SATURDAY, December 26

          3:30 p.m.             Confession

         4:00 p.m.            David Engle      


 SUNDAY, December 27

        8:30 a.m.             Confession

     9:00 a.m.   for an increase in Good & Holy Vocations to Consecrated Life

                             NO Coffee & doughnuts

        11:00 a.m.              Confession

      11:30 a.m.             Parishioners of Saint Mary   


MONDAY, December 28 – The Holy Innocents

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


TUESDAY, December 29

        8:15 a.m.          No Mass

        5:30 p.m.            Patty Cox   

       6:30 p.m.              Choir practice – Christmas rehearsal


WEDNESDAY, December 30

        5:30 p.m.             Celebrant Intention     Latin Mass

         6:30 p.m.              NO 9:00 a.m. Choir rehearsal

        7:00 p.m.            NO RCIA


THURSDAY, December 31 – New Year’s Eve

       5:30 p.m.        Willy Houk        


FRIDAY, January 1 – The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

        9:00 a.m.        Mary Ann Eberly    


SATURDAY, January 2 – First Saturday

         9:00 a.m.       Paul Anthony Jadwisiak

          3:30 p.m.             Confession

         4:00 p.m.            Elsie Hagan      


 SUNDAY, January 3

        8:30 a.m.             Confession

     9:00 a.m.          Pat Rose Luthman     

                             Coffee & doughnuts

        11:00 a.m.              Confession

      11:30 a.m.             for the People





Due to printing deadlines for the bulletin, offertory

amounts are not available this weekend.


Refresh them Lord, with your healing grace.

Please remember in your prayers:

Hospital, Nursing/Assisted Living facility:    

Dick Zollner, Toni Neal, Willbert Neal, Ruth Neal


At home: Charles Walker, Dora Malyk, Sharon Kirby, Francis Bobo, Joanne Elgin, Philip Conci, Mary Sailor, Heidi Wooley, Pat Dineen, Donna Whitaker, Michael Richard, Marina Wilson, Ed Season,

Jon Erickson, Bobby Rietenback, Barbara Sullivan, Deacon Jerry Butts,

Patricia Sauer


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



December 27: Custer family, son, Jacob

                                     Jorg family, daughter, Harper


RCIA…will not meet over the Christmas and New Year holiday weeks. Regular classes will resume on Wednesday, January 6, 2016


9:00 a.m. CHOIR MUSIC

PRELUDE: – Lorenz: The Heavenly Host

COMMUNION MOTET: – Courtney: Where Shepherds Lately Knelt



The food pantry items for this month continue to be toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant) in which there is a great need. Please drop your donation into the container marked SSCM in the Vestibule.



We need some additional volunteers for serving coffee and donuts after the 9:00 Mass. It only requires about two hours of your time (including set-up, serving and clean-up) one weekend about four times a year.  Please email Marge Smigelski at, call 614-871-8142 or see me at coffee and donuts. 


PRO-LIFE PILGRIMAGE TO OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE….Greater Columbus Right to Life invites you to join a pro-life pilgrimage to Mexico set for February 13-20, 2016.  The trip, under the spiritual direction of Father Nicholas Droll, will include daily prayer at a local abortion clinic in coordination with a sister organization, two visits to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and trips to the major theological, cultural, and artistic sites in central Mexico.  Learn more at



LITURGICAL/VOLUNTEER SCHEDULES for January 3, 2016 (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                                                   open           

9:00 A.M.                          Stuart Landry, open                                   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                                    open, Linann Duren

                                      Sean Price                                            Vince Relli                                             Jaci Elston, David Bortz                          David Larsen


ό                    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 3 – Mike and Mary Gerlach                              Pray for our men and women in uniform


Collection counters for the 1st Sunday of the month: Frances Melton and Beverly Walker


Notes from the Pastor


I am writing this on December 16th, so there's no news to report.  I may just make some up.  Here goes:


     -  The Christmas collection was so large, we will build a new addition to the school.

     -  Father Droll was made a Monsignor when Pope Francis received the annual parish report and saw the veritable flood of miracles he has accomplished.

     -  Max & Erma's gave me a permanent booth and said "The Wednesday Free Cookie Special" applies to Father Lutz every day.

     -  Gresso's opened up a branch in the actual rectory and has 24-hour pierogi service for the pastor.

     -  The parish swimming pool will be built under the new addition to the school.

     -  The new underground parking garage will allow grass on the current parking lot for the children.

     -  The three newly ordained priests(another miracle!) have all asked to be assigned to St. Mary's and it has been granted.  

     -  St Mary's has been elevated to the title "St. Mary, Mother of God, Major Basilica of the West."  


Well, I hope that the blessings that do come to us will make us more grateful, more prayerful and more generous!


Happy New Year!


The Lord be with you!


Father Kevin Lutz



From the Cat at 684 South Third Street:


This is my final column for the year!   Soon my next book will be out, The Cat at 684 South Third:   As last year, the profits go to St. Mary's School. I'll let you know when they are printed.    


In my last column I asked a trivia question about the name of the donkey in the old "Our Gang" comedies.  I even gave a clue that the answer had more to do with math than biology.  The donkey's name was "Algebra."  The teacher would say, "Get that beast out of here!"  Then Buckwheat would lead it out while saying "Come on, Algebra.  There's no place in school for Algebra."




P.S.  I feel old!! And Cold!!   Happy New Year!!



News Worthy Notes


     PROBABLE PITCHERS – December 31, 2015

New Year’s Eve:

              5:30 p.m. @ Saint Mary – Father Droll

             6:30 p.m. @ Corpus Christi – Father Don Hope


New Year’s Day:  

             9:00 a.m. @ Saint Mary – Father Don Hope

             10:00 a.m. @ Saint Ladislas – Father Droll


January 2-3, 2016: Celebrant to be determined          




Week 11- I can move my arms and legs, all by myself! My fingernails and toenails are starting to grow! Each of my tiny organs are working – heart, stomach, liver, kidney, brain - all systems intact! I can even make facial expressions. Smile. I can too!



The Catholic Men’s Conference is looking for a few good men to sing in the Men’s Conference Choir at the annual Catholic Men’s Conference on February 27, 2016 at the Voinovich Building on the Ohio State Fair Grounds.  We will hold one or two rehearsals prior to the event at a date, time, and location to be determined.  Please consider attending the Men’s Conference and singing with us at this exciting event! Contact Christopher Walsh at or at 614-464-2392 to sign up or for more information.



A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will show you how to renew your marriage as a sacrament, a sign of the Lord's presence in the world. The next two weekends are in the new year on February 19-21 and April 22-24, both in central Ohio. For more information or to register, contact Paul & Marilou Clouse at 614-834-6880 or visit our website at


NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2016 CATHOLIC MAN OF THE YEAR. The Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club is accepting nominations for the Diocese of Columbus 2016 Catholic Man of the Year. This annual award recognizes one lay man who, through his daily actions, words, and prayers, exemplifies the “good and faithful servant.”  Bishop Frederick Campbell will present the award on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Catholic Men’s Luncheon. Nominations will be accepted through December 28th. For details and nomination instructions, go to Completed nominations and supporting letters should be emailed to Submit a nomination and let everyone know that your husband, father, son, uncle, brother or friend is the Catholic Man of the Year!



In June of 2015 Bishop Campbell re-consecrated the Diocese to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We will host the painting that was commissioned by a local Catholic artist to commemorate this event beginning January 4th thru January 17th.



The Parish office will be closed beginning at noon on Wednesday, December 30th, all day on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Regular hours will resume on January 4th. We wish you, health, happiness and joy in the coming new year.


THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE is January 1.  Pope Francis will issue his annual message in mid-December.  The theme for 2016 is “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace.”  For more information, visit or call               614-241-2540.


COLUMBUS THEOLOGY ON TAP will be Thursday, January 14th, 7:00-9:00 p.m.  We will have a Human Trafficking Panel: Tabitha Woodruff – CORRC, Sam Master - Star House, Angela LaRiviere - YEP & COHHIO and Lynn Stevens - We Are Cherished.  Join us at El Vaquero, 3230 Olentangy River Rd.  If you plan to order a meal, please note our new evening schedule: Out of respect for our speakers and in order to decrease meal service interruptions, we are asking that if you plan to order a meal, please try to arrive no later than 7:15 p.m.  The first 45 minutes will be allotted for meals and socializing. Our panel speakers will start around 7:50 p.m. (614) 228-2457


Whenever we fall into discouragement, let us stir up our faith and entrust ourselves to the arms of the heavenly Father, who is always ready to receive whoever sincerely comes to him.

-from Padre Pio’s Spiritual Direction for Every Day



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