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)
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. 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:
- Sunday, 6 December – St. Joseph – Circleville, 4.00 pm
- Monday, 7 December – St. John the Evangelist – Logan, 7.30 pm
- Thursday, 10 December – St. Mary of the Assumption – Lancaster, 7.00 pm
- Sunday, 13 December – St. Bernadette – Lancaster, 3.00 pm
- Monday, 14 December – St. Joseph – Sugar Grove, 7.00 pm
- Tuesday, 15 December – St. Mark the Evangelist – Lancaster, 7.00 pm
- Sunday, 20 December – St. Mary – Bremen, 3.00 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.
Please see PDF’s below for information on upcoming Wilderness Outreach events:
Save the date and join us as we once again begin the Christmas season in the traditional LancasterChorale style.
Choirs love to sing Christmas carol arrangements and motets, and thankfully audiences can’t get enough of it. LancasterChorale launches this most rich season of music with heart-warming and timeless classics, including three motets from the high renaissance and carol arrangements from the pens of William Mathias, Stephen Jackson, Peter Warlock, and our own Artistic Director, Stephen Caracciolo.
The hauntingly beautiful Four Motets for Christmastime by Francis Poulenc serve as the marquee works for the concert. Due to their difficulty, these motets have not been performed live as a complete set in Central Ohio in several decades.
LancasterChorale will offer David Willcocks’ Ding Dong Merrily On High and then invite the audience to join in the singing of his arrangement of O Come, All Ye Faithful, including that soaring and well-worn descant that singers of all ages have come to know and love; all accompanied by the incomparable Kevin Jones from the gallery organ console.
The Lancaster-Fairfield Youth Choir, under the direction of Andrew Brown, serve as guest artists at the performance.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, at lancasterchorale.com or calling 740-687-5855.
Next weekend we enter into the season of Advent. You are invited to bring the Advent wreath you will use in your homes to Church on November 28 and 29 to have it blessed. Please place your wreath at the base of the large Advent wreath we will be using in Church (to the right of the Ambo and to the left of the Shrine of our Lady and St. Joseph) prior to Mass. Collect your blessed wreath following Mass and on a table you will find information with prayers and an explanation of how to use the Advent wreath in your home.
Hello, we are Tom and Michelle Maskulinski. We have been married 27 years and have four adult children. We were born and raised Catholic in Buffalo, NY where we met in college. We moved to Lancaster about 18 years ago, and since returning to the Church we have been members of St. Mary Parish for the past nine years.
Stewardship is a very difficult topic to discuss because the decision to give and then how much is a very personal decision. So many factors go into it that it has to be a call made between your family and God. But let me tell you how and why we arrived at our decision.
It began in Buffalo around 1994. At the time we had two kids, ages three and one and that was putting a lot of pressure on our budget. Just as it is today, back then diapers and formula were not cheap. Factor in some recent job changes and you can see that the ends we were trying to make meet kept getting farther apart.
We had strayed from the Church, but soon after our oldest was born we found a supportive, loving church home in a Wesleyan congregation. It was there we began to hear occasional sermons on tithing and trusting God with your finances. After a particularly stressful battle with the checkbook I dropped to my knees in tears and cried out to God, placing our financial situation in his hands. I know this sounds like its right out of a Hallmark movie, but I swear right then and there I felt a physical weight lift off my shoulders and I felt an assurance that things would work out. That started our journey toward regular tithing to our church home.
I wish I could say we carved out 10 percent of our income right then and there for God and haven’t looked back since, but like I said, it was and continues to be a journey. There have been times when we’ve given faithfully and other times when we haven’t. The strange thing is that when we’ve made stewardship a priority, the ends stayed within reach. Not always easily, but within reach.
Our goal is that when planning the budget, the first check written is to St. Mary’s. Through trial and error we have found that when we set aside that money, the rest of our budget works out. In times when we haven’t, it didn’t work out so well. It speaks to a verse in Malachi, where God basically dares all of us to try to out give Him. Chapter 3 verse 10 says “bring the full tithe into the , that there may be food in my house; and thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing of blessing.” It’s the only place in the Bible where God asks us to test Him.
We have made the choice to give consistently to Saint Mary Parish because this is our church home, and you naturally want to take care of your home. Like any home, St. Mary has light and heat bills to pay, in addition to salaries, and the church relies on our tithing and your tithing to keep all that going. The weekly budget amount that is published in the bulletin isn’t a dream that Father would like to collect, it’s a reality that must be met and as members of the St. Mary’s family, we feel called to do our part.
We also give because we see it as an act of faith. We believe in the Church and this parish so it naturally flows that we would contribute to its week to week operations. Has it always been easy? No. Do we always want to? No. Could we spend that money somewhere else? Of course! But we don’t because we’ve decided this is a priority in our household budget and our lives.
We have found you cannot out give God. His blessings are always sure and arrive daily. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t give expecting a holy kickback , but looking back over the years we can see that He has always been faithful even when weren’t. Like I said earlier, it’s been a journey.
We respectfully ask that you consider your current level of stewardship and decide whether to begin a journey of giving or take a step forward and offer an increase over the coming year. You have already proven to be a generous people.
This congregation gave a mighty response earlier this year when Father Eilerman outlined the need to replenish the capital fund after we paid for a new roof for this beautiful building. We surpassed the goal for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal by tens of thousands of dollars; and that replenishment is well underway. You should be proud of that response because it showed your great love for this sanctuary. We encourage you to extend that love once again to St. Mary’s mission, its people and its pastor. Thank you.