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


MONDAY, December 2

                                       No Mass


TUESDAY, December 3 – Saint Francis Xavier

       5:30 p.m.            Celebrant Intention


WEDNESDAY, December 4 – Saint John Damascene

      5:30 p.m.            Frances Grispino - Latin Mass

       7:00 p.m.            RCIA – Atrium  


THURSDAY, December 5

      5:30 p.m.            Deceased of the Schneider/Gehring families 

        6:15 p.m.            11:30 Choir practice

        7:00 p.m.           Sesquicentennial meeting - Atrium


FRIDAY, December 6 – Saint Nicholas

                                      First Friday Adoration and Benediction

       8:15 a.m.            Steve Wilson  


SATURDAY, December 7 – First Saturday

       9:00 a.m.           Luella Glick – Latin Mass

          3:00 p.m.         Confession

       4:00 p.m.           Deceased of the Michael/Sauer families  


 SUNDAY, December 8 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

       9:00 a.m.           Parishioners of Saint Mary

                                     Coffee & doughnuts

     11:30 a.m.            Sue Fraley   

       2:00 p.m.            Natural Family Planning – Atrium


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


Sermon on the Amount – November 23-24, 2013

Envelopes: $3,311.50

Non- envelope donation: $1,571.00

 ECO donations: 15 @ $752.00 (weekly and bi-weekly)

Total offering: $5,634.00

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. 


2013-2014 RCIA

This week’s session of RCIA will focus on “Mary, Our Model, Our Mother”. Father Kevin Lutz will lead this discussion.  All are welcome. Please contact the Parish office for additional information.


Saturday, November 30, 2013

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



VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – CHRISTMAS TREE SALE Please consider volunteering a couple hours a week to support this annual fund raiser that benefits Saint Mary School and the Knights of Columbus. Volunteers are needed in the evening during the week and on the weekends. Please contact the parish office to volunteer.


AN AUTHOR IN OUR MIDST…Laura A. Koebel, wife of Deacon Larry Koebel has authored a children’s book titled I am Special. You can visit under Laura A. 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.



The wedding music workshop scheduled for December 16th has been cancelled.  


SOUTHSIDE PENANCE SERVICE…..will be held at Saint Mary on December 15, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. Father Lutz, Father Rod Damico and Father Sylvester will be present to hear Confession.




LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for December 7-8, 2013 (2nd 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.            open, open                                           Sherrie Hayes                                                Lori and Dave Mitchell

                             Michael Hatem                                    Joe Giannetti                                                  John LaMotte, open                       Amanda Walker

9:00 A.M.       Anthony Metnes                                    Don Metnes                                 Shirley Thibaut, Eileen Hoffman, open

                             Michael Gain, open                              Marge Smigelski                                                Chris Thibaut, open, open                   Ginny Holleran

11:30 A.M.          Vince Relli,                                           Mike Hicks                                          Pam Makowski, Jennifer Larsen

                         Sam Agra, Emily Relli                           Devin Russell                                                Ann Stewart, Jonathan Engle                 Suzi Foster


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 (see the back of your Missile for a copy of this prayer)


COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS: December 8 – Jean and Chuck Bryan                               Pray for our men and women in uniform


Collection counters for the 2nd Sunday of the month: Frances Melton and Carolyn Fenneman

From the Pastor’s Desk


In your charity please pray for Jean Herrmann, whose funeral service will be on Monday, Dec. 2nd at Our Mother of Sorrows Chapel. May she rest in peace.


A reminder that the Maennerchor Choir and our Saint Mary bell Choir will present their annual Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 1st at 4:00 p.m. The concert will be followed by German Village Lights from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.


Also a reminder we will meet on Thursday, Dec. 5th at 7:00 p.m. for our 3rd Sesquicentennial planning sessions. We will meet in the Atrium, our group is growing.


The last of three Natural Family Planning (NFP) meetings will be held in the Atrium on Sunday, December 8th.


Short on an idea for a Christmas present? The Benedictine Sisters of Our Lady of Ephesus have made several CD’s, which at one point were #2 on Amazon. If you know someone that would enjoy some beautiful Advent and Christmas music consider purchasing one of these CD”s, which sell for $15.00 each. If you are a fan of Columbus Symphony Orchestra and can lay your hands on an old program at least 10 years old look for Martina Snell, a French horn player. This amazing women gave up her chair in the orchestra and became a nun and is today the Mother Superior of the Benedictine Sisters of Our Lady of Ephesus, Mother Cecilia.


Raphael wants to thank his close friends for the toys and treats. He’s basking in the attention and asked me to let you know he does not feel up to typing today because his mouth is full.


The Lord be with you!


Fr. Kevin F. Lutz 





This year’s 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 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 your set. If you have any questions you can contact Melissa Kirkwood at



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.





There are still several remaining gift tags on the giving tree. If you were unable to pick one up last week, this is your opportunity to bring the spirit of Christmas home to others.  Thanks to everyone that almost emptied the branches of our tree this past Sunday. 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.



Please join us on Friday, December 6th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for our annual Chili and Carols Night in the school gymnasium.

The evening will begin with food and fun at 5:00 p.m. Followed by a Christmas performance from our Pre-School, Kindergarten and First Grade Students at 6:00 p.m. More food and fun will follow the Christmas program.



Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

Come and celebrate Advent with a Christmas Sing-a-long as well as three guest soloists and the sound of our beautiful organ! Come and sing old favorites and feel the peace and holiness of the season. We promise a beautiful and happy time!


Each Day is a Blessing
We are called to love God and one another. That is our primary vocation. The reason we rise in the morning and the purpose of our life on earth is to learn how to receive God's love and then share it. God's gift of life to you each morning is a sign that He has a mission for you that day.


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Your contribution in honor of a loved one, living or deceased, will be used toward purchase of flowers for St. Mary Christmas season decorations.


Names to be included in the Christmas bulletin insert:

Please print






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Donor name:                                                                                                           

Amount enclosed: $                               


If additional lines are needed please attach your list to this form. You may drop this form into the offering basket or return to the parish office.

Deadline for your response is December 16th



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