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)
Catholicism is an entire way of life.
But today it’s not known.
We might be familiar with different aspects of the Catholic faith. But how does it all fit together? And what difference does it make for our lives? Symbolon: The Catholic Faith Explained opens up the “big picture” of the Catholic faith in a way that helps us know it, live it and articulate it to others. Through beautifully crafted teaching and state-of-the-art video, author, speaker and theologian Dr. Edward Sri leads a team of dynamic teachers who provide a clear and comprehensive explanation of the Catholic faith.
Sessions below will be held in the Spirit Center from 10 -11 am on Sundays
Coffee will be provided. No registration required
The Journey of Faith
Sunday, 11 October, 10 am – Spirit Center
Sunday, 25 October, 10 am – Spirit Center
Sunday, 13 December, 10 am – Spirit Center
The Story of Salvation
Sunday, 17 January, 10 am – Spirit Center
Who is Jesus?
Sunday, 24 January, 10 am – Spirit Center
The Paschal Mystery
Sunday, 6 March, 10 am – Spirit Center
The Holy Spirit & the Life of Grace
Sunday, 10 April, 10 am – Spirit Center
Why Do I Need the Church?
Sunday, 24 April, 10 am – Spirit Center
Mary and the Saints
Sunday, 1 May, 10 am – Spirit Center
The Last Things
Sunday, 22 May, 10 am – Spirit Center
Did you know Roman Catholics aren’t the only type of Catholic?
Come learn about the other lung of the Catholic Church!
The Eastern Catholic Church and the Divine Liturgy
Join us for a special faith series lead by Fr. Ignatius Harrington, a Catholic priest who serves as pastor of two Melkite Greek-Catholic parishes within the diocese. Fr. Ignatius was at our parish last Lent to assist in celebrating the sacrament of Penance with our school children and for our parish penance service.
Thursday, 8 October at 7.00 pm
The Catholic Church: East and West
Father Ignatius will explain the two lungs of the Catholic Church – the Roman/West and East
Thursday, 22 October at 7.00 pm
An Introduction to the Divine Liturgy
An introduction to the Mass of the Eastern Catholics called the Divine Liturgy
Thursday, 29 October at 7.00 pm
The Divine Liturgy Offered in Church
Father Ignatius will offer the Divine Liturgy in Church – all are welcome to join in offering themselves to the one same Sacrifice of Jesus Christ in this other Catholic expression
Dear Parishioners of St. Mary’s,
May the love of Christ be with each of you. I am very excited to begin my journey as the Youth Minister at St. Mary’s. Once I visited Lancaster and attended mass at St. Mary’s, I knew that it was a place that I could call home and grow in Christ. My vision for youth ministry is simple: to bring kids and their families closer to Christ. I cannot wait to get the Junior and Senior High Youth Groups started to bring the message of Christ’s love to those who are the future of the church and our leaders of tomorrow. We have a lot of great activities planned for the year, everything from Catechesis to service trips and other games and activities that will bring us all closer to Jesus, to the Church, and to each other.
I am coming to Lancaster from northern Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. where I am used to big cities, lots of traffic, and the White House and Lincoln Memorial just down the road, although I have spent the past two years traveling around the western United States as a volunteer youth minister with an organization called Reach Youth Ministry, based in Helena, Montana. My Reach teammates and I organized and hosted retreats and youth groups for Catholic Youth from New Mexico to Washington state and everywhere in between. Serving with Reach taught me to appreciate the love God has for me and allowed me to find the path in life that the Lord has called me to, which is to continue to encourage the youth of this country to have a closer relationship with Christ. I will use the knowledge I gained from studying communications and theology at Mount St. Mary’s University, in Emmitsburg, Maryland, (Go Mount!!!!) to spread the love of Christ. All of the activities I did in college, from acting as a peer mentor to the incoming freshmen, helping on various retreats with my school’s campus ministry program, writing for the sports section of the campus paper, and working with the Best Buddies and Special Olympics, reinforced that I want to work closely with others in spreading Christ’s joy. As an ardent baseball fan and lifetime supporter of the New York Yankees, I realize I am now entering Ohio State territory and will need to brush up on my college football knowledge.
I look forward to meeting everyone and getting your input on how to make the Youth Ministry program at St. Mary’s meet our collective goal of developing our youth in Christ. Youth group cannot be possible without your support and prayers. I thank you all for that in advance. Any time you want to stop by and see what is going on in youth group, you are all more than welcome to come and see the love of Christ being spread to the young people of the parish. For the adults of the parish, please consider volunteering to be part of the Youth Group’s core team. This is a great service to the church and sends a great message to our youth about actively demonstrating your love for them and for the Church. Please let me know if you are interested. See you in October!
Speaker Series – Justice, the Death Penalty, and Our Criminal Justice System: Come learn more about the death penalty and restorative justice from a Catholic perspective. Hear from speakers who have firsthand experience with the criminal justice system; sponsored by the diocesan Office for Social Concerns, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Ohioans to Stop Executions. For more information, contact 614-241-2540. Upcoming events are at the following locations:
St. Mary Church, Spirit Center
Night One: Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 7 p.m.
Including Joe D’Ambrosio, wrongly convicted and exonerated from Ohio’s death row, and Fr. Neil Kookoothe, priest, nurse, lawyer who discovered a key piece of evidence which led to D’Ambrosio’s wrongful conviction.
Night Two: Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 7 p.m.
Including Wendy Tarr, community organizer of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Restored Citizens and Communities for Change project. Ohio returns thousands of people from incarceration into our communities each year. Learn about what is happening in Ohio and ways Catholics can support current efforts to move from a system focused on punishment to one of restoration and second chances and how the formerly incarcerated can better return to their families with the tools necessary to rebuild and restructure
Come join us for the 2nd Annual Parish Picnic
Sunday September 13th beginning at 12:30
Please join us for Food, Fellowship and Festivities!
This year’s entrée is being made by Bob’s Backyard BBQ – delicious shredded chicken, chicken breasts and legs with a variety of sauces – Yum! Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffee and Paper products will be provided.
Parishioners are asked to bring a side dish to share.
Categories are according to your last name. Please include a serving utensil.
- A-C – Salads (pasta, lettuce etc.)
- D-G – Vegetable
- H-L – Dessert
- M-R – Hot Dish
- S-Z – Fruit
Schedule of Events
- 12:30 – 1:30: Gathering, Prayer and Lunch
- 1:30 – 2:30: Music Program
- St. Mary and Fisher Choirs and Bands
- Olivedale FunTime Cloggers
- CKC (Catholic Kids Camp) Program
- 2:30 – 4:00: Games, Activities and Bingo
- 4:00: Tear Down/Clean Up ( All are welcome to help)
Our first Catholic Kids Camp (C.K.C.) was a wonderful time for the eighty some children in preschool through sixth grade who attended! The children learned about St. Peter and his successor, Pope Francis, the Rock upon which Christ builds His Church; Peter’s Chair and Basilica; the Vatican treasures and the Church’s greatest treasure, the Holy Eucharist; and how Jesus calls us to be His missionaries. At C.K.C. the children leaned these lessons and saw them expressed in Scripture, did fun activities to express our Catholic faith, enjoyed craft time, a snack, and learned some pretty cool dances to the camp music soundtrack!
C.K.C. could not have been a spiritual success and a lot of fun for the kids without the help of many adult and young adult leaders. Our heartfelt thanks go out to te following adult leaders: Mary & Steve VerDow, Maggie Bennett, Patti & Adam Pillar, Dan Boyden, Tammy Arnold, Anna Tobin, Rachel McAnespie, Sheila Heath, Sara Boyden, Jayne McGill, Julie Ogilvie, Eileen Gundelfinger, Jody Funk, Mary Murphy, and Joyce Krile. And our Young Adult Leaders: Emma Tobin, Morgan Swartz, Grace Gundelfinger, Elisa Pillar, Abbie Gundelfinger, Caitlin Stoica, Anna Tencza, Rachel VerDow, Bri Hoffman, Claire Kilbarger, Elora Bennett, Alex Stoica, Isabella Stoica, Paige Gavin, Anna Vanderbuilt, Audrey Bennett, Caleb Hamlin, Megan Metzger, Hannah Klopfer, Olivia Schmelzer, Sam Gundelfinger, Olivia Gundelfinger, Audrey Arnold, Elizabeth Arnold, Bella Boyden, Lily Boyden, Kaitlyn Barkhurst and Kameron Skully.