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Saint Mary

of the Woods

Catholic Church

Updated 5/27: Wednesday, May 27th is our first day back to public Mass at Saint Mary of the Woods! 
We will be resuming our normal schedule of celebrating the Eucharist which can be found below:

Wednesdays at 8:00 AM
Fridays at 8:00 AM 
Saturday Vigil at 6:00 PM
Sundays at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM (through Labor Day)

Listen to Father Landenwitch's Parish updates from One Call Now for May 14th.




Begun in 1927, St. Mary of the Woods promotes the ideals of Christian community through the recognition that each person is given the manifestation of the Spirit of the common good. 

We believe in fostering spiritual growth through scripture, the  sacraments and through the use of each person's gifts in our family.


Coronavirus Update:

Public worship may begin in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on Monday, May 25th. 

See Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church COVID-19 Response Information.



Rev. Shawn Landenwitch will Live-Stream the 10:00 AM Sunday Masses on Facebook.

As the sanctuary at Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church is currently undergoing some work, all Sunday Masses will be live-streamed from St. Patrick Church for the time being.

Visit Saint Patrick Facebook Page



In the Divine Mercy revelations to St. Faustina, Our Lord made powerful promises about praying at 3:00 o'clock, the Hour of Mercy. He also promised great graces when we pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. In this time when we very much need to rest near Our Lord's Sacred Heart, we invite you to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with this recording, where Father leads. If you are able to pray at 3:00 each day, please do so; however, the Chaplet is powerful at whatever time we are able to pray.

"When I see that the burden is beyond my strength, I do not consider or analyze it or probe into it, but I run like a child to the Heart of Jesus, and say only one thing to Him: 'You can do all things.' And then I keep silent, because I know that Jesus Himself will intervene in the matter, and as for me, instead of tormenting myself, I use that time to love Him."--St. Faustina

Jesus, I trust in You.

Listen to The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.


mass Schedule


Daily Mass Online:

Archdiocese of Cincinnati

St Peter in Chains Cathedral

Sundays: 9:30 AM (Spanish) & 11:00 AM (English)
Misa en Español es transmitida a las 9:30am
Weekdays: (Monday - Saturday) 8:00 AM

St Peter in Chains Cathedral - Live Stream


EWTN - Eternal Word Television Network

EWTN Daily Reading

EWTN Listen Live

8am Daily Mass

EWTN Watch Live

An Act of Spiritual Communion


Saturday @ 6:00 PM

Sunday @ 8:00 AM

Sunday @ 10:00 AM - during Summer

(Memorial Day through Labor Day)


Wednesday & Friday @ 8:00 AM

2nd & 4th Thursday @ 6:15 PM

followed by Confessions and Adoration

from 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM

Friday & Saturday,
June 19-20, 2020
29th Annual Parish Festival
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From the Desk of Father Shawn

Rachel Mourning
Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Grace
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COVID-19 Response Information:


May 14th, 2020:

Father Landenwitch's Parish updates from One Call Now for May 14th.

Greetings Parishioners,

Here is some good news for our Parish. Public masses can officially resume on Monday May 25th. We will be celebrating a special Memorial Day mass at Saint Patrick at 9 a.m. on the 25th. We will be implementing some social distancing protocol in order to protect everybody's health. Once masses resume, the Sunday mass obligation is still lifted. Those who have pre-existing conditions or who are at higher risk regarding the coronavirus are strongly encouraged to attend a weekday Mass rather than a weekend Mass where there will be more people. Every other pew in church will be marked to remain empty in order to space out the congregation. Saint Patrick will be adding a weekend Mass on May 30th at 8 p.m. that's a Saturday. That mass will include baptisms and confirmations for those in RCIA entering the Church. And there will be an additional Mass on Sunday June 7th at 12 noon for first communions. Saint Mary of the Woods will also be adding there additional 10 a.m. Sunday mass throughout the summer. We're hoping with the additional mass time it will space out our congregations. The 10 a.m. Mass usually has the largest crowd at St Patrick. So we encourage some of those people who attend that Mass to shift to another mass time in order to balance the numbers. We will have hand sanitizer available in church and will be propping doors open whenever necessary in order to protect people's health. We do not plan on this time to do an online sign ups for Mass, but we will be seeing how the first two weekends go and revising our strategy as necessary. We look forward to seeing everyone once the public Masses resume on Monday May 25th.

Hope that you're all doing well, staying safe, and God bless.

Father Shawn Landenwitch

Listen to Father Landenwitch's Parish updates from One Call Now for May 14th.


April 29th, 2020:

Dear Parishioners,

As many of you might have heard already, the bishops of Ohio have decided to extend the suspension of public Masses through May 29th. They are hopeful that public Masses will resume the weekend of Pentecost on May 30/31. The bishops continue to be concerned for the safety of their people in trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

This suspension of public Masses is a trial for all of us. I know people are experiencing a variety of emotions, and I understand why some are angry or frustrated. It is difficult for me as a priest to not be able to offer the Mass publicly for our people, and I know many of our parishioners have not received the Eucharist for over a month. However, I am hopeful that we are through the worst of this situation and that May 30th will come quickly.

I continue to pray for all of you each day, and I am continuing to celebrate Mass daily for you and for your intentions. We will continue to livestream Masses on Sundays until public Masses resume. I am still offering confessions as scheduled, along with other sacraments (including the anointing of the sick, baptisms and the Eucharist) for those who request them.

Thank you to all of you who have generously continued to support the parish and St. Vincent de Paul during this shut-down. As you know, our expenses at the parish continue, and I want to be prepared to help parishioners and members of the community in need. Both parishes now have online giving, or you can mail or drop off donations at the parish office.

If anyone is in need of anything (whether it's food, medicine, or just someone to talk to), please let us know. Even though we can't come together at public Masses right now, our community is still strong. I am encouraged by the way people are watching out for each other. Please keep me, our Archbishop, and your fellow parishioners in your prayers!

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Shawn Landenwitch

Read Father Landenwitch's Coronavirus Response Letter for April 29th.

Read Catholic Bishops of Ohio Letter for April 28th.


April 2nd, 2020:

Archbishop Schnurr's letter from April 2.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Today (April 2, 2020) Governor Mike DeWine extended the executive “Stay at Home Order” to continue to curb the spread of the Coronavirus in the State of Ohio. Out of deep concern for the common good, as well as the physical and spiritual well-being of all the people of Ohio, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio have agreed once again to cooperate with the governor’s direction.

To that end, the Catholic Bishops of Ohio extend the temporary suspension of all publicly celebrated Masses/liturgies at least through and including Sunday May 3rd. The Bishops of Ohio dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in their respective dioceses and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass during this time period.

This decision has not been taken lightly and, as your bishops, together with you, we recognize the sacrifice we are called to make by being physically distanced from the Holy Eucharist and from one another.

Trusting in the graces flowing from the celebration of the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord, we remain mindful of the hope that does not disappoint. As your bishops, we continue to encourage you to keep holy the Lord’s Day by participating in Sunday Mass by way of televised, live-streamed, or radio broadcast options and making a spiritual communion. Keeping in mind the gift of plenary indulgences offered to us by the Church, we encourage all the faithful to turn to the Church’s treasury of prayer, praying as a family or individually the rosary, divine mercy chaplet, the Liturgy of the Hours and Stations of the Cross, etc.

Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from the Coronavirus, for all health care workers and first responders, and for an easing of the anxiety and tension caused by this pandemic. Relying on the Motherly care of Our Lady, Health of the Sick, we unite our sufferings to those of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and we trust in the glorious hope of His resurrection.

You are in my prayers daily. Please pray for me.

Your father in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

COVID-19 Response information and Mass restrictions can be found here.

View Archbishop Schnurr's letter.

Visit Archdiocese of Cincinnati.


March 17th, 2020: 

Greetings Parishioners,

This Lent will certainly be a Lent to remember. I know the cancellation of Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has caused many emotions: many are surprised, others are fearful about what will happen, and still others are upset as our usual routines are thrown into chaos. Other people have lost their jobs or had their occupations affected negatively by the government's reaction to the virus.

I encourage everyone to remember that God is greater than any virus or chaos caused in our nation! He is unchanging, and abundant grace is available at this very moment. Perhaps this is a chance for us to embrace a renewed appreciation for the sacraments. We can often take things for granted until we go without them. Perhaps this is a time for a renewed intensity in our life of prayer. Often we trust too much in the world around us and not in God.

For those who are spending extra time confined to their homes, I encourage you to use that time to enhance your life of prayer. Make this Lent into more of a retreat, with time to listen to the voice of God and place our trust in Him. Check out the Divine Mercy talks on the parish website. Please heed Our Lady's request to pray the rosary daily! We need Mary's intercession now more than ever!

Confessions will still be available on Thursday evenings (1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursdays at St. Patrick, 2nd and 4th Thursdays at St. Mary of the Woods). If any of the homebound desire to receive the Eucharist, contact the parish office.

There will be Masses livestreamed on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati website and Masses that can be viewed on EWTN. I will be posting a homily on our parish website each weekend. I encourage households to gather at the time they would ordinarily go to weekend Masses and read the Mass readings (available on the USCCB website), make an act of spiritual communion, and unite their hearts to the Mass I will be offering privately at that time. I included an act of spiritual communion below.

I encourage people to limit your exposure to the media; don't spend all day listening to reports about the coronavirus. A lot of the reports are not balanced and are scaring people needlessly. It may help to keep things in perspective. 50,000 people died this year in the U.S. as a result of the flu; less than a hundred have died in the U.S. (as of the time I write this) of the coronavirus. We have survived viruses before, and we will make it through this one.

Thank you to everyone who has been praying for me, and know that I am praying for you as well. I am offering Mass each day for you and your intentions. I will be saying all the Masses privately that were previously scheduled, so all Mass intentions will be honored. For those who are able, I encourage you to continue to support the parish financially. We will be losing several Sunday collections, and I anticipate that there might be a lot more people in need of financial help soon if there is not a quick turn-around in the economy.

With Prayers,
Father Shawn Landenwitch

Read Father Landenwitch's Coronavirus Response Letter.

View Archbishop Schnurr's letter.

COVID-19 Response information can be found here.

The archdiocesan website will be live-streaming a daily Mass and weekend Mass from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. Daily Mass will be available online at 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday Mass will be live-streamed at 11 a.m.
Visit Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

All live-streaming Masses will also be available on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/CatholicCincinnati/.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


March 17th, 2020: One Call Now 

Greetings Parishioners, 

This is an important message for our parish. As some of you may have heard already, the Bishops of Ohio have decided to suspend the public celebration of all Masses from now until the Holy Week and Easter, in order to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus. So then all public Masses will be canceled, That does include our Mass this evening for the Feast Day of Saint Patrick. While this is sad news, at the same time you know God is in control of the situation, and in the end, he is much greater than any of the trials we are facing now. I am going to post a letter both on Facebook on our website. So I encourage you to read that letter, which includes some other reactions and feedback regarding the situation. I will still be celebrating Mass each and every day for our people and for our scheduled Mass intentions. And our churches will be open during regular office hours, for people to come in and pray individually. There will be no Penance Service this Thursday evening. But I will be available for individual confessions, if people wish to come. That'll be beginning around 6:45 p.m. till about 8 p.m. this Thursday 3/19. Also I encourage you to check our website. I'll be posting homilies online each weekend. And if families want to get together, I encourage you get together at the usual Mass time, whether you go at 4, 6, 8, or 10. And get together and read the readings for mass for that day, and you can do an Act of Spiritual Communion and unite yourself to the Mass, that I will be celebrating at that time. Be assured of my prayers during this time. And feel free to contact the Parish office, if you have any concerns or questions.

Take care and God Bless,
Father Shawn Landenwitch

Listen to Father Shawn Landenwitch's important updates from One Call Now on March 17, 2020.


March 13th, 2020: 

Greetings Parishioners, 

Here are some important updates regarding the coronavirus. All masses will continue as scheduled. So people are free to come to masses. Sunday mass obligation has been lifted by the Archbishop through March 29th. So for the next three weekends the obligation to attend Mass has been lifted. A reminder for those who are sick, please stay home out of charity for others to prevent the spread of illness. I will still have the Divine Mercy talk this Sunday 3/15 at 4 p.m. at the Winner Barn, but the audio is going to be posted on the parish website online to anyone with coronavirus concerns for any underlying health issues can access the talk online rather than in person. Parish Faith Formation (PFF) class cancelled for duration of the public school closures. The Lenten Penance service will be this Thursday 3/19 after the 6:15 p.m. mass (at St. Pats). And on Tuesday 3/17 evening at 6 p.m. we will be having a mass for the celebration of the Feast of St. Patrick (at St. Pats). Thank you and we encourage everyone to remain calm, but also to offer your prayers for those who are sick.

God Bless,
Father Shawn Landenwitch

Listen to Saint Patrick Church updates from One Call Now.

Listen to Parish Faith Formation (PFF) class cancellation update from One Call Now.

K of C Fish Fry has been cancelled for Lent 2020.


March 12th, 2020: From Archbishop Schnurr; I would like to share with you the following letter from the Catholic Bishops of Ohio:

Dear Friends in Christ,

Thursday afternoon Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order regarding the avoidance of large mass gatherings to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio.

Even though religious gatherings are expressly excluded in the order, the Catholic bishops of Ohio, out of concern for the common good and the physical as well as spiritual well-being of all of the people of Ohio, have agreed to cooperate with the governor’s direction to create “social distance”.

To that end, we dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in Ohio and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29.

Out of charity and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we encourage all the faithful, in particular those who are sick, experiencing symptoms of illness, or are at risk of illness seriously to consider refraining from Mass attendance.


As much as possible, we would like to see parish Mass schedules remain unchanged to allow the faithful to offer worship to almighty God and receive the great grace of the sacraments during this trying time; however, we recognize that this may not be possible because many of our senior priests may themselves be at risk. We ask for understanding and flexibility in this regard.

Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, and for an easing of the tension caused by this situation. May Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick and Mother of Mercy, intercede for us, and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect us all.




Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr


Catholic Conference of Ohio

Archbishop of Cincinnati


COVID-19 Response information and Mass restrictions can be found here.

View Archbishop Schnurr's letter.

Visit Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

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