June 9, 2018
This year marks my 15th ordination anniversary to the priesthood. I thank God that I was able to fulfill one of my wishes by making a pilgrimage to Kibeho in Rwanda before my July 12 anniversary. Kibeho means a lot in my vocation life and my daily life as a priest. I have no doubt that my devotion to Our Lady of Kibeho was at the source of my vocation. I thank Mother Mary who still strengthens and supports me in my spiritual journey. PLEASE CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE
June 6, 2018
We would like to thank those of you who have submitted your 2018 Summer Festival Sponsorships! We are well on our way but still need more help. Sponsorship donations are still being accepted until June 11. Please fill out your sponsorship forms and mail to the PAC, drop off at the parish office or place in the Sun-day collection. Extra letters are available in the parish office. Thank you in advance for helping make our 2018 Summer Festival a success! We cannot wait to see you June 22 and 23, from 6:00 pm - Midnight! 2018 Summer Festival yard signs are available for the taking! Please take a yard sign, located in the rear of church, and place in your yard or busy intersection. Please help get the word out for our fun and exciting community event! Contact Joe Meister at email@example.com with sponsorship or volunteer questions.
June 2, 2018
When we participate in Eucharistic processions we literally carry Jesus with us out into the world, and without shame or embarrassment we worship Him in public and invite the world to do the same. There are places in the world where Corpus Christi processions head from the Church to the center of the city, and then all those assembled pray that from there, from the very heart of their city, Jesus may go out to the world and transform the lives of His people. CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE
May 26, 2018
After many meetings between myself, Fr. Rudolfo, and the interested parties representing the Archdiocese, and more importantly between all of us and the members of the Latino Community at San Carlos, it has been decided that their community will be exploring other options for the future of their parish. Fr. Rudolfo in particular asked that I express the deep gratitude of his flock towards OLR and Winton Wyoming parishioners for welcoming them while we were exploring this option. Unfortunately, many members of the community have concerns about traveling outside of their neighborhoods, and we had seen increasing resistance to attending events outside of the City of Cincinnati proper.
May 24, 2018
Held on Sunday, June 3 around 12:15 pm, the procession will begin immediately following the 11:30 am Mass. Participants will process from Our Lady of the Rosary and around the Greenhills Commons (the grassy field in front of the Church) carrying the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance. We will stop to pray at the gazebo before concluding with Benediction in the church. All first Communicants are invited to process in their first Communion clothes. For information contact: Deacon Matt Skinner 513-207-3685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 19, 2018
In Pope Benedict’s first Pentecost address as the Holy Father, he spoke of the importance of more than careful planning or instinctive reaction when we see a need, but rather the necessity of prayer before we make important decisions. “The Lord certainly does ask for our collaboration, but before any other response his initiative is necessary: his Spirit is the true protagonist of the Church. The roots of our being and of our action are in the wise and provident silence of God.” The lesson of Pentecost is that God doesn’t want our hard work and our mer-its, but rather he wants us to cooperate with the gift of the Holy Spirit that he sends down upon each of us. We will accomplish more working with God than we ever could on our own, and in this way we are called to bear fruit that will last. PLEASE CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE
May 17, 2018
Join the Liturgical Minister Team Our Lady of the Rosary: Servers are especially needed at 11:30 am Mass. We will be conducting a workshop for new and current servers on Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and Tuesday, May 22, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. All new and current servers and at least one parent are required to attend one of the workshops. Please contact Deacon Matt with any questions or if you are interested in serving as a lector or extraordinary minister: 513-207-3685 or mskinnerwintonwyomingpr.org. St. Matthias the Apostle: Extraordinary ministers and servers are needed at both Mass times. If you wish to consider becoming a server, lector or extraordinary minister at St. Matthias, please contact Deacon Dominic with any questions: 513-304-7662 or dvuwintonwyomingpr.org. St. James of the Valley: Extraordinary ministers and servers are especially needed 4:30 pm Mass. If you wish to consider becoming a server, lector or extraordinary minister at St. James, please contact Deacon Walt at 513-706-8250 or whuckewintonwyomingpr.org.
May 12, 2018
These past few weeks we have had the opportunity to reflect on the central mystery of our Faith: Jesus’ death and resurrection. Now that we celebrate His going forth from us to the Father, we reflect on our mission to go out into the world and make disciples of all nations. Next week we will celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit being poured out on the Church, equipping us with the graces we need to live out this call in our lives. As we draw to the end of this Easter season, may we always ask God to pour out His Holy Spirit upon us and fill us with zeal for carrying out the mission of spreading the Gospel, making disciples, and becoming saints. PLEASE CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE.
May 10, 2018
A free performance by the Heidelberg University Concert Choir will be at St. James of the Valley this Tuesday, May 15, at 7:00 pm. The Winton Wyoming Pastoral Region is in for a treat so please invite your friends and family. All are welcome to this free regional event! The 51-member vocal ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell, will present a concert with the theme “Come Travel with Me.” For more information or questions, please contact Laura Juengling, (Heidelberg Alum) email@example.com.
May 5, 2018
May is celebrated as the month of Mary in the Church, and it’s a beautiful opportunity for each of us to draw near to Our Lord by approaching Him through His Blessed Mother. Fr. Lambert’s monthly Marian celebrations are an important tool we offer to grow in devotion to the Blessed Mother, but there are many other options out there. In addition to the Rosary, there are many novenas, consecrations to the Blessed Mother, and scriptural meditations to help us enter into these mysteries. During this month, we would all do well to examine the role which the Mother of our Savior plays in our life, and then see how we can grow closer to her, and through her intercession come to know and love her Son more deeply each day. Please click title to read more.
May 3, 2018
On Saturday, May 5, the young people in our DISCIPLESHIP group will host the junior high students of our region and their friends to enjoy a get together for games, pizza and fun. Meet at St. James for Junior High Night, 8 pm-10:30 pm. Youth Group has moved our home to St. Matthias for the spring. Discipleship begins at 7 pm every Sunday night and CLUB is this week at 8 pm. Everyone is welcome! On Sunday, we are celebrating the last day of classes with May Crowning Celebrations and and end of the year picnic! Our Lady of the Rosary will begin in the Church and proceed to their classes after the May Crowning. St. James will begin in their classrooms and gather in the Church at 11 am for the May Crowning. After the Masses we will have the annual end of the year picnic in Winton Woods! We will gather at the Oak Opening shelter. Please bring a dessert or side to share. Hotdogs will be provided. Everyone is welcome! This is an AWESOME opportunity to meet others from our parish and our region.
April 28, 2018
Since I’ve moved into the rectory this past week, I have been overwhelmed by everything that is being done to make this place into a real home. I’m still discovering things from the house-warming registry that have been tucked away in drawers, and there was even a team in charge of opening and placing all the gifts of towels and such that came in from generous parishioners. Moreover, it seems that whenever I walk through the house during daylight hours there is someone, or even a group of someone's in there working on paint or flooring or heaven knows what else. So, as I sit down to finish all my thank you notes, which I say because I know my mom reads this column and I want to get ahead of that conversation (Hi mom), I want to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you. PLEASE CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE
April 21, 2018
The figure of the Good Shepherd is undoubtedly meant to represent Christ. Even though in biblical text and in art from the earliest times Christ is not only the shepherd but also the sheep. The early Christians understood that the followers of Christ are like the trusting sheep, whom the Good Shepherd, Christ, knows and they know him. He has retrieved the lost sheep and is bringing them back to the fold, as he will carry home the souls of the faithful. This is a beautiful image to use in prayers in this season of Easter as we reflect on our Salvation through the saving passion and the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. It assures us of Jesus’ care for all of us. I know that I am one of Jesus’ flock, that he protects me from the wild beasts, theft and inclement weather. Jesus defends you and me as his own flock and He died for us (Jn 10:15). He still leads us, his sheep, to water and comforts us. He keeps his flock together and goes out to search for the sheep that have gone astray.
April 17, 2018
Reserve your seat by May 1, $25 per person. We are excited to invite all of the women of our regional parishes and their friends to come to St. Matthias Church to enjoy “The Power of the Purse” on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00 pm! Dinner, dessert, and back by popular demand, our purse raffle (including Coach, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley and more). Our guest speaker for the evening is WWPR parishioner Tammy Bundy, a gifted author and speaker. She gives wonderful motherly wisdom to all ages. If you would like to reserve a table, please let us know in advance. We will do our best to accommodate large groups and seat you with your group. Everyone is welcome; invite your friends! If paying by check please make it out to St. Ann’s Society OLR. Questions: Please contact Jen Laugle at 513-687-9429 or firstname.lastname@example.org
April 14, 2018
When I began my studies, there were 36 men from four different dioceses in formation at Mt. St. Mary’s. In the past seven years, the number of seminarians and dioceses attending Mt. St. Mary’s has more than doubled, and the average age of the seminarians has plummeted. The seminary is so full of young men discerning the priesthood, that they are working to build an entire new wing to accommodate them. This is among the best problems we could possibly have. The increasing youth of the seminarians also means that their life experience going into the seminary is much different. Whereas Fr. Chris and Fr. Pete were more established before they heard God’s call to the priesthood, the young men preparing to serve God’s people nowadays are often looking to live in a parish over the summer rather than at a place they owned before entering the seminary. Additionally, part of the formation that future priests receive is a one-year internship in a parish or a region about halfway through their training so they can get acclimated to a parish and see what skills and gifts they have as well as what they might need to work on to be as effective in preaching the Gospel as possible. PLEASE CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE.
April 12, 2018
The Winton Wyoming Pastoral Region will get a treat this spring when the Heidelberg University Concert Choir comes to town as part of their annual spring tour. The 51-member vocal ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell, will present a concert with the theme “Come Travel with Me.” The free performance will be at St. James of the Valley on Tuesday, May 15, at 7:00 pm. Volunteers are needed to feed and host the students overnight. A Sign-Up Genius is now available for those interested in helping to provide supplies, prepare and serve the meal, or help with clean-up. http://bit.ly/HUChoirNight For more information or questions, please contact Laura Juengling, email@example.com.
April 7, 2018
As a priest, I have always enjoyed preaching on the Saints because it provides an opportunity for examples to encourage the faithful. A few months after I got to my first assignment, I was gently called out by one of the daily Mass congregants because I had referred to over a dozen individuals in my homilies as “one of my favorite saints,” and the term was beginning to lose all meaning. It was a fair point, but I hope it doesn’t detract from the fact that Pope St. John Paul II is in fact one of my favorite saints. I have the phone case and the keychain to prove it. This Sunday the Church celebrates the Feast of Divine Mercy, and JPII was instrumental in bringing about this feast day and giving it a place on the calendar. CLLICK TITLE TO READ MORE.
April 4, 2018
First communions in our region will be at OLR at this weekend Masses and at St. James’ weekend Masses next week. Please keep these young people in your prayers as they join us at the table of our Lord. This week Discipleship/Club begins at 7 pm Sunday at St. Matthias. We will begin Confirmation Preparation with next year’s eighth graders on Tuesday, April 24, at St. James of the Valley at 7:00 pm. This meeting is for parents and students who will be preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation this fall.
March 31, 2018
There are certain movie scenes, songs, and events that never cease to give me the chills. I come from a family with a long history of replaying movies over and over again, and even playing records and CD’s until they are worn out and no longer work. I’m a sucker for the big dramatic payoff after a long set up, whether it’s in a movie, song, or book. But all these experiences seem artificial and contrived when compared to the great liturgies of Holy Week. CLICK TITLE TO READ MORE.
March 26, 2018
Holy Thursday, March 29 No 8:00 am Masses 7:00 pm, Regional Mass, St. Matthias Followed by Exposition (St. Matthias Chapel)
Good Friday, March 30 No 8:30 am Mass Services: 12:10 pm, St. Matthias 1:00 pm, Our Lady of the Rosary 7:00 pm, St. James of the Valley Stations of the Cross: 7:00 pm, Our Lady of the Rosary
Holy Saturday, March 31 No 8:00 am Mass or Communion Service No Confessions on Saturday, March 31 8:30 pm, Regional Vigil Mass, Our Lady of the Rosary
Easter Sunday Mass, April 1 9:00 & 11:00 am, St. Matthias 9:00 & 11:00 am, St. James of the Valley 9:00 & 11:30 am, Our Lady of the Rosary
Regional Offices Closed Friday, March 30 & Monday, April 2