Recent News at Saint Mary of the Woods:
Trunk or Treat
Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Russells Point village office parking lot
The annual Trunk or Treat, sponsored by all the churches in Russells Point, will be on October 31. Set up will be in the village office parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Beggars night begins at 6:00 p.m. Call Deacon Jeff if you intend to set up your vehicle to pass out candy.
Rosary at the Logan County Courthouse
Rosary at the Logan County Courthouse, Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience
Sunday, September 29th 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
at Saint Mary of the Woods Church Hall
Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience (TM)
* Lourdes Water
* Grotto Rock
* Eucharistic Blessing
* Candlelight Rosary
(A Plenary Indulgence Granted by Papal Decree)
What is a virtual pilgrimage?
Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality
North American Volunteers
Visit www.LourdesVolunteers.org for more information.
For information contact:
Parish Office 937-843-3127
Pat Depasquale 937-846-5022
View SMOW Lourdes Virtual Pilgrimage Experience 2019 flyer.
Eucharistic Procession to the Shrine
Mark your calendars now for our Eucharistic Procession from St. Mary of the Woods Church to the Fatima Shrine! You will not want to miss this event! We will 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.
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!
IN CASE OF RAIN
Fun Day will be held in the Church Hall.
Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
Saturday, August 17th 2019
Fatima Mass August 17 at 6:00 pm Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Russells Point. There will be shuttle taking people from the church to and from the shrine. We will pray the Rosary at 5:30 before Mass at the Shrine.
Saturday, October 5th 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 14th 2019 at 11:00 AM
Unbound: Freedom In Christ Seminar
Saturday, August 10th 2019
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Recovery Zone in Urbana.
Find the freedom God intends for you! Do you find yourself struggling with the same sin time after time, stuck in your spiritual growth, struggling with forgiveness or bound by negative patterns of thinking? The Unbound: Freedom in Christ Seminar will present 5 keys to greater freedom in your life - Repentance & Faith, Forgiveness, Renunciation, Authority and The Father's Blessing.
The seminar is Saturday, August 10th from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Recovery Zone - 827 Scioto St., Urbana, OH. It is presented by the Unbound Team from St. Patrick's church in Bellefontaine with some live talks and some talks on DVD by Neal Lozano, the creator of the Unbound Model. Prayer opportunities will also be provided throughout the day. Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided. The cost is a donation.
To register visit https://unbound-logancounty2.eventbrite.com.
For more information contact Carrie Kline at Unbound.LoganCounty@gmail.com or (937) 935-8188.
Parish Pilgrimage 2020 Presentation
Sunday, July 21st 2019
2:00 PM at Winner Harvest Barn.
Join Father Landenwitch and 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, the burial place of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela, and the healing baths of Lourdes.
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.
Vacation Bible School
Monday-Thursday, July 15th-18th 2019
Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be July 15th - 18th 2019 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Saint Patrick's for ages 4 - 5th grade. (All preschoolers must be potty trained and able to listen and follow age appropriate activities for 2 1/2 hours) We are currently looking for teachers and helpers to help with the classroom, snack, crafts and music ect. Helpers can be anyone going into high school or older. Anyone interested please call 419-852-5651 or email If there is a certain area you are wanting to help in.
Visit St. Patrick's VBS 2019 for YouTube Playlist.
Brown Scapular Enrollment
Sunday, July 14th 2019
After 10:00 A.M. Mass at St. Patrick Church. There will be an opportunity for enrollment in the Brown Scapular on Sunday, July 14, after the 10:00 Mass at St. Pat's. Anyone who has not previously been enrolled in the Brown Scapular is highly encouraged to take part.
This very powerful devotion to Our Lady has the potential to obtain great graces for each one of us. Last year, over 75 parishioners between both parishes were enrolled. Each step we take toward Mary is a step we take toward her Son. Take advantage of this chance to draw nearer to Jesus through the intercession of His Mother and ours!
"Abandon yourself into the hands of Mary. She will take care of you."--Padre Pio
Visit sistersofcarmel.com for frequently asked questions about wearing the brown scapular and for additional brown scapular information.
Fellowship Brunch Potluck
Sunday, July 7th 2019
Fellowship Brunch Potluck
Sunday July 7th at 9:00 am.
Enjoy a relaxing time with fellow parishioners!
Annual Parish Festival
Friday & Saturday, June 14th & 15th 2019
St. Mary of the Wood Church
Annual Parish Festival
Russells Point, Ohio
Raffle Ticket: $10 each, 3 tickets $25
Grand Prize $2,500 Cash
Second Prize $1,000 Cash
Third Prize $200 Cash
4th, 5th, & 6th Prize $100 Cash
Prize Drawings - 10:00 PM June 15th
Winner of these prizes need not be present to win.
Silent Auction - Cake Wheel
Games of chance
Red Dragon Laser Tag
Crafters - St. Vincent Store Open
Columbus Zoo - Friday
COSI - Super Hero Science & Rat Basketball - Saturday
Fish Fry Friday Night
Chicken Dinners Saturday Night
For Festival or Raffle Ticket information,
contact office at (937) 843-3127
or Visit St. Mary of the Woods Events on Facebook
View SMOW Festival Flyer 2019.
Schedule for Friday, June 14th:
4PM food sales, beer tent, ice cream, kids games, Red Dragon Laser Tag
5PM Columbus Zoo Animal ambassadors, games of chance,
5PM - 9PM Dads car show and music by DJ Barry Combs
10PM Holy Lighted Living Rosary
Schedule for Saturday, June 15th:
11AM -- Food Opens, food and drinks, ice cream, beer stand, Crafts, Silent auction, cake wheel
12PM – Red Dragon Laser Tag, Cake Wheel, Silent Auction, Dunking Machine, Crafts
1PM -- COSI....Rat Basketball and Super Hero Science
3PM– Razz Matazz Gymnastics
4PM - Fountainaires Jazz Band, chicken dinners
6-7PM - sign up for Buckeye State sanctioned Kiddie pedal tractor pull ages 4-11.
7-9PM Kiddie tractor pulls
6PM – New Horizon Music Studio...Live Acapella
7PM – 10PM Bill Golden Live…Electric/Acoustic Guitar.
10th Anniversary Ordination Celebration
Saturday, May 25th, 2019
Celebration to honor Father Shawn Landenwitch's 10th Anniversary of his Ordination. Located In St Mary of the Woods Holly Family Hall after 6:00 PM Mass.
Saturday, May 4th 2019
First Communion at Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church with with Father Landenwitch.
Saturday, April 20th 2019
Easter Vigil at Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) with Father Landenwitch.
New members of the Roman Catholic Church.
"Parting The Waters", Lenten Talk Series
Sunday, March 24th & 31st 2019 at 4:00 PM
Parting the Waters
2019 Lenten Series presented by Father Shawn Landenwitch. March 24 and 31 at 4:00 PM
Let the Bible come alive for us today! Learn valuable spiritual lessons to enhance your Lenten journey. See Christ and His mission through a new lens. Bring a Bible. Optional potluck following the talks. The talks build off each other, so attend both if possible.
Located at Winner Harvest Barn, 7317 OH-47, De Graff, OH 43318.
View Parting the Waters flyer.
03/24/2019 Listen to Part 1 - Jesus Christ leads us on a new exodus of deliverance
03/31/2019 Listen to Part 2 - Looking Forward to the Promised Land
Sunday, March 17th 2019 at 3:00 PM
Confirmation Mass with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr.
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry
Friday, March 8th, 29th, and April 19th 2019 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Knights of Columbus
March 8th, 29th, & April 19th 2019
4:30 to 7:00 PM
Located at St. Mary of the Woods Church Hall, Russells Point OH.
$8.00 for adults & $4.00 under 10.
You get a 3 piece fish dinner w/ baked potato, roll &
choice of coleslaw or applesauce.
Homemade Desserts Also Available
A percentage of proceeds go to
Local Scholarship Programs.
The Truth of American's Founding, Your Heritage and Mine: A Two-Saturday Seminar
Saturday, March 9th 2019 at 8:30 AM
Saturday, March 16th 2019 at 8:30 AM
Institute on the Constitution
The Truth of American's Founding,
Your Heritage and Mine
A Two-Saturday Seminar
Using the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Mayflower Compact,
the Bible, and other primary sources, you will learn:
1. The role God and the Bible played in America's Founding.
2. The Original Intent of American Law and Government.
3. The TRUE meaning of "Separation of Church and State."
4. How YOU can help restore the U.S. to its Biblical foundations!
WHERE: St. Mary of the Woods
WHEN: Saturday, March 9 at 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Materials are $40.00 per person or per family.
Seminar leaders: Bryan and Janice Snyder
Contact: Barb Ternasky at 937-726-9044
Renee Winner at 937-585-4566
Registration Deadline is Monday, February 25, 2019
View SMOW Institute on the Constitution Seminar 2019 for more information.
Visit Institute on the Constitution at www.theamericanview.com
Listed below is a link to a short promotional YouTube videos that will give you an idea of the material in the seminar:
Introduction and Invitation Truth of America's Founding
Mardi Gras Raffle
Saturday, March 2nd 2019 at 1:00 PM
22nd Annual Valentine Dinner Dance & Raffle
Saturday, February 9th 2019 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 9, 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.
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 2019 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.
Monday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM
Land of Peace-helping the mission
November 10th - 11th, 2018
Land of Peace is a nonprofit organization representing Jerusalem Christian Families scheduled to visit the church Nov 10-11, 2018, regarding selling religious articles from the Holy Land.
Land of Peace is a nonprofit organization with the mission of helping and supporting Christian families in the Holy Land through the Patriarch of Jerusalem. When anyone purchases handmade arts they help our mission and help the Christians in the Holy Land.
In 1920 the Christian population in the Holy Land was 80%; today it is less than 2%. With the parish support and the parishioner's generosity we are able to help our brothers and sisters to live in Jesus' land of birth.
LAND OF PEACE'S GOAL IS TO BUILD A CHARITY HOSPITAL IN THE HOLY LAND
To donate on line and for more information please visit our website: www.landofpeace.org
Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Holiday Bazaar at SMOW Church Hall.
Sponsored by St. Mary of the Woods Stitch for Charity group.
All money raised will go to the local food pantry.
For information on the Stitch for Charity group 937-309-4464
Thursday, October 25 6:00-7:30 pm
Eucharistic Procession and Family Fun Day at the Shrine
Saturday, September 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Mark your calendars: Saturday, September 15th at 11:00 AM there will be a Eucharistic Procession from St. Mary of the Woods Church to the Fatima Shrine! You will not want to miss this event! We will 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.
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 during this procession!
If you have never been part of a Eucharistic procession, it is an exciting way to invigorate our faith and to witness outside the walls of the church. Now is your chance-join us with your families and friends!
Dayton Right to Life program
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Saint Mary of the Woods and Saint Patrick Churches have teamed up to present two topics of interest in September. Each church will host a Pot Luck Dinner followed by a presentation by the Dayton, Ohio Right to Life.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 St. Mary of the Woods will host a Pot Luck at 5:45 with "What's So Wrong with Assisted Suicide?” at 7:00 P.M. Dayton Right to Life offers educational seminars on assisted suicide, euthanasia, and basic Church teaching on end of life topics.
Sunday, September 23, 2018 St. Patrick will host a Pot Luck at 5:45 with “Now and at the Hour of Our Death” at 7:00 P.M. It is a panel discussion that includes an attorney, nurse, and a Dayton Right to Life staff person that offers information on healthcare power of attorney forms, questions to ask your doctor or Hospice provider, and how to prepare for medical emergencies and serious illness. It also includes a Q & A session with the panelists.
Each seminar lasts about an hour and a half. Bring your favorite dish to share and learn more about these important topics that face us. Call Bob Strayer (937-441-2039) or Anne Reames (937-592-1656) with questions.
For more information on seminars, please contact Margie Christie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-461-3625
Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
The American Society of Ephesus, Inc. announced that it is bringing the mayor of Ourem/Fatima, Portugal, to Russells Point on Aug. 10-12, during which time the mayor will sign a Sister City Agreement with the mayor of Russells Point. In May 2017, the mayor of Ourem/Fatima signed a letter of intent to enter into the Sister City Agreement. Later that year, the Russells Point Village Council approved a similar resolution.
On Friday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m., a special public meeting will be held at the Russells Point Municipal Building, 433 state Route 708. Mayor Luís Miguel Albuquerque, of Ourem/Fatima, and Mayor Robin Reames, of Russells Point, will sign the formal Sister City Agreement in a ceremony held at the Municipal Building. This is the first Sister City Agreement between Ourem/Fatima and any city in the United States. It is the first Sister City Agreement for the Village of Russells Point.
The following day, on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine on St. Mary’s Point, overlooking Indian Lake at 261 Chase Ave., Russells Point, the annual Feast of the Assumption Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Free parking is available at the St. Mary’s of the Woods Catholic Church, 464 Madison Ave. and the Russells Point Municipal Building, Russells Point, Ohio 43348, Attendees may also follow the walking path in the rear yard of the Municipal Building to the shuttles starting at 4:30 p.m. from St. Mary’s of the Woods Catholic Church. Seating limited to 350 persons. No tickets are required and there is no charge.
Mayor Luís Miguel Albuquerque, of Ourem/Fatima will be recognized at the mass. It is the first time since the shrine was built in 1964 that an official representative from Fatima has visited the site in Ohio. The shrine was erected by The American Society of Ephesus, Inc. in August 1964 to commemorate the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.
For more information, visit www.ase-gbqfoundation.org or www.russellspoint-oh.gov, or call the Village of Russells Point, at 937-843-2245, using option 5. Business hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., closed Wednesdays.
The American Society of Ephesus Inc. (George B. Quatman Foundation) is a non-profit private foundation formed in 1955 and based in Lima,. Its mission is to promote a greater realization and appreciation of the teachings and wonders of God; to preserve and erect religious shrines; and to restore and preserve the burial grounds of outstanding religious leaders. To find out more, please visit www.ase-gbqfoundation.org.
The Village of Russells Point is located in northwest Logan County, Ohio, situated on Indian Lake. To find out more, please visit www.russellspoint-oh.gov.
The Municipality of Ourem, Portugal contains two cities, Ourem and Fatima, and is located in central Portugal. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima is one of the largest religious tourism sites in the world. To find out more, please visit www.ourem.pt.
Our Lady of Fatima Shrine at Russells Point, Ohio is one of the tallest statues of the Virgin Mary in the U.S. Dedicated in August 1964, the 43’ tall monument includes a 19’-6” fiberglass statue of Our Lady of Fatima on a concrete pedestal. It is located at St. Mary’s Point, 261 Chase Ave., Russells Point.
In the News:
Logan County Catholic Youth 2018
June 22nd - 24th, Steubenville Youth Conference
27th ANNUAL PARISH FESTIVAL - FRIDAY & SATURDAY, JUNE 15 & 16
Easter Vigil 2018
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) at the Easter Vigil with Father Landenwitch at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.
In the Garden of Eden, Lenten Talk 2018
With Father Landenwitch at the Winner Harvest Barn
03/18/2018 Part 2) What went wrong?
03/25/2018 Part 3) How can we regain what was lost?
Bread from Heaven, Lenten Talk 2017
With Father Landenwitch at the Winner Family Barn
03/05/2017 Part 1) Passover
03/12/2017 Part 2) Heavenly Sanctuary
03/19/2017 Part 3) Manna in the Desert
Why Be Catholic, Lenten Talk 2016
With Father Landenwitch at the Winner Family Barn
03/01/2016 Part 1) Unity of the Church