Recent Events

Recent News at Saint Mary of the Woods:
Christmas Party

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.

To donate on line and for more information please visit our website:

Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Holiday Bazaar at SMOW Church Hall.

View the Holiday Bazaar flyer.

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 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 or, 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

The Village of Russells Point is located in northwest Logan County, Ohio, situated on Indian Lake. To find out more, please visit

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

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:

See Anne Marie Reames' Facebook post of the Fatima Mass

Logan County Catholic Youth 2018

June 22nd - 24th, Steubenville Youth Conference


Entertainment Schedule

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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


03/11/2018 Part 1) What was God's original plan for humanity?

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

03/09/2016 Part 2) How Faith is passed on from one generation to the next

03/14/2016 Part 3) What Christ sees when he sees the Church

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