BEACONS OF LIGHT Transforming Parish into Families of Faith.
Beacons of Light is a multiyear process of pastoral planning for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that began in the fall of 2020. Many factors have led to recognizing the urgent need to rethink and reorganize parish life for the future.
Rooted in prayer, groupings of parishes will come together as one faith community that live and work together in mission and ministry — not simply associate neighboring parishes that share a pastor.
These Families of Parishes will be stronger together, focusing more on mission than maintenance. In this new model of parish life and ministry, we will build on what we already have, and we will grow closer to God and our fellow human beings as we follow Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit and radiate Christ in our lives.
Through Beacons of Light, 65 to 75 parish groupings will form Families of Parishes in the 19 counties of Southwest Ohio. Parishioners will be invited to share their hopes and dreams as parish leaders come together to discern the future with the ultimate goal – in time – of each family becoming one parish led by a single pastor.
Six guiding principles have been outlined that define the common core that binds all of our communities together. These principles are Eucharist, Church, Leadership, Stewardship, Evangelization, and Love in Action. Over the next six weeks we will be exploring the deeper meaning of these principles to prepare ourselves for our new journey and to truly become beacons of light in our homes and our neighborhoods.
I hope you join us in this exciting endeavor as we more fully become God’s holy people.
You are the light of the world…Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
Matthew 5:14, 16
This weekend we are introducing a parish-wide initiative to create a Marian Grotto and prayer garden between the church and the parish office. This setting will offer a prominent, visible inspiration for our community, serving as a call to prayer and an encouragement to explore the wisdom and grace emanating from our Blessed Mother. The total cost of this endeavor is estimated at $20,000. Please join our effort to spread our prayer life outdoors!
Donations may be made towards the “Behold Your Mother” group via the online giving site below or by placing your donation in the provided BLUE envelopes in the Gathering Space.
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Why Should I Confess My Sins to a Priest?
Why can’t I just take it up between myself and God?
During Lent, we hear a lot about repentance. We know (and commonly agree) that we should express apologies for our sins. Yet, we often struggle with our comfort level, caught up on the “how-to”, or even battle our need for it when it comes to confession. Check out this short 8 minute video with Fr. Mike Schmitz about this valuable question “Why Confess My Sins to a Priest?”
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every Sat. @ St. John | 4:00pm – 4:30pm
Every Wed. & Fri. @ St. john | 12-1PM in parking lot by prayer garden
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SUGGESTED CONTENT OF THE MONTH
John is a hardworking man that has focused more on his career than his family. A devastating event leads him back to his hometown, he will come face to face with his choices and their impact on his family. This heartfelt story demonstrates the incredible power of prayer and how God’s love can overcome all.
Directed by: Layne McDonald
Studio: United For Life Foundation
TV-PG | Running Time: 1:32:30
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Thinking about becoming catholic?
Have you, or has someone you know expressed any interest in learning more about Jesus and the Catholic faith? Do any of these statements apply to you or someone you know:
- • I have never been baptized.
- • I am baptized but have had little or no faith formation.
• I am baptized and have had faith formation in another religious tradition.
• I am baptized Catholic, but have not received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
The RCIA is a process that helps adults discern if the Lord is calling them to a journey of faith in the Catholic Church. A new group of inquirers into the Catholic Faith is forming. Perhaps you are, or someone you know, is searching for a way of life that will help you or them be connected to the life and grace of God through the Catholic Church. All are welcome.
For further and more detailed information, please email Andrea Parker or call 937-898-3542 ext. 109.
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