Advent

December 2, 2018

Today is the First Sunday of Advent. As we begin a new Liturgical Year in the Church, indeed a Year of Grace, we should all be striving ever more to live in the Grace of God. This new beginning of the Church Year is an opportunity for us all to resolve to learn more about our beloved Catholic Faith, to understand more deeply the incredible Mystery of the Holy Mass, and to thrive on the Sacramental Graces available to us.

Don’t get caught up in the pointless rat race to find the best gift for this or that person. Understand that the presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is the greatest of all Gifts. It is the efficacious sign of our salvation. It is the Source and Summit of our Faith. Instead of getting caught up in the pursuit of what you may “get” for Christmas, get caught up in what you can GIVE to God in celebration of the Incarnation of His Son. How about a heart and soul cleansed from sin? How about a deeper study of Sacred Scripture? It’s a new Church Year, and opportunities abound!

For the Greater Glory of God,
Fr. Matt

Rest in Peace

October 22, 2018

Father Thomas R. Espelage, Pastor of St. Mary Church from 1985-1997, passed away Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the age of 75. Father Tom served in the Priesthood for nearly 50 years, of which the last 19 were spent serving the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 7121 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

He was the beloved son of the late Stanley R. and Jean C. Espelage, and cherished brother of Mary Jane Espelage, Joyce Frondorf, Nancy (David) Jasper, Stanley Robert (Kathy) Espelage, Linda (Paul) Weckenbrock, Anne Wiesner, Lawrence (Cordy) Espelage, Harry (Sue) Espelage, and Jeannie Griffin. A host of other family and friends are left to mourn his passing.

On Monday, October 15, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Cincinnati, Reception of the Body will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by visitation from 6:30 p.m.—9:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., also at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. His body will be entombed at the St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to St. John Church and Hospice of Cincinnati.
Online condolences at www.staleyfuneralhome.com

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Ministry to Survivors of Abuse (Reporting)

October 19, 2018

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati regards child abuse in all its forms as a serious matter. If you are or have been abused by and employee or volunteer of the Archdiocese, or are aware of abuse currently taking place, please contact Ms. Cherie Groman, Coordinator of Ministry to Survivors of Abuse, at 513-263-6623, or 1-800-686-2724 x. 6623. This is a confidential, dedicated line to accept calls related to child abuse by employees or volunteers. In addition, be sure to notify the survivor’s secular legal authorities.

Your Parish Needs You!

For as many wonderful volunteers as each of our parishes have, we can always use more help. Whether you have a large amount of time or only a half an hour a month…

  • Whether you’re outgoing or shy…
  • Whether you’re young or old…
  • Whether you’re a leader or a follower…
  • Whatever your level of knowledge or skills…

…there are many ways in which you can assist!

Please call the parish office to find out what opportunities are available and let us know what is a good fit for you!

Alzheimer’s Support Group

October 7, 2018

McAuley Senior Living now has an Alzheimer’s Support Group which meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. in the McAuley conference room. The support group is for anyone who is needing advice, resources, comfort, or care due to memory loss of any kind for a family member.

Please contact Tonya West at 484-6138 for additional information.