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July 7, 2019: Parish Pilgrimage for 2020.

Saint Patrick Architecture Articles ( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( Part 3)
Lenten Talks with Rev. Shawn Landenwitch:

Parting the Waters, 2019 Lenten Talk ( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( View Handout)
In the Garden of Eden, 2018 Lenten Talk ( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( Part 3)
Bread from Heaven, 2017 Lenten Talk ( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( Part 3)
Why Be Catholic, 2016 Lenten Talk ( Part 1) ( Part 2) ( Part 3)


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Saturday, August 17th 2019:

Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine
6:00 PM - Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Mass. Located at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Russells Point. There will be shuttle taking people from the Saint Mary of the Woods church to and from the shrine. We will pray the Rosary at 5:30 PM before Mass at the shrine.

View Our Lady of Fatima Shrine Mass 2019 flyer.
Thursday, August 15th 2019:

Assumtion of the Blessed Virgin Mary
7:00 PM - Assumption Mass (Holy Day of Obligation)
Saturday, August 10th 2019:

Unbound: Freedom In Christ Seminar
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Recovery Zone in Urbana. Find the freedom God intends for you! Do you find yourself struggling with the same sin time after time, stuck in your spiritual growth, struggling with forgiveness or bound by negative patterns of thinking? The Unbound: Freedom in Christ Seminar will present 5 keys to greater freedom in your life - Repentance & Faith, Forgiveness, Renunciation, Authority and The Father's Blessing.

The seminar is Saturday, August 10th from 8:00am - 4:00pm at the Recovery Zone - 827 Scioto St., Urbana, OH. It is presented by the Unbound Team from St. Patrick's church in Bellefontaine with some live talks and some talks on DVD by Neal Lozano, the creator of the Unbound Model. Prayer opportunities will also be provided throughout the day. Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided. The cost is a donation.

To register visit For more information contact Carrie Kline at or (937) 935-8188.
Sunday, July 21st 2019:

Parish Pilgrimage 2020 Presentation
2:00 PM at Winner Harvest Barn. Join Father Landenwitch and fellow parishioners on a pilgrimage from May 25 through June 6, 2020. The pilgrimage will include visits to the site of the apparitions of Mary in Fatima, the burial place of the apostle James in Santiago de Compostela, and the healing baths of Lourdes.

A presentation for those considering being a part of this pilgrimage will be held at the Winner Harvest Barn, 7317 St. Rt. 47, on July 21st at 2:00 PM. Brochures with additional information will also be available soon. If you have other questions, please contact Charity Thiel at Saint Mary of the Woods (937.468.2091) or Father Landenwitch. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Update: Register by Monday, September 9 2019

If you missed the informational meeting, you can pick up a brochure with more information from the parish office. Contact Jim and Charity Thiel or Father Landenwitch with questions.

We are now accepting reservations/deposits. Please register by Monday, September 9. The trip will be opened up at that time to people outside of the parish if additional seats need to be reserved.

Monday, July 15th-18th 2019:

Vacation Bible School
6:00-8:30 P.M. at Saint Patrick for 4 days. Classes are open to Preschool-5th grades from Saint Patrick and Saint Mary of the Woods students.
Contact the Parish Office at 937-592-1656 for more information.

Visit St. Patrick's VBS 2019 for YouTube Playlist.
Sunday, July 14th 2019:

Brown Scapular Enrollment
After 10:00 A.M. Mass. There will be an opportunity for enrollment in the Brown Scapular on Sunday, July 14, after the 10:00 Mass at St. Pat's. Anyone who has not previously been enrolled in the Brown Scapular is highly encouraged to take part.

This very powerful devotion to Our Lady has the potential to obtain great graces for each one of us. Last year, over 75 parishioners between both parishes were enrolled. Each step we take toward Mary is a step we take toward her Son. Take advantage of this chance to draw nearer to Jesus through the intercession of His Mother and ours!

"Abandon yourself into the hands of Mary. She will take care of you."--Padre Pio

Visit for frequently asked questions about wearing the brown scapular and for additional brown scapular information.
Sunday, June 16th 2019:

Archbishop Schnurr will be here to consecrate our new front altar. The word consecrate signifies that what is consecrated is "set apart" for holy use; something that, from the moment of its consecration, can only be used in the worship of God. Because the altar is the site of Christ's own sacrifice, made present at every Holy Mass, it is particularly holy, and so the dedication of an altar calls for a great deal of solemnity. The rite employs several beautiful aspects. . . .

Though not typical for a Sunday, the Litany of Saints will be sung. Most commonly, we hear this litany during a baptism or an ordination; both moments of such dignity and consequence that the Church on earth hesitates to proceed without the intercession of the Church in Heaven. It is the same for the dedication of our altar. At every Mass, we are taken up into the liturgy always continuing in Heaven, where the saints stand before the throne of God in praise of His glory, and in petition for our needs. By singing the Litany of the Saints during this rite, we ask them to make their first appearance at this new altar, to stay with us, and to lift our hearts to Heaven until we can stand together with them in eternity.

Relics of saints will also be deposited within the altar. From the very earliest ages of the Church, Mass was celebrated over the bones of the saints--often martyrs who had given everything for Christ. This was a particular way to ask for the intercession of the saints over whose relics Mass was said. Placing relics in our modern altars imitates this practice. Every time Mass is said on our altar, we can trust in the special intercession of the saints whose relics are a permanent part of our church.

Archbishop Schnurr will also anoint the altar with chrism. Of the three holy oils--the oil of the sick, the oil of catechumens, and chrism--which the bishop blesses at the Chrism Mass each year during Holy Week, the first two are blessed, whereas chrism is actually consecrated. This particular oil is set apart for baptisms, confirmations, ordinations, and the consecration of altars and churches. Chrism is a sign of the Holy Spirit, and anytime someone or something is anointed with chrism, it shows that the Holy Spirit is coming with His strength and His sanctity to rest in whatever is anointed. Since an altar is not only the place of Christ's sacrifice, but also a symbol of Christ Himself, anointing the altar with chrism draws out the connection, as well, that Jesus Christ is the Anointed One of God--the meaning of the titles "Christ" and "Messiah".

The altar will also be distinctively incensed during this Mass. Incense has been used in the ritual worship of God from Old Testament times. When we incense someone or something, it is both a sign and a prayer that God would make holy whatever is incensed. As we read in the book of Revelation, where an angel stands before God holding both incense and the prayers of His people, incense is also a sign of our prayers rising to heaven.

In addition to adding beauty, altar linens also remind us of Christ's sacrifice. As Jesus was covered in a shroud when He was laid in the tomb, the altar linens are placed over the altar during this rite. There is evidence to suggest that the shroud in which Our Lord was wrapped after His death is actually the same fine cloth that was laid over table at the Last Supper, when He gave himself to His Church in the Eucharist for the first time. This highlights the mystical identity between Our Lord's suffering and death, and the Eucharist we celebrate here and now on our altars.

After all these things have been done, our new altar will also be adorned with flowers and several candles before the Liturgy of the Eucharist begins. Candles are always a symbol of Jesus, who called Himself the Light of the World. Fittingly, His approach will be announced by these signs of His presence He descends on our altar for the first time.

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We greatly encourage everyone who is able to attend the 10:00 Mass Sunday June 16th, to participate in this truly extraordinary event!

First Communion 2019

Friday, June 7th 2019:

Paddy’s Pig 5K Run/Walk and 0.0 Race
Food Trucks, Beer Garden, Race Shirts, Race Medals, Cash Prizes for Top 3 Finishers Male & Female. Register by June 1st.
See Paddy's Pig Run for details.
Sunday, May 26th 2019:

10th Anniversary Ordination Celebration
Brunch after 10 AM Mass to honor Father Shawn Landenwitch's 10th Anniversary of his Ordination.
Sunday, May 5th 2019:

First Communion at Saint Patrick Catholic Church.
With Rev. Shawn Landenwitch.

First Communion 2019

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Sunday, April 28th 2019:

Breakfast to honor Senior Deacon Harold Dipple
After the 10:00 AM Mass, located at Makley Hall. All are invited!
(Senior Deacon status is similar to retirement)
Saturday, April 20th 2019:

Easter Vigil at Saint Mary of the Woods Catholic Church.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) with Father Landenwitch.

Easter Vigil 2019

Sunday, April 14th to 21st 2019:

"Holy Week is ordered to the commemoration of Christ's Passion, beginning with his Messianic entrance into Jerusalem"
See Mass Schedule for Holly Week Schedule.
Thursday, April 4th 2019:

6:15 PM Fatima Holy Hour at St. Patrick Church

The International Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary is asking that parishes set up a holy hour on April 4th of this year (2019) and February 20th of next year (2020) at which time they would pray the rosary for peace in our world and make the act of Consecration. There is not an effort to coordinate a time, rather each parish is asked to arrange the Holy Hour according to your schedule. The shrine asked that each parish pray the rosary and they have provided a mediation for the Mysteries of Light.

The Holy Hour will be our usually scheduled Holy Hour at St. Patrick Church
Sunday, March 24th & 31st 2019:

"Parting The Waters", Lenten Talk Series at 4:00 PM located at Winner Harvest Barn.
See Upcoming Events for details.
Tuesday, March 19th 2019:

The Light Is On For You, Penance Service at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. 8:00 PM Mass.
See Mass Schedule for details.
Sunday, March 17th 2019:

Confirmation with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr.

Confirmation 2019

Saturday, March 16th 2019:

Saint Patrick Day Dinner at 5:15 PM in Makley Hall. All are welcome.
See Upcoming Events for details.
Saturday, March 9th 2019:

Additional Confession times on Saturdays during Lent.
See Mass Schedule for details.
Friday, March 8th 2019:

Way of the Cross on Fridays during Lent.
See Mass Schedule for details.
Friday, March 8th 2019:

St. Patrick Knights of Columbus Council 1782 Fish Fry. Ends April 12th 2019
See Fish Fry for details.
Wednesday, March 6th 2019:

Ash Wednesday Mass at 7:00 PM.
See Mass Schedule.
January 1st 2019:

Mary Mother of God Mass at 10:00 AM (Holy Day of Obligation)
See Mass Schedule.