Over the past month, the parish staffs, the Parish Pastoral Councils of St. Helen, St. Mary, and Immaculate Conception parishes, and I have consulted extensively about the Beacons of Light initiative of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. We have also communicated extensively with parishioners through the Beacons of Light town hall meeting and addressed questions and concerns from parishioners who have personally reached out to either the staff or me.
While the complete configuration of the Families of Parishes is yet to be announced, our three parishes had to discern and manage the Mass schedules in a way that addresses the attendance at weekend Mass, the limited availability of priests, and the vision of the Beacons of Light initiative to move from the regional concept of organizing parishes to the Families of Parishes model.
In last week’s bulletin I shared the broad principles under which we envision changes to the Mass schedule. Based on those broad principles, here are the upcoming changes to the Mass schedule beginning the first weekend in October 2021
Parishioners who currently attend the Saturday 7pm Spanish Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish will be invited to join in the Sunday 9am Spanish Mass at IC or the Sunday 12:15pm Spanish Mass at St. Mary Parish.
Parishioners who currently attend the Sunday 7am Spanish Mass at St. Mary will be invited to either join the Sunday 9am Spanish Mass at IC or the 12:15pm Spanish Mass at St Mary.
Parishioners who currently attend the Saturday 4:30pm English Mass at St. Mary will be invited to join the Saturday 4:30pm English Mass at IC or the Sunday 9:45am English Mass at St. Mary.
Parishioners who currently attend the Saturday 5pm English Mass at St. Helen will be invited to join the Saturday 4:30 pm English Mass at IC, or the Sunday 9am English Mass at St. Helen.
Confessions will continue to be offered at St. Helen and Immaculate Conception parishes on Thursdays at 6-7pm.
Confessions in Spanish will be offered at St. Mary every Monday after the 6:00pm Mass and at Immaculate Conception every Thursday from 6-7pm.
Baptisms will be celebrated at all three locations as decided by individual parishes until the full configuration of ‘Families of Parishes’ is determined at a later time.
Parishioners from any parish can drop their tithe envelopes at any Mass at any location. Tithe envelopes will be sent to the parish to which the parishioners originally belong.
Liturgical ministers from each parish will be invited to continue to offer their services for the common Saturday 4:30 English Mass at IC. This will also apply to the Spanish Masses at IC and St. Mary. An additional training might be required for practical purposes.
Beginning October 2021, the Weekend Mass Schedule for our three parishes will be
Sunday - 9:45am (English), 12:15pm (Spanish)
Sunday - 9:00am (English)
Saturday - 4:30pm combined Mass for St. Mary, St. Helen, and IC (English)
Sunday- 9am (Spanish), 11am (English), 6pm (English)
IC 9am – (Except Saturday)
St. Mary – 6:00pm, Monday (Spanish)
St Helen – Thursday 6-7pm (English)
Immaculate Conception – Thursday 6-7pm (English and Spanish)
St. Mary – Sunday 9:15am (English) Monday, after 6:00 pm Mass (Spanish)
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Satish Joseph, Pastor