click and watch video to hear a testimony from CMF CURO, one of our many amazing Corporate Sponsors at Damascus.

 

 

Pilgrimage to Washington – October 2018

Join Bishop Monforton and the Franciscan TOR Sisters of the Diocese of Steubenville on a pilgrimage to Washington DC on Oct 24-26. Visit the shrine of St John Paul II, the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, Arlington Cemetery and the historic monuments of the nation’s capital. The cost, which includes roundtrip motorcoach, all tours and sightseeing, two nights hotel accommodation, daily Mass, and several meals is $525.

Space is limited, so book by Feb 1 by calling Sandy at (734) 565-8888 x 122 or book online at www.ctscentral.net, trip code: 12596, group code: 7311.

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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