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)
Our parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process will begin in late August.
The Rite of Christian Initiation Process is for:
- Unbaptized adults who wish to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church
- Baptized adults from other Christian communities who wish to learn about the teachings of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church
- Adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but have not completed Initiation with the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion
To learn more about the RCIA process, please attend one of the Information & Inquiry Sessions below:
- Monday, 10 August at 7:00pm in the Spirit Center
- Tuesday, 11 August at 7:00pm in the Spirit Center
If you’ve any questions, or would like tolerant more about the RCIA process and cannot attend an Inquiry Session, please contact Brian McCauley or by phone at 740.653.5054.
More information on RCIA process is available on the RCIA Website (click here)
Come join us for Catholic Kids Camp, August 3-7 from 6.00 – 8.30 pm!
Click the bus below for all the details… registrations due to Mr. McCauley by 20 July.
The short answer is you!
When any parish has many inquirers year after year, it is the fruit of the Holy Spirit who moves men and women to share their Faith and their life with the Risen Lord, so others may come to know Him also! Members of a faithfilled and evangelizing parish community take seriously their call to share the holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Evangelization happens in parish families, in the workplace, in gatherings with friends and neighbors, and in daily contacts.
Let us all be attentive to the Spirit as He strengthens each of us who seek to do His will in offering a gentle, humble, and clear welcome to others learn about the Catholic Church and to discern becoming Catholic through the RCIA process.
Please contact Brian McCauley if you know of someone who is interested in learning more about the Catholic Church and beginning RCIA this summer. More information can be found at the link below about the RCIA process and testimonials.
“Go out into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
Our marriage and family life committee will be sponsoring Financial Peace University. They are hosting a preview session on August 9th in Spirit Center from 10-11am. Sessions will begin on August 23rd and run until October 18th from 6-8 pm on Sunday nights in Spirit Center. Financial help is available if needed. Contact Jill Weber for info 740-654-4148 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
First my sincere gratitude to those who made and are fulfilling their pledges to this year’s Bishop Annual Appeal. As I write this article Saint Mary Parish has pledged a total of $164,642.46, thereby meeting the goal of $106,320.33 and if all pledges are paid in full, raising an additional $58,322.13 for the parish. Many of you pledged at the $300 dollar level as I suggested; still others pledged more. Your willingness to stretch yourself this year is appreciated and the $58,322.13 will be used to help offset the $336,000.00 cost of replacing the roof.
The church roof project was put out for bid this past spring and after reviewing the bids and interviewing the bidding companies the parish Administration and Maintenance Committee recommended that the bid be awarded to Rogers Roofing. Rogers Roofing comes with the endorsement of the Diocesan Building Office; they were also highly recommended by St. Mary Parish in Chillicothe, where they replaced a slate roof on their church and by St. Paul’s Parish in Westerville, where they installed a tile roof on their new church. Both parishes spoke of Rogers’s attention to detail and the pride they showed in their work.
Barring any difficulty with receiving an OK from the Historical Commission and the necessary permits from the City of Lancaster work is slated to begin the week of July 27 and be completed within a four month period. The color of the new slate will be Vermont Unfading Green and will be installed in a random pattern. It will take 17,400 pieces of slate measuring 20X10 inches to 20X14 inches, at a total weight of 56 tons to complete the project. 350 pounds of copper nails will be used to attach the slate to the deck of the roof and approximately 1,200 snow guards will be installed to prevent snow from avalanching down the roof during the winter months.
Rogers Roofing has assured me they understand the activity; daily Masses, Funerals and Weddings that occur in a Catholic Church, and they will work closely with the parish administrator to make sure Masses and other times of prayer are not interrupted by their work.
One of the necessary inconveniences of this project will be the loss of some of our parking spaces for a staging area, the location of which has not yet been determined. I have made it clear to Rogers Roofing that parking is already at a premium around the church and they have assured me that they are committed to taking only the space necessary to provide a safe working environment for those attending church activities and for their employees.
Almost without exception when I speak with people who are visiting St. Mary for the first time they comment on beauty of the church. We should never forget that this great edifice dedicated to God, is a gift from past generations to us. What has been entrusted to us as a gift, we in turn must protect and improve, so that we can give this beautiful church to the next generation as a gift.
Through the intercession of Our Blessed Mother may all who labor on our church be kept safe from harm; Holy Mary, pray for us.
On Friday, 12 June, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bishop Campbell will celebrate a special Mass and re-consecrate the Diocese of Columbus to the Sacred Heart. All are invited to attend this special Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Columbus on 12 June at 7.30 pm. More information can be found in the Catholic Times.
Thank you for your faithful and reverent service to the Lord at the Altar.
Dominic Hamlin (Not Pictured)