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)
MEN! That Man Is You! Resumes September 16th in the Spirit Center with an entirely new program, “The Unveiling of Love.” The 13 week fall session will address the issue “What Is Love?”, which examines the uniqueness of the Catholic vision of love. Since the program is new, it is a great time for any men who couldn’t participate last year to join us and for those men who had to drop out of last year’s program for work schedules, family issues, etc. To rejoin us for this clarification of what Jesus Christ intends human love to be. Registration will begin after Masses the next two weekends, or you can contact the parish office for whom to call to sign up. Any men who registered last year do not need to register, but DO need to stop by one of the registration tables the next two weekends and let us know that you will be participating this year. We warmly invite all men to participate and take advantage of this great opportunity to improve in your discipleship with the support of your fellow men. We are all on the road to eternity – That Man Is You! Is one good way to help us end up in the right place. Pick up a brochure in the main or south vestibule for more information on the program.
Our parish will soon begin the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process for those men and women who would like to learn about the teachings of Christ in the Catholic Church, grow in their relationship with the Lord, and discern becoming Catholic. You can learn more about the RCIA process at our parish (here).
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Process is for:
- Unbaptized adults
- Baptized adults from other Christian communities
- Adults who have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but have not completed Initiation with the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion
Inquirers for the RCIA process should contact the director, Brian McCauley (email) at the Parish Office (740.653.5054) to setup a time to meet before RCIA begins in late August of 2017.
Regular RCIA sessions begin on Monday, 28 August at 7 pm in the Spirit Center.
While Fr. Eilerman is away this coming week, all daily Masses will be offered at 9.00 am.
St. Mary of the Assumption to Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the First Mass Celebrated in Lancaster, Ohio.
Bishop Frederick Campbell will celebrate the Mass marking the 200th Anniversary of the First Mass celebrated in Lancaster, Ohio on Tuesday, August 15th, the Patronal Feast of St. Mary of the Assumption, at 7pm. Fr. Thomas Blau, O.P. will be homilist. An ice cream reception will be held in the courtyard immediately following the Mass. All are invited to attend the Mass and reception.
Bishop Edward D. Fenwick is known for planting the Catholic Faith in Ohio and as the priest who offered the first Mass in Lancaster. The St. Mary Parish Centenary Anniversary booklet of 1920 quotes a letter written by then, Father Fenwick to a friend. “It often happens that I am compelled to travel vast and uninhabitable forests, where not a trace of a road is to be seen. Not infrequently, overtaken by night in the midst of those I am compelled to hitch my horse to a tree and making a pillow of my saddle, recommend myself to God and go to sleep with bears on all sides.”
It was on one of these journeys in the year 1817, Father Fenwick, a Dominican priest, came through Lancaster, and stopping here, celebrated the first Mass in the home of Michael Garaghty. The Fairfield County Foundation is now housed in the Garaghty home, located across the street from St. Mary Church.
Fr. Fenwick went onto become the first Bishop of Cincinnati, January 13, 1822.
A reminder that our daily Masses on Tuesday – Thursday of this week will be offered in the Spirit Center due to the Lancaster Festival Concert in church on Thursday evening. Masses remain at their usual times.