From The Desk

From the desk of Father Shawn Landenwitch:
July 7, 2019
Parish Pilgrimage for 2020:

Dear Parishioners,

Join fellow parishioners on a pilgrimage from May 25 through June 6, 2020. The pilgrimage will include visits to the site of the apparitions of Mary in Fatima (Portugal), the burial place of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), and the healing baths of Lourdes (France).

A presentation for those considering being a part of this pilgrimage will be held at the Winner Harvest Barn, 7317 St. Rt. 47, on July 21st at 2:00 PM. Brochures with additional information will also be available soon. If you have other questions, please contact Charity Thiel at Saint Mary of the Woods (937.468.2091) or Father Landenwitch. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!


Update: Register by Monday, September 9 2019 

If you missed the informational meeting, you can pick up a brochure with more information from the parish office. Contact Jim and Charity Thiel or Father Landenwitch with questions. 
We are now accepting reservations/deposits. Please register by Monday, September 9. The trip will be opened up at that time to people outside of the parish if additional seats need to be reserved. 


God Bless,
Father Shawn Landenwitch  

June 9, 2019
The Holy Spirit is alive and active in our parish:

Dear Parishioners, 

Thank you for your generous response on my 10th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood! It was great to see so many people turn out for the celebrations! We are blessed to have a vibrant parish that is truly a spiritual family. The Holy Spirit is alive and active in our parish, and it was beautiful to witness the fruits of that.

I have been grateful for all of my assignments as a priest through the years. I loved teaching and ministering at La Salle and Alter High School, and I feel truly blessed to serve all of you here at St. Mary of the Woods and St. Patrick. I am looking forward to many more fruitful years of service here in Logan County!  

Thank you for all of your prayers for me, thank you to everyone who donated gifts to help fund my sabbatical, and thank you to everyone who was involved in the celebration! I offered a Mass of thanksgiving for all those who volunteered their time and effort. Be assured of my continue prayers!


God Bless,
Father Shawn Landenwitch  

Rev. Shawn Landenwitch

Weekly Homily:

Listen to the Weekly Homily

2019 Lenten Talk:

Listen to Parting the Waters
( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( Handout)

2018 Lenten Talk:

Listen to In the Garden of Eden
( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( Part 3)

2017 Lenten Talk:

Listen to Bread from Heaven
( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( Part 3)

2016 Lenten Talk:

Listen to Why Be Catholic
( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( Part 3)

April 21, 2019
The Lord is Risen,  Alleluia!

Welcome to everyone visiting our parish this Easter: family, friends, and guests! Easter is the greatest feast day in the Church year, commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

We congratulate everyone who was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. Please pray for the newest members of our Church, that they may persevere in living out the faith!

The Resurrection marks the beginning of the New Creation - a creation without the effects of sin and death. Jesus Christ’s resurrected body is not subject to aging and decay like our bodies in this fallen world. His resurrected body is made for eternal life. We hope, if we persevere in fidelity to Jesus Christ, to share in His resurrection on the last day. At that time, our souls will be reunited with our bodies in the general resurrection. This is our Christian hope; a hope that is stronger than death.  


May you all have a Blessed Easter! 
Father Shawn Landenwitch  

March 13, 2019

We are blessed to have our Stations of the Cross repainted for this Lent! This project began with a proposal by Parish Council. The Stations were painted by Cassie Hassel, who lives in Bellefontaine. She is the same artist that painted the 4 statues in Saint Patrick Church. As you can tell from her work, she is a very talented artist. She worked long hours to finish them by Ash Wednesday so we would have them for the entirety of Lent.

There are so many details in the Stations of the Cross that came to life once they were painted in color. I was struck by details like the face of Jesus on Veronica’s veil in Station VI and the nailing of Jesus to the cross in Station IX. I noticed the rope around Jesus and details in the garments of soldiers for the first time. Cassie commented on how impactful it was to paint the scenes from the passion of Jesus, which is something she said is ‘so close to my heart.’

It is my hope that the Stations will deepen our appreciation of the passion of Jesus and lead us into a deeper relationship with Him. I encourage everyone to come out at least once or twice during Lent to pray the rosary and Stations on Monday nights at 6 PM. People can also pray the Stations on their own any time the church is open!

God bless,

Father Shawn Landenwitch

February 1, 2019
Introduce people to Jesus Christ:

St. Patrick's and St. Mary's taking steps to increase mass attendance.
Listen to an interview with Father Shawn Landenwitch (18 minutes).
Visit Peak of Ohio article.

December 23, 2018
Christmas Blessings:

This Christmas is a perfect time to reflect on how truly rich we are. We have a God who not only created us and provides for our needs daily, but actually entered human history to save us from sin and death. Our Lord reveals to us a friendship that is worth more than anything this world can offer. When we open the doors of our hearts to Jesus Christ, we find a friendship that satisfies the deepest longing of our hearts.

Amidst all the busyness of the Christmas season, I encourage you to spend a significant amount of time in Eucharistic Adoration. Come to Him who came to us 2,000 years ago in Bethlehem, and who waits for us daily in the tabernacle. Adore Him, as the angels did at Bethlehem! As Saint John Paul Il encouraged us, open wide the doors to Christ!

Merry Christmas to you and your families!
Father Shawn Landenwitch

November 11, 2018
4th Degree Knights of Columbus:

The Knights of Columbus from St. Patrick and Saint Mary of the Woods (and surrounding parishes) are in the process of establishing a 4th Degree Assembly. The 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus was established at a time when there was heavy anti-Catholicism in the United States. Groups like the KKK, American Protective Association, and the Know Nothing Movement spread anti-Catholicism. There were attempts to strip Catholics of the right to vote and opportunities for employment. Catholics were accused of plotting to bring the United States under the political control of the Pope. In response, the Knights of Columbus founded the 4th Degree as the Patriotic Degree. They encourage patriotism and active citizenship.

Today, every 4th Degree Assembly chooses a charitable mission to serve within the community. The 4th Degree provides the Honor Guard at public events and special liturgies. I’m sure many of us have seen the Knights dressed in uniform at processions, Confirmations, or other major events.

The Knights of Columbus are active in supporting seminarians, families, and the pro-life movement. They have provided almost 1,000 ultrasound machines (costing tens of thousands of dollars each) to pregnancy centers since 2009 as a way to support and defend life. Knights of Columbus are active on a local and national level. Every Catholic man aged 18+ should consider serving the Church as a member of the Knights of Columbus. Thank you to all those who serve as knights!

God bless,
Father Shawn Landenwitch

A special thank you to Steve and Janet Ray for recording and sharing the homilies.

Holy Land October 2019
For the Ray's Journal of the Pilgrimage,

Homily 1 Galilee

Homily 2 Tabor

Homily 3 Beatitudes

Homily 4 Capernaum

Homily 5 Bethlehem

Homily 7 Gethsemane

God Bless,
Father Shawn Landenwitch

October 20, 2019
Holy Land Homilies:

As many of you are aware, we have gone from four to two distribution stations for Communion at Masses through the summer. Some parishioners have wondered why this was necessary when they see plenty of distributors at the 8:00 a.m. Mass. However, four distribution stations require twelve extraordinary distributors (four at each Mass), every weekend, even when some parishioners are on vacation. We were not able to accommodate that this summer. It helped to have seminarians here for many of the Masses to distribute, but we still were not able to adequately cover all the 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses.


While this change was made because of scheduling issues, there are important reasons why the Church teaches that lay distributors should only be used when necessary. Because the priest acts in the person of Christ at Mass, it is preferred that people receive Communion from the priest. It reinforces the connection that we are being fed Communion by Christ That reality is not as clearly conveyed when the distributor is not an ordained minister. That is why a priest is an 'Ordinary distributor," while a lay person is an "extra-ordinary distributor," used only when needed in extra-ordinary situations.


Going forward, we plan to return to four distribution stations at the 8:00 a.m. Mass after Labor Day. We will keep the two distribution stations at the 6:00 p.m. Mass because of the lower numbers of attendance and extraordinary distributors at Mass. Next summer, we may go back to two stations at the 8:00 a.m. Mass, when we have the additional 10:00 a.m. Mass.


Thank you to everyone who generously volunteers in liturgical ministries at our parish. get countless compliments from visitors that are inspired by our reverent liturgies!
In Christ, 
Father Shawn Landenwitch 

August 18, 2019
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