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)
Oremus – Let us Pray
The Oremus study program teaches you the essentials of an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of eight weeks you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear is voice.
Become aware of God’s presence in your life
- Discover the simple yet profound steps of Catholic prayer
- Learn how to respond to God and express yourself in prayer
- Discover how to hear God’s voice in Scripture, in your heart, and in ordinary moments.
- Learn how to overcome frustrations, distractions, and dryness in prayer.
- See that desolation and consolation are a normal part of everyone’s walk with God.
- Grow in your relationship with God and those around you.
SUMMER 2015 SESSION INFORMATION
“Oremus” is an 8 Session Series
Student Workbook: $ 17.00
Thursday Mornings from 10 – 11.30 am – Spirit Center
- June 18
- June 25
- July 2
- July 9
- July 16
- July 30
- August 6
- August 13
Please register by Monday, June 1, via the link below or by completing the registration form in the South Vestibule of St. Mary Church and returning it to the Parish Rectory. Please send in a check for $ 17.00 made payable to St. Mary of the Assumption by 1 June, or your student workbook may not be ordered.
The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves. But who was Jesus, this itinerant preacher whom many called the Messiah? In Priest, Prophet, King, you’ll discover Jesus as the Anointed One–the ultimate priest, prophet, and king foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. Using biblical insights and engaging stories, Father Barron affirms that we see Jesus most clearly through the lens of the Old Testament.
This deeply biblical program, filmed in high-definition video, features an accompanying study guide by notable Catholic writer and apologist, Carl Olson, written under Fr. Barron’s direction. Through this presentation of Priest, Prophet, King, you will better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize your own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission.
SUMMER 2015 SESSION INFORMATION
“Priest, Prophet, King” is a 6 Session Series
Student Workbook: $ 26.00
Monday Evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
- June 8 – Session 1 – Adoratio: Adam as Priest
- June 15 – The High Priest
- June 22 – Challenging False Worship: Elijah the Prophet
- June 29 – The Word Made Flesh
- July 6 – Ordering the Kingdom: King David
- July 13 – King of Kings
Please register by Wednesday, 27 May, via the link below or by completing the registration form in the South Vestibule of St. Mary Church and returning it to the Parish Rectory. Please send in a check for $ 26.00 made payable to St. Mary of the Assumption by 27 May, or your student workbook may not be ordered.
Check out the following recently added CD’s on the Lighthouse Catholic Media displays in the main and South vestibules of church. Remember, this effort is made possible by your donations, so please give $3.00, or more if you’re able, to support and continue this work of our parish. Thank you.
Encountering the Poor – Biblical Roots for Catholic Social Teaching
Dr. Timothy Gray is the president of the Augustine Institute and is a well-known scripture scholar and Catholic speaker. With his eloquent style and polished delivery, Dr. Gray expounds upon the teachings of the Catholic Church surrounding social justice in light of sacred scripture. Discover how social justice in regards to the poor is not one small piece in the puzzle but instead really frames the entire mosaic of scripture.
Fan or Follower?
In this talk, Jeff Cavins shares how he has come to see that Jesus wants us to surrender every bit of our own comfort to follow Him. There are many fans of Jesus in this world, but we are called to be His disciples.
Rooted in Sacred Scripture, the Rosary has been called the Gospel in miniature. Beautiful music is blended with subtle voices as the symphony of prayers of this timeless treasure is presented by Matthew Arnold so that all can participate. The recitation of this traditional Catholic prayer honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary is perfect for personal use in private meditation or for family devotions.
Dr. Edward Sri is a renowned theologian, author, and professor at the Augustine Institute. In this presentation, Dr. Sri invites all Christians to embrace the call of Pope Francis to be missionary disciples in today’s world. With contagious enthusiasm and insightfulness, Dr. Sri makes the Holy Father’s message both accessible and actionable for people living in this day and age.
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 forget about the process 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.
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 in the Church. This year, our parish school children in eighth grade will present the Living Stations of the Cross with Fr. Eilerman on Friday, 20 March at 7:00 pm.
II. Exposition & Vespers: Our parish will again offer Sunday afternoon Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 4:00pm. We will chant Vespers, the Evening Prayer of the Church, at 4:45 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, 26 March at 7:00 pm. Other opportunities are available at parishes within our Deanery (see bottom of post).
VI. 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, 28 February 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.
II. Our parish is offering several adult faith enrichment series this Lent. A series on the Theology of the Body on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm and a diverse option of liturgical, spiritual, and prayerful topics which can be found (here).
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, Deacon Nic, or Brian McCauley.
Other External Resources for Lent:
Deanery Options for the Celebration of Penance
Tuesday, 10 March – St. Mark the Evangelist, Lancaster, 7:00 pm
Monday, 16 March – St. John the Evangelist, Logan, 7:00 pm
Sunday, 22 March – St. Bernadette, Lancaster, 3:00 pm
Monday, 23 March – St. Joseph, Sugar Grove, 7:00 pm
Thursday, 26 March – St. Mary of the Assumption, 7:00 pm
Sunday, 29 March – St. Mary, Bremen, 3:00 pm
Thank you to everyone who generously supported the FCHS Irish4Life Club with your donations and prayers! We took 39 students who had a very powerful experience of just how very alive and well the pro-life movement is in our country. We have come back more convicted than ever that we can make a difference and we can touch the lives of those who are most in need of God’s love: the poor, the vulnerable, those in crisis pregnancy situations, and the elderly. May the good work that God has begun in the lives of these young people be brought to fruition. And may God reward you for your support of them.
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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.