Saint Mary of the Assumption
132 South High Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Parish Office: 740.653.0997
Faith Office: 740.653.5054
Mon – Fri: 8.00 am – 4.30 pm
Saint Mary Cemetery
Map to Cemetery
Saint Mary School
Sunday Mass Schedule:
Sunday: 8:45am and 11:15am
Daily Mass Schedule:
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00am
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am
Holy Day Schedule:
Masses: 7:00am, 9:00am, and 7:00pm
*Please consult the Parish Bulletin
Saturday: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Or by Appointment (Call Rectory)
Vigil of the Nativity of the Lord
4.00 pm, 6.30 pm, and 9.00 pm
Nativity of the Lord
Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
In her liturgical year, the Church helps the Christian faithful to encounter each year anew, Jesus Christ their Lord. 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 journey through the season of Advent, the prayer and worship of the Church helps us to remember our need and longing for the Messiah. By recalling the ancient prophecies and the expectancy of the Messiah, Christians are aided in renewing their need and welcoming Him more into our lives, especially those parts 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, and so we heed the call of John the Baptizer to “make straight His paths.”
This coming week, we have a special opportunity to respond to our Lord’s call through the words of John to prepare the way of the Lord. Our parish will offer an Advent Penance Service on Thursday, 11 December at 7.00 pm to pray, to hear God’s Word, to examine our conscience, and to celebrate individually the sacrament of penance and reconciliation.
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 Church Year.
As we listen or read the Lighthouse Catholic Media materials and consider their messages , we can’t help but benefit from all that they have to offer for our spiritual growth in better understanding the Catholic Faith. As an individual, take some quiet time to meditate on these messages – they can give increased meaning and purpose to your life. As couples, listen or read together to build a stronger relationship with one another on the firm foundation of a common faith and stronger relationship with Jesus Christ. As a family, the Lighthouse materials can help parents more easily fulfill their God-given responsibility to be the first educators of their children in the Faith, as you listen or read and discuss points of interest. For all of us, it can also be a great way to help fulfill God’s commandment to keep Sundays holy. It’s also a great way to fulfill His commandment to take the Gospel out into the world. Have any acquaintances or relatives who have objections to the Catholic Faith? Pick up a CD that addresses their concerns and offer it to them.
As the business and “busy-ness” of preparing for Christmas sometimes threatens to overwhelm us and pull our attention away from the spiritual intention of the season, both of the following CD’s offer a great (and easy) way to stop and increase our appreciation for the profound personal meaning of this great historical event.
Check out the new Advent CD’s available in the Lighthouse Displays in the Main and South Vestibules of the Church:
JOURNEY THROUGH ADVENT CD, presented by Fr. Robert Barron, S.T.D., priest in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
Fr. Barron was appointed Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary/University of Saint Mary of the Lake by Francis Cardinal George in 2012. He is also an author, scholar and Catholic evangelist, most widely known for his DVD series, Catholicism, which tells the story of Christianity and the Roman Catholic Church against breathtaking scenery in 16 countries important to the story.
In this Journey Through Advent CD, Father Barron takes the scriptures from each Sunday’s Advent Mass readings and offers his insights into their imagery and meanings, suggesting how we might use them to increase our closeness to God as we anticipate the coming of Christmas.
PREPARE THE WAY OF THE KING CD, presented by Dr. Scott Hahn, K.H.S., Professor of Theology and Scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
In this CD, Dr. Hahn presents an in-depth examination of the symbolic importance of the many characters and events of the Christmas story that are not obvious in the Biblical accounts. As he explores their deeper meanings, our faith can be strengthened as we see the logical position of these events in God’s eternal plan.
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As our parish concludes her celebration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the consecration of our present church building, we are happy to offer our parishioners an opportunity to pray the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. At this point in history, the Roman Church has two expressions of the same Mass: the Ordinary Form or the New Mass of the Second Vatican Council and the Extraordinary Form the Mass or Traditional Latin Mass, according to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII. As you may know, the Mass of 1962 is prayed in Latin and is celebrated ad orientum, that is, with the priest and people together facing East in worship. We close this year of celebration with this expression of the one Mass because it is the form of the Mass which has been celebrated the longest in our present church building.
The Solemn High Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 26 October at 2:00 pm. Since it is another expression of the one Mass of the Roman Church, it fulfills the Sunday obligation. Fr. Matthew Morris, a recently ordained son of the parish will be the Celebrant of the Mass. Dcn. Nic Ventura, another son of the parish who is completing studies and formation at the Josephinum to be ordained a priest this May, will serve as the Deacon. Another Deacon of the Diocese of Columbus will serve as the Subdeacon of the Mass.
There will be a few brief remarks on this form of the Roman Rite by Fr. Morris before the Mass begins. We hope you are able to join us for this historic occasion to worship God and to give thanks for the faith and dedication of our forefathers in building this beautiful house of worship to almighty God.
St. Mary School will celebrate Catholic Schools Week September 29 – October 3 with a variety of school activities including aFairfield-Hocking Catholic School Deanery Mass with Bishop Campbell on October 2. The activities are part of the 40th anniversary of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” which highlights St. Mary School’s focus on faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service. With a focus on the Catholic faith, an award-winning Science program, a licensed before and after school care program, new Art, Spanish, and Physical Education classes, and an environment based on moral development, St. Mary School offers a well-rounded and vigorous educational experience for students. A CATHOLIC EDUCATIONAL TRADITION IN LANCASTER SINCE 1840, ST. MARY SCHOOL CONTINUES TO FLOURISH TODAY THANKS TO THE SUPPORT OF OUR PARISHIONERS, ALUMNI, AND SCHOOL FAMILIES. St. Mary School serves students in Kindergarten through grade 8, and now offers Ohio Department of Education licensed Preschool classes (full or half day) for children ages 3-5. For more information, call 740-654-1632 or visit www.saintmarylancaster.com.
Renew Your Catholic Faith
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.