SATURDAY, November 23

          3:00 p.m.       Confession

       4:00 p.m.        Frances Grispino  


 SUNDAY, November 24

       9:00 a.m.         Parishioners of Saint Mary

                                      Coffee & doughnuts

     11:30 a.m.          Frank Carrick   


MONDAY, November 25–Saint Catherine of Alexandria

                                       No Mass


TUESDAY, November 26

       5:30 p.m.          Frances Grispino    

        7:00 p.m.           Scouts - Atrium


WEDNESDAY, November 27

      5:30 p.m.          Celebrant Intention   Latin Mass

       7:00 p.m.          No RCIA – Atrium  


THURSDAY, November 28 – Thanksgiving Day

    10:00 a.m.          C. Michael Wise    

        6:15 p.m.           NO 11:30 Choir practice


FRIDAY, November 29

       8:15 a.m.          No Mass


SATURDAY, November 30

          3:00 p.m.       Confession

       4:00 p.m.        Patrick Thomas  


 SUNDAY, December 1 – First Sunday of Advent

       9:00 a.m.         Saint Francis Xavier Society

                                     Coffee & doughnuts

     11:30 a.m.          Parishioners of Saint Mary

       4:00 p.m.           Maennerchor Concert



Sermon on the Amount – November 16-17, 2013

Envelopes: $3,350.00

Non- envelope donation: $2,753.00

 ECO donations: 12 @ $1,120.00 (weekly and 15th)

Total offering: $7,223.00

Amount needed to meet expenses: $7,398.00


Refresh them Lord, with your healing grace.

Please remember in your prayers:

Hospital, Nursing/Assisted Living facility:   Donna Whitacre, Wilma Rose, Bea Sauer, Marge Stec, Martha Goodwin, Dick Zollner, Ruth Naegele, Toni Neal

At Home: Charles Walker, Ruth Neal, Dora Malyk, Rita Malyk McCreary, Reilly Gall, Sharon Kirby, Francis Bobo, Joanne Elgin, Philip Conci, Betty Albert, Mary Sailor, Heidi Wooley,

Larry Badurina, Wes Kingery, Stuart Sinn


If you are admitted to a hospital St. Mary’s may not be notified. Please ask a family member to call the parish office. 


HOME VISITATION…if you know of someone that needs to be added to the list for home visitation please contact the parish office.


2013-2014 RCIA

There will be no RCIA class this week as families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. Classes will resume the following week on December 4th.



Sunday, November 24, 2013

McCartney family, daughter, Lemi

Saturday, November 30, 2013

McCarroll family, daughter, Nina – after 4:00 Mass



The parish office will close at noon on Wednesday, November 27th and will remain closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 29th. The office will resume regular hours on Monday, December 2nd. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a safe and blessed Thanksgiving.



Please note the Thanksgiving Day Mass time is 10:00 a.m. and there will be no Mass on Friday, November 29th.



It is that time of year again when the front lawn of Saint Mary School is covered with Christmas trees. This fund raiser benefits Saint Mary School and the Knights of Columbus. Volunteers are needed to help unload the trees and man the sales tent each day throughout the duration of the sale. Please see the flyer in your bulletin for details. 



LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for November 30-December 1, 2013 (1st Sunday of the Month)


Extraordinary Ministers are reminded to cleanse the vessels after each Mass


TIME               ALTAR SERVER                            LECTOR                                   EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER           SACRISTAN


4:00 P.M.         Dominic, Gabriel                           Mike McConahay                                 Rose Albert, Miles Drake

                           and Aaron Lopresti                                Ann Graf                                                 Ginny Hensley, open                                    Sandy Brown            

9:00 A.M.                         Augie Collins, Nate Gain                    Mark/Jillian Lehosit                            Jack Auer, Mike Gerlach, open

                                Charlie Collins                                   Brian Collins                                          Stephanie Martt, Pat Walsh, open                   Pat Smith

11:30 A.M.      Anthony Bartholomew                      Kim Anderson                                Sandy Brown, Linnan Duren

                            Andy Price, Sean Price                        Vince Relli                                              Jaci Elston, David Bortz                         David Larsen


v                   Prayers after Mass: following each Mass please kneel and prayer the following prayers: The Our Father, The Hail Mary, The Glory Be and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.


COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS: December 1 – Cecilia and Michael Chambers               Pray for our men and women in uniform


Collection counters for the 1st Sunday of the month: Frances Melton and Carolyn Fenneman

From the Pastor’s Desk


It is a chilly/ sunny Wednesday as I write this.  Raphael the great cat of the west side has adjusted to his new digs.  His post script in this column was well received and earned more comments than my sermon. Hmmmmm.


Tomorrow two postulants of the Children of Mary will be admitted as novices and receive the habit and white veil.  The Mass will be a Solemn High at St. Leo.  My Latin students are attending it. They are more interested in the part where the sisters' hair is cut than the Latin at this point.   


Two wills were sent to the parish and both named St. Mary's as recipients of a certain portion of the estate. It is good to do a little extra good even after you pass from this world.  The gifts and names will be listed after all matters are settled. Your temporal future here will be a better one for their kindness.  


I have encouraged people to make their plans while it is still day, so to speak.  Cometh the night when no man can work.  Here are two suggestions:  Make a will and be mindful of your family, the poor and your parish.  Call the office and ask for a Funeral Mass Plan from Ann.  It will give you suggestions and options and be kept on file for that time.  Keep a copy with your important papers, and possibly with your funeral director


Thank you for the cards and good wishes that have continued to come in for my 35th anniversary.  It has been more memorable than any off-year celebration.  


These are the days of remembering the death of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago and the Gettysburg address 150 years ago. Like many, I remember where I was when the news came.  It was my eighth grade year, and Mother Justin the principal came in, looking quite upset.  She announced that the president had just been shot and to please take out our rosaries and pray.  What a Catholic moment: every child had a rosary!  We were dismissed early from school at Sacred Heart.  Before leaving the playground, the housekeeper ran out of the rectory toward the school to share the news that the president had just died.  Even as a child I knew that the world was different.  Indeed it was. 1963 is almost like a line of demarcation:  the Church and the world changed more in the next seven years than in the years since Lincoln.  


God's peace be with you!


The Lord be with you!


Fr. Kevin F. Lutz 





v  Please see the flyer in your bulletin with details of the annual Maennerchor Concert scheduled for next weekend @ 4:00 p.m. The concert will be followed by the annual German Village Lights.

v  Chili and Carols will be held on Dec. 6th. Watch for details.

v  Southside Advent Penance Service: Sunday, December 15th at 5:00 p.m. at Saint Mary.

v  The annual Saint Mary Gala & Auction which will be held on Sat., Feb. 15th, 2014.



Goods have been collected and are ready for distribution, If you would like to help assemble the Thanksgiving boxes please join us at 9:30 a.m.on Mon., 11/25 at Southside Community Ministries Food Pantry, 225 E. Gates St.



The Ornament is etched glass with a picture of the Mary and Baby Jesus on it. The ornaments are approximately 3 ¾ in. x 2.5 in. Ornaments will be available for sale in the school gymnasium beginning Nov. 22nd prior to the start of school and after each of the weekend Masses. The cost is $15.00 each. They will also be available for purchase during German Village Lights. We only have 195 ornaments and sales are on a first come first serve basis. We will not re-order additional ornaments.

We also have some of last year’s ornaments left over.  These will be sold for $5.00 each, so if you were not able to get one last year you still have the opportunity to build a set. If you have any questions you can contact Melissa Kirkwood at





Please pick up a wish list gift tag from the Christmas tree at the rear of Church. The tags contain gifts for children; gift cards for family use for items from a local grocer, a discount store, or a gas fill up. Please return your unwrapped gifts and gift cards to Mass the weekends of November30/December 1and December 7-8. Let us reach out to share our blessings with those less fortunate this Christmas season.

Please contact Beth Vanderkooi ( or Maureen Keebaugh ( with any questions or for other volunteer opportunities.



The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked that all dioceses in the United States hold a special collection to raise desperately needed funds to assist the recovery following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.  Bishop Campbell has designated the weekend of November 30-December 1, 2013 for this collection.



Advent is the time when we are called to make straight the way of the Lord, and you can do that if you want to join Father Wagner on an Advent pilgrimage experience as we tour the Cathedrals of the Ohio River. These two beautiful cathedrals of Covington and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will inspire you to prepare your hearts for the coming of the Lord at Christmas. In addition, two bonus locations make this an even more spiritual holiday pilgrimage. This one-time event departs from Christ the King Catholic Church at 8:00 a.m. on December 14, 2013. You can go to or call 614-547-9397 if you want to buy tickets for this single bus tour.


Prayer for Courage
Lord, please give me courage to love you. Give me courage to serve you. Give me courage to tell others about you. Give me courage to grow closer to you. Give me courage to pick up my cross each day as you picked up yours. Remove from me all fear so that you can put me to work for your kingdom. Amen.


AN AUTHOR IN OUR MIDST…Laura Koebel, wife of Deacon Larry Koebel has authored a children’s book titled I am Special. You can visit under Laura Koebel to make your purchase. This would make a great gift for a favorite young child. There is a copy in the Parish office for your review.


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