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Novena for Deacons: Day Four!
April 23rd, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the fourth day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

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Heavenly Father, you have called Zach and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

Did you miss one of the first three days? Click here.

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Novena for Deacons: Day Three!
April 22nd, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the third day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

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Heavenly Father, you have called Mark and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

Did you miss one of the first two days? Click here.

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Novena for Deacons: Day Two!
April 21st, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today is the second day of our novena for the men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

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Heavenly Father, you have called Alex and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

To view yesterday’s video featuring Ambrose Dobroszi, click here.

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Novena for Deacons: Day One!
April 20th, 2018 by Wayne
 

Today we begin a novena for our men who are preparing for their ordination to the Transitional Diaconate.

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Heavenly Father, you have called Ambrose and his classmates to be heralds of your Gospel and to minister to your people, becoming the servant of all. May you continue to draw them closer and closer to Your Son’s Most Sacred Heart so that, through this year of service to your Church and the working of your Holy Spirit, they may more clearly understand and accept their vocation to serve the Church as Your priests.

Please join us for the rest of the novena and keep praying with us as the Church prepares to celebrate with them on the day of their ordination and to support them throughout their ministry.

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Welcome Weekend is FULL!
April 6th, 2018 by Wayne
 

It is with great excitement that we must announce that we have NO MORE ROOM at the upcoming Welcome Weekend at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West! Every room has been booked for the weekend and so we cannot take any more registrations.

If you were hoping to attend and have not registered, please contact Fr. Schmitmeyer to set up a visit on another date. 

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Vacation Bible School for Catholic Parishes
March 8th, 2018 by Wayne
 

The Archdiocese is blessed to be able to present two fantastic opportunities for Catholic parishes looking for activities for the children of the parish to engage in their faith while having a great time this Summer! Many parishes across the Archdiocese currently utilize Vacation Bible School programs that have been professionally produced and distributed by other Christian denominations. Many times these programs are chosen because of the high quality of the product and because of the ease of implementation. However, now there are two new great opportunities that provide these same elements while also being authentically and engagingly Catholic.

The first program is called Totus Tuus. Totus Tuus is Latin for “Totally Yours” which was the motto of the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II as he gave himself entirely to Mary as her son shortly after the death of his earthly mother. This program is led by four young adult missionaries who are trained in bringing to life the mysteries of the rosary and the sacraments while also engaging the youth with fun activities and challenging them to become disciples of Jesus Christ. Another perk of this program is that it is for grade school, middle school, and high school youth! Last year I sent two of my children through this program and they are still talking about the awesome experience they had last year. They also have shared their enthusiasm with their younger siblings as well. I highly recommend this program to all parishes and the Office for Evangelization and Discipleship only has a few more slots left to fill for this summer. Contact them soon!

The second program, Discovery Mission, is one that more closely resembles the classic Vacation Bible School model. This is a program that can be purchased and run through the parish religious education office and includes all the materials you need to put on your own week long program. What is different about this program is that it is entirely focused on helping young people recognize that they have been given a special mission by God and that living in relationship with Christ we will discover that mission and have the grace to live it out. Check out the materials and order this program today!

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Big Month of Events Coming in March!
February 8th, 2018 by Wayne
 

If you have been considering your call to the consecrated life, the month of March is going to be a virtual smorgasbord of opportunities for you to take the next step in your discernment. If you haven’t considered your vocation in the past, or are not currently feeling called to the consecrated life, we have a few opportunities for you as well! 

March 8 from 8-9pmCHOSEN: Holy Hour for Your Own Vocation @ Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood, OH- The Children of Mary host a monthly holy hour for people who are discerning their vocation and to pray for an increase of consecrated vocations. Come pray with us!

March 11th from 5-9pmCast Your Nets: Love Greater@ Sacred Heart of Jesus in McCartyville, OH – This is a high school youth rally/evening of awesomeness that includes a keynote presentation by husband and wife, Bradley and Meghan Barnes, live music by Kevin Schulze, workshops that help you put your faith into action, food, confessions and Eucharistic adoration! Cost for the event is $10 which includes the cost of the event tshirt!

March 14th from 5-8pmRU Called? Dinner for Young Women@ St. Francis de Sales in Lebanon, OH – This evening dinner for young women discerning the consecrated life (in all its forms) will feature dinner and prayer with Bishop Joseph Binzer as well as the opportunity to speak with and learn from sisters from various communities who minister in and around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. There is no cost for this event. Register here!

March 15-17 PCJ Spring College Live-in Retreat in Columbus, OH – This weekend retreat at the Pontifical College Josephinum is for all high school juniors and seniors who are considering their call to the Catholic priesthood. There is no charge for this wonderful weekend opportunity. All who are interested are asked to contact Fr. Schmitmeyer and to fill out the forms available online.

March 17th from 6-8pmRun for the Call Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser @ St. Remy Hall in Russia, OH – This annual fundraiser organized and run by the Serra Club of Sidney/St. Mary’s will feature homemade sauce by Fr. Martin Fox, pastor of St. Remy, and proceeds all benefit our seminarians who find themselves in need of emergency financial assistance throughout the year.

March 18th from 3-5pmSr. Mary Xavier’s Story@ Russia High School in Russia, OH – This fun, family friendly event will feature local Anna native speaking about her experience of going from giving her all on the court at The Ohio State University to giving all of herself to God as a Sister of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George. You don’t want to miss Sr. Mary Xavier join in the friendly basketball competition, too!

March 27th at 7pmChrism Mass @ St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati, OH – It is at the Chrism Mass every year when the priests of the Archdiocese gather not only to receive the blessed oils for their parishes, but also to renew the promises they made upon their ordination and to receive encouragement from their shepherd, Archbishop Schnurr. We highly recommend attending this Holy Week Mass to be renewed in your own discernment journey and in the gift of the priesthood.

April 13-14Welcome Weekend@ Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati, OH – This weekend retreat is for college age men and older who are discerning their call to the priesthood. This is a great next step in your discernment journey as you start to see just what it would be like to live in the seminary while continuing your discernment. Register for the weekend here.

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