May you be surrounded by hope, love and peace
throughout the New Year. Happy 2013!
CHRIST AT THE CENTER
The Archdiocese is committed to helping your parish or school implement its plan to revitalize
the domestic church and our Eucharistic communities through “partnership consultation”
services. If you would like to tap the assistance and expertise of an interdisciplinary team of
Archdiocesan, parish, school and/or cluster/pastoral region consultants to explore the strengths
and needs of your community, get in touch with your regional contact below. These
consultations can assist you in building momentum for change as well as developing strategies
for successful renewal. Consultants can partner with you as you take your next steps, and make
available to you a broad range of resources, experts, presentations and best practices.
Consultations may take various forms, depending on your parish or school’s strengths, needs and
situation – a resourcing consultation (one-time gathering), a planning consultation (two or three
gatherings), or a long-term goals consultation (three to five gatherings or ongoing). These
options are described in greater depth at www.catholiccincinnati.org/catc/consultations/strategy/.
Get in touch with your regional contact to learn more about these consultation services, which
are available at no charge as part of Archdiocesan services to our parishes and schools.
Denise Warnecke, Regional Director, Office of Evangelization & Catechesis
Tim Colbert, Regional Director, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Colleen Gerke, Director, Family and Respect Life Office
Dayton and North: Sherry Gabert, 937.223.5151x5006; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tri-County Region: Laura Meibers, 937.223.5151x5009; email@example.com
Eastern: Sr. Helen Lucille Habig, 513.421.3131x2721; firstname.lastname@example.org
Western: Susie Gibbons, 513.421.3131x2716; email@example.com
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DEPARTMENT OF EXECUTIVE SERVICES
CLERGY COMMUNICATIONS INDEX 2012
The Index for the 2012 Clergy Communications is included with this mailing.
We have been asked to search for the baptismal record of Robin Lynn Williams, born April 2,
1956; the parents’ names are James John Williams and Helen Turner. Please search your
baptismal register books and if this record is located please contact Jane Mount at Immaculate
Conception Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit at 586.725.1762. Thank you in advance for
OFFICE OF SAFE ENVIRONMENT
FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH
As we continue to implement VIRTUS® in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we are establishing
additional policies to make our VIRTUS program operate smoothly and consistently across the
Archdiocese. Below is our policy on completing the mandatory continuing education component
by reading monthly Bulletins.
VIRTUS® MONTHLY BULLETIN POLICY
All VIRTUS® trained persons are expected to read and keep current with all monthly continuing
education VIRTUS® Bulletins. Effective March 1, 2013, any person who falls behind and does
not read three or more monthly Bulletins in a row will be required to attend another full
VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session before he / she can have any further contact with children.
The leaders of each Archdiocesan institution, (i.e. pastors, principals, etc.) are responsible for
enforcing this VIRTUS® Monthly Bulletin Policy. In doing so, they should consult with their
Local Safe Environment Coordinators (Local SEC) for each Archdiocese of Cincinnati
institution. All Local SECs currently have access to Bulletin records in the VIRTUS® Master
Report by using their “Administration” tabs.
We are still trying to develop a workable solution to the issue of how to deal with persons who
do not have e-mail addresses or computers. Please communicate that we do not plan to
disqualify any persons who have taken VIRTUS® training but who are not current on reading all
VIRTUS® Monthly Bulletins, if the reason for not reading them is because they do not have e-
mail and / or a computer. This is one of the issues we intend to cover during our upcoming
Local SEC meetings during early 2013. We have not yet scheduled exact dates for those Local
LOCAL SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATORS (SECs)
We still do not have Local SECs named for approximately 150 institutions in the Archdiocese.
If you have not already done so, please send the name, title, telephone number, e-mail address,
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and the last four digits of his/her Social Security for your Local SEC to Jackie Heinitz
(firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can complete our list and keep in touch with all Local
REQUIREMENT TO BE TRAINED / RETRAINED
Everyone in the Archdiocese is now required to be trained / re-trained using VIRTUS®
regardless of when any such persons were previously trained using our former training materials.
Over 14,000 persons have received this new VIRTUS® training to date, thanks to the fine efforts
of our more than 400 VIRTUS® Facilitators. The absolute last deadline for completing all
VIRTUS® re-training is June 30, 2014. We have heard rumors that some persons intend to
wait until much closer to this deadline to attend a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session.
Please do not do this because there could be far fewer Sessions available during the last
several months before the deadline arrives. We strongly encourage all persons to register for
and attend a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session as soon as possible. To do so, please go to
www.virtus.org (the VIRTUS® Home Page) and choose the yellow “Registration” link in the
left hand column. Then choose “Register for a Session” and pick Cincinnati (Archdiocese of
Cincinnati) from the drop down box. The rest of the registration instructions will prompt you to
set up a user name and password and ask some other questions. You can then sign up for any
one of the many currently scheduled VIRTUS® Child Awareness Sessions from all across the
Archdiocese. You can also find step-by-step VIRTUS® registration instructions on the
Archdiocese website at: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Online-
DEACON INFORMATION MEETINGS
If you know of any men (and wives) who might be interested in learning more about the role of
deacons in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, these meetings will be very helpful as they consider a
vocation to the diaconate or would just like to learn more about the ministry of deacons in the
Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Besides discussing the role of deacons (and wives), the meetings will
include information about the requirements for admission into the Deacon Formation Program.
There will also be an explanation of the ongoing process of discernment to the diaconate and
possible discernment methods. Finally, there will be time for participants to ask any questions
which are on their minds in order to help them to better understand the ministry of deacons. The
meetings will be from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 10
Lay Pastoral Ministry – Deacon Hal Belcher
Diaconate – Mr. Barry Mersmann
St. Charles Center, Carthagena, 2860 U.S. 127, Carthagena, OH 45822
Thursday, February 14
St. Charles Borromeo, Kettering, Walsh Hall
4600 Ackerman Blvd., Kettering, OH 45429
If someone plans on attending one of these meetings, they are asked to call Barry Mersmann,
Director of the Office of the Diaconate, or Karen Brannon at the Office of the Diaconate
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(513.421.3131) or register by e-mail at email@example.com to let us know so we
will be sure to have enough handouts. If they need directions, we will be glad to provide them.
The ordination of the permanent and transitional deacons will take place at 11:00 a.m. on April
27, 2013 at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Dayton. All clergy are invited.
ORDINATION DATES FOR 2013
Next year’s ordination dates are April 27, 2013, for permanent and transitional deacons at Our
Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Dayton, and May 18, 2013, for priests at St. Peter
in Chains Cathedral. Please mark your calendars now.
VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK (VAW) 2013
This year’s packet for Vocation Awareness Week, from January 13 - 19, 2013, is now published
and ready for use. We have chosen the theme of “Faith” to guide our reflections to coincide with
the Year for Faith. The materials for VAW are published here, please distribute them widely!
VOCATION NIGHT AT MOUNT ST. MARY’S SEMINARY
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary opens her doors for the annual
“Vocation Night” for men, college age and older, who are interested in exploring the possibility
of the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The evening begins with Mass at 5:15 and
includes social time and dinner with the seminarians prior to a short presentation on life in the
seminary. Those interested in attending should contact Fr. Kyle Schnippel in the Vocation
Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.421.3131x2890.
ANDREW DINNERS – SPRING 2013
Andrew Dinners have been scheduled for the spring on the following dates: April 4, April 10 and
April 17. Doors will open at 5: 30 p.m., with dinner at 6:00 and a presentation on the priesthood
at 6:45 p.m. The evening will conclude with an evening prayer at 7:30 followed by departure at
8:00 p.m. These dinners are a success because of the priests who invite young men from their
parishes and/or school assignments to attend with them. Please consider inviting those young
men whom you consider to have the traits necessary for the priesthood to attend a local dinner
with you. As you make that invitation, it is most successful if you are able to name why you
believe he has what it takes to be a priest in today’s world. Please call the Vocation Office
(513.421.3131x2890) to let us know how many you are bringing from your parish at least a week
Young women interested in learning about religious life are invited to join Bishop Binzer at a
Martha Dinner, 5:15 - 8:00 p.m., April 8, 2013, at St. Denis Parish in Versailles, OH. Please
encourage young women from your parish to make plans to attend. More information will
follow later; Mary Yarger, C.PP.S., (email@example.com or 937.837.3302)
is willing to answer questions. This event is being sponsored by the Vocation Ministers of the
Greater Cincinnati Area and this Office.
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OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS
NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK
In preparation for Vocation National Awareness Week (January 13), I offer you the following
WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH VOCATIONS
OF RELIGIOUS ORDERS THAT SERVE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE?
In May 2012 the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph welcomed a Novice in Baton Rouge,
LA. In November the CSJs also welcomed a candidate who will most likely move into
Novitiate August 2013. On Sunday June 24, 2012 the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati formally
welcomed two Affiliates; they will continue to live at the Casa de Caridad in southern New
Mexico. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have two second year Novices who are out on
mission for part of this year and who will return to Cincinnati to prepare for First Vows. They
also have an Affiliate who resides with the Sisters in Phoenix. The Franciscan men have two
postulants this year and the Marianists have one Second Year Novice. The Sisters of Mercy
have a candidate as of August 4th and an Apostolic novice since October 1st living in the house
of hospitality in Walnut Hills; and one Temporary Professed as well living and working in the
Archdiocese. The Congregation of Divine Providence has a Postulant living and in ministry in
the Archdiocese. The Order of Preachers (Dominicans) has thirteen Novices this year.
CALLED TO A SECULAR INSTITUTE?
Have you noticed a woman parishioner whom you think may have a genuine call – but not to a
traditional congregation? Could it be that she has a call to a secular institute? This vocation may
not even be on her radar screen. Members of secular institutes are called to a complete
consecration to God in prayerful Gospel living as single people in the ordinary circumstances of
lay life. They often express their mission as being Gospel “salt” or “yeast” within the world, in
job and family, in parish and neighborhood and civic community. They follow a rule of life and
have regular gatherings. Saint Angela Merici invented this form of life in 1535 by founding the
Company of St. Ursula (www.companyofstursula.org). The Company and Caritas Christi are
both present in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. For more information, contact Mary-Cabrini
Durkin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the U.S. Conference of Secular Institutes (secularinstitutes.org).
CONSECRATED VIRGIN LIVING IN THE WORLD
The consecrated virgin living in the world embodies a definitive vocation in itself. She is a
consecrated person, with her bishop as her guide. By virtue of the Consecration, she is
responsible to pray for her diocese and clergy. The consecrated virgin prays the Divine Office,
attends Mass daily if possible, and spends time in private prayer. Supporting herself by earning
her own living, the consecrated virgin is not obliged to take on any particular work or apostolate.
(For more information go to: www.consecratedvirgins.org)
Who may receive the Consecration?
+a woman who has never married or lived in public or open violation of chastity
+that by her age, prudence, and universally approved character she gives assurance of
perseverance in a life of chastity dedicated to the service of the Church and her
+that she be admitted to this Consecration by the bishop who is the local Ordinary.
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In May 2012, Sharon Borgert of Dayton was consecrated a virgin by Archbishop Dennis
Schnurr, the first in our Archdiocese.
If your parish thinks in terms of January as Vocation Month, any of the above articles
could be used for your bulletin on any Sunday in January.
RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS
Thank you so much for your support of this collection yet again. Last year a Church bulletin that
was passed on to me contained the following:
Dear Father ___________,
The Archdiocesan Financial Services informed my office that _________________ Parish has
contributed ____________ to the Retirement Fund for Religious. Thank you for promoting this
appeal. The people of the Archdiocese have given generously. They do Share in the Care.
The infirmed and elderly serve all of us through their prayer and suffering. These members often
show us how to live and how to die. In our society, there is real value to the witness of our care
of aged members of our families and religious communities.
Would you consider putting something similar in your bulletin?
DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING OFFICE
NEW ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE
The conversion to the new software is progressing. The January 1 group is about to begin.
There are two groups remaining (April 1 and July 1). All are being scheduled according to the
preferences indicated at the Orientation Session. Groups will be reminded as we approach your
preferred date. The training sessions for the April 1 group will begin in February. This group
will be contacted in early January with the dates. If you need to know which group you have
selected or haven’t selected a date, please contact Anne Morrow at
email@example.com. We have noticed that some parishes have not been closing the
individual month’s activity. If you need assistance, please contact Dan Umberg at
GENERAL ASSESSMENT PAYMENTS
Payment of the first half General Assessment billing was due by December 31, 2012. All
parishes were invoiced in December. Please notify Anne Morrow in the Finance Office at
513.421.3131x6604 if you did not receive an invoice. Please note that if payment was not
received by December 31, 2012, a late payment fee of 1% will accrue each month on the unpaid
first-half balance. If you have not completed your financial report for the year ended June 30,
2012, your General Assessment invoice was an estimated bill based on the prior year figures.
You will receive an adjusted invoice upon receipt of the actual completed report. However,
payment of the estimated first-half amount was still required by December 31, 2012. Please
contact Steve Burger at 513.421.3131x2850 with any questions.
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MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE
The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to
calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes. The standard
mileage rate for the use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be 56.5 cents per
mile for business miles driven in 2013. As usual, this reimbursement rate is for mileage incurred
for business travel and excludes mileage to and from work. As a practical matter, it may be
beneficial to review rental car rates for business trips over 150 miles. In some cases, it may be
more economical to have an employee rent a car and pay for gas rather than reimburse the
employee at the standard mileage rate. If you have any questions regarding the mileage
reimbursement rate, please contact Steve Burger at 513.421.3131x2850.
NEW RATE ON INVESTMENT NOTES
The interest rate paid on Archdiocesan investment notes for the period January 1, 2013 to June
30, 2013 will be adjusted to the December 2012 Fifth Third Pooled fund rate, rounded up to the
next 1/10 of a point. This rate will be posted on the Finance Office section of the Archdiocesan
website in mid-January. Please contact Steve Burger at 513.421.3131x2850 with any questions.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND SUMMER CAMPS
The Archdiocesan Policy for Summer Camps and Extracurricular Activities is available on the
Archdiocesan Website under Financial Services Documents. Please review this document if you
are either considering or have questions concerning an existing Summer Camp or Extracurricular
Activity. Please contact Steve Burger at 513.421.3131x2850 with any questions.
PROPERTY APPRAISAL PROCESS
The Finance Office has contracted with Gallagher Bassett Appraisal Services to continue
appraisals throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In January and February, locations in the
following deaneries will be appraised: St. Andrew, St. Francis De Sales and St. Margaret Mary.
In January letters will be sent to the locations by our office and Mr. Rod Stecklein will contact
each location to make appointments for this work. Thank you in advance for your cooperation
with this important project. If locations have any questions concerning the appraisal process or
have buildings added, torn down or sold, please contact Barb Walsh, 513.421.3131x6603.
401K PLAN REVISIONS
As of January 1, 2013, participants in the 401k plan may only make salary reduction elections in
percentages. This includes all new participants and current participants making any changes to
existing deferrals. Also effective January 1, 2013, all compensation paid (excluding severance)
to employees is considered 401k eligible for both employer and employee percentage and flat
dollar deferrals. Please visit the Finance Office website to view the revised Summary of
FAMILY AND RESPECT LIFE OFFICE
WHERE TWO OR THREE ARE GATHERED…HOME EDITION
(Christmas/Ordinary Time January 6 – February 10, 2013)
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An excellent family resource included with this mailing. You may also access this prayer aide
FROM THE USCCB…RITE OF BLESSING OF A CHILD IN THE WOMB
The “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb” has been approved for use in the dioceses of
the United States in both English and Spanish since May. The blessing is posted online as a color
PDF at www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/prayers/pro-life-blessings.cfm and is now
available in a booklet form (English and Spanish). Eventually it will be included in future
editions of the Book of Blessings/Bendicional. Copies may be ordered through USCCB
Publishing (Item no. 7-316) at www.usccbpublishing.org/productdetails.cfm?sku=7-316.
MORE FROM THE USCCB…
TO PRAY FOR LIFE, MARRIAGE, RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and
religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in
November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for
rebuilding a culture favorable to life and marriage and for increased protections of religious
liberty. Campaign components include monthly Eucharistic holy hours in cathedrals and
parishes, daily family rosary, special Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses, fasting and abstinence
on Fridays, and the second observance of a Fortnight for Freedom. For detailed information
please visit: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-
STILL MORE FROM THE USCCB….
CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF FAITH AS A FAMILY
For resources and ideas on living out the Year of Faith as a family and individually, go to
www.usccb.org/year-of-faith; also, if you have not seen the Family Prayer cards (in
English/Spanish…same card), check out Publication No. 7-385 under
January 17 and 24, 2013 (Thursday evenings), 7:00 - 9:30 p.m., at St. Gertrude Parish (Madeira),
Cincinnati, Ohio. The cost is $80.00 per couple. Please call the Family and Respect Life Office
at 513.421.3131x2621/2623 to register.
WEEKEND AWAY TO REFOCCUS
Sometimes the best thing to do for your marriage is to go on vacation with your spouse. Other
times, what you really need is a retreat to renew your focus on each other. This February, why
not do both? Join us on February 1 and 2 for a “Weekend Away to Refoccus on Your Marriage.”
Designed for couples that have been married for over five years, this All Inclusive weekend
combines the spiritual refreshing qualities of a retreat with the relaxed pace and freedom of a
weekend away. Best of all, with the easy to use Refoccus tools provided, YOU get to determine
how to best spend your time together. Plan to make it a great weekend at Maria Stein. Friday,
February 1st through Saturday February 2nd. Cost per couple: $150 includes your room, all your
meals, speakers and brochures, and a generous Weekend Away gift basket! Contact the Family
and Respect Life Office in Sidney for more information at 937.492.4449 or email Joshua Danis
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CONTINUING BEREAVEMENT TRAINING:
PREPARING FOR THE FUNERAL HOME EXPERIENCE
Prepare yourself to better support the grieving in their experience of going to the funeral homes.
Join us on how to learn about the Funeral Home Experience, the embalming process, and the
many decisions that families face. The gathering will be held on Monday, February 25,
from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Salm, McGill, and Tangeman Funeral Home, 502 South Ohio
Avenue, Sidney, Ohio, 45365. For more information, please contact the Family and Respect
Life Office at 937.492.4449 or email Joshua Danis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A post-abortion healing ministry of the Catholic Church will have a spring retreat held the
weekend of March 8 - 10, 2013 at the Bergamo Center in Dayton, Ohio. For more information,
please call Mary Anne Boyd at 513.421.3131x2620.
MARCH FOR LIFE – FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will be joining the March, and our venue this year is the Comcast
Center, University of Maryland for the Youth Rally and Mass. Shuttles will be provided for
transportation from the Comcast Center to the Greenbelt Metro for all attending the March after
the Youth Rally and Mass. Metro fare cards must be purchased by submitting a form and
payment to the Archdiocese of Washington by January 4, 2013. These cannot be ordered
online, submit only by postal mail. Please visit http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-
offices/family-life/respect-life/march-for-life-2011-photo-gallery/ to obtain all permission forms,
image waiver forms and Greenbelt Metro Fare Card request forms required by the Archdiocese
of Washington and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. If you have any questions, call Mary Anne
Boyd at 513.421.3131x2620.
GOLDEN JUBILEE 2013 MASS CELEBRATIONS
Pastor letters and response cards have been sent to all parishes. Please submit your number of
scrolls and invitations needed to the Family and Respect Life Office. The Cincinnati Mass is
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. and will be held at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. Archbishop
Dennis M. Schnurr will be the presider. The Dayton Mass will be Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 2:00
p.m. and will be held at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Dayton. Reverend
Larry Mierenfeld will be the presider.
WE REALLY NEED MASS STIPENDS!
Some of the missionary priests from our archdiocese are currently requesting Mass stipends to
help support their ministries. If you have extra stipends at your parish, please send them to:
Mission Office, 100 E. Eighth St., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45202. Thanks!
2013 MCP ASSIGNMENTS COMING, 2012 MISSION COLLECTIONS DUE
Thank you for hosting our annual missionary speakers who help educate and enliven our
parishioners about our church’s evangelization efforts. However, certain missionary orders who
spoke at some of our parishes in 2011 and 2012 are still waiting for the donations collected at
some of our parishes through our annual Archdiocesan Mission Co-operation Plan (MCP). If
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your parish’s MCP and/or Mission Sunday collections have not yet been sent in, please mail
them DIRECTLY and addressed to the Mission Office, 100 E. Eighth St., Cincinnati, Ohio,
45202 as they need to be properly recorded in the Mission Office for the Society of the
Propagation for the Faith and for the missionary orders. The Mission Office will soon be sending
MCP 2013 assignments to our pastors. So to avoid confusion, please send in past MCP donations
ASAP. If you are unsure if your parish has mailed in these donations, please feel free to call
Melonise Knight of our Mission Office at 513.421.3131x2631.
DURING LENT, DON’T FORGET TO PROMOTE MISSION/EVANGELIZATION FOR
THE “YEAR OF FAITH”
Why not invite a returned missioner or Catholics of various cultures like Vietnamese,
Ugandans, Mexicans, Filipinos, etc., to inspire and expand your school, parish, religious
education program about their faith.
Can you help the Holy Father’s Missionary Childhood Association and have your
students become more aware of children in our mission dioceses needing schools, clinics
Could your students pray for and e-mail/connect with our 95 missioners?
Could they pray for mission vocations with the World Mission Rosary?
Let the Mission Office or other parishes to speak to your parish council about parish
twinning. Expand your horizons, have Catholics from another culture or part of world
grow together with your parish in your faith.
For details, please call the Mission office at 513.421.3131; Dr. Mike Gable, ext. 2630 or Teresa
Phillips, ext. 2633; or e-mail us at email@example.com.
PRIESTLY FORMATION OFFICE
PRIEST SUPPORT GROUPS
A request came recently to our office for referral to a support group for priests that uses the
Twelve Steps. If you have anything to offer, please email Father Martin Fox at,
On January 22, the Priests’ Convocation will focus on the New Evangelization and the Rite of
Christian Initiation of Adults. In light of the work of the 2012 Synod of Bishops, we will look at
the implementation of the RCIA through the lens of the New Evangelization. Highlights of the
o RCIA: a natural response to the New Evangelization.
o RCIA: the potential for evangelizing and transforming the entire parish
o Practical ideas, resources and best practices for parishes large and small.
o Issues of concern: an opportunity to raise concerns, Q & A.
o Celebrating the rites: evangelizing moments for parish communities.
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We hope this day will be very responsive to your needs as we seek to revitalize the RCIA and
welcome people into the Church. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, an email
will be sent as well as a cancellation notice will be posted on the Archdiocesan web site.
WINTER RETREAT FOR PRIESTS: February 25 - March 1, 2013
At Maria Stein, with Archabbot Lambert O’Reilly of St. Meinrad. Theme: “Lord, I believe, help
my unbelief” is a prayer we can never discard. Contact our office to register. Free to priests.
NEWER CLERGY OVERNIGHT
March 17 – 18, 2013, at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary for the last four ordination classes.
Attendees, please contact me with any questions or topics of special interest.
PRIEST ANNIVERSARY DINNER
Save the date: Monday, May 6, 2013, at Bergamo as before, with Evening Prayer at 5:00 p.m.
RITE OF ELECTION AND CALL TO CONTINUING CONVERSION
The Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will take place on the First Sunday of
Lent, February 17, 2013. As last year, we will not be mailing hard copies of the information
sheets and reservation forms; but rather, we will place all of the forms on the Worship Office
home page on January 2, 2013. Pastors or RCIA coordinators will be able to download all of the
documents and send their reservation forms to the Worship Office via email, fax, or postal mail.
On January 2, we will email a letter with a link to the documents to all pastors and RCIA
coordinators. If you do not receive the email, please call the Worship Office at
513.421.3131x6609 or go directly to the website at
reservation form deadline will be January 21, 2013. Please remember that seating is
determined on a first come first serve basis.
ARE YOU RECEIVING THE WORSHIP OFFICE NEWSLETTER?
If you have not signed up for the Worship Office newsletter, you can do so by going to:
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi – Through prayer, music, and reflection Father Larry
Tensi and Karen Kane will engage participants in a deeper experience and understanding of the
celebration of the Eucharist and assist them in connecting their Sunday worship to their everyday
lives. Children in grades 1 – 6 will also have a separate, spirit-filled program. This four-evening
retreat-like experience will be held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 8:45 p.m. on February
14, 21, 28, March 7 at St. Michael Church, Sharonville. Parishes can take advantage of
registration discounts. For more information and registration, please go to
www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/worship/ and scroll down to the upcoming events.
Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi will also take place at St. Charles Borromeo Church,
Kettering, on Tuesday evenings, April 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 2013. Registration and
information for this location will be available on our website in the near future.
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Pastoral Care of the Sick – This workshop is designed for Extraordinary Ministers who take
Holy Communion to the sick. The workshop will assist participants in understanding the
emotional and spiritual needs of the sick and elderly and how best to serve their needs. The
workshop will be taking place on March 12 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe
Church, Liberty Twp., March 12 from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Vivian Church, Cincinnati,
March 13 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Botkins, and March 13
from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Centerville. The presenters are Karen
Kane and Candi Rinderle. For more information and registration, please go to
http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/worship/ and scroll down to the upcoming
OFFICE OF YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY (OYYAM)
For more information and registration for any of the events below, visit our websites:
Young Adult Ministry: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/young-adult
Youth Ministry: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/youth-ministry
“ALL THINGS NEW” ARCHDIOCESAN SPRING RALLY, MARCH 9, 2013
All Catholic high-school age teens are welcome to The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Youth Rally
on March 9, 2013 at Fenwick High School in Middletown from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. Here’s a link to
the poster: ALL THINGS NEW, Featuring NCYC emcee ValLimar Jansen
(http://www.spiritandsong.com/artists/62641), popular national Catholic speaker Chris Padgett
(http://chrispadgett.com) and both Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and Bishop Joseph Binzer. This
high-impact event is the high point of the spring youth ministry calendar here in the Archdiocese.
Special sessions for high school and parish youth leaders are planned with opportunities for
dialogue with Bishop Binzer.
CHRIST AT THE CENTER YOUTH MINISTRY INITIATIVES
JANUARY, 2013 UPDATE: ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH ATHLETICS INITIATIVE
(Important: Pastors, parish and school leaders are asked to keep their athletics leadership
posted and up-to-date with developments regarding the Youth Athletics Initiative.)
The Archdiocesan Youth Athletics Task Force will meet next at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in
Monroe on January 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. There will be detailed progress reports from
each of the Task Force subcommittees: League Leaders, Technology, Coaches and Boosters,
and Evangelization/Catholic Identity. The deadline for completion of the Archdiocesan charter
is now May, 2013, and Task Force meetings will continue on a bimonthly basis. All meetings of
the Task Force are open to the public, and limited time for visitors/observers to address the Task
Force is available at every meeting. More information about the work of the Task Force is
available on the Archdiocesan website here: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ayatf/, and the
Youth Athletics Initiative is also accessible via Facebook. Any questions or concerns may be
directed to Dr. Sean Reynolds, Director, Office of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, 513.421.3131
x2740, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BOY SCOUTING REVITALIZATION INITIATIVE
(Important: Pastors, parish and school leaders are asked to keep their Boy Scout leadership
posted and up-to-date with developments regarding the Boy Scouting Revitalization Initiative.)
The annual Archdiocesan Awards Ceremony for Scouts who have earned the Pius XII, Ad Altare
Dei, and Parvuli Dei religious emblems will take place on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the
Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains.
STRONG CATHOLIC FAMILIES
Parishes and schools interested in scheduling Strong Catholic Families presentations for parents
should contact the appropriate CATC consultation contact, which you can find here:
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS OFFICE
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 2, 2013
Each of our schools is planning a number of events to commemorate the wonderful success and
tradition of our Catholic schools. Please join us in praying for a vibrant future for our Catholic
schools! We are planning two large Masses for Catholic Schools Week. Each of these Masses
will include student representatives from area Catholic schools. All priests and religious are
welcome to attend. The Masses are:
Cincinnati: Tuesday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati;
Archbishop Schnurr will celebrate. Pre-Mass procession begins at 9:40 a.m.
Dayton & Northern Region: Wednesday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church
(Huber Heights); Bishop Binzer will celebrate. Pre-Mass procession begins at 9:40 a.m. If
you are a priest and wish to concelebrate, please contact Pat Ripley at
email@example.com or 513.421.3131x2717. If you wish to concelebrate, we will need
to hear from you by January 15.
Archbishop Schnurr’s Broadcast: Archbishop Schnurr will be conducting his annual broadcast
to the Catholic High Schools on Monday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. This year, Archbishop
Schnurr will be broadcasting from McNicholas High School. During the broadcast, Archbishop
Schnurr will respond via teleconference to questions asked by students across the Archdiocese.
SCHOOL CHANGE PROCESS
School Pastors: You should have recently received a letter from Archbishop Schnurr regarding
the “School Change Process” as well as the Principal Evaluation Process. If you have any
questions about your role in these processes, please do not hesitate to contact the Catholic
Schools Office at 513.421.3131x2717.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL MARKETING
We are delighted to welcome Mrs. Mimi London to the Catholic Schools Office. Mrs. London is
working as a contractor for marketing for Catholic schools. Mrs. London is a well-known and
highly successful professional marketer. She has already assisted a number of our schools in
forming local marketing plans. Even more importantly, she is a passionate and ardent supporter
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of our Catholic mission. Mrs. London will be assisting with designing and implementing
Archdiocesan-level marketing for Catholic schools, and will lead a number of training sessions
for school leaders and volunteers. Mrs. London is also available to any school for a one-time
“marketing audit” to evaluate current marketing effectiveness and generate more ideas. As per
the Vision for Catholic Schools, it is vital that we tell the success story of Catholic school
education to potential families. To contact Mrs. London, please call the Catholic Schools Office
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE VISION FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
Continues to go well. Our thanks to all clergy that have assisted in this important endeavor. We
are anticipating publishing a report on our progress in late January/early February. More
information will be forthcoming.
OFFICE OF EVANGELIZATION AND CATECHESIS
CHRIST AT THE CENTER…
Please see the infusion bulletin for Ordinary Time – January 20, 2013 – February 10, 2013,
inserted with this mailing. The Spanish edition is also included with this mailing.
The Being Catholic blog is now hosting a page with contact information for those looking to
“come home” this Christmas: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/being-catholic/catholics-come-
home/. The Office of Evangelization and Catechesis will be directing those who contact us to
nearby parishes. Please be prepared to go out of your way to welcome home those returning
Catholics who contact your parish!
DIGITAL CHURCH CONFERENCE:
A ONE DAY GUIDE TO CATHOLIC NEW MEDIA
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at St. John Church, West Chester, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cost: $60
(includes lunch and materials). Register now for the Digital Church Conference at:
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30
Three Highly Acclaimed Speakers:
Brandon Vogt, author of The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online
Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet (OSV).
Matthew Warner, founder of Flocknote, blogger at the National Catholic Register and
Eric Simmons, founder of eCatholic one of the largest providers for Catholic websites in
BONUS! Sr. Caroline Cerveny will preview the Digital Discipleship Bootcamp, and
exciting new program being offered this Spring.
Topics include: how to perfect your website, building your social network, and avoiding the
dangers of the digital continent. The day also includes a 30-minute media makeover, in which
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the presenters will build a dynamic website and social media presence in 30 minutes. Plus there
will be time to ask the experts your questions!
HOW TO INVITE FAMILIES TO THE HOLINESS OF THEIR LIVES
Cincinnati Religious Educator’s Association presents Tom McGrath, Vice President of New
Product Development at Loyola Press in Chicago to speak about ideas and practical tips for
parish staffs, school principals and catechetical leaders to engage parents. Tom will provide
innovative concepts with practical ways to apply them. Join us on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at
Our Lady of Sorrows Church Hall, 330 Lebanon St., Monroe, OH 45050. Fee of $50.00 includes
speaker, handouts, continental breakfast and lunch. Registration to come in the mail and on line.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF SOUTHWEST OHIO
Catholic Charities is offering two workshops for parents in January.
A four-week parenting workshop - Growing up Again - which will help parents learn a
variety of ways to reach their children and balance love with limits. It will be held on
Thursday nights from January 3 - 24 at Mercy Hospital in Western Hills. All sessions
run from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Fee is $60/person.
A one-session workshop – Discipline Strategies for Raising Responsible Children –
which will teach developmentally appropriate strategies that foster responsibility, ways to
change parental behavior that will impact how a child responds, and the importance of
consistency and follow-through. It will be held on Tuesday night, January 29 from 6:30 -
8:30 p.m. at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Fairfield (3050 Mack Road). Fee is
The January dates for the Catholic Charities & Immaculate Heart of Mary Job Loss Support
Group at Immaculate Heart of Mary are January 2 and 16 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. For any of the
above, contact Sandy Keiser at 513.241.7745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your parish, do you have caregivers who are taking care of parents or children with special
needs? Do they need the support of other caregivers so they know they aren’t alone? The
Caregiver Assistance Network of Catholic Charities has monthly support groups throughout
the Greater Cincinnati region. For the nearest support group, your parishioners can go to
CatholicCharitiesSWO.org/CAN/support groups/. If you would like to start a support group at
your parish, contact Margaret Iannaci at 513.929.4483 or email@example.com.
SOCIAL ACTION OFFICE
CATHOLIC AGENCIES IN THE ARCHDIOCESE:
Provide A Circle Of Protection Around The Poor And Vulnerable In The Federal Budget!
With the encouragement of Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, 11 Catholic human services agencies in
the Archdiocese united on December 5 around a message to protect the poor from the fiscal cliff.
Their call to Congress and the Administration echoes the advocacy of the U.S. Conference of
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Catholic Bishops to provide a “circle of protection” around the poor and vulnerable in the federal
Programs, such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), homeless and emergency shelter funds,
support for food banks, educational services, and poverty-focused international assistance, make
an immense impact in our communities when coupled with the effective services of our Catholic
human services agencies. As they articulated in their joint statement, “Investing in programs that
address basic needs and maximize the potential of vulnerable residents makes the most of our
human resources, helping every resident to contribute to our educational, political and business
communities. Supporting the programs in the ‘circle of protection’ is sound fiscal policy.”
The statement was signed by the leaders of Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio; Healthy
Moms & Babes; the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Dayton; the Society of St. Vincent de Paul,
Cincinnati; St. John, Cincinnati; Catholic Residential Services; St. Raphael, Hamilton; St. Joseph
Home of Cincinnati; Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley; the Archdiocese of
Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office; and St. Joseph Orphanage. To read the statement and
related information, please visit www.catholiccincinnati.org/socialaction. Parishioners are
encouraged to advocate for the Circle of Protection by learning more and contacting their U.S.
Senators and Representatives through the Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121. For more
information, please contact the Catholic Social Action Office.
NATIONAL MIGRATION WEEK 2013: JANUARY 6 -12
WE ARE STRANGERS NO LONGER: OUR JOURNEY OF HOPE CONTINUES
The U.S. Catholic Bishops' National Migration Week 2013 is January 6 - 12, with the theme of
"We are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues." As this is a time for us to
remember the migration journey that the Holy Family had to take in order to escape death at the
hands of King Herod, we remember the journey that current day immigrants take to escape
persecution, torture, and death, in a search for a better life. Please visit the “Take Action Page” at
www.catholiccincinnati.org/socialaction to access prayers, petitions, homily helps, a bulletin
announcement and brochures that you can use in your parish. We also have postcards that people
can fill out on comprehensive immigration reform. For more information on any of these, please
contact Dave Scharfenberger, Justice For Immigrants Coordinator at 513.421.3131x2611 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know if your parish chooses to use any
of these materials! As we celebrate the Epiphany and National Migration Week, we pray that the
journeys of current refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants are safe and end with opportunities
for a better life and ways to contribute to make our country a better place. Comprehensive
immigration reform seems even more possible in light of recent comments from political leaders,
and so we also pray that our leaders fix this broken system in the months ahead. As Archbishop
Dennis Schnurr expressed in his statement, "Why We Need Comprehensive Immigration
Remembering always that the Holy Family, fleeing persecution in its own land,
was also a migrant family, how do we today unfurl the welcome mat to Christ
present in the thousands of immigrants coming to the doorstep and still keep
our own house orderly and safe? ...It seems that only comprehensive immigration
reform can simultaneously restore both order and human dignity (June 2010).
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2013 GLOBAL SOLIDARITY CONFERENCE: Cords of Human Kindness, Ties of Love
Cords of Human Kindness, Ties of Love, (Hosea 11:4) the 2013 annual Global Solidarity
Conference, will focus on the Catholic Social Teaching Principle of a Call to Family,
Community and Participation. Mary Beth and Adakole Iduh will make a keynote presentation on
how the people of Nigeria are lifting themselves out of poverty, because of the U.S. Catholic
community’s assistance through Catholic Relief Services. The Iduhs met while working together
for CRS in Nigeria. They married last summer. The conference also will look at ways to support
families here in the U.S. and around the world as part of the Year of Faith. Workshops also will
study issues that have a significant negative impact on families such as poverty, pornography, the
sex trade, human rights violations and immigration. The all-day conference is Saturday, February
2, at Kennedy Union on the University of Dayton Campus. For more information please call,
937.224.3026 or visit www.catholiccincinnati.org/socialaction.
CRS RICE BOWL
Parishes that participated in Operation Rice Bowl in 2012 automatically had their orders
submitted to ORB/CRS in September 2012. Please call Pam Long at the Catholic Social Action
Office, 937.224.3026x5018 or email email@example.com if you have any questions
about your shipment. There is still time for your faith community to join the Archdiocesan
parishes and schools participating in the 2013 Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl program. This
is the new name for the program known as Operation Rice Bowl. In this year’s program, For
Lent, For Life, CRS Rice Bowl calls faiths communities to, as one way, to answer the Gospel
call to assist those most in need. CRS Rice Bowl offers for free:
The rice bowl, with a 2013 Lenten Spiritual Guide, features Burkina Faso, East
Timor, Lesotho, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan and the United States
Posters in English or Spanish
A Coordinator’s Guide (English/Spanish)
Educator’s Guide (English/Spanish)
Promotional videos (English/Spanish)
CD Rom of educational and interactive resources for ORB
New this year is CRS Rice Bowl for Small Faith-Sharing Groups and a Post-Homily CRS Rice
CRS RICE BOWL CHALLENGE GRANT WINNERS
Congratulations to St. Peter Claver Latin School for Boys in Cincinnati and St. Michael of Ft.
Loramie for winning the 2012 Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Challenge Grant. St. Peter
Claver won for its first-time efforts with Rice Bowl and St. Michael for enhancing its previous
Rice Bowl efforts. Barbara Mellon at St. Peter Claver noted the students studied the featured
countries and they had a March Madness Hoops Tournament, where boys had to “pay to play” as
a fundraiser for Rice Bowl. At St. Michael, Ann Bollheimer reported rice bowls were given to
the youngest child in the CCD program in seventh and eighth grade for the first time, building on
a distribution to children in grades K-6. The parish kicked off its Rice Bowl efforts with an
announcement at Mass. Greeters passed out the bowls and displays were set up at each entrance
to the Church throughout Lent. Members of RCIA were introduced to Rice Bowl and they
discussed the segment on El Salvador. The parish also learned through a newsletter article about
some parishioners’ visit to a CRS site in El Salvador. In 2013 the Archdiocese’s CRS Committee
again will offer two Challenge Grants of $750 each to a parish which is participating in the ORB
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Program for the first time and to a parish which is expanding its ORB efforts. The grant criteria
How many different parishioners were involved, such as Youth, adult groups etc.
How many participants attended events;
How much CRS resources are being promoted to other groups and
How many people will be reached by the future grant-funded project and how many
people will be benefitting?
The 2013 Grant application will be available online before Lent at
www.catholiccincinnati.org/socialaction. For more information, please call Pam Long at the
Catholic Social Action Office in Dayton, 937.224.3026.
JUST PEACEMAKING INITIATIVE:
THE CHALLENGE AND PROMISE OF NON-VIOLENCE FOR OUR TIME
Twelve-Week Program to Be Offered In Several Archdiocesan Locations In 2013
During this Year of Faith, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is recognizing the 50th anniversary of
Pope John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth) encyclical and Pope Benedict XVI’s
comprehensive vision for peacemaking in his 2013 World Day of Peace Message, “Blessed Are
the Peacemakers.” One way parishioners can explore these guiding documents of our day is to
participate in JustFaith Ministries’ Just Peacemaking Initiative. This JustFaith Ministries
JustMatters module was created as a resource for small groups to deepen their understanding and
practice of peacemaking. At the core of the module is the intentional building of relationships at
every level of society, relationships that are dedicated to:
nonviolent transformation of conflict,
the pursuit of social justice, and
the creation of cultures of sustainable peace.
Anyone interested in participating in this 12-week, transformative program is invited to join one
of a number of modules offered throughout the Archdiocese in 2013. Please contact the
Archdiocese Catholic Social Action Office for more information at 513.421.3131x2660 or
YEAR OF FAITH EVENT:
CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF PACEM IN TERRIS, APRIL 18
The Catholic Social Action Office, in conjunction with the Schools and the Evangelization and
Catechesis Offices, Xavier University, and other local partners, is planning a day within the
context of the Year of Faith to focus on the universal themes of Pope John XXIII’s historic
encyclical, Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth). Scheduled for April 18, 2013, at the Cintas Center
on Xavier University’s campus, the effort will include a half-day gathering of high school
students from throughout the Archdiocese, titled “New Hope to the World: Called by Our Faith
to Be Peacemakers.” Later that evening, there will be a program open to the public on this topic.
Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations has
accepted an invitation from Archbishop Schnurr to offer keynote presentations at both of these
functions. Please stay tuned!
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LOCAL FOODS SEMINAR
The St. Martin Deanery Catholic Rural Life Conference would like to invite all parishioners to
attend their Sixth Annual Buy Local Foods Seminar on Sunday, January 20, 2013, starting
at 1:45 p.m. The event will take place at St. George Church Hall in Georgetown, Ohio. For
more information, please contact Pat Hornschemeier at 937.378.4769.
DEPARTMENT OF STEWARDSHIP
2013 CATHOLIC MINISTRIES APPEAL
Thank you to all of you who participated in our regional 2013 CMA workshops in December. If
you and/or your designated CMA staff and volunteers did not join Archbishop Schnurr and
Bishop Binzer at one of the eight CMA workshops conducted December 4 - 7, you will be
contacted by phone to review the 2013 CMA plans for your parish. Please implement the new
procedures to assure a successful appeal. Hundreds of thousands of people count on the success
of the Appeal. Parish staff and parish volunteers interested in receiving email notifications can
contact Brian Doyle at Brian@CatholicAppeal.info to be added to the distribution list.
Monday, February 4: Parishes receive CMA materials: Parish Guide, posters, audio,
Archbishop Schnurr’s audio Homily, DVD of CMA video,
promotional materials and announcements, In-Pew envelopes and
Thursday, February 7: Clergy Appeal Letter #1 mailed
Sunday, February 16 - 17: Pre-Announcement Weekend
Tuesday, February 19: Request Letter from Archbishop Schnurr mailed to all registered
Saturday, February 23: CMA Partners Banquets in Cincinnati
Sunday, February 23 - 24 ANNOUNCEMENT WEEKEND
Saturday, March 2: CMA Partners Banquets in Dayton and Sidney
Sunday, March 2 - 3: CONDUCT IN-PEW SOLICITATION
Sunday, March. 9 - 10: Follow-up Weekend
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CMA PARTNERS BANQUETS
All clergy, current CMA Partners and potential CMA Partners are invited to attend a CMA
Partners Banquet with Archbishop Schnurr and Bishop Binzer. A CMA Partner is anyone who
pledges 1% of their income or who pledges $1,000 or more. Formal invitations will be sent in
the mail. Locations and times are listed below:
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 12:00 noon, Kenwood Country Club, Cincinnati (East)
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 6:00 p.m., Clovernook County Club, Cincinnati (West)
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 12:00 noon, Moraine Country Club, Kettering
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 6:00 p.m., The Oaks Club at Shelby Oaks Country Club, Sidney
CHANGES TO PARISH MAILING LISTS
It is never too late or too early to send in changes, additions, and deletions! Please send them,
when they occur to Carolyn Drew at CarolynD@LetterConcepts.com. Thank you!
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BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT SHEET
REPORTING ABUSE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CINCINNATI - If you know someone
who has been abused at any time by an agent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati (priest, deacon,
employee or volunteer), the Archdiocese urges you to contact Sandy Keiser, LISW, the Victims’
Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, at 513.263.6623 as well as the victim’s
secular legal authorities.
REPORTING FINANCIAL MISCONDUCT - In a spirit of good stewardship, the
Archdiocese of Cincinnati has instituted a financial misconduct hotline to allow employees,
volunteers, vendors and other interested parties to report what they believe to be financial
misconduct at any level – parish, deanery or archdiocese. As an additional safeguard, the hotline
is administered by an independent third-party company, EthicsPoint. You may report a concern
on this hotline either by calling one of EthicsPoint’s trained specialists at 1.888.389.0381 or by
visiting the website www.ethicspoint.com. There is also a link on the Archdiocesan website,
www.CatholicCincinnati.org, under Ministries and Offices > Finance Office > “To Report
Financial Misconduct.” (on menu on left-hand side of page) > “File a Report” (at top of page).
CELEBRATING THE RITE OF THE BLESSING OF THE CHILD IN THE WOMB
Join us in celebrating and praying for mothers, fathers, and families, and for children in the
womb. On Sunday, ______________, the ___ Mass will include a special blessing for unborn
children and their expectant parents. We will also pray for couples who are hoping for the gift of
a child and for couples who have suffered the loss of a child.
Please RSVP to ______ at ______ if you wish to receive the blessing.
To be printed December 29 - 30, 2012 and/or January 5 - 6, 2013:
I Am the New Year
I am the New Year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time. I am your opportunity to
practice what you have learned during the last twelve months about life.
All the good that you tried to do for others and didn’t achieve last year is mine to grant—
providing you have fewer selfish and conflicting desires.
In me lies the potential of all that you have dreamed but didn’t dare to do, all that you hoped but
did not perform, all you prayed for but did not yet experience.
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Christ who said, “Behold, I make all things
new.” (Rev. 21:5)
I am the New Year.
Reprinted with permission Take Out, a publication of Our Sunday Visitor
To be printed January 5 - 6, 2013:
Have Your Own Epiphany!
In the Church, Epiphany means we celebrate when the Magi visit and bring gifts to Jesus. The
word comes from the Greek language. It means “appearance.” This was Jesus’ appearance to
the Magi, and a visible demonstration of his importance to the world.
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When a new insight strikes us, we also refer to it as an epiphany—an “appearance” of something
previously unseen. Make one of your New Year’s resolutions a commitment to let Jesus appear
in your lives this year. Encourage (no, demand) compassion, grace and forgiveness.
Reprinted with permission Take Out, a publication of Our Sunday Visitor.
To be printed January 19 - 20, 2013:
The Family and Respect Life Office reminds you that January 21 is Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day. As a nonviolent civil right leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist in the best
Christian tradition. You may want to pray these words with your family: Holy God, you create
every person in your own image and likeness. Because your Holy Spirit lives within us, we are
all brothers and sisters. We remember our brother, Martin Luther King, Jr., who worked so
tirelessly to proclaim that all your people are equal. We remember his powerful message
about the dignity and worth of every human being. Holy God, help us live as one family,
rejoicing in our common bonds and respecting our differences. We ask this in the name of
Jesus, your Son. Amen.
VOCATION NIGHT AT MOUNT ST. MARY’S SEMINARY
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary opens her doors for the annual
“Vocation Night” for men, college age and older, who are interested in exploring the possibility
of the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The evening begins with Mass at 5:15 and
includes social time and dinner with the seminarians prior to a short presentation on life in the
seminary. Those interested in attending should contact Fr. Kyle Schnippel in the Vocation
Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.421.3131x2890.
REMEMBER THE CHURCH IN YOUR ESTATE PLANS
Planned gifts give more and cost less. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati offers a planned giving
program for parishioners who would consider their parish and/or other Catholic ministries in
their wills, trusts, or life income arrangements. For interactive educational material, visit
CatholicPlanning.info on the Web. For personal assistance, contact Michael Vanderburgh at
513.257.6266 or 800.686.2724 ext. 2882.
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