Beyond our parish doors, there is a wealth of events and opportunities with other Catholic organizations.

Revival’s in the Air

Encounter the Reality of Our Eucharistic Lord

The Revival is a grassroots movement of Catholics, each responding to the gift of the Eucharist in their own way. The mission of the National Eucharistic Revival is to renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This revival movement is in answer to a call by the Holy Spirit, and all the fruits belong to him. The revival is an unprecedented movement of Catholics across the United States—healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist—sent out on mission “for the life of the world.” The Eucharistic Revival is not a step-by-step plan or a series of meetings. Rather, the revival is a grassroots call and a challenge for every Catholic across the United States to rekindle the fire of love and devotion for the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus. Learn more, visit: eucharisticrevival.org

Ruah Woods Psychological Services is Welcoming New Patients

Ruah Woods Psychological Services (RWPS) is pleased to announce the addition of two Catholic mental health professionals to their team: Dr. Emily Dowdell, Psy.D. and Rod Dunlap, M.A., IMFT. With this additional staffing, RWPS is welcoming new patients who are seeking support for their mental health and desiring to grow in their vocation to love. More information can be found at RWpsych.org or by calling 513-407-8878. Please share this good news with your parishioners.

Deepen Your Understanding of the Mass

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr would like you to join him for a special study of The Mass video series from Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Ministries. Each Sunday from January 8 through February 12, Archbishop Schnurr will email you one episode of the series along with his own brief insights, which you can watch on your own time and at your own pace, to explore the wonder of the Mass. Each episode of the series is only about 25 minutes. This is a great way to join fellow Catholics across the archdiocese to deepen your understanding of the Mass and experience it in a whole new way. Visit catholicaoc.org/theMass to sign up for free.

Laudato Si’ Action Plan (LSAP) Intro Sessions

The Archdiocesan Care for Creation Task Force is eager to welcome people to learn about this powerful initiative from the Vatican to unite Catholics around the globe as we seek to love and care for all of God’s creation. Our archdiocese has joined the Laudato Si’ Action Plan (LSAP), and we’re looking to engage individuals and families, Families of Parishes, schools, and all others in this work. communications@catholicaoc.org

We’ve got four virtual introductory sessions coming up, and we’d love for you to join us (and bring a friend!) for an hour to learn about the LSAP and how you can get involved.

The virtual introductory sessions are as follows:

Registration is not required, but we would love to know if you plan to attend. Please RSVP with Tammie Mers (tmers@catholicaoc.org) in the Catholic Social Action Office. Please contact Liliana Sierra (lsierra@catholicaoc.org) with any questions. All are welcome!

Friends of Jesus

Saturday, January 28 | 1:00-3:00pm | All Saints Parish Center, Montgomery, OH

Friends of Jesus is a group for adults with developmental disabilities (18 years of age or older).  This group’s focus is primarily for support, prayer, and socializing. We come together in prayer, do some craft-making, and enjoy refreshments. At our January 28th gathering we will focus on “How do We Love Jesus”. New members are always welcome but need to RSVP first prior to attending so we can plan for food and craft supplies.  For questions or to RSVP, please contact Jane Callan at 513.793.3546. Pay attention to CDC announcements for any updates to advice on wearing masks in public gatherings. Anyone bringing snacks for the group to share is asked to wrap the snacks individually.

World Day For Consecrated Life

February 4-5, 2023

World Day For Consecrated Life will be celebrated by the Church on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 and in parishes over the weekend of February 4-5, 2023. Please pray for all those who have consecrated their life to God and thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.

Solemn Vespers

Sunday, February 5, 2023 | 7:00pm | Mt. St. Mary's Seminary and School of Theology, Chapel of St. Gregory, Cincinnati, OH

Join us on Sunday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great for Solemn Vespers with a concert of sacred music featuring Mount St. Mary’s Latin Schola. The event is free and open to the public.

Surviving Divorce: Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family

February 7 - April 25

Marriage is meant to last a lifetime. Most engaged couples approach their wedding day fully believing and intending this. Sadly, however, too many hearts and homes end up experiencing the pain of divorce. Surviving Divorce was created to bring hope and healing to those who have experienced the pain and loneliness of a broken marriage. The Petersburg Parishes are offering this 12-week video series on Tuesday evenings, February 7 through April 25, 2023 (6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) in the Adult Room of the St. Joseph Parish Life Center (attached to the church located at 103 W Pearl St., Wapakoneta). Call 419.738.2115 to register. A $25 fee will cover the cost of the program. If this would create a financial hardship, please mention that when registering.

Welcome Weekend Vocation Event

February 17-18, 2023 | Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology, Cincinnati, OH

The weekend gives single men aged 18-35 an opportunity to experience seminary life for a weekend. The weekend begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, and concludes on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Register at www.catholicaoc.org/vocations.

Discovering the Essential Role of the Lay Person in God’s Plan

February 17 - 18 | St. Phillip the Apostle | Morrow, OH

Every layperson has an important mission from God! We need good Catholic millionaires, good Catholic politicians, good Catholics in social media, good Catholics in every neighborhood to make a heavenly impact on the world! The lay faithful have an essential role, and through your role, in your particular sphere of influence, Christ is made present in this world as a sign of hope and love. Based upon the teachings of Pope Saint John Paul II Discovering the Essential Role of the Lay Person in God’s Plan is a retreat to help you discover the extreme importance of your lay vocation during this powerful retreat!

Schedule

Friday evening, Feb. 17, from 7 – 9 p.m.

  • Mass @ 7 pm – Fr Craig Best,
  • Pastor of St Philip/St Francis de Sales,
  • then introductory remarks
  • and 1st reflection* – Marybeth Kenny

Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Mass @ 9 am - Fr David Endres, Academic Dean
  • and Professor of Church History,
  • Mount St. Mary’s Seminary/Athenaeum
  • 9:45 am - 2nd reflection* - Fr David Endres
  • 10:45 am - 3rd reflection* - Patty Moores
  • 11:45 am - complimentary lunch served
  • 1 pm - 4th reflection* - Jeff Kenny
  • 2 pm - 5th reflection* - Jeanie Stephens
  • 3 pm - Closing Prayer
  • Interactive format!
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*All retreat reflections are approximately 20 to 25 minutes in length followed by small group discussions

Location: St Philip the Apostle Church | 944 US-22, Morrow, OH 45152

Cost: A Free-will offering, so everyone can afford to come!

Lunch will be provided to all who preregister!

Discernment 101 Retreat

February 24-26 | St. Joseph Heights, Park Hills, KY

If you are just beginning to discern the possibility of Consecrated Life, this retreat is for you. It is for single men and women ages 18-45 and takes place February 24-26 at St. Joseph Heights, Park Hills, KY. It is hosted by the Vocations Ministers of Greater Cincinnati. The retreat will include input, time for prayer and reflection, conversations with a variety of consecrated men and women, and social time to grow together as Christians. For more information, contact Fr. Steve Dos Santos, CPPS at vocation@cpps-preciousblood.org or 937.701.0435 or https://forms.gle/bugX9Kb8kA6kt1JV9.

Lenten Healing Prayer Service

Saturday, February 25 | 7:00 - 9:00pm | St. Susanna, Mason, OH

Join us in the Church for praise and worship, the Sacrament of Confession, group healing prayer, and time with individual Prayer Teams for healing. Contact the St. Susanna Parish Office, or email calpins@stsusanna.org, for more details.

Couples’ Night

Sunday, February 26, 2023 | 5:30pm | Maria Stein Shrine, Upper Room, Maria Stein, OH

The Maria Stein Shrine is hosting a special event for couples wanting to strengthen their faith and marriage. Couples Night will be held on Sunday, February 26th, 2023.   The evening will begin at 5:30pm with dinner in the Shrine’s Upper Room. After dinner, Wayne Topp, Managing Director for Young Adult and College Campus Evangelization Center for the New Evangelization, will explore the great vision Jesus has given for marriage. The cost for the evening is $50 per couple and an RSVP will be required. Space is limited.

Register online at mariasteinshrine.org by February 16th, 2023.

Marriage Encounter Weekend

March 3-5, 2023 | Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Cincinnati, OH

Give the gift of yourself, better communication, more romance, and a weekend to be alone with your spouse. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience can be that gift and help your relationship and communication in 2022. The next Marriage Encounter Weekend experience is March 3-5, 2023 at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Cincinnati, OH.

Apply Today 

For more questions or more details contact:
Andy and Melanie Reinersman at 859.653.8464, application@esharing.org or visit  esharing.org

Marriage Encounter Weekend

March 3-5 | Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Cincinnati, OH

Looking for the perfect Valentine's gift for your spouse? Looking to spend a weekend alone with them? Give the gift of yourself, better communication, more romance and a weekend together with a WorldWide Marriage Encounter Experience. The next Marriage Encounter Weekend experience is March 3-5, 2023 at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Cincinnati, OH.  Not available then, check our website for other upcoming weekends. Apply today at https://esharing.org/applyWeekend.php For more questions or more details contact: Andy and Melanie Reinersman at 859.653.8464, application@esharing.org or visit esharing.org

Care for Creation Conference

Saturday, March 4

To kick off the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the Care for Creation Task Force will be hosting a full day conference on Saturday, March 4, at Curran Place on the University of Dayton campus. Experts will speak about the spiritual, moral, and scientific foundations of the work, and people will be empowered to meet with others in their same sector (e.g. parishes, high schools, families, businesses) to form working groups to share ideas and support each other throughout the initiative. Additional information will be out soon! Questions? Contact Liliana Sierra, Laudato Si’ intern, Catholic Social Action at lsierra@catholicaoc.org.

First Communion Open House at the Pilgrim Gift Shop

March 9 - 12 | Maria Stein Shrine, Pilgrim Gift Shop, Maria Stein, OH

Mark your calendars, March 9th – 12th, the Pilgrim Gift Shop at the Maria Stein Shrine will host its annual First Communion Open House. Enjoy 20% off storewide, this is the perfect time to shop for First Communion Gifts!

Foundations of Faith in the Modern Classroom

March 18, 2023 | 8:30 am - 1 pm | Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology, Cincinnati, OH

This seminar will serve to form Catholic school teachers with a revived vision of the classroom as the grounds for evangelization. Teachers will hear from experts on the spirituality of teaching, combatting a culture of disassociation, and how to integrate a Theology of the Body into the classroom, among other topics. They will have time for reflection and discussion with fellow teachers about practical methods to cultivate Faith within everyday lessons and envision creative strategies for faith-filled schools. Cost: $30 (includes breakfast and lunch) Check in and Material Pick Up: Following Mass

Questions? Contact Allegra Thatcher | athatcher@athenaeum.edu | 513.213.6116

Register

National Men's Conference

Saturday, March 25, 2023 | Xavier University, Cintas Center, Cincinnati, OH

The National Men’s Conference (formerly known as the Cincinnati Men’s Conference) will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. Join us as we hear from inspiring presenters, including keynote speaker Jonathan Roumie of The Chosen, grow in fellowship, and build our relationship with Jesus Christ centered on the Eucharist. Mass will be concelebrated by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr and Bishop Earl K. Fernandes. Go to nationalmensconference.com for more info and to buy your tickets now!

Leading a Liturgical and Vocational Household

June 3, 2023 | 8:30 am - 1 pm | Mount St. Mary’s Seminary & School of Theology, Cincinnati, OH

This seminar will serve to form Catholic families with practical leadership tools to raise vocationally aware and faithful children. Parents will hear from experts on how to organize a family prayer routine, how to lead your spouse continually to Christ, and how to witness to your immediate family on a daily basis. There will be time for discussion of implementing practices into life with fellow parents who are also seeking further personal and spiritual formation to raise godly families.
Cost: $30 (includes breakfast and lunch) Check in and Material Pick Up: Following Mass

Questions? Contact Allegra Thatcher | athatcher@athenaeum.edu | 513.213.6116

Register

Parishioner Sign Up for The Beacons Pathway Platform

Access to the Beacons of Light Pastoral Planning Pathway digital platform is now available to anyone, not just parish leaders. Create a free user account at http://pathway.catholicaoc.org to stay informed about the planning process, to better understand the work being done in your Family of Parishes, and learn how you can contribute!

Genesis: A Pre-Cana Retreat

The Center for the New Evangelization’s Marriage & Family team hosts Genesis: A Pre-Cana Retreat in English and Spanish throughout the archdiocese. The retreat typically lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers engaging presentations on the sacrament of marriage by teams of married couples, focusing on what it means to say “yes” to each of the questions of consent. The retreat also offers a unique opportunity for couples to pray together in adoration, go to Confession, spend time alone in conversation, and form friendships with other engaged couples. Visit our marriage preparation website for more information and dates of upcoming Genesis retreats at https://www.centerforthenewevangelization.org/marriage-family/marriage-p....

Project Rachel Ministry

Since 1994, Project Rachel has ministered to women who have lost a child through abortion. We now know that this experience can cause guilt and shame after making the difficult decision to have an abortion. Women and men often suffer in silence and need the opportunity to honor the child and to heal while grieving and mourning their loss. Project Rachel offers several components for hope and healing. For more information, call/text the Project Rachel Helpline at: 513.784.0531, or email us at: hopeandhealingcinci@gmail.com, or visit our website at: https://projectrachelohio.org/.

Ministry to Survivors of Abuse (reporting)

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati regards child abuse in all its forms as gravely sinful and criminal. Anyone who knows of or suspects child abuse by a legitimate member of the clergy or hierarchy, employee, or volunteer of the archdiocese should first report the abuse to the appropriate secular legal authority and then to Ms. Teresa Maley, Coordinator of Ministry to Survivors of Abuse of the Archdiocese, at 513.263.6623 or 1.800.686.2724 ext. 6623.

Retreat Opportunities

The Jesuit Spiritual Center’s Ministry Team is committed to offering transformational Catholic retreat experiences in the Jesuit tradition.

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Make a retreat and take time to enjoy the trails, rock formations, and wooded hillsides at Presentation Ministries, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Discipleship Center in Peebles, OH. The Discipleship Center is a place for formation, Bible College Classes, and Retreats.

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Saint Meinrad offers a variety of monk-led retreats during the year - on these and other topics at our Guest House and Retreat Center in southern Indiana.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Bring hope to those in need by volunteering with our Caregiver Assistance Network. Enrich your life as well as the lives of others by offering much-needed support to family caregivers through a support group and self-care class facilitation. Short and long-term group facilitation opportunities are available and volunteers receive free training and support. Join us in our mission to serve, enlighten and empower. For more information, please contact Angie Homoelle at 513.672.3834. Please visit  the Catholic Charities of South West Ohio's website to see our event calendar, or to refer yourself or someone you know for caregiver support. The Caregiver Assistance Network is a program of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio funded through the Council on Aging.

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Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio has been very busy resettling refugees over the past few months. We have many needs as we serve them:

Affordable Housing for Refugees
Affordable housing for refugees resettling in the Greater Cincinnati area. For more information, contact Annie Scheid at 513.672.3784 .

Serve as Mentors to Youth
Volunteers to serve as mentors to refugee youth ages 15-24. We need mentors for high school students age 15-22 and for post-high school students age 18-24. Work with refugee youth to promote social and civic engagement and support academic and vocational advancement. This is an opportunity to help those in need and to be enriched by learning from others. Volunteers must be 18 or older and commit 2 hours a week. No foreign language skills are required. Contact Nicole Secker at 513.687.0384 for more information or click the volunteer button below.

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Serve as Movers, Transporters, and Vehicle Providers
Volunteers or groups to serve as movers, transporters, and vehicle providers (including large cargo vans and trucks, motor vehicle check required for drivers.) to pick up donations such as furniture around the community that will be used for local refugee housing and transport them per assignment throughout Greater Cincinnati. Contact Cathy Boston, 513.672.3836.

Hunger exists in our communities. Nutritious, affordable food is not readily available to every person in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio travels to where hunger is located to serve local families. If you are interested in reducing hunger and food insecurity, volunteering at a mobile pantry, or learning more about hunger in our area, please contact April Hoak, Food for All Coordinator at 513.672.3720.

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Join Last Mile Food Rescue as a Food Rescue Hero! With just an hour of time, a smartphone, and a car, you can help fight food waste and deliver good food to organizations serving the food insecure in our community. Looking to give back as a parish? Contact olivia@lastmilefood.org to find out about group volunteer opportunities.

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Mater Filius Queen City is an Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and supports women in crisis pregnancies who choose life. Mater Filius provides food, housing, medical support, parent training, education, and employment assistance. Open to all demographics. To volunteer please call 513.351.3368

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The Serenelli Project is a 501(c)3 Catholic monastery village, focused on ministering to the formerly incarcerated. This is not a Catholic halfway house. The difference? No one has to leave this community. The Serenelli Project welcomes anyone who wants to make atonement for sin and find or give forgiveness in a communal life of prayer, work, service, and recovery. The Serenelli Project has purchased its first hermitage in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and is actively seeking volunteers to help in a variety of ways. For more information visit: serenelliproject.org.

The archdiocesan Office of Prison Ministry is looking for men and women to teach three new courses at the Lebanon Correctional Institution. The courses are eight weeks in duration, one evening each week: fall of 2023, Why be Poor in Spirit?; winter 2023, Back to the Garden; and spring 2024, Seeking God’s Will. Volunteers will be trained and all curriculum and materials will be provided. Please call 513.240.3466 or email info@serenelliproject.org to learn more.

Bible Study group making sandwiches for soup kitchen.

Morning Bible Study making sandwiches for local soup kitchen.