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Summer is a difficult time for all parishes. Almost everyone sees a decrease in giving during the summer while the bills keep coming to us. We still have utility, supply, and other reoccurring bills we have to meet. In addition, we seem to have extraordinary bills which appear. In a situation such as ours where we barely keep our head above water during the rest of the year, summer is an especially trying time. Our building fund, as I mentioned last week, has been below expectations and needs for almost a year. If we go further down in our giving, we will have difficulty meeting our payment. The days when we had a cash reserve have disappeared and there is no evidence that they will come back. I fully expect that we will be living, as a parish, from week to week and month to month for the foreseeable future. That is not necessarily bad but it does create some anxiety at times.  



As a parish family, we provide support for our parish and the special collections at a good level.  But at times, I wonder if we review our level of support. We live in a world where everything increases in cost, but many of us have jobs/careers where we do not receive increases in pay. Our wage stays essentially the same and we  have to slice that wage into more pots to pay more bills. Then we have emergencies which occur and which must be met, so our excess, if there is one, decreases again. If we follow the scriptures, we are reminded often that we need to provide for the Lord out of our necessity, not out of our excess. But that requires that we trust God in a new or greatly enhanced way. We have to really believe what the scriptures tell us. Let us pray over our giving and even when on vacation this summer continue our support of St. Mary Parish Family.



 Deacon Jerry (SMB)





 June 1st:



COME EAT LOTS OF FOOD ON JUNE 1st Help us with the St. Mary’s Building Fund Fundraiser at Campbell's Barn on June 1st



CROSS THE BRIDGE FOR LIFE Sunday, June 1, 2014, 1:30 p.m., hundreds of pro-lifers from the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area will join together in a demonstration of support for the protection of human life with a peaceful walk across the "Purple People Bridge"



June 3rd:



PIG FEST MEETING: St. Mary’s major fund-raiser is coming soon! We can use your help! The next meeting for the Pig Fest is Tuesday evening, June 3rd at 7PM in the Father Lewis Center. Many people have stepped up to volunteer for several positions. We can still use your input and ideas to help make this event a success. Please join us on June 3rd. For more information, please Jeff Houchin at 734-2653.





June 6th:



COMBONI MISSIONARIES RUMMAGE SALE: The Comboni Missionaries Auxiliary will hold its bi-monthly Rummage Sale on Friday, June 6th, 9:00 to 2:00; Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road. $5.00 bag sale. Large selection of furniture, clothing, house wares and more! June 8th



OUTPOURING 2014: UNITING CINCINNATI IN PRAYER Mark your calendars for an ecumenical prayer event on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Cintas Center, 3:30 p.m.



June 21st:  



RUNNING MAD! Shirley Sayre Memorial 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, June 21 @ 9:00 AM, at Bethel-Tate Middle School.





June 22nd:



THE “THANK YOU BECKY – PARISH PICNIC” AT ST. MARY’S ON JUNE 22nd SAVE THE DATE!!! St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s parishioners are invited to a picnic at St. Mary’s where the fun will begin at 3:00 PM and dinner will be served at 5:00 PM.



June 23rd:



VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:  It's that time of year again! It's time to register for vacation bible school and for REP next fall. VBS forms were handed out last weekend, and the REP forms will be handed out at the next class. Extras will be in the gathering space. Please fill them out and return them by simply putting them in the collection basket or giving them to Denae.











NEW - RENT-A-TEEN: Do you have things you need to get done around the house? Many of our students are trying to raise money to put toward their trip to NCYC. The event takes place in Indianapolis in November 2015. They need to start working on earning the money now since the cost per individual is near $500. The students can pick up sticks and debris, rake, weed, wash, mulch, paint, move things and clean. Please call Bev Ratcliff at 470-7773 for more information.




EXPIRED COUPONS: We all have them…I know I do, because when I reach into my little coupon keeper at the store…their already expired!  DON’T THROW THEM AWAY!!! Bring them to church and put them in the marked box for ‘Expired Coupons’.  These coupons will be sent to our Service Members to be used at the Base Commissary up to 6 month expired.  So if your coupons are a bit out-dated for your use, drop them in the box for our military.  Thanks for all you do to support our troops!   




KEEP THOSE TABS COMING… We will continue to save the pop tabs to help with the cost of the Ronald McDonald house. They will be donated in Keeley’s memory. Thanks for all your prayers and tabs.  Becky and the Link family.




EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO THE SICK –If you would like to be trained in visiting homebound members of our parish and take Communion to them, please let me know at 309-5340 or





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CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING: Life and Dignity of the Human Person is the foundation for a moral vision for society. All people are a reflection of the image of God and thus all human life, at all stages from conception through death, is sacred. The basic dignity that each person possesses comes from God; therefore all discrimination is wrong. People take precedence over things and structures. Systems are meant to serve people, not vice versa. The following is a scripture guide for this teaching from the United States Catholic Conference.

“Ex 23:9 You shall not oppress an alien; you well know how it feels to be an alien, since you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt.
Nm 6:24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!
Dt 30:15-20 Choose life.
Ps 103:6-10 The Lord secures justice and the rights of all the oppressed.
Prv 22:22-23 Injure not the poor because they are poor, nor crush the needy at the gate; For the Lord will defend their cause, and will plunder the lives of those who plunder them.
Hos 2:21-22 God betroths us in justice and integrity.
Acts 1:4-5 The Holy Spirit gives us the power we need to do Christ’s work.
Acts 1:6-8 Our job is to be Christ’s witness.
Rom 8:14-17 We have been given a spirit of freedom.
1 Cor 13 Love is the Christian lifestyle.
2 Cor 4:7 God’s power works in and through us.
Gal 5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Eph 4:23-24 Put on a new self, created in God’s way.
Col 3:17 Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Jas 3:13-18 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him sow his works by a good life in the humility that comes from wisdom. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconsistency or insincerity. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.
Mt 6: 19-21 Your heart is where your treasure is.
Mt 6:25-34 Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or wear. Set your hearts on the kingdom first.
Mt 11:2-6 Recognize the signs for the Messiah and his followers today.
Lk 10:25-37 The Good Samaritan is a model for a Christian lifestyle.
Jn 14:10-17 Christ empowers us to continue his mission through the Holy Spirit.
Jn 16:33 Christ has overcome the world; through Him we shall overcome.”




St. Mary Parish Family is a body of individuals and families which practices their Roman Catholic faith under the guidance of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  We were founded in 1941 with less than 25 families and now have grown to 350 families.  We operate as a family where each member of our parish is valued and loved for being a Child of God.  In 2007, we dedicated a new church while preserving the structure build in 1941.  The original church is blended into the new one with care and love for our heritage.  This sense of heritage is important as it gives us identity within the village of Bethel and surrounding area.  Our buildings are utilized for a variety of purposes and are seldom vacant.  We activity engage in ecumenical activities with the other faith groups in the surrounding area.  Our pastor is an active member of the Bethel Ministerial Association and, as members of the community we work side by side with other churches to bring the Lord to all peoples. 

Our Mission Statement includes those aspects of our faith which we feel are vital to keep us active in the Lord's work.

                St. Mary Parish, rooted in Scripture and Catholic Tradition, will continue to grow for the glory of God                                                  
                with  the  guidance  of  the  Holy  Spirit  through the celebration of the sacraments, life-long education,
                evangelization, social ministry and interaction with other churches in the area.

Central to our mission and our spiritual health is the offering of sacramental opportunities.  To meet that purpose, the parish offers a 4:00 Mass on Saturdays during the months of September through June and a 5:00 Mass in August.  During the month of July, we encourage our parish family members to attend the 5:00 Mass at St. Peter's if they cannot attend the 10:30 Mass on Sunday morning.  The 10:30 Sunday morning Mass is offered year round.  Opportunites to receive the Sacrament of Baptism are scheduled through the office and may be celebrated during Mass or outside of Mass after the Saturday or Sunday Mass.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered from 3:00 to 3:45 before the Saturday Mass on the first weekend of the month and may also be celebrated by making an appointment with the Pastor.  The Sacrament of the Eucharist is offered during each Mass and on Fridays at a Communion Service.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is offered to freshmen and sophomores in high school on alternating years during the month of May.  There is a special formation program offered by the Youth Minister during the months preceeding the May celebration.  The Sacrament of Marriage is offered after contact with the Pastor.  The Pastor outlines the steps to complete in the preparation program.  The Sacrament of Annointing of the Ill is offered by need and may be celebrated either during Mass or outside of Mass.  Accessing this sacrament may be done either in direct contact with the Pastor or by calling the office.

Our Mission Statement is made operational through a life-long series of educational opportunities including a well-structured program for children and young adults which includes:  

  Preschool programming for children aged three and four.  This program is offered during the 10:30 Mass on Sunday morning.
  Primary and intermediate programming offered from 9:00 to 10:15 on Sunday mornings for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.
  Junior High programming offered on alternating Sundays from 11:30 through 1:15 for young people in seventh and eighth grades.
  Senior High programming offered on alternating Sundays from 11:30 to 1:15 for all young people in high school.  This program is entitled   
  LAUGH (Living and Understanding God's Holiness).  This high school program is one of the best in the archdiocese and has young people 
              involved through their senior year, long after receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.  
  Adult programming is offered through a variety of avenues including presentations offered over a short period of time. Classes offered  by the St.  Martin Deanery Catechetical Leadership, opportunites offered in conjunction with our sister parish, St. Peter's in Richmond, Rosery Groups who meet after our morning weekday Masses, Bible Study, and other things as members of  our parish family bring them to our attention.

Our Social Ministries are offered through the Mission Commission, Outreach Commission and St. Vincent dePaul.  The commissions offer services through projects supported by their mission statements and budget.  The St. Vincent dePaul offers financial aid and operates a food pantry.  The St. Vincent dePaul is a member of the Ohio Benefit Bank and offers all those services.  Accessing any of these services may be obtained by calling the parish office.  Our parish family donates non-perishable goods on the third Sunday of each month and financial support on the last Sunday of each month.  Between the Commissions and St. Vincent dePaul, St. Mary's supports over 600 families per year.

Evangelization is offered primarily through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and Children.  Each summer, the RCIA team offers a series of four meetings on the last Tuesday of June, July, August and September for individual who may be interested but may or may not be ready to commit themselves to joining the Catholic Church.  These meetings are informal and open to any question without commitment.  The formal RCIA formation begins the first Tuesday of October and continues through the next May with the individuals who have made the committment joining the Church at the Easter Vigil.  Each member of our parish family is expected to evanglize through their behavior and offering to discuss with anyone who is interested in knowing more about the Roman Catholic faith.

We actively are involved with the other churches in the area through an Ecumencial Service held the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  At that time all the members of the various churches in the area gather at one church and the pastors of the churches participate in a prayer and choral experience which is not representative of any one church but reflects the love of God.  On a rotating basis one of the pastors provides a scriptural message.  At Christmas there is an ecumenical music program offered at one of the churches.  During Holy Week, there is a four night ecumenical experience offered which involves four different churches and scriptural messages from four different pastors.  We also participate in other activities which occur at various times.

It is our desire to offer to the complete community an example of Roman Catholicism which embodies all the scriptural, canonical law, practices and traditions which our universal Church holds as essential.  We attempt to live our faith throughout our homes, community and work places in a such a manner that others can see Christ in each of us.

3398 SR 125 / Bethel, OH / 45106 / Phone: (513) 734-4041
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