Archbishop Schnurr and the Ohio Bishops Conference announced on Monday March 16 that effective immediately, all parishes are to cease the public celebration of all Masses and liturgies. A dispensation from the Sunday obligation has been granted through Sunday May 3rd. There is no doubt that this decision was not taken lightly and speaks to the seriousness of the current COVID-19, Corona-virus outbreak. My heart breaks at the thought of not celebrating Holy Week and Easter together. However, I am writing to let you know how we are going to attempt to meet your spiritual needs during this trying period.
Holy Mass will be live streamed each day on the Saints Peter and Paul Facebook account from Mary Our Mother Chapel in the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish Center. There are two ways to access the streamed Mass. If you have a Facebook account, log in and “LIKE” the Sts Peter and Paul Facebook page. Click on the live stream and when prompted, accept the prompt for notifications of live feeds on the page. If you do not have an account, simply go to the front page of the parish website (www.olshcatholic.church or www.ssppcatholic.church) or click here for instructions on how to access and watch Mass live streams. The streamed Mass schedule will be as follows:
Streamed Weekend Masses
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am
Streamed Weekday Masses
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday 8:30 am
Thursday 6:00 pm
Friday 12 Noon
To help with the celebration of Mass from home, we have created a worship aid that will include music and prayers for Mass. Mass Worship Aides can be picked inside both churches.
Booklets will be available 9 am – 8 pm. If you are home bound or are of a high-risk category, please call the parish office and we will send you a copy by mail.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered Saturday following the streamed 8:30 am Mass and on Thursday evening following the 6:00 pm Mass. Confessions will be heard at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in the Sacristy. (In the main door of the building, turn left down the hall, 3rd door on the left.)
The Sacrament of the Sick or Anointing of the Sick will only be offered to any who are in critical need. For example, in hospital, serious surgery, or end of life situations. Once the outbreak is subsided, we will schedule a healing Mass. All other Sacraments are cancelled until further notice, unless a serious circumstance arises.
The St John Paul II Biblical Stations of the Cross will be streamed online each Friday at 7:00 pm. In conjunction with “Virtual Adoration.” Booklets will be available for you to pick up along with the Mass Worship Aides.
In an effort to protect our staff and comply with the State of Ohio’s recommendations, the office will be closed until further notice. Voicemails are checked only once per day, and email responses are very limited.
If you need to reach Fr. Matt for an emergency please call the Parish Office – 513 554-1010, and enter extension 15. For any other office business that cannot wait, you can email Angie Touvelle: email@example.com; Beth Pettigrew: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Sally Dietrich: olsh.fuse.net. Angie, our Business Manager is also checking voicemail. You can reach her at 513 554-1010 ext 04, or Beth Pettigrew at extension 23.
Our Saint Vincent de Paul Society will still be working on a limited basis as we move through the next month. If you are one of the many who will not be able to work or will be limited in the number of hours due to the outbreak and you are in need of assistance, please feel free to call. SVdP is here for circumstances such as these.
Finally, further information will be shared through the website and Facebook as we get more direction from the Archbishop. Know that I will be praying for all of you and please pray for me as we journey through this spiritual desert. I look forward to the day when we are together again praising and singing the glory of God. Until then, let this moment as a spiritual reawakening to the power of the Eucharist and may our hearts be ever united with the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Saints Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart…pray for us.
Sincerely Yours in Christ Jesus,
Reverend Matthew J. Robben
Dear Saints Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parishioners,
I can’t explain how excited I am to be your new pastor. I look forward to working with you and growing in the Lord together. Many have asked what I would like to be called. You may call me Father, Father Matt, Father Matthew, or Fr. Robben…I’m flexible! With that said, here are a few details about my history.
On February 17, 1972, I was born the 13th of 14 alphabetically named children. As a child, I grew up on a working holstein dairy farm milking as many as 250 animals. I attended St John the Baptist Church and grade school in Harrison, Ohio. I graduated from Elder High School and attended 1 year at the University of Cincinnati. Starting when I was 16, I worked in the restaurant business. First, with LaRosa’s and then as general manager for Pizza Hut for 3 years. At that point, I switched to managing at several Jersey Mike’s locations. I returned to UC in 1999 and graduated with a BA with honors in History with the intention of teaching high school. Lacking the funds to pay for graduate school I was able to get a job at Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky working in the maintenance department and taking education classes at the same time. It was at Thomas More that my vocational call was reawakened. I entered Mount Saint Mary Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity and was ordained a priest on May 19, 2012. My 1st assignment was as chaplain and teacher at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton Ohio where I taught Scripture (I am currently working on my thesis for a Masters of Biblical Studies). My weekend assignment was to St Peter Parish in Huber Heights, Ohio. Earlier this year, due to the medical retirement of the pastor, I was named co-administrator of Region 12 (St Peter, Holy Cross, Our Lady of the Rosary, St Stephen’s, and St Adalberts). Other ministries I have been involved with include Project Rachel and the Respect Life Office. In my spare time, I like to play most any sport, especially basketball, ping pong, golf bowling or just walking in the woods. I also like to play cards (Pinochle with Euchre a close second), watch movies, and cook (baking in particular). I love volunteering each year for the FAM OHIO convention usually held in Columbus dedicated to helping educate people with bleeding disorders. I also like volunteering for the Over the Rhine and Walnut Hills Soup Kitchens as an active board member. Finally, I like to spend time with family and friends. I hope this gives you a snapshot of who I am, the rest you will learn in time.
God’s blessings to all,
Fr Matthew J Robben
I was ordained a deacon April 30, 2016. I am a family man, married to Linda for 48 years (July 2016); she has been very supportive-an important requirement. We have two children and two grandchildren. As a lay person I was involved in numerous ministries-visiting the sick, Eucharistic minister, lector, RCIA catechist, adult formation, etc.
I graduated from The Ohio College of Applied Sciences, Xavier University, and The Athenaeum of Ohio. I served six years with the US Army reserves. During my working career I was employed by several foundries and manufacturing plants in the Cincinnati area. I retired from manufacturing after 48 years, as a Quality Assurance Manager, to concentrate on my deacon formation studies.
Deacons are called to serve in a special way but I have always felt called to serve in many other ways – service to family, the Catholic Church, my country, and the community have all been part of my life’s work. I look forward to serving the priests and parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.
Angie started as the part-time Accounts Manager at OLSH in November, 2009 and in 2016 became the Business Manager for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. In 2019, as our parishes strive to be more united, Angie became Business Manager for the both OLSH and Sts. Peter and Paul. Please contact Angie to discuss financial and facility management for both parishes.
Mrs. Beth Pettigrew has been on the parish staff since July, 2012. Starting in September, 1998, she served Sts. Peter and Paul parish for 6 years as the part-time coordinator of Youth Ministry, receiving the Archdiocesan certification in Youth Ministry in 2002. In 2005 Beth became the full time Pastoral Associate for Youth and Religious Education at SsPP, and then for OLSH when our collaborative region was established in 2012. In 2008 she completed the two year Lay Pastoral Ministry program at the Athenaeum of Ohio, and has since earned a Certificate in Sacred Scripture from Catholic University.
Beth’s duties include: Sacrament preparation for 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation, Coordinator of the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP), and Safe Environment Coordinator. As a volunteer, she also runs the Youth Ministry program for youth from Jr. High through 12th grade.
Trent Sims is a native of Dayton, Ohio. He developed a love of music at an early age and completed 10 years of intensive private study in organ performance and choral conducting with teachers in the Dayton area. During the course of his studies, he accepted his first professional position at a large downtown Dayton church as Organist/Director of Music when he was 18. A subsequent interest in the theater organ led him to accept staff organist positions at several music-themed pizza restaurants equipped with Wurlitzer pipe organs. Among those restaurants were the Cincinnati area based Springdale Music Palace and The Music Palace in Sharonville. As a concert organist, Trent has played classical and theater organ concerts across the United States, England and Germany. He plays regular concerts on the recently installed Wurlitzer pipe organ in the Ballroom at Cincinnati’s historic Music Hall and made the inaugural recording on that instrument in 2010. Trent continues to maintain an active concert schedule. His formal education includes an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from Sinclair College in Dayton and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mortuary Science from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. His hobbies include flying, classic cars and motorcycle riding.