SATURDAY March 12,

        4:00 p.m.     Mary Jo McCarthy

SUNDAY, March 13, Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ez. 37:12-14; Rom. 8:8-11; Jn. 11:1-45

        8:30 a.m.     Children’s Nursery Opens

        9:00 a.m.     Andre Lewkowicz (3rd Scrutiny)

        9:00 a.m.       PSR

      11:30 a.m.     Frank Schneider

        3:00 p.m.     Lenten Penance Service  

        7:00 p.m.     Bingo

MONDAY, March 14,

Dn.13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 32-62; Jn. 8:1-11

        12:00 p.m.     Joe Manns

        5:00 p.m.     Evening Prayer & Rosary

        6:30 p.m.     School Board Meeting

        7:00 p.m.     K of C

        7:00 p.m.     Social Concerns

TUESDAY, March 15,

Nm. 21:4-9; Jn. 8:21-30

        8:30 a.m.     Living and Deceased of the Frank Wirth


        5:00 p.m.     Evening Prayer & Rosary

        6:00 p.m.     Bible Study – Shanks

        6:30 p.m.     Welcoming Committee

WEDNESDAY, March 16,

Dn. 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Jn. 8:31-42

        8:30 a.m.     Michael Kennedy

        5:00 p.m.     Evening Prayer & Rosary

        5:30 p.m.     Home & School Board Meeting

        6:30 p.m.     Sung Evening Prayer

        7:00 p.m.     RCIA

        7:00 p.m.     Bible Study – Dr. Ross

THURSDAY, March 17,

Gn. 17:3-9; Jn. 8:51-59

        8:30 a.m.     Nova King

        5:00 p.m.     Evening Prayer & Rosary

FRIDAY, March 18,

Jer. 20:10-13; Jn. 10:31-42

      12:00 p.m.     Kitty Meier

        5:00 p.m.     Evening Prayer & Rosary

  7:00 p.m.     Stations of the Cross @ St. Ladislas

SATURDAY March 19,

        4:00 p.m.     Bernard Hausburger

SUNDAY, March 20, Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Mt. 21:1-11; Is. 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Mt. 26:14-27:66

        8:30 a.m.     Children’s Nursery Opens

        9:00 a.m.     St. Mary Parishioners

        9:00 a.m.       PSR

      11:30 a.m.     Martha Gray

        7:00 p.m.     Bingo

Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick or suffering, especially those homebound or in nursing homes.

Refresh them Lord, with your healing grace.

The Village at Westerville: Betty Fix

At Home: Diane Carrick, Frankie Carrick, Roberta Cataline, Josephine Calabro, Judy Hall, Catherine Hausberger, Rita Kemmerling, Henrietta Koch, Mary Ann Koch, Al Moeller, Rick Shawver, Millie Veit.

If you are admitted to a hospital St. Mary may not be notified. Please give us a call if you would like a visit. Due to privacy issues no one will be listed in the bulletin sick list unless the person themselves or an immediate family member requests it.

RCIA this Wednesday, March 16th:  In response to his disciples’ request, “Lord teach us to pray” (Lk. 11:1), Jesus entrusts them with the fundamental Christian prayer, the Our Father. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, The Lord’s Prayer “is truly the summary of the whole gospel.” This Wednesday following sung Evening Prayer, Jason Shanks will reveal the beauty of this perfect prayer. All are invited to this presentation to the prayer we sometimes rattle off without really taking the time to reflect on its importance.

The next Jordan Conference (Baptismal preparation) will be April 26, 2005 at 7 PM in the church.

Altar Server training Sundays 10:15 – 11 AM for anyone interested in becoming an altar server.

Thinking about a vocation to the priesthood? On March 31st – April 3rd, the Pontifical College Josephinum is sponsoring a Spring Live-in. This is for high school juniors & seniors, and college age & older men who might be thinking about becoming a priest. There is no charge for the weekend, however you need to register. If you have questions or are interested in attending, Call Fr. Jeff Coning, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Columbus, 221-5565.

4-S Club Ladies Auxillary: Delicious Ham Steak Dinner Sunday, March 20, 2005 12 Noon to 4:00 PM. Everyone Welcome 281 Whittier St. 443-0524.

WELCOME HOME Father Stanton! We welcome Father Stanton back from his vacation - house-sitting for his sister. Father Stanton will be the regular celebrant at the Thursday morning Mass now, as well as, assisting on the weekends.


                             ALTAR SERVER                                       LECTOR                                           EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS                      

 4:00PM             M.Hayes, J.LaMotte, K.Henson                                                                                                                                                             

9:00AM              I. Kenneh, G.Metoyer


11:30AM            S.Howard, A.VanHorn,                                     


Coffee & Donuts following the 9:00 a.m. Mass March 20th: K of C.               Children’s Nursery March 20th: D/R. Agra, L. Weilbacher


Dear parishioners,

       Please remember that our vicariate Lenten Penance service will take place Sunday at 3:00 PM in the church. Several priests will be on hand to help hear confessions. This will also be the time that our children who are preparing for First Communion will receive the sacrament of Penance for the first time. We look forward to this celebration of the Lord’s mercy and love for us all in this sacrament.

       Next Friday, March 18th, Stations of the Cross will be at St. Ladislas. This will begin at 7:00 PM, and will include the opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration as well.

       Unbelievably, Holy Week begins next Sunday with Palm Sunday. Our Masses next weekend will take place at their regular times. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 PM (Holy Thursday).  Good Friday service will begin at 3:00 PM on the 25th. The Easter vigil will begin at 8:30 PM Saturday, March 26th. Finally, Easter Sunday Masses will be at the regular times of 9:00 and 11:30 AM.  Please join us as we celebrate the central mysteries of our faith!

       Let us pray for one another, that as we enter into the passion, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, we may all come to an ever greater understanding of God’s great and infinite love for us. May the Lord bless and be with all of you!

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Hammond


The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is not merely a time for spiritual direction or a time for seeking moral guidance. Reconciliation is primarily a sacrament—a corporate act of worship which builds up the Body of Christ. The Church affirmed this understanding in the first document of Vatican II, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: "Liturgical services are not private functions, but are celebrations belonging to the Church" (#26), and "Whenever rites, according to their specific nature, make provision for communal celebration involving the presence and active participation of the faithful, it is to be stressed that this way of celebrating them is to be preferred, as far as possible, to a celebration that is individual and, so to speak, private" (#27).

That is why, in addition to a rite for Reconciliation that is individual (one penitent and one priest) the new rite offers communal rites for the celebration of the sacrament. Communal celebrations show more clearly that Reconciliation is a sacrament, a corporate act of worship. When we celebrate together as a parish family, we are reminded of the social nature of sin—that every sin, even the most private and personal sin, has implications for the larger community. In addition, when we celebrate Reconciliation with others, we are more clearly reminded of our obligation to "forgive those who trespass against us" even as we ask God to forgive us our trespasses.

Catholic Update – St. Anthony Messenger Press

The Passion of the Christ movie will be shown at Corpus Christi Church (Linwood & Stewart) Monday, March 14th at 6:30 PM. After the 2-hour movie for those who wish, there will be silent prayer in church or a group discussion in another room. No charge. No one under 17 admitted.

Web Master?! St. Mary’s is looking for someone with web page smarts to assist with the St. Mary’s web page. Please call or email Jason Shanks if you have this talent.

They're Hungry! St. Mary's semi-annual food drive for our neighbors in south Columbus will be held this weekend March 12-13. St. Ladislas and Southside Community Ministries pantries need our help. Both monetary gifts and basic shelf-life food is most welcome. However, cash is preferred since the pantries can purchase large quantities of food from Mid-Ohio Foodbank ($2.00 will buy 10 cases of corn!) and they can buy what is needed. Members of the Social Justice Committee will be at the doors after each Mass to accept your offerings. Thank you.

Young at Heart Lenten Project – Collection of toilet tissue, face soap and cleaning supplies for St. Francis in McArthur. Items may be placed in the marked boxes in the rear of church.

Easter Flower Remembrances: Forms are available in the back of the church for the names of those to be remembered at Easter.  Contributions will be used for Easter flowers and decorations.  Please complete the form and return in the collection basket or to the church office by March 20th.

Refresh your soul; renew your spirit with a retreat, An Invitation to Love: following the path of Contemplative Christianity facilitated by Dale Bennett, SFO, and Fr. Vinny McKiernan, CSP, April 1-3, 2005 (8:00PM Friday – Noon Sunday), St. Therese’s Retreat Center. Brochures are available in the vestibule or contact the Diocesan Ministry Formation Office 241-2544.


St. Mary School Notes:

·             St. Mary School is accepting registrations for the 2005-06 school year grades K-8. If you would like more information please call 444-8994.

“How do I make a return to the Lord for all he has done for me.”

     OFFERTORY: 3/5-6                                        $6,572.50

     Less 5% (328.63) local charities

     Catholic Times                                                       44.00

     Catholic Overseas                                         892.00

     Holy Land (Good Friday)                                 2.00



     Deposit                                                    $3,511.00

     Bank                                                             800.00

     Expenses                                                      847.00

     NET                                                          1,864.00