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 740.653.0997)
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (link to PDF), our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. This statement represents our guidance for Catholics in the exercise- of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy. We urge our pastors, lay and religious faithful, and all people of good will to use this statement to help form their consciences; to teach those entrusted to their care; to contribute to civil and respectful public dialogue; and to shape political choices in the coming election in light of Catholic teaching. The statement lifts up our dual heritage as both faithful Catholics and American citizens with rights and duties as participants in the civil order.
From the introductory note:
This version draws on the wealth of papal teaching since the 2007 version of Faithful Citizenship, such as the later magisterium of Pope Benedict XVI and that of Pope Francis to date. From these great teachings we discern, for example, messages to the universal Church to attend in a special way: to the inextricable link between our witness to the truth and our service to those in need (Caritas in Veritate); to our role as missionary disciples, called forth from the sanctuary to bring Christ to the margins with joy (Evangelii Gaudium); and to the care for our common home and all who dwell in it, especially the poorest (Laudato Si’).
The document is also updated to take account of recent developments in the United States in both domestic and foreign policy:
- The ongoing destruction of over one million innocent human lives each year by abortion
- Physician-assisted suicide
- The redefinition of marriage—the vital cell of society—by the courts, political bodies, and increasingly by American culture itself
- The excessive consumption of material goods and the destruction of natural resources, which harm both the environment and the poor
- The deadly attacks on fellow Christians and religious minorities throughout the world
- The narrowing redefinition of religious freedom, which threatens both individual conscience and the freedom of the Church to serve
- Economic policies that fail to prioritize the poor, at home or abroad;
- A broken immigration system and a worldwide refugee crisis
- Wars, terror, and violence that threaten every aspect of human life and dignity
All of these threats, and more, speak to a breakdown in what Pope Francis has called an “integral ecology” (Laudato Si’, nos. 137-55). Without the proper ordering of relationships of persons with each other, with creation, and ultimately with God himself, sin takes hold. Pope Francis reminds us that all individuals, nations, and members of the global community have the duty to place the needs of others ahead of selfish desires to possess and exploit the good things that come from God’s hand.
This document is to be read prayerfully and in its totality. It would be a serious mistake—and one that occurs with regrettable frequency—to use only selected parts of the Church’s teaching to advance partisan political interests or validate ideological biases. All of us are called to be servants to the whole truth in authentic love, and it is our fervent hope and prayer that this document will provide aid to all those seeking to heed this call.
Do you have a child who is four years old and would like to attend preschool for FREE or at a substantially lower cost? There are two spots left in St. Mary Preschool for these income-based scholarships from the Ohio Department of Education. Please contact Angie Eisenacher for more information about this exciting opportunity! firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ST. MARY SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM AT THE LIFE CHAIN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2.
What is the Life Chain? It is a visual statement of the solidarity by the Christian community that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. It is a peaceful, prayerful, public witness in honor of the over 56 million lives lost to abortion. We pray for our nation, for people in crisis situations, those recovering from abortion loss, and an end to abortion. Please meet at Miler Park parking lot at 12:45 p.m. to stand along Memorial Drive for one hour. Signs will be provided. Come, let us seek God’s divine intervention for the healing of our nation.
OUR PARISH IS PARTICIPATING IN THE BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT LIFE-SAVING SERVICES OF PREGNANCY DECISION HEALTH CENTER
Please take an empty baby bottle home with you as a reminder to pray for the unborn. You are invited to fill the baby bottle with loose coins, bills, or a check and return it to church on October 29th or 30th. Questions? Call Gina at 614-888-8774 ext. 6120 or supportpdhc.org.
DAY OF RECOLLECTION
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8—10:30 a.m. to 3p.m.
In the St. Mary Spirit Center
Theme: “Fear is useless…what is needed is Trust.”
Presenter: Sister Louis Mary Passeri, O.P.
Please call the Parish Office at 740-653-0997 to register.
Registration fee is $15 (Lunch is included)
Our parish will be offering two Information & Inquiry Sessions on the R.C.I.A. or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process this coming week. The RCIA process is for men and women who are curious about Catholicism and open to possibly begin formal inquiry and discernment of seeking union with the Catholic Church. Click (here) for more information on the RCIA process.
- Sunday, 21 August at 10 am in the basement of the Parish Rectory (building beside the Church at the corner of High & Chestnut Sts – entrance in rear) – or –
- Monday, 22 August at 7 pm in the Spirit Center (basement of the old school building behind the church – entrance in the rear)
Interested persons should attend one of these sessions if they’ve not yet been in contact with Brian McCauley – RCIA Director. If you’re interested in the process, but cannot make one of the above sessions, please contact Brian McCauley (email) as soon as possible. Regular RCIA sessions begin on Monday, 29 August at 7 pm in the Spirit Center.