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Recent News at Saint Mary of the Woods:
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Know anyone who isn't Catholic, but might come hear a priest talk about these things? Ask them to come to our next evangelization events. Invites available at church. A Catholic priest talks about demons and death. Sunday, OCT 29 & NOV 26, 7:00-8:30 PM at Makley Hall, St. Patrick Church, 516 E Patterson Ave, Bellefontaine. Snacks and drinks provided.

Listen to What Are You Afraid Of? Part 1. Listen to What Are You Afraid Of? Part 2

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Father Jacob Lindle reflects on the readings of the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In our first reading, Elijah meets God not in the strong wind, not in the earthquake, and not in the fire. He meets Him, instead, in the tiny whispering sound of a small voice. We, too, must find God's voice in the poorest and most vulnerable, the child.

An extreme amendment is on the Ohio ballot in November that threatens the health and safety of women, the rights of parents and the lives of pre-born babies up to 9 months. Vote no November 7th.

Watch "Where can we find God?" on YouTube (3 min).

Watch "Where can we find God?" on Facebook (3 min).


May 13th 2023

First Communion at Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church
with Rev. Jacob Lindle


Wednesday, March 22nd and 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Winner Harvest Barn, 7317 OH-47, De Graff, OH 43318. Fr. Jacob Lindle will talk about Vatican II (Second Vatican Council). There will be an optional potluck of soup and salad before the talk at 6:00 p.m. All are welcome!


Listen to Vatican II Part 1

Listen to Vatican II Part 2

Vatican II Reference Material:

View Vatican II Presentation Slides
Visit Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum)
Visit Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium)


Logan County parishes will be launching our evangelization initiative on March 12th! All meetings will be held at Los Cabos restaurant located in Bellefontaine Ohio, and will include dinner, a video series, and fellowship.

We encourage parishioners to prayerfully discern whom you will invite. Invitations should take place beginning February 19th.

See Bulletin for more details.

Updated 2/19:
See The Search 2023 flyer, of the info from our invitations for the evangelization initiative, for your reference. If you have already handed out your invitation, this will allow you to RSVP, if your invitee says yes.


The letter addresses an extraordinary threat to life by a proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution that would enshrine and expand abortion at the expense of protections for preborn children and women. The bishops are calling for all Catholics to fast and pray for the safety and care for every human being at every stage of life.

Read "Bishop Letter on Ballot Amendment"

Visit Catholic Conference of Ohio.


Join us at the Blessed Carlo Acutis Eucharistic Festival, Monday, January 30th thru Sunday, February 5th, 2023, at St. Joseph Church, 101 West Pearl St. Wapakoneta, OH.
• Venerate a relic of Bl. Carlo Acutis and St. Manuel Gonzalez Garcia
• Listen to talks on Bl. Carlo, Relics, and the Eucharist
• Adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in St. Joseph's Adoration Chapel
• Tour a display of Eucharistic miracles
• Come to Holy Mass
• Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation

A group from our parishes will attend the evening of Tuesday, January 31st. Contact the parish office to be included.

Visit Blessed Carlo Acutis Eucharistic Festival for schedule of events and more.

Learn more about the National Eucharistic Revival: Relics Tour

Tuesday, January 24th, 2023

Read Archbishop Schnurr's Letter to the Faithful Regarding Beacons of Light.
Visit "Letter to the Faithful Regarding Beacons of Light" article.



Join Archbishop Schnurr in the National Prayer Vigil for Life, taking place on Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. Archbishop Schnurr will lead a rosary and holy hour at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati. The holy hour will be immediately followed by overnight Exposition, concluding with 7 a.m. Mass the following morning. All are invited to attend. The National Prayer Vigil for Life is a nation-wide effort, encouraging each diocese to strongly continue their pro-life witness through adoration of our Eucharistic Lord.

Visit National Prayer Vigil for Life to learn more.

Holy Hour at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains

"Please join me in praying for the peaceful repose of the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was a vicar of Peter and faithful shepherd of Christ's Church." -Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

Read Archbishop Schnurr's full reflection on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Watch Mass for the peaceful repose of the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 5:15 p.m.

A Christmas Message from Archbishop Schnurr
Jesus rescued us from the road to destruction and has shown us the way back to eternal life in God. In that marvelous exchange, Jesus revealed His humanity on the first Christmas so that humanity could share in His divinity.

May you and your family know God's love this Christmas.

Watch "A Christmas Message from Archbishop Schnurr". (2 min)

Rorate Mass: In honor of Our Lady

A Rorate Mass is an Advent tradition of celebrating Mass in honor of Our Lady entirely by candlelight. As Mass progresses, the first light of dawn appears near the time of the consecration, reminding us that Jesus, come into our midst in the Eucharist, is the light that illumines the darkness of the world.

The first words, in Latin, of the opening antiphon are "Rorate caeli" (hence the title "Rorate Mass"), and are based on a verse from the book of Isaiah: "Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior."

Saturday, December 10th at St. Patrick Church.
6:00 AM Rosary
6:30 AM Mass
Carry-in breakfast to follow in Makley Hall.


Many of you have been so generous in your donations on Giving Tuesday over the last few years. However, the Archdiocese has decided not to provide the opportunity for Giving Tuesday this year, as they don't have the staff to operate their part of the program.

There will not be a Giving Tuesday Opportunity this year for any of our NE Family 1 parishes. Your donations throughout the year, and Giving Tuesday, have been greatly appreciated! We Realize that some of you have taken this opportunity to add to your usual giving, and some have found enticing the fact that Giving Tuesday donations were exempt from the Archdiocese assessment. Perhaps you have even held back in your regular giving as you awaited the annual opportunity to make the majority of your donation Assessment-free. Unfortunately, this year that will not be an option. Thank you for your support.

Donations will not be exempt from the Archdiocese assessment.

Visit Saint Mary of the Woods Online Giving
Visit Saint Patrick Church Online Giving
Visit Champaign Catholics Online Giving

Holiday Bazaar

Saint Mary of the Woods
Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 12th 10 am - 3 pm

Make a dent in your Holiday Shopping List!
*Lunch will be sold at the event*

Each vendor will have an item for a raffle. Tickets will be sold OR you get 1 ticket for each non-perishable food item you bring. 

Proceeds will go to St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry & St Mary of the Woods festival.


View SMOW Holiday Bazaar 2022 Flyer.

TRUE JOY Ltd. Tour of Churches, Wednesday, Nov. 16th 

Please join us for a tour of these churches:

Old St. Mary's Church
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Leaving from Urbana, Springfield, and Dayton.
The Price is $75 –includes transportation, tours, lunch, gratuity and all taxes. Please bring your rosary, and a tip for our bus driver. 

Contact Jennifer Korte for more details, and to  reserve your seat and lunch.
937-508-6369 or

Visit TRUE JOY Ltd. on Facebook

Land of Peace - Peace in the Holy Land

Land of Peace will be at St. Patrick's and St. Mary of the Woods to sell their goods on November 12 & 13. They will be selling Crucifixes, religious art work, and rosaries - all made of olive wood which is native to Israel and Bethlehem, to raise funds to help support our fellow brothers and sisters.

Visit Land of Peace to learn more.

Visit Bethlehem Christian Families Store.

Box of Joy!

Thursday, November 10th, 2022 

Deadline to return Boxes of Joy


This year our parish will, again, be participating in the Box of Joy ministry, a Christmas gift outreach organized by local Catholic schools, parishes, and groups nationwide. By packing Boxes of Joy with toys and other gifts, your family will bless a child suffering from extreme poverty by sharing the joy of Christmas and planting seeds of hope through the Gospel. We have set a goal to bless 110 impoverished children in Latin America!

Anyone interested can take home as many empty Boxes of Joy and one brochure. Fill out the brochure and be sure to include the $9/box fee to transport each Box of Joy from our community to Latin America. Checks should be written out to Cross Catholic Outreach! This year if you fill multiple boxes you only have to fill out ONE envelope and include ONE check written out for all your $9 fees. (example: if you fill 6 Boxes of Joy, fill out one envelope and include $54 ($9 x 6) for shipping. Another option is to pay the $9 fee per box online at 

You will choose the gender and age range of the child you want to bless. Have fun on your family shopping spree to personally select the items you feel a special boy or girl would really like! Please see the gift ideas on the display board or in the brochure. Be sure to pay attention to the items that are not allowed to be shipped internationally.

The deadline for turning in Boxes of Joy will be THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2022. We encourage every family to pack a Box of Joy! For more information, please contact the office or check out

View SMOW Box of Joy Flyer 2022.

CAUSE OF OUR JOY | The Magnificat 

Women’s Morning of Reflection 
CAUSE OF OUR JOY | The Magnificat 
Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 9-11 a.m.
Held in the St. Mary Catholic Church undercroft in Urbana. 

All women are invited to attend. Prayer, scripture, hymns, meditation and time for sharing. Hosted by St. Mary Ladies’ Sodality. For more information please contact the parish office 937-653-1375 or

View Cause of our Joy 2022 Flyer

Rosary at the Logan County Courthouse

Please Join us in Praying for our Nation: 
Public Square Rosary Crusade. Our nation is in great need of public prayer, repentance and conversion. We ask God to save America through the Rosary of His Holy Mother. 

When: Saturday October 15, 2022
Where: Logan County Courthouse in Bellefontaine at 2:30 p.m.

Please contact Mary Giannola at 937-935-7957 for more information. Rosary & instructions will be provided if needed.

Let us pray for our country and the conversion of hearts.

View Rosary at the Logan County Courthouse 2022 Flyer

View Public Square Rosary Crusade 2022 Flyer

St. Mary's Church in Urbana presents The Search Series


“Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.” -St. Augustine

The Search is an award-winning video-based series from the Augustine Institute hosted by Chris Stefanick that explores the fundamental questions and mysteries of what it means to be a human person. The production is beautiful; the content is compelling; and it's for everyone. If your faith is already solid, The Search will help you to deepen it. If you're feeling unsure, it's for you too. If you're worried about your kids or grandkids, it's a great series for you to share with them by bringing them along.

The Search features scientists, artists, philosophers, and other people from all walks of life proclaiming how their searches for meaning in life led them to Jesus and the Gospel. The Search proclaims the Gospel in words that modern ears are ready to hear and images that modern eyes can't help but see and remember.

The kick-off is Wednesday, October 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft of St. Mary's Church in Urbana, and we will meet for seven consecutive Wednesday nights.

All are welcome to attend.

Visit to learn more.


Ohio March for Life
October 5th, 2022
11:00 AM Columbus

Wednesday October 5, 2022
8:00 a.m. Mass at St. Mary, Urbana
9:00 a.m. Bus departs for Columbus
11:00 a.m. Ohio March for Life Rally begins
12:00 p.m. Ohio March for Life begins
3:00 p.m. Bus departs for Urbana

Wednesday October 5, 2022 will be the Ohio March for life in Columbus. Since Roe v. Wade is overturned, marches are now moving to the state level.
St. Mary, Urbana is chartering a bus to go to Columbus. The bus will be first-come, first-served with a suggested donation of $25 per seat. The bus will hold 56 passengers. If you opt to drive yourself we will have a rendezvous point in Columbus. If you would like to take the bus, please call the St. Mary Parish Office at 937-653-1375.

View Ohio March for Life Flyer

Fatima Mass 2022

Please join us to celebrate the

6:00 p.m.
Celebrant — Father Shawn Landenwitch

There will be shuttle service from
St. Mary of the Woods parking lot beginning at 4:30 p.m.
The Rosary will be said at 5:30 p.m. at the Shrine.

See Our Lady of Fatima Shrine.

Read Sidney Daily News article "August Mass returns to Indian Lake Shrine"

Eucharistic Procession and Family Fun Day!

Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 at 4:00 PM


Sunday, October 2nd is the St Mary of the Woods to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine annual Eucharistic Procession and Family Fun Day!

Procession begins at the St Mary of the Woods church at 4 pm, and travels 0.8 miles to the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine. Once there, we have free food, games, activities for kids, and music at the shrine following the procession.


The American Society of Ephesus has generously provided a grant to cover all expenses for the Family Fun Day and to purchase a canopy from Italy for the Eucharistic procession. A canopy is required to cover the Eucharist for an outside procession.

Eucharistic processions are a powerful way to witness to our faith in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. If Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, then why would we not process through the streets with Our Lord? There are tremendous graces that flow from a Eucharistic procession. In Scripture, we hear that great crowds gathered around Christ when He entered towns, and "power went forth" from Him (Mk 5:30). Imagine how many graces will come forth from Our Lord for the people of Russell's Point!

If you have never been part of a Eucharistic procession, it is an exciting way to invigorate your faith and to witness outside the walls of the church. Now is your chance—join us with your family and friends!

Shuttles will be going from the SMOW church to the shrine continuously from 3:45 pm to 7:45 pm. Please park at the SMOW church, even if you do not plan on participating in the procession, as parking is very limited at the shrine.

In case of rain, Fun Day will be held in the Church Hall.

View Our Lady of Fatima Shrine

View Eucharistic Procession and Family Fun Day 2022 Flyer

St. Mary Family Fun Day 2022

St. Mary Family Fun Day

228 Washington Ave, Urbana
Saturday, August 13th, 2022  
Noon - 9:00 PM
Something fun for everyone!


Visit St. Mary Family Fun Day on Facebook.

Read Urbana Daily Citizen article "St. Mary Fest is Aug. 13

View St. Mary Family Fun Day 2022 Flyer

RCIA Classes Begin Soon!

RCIA will begin on Tuesday, August 23, at 6:30 PM at SMOW. Classes will be held every Tuesday until mid-April. Anyone who would like to know more about the Catholic faith, or is interested in joining the Church, is welcome to attend!


The first several months are focused on what the Church believes and professes in the creed, and the second half of the year looks at living the life of grace through the Sacraments and the moral teachings of the Church.

If you'd like to attend, please contact Ashley at the parish office, or email her at

All levels of interest are welcome!

See Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

NE-I Family of Parishes Family Picnic

July 31 2022 at 1 p.m. West Liberty Lions Park Shelter House #1 576 Township Road 174, West Liberty, OH 43357. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Councils: 1727, 1782 and 4378. The Knights will provide meats and drinks. Please bring a side dish and a lawn game. The splash pad will be available for those with kids.

Into the Breach

Wednesdays, July 13th through August 17th:

Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a six week program "Into the Breach" for all catholic men. On Wednesdays, July 13th through August 17th, at 7:30 PM in St Patrick's Makley hall.


Visit Knights of Columbus Council #1782 on Facebook to learn more.

Parish Pilgrimage

Parish Pilgrimage
Saturday, June 4, 2022

• Begin at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ada, Ohio
Venerate St. Bernadette's relics, which are currently on tour in the US
• Attend the 9:00 AM First Saturday Mass, including sprinkling with Lourdes water

• Travel to the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio
• Lunch in the shrine cafeteria
• Explore the grounds and have an opportunity to pray together
• Return that evening

• Transportation will be by caravan
• Cost: lunch at the shrine (price to be announced)

Freewill donations are accepted at the shrine for those who desire to give.
All are welcome!


Please register by contacting the parish office by Wednesday, May 11.

View Parish Pilgrimage 2022 Flyer

Visit The Relics of St. Bernadette United States Tour

Parish-Wide Consecration 2022

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary.

Renew your consecration, or participate for the first time.

Tuesdays, 7:00 PM at St. Pat's May 3rd - 31st
Wednesdays, 7:00 PM at SMOW May 4th - June 1st
Feel free to alternate locations. Attendance at every session is not required.

Free copies of "33 Days to Morning Glory" are available.

Use "33 Days to Morning Glory" again, or try a different option.


"Total Consecration Through the Mysteries of the Rosary"

A wonderful book! To do it optimally, you'd need a half hour or so that you wanted to dedicate to praying through the meditations well. Also, it takes a few days longer, so you'd want to start 5 full weeks before consecration day.


"St. Louis de Montfort's Version--The Original!"

Nothing wrong with this version, either--it's the first! St. Louis de Montfort's version is heavy on recited prayer, so it would be a different approach than "33 Days". But it is tried and true, and loved by many.


Contact the office 937-843-3127 to sign up, or with any questions.


View Parish-Wide Consecration 2022 Flyer

Pancake Breakfast

Saint Mary of the Woods

Pancake Breakfast

Date:  Sunday, May 22, 2022
Where:  Holy Family Hall, 455 Madison Ave, Russells Point
When:  9 am to 11 am (or until sold out)
Cost:  By donation
Menu:  Pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee


View SMOW Pancake Breakfast - May 2022 Flyer


On Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. from May 2 through October 10, the Rosary will be recited at the Fatima Statue at Indian Lake. Bring your lawn chair and rosary! Also, come prepared for the weather - umbrellas, jackets or sunglasses. The Statue is a beautiful setting for reciting the Rosary. Join us in prayer each Monday as Our Lady requested.

See Our Lady of Fatima Shrine

Easter Vigil at Saint Patrick Catholic Church

Saturday, April 16th 2022

Easter Vigil at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) with Father Landenwitch.

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Thursday, April 14th 2022

Holy Thursday at Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church.

Altar Boys with Father Landenwitch.

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2022 Lenten Talks 

Last Supper: The Passover, the Temple, and the Prayer of Jesus 
2022 Lenten Talks 

Sunday, March 13th and 20th, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Winner Harvest Barn 
7317 OH-47, DeGraff, OH 43318 


Enter more deeply into the Last Supper on Holy Thursday. What did the Passover sacrifice look like at the time of Jesus? Why is the connection to the Jewish temple important? What can we learn from the prayer of Jesus at the Last Supper? 

Join Father Shawn Landenwitch and fellow parishioners as we study and reflect on the Last Supper, and deepen your understanding and prayer at Mass in the process! Bring a Bible and join us for an optional pot-luck following the talk! 


View Lenten Talks 2022 flyer.

Listen to Last Supper Part 1

Listen to Last Supper Part 2

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