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)
Five diocesan seminarians are ordained as deacons by Bishop Campbell
By Doug Bean, Catholic Times Editor
Five diocesan seminarians continued down the path toward the priesthood on Friday, May 4 with their ordination as transitional deacons at Columbus St. Joseph Cathedral.
Bishop Frederick Campbell presided over the Mass and ceremony before a large congregation that gathered to witness the important milestone for the candidates as the Diocese of Columbus celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2018. Concelebrating were Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of Military Services, USA and priests from the diocese.
Brian Beal, PJ Brandmarti, Bryant Haren, Kyle Tennant, and Chris Yakkel presented themselves before Bishop Campbell at the altar during the election of candidates. Becoming a transitional deacon is one of the last steps before the five men, God willing, are ordained as priests next year.
Brandmarti, Haren, Tennant, and Yakkel will return to the Pontifical College Josephinum in the fall for their final year of classes in theology. Beal will complete his theological studies at Pope St. John XIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, where men who receive a calling to serve at an older age are typically sent for their formation.
The size of this year’s group equaled the 2017 class. Those five deacons from 2017 will become priests on Saturday, May 26 when they are ordained at Westerville St. Paul Church.
The numbers are a positive sign for the diocese to help offset attrition in the clergy ranks and also indicates to the Catholic faithful an upward trajectory in the willingness of young men to dedicate their life’s work to the Church.
The nearby Archdiocese of Cincinnati was blessed to have nine men join the ranks of the diaconate last week in another hopeful development for the Church as a whole.
In Bishop Campbell’s homily, he spoke directly to the five candidates.
“It is of course a moment of great joy to be with you and to speak to you about the order to which you are to be ordained,” he said. “I want to speak not about what about what you will be but rather what you will not be. For it is the being of our reality that always receives the doing of our activities.
“You may exercise the role of deacon for a comparatively short time, but you must never lose the deaconate sense. For, in fact, as a deacon, manifest the activity of Jesus Christ himself. It is a service that begins in obedience to the Heavenly Father. It is a service marked by acceptance, that is, the offering of ourselves for our holy purpose. Finally, it is a service that reveals glory to God. It must act as an invitation to all those who heed it, to recognize God’s glory, to give service to God, and to thank him for his many gifts.”
The Mass for the Ordination to the Order of the Diaconate included readings from the Acts of the Apostles, the second letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, and the gospel of St. Luke.
All three scripture passages accentuate the call to service of God. The first reading from Acts describes man as a chosen instrument to carry the Lord’s name before the Gentiles. The second reading from Corinthians advised the deacons that we do not preach ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for the sake of Jesus. The Gospel proclaims that blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake upon his arrival.
“The image of the good servant that we heard from the Gospel of Luke is a very interesting description of discipleship but also one of a servant in conformity with Jesus Christ the servant,” Bishop Campbell said. “The primary work of the servant is the work of the Master. The full attention of that servant is that willingness to do what he has called us to do — not for our own needs but to do the work in which we are called by Our Lord Jesus Christ.
“And to this, I would add, that remember we do not teach ourselves but Jesus Christ is Lord and ourselves as slaves for the sake of Jesus. And I think of the first reading that we heard about the conversion of St. Paul. It, of course, is very dramatic in its presentation. After having the scales fall from his eyes, his first realization is now I must preach the word of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
“And it is an important point made most recently by Pope Francis when he was talking to a group of newly ordained priests. He said you must remember this is not an assignment. This is a mission, to be called and sent to replicate the service of the Lord Jesus Christ in all His saving power.
“But you have noticed with the good servant one of the first of his virtues was vigilance, being awake and watching. For obviously this parable, this story, is about an expectation, living our life for the second coming of Jesus Christ, doing our work here and those duties here, simply not fulfilling them day by day but rather to render them in service to the Lord who is coming.”
As part of the Rite of Ordination, the deacon candidates are called forward after the Gospel reading and before the bishop’s homily. Father Paul Noble, diocesan vocations director, gave a formal testimony of their readiness for service, which was accepted by Bishop Campbell.
The five men then offered their commitment to perpetual celibacy, followed by the promise of the elect to respect and remain obedient to the bishop and his successors. This promise to remain celibate is permanent for transitional deacons who are on the road to becoming priests. Conversely, permanent deacons who serve in many diocesan parishes are married.
After a Litany of Supplication to the saints, there was a laying on of hands and the prayer of ordination. The scriptural gesture of the bishop laying hands on the heads of the candidates is used by the Church to signify the special conferral of the Holy Spirit, which ordains men to service in Holy Orders. The new deacons thus entered into the clerical state through the Sacrament of Holy Orders. In the prayer of ordination, the bishop asked God to dedicate these deacons to the service of the altar and the word.
The ceremony of investiture with the stole and dalmatic signified incorporation into Holy Orders. The dalmatics and stoles are signs of the ministry and office of the deacon in the Church.
In the handing on of the book of the Gospels from the bishop, placing the book in the hands of the new deacon symbolizes his commitment to proclaim God’s word.
The Rite of Ordination concluded with a fraternal kiss of peace from the bishop, who extends his greeting to the new deacons as a sign that they are co-workers in the ministry of the Church. The other deacons in attendance also gave the sign of peace to the newly ordained.
Also in the bishop’s homily, he pointed to the various duties as described in the Act of Consecration that the ordained will undertake in their new role, including preaching the gospel and ministering to the sick and dying, while keeping in mind the ultimate purpose.
“I remember a wonderful line from a poem from T.S. Eliot. In his Little Gidding, he was taken with something that Mary Queen of Scots said just before he was to lose her head. And she said almost defiantly, if my end is my beginning … What she meant to indicate was that her earthly death would be the beginning of eternal life. It is interesting what Elliot did. He said the beginning is often the end … and the end is where we start. With the whole of our bodies, whatever order we serve the Church, begins with that expectation of the glorious coming of Jesus Christ.”
Beal, 40, from Columbus Immaculate Conception Church, is a native of Hermitage, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Ohio Dominican University with a degree in theology and went on to Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he did additional studies in theology with a specialization in catechetics, graduating magna cum laude with honors. Beal worked as a professional tennis instructor at Lakes Country Club in Westerville after college. He also was a co-organizer of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration at Immaculate Conception and a coordinator of the 24-hour Eucharistic adoration vigil while at Ohio Dominican. He then returned to his home state to serve as the executive director of Pro-Life of Mercer County in Sharon, Pennsylvania and also as the CEO of the Missionaries of Purity. In addition, he was a coordinator of the 40 hours’ devotion at Our Lady of Fatima in Pennsylvania.
Brandmarti, 31, from Gahanna St. Matthew Church, came to Columbus from the Pittsburgh area. He graduated from Hampton High School in Allison Park, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He worked as an assistant manager at Wendy’s, a store operations manager for Circuit City, and a retail store manager for Sony Electronics before coming to Columbus as a market development manager for Motorola Mobility. He began studies for the priesthood in 2012 at the Josephimun and earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy. He is a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and a past Grand Knight.
Haren, 25, from Newark St. Francis de Sales Church, is a 2011 graduate of Licking Valley High School in Hanover. He was an altar server for eight years, an Eagle Scout, treasurer of the Future Farmers of America, and a member/adviser of the Junior Fair Board. Haren worked at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Mount Vernon, Giant Eagle in Heath, and for his parish. He entered the seminary at the Josephinum out of high school and received a bachelor’s degree in humanities three years ago.
Tennant, 29, from St. Monica Church in New Boston, graduated from Portsmouth Notre Dame High School as a valedictorian in the class of 2007. He played golf and basketball in high school and also was an Eagle Scout. Tennant went to college at the University of Notre Dame and earned a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduating, he went to work in Chicago for Accenture as a security analyst before deciding to leave his job to pursue a calling to the priesthood. He began his studies at the Josephinum in 2013 and received a degree in philosophy two years later.
Yakkel, 29, a member of St. Joseph Cathedral, is a self-described “military brat” who moved throughout his childhood depending upon where his father was assigned by the U.S. Air Force. He spent his last two years before college in Hawaii, graduating from Damien Memorial High School in Honolulu. He came to Ohio to attend Miami University in Oxford, where he received a bachelor of science degree in health and sports studies. For two years after college he served as a missionary with NET Ministries, a Catholic youth ministry organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, before entering the Josephinum in 2013. His parents have now retired to Xenia, Ohio. He hopes to serve as an Air Force chaplain after three years of service in the diocese once he is ordained to the priesthood.
As ordained ministers, the new deacons are now able to baptize, assist the priest and read the Gospel during Mass, give homilies, witness at marriages, preside at funeral vigils and graveside services, and offer certain blessings. Until they are ordained as priests, deacons cannot celebrate Mass, hear confessions or anoint the sick.
The deacons do not take a vow of poverty, but they are expected to live simple lives without an excess of material possessions.
After completing the academic year this month, each new deacon will have a summer assignment. Deacon Brandmarti will serve at Gahanna St. Matthew, Deacon Haren at Newark St. Francis de Sales, Deacon Beal at Columbus Immaculate Conception, Deacon Tennant at New Boston St. Monica and the Scioto County Consortium, and Deacon Yakkel with the U.S. Air Force.
• JUNE 7-9 • St. Catharine
500 S. Gould Road, Columbus • 5-11 p.m.
• JUNE 7-9 • St. Thomas Aquinas
144 N. 5th St., Zanesville
Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday 5 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight
• JUNE 15-16 • St. Mary
66 E. William St., Delaware • 5 -11 p.m. both days
• JUNE 15-16 • St. Rose School Festival
St. Rose School, 119 W. Water St., New Lexington
6 p.m.-midnight both days
• JUNE 22-23 • St. John Neumann
9633 E. State Route 37, Sunbury
Friday 6 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
• JUNE 29-30 • St. Christopher
1420 Grandview Ave., Columbus • 6 p.m.-midnight
• JUNE 29-30 • Holy Trinity Garden Party
225 S. Columbus St., Somerset
Friday 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 4 p.m.-midnight
• JULY 13-14 • St. Timothy
1088 Thomas Lane, Columbus • 6 p.m.-midnight
• JULY 14 • St. Luke
Corner of Rambo and Market streets (U.S. 62), Danville • 5-9 p.m.
• JULY 15 • Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Parish Picnic, Sts. Peter and Paul Retreat Center, Newark • 2-6 p.m.
• JULY 19-21 • St. Matthew the Apostle
807 Havens Corners Road, Gahanna
Thursday 6-11 p.m., Friday 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight
• JULY 20-21 • Our Lady of Peace
20 E. Dominion Blvd., Columbus
Friday 6-11 p.m., Saturday 5-11 p.m.
• JULY 20-22 • St. Joseph
613 N. Tuscarawas Ave., Dover
Friday & Saturday 5-11 p.m., Sunday 5-9 p.m.
• JULY 21 • St. Ladislas
277 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Huber Hall • Noon – 6 p.m.
• JULY 27-28 • Immaculate Conception
Immaculate Conception School, 100 Sherman St., Dennison
• JULY 27-28 • Immaculate Conception 414 E. North Broadway, Columbus
Friday 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight
• JULY 27-29 • St. Margaret of Cortona
1600 N. Hague Ave., Columbus
Friday 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight
Procession on Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. Mass
• AUGUST 1-4 • St. Nicholas
Behind Bishop Fenwick School, 1030 E. Main St., Zanesville
Wednesday & Thursday 6 – 11 p.m., • Friday & Saturday 6 p.m.-midnight
• AUGUST 3-4 • St. Stephen the Martyr
4131 Clime Road, Columbus
Friday 6 p.m.-midnight, Saturday 5 p.m.-midnight
• AUGUST 3-4 • St. Pius X
1051 S. Waggoner Road, Reynoldsburg
Friday 6-11 p.m., Saturday 5-11 p.m.
• AUGUST 4 • St. Joseph
5757 State Route 383 N.E., Somerset • 4 p.m.-midnight
• AUGUST 9-11 • Holy Spirit
4383 E. Broad St., Columbus • Thursday 6-11 p.m.,
Friday and Saturday 6 p.m.- Midnight
• AUGUST 10-11 • Our Lady of Victory
1559 Roxbury Road, Columbus • 6-11 p.m.
• AUGUST 10-11 • St. Mary
361 E. Whittier & Bruck Sts., Columbus • Friday and Saturday 5-11 p.m.
• AUGUST 10-11 • St. Brendan
4475 Dublin Road, Hilliard • Friday 6 p.m.-midnight,
Saturday 3 p.m. -midnight
• AUGUST 11 • St. Dominic
453 N. 20th and Atcheson Street • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• AUGUST 12 • Immaculate Conception
215 E. North St., Kenton • 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
• AUGUST 17-18 • St. Elizabeth 6077 Sharon Woods Blvd., Columbus
Friday 5-10 p.m. • Saturday Noon-3 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.
• AUGUST 17-19 • Our Lady of Perpetual Help
3730 Broadway, Grove City • 6 p.m.-midnight
• AUGUST 17-18 • St. Andrew
1899 McCoy Road (at Reed Road), Columbus • 5 p.m.-midnight
• August 18 • St. Francis de Sales
38 Granville St., Newark • Noon-11:30 p.m. Youth Color Run 9 a.m.
• AUGUST 23-25 • St. Joan of Arc
10700 Liberty Road, Powell • 6-11 p.m.
• August 25 • Blessed Sacrament
394 East Main St., Newark • 5-11 p.m.
AUGUST 25 • Church of the Blessed Sacrament
394 E. Main St., Newark • 5-11 p.m.
• AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 1-2 • St. Michael
5750 N. High St., Worthington • Friday 7-11 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday 5-11 p.m.
• SEPTEMBER 7-9 • Seton Parish
600 Hill Road N., Pickerington
Friday 5 – 11 p.m., Saturday 3 – 11 p.m., Sunday Noon – 5 p.m.
• SEPTEMBER 9 • St. Mark
Outdoor Mass & Family Picnic
324 Gay St., Lancaster • 10:30 a.m.
• SEPTEMBER 14-16 • St. Mary
524 Sixth St., Portsmouth • Friday 5:30-10 p.m.
Saturday All Day, Sunday 12-4 p.m.
• SEPTEMBER 15 • St. Mary
School gym, 251 N. Main St., Marion • 5-10 p.m.
• SEPTEMBER 15 • Sacred Heart
805 Main Street, Coshocton
Saturday 5 – 9 p.m.
• SEPTEMBER 22 • Church of the Ascension
555.S. Main St., Johnstown
BBQ 4-7 p.m. & Square Dance 7-10 p.m.
• OCTOBER 5-6 • St. Mary
On the school lawn at 700 S. Third Street, Columbus
Friday and Saturday 5-11 p.m.noon-7 p.m.
• OCTOBER 5-7 • St. John the Baptist
Hamlet and Lincoln streets, Columbus • Friday 5-11 p.m.,
Saturday noon-11 P.M., Sunday noon-7 p.m.
In this engaging 6-part DVD series, Dr. Christopher Blum explores the lives of six saints who spearheaded the Church’s renewal after the turbulence and confusion caused by the Protestant Reformation. You’ll want to stay friends with them for life as you discover that their call to return to the adventure of following Christ is just as compelling today as it was 500 years ago.
Deepen your understanding of the Church’s response to the Protestant Reformation through her saints.
• introductions, prayers, and inspirational insights
• outlines and guidance through the video episodes
• impactful questions for small group discussion and personal reflection
• suggested resources for continued study and fuller understanding
Two Series Options to Choose From:
Monday Evening Series
7.00 – 8.30 pm: Spirit Center
June: 18 and 25
July: 2, 9, 23 and 30
Wednesday Morning Series
8.00 – 9.30 am: Spirit Center
July: 11 and 25
August: 1, 8 and 15
Cost: $ 17.00 per person for the attendee booklet
Registrations due to the parish Rectory by Tuesday 5 June 2018
Contact Brian McCauley with Questions: 740.653.5054
The Jubilee Museum in Columbus will host Fr. Thomas Blau, O.P. of St Patrick Church on Thursday, May 17, as he discusses the Biblical basis of Catholic devotion to Mary. Doors will open and light refreshments be provided starting at 6:15 PM. Then Fr Blau will speak at 7. Admission is the regular Museum admission of $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Catholic Kids Camp
August 6-10, 2018
6 – 8.30 pm
Take flight with your copilots, Juan Diego, Brigid of Ireland, Martin de Porres, Nicholas of Myra, and Kateri Tekakwitha on a five day adventure!
Let the wind propel you and DISCOVER the timeless virtues of faith, hope, and love at each DESTINATION! Sensational skits, exciting Bible stories, creative crafts, amazing music, and a Mystery Key-Hunt are guaranteed to be a hit! Come fly with Around the World with the Virtues featuring the assorted saints and earn your pilot’s certificate!
After completing this program children will gain an understanding of the virtues of faith, hope and love and welcome Saint Juan Diego, Saint Brigid of Ireland, Saint Martin De Porres, Saint Nicholas of Myra and Saint Kateri Tekakwitha into their hearts. These saints are diverse in race, culture and economic background which supports the message that all are called upon to be saints. Children will participate in a variety of drama skits, role-play, games and Bible verse memory activities. Sensational, easy-to-make crafts reflect each day’s theme. Songs from the Assorted SaintsMusic CD are upbeat, lively and the lyrics and song actions enrich the overall program.
Lesson 1: The Virtue of Faith- Juan Diego
Lesson 2: The Virtue of Hope- Saint Brigid
Lesson 3: The Virtue of Love-Saint Martin De Porres
Lesson 4: The Greatest Virtues- Saint Nicholas of Myra
Lesson 5: Be a Missionary- Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Additional adult chaperones are needed to assist with the week; please contact Rachel McAnespie or sign-up on your child’s registration form.
Contact Rachel McAnespie with any questions.
Below is a summary of Fr. Eilerman’s address to our parish at the weekend Masses of 29 April 2018 concerning the beautification of the church, a master plan, and information-input meetings that will be held on Wednesday, 9 May and Monday, 14 May at 7 pm in the Spirit Center.
Soon after my arrival in 2011, I realized that I would be Pastor St. Mary for a number of significant anniversaries.
· The 150anniversary of the consecration of the current Church in 2014
· The 200 anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in Lancaster in 2017
· And now we are preparing for the biggest of these celebrations – the 200 th anniversary or the bicentennial of the founding of the parish in 2020
The heritage of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish long history and it has prominent place in the life of the community of Lancaster. In my 6 and half years, I have come to understand the love and the pride that you the parishioners have in your parish and your church.
The church is the heart of our parish. In the past 8 of years much has accomplished to preserve the exterior of the church
· Replacement of the stone finials and repair of the bell tower
· A new slate roof and lighting protection system
· Spot replacement, tuck-pointing, and sealing of brick, repairing of stone ornamentation, and painting of wooden soffits and trim.
The exterior of the church is now in very good condition and it’s time for us to turn to the interior of the church.
The Maintenance committee has become aware of a number of issues with the interior of the church.
· The fabric wall covering is dirty and after being examined by professional cleaners, it has been determined that it cannot be cleaned.
· Paint is peeling and blustering where water leaks have occurred over the years before the replacement of the roof.
· Plaster repair
· Lighting is in need of a updating: replacing the current incandescent lighting with new LED lighting would realize significant savings in our electric bill.
· The wood floor beneath the pews is need of being re-finished, to protect it from further deterioration.
· Restrooms inadequate and not handicap accessible
· Doors have warp and becoming difficult to open, close, and lock
· An inadequate quieting room
To address these issues, architect William Heyerwas invited to evaluate the interior of the church and to begin strategizing how these issues might be addressed with the goal of having the work of beautifying the interior of the church accomplished by The Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, 2019 – the beginning of the Bicentennial celebration. The maintenance and Finance committees also chose Corna- Kokosingto be the General Contractor for the project.
While this process was under way it became clear to the maintenance and finance committees, as well as to me, that it was not just the interior of the church that should be evaluated, but whole of the parish campus. A master plan needed to be developed. So that priorities could be set and whatever projects the parish under took, would be compatible with future projects. To accomplish this task the architectural firm of Schooley –Caldwellwas engaged to develop a Master Plan. They have been working for the past two months, studying our campus and speaking with parish, school, and pre-school leaders about the physical needs of the parish.
In the past, we have been able to accomplish work on the Church, School buildings, and Cemetery by using reserve funds alone. In order to achieve the goals of the beautification of the church and the other projects contained in the master plan, a capital campaign will be needed.
You are invited to attend one of two meetings to hear more about the Beautification of the Church and the Master Plan, to ask questions and to give input. The architect William Heyer, representatives of Schooley-Caldwell,who are developing the Master plan, and Corna-Kokosing, the General Contractor, will be present. These meeting will be held in the Spirit Centeron Wednesday May 9 and Monday May 14, both meetings are at 7:00 PM and are open to everyone in the parish.
Thank you for attentiveness to this presentation. It’s an exciting time for our parish as we prepare to celebrate our Bicentennial and begin the third century our existence as a parish. I look forward to see you at one of the informational meetings in May. Please continue to pray for me as I will hold you and your family in my prayers.