Recent News at Saint Mary of the Woods:
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.
GIVING TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29th
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.
Saint Mary of the Woods
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.
ST MARY OF THE WOODS PARISH HALL
455 MADISON AVE., RUSSELLS POINT
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 email@example.com
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.
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 boxofjoy.org/donate.
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 boxofjoy.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 thesearchbegins.org to learn more.
OHIO MARCH FOR LIFE
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
ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
OUR LADY OF FATIMA SHRINE MASS
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2022
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.
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.
St. Mary Family Fun Day 2022
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 email@example.com.
All levels of interest are welcome!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Saint Mary of the Woods
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
ROSARY AT THE LAKE
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.
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