SATURDAY, December 27

         3:30 p.m.           Confession

        4:00 p.m.        Wes Kingery    


 SUNDAY, December 28

        8:30 a.m.             Confession

     9:00 a.m.          Parishioners of Saint Mary          

                             Coffee & doughnuts

        11:00 a.m.              Confession

      11:30 a.m.        Steve Wilson         


MONDAY, December 29

            7:00 p.m.         The Castus Society – Atrium


TUESDAY, December 30

       8:00 a.m.             Celebrant Intention    – Latin Mass

     5:30 p.m.          Julie Wagner-Rucker   

      6:30 p.m.                Choir practice – 9:00 choir


WEDNESDAY, December 31 – Latin Mass

      5:30 p.m.         No Mass

       7:00 p.m.                NO RCIA

     11:15 p.m.         Hilsheimer/Grosh families 


THURSDAY, January 1

                             Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

     10:00 a.m.         Living/deceased members of the Hoblit/Auer families

      6:30 p.m.               NO Choir practice – 11:30 choir


FRIDAY, January 2



        9:00 a.m.        The Poor Souls in Purgatory   Latin Mass

         3:30 p.m.           Confession

        4:00 p.m.        Parishioners of Saint Mary          


 SUNDAY, January 4

        8:30 a.m.             Confession

     9:00 a.m.          Celebrant Intention

                             Coffee & doughnuts

        11:00 a.m.              Confession

      11:30 a.m.        Father Ralph Huntzinger           

       1:30 p.m.              Scouts - Specht


SERMON ON THE AMOUNT” – December 20-21, 2014

Envelopes: $4288.00

Non- envelope donation: $1441.00

ECO donations: $732.00 (weekly, bi-weekly)

Total offering: $6461.00

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:   Wilma Rose,

Bea Sauer, Dick Zollner, Ruth Naegele, Toni Neal, Willbert Neal,

Ruth Neal,   

At Home: Charles Walker, Dora Malyk, Rita Malyk McCreary,

Sharon Kirby, Francis Bobo, Joanne Elgin, Philip Conci, Mary Sailor, Heidi Wooley, Pat Dineen, Donna Whitaker, Rosemary Finn, Rosanne Hanson, Frank Wickham, Linda Lowry, Janet Hammond, Jack Hagwood, Sue Sammons


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


RCIA – 2014-15….will suspend meetings for the next two weeks. Regular sessions will resume on January 7th. For details please contact RCIA Directors Mike or Maureen Keebaugh. Contact Mike @ 614-323-6715 or . Contact Maureen @ 614-323-7293 or


9:00 a.m. CHOIR MUSIC

Prelude: – DAQUIN: Noel in G

Choir Motet: Rossini: O Gente felix ospita (Hymn to the Holy Family)



Please circle the date January 11, 2015 @ 11:30 a.m. Bishop Campbell will join us as we kick off our 150th anniversary year. Please check your bulletin for upcoming events.



The week of New Year we will close on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Friday.

Regular hours will resume on January 5, 2015



We will be mailing year end statements beginning in mid-January. If you have moved please alert the Parish office and we will update your record accordingly. 



·     The 5:30 Mass on New Year’s Eve, 12/31, will be cancelled. Mass will be celebrated later that evening at 11:15 p.m. following the “Night of Catholic Video’s 

·     We will not have Mass at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2nd



LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for January 3-4, 2015 (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                                                      open, open                                     Sandy Brown            

9:00 A.M.                         Nate Gain, Stuart Landry                         Mark/Jillian Lehosit                 Jack Auer, Mike Gerlach, Mary Gerlach

                                 John Kirkwood                                          Brian Collins                                 Don Metnes, Kathleen Haytas, open               Pat Smith

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

                                      Sean Price                                            Vince Relli                                                Jaci Elston, David Bortz                       David Larsen

Ψ                    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 Missal for a copy of this prayer)                 

COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS: January 4 – Knights of Saint John                             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….…


In your charity please pray for the soul of Ruth Naegle, who had just celebrated her 100th birthday, and who died early last Sunday.  She was the sister of the late and beloved Father Harwick.  The funeral has been scheduled for Monday, December 29, at 10:00 a.m. May she rest in peace!   


The Night of Catholic Videos is just around the corner.  On New Year's Eve at 8:00 p.m. all are invited to "Ring in the New Year" sharing some great and appropriate movies to be shown in the school auditorium.  Bring your leftover cookies and pizza will be available!  This will be followed by an 11:15 p.m. Mass for the Holy Day of Obligation -- Mary, the Mother of God. What better way to celebrate and ask for continued blessings for our families and country!  The actual moment of the consecration should be as close to midnight as we ask God to bless the New Year and our Jubilee Year as well.  Bring guests and friends. You might pack a couple of blankets and pillows to stretch out on the floor of the gym.   


Happy New Year!  Every blessing to you as we step into 2015.  Happy Sesquicentennial!


The Lord be with you!


Father Kevin Lutz


From the cat at 684 South Third . . .


This is my last column for the year 2014.  I must make this one of my best (but aren't they all excellent?) so that I land well on my feet, so they say, at the end of the year.  Thank you for coming to my Open House and eating those donuts and cookies.  I did see one man looking wistfully at my tuna dish, but he did control himself and left it alone.  I know I did not stay until the party was over. There were too many feet in the room and my tail is too long.  Imagine what a scream fest it would have been if you all had tails like mine.  I will try because noblesse oblige I must greet the public.  Because of that thumb issue, I can't open the door to let you in, but if Father will open it, I will greet you and welcome you again to see my trees.  


I hear there's an odd custom among you folks of making resolutions for the New Year.  I have taken the liberty of making mine and a couple for you as well:


For me:


More naps - they are refreshing

More patience - It has not risen to the level of a fault in me, but I sometimes think ill of others.  Not good.  

More time in chapel - even a nap in God's presence can be very wonderful

I would resolve to go to confession more often, if I had a sin to confess, but it's not in my nature.  


For you:  


More naps - all 200 of you look a bit fatigued

More patience - No further comment

More time in church - make this the year to fall in love with God!

Get to confession!  Sin makes you look sad, causes wrinkles and makes you neglectful of your pets.  Get in a better frame of mind.  I have sat in the chapel confessional many times with Father (and I have never revealed what I have heard).  I have noticed this: people look sad before they confess and they look very happy afterwards.  I don't quite understand fully this Free Will thing, but use it to get yourself into the confessional and empty the Hoover of your soul!  Must a cat tell you these things?  


So it seems.  Happy New Year! 


Raphael the Cat, Theologian at large at your service!     




MOUNT CARMEL PALLIATIVE CARE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS ….Mount Carmel Hospice/ Palliative Care Service is looking for individuals who are willing to serve others on the Acute Palliative Care Units.  January training classes are forming now.  Call 234-0200 for information about the scheduled training dates.



Our January product for the food pantry is toothpaste and tooth brushes.  Please drop them off throughout the month of January in the designated basket in the Vestibule.


CLERGY WHO COOK…..Fr. Kevin Lutz will compete in Clergy Who Cook with other diocesan clergy on January 30th at the Josephinum Jessing Center.  St. Mary parishioners can make him the People’s Choice Chef with their donations at his culinary station. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy an evening of great food and fellowship while helping the Friends of the Josephinum support our seminarians.  Reservations are required at $40.00 per person and will close when capacity is reached. To reserve: or call 985-2234.  Don’t delay this fun event has sold out quickly every year!



Event date and time: January 31, 2015 -- Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Venue: The Boat House at Confluence Park, 679 W Spring Street Tickets: $100 per person; $900 for a table of 10. Reservation includes: parking, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert and coffee. Out of town guests please contact Vanessa Fischer ( regarding discounted hotel rates and shuttle service to and from The Boat House.  We welcome back noted Ohio Sports personality, Doug Lessells as the 2015 Gala Master of Ceremonies. Reserve your tickets and/or your table NOW! Check the Saint Mary website for the link to purchase tickets, become a sponsor or donate an item.  You may also call the parish office for ticket information. 


The Gala committee is in need of gently used baskets for use in displaying items. If you have baskets you no longer need we can put them to good use.



Plan on joining your Saint Mary family for the first “Night of Catholic Video’s” at 8:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium (see Father’s column). Bring the New Year in at Holy Mass at 11:15 p.m.


Word day of peace….. is January 1.  The theme of Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace Message is “Slaves No More, But Brothers and Sisters.”  In his message Pope Francis urges us to recognize the “equal dignity” of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved and exploited. To work to end human trafficking, trade in migrants and prostitutes, slave labor, and the enslavement of women and children.  The Holy Father’s message and other supplementary materials are available at or contact the diocesan Office for Social Concerns at (614) 241-2540.


God of love, as I come to the end of this Advent season, my heart is ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I join with Mary in saying, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Nothing is impossible with you, O God.

-from Rediscover Advent


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