Don't miss our coming events:
Parish Fundraising, Dinner, and Raffle

Saturday, April 25th 2020



The 29th Annual Festival Steering Committee is pleased to announce the addition of a major commercial fireworks show as the grand finale on Saturday night of Father's Day Weekend, June 20, 2020. Fireworks will be viewable from the festival grounds, the village of Russells Point, and a significant Southeastern portion of Indian Lake State Park. If successful, the greater Indian Lake Community, would be the only state (Ohio) park resort area to host two major annual commercial fireworks displays.
Several area and regional businesses have begun making contributions to the fireworks; however, we need the help of our greater Catholic community to accomplish this positive and lofty goal for our broader community. Simply put, we can not accomplish this goal without the support of parishioner like yourself.


The following fundraisers have been created to support FATHER'S PATRIOTIC FIREWORKS. 

• Fireworks Sponsorship Packets currently being distributed to local/regional businesses, and to prospective individuals. 

• Dayton Dragons Game Suite Raffle (tickets); game is on May 9 at 7:00 p.m., drawing is April 25 at parish Hall Fundraiser. 

• Texas Roadhouse Food fundraisers; to include bread (frozen roll dough), peanut & free appetizer cards, and gift cards. 

• April 25 fundraising dinner, to include Texas Roadhouse sales, and the Dayton Dragons Raffle Winner. 

• Dayton Dragons Baseball Group Night Outing on Saturday Night, May 23, 7:00 p.m., fireworks at the ballpark that night. 

• Dayton Dragons Baseball Group Night Outing on Saturday Night, June 6, 7:00 p.m., fireworks at the ballpark that night. 

The group night outing tickets are $12.00 each; and each ticket purchaser gets a free Dragons Hat. Our charity gets 50% ($6.00) of every ticket sale, returned to us. These game tickets are ordered through the Dayton Dragons. Flyers in upcoming bulletins. 

View SMOW Dayton Dragons Game Suite Raffle Flyer 2020

Texas Roadhouse Food Fundraisers:

Raise money for Saint Mary Church Festival Fireworks while enjoying your favorite 
foods. Purchase a Gift Card and we will give the church 10% of the total. We will only charge 50% of the Bread & Butter. The church festival will profit 50%. 7 oz bags of peanuts and one free appetizer card is $3; church gets all peanut profits. It's an opportunity to enjoy great food and support the church at the same time. The gift cards are good at any of our locations! Order deadline for Bread is Sunday March 1. All orders can be picked up at our April 25 fundraiser in the church hall; where above items will also be for sale. Please make checks payable to the Saint Mary of the Woods. 

View SMOW Texas Roadhouse Order Form 2020


The Festival Committee needs your lawn!!

View SMOW Festival Sign Form 2020

"Unlocking Divine Mercy", Lenten Talk Series 

Sunday, March 8th & 15th 2020 at 4:00 PM

Unlocking Divine Mercy

2020 Lenten Series presented by Father Shawn Landenwitch. March 8 and 15 at 4:00 PM

Located at Winner Harvest Barn, 7317 OH-47, De Graff, OH 43318. 

Bring a rosary to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and join us for an optional pot-luck following the talk.

View Lenten Talks 2020 flyer.

Visit How To Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Listen to Unlocking Divine Mercy Part 1

Listen to Part 2
(View Handout)

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry


Cancelled for Lent 2020



23rd Annual Valentine Dinner Dance & Raffle

Saturday, February 15th 2020 at 6:00 PM

For a price of $80 you can take your Valentine sweetheart (or any friend) to an evening of fun and entertainment. This fabulous event will be on Saturday, February 15, 2019, starting with cocktails at 7:00 pm and will be held in St Mary of the Woods Hall. Doors open at 6:00 pm. 

The evening will include: 
1. A delicious dinner for two, catered by Heflin Catering. 
2. Drinks all evening 
3. Dancing to the music you love from the 50's & 60's, and 70's & 80's.
4. A Reverse Raffle drawing with prizes of: 
First prize $1000; Second prize $500; Third prize $300 and two additional prizes of $100 each. Need not be present to win!
5. A prize will be awarded for every 20 numbers called. 
6. Other raffles you can play for a full night of fun. 
7. The evening will end with donuts and coffee to send you off in style.
To obtain a ticket, tear off the coupon below and bring (or mail) with a check to the church office. The ticket will be yours in no time. View SMOW Valentine Dance 2020 coupon.

Hurry because there will be only 85 tickets sold. Because of limited space, it is necessary for you to RSVP at the time of purchase.

All profits from the dance will go to St. Vincent de Paul. 

For additional information call: David Goff (937) 926-5591 , or the church office 843-3127. 

Christmas Party

Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Sponsored by 

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Family Fun Night

Saturday, November 23rd, 2019

5 PM - 8 PM

Saturday, November 23

5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. in the Church Hall

Dinner by donation

Hot dogs, Chili, and dessert

Turkey Raffle and Kids game-raffle

There will be a kids movie playing during the evening, so have your kids bring their favorite blanket to sit on to watch the movie.

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019 

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

St. Mary of the Woods Parish Hall

Sponsored by SMOW Stitch Group 
**Lunch will be sold at the event** 

**St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will be open**

Each vendor will have a raffle item. Get 1 raffle ticket for each nonperishable food item you bring. All proceeds will go to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

St. Mary of the Woods Parish Hall 
455 Madison Avenue, Russells Point 

View SMOW Holiday Bazaar 2019 flyer. 

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

Ohio National Guard troops assisted with weekly food distribution Tuesday at the St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Russells Point. The mobile pantry made possible by the Second Harvest Food Bank, which sets up in Logan County at least six times a months at locations in Russells Point and Bellefontaine. 

Read the full Bellefontaine Examiner Article. 

In the News: National guard assists with food distribution.

Sunday, March 29th 2020

Dear Jim and Charity Thiel,

I heard that the States has the highest cases of coronavirus in the world. It is really a scary time.  I hope this email will find you both and your family very well.  I pray for you, your family and for the American people.


I am sorry that you had to cancel your trip to Haiti with Linda due to coronavirus outbreak.  Linda wired me the $3000 that you got from your parish for my orphanage. On behalf of all my orphaned kids, the staff of the orphanage and myself, I thank you very much for your love and your hard work for my kids. Please give our gratitude or our thanks to all the parishioners of your parish for their generosity. Please tell them they will be present our daily prayers because my kids pray for their benefactors at each meal they have. 


We are experiencing a scary time in Haiti.  When we heard the great number of people who are  killed by coronavirus in Italy we are very afraid of what may or will happen in Haiti soon if God does not make a miracle.  We are praying a lot despite the doors of the Churches are closed. 


At the orphanage we teach the kids to wash their hands very often.  We teach other principles of hygiene as well. The kids are allowed to be only around of their residence.  We do not allow visitors to come to see them. We stop the cooks from going to the informal market.  We buy everything for them. Thanks to your generous financial assistance and that of your parish, I bought food for one and half month  for the orphaned kids despite the cost of the food becomes very high. Furthermore, there is already shortage or black market about food.  Please keep us in your prayers as we do for the American people. 


Bye for now.  Let us continue to pray for each other.  Have a good weekend


With love and prayers,

Fr. Andre Sylvestre


Visit Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage Foundation.

Thank you note from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Orphanage.

Friday, March 27th 2020

Watch Pope Francis give the "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City [Rome] and the World) blessing on Friday, March 27th, 2020.

Watch on EWTN Facebook page.

Watch on Vatican News YouTube page.

Read on Vatican News for full text of his meditation.

other events:

Christmas Services

Easter Sunday Service

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First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion is typically received when children are in the second grade.

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Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation was celebrated on March 17th, 2019 with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr  at St. Mary of the Woods Church.

Saint Mary
of the woods
Catholic Church



464 Madison Avenue, PO Box 329,

Russells Point, OH 43348 

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