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Why do Catholics do that?

Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church? Perhaps you’ve been thinking of becoming a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart or Sts. Peter and Paul, or perhaps you are just curious about what Catholics believe. Please join us at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, August 29th for an Information Night at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart’s Parish Center to learn more about the RCIA program. All are welcome to attend, and all are welcome to invite someone they think may be interested in learning about the Catholic Faith. For more information please call Beth Pettigrew at (513) 554-1010 or email her at Beth.pettigrew@catholicreading.church.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is an opportunity for questions to be answered and for learning about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.

Are you or do you know someone who is:
• A person who has not been baptized and would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, with the possibility of becoming Catholic?
• A Baptized Christian of another denomination who would like to learn about and possibly join the Catholic tradition?
• A Baptized Roman Catholic who has not received Eucharist or Confirmation and would like to become a full participant in the life of the Church?
• A practicing Catholics who would like to increase their knowledge about their faith?

The Christian Initiation process offers an environment of support and guidance as you discover how God is working in your life.

PREP – SSPP/OLSH Parish Religious Education Program & Parent Orientation Meeting

Registration forms are now available in the vestibule at each Church, as well as on both parish websites. Be sure to pick up (or print out) the registration form and the calendar for the 2018-2019 year. Registration and fee is due by August 28th. Monday, Sept. 10th, at 6:45pm will be the Parent Orientation Meeting in the SSPP Parish Hall (formerly known as the Bingo Hall) which is located in the lower level of the Auditorium on the South side of the Church. Parking is available on the street or in the school parking lot. Enter thru the Church Street doors. PREP is the Parish Religious Education Program for Sts. Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart parishes. PREP is for children attending public schools grades 1 through 8 and their parents.

Monday, Sept. 10th, at 6:45pm will be the Parent Orientation Meeting in the SSPP Parish Hall (formerly known as the Bingo Hall) which is located in the lower level of the Auditorium on the South side of the Church. Parking is available on the street or in the school parking lot. Enter thru the Church Street doors. This meeting is a “must attend”.

A Message on Family Unity from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr

Dear Friends in Christ,

At times throughout our nation’s history, certain events take place that animate the public and force us to ask who we are as an American people. As a community of believers in Christ Jesus, who commanded us to build His Kingdom of love on Earth as it exists in Heaven, we are called to turn to our Catholic values in such moments and play an active role in shaping our culture and civic life. We do so tirelessly on such social concerns as abortion, racism, poverty, religious freedom and more.

Events of this past week provided a galvanizing moment for Catholic Social Teaching. I echo my brother bishops, and Pope Francis himself, in condemning the practices of family separation that were taking place at an unprecedented rate on our nation’s southern border. The human family is the most fundamental building block of society. The bonds between parents and children are God’s gift for how we begin to experience love itself and God’s very presence within humanity. In fact, the family is where we first learn to be human. This is a universal truth that applies to families who have U.S. citizenship, those who were born in other places, and even those who have crossed our borders without permission. Governments at any level exist to serve the structure of the family, not the other way around.

These recent events tested our Catholic Social Teaching on the dignity of the human family and each human person. Thank you for your recent prayers and actions in defense of this principle. We still have grave concerns about what happened and what still may take place. But the public outcry, which included the voices of so many of the Catholic faithful, seems to have halted the immediate crisis of the separation of these families. I am grateful for the strong, united witness of our Catholic faith.

Moving forward, I reiterate the call, one which the U.S. Catholic bishops have proclaimed for decades, for a comprehensive reform of our immigration laws. There is undeniably a need for a greater balance among national security, legal means of entry and humane enforcement of our laws. Congress is currently debating legislation now which the U.S. Catholic bishops oppose, as it would further encumber our immigration system rather than improve it. I encourage all the faithful to urge Congress to fix these problems once and for all through a bipartisan effort of fundamental immigration reform. To learn more, please visit the U.S. bishops’ website, www.justiceforimmigrants.org. Direct assistance can be offered through our Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio at www.ccswoh.org.

May we continue to respond to God’s call to protect human life, dignity and families everywhere.

Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD OF PRIESTS IN OUR PASTORAL REGION

NEW! Our parishes are joining all the parishes across the Archdiocese in launching a new prayer apostolate that encourages women to consider
becoming a spiritual mother to one priest or seminarian of our Archdiocese. Prayer for priests and seminarians has been proven to be
effective throughout the history of the Church. WE WOULD LIKE ALL THE WOMEN OF OUR PASTORAL REGION TO CONSIDER TAKING A PACKET OF MATERIALS  FROM THE GATHERING SPACE OF EITHER PARISH TO BEGIN PRAYING FOR YOUR NEW SPIRITUAL SON. For more information about this apostolate please visit: cincinnativocations.org/spiritual-motherhood-of-priests.

Kroger Community Rewards

The Kroger Community Rewards Program was designed to support organizaons by simply using your Kroger Plus Card! Sign up right away to start earning rebates for our parish.

1. Sign in or create an account at krogercommunityrewards.com.
2. Click on Enroll Now< 3. Under “Find Your Organizaon” enter 80728 (SSPP) or 80117 (OLSH), click search 4. Click on appropriate parish name 5. You’ll receive confirmaon that you’ve enrolled. Your purchases will begin earning rewards within 7-10 business days aBer registering your Kroger Plus Card. If you have any quesons or need help registering, contact Beth PeDgrew at 513/554-1010 or Lisa Schoenberger at 513/535-9841.

Resisting Happiness

Thank you for the many positive comments over the past 37 weeks of reflections. They have been a source of strength for me to break the cycle of resistance in my own life. Many have asked that the past reflections for the book Resisting be accessible online. Hopefully by the time you read this article, they will be posted on our website. If you do not have web access, call the parish office and we will mail you a copy.

http://catholicreading.church/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Resisting-Happiness.pdf

Why go on a Spiritual Retreat?

You could be as wealthy as a king — yet miserable — if you have no friends. Or you could be as poor as dirt — yet happy — because you’re surrounded by loved ones.

A recent study of human happiness by the distinguished British economist Richard Layard concludes that the most significant factor for personal happiness is relationships with other people. And what personal relationship could be more important than the relationship with God?

To learn more about retreats and find resources for local retreat houses, visit our Adult Faith Formation page.

Infant Baptism

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ARE YOU EXPECTING A BUNDLE OF JOY? Congratulations! It’s time to call the church office for Baptism!

The faith community of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart share in your joy and excitement!

If you are planning to have your baby baptized, please call the parish office at 733-4950 during the 2nd trimester of pregnancy to get enrolled in the Baptism preparation process. 

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1213) Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God. We thus become members of the Body of Christ, and are incorporated into the Church, sharing in her mission.

Click here to read our newsletter filled with information about your infant’s Baptism.

Sr. Rose Goes to the Movies

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EASTER WEEK

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THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

Holy Thursday, March 24

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

  • 6:30 PM – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues in the parish throughout the night.
Sts. Peter & Paul
  • 8:30 am Rosary & Morning Prayer (Lauds)
  • Good Friday, March 25

    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

    • 6:30 PM – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

    Sts. Peter & Paul

    • 8:30 am Rosary & Morning Prayer (Lauds)
    • 12:00 Noon Divine Mercy Chaplet
    • 12:45 PM Stations of the Cross
    • 1:30 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

    Holy Saturday, March 26

    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

    Sts. Peter & Paul

    • 8:30 AM – Morning Prayer (Lauds) with Preparation Rites for the Elect
    • 8:45 PM – The Easter Vigil

    EASTER SUNDAY, MARCH 27

    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart

    • 8:30 AM

    Sts. Peter & Paul

    • 10:30 AM