January 16, 2017
CMA Video for the funds appeal is below. Please take time to watch this powerful video.
March 6, 2014
Please click the green words "Confirmation Retreat Information" above for detailed information concerning the upcoming retreat.
October 13, 2013
DECK THE HALLS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
The Deck the Halls Bazaar will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013. This is our 25th year for this popular and enjoyable event. It provides parishioners and visitors alike with wonderful choices for their Christmas purchases and decorating ideas. Something for everyone! A delicious luncheon is also featured. If you would like to volunteer to assist with fundraiser, please contact Charlotte Fister at 513-379-2128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up using the button on the Fundraisers page.
February 4, 2013
Tajci will be appearing the the Crowne Plaza on Pfeiffer Road on Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 PM.
January 26, 2013
The St. Francis de Sales Knights of Columbus Council will be hosting their annual Free Throw Championship on Saturday, January 26th 9:30 - 11:00AM at the Countryside YMCA Mini-gym (upstairs by the rock climbing wall & racquetball courts). All girls and boys ages 10 – 14 (as of January 1, 2013) are eligible to participate, as long as they have not participated in another KofC Council's competition. Proof of age is required. Entry forms can be obtained by clicking on the title link and/or will be available at the event. The link below provides the general rules/guidelines for the competition:
If you have any questions, please contact Andy Thomas at email@example.com, or 513-282-6450.
January 20, 2013
In today’s Gospel, the miraculous transformation of water into wine is certainly an important part of the story. But there is more. We should not overlook the fact that there would have been no wine, if Mary, the mother of Jesus, had not acted. Mary saw the problem, recognized the gift that Jesus had, and said, “Do whatever he tells you.”
By converting the water into wine, Jesus “revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.” The revealing of Christ’s glory would not have happened without human involvement. This marvelous sign of Christ’s glory did not take place in a vacuum. It was precipitated by human action. It required Mary, of course. But, the servers also needed to follow Jesus’ direction by filling the water jars and taking some to the head waiter. I imagine that they felt foolish when they drew from these jars, which they had just filled with water, to give to the headwaiter to taste. And yet they did it and the glory of Christ was revealed in the excellent wine.
In our lives, our families, our parish, and our community the glory of Christ remains hidden, dormant, unrevealed, unless we become involved. Grapes would not become wine and wine would not become the blood of Christ without human action. The glory of Christ revealed in our world today depends upon our actions.
Today we see a visible expression of the glory of Christ being revealed in our beautiful new church. We have waited a long time for this church. And, certainly, it was worth the wait. As many of you know, there have been several false starts over the past fifteen years. On several occasions, we started the process of building a new church, only to discover that the time was not right for it. I was on the steering committee in 1998 through 2001 when we made the first attempt. At that time, our pastor received many of these stained glass windows from Archbishop Pilarczyk. We proceeded to conduct a survey, hire an architect and develop plans for a church. But, Father Hohlmayer had to retire due to poor health and the project was shelved.
A few years’ later, a building committee was formed and an architect was hired under the direction of our pastor, Father Schmitz. But, once again, the timing wasn’t right for building a church or any other structure here.
Father Bernie started the process again a few years’ ago and proceeded through fundraising, hiring an architect and developing plans for the church. But, when these plans were sent out for bids, all of the bids were much higher than the funds available. Father Bernie with the assistance of Mike Perkins and Don Hinkle, was able to revise the plans to fit within our budget so our church could finally be built.
There are several key lessons to be learned from this effort. First, it teaches us the importance of perseverance. Although we were disappointed by the first two efforts, our parishioners didn’t give up on the goal to build a new church.
Secondly, it shows us that God is always in charge and that what he wants for us is better than we can imagine. We could not have built a traditional church like this in either 2000 or 2003. At that time, all churches were being built in the round and often the tabernacle was located outside of the worship space. By waiting several years, we were able to build a church which is more traditional with this beautiful tabernacle at its center for all to see.
Finally, we see the importance of our efforts, working together in revealing the glory of God. We have been blessed with a pastor, several advisors, and a builder who worked together extremely well to build an attractive, yet economical church. Also, as a congregation, we responded to the fundraising efforts and pledged the funds necessary to build this church. And then, when additional funds were needed for the interior furnishings, we again responded generously so that these beautiful statues, stations, organ, piano, and stained glass windows could be purchased or restored. It has truly been a community effort and we have every reason to be proud.
So, now and for many years to come, God’s glory will be revealed in this beautiful church. We will look at the tabernacle and meditate upon the glory of God and the gift of the Eucharist. We will look at the stained glass windows and reflect upon the glory of God in those events which they represent. And we will listen to this beautiful organ as it lifts us up in song to experience just a glimpse of the glory of God. So, we give thanks for all who played a role in making this beautiful church a reality and for their patience, perseverance, faith, and inspiration in making this possible. And now it is time to use this church as it is intended to be used – for the glory of God. It is time to celebrate one of the first of many, many liturgies in this holy place. We can all look forward to celebrations of baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and of course, Eucharist for many years here.
Lord, bless us in this beautiful church. Grant that we may persevere in the teaching of the apostles, in the breaking of the bread, and in unceasing prayer, and so be built into the heavenly Jerusalem.
January 14, 2013
The Senior Saints of St. Francis, a group for those over 60, will hold its next monthly lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 12th, at the Shaker Trace Club house, 1 Shaker Run Rd., off of Monroe Rd. Catering is by Tara Luers and Pam Schieman. This is "Fat Tuesday" before Lent begins. We will have salad, Tara's famous Chicken Lasagna, green beans, and hot fudge Sunday. Cost is $12 per person. Fr. Sean Davidson of the Missionaries of the Most Holy Eucharist based in France will be our guest speaker. He will also be addressing our parish the previous weekend on Eucharistic adoration. All Seniors of the parish are invited to attend. For reservations, enclose a check for $12 payable to St. Francis in an envelope marked "seniors" and deposit in the collection basket or mail to St. Francis by Firday, Feb. 8th. If you are new, include your address, phone and email. For questions or information, call Kathleen Rettig, 932-4089, or Marilyn O'keefe, 228-0311.
December 15, 2012
The Senior Saints of St. Francis, a group for those over 60, will hold its next monthly lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 8th, 12 pm at The Village Ice Cream Parlor. Lunch will be a choice of hamburger/fries,drink and ice cream or a ham/cheese sandwich, cup of soup, drink, and ice cream for $12 per person. All seniors are invited for fellowship and fun. For reservations, enclose a check payable to St. Francis or cash in an envelope marked "Seniors" and deposit it in the collection basket or mail to St. Francis by Sunday, Jan. 6th. Please include your name and choice of lunch. For questions or information, call Marilyn O'Keefe, 228-0311, or Sharon Bruggeman, 228-0625
December 3, 2012
Thank you, Enquirer, for your article about the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s upcoming “Come Home” campaign. As a Catholic who returned three years ago, I am ecstatic to see the church publicly inviting people to rediscover the fullness of their Catholic faith.
I love being Catholic, and that is why I knew I could not remain silent after reading the letter “The church needs to look within” (Nov. 28).
I grew up in the post-Vatican II church. Ask any 30- to 50-year-old and they’ll tell you that our religious education, while focused very much on Jesus’s gospel of love, was lacking in explanation of the church’s teachings. Without such understanding, we were easy prey for the emerging ideas of secular humanism. So in college, I became what many call a “Cafeteria Catholic,” or one who picks and chooses which Church teachings she would like to follow. I went to Mass when it was convenient and to confession once in 15 years. I was successful in college, went to medical school, got married to a Catholic man and began a career as a physician; but my soul became a rotting corpse as I abandoned my faith. I eventually became overwhelmed by anxiety, depression and utter meanness. My marriage and family were crumbling. And then, three years ago, in the middle of one of the worst nights of work I’d ever had, God sent me an elderly man with dementia to wake me up and start me on my journey home.
My journey, exactly three years ago this Advent, started with the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession). What many see as an outdated and unnecessary Catholic practice is exactly what opened the door of my heart and mind to understanding the joy and beauty of my faith. It was at once both frightening and completely liberating.
I have learned much in three years. In a time when everything changes daily, I am comforted by the fact that my Catholic Church has the courage to stand firm in its beliefs, not succumbing to pressures to conform to societal norms. I know what happened to me when I succumbed–I crumbled. There are many who are waiting eagerly for that to happen to the church.
When things change as fast as they do in our world, it causes insecurity, anxiety, despair. You never know where you stand. Just look around at our kids and you see it. What I now understand is that with the laws of the church, which are based on Scripture and designed protect the dignity given to every human person by God, I always know where I stand.
Stability – how we desperately need it! And for Catholics, the one place to get it is the Mass. If indeed the Mass is a “museum piece” as the letter writer states, then it is one of immeasurable value. The Sacraments are great treasures in that museum. But just like a museum, if you don’t go, you never discover what is in it. The Mass today is much the same celebration as that of the early Christians. It is our tradition and our history. Tradition is good and comforting and makes us a community. I have never felt more a part of any community as I do when I am at Mass. And that means Mass anywhere, because the Mass is the same everywhere. I have been to Mass in Texas, Gatlinburg, Hilton Head, Kansas City and the Crow Indian Reservation; and I am always struck by how people coming together from so many places are joined for one hour in a beautiful, universal, common bond of prayer. The Mass makes Catholics a world-wide family; and that, my friends, is why the Church wants you there. The changes in the liturgy have not driven people out as many had feared. Rather, the new language more beautifully echoes Scripture and puts God back in the place of reverence where He belongs.
Fellow Catholics, the church is not a “frozen institution.” It is alive and well. I can name without thinking over 30 people in my own parish (St. Francis de Sales in Lebanon) who, through various paths, have joined or recommitted themselves to the Catholic faith in the last 18 months. None of them have missed their days of wandering aimlessly through their existence. So I’d like to invite you to please, during this beautiful season of Advent, wherever you may be in your spiritual journey, say yes to just one thing–Mass, Reconciliation, a retreat, a Bible study, a speaker, or maybe just open your Bible to Jeremiah 29:10-14 and see where it goes from there. Merry Christmas and welcome home!
October 12, 2012
Thanksgiving Banquet for Seniors: The Senior Saints of St. Francis deSales, a group for those over 60, will hold its next monthly lunch at noon on Tuesday November 13 at the Houston Restaurant,4026 South St. Rt. 42, Lebanon. At this Thanksgiving feast, Fr. Bernie will bless our group that was started this past June. All seniors are invited to participate in this special event. For reservations, enclose a check for $14.00 per person payable to St. Francis in an envelope marked "Seniors" and deposit in the collection basket or mail to St. Francis by Friday, Nov. 9. Also include your choice of roast beef or roast chicken. Price also includes baked potato, their famous salad bar, beverage, and gratuity. Transportation is available. For information, call Sharon Bruggeman, 228-0625, or Kathleen Rettig, 932-4089.
We will also begin collecting dues of $12 per person beginning at the November meeting or they can also be put in the collection basket. Mark the envelope as Senior dues or enclose with your check for lunch reservations. Dues will run from Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013. Anyone who has not come to one of our lunches is welcome to come the first time without paying dues.
October Lunch. A pleasant and good lunch was had by attendees to the October lunch at Mio's. Mary Stoner gave us a wonderful overview of the works of mercy of the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Her talk was especially moving because of the stories of some of the people who have been helped by St. Vincent. St. Francis is a particularly generous giver to St. Vincent. St. Vincent is always looking for volunteers to help with their program here at St. Francis. Please call Mary at 934-3018 if you have some time or talent to share.
Also, the winner of our door prize at our October lunch was Judy Havron. She will receive a free lunch at our November Thanksgiving feast. Congratulations to Judy and we'll see you there.
September 21, 2012
Stubbs-Conner Funeral Home, Waynesville
Sunday, September 23rd 5:00 - 8:00pm........
Mass of Christian Burial ...
Monday, September 24
St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church
May Jerry's soul and all the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
September 19, 2012
The Senior Saints of St. Francis deSales, a group for those over 60, will hold its next monthly lunch on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 12 pm at Mio's. Lunch will be a salad, 1/2 hoagie (steak or hot ham and cheese), fries, and a brownie for $12 per person. All seniors are invited for fellowship and fun. For reservations, enclose a check payable to St. Francis or cash in an envelope marked "Seniors" and deposit it in the collection basket or mail to St. Francis by Friday, Oct.5th. Pleaser include your name and choice of hoagie - steak or ham. For questions or information, call Kathleen Rettig 932-4089 or Marilyn O'Keefe 228-0311
September 17, 2012
Today’s Gospel ought to make us a bit uncomfortable. It tells us the shocking truth that Jesus came to die for all of us. That’s how much he loves us. But, it also tells us that he expects us to willingly take up our cross and follow him.
Several years ago, the Red Cross in a small Oklahoma town posted signs all over town containing these words:
I gave my blood--Christ gave his. I gave a pint--He gave all.
The needle is small and sharp--The nails were large and dull.
The table is soft and restful--The cross was rough and painful.
The nurses are kind and gentle--The soldiers were cruel and mean.
The crowd applauds my sacrifice. The crowd reviled him.
Mine, at best, will prolong a life for a while.
His can save all forever.
Jesus died for us. What do we do in response to His love?
Peter rebuked Jesus after Jesus told him that he would suffer greatly, be rejected, and be killed. Peter didn’t understand why Jesus, the Son of God, the Messiah, must suffer in this way. He couldn’t see the significance of the cross to our savior. Jesus response to Peter was short and swift when he said: “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” We can all relate to Peter in his reaction to suffering. We want to minimize or eliminate the suffering of those we love. We certainly don’t want to cause suffering by any of our decisions. And we struggle to understand the role that suffering plays in our own redemption.
Often, parents experience difficulties, sacrifices, and suffering in raising their children. Now, some people would say that avoiding these difficulties is why they have few or no children. They give a lot of reasons why they are nervous about the prospect of raising children. Some worry about being able to pay for college or even groceries. Yet others wonder how they could possibly have enough time for the children in their busy lifestyle. But by far the most common source of concern about having children that I have noticed comes down to one thing: A fear of sacrifice and suffering.
Of course, more life means more suffering; less life means less suffering. Any time we open our lives to new human beings, whether it's through pregnancy or adoption or missionary work or any other kind of intimate service, we're opening ourselves to the possibility of experiencing suffering -- not just our own, but the heartbreak of seeing a loved-one in pain, which is its own kind of torture.
But, suffering plays an important role in our earthly journey. Because of suffering, our love isn’t just words, its deeds; it’s not just what we say, it’s how we live; no pain, no gain; no cross, no crown. And through the Eucharist, the sacrament of love, we can transcend our suffering and unite it with the suffering of Christ.
Suffering without love is unendurable, it causes despair. Love without suffering is just words, a warm-fuzzy feeling. Love becomes authentic through suffering. Love purifies and perfects suffering. Love transforms suffering into sacrifice. And the Eucharist transforms Jesus’ suffering on the cross into the supreme sacrifice. The Eucharist gives us the capacity to love. It enables us to accept our crosses, to endure them, and even to find joy in them.
Many beautiful stories came out of the tragedy of the fall of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001--stories of sacrifice and heroism. None is more impressive than the story of Ron Fazio of Closter, New Jersey.
Fazio was Vice President of a company with offices on the 99th floor of Tower Two. When the plane slammed into Tower One, Ron Fazio made one of the best decisions of his life. He ordered his employees to evacuate the building. Even though their building had not yet been hit by the second plane, he insisted that employees get away from the windows, leave their desks and get out of the building. He stood there and held the door, yelling for everyone to hurry, and held the door open until everyone from his company had started down the stairs. They all made it down. So did he. But he remained outside Tower Two, helping others out of the building. The last anyone saw of him, he was giving his cell phone to someone else, after which the tower collapsed and no one ever heard from Ron Fazio again.
That’s the difference between wearing a cross and bearing a cross--the willingness to give our life for others. Now, wearing a cross is fine if we have thought through the sacrifice represented by that cross. That cross we’re wearing represents Jesus holding the door open so that we can walk through to eternal life.
Jesus tells us: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Are we opening doors for others? Are we afraid of life because of the suffering which is involved? Do we turn to the Eucharist to help us endure and transform our suffering?
September 15, 2012
The St. Francis de Sales Knights of Columbus Council will be hosting its annual KofC Soccer Challenge on Saturday, September 15th at10:00AM at St. Francis de Sales. The event is open to ALL girls and boys ages 10-14 (as of September 1, 2012). Entry forms can be obtained by clicking on the title link and/or will be available at the event. All contestants should bring a proof of age to the event. For more information, please contact Andy Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-282-6450.
August 20, 2012
Please support this fundraiser by clicking on the affliate link. Proceeds from this fundraiser will help support the purchase of a new St. Francis de Sales statue for the new Church, and for a new Monstrance.
August 20, 2012
The Senior Saints of St Francis deSales, a group for those over 60, will hold its next monthly lunch on Tuesday September 11, 12 pm, at the Shaker Trace Club House, 1 Shaker Run Rd., off of Monroe Rd. Lunch will be catered by Seegers.for $11. All seniors are invtied for fellowship and fun. Lunch will be followed by a bingo with a twist! For reservations enclose a check for $11 payable to St. Francis in an envelope marked "Seniors" and deposit in the collection basket or mail to St. Francis by Friday, Sept. 7. If you are new, include your name, address, phone, and email. For questions or information, call Sharon Bruggeman, 228-0625 or Kathleen Rettig, 932-4089.
August 5, 2012
"The Lebanon Lovers"/"The Loverflows" Family Picnic
Sunday August 5, 2:00 pm. - dark or 9:00pm
Harmon Park Shelter #1 (the big one towards the back)
S. East Street, (Next to the Golf Course)
From Main Street turn South on East Street.
Go past the tennis courts, the park will be on your left.
Games: corn hole tournament, water balloon toss, crochet, spoon weaving contest, newlywed game, and karaoke
There will also be an area for board games, card games, farklel, and checkers
Do you have an idea for a game? Let us know.
Do you have a special dish Grandma handed down thru generations and everybody loves? Yes! Bring a side dish to share.
Would you like to invite a couple? Great!
Let us know who and how many are coming. RSVP to Maria Nottingham 932-7838 or email@example.com.
July 24, 2012
“May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all.” Those are the words of St Paul to us from the first letter to the Thessalonians. As we reflect upon the senseless killings in the movie theater in Colorado, it is easier for us to see evil and sin in the world than love. We know that there is evil in the world since Jesus told us that the devil is the prince of this world. But, rarely does evil present itself as vividly as it did during this massacre. Most of the time, evil tries to masquerade as good.
Several weeks ago, about 25 of us from St Francis prayed the rosary at the entrance to the Sharonville abortion clinic. We stood in the LaRosa’s parking lot, in the pouring rain and prayed for about an hour. Next to us was a sign for the abortion clinic which read “Women’s Med” and had the name of three doctors on it. A long driveway leads back to a building behind LaRosa’s, nestled in the woods. As I stood there praying the rosary, I had to wonder how many babies would be killed that day, or that week, or that year. And where are the cries of horror for these lives ended while in the safest possible safe place, a mother’s womb?
The web site for the Sharonville abortion clinic reads as follows: “Our Center is decorated with your comfort and privacy in mind. We encourage you to bring a relative or friend. Our reception areas provide a quiet spot for reading or watching television. Our patient educators provide helpful information about your medical procedure and answer any questions you might have. They will take the time necessary for you to understand your options and our procedures. While you relax a short time in recovery, we discuss your post-op instructions and offer refreshments.” Doesn’t this sound pleasant?
The evil in Aurora Colorado is not the way of Christ. The evil at the abortion clinics throughout the country also is not the way of Christ. Both provide vivid proof to us that evil does exist and that we must be vigilant in our efforts to do good and to avoid evil. Sin, evil, and death do not have the last word. Jesus has won victory over death through his resurrection. But, in this life, all of us, individually, as a community, and as a nation, must continually battle against evil, especially evil that masquerades as good. The outcome is clear; Jesus has already won the victory, while we, in this life, continually battle against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
We pray for the victims of the deadly shooting in Colorado. We also pray for the victims of abortion, especially the babies, their mothers and fathers, and the staff of the abortion clinic in Sharonville. And I encourage all of you to join with others from the parish praying outside of the abortion clinic in Sharonville on the second Saturday of each month. Our battle against evil and the culture of death can only be won in this life through prayer and vigilance.
July 23, 2012
Senior saints will meet on August 14th, 12 PM, at the 180 Club, 30 N Broadway
July 16, 2012
Tongues of fire; a strong driving wind; frightened men gain the courage and the power to speak boldly; the people are astounded and amazed!