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Eucharistic Adoration Sts. Peter & Paul has a Holy Hour from 6:00-8:00 pm on the third Wednesdays of the month. The Sacrament of Penance will be offered.

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Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church has a very rich history that dates back to the year 1850, when Archbishop John Baptist Purcell founded a new parish. Our desire as a parish is to continue to minister to the local community and to shine as a welcoming beacon for all.

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First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart

Everyone is invited to OLSH for devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the First Fridays of each month. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass starts at 6:30 pm, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and devotional prayers. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered during this time. The evening concludes at 8:00 pm with prayers of consecration to the Sacred Heart and Benediction.

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CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR DEPLOYED MILITARY MEMBERS

This is the 10th year of participation brightening our deployed military members’ holidays. With past efforts of parishioners and Boy/Girl Scout troops, we’ve sent over 10,500 cards! Writing a note in a card is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes a few minutes of your day but will bring lasting joy to the recipients. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Start your letter with “Dear Hero” or “Dear Service
    Member” (we’ve been asked to avoid using “Dear
    Soldier” as the cards go to all military branches)
    and then express your thanks for their selfless
    service.
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess;
    however, saying you pray for them is wonderful.
    Remember, our soldiers are of many faiths.
    Share a little bit about yourself including talking
    about life back home, including sports, weather,
    pets, family, hobbies, music and movies.
  • (Optional) Adults: Include your contact information
    (mail or email, no phone numbers) so the recipient
    may reply. Children: FIRST NAME ONLY and
    NO addresses please.
  • You may use store-bought Christmas or Season’s
    Greeting cards or make your own. Cards should
    be no larger than 8.5” x 11”.  (Lisa Schoenberger has cards
    if you don’t want to purchase—just let her know
    how many you’d like and she can get them to you.)
  • Stickers are welcome but please NO glitter or puffy
    stickers. Glitter contaminates the entire package!
    DO NOT seal envelopes (all cards are read before
    shipment). No postage is necessary.

A collection box for completed cards will be available in the OLSH Foyer AND Main Entrance at SsPP from October 20-November 18. I’m accepting only Christmas/Holiday cards. DO NOT send in other cards (i.e. Birthday, all-occasion, Get Well, etc.). If you have any questions, please contact me at 513/535-9841 or email Lisa.Schoenberger@bizcinci.rr.com.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Thank you for your overwhelming support and generosity last year. We were able to feed over 50 families and the need is just as great this year. We hope we can count on your support once again. This has proven to be a strong parish tradition and we couldn’t do it without you! We will collect non-perishables at all Masses October 20 – November 18. There will be a box placed in the OLSH Gathering Space for your donations. If you would like to make a monetary donation, place in an envelope marked “OLSH FOOD DRIVE” and drop it in the collection basket (at either parish). Checks should be made payable to OLSH Church and list “Food Drive” in the memo section. The monetary donations will be used to buy the perishable items that will be included in the
meals. We are in need of turkeys as well, if you would like to contribute to this need, please call Lisa Schoenberger (535-9841) or email Lisa.Schoenberger@bizcinci.rr.com or Diane Brown (563-7717). If you attend the Reading Fire Department’s Annual Turkey Raffle (Nov. 16/17) and win more turkeys than your family needs, consider donating for this mission. We just need your winning ticket on Sunday, Nov. 18th.

List of Suggested Items:
Boxed Instant Potatoes, Boxed Stuffing
(i.e. Stove Top mix), Canned Gravy,
Canned vegetables, Canned Yams
(Sweet Potatoes), Canned Fruits,
Canned Cranberry Sauce, Boxed Jell-O Gelatin or Jell-O
Pudding
In addition to the above items, we are also accepting any
non-perishable staples (i.e. flour, sugar, soup, peanut
butter, tuna, cereal, etc.). These items will be given to
the food pantry to help others in need. Please check the
expiration dates on products if you’re donating from
your own cupboard…thanks

4th Annual Reading Pastoral Region Chili Cook Off

Save the Date!

The 4th Annual Reading Pastoral Region Chili Cook Off

Sunday, November 4th, 3:00- 6:00 pm

OLSH Parish Center (gym)

All proceeds go the OLSH/SSPP Youth Ministry Program

Entry is free!

Registration Required – Register by October 28th. Contact Jim Meyer at j65meyer@gmail.com.

See bulletin for additional details. Hosted by the Fr. Gustave Brotzge Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Just $5 allows you to try as many samples as you like, then vote for your favorite!

Download this information sheet for more details…

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Required Training

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHOC) and Communion to the Homebound

When: Monday, October 29th at 7:00 PM at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church

Or

Tuesday, October 30th at 7:00 PM at Sts. Peter and Paul Church

Who? All SSPP and OLSH EMOHC, including those who volunteer in Communion to the Homebound, as well anyone interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are required to attend.

We will be discussing the new Archdiocesan norms for the distribution of Holy Communion both at Mass and to the Sick and Homebound. New procedures will be discussed and implemented in the region beginning November 1st, 2018.

Altar Server Training

Who: all interested and current Altar Servers

When: October 20th, Sts. Peter and Paul Parish

OR

October 27th, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the parish churches

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Lunch will be served after the training.

Middle School Youth Ministry

MIDDLE SCHOOL CREW KICKOFF

All 5th-8th graders are invited to attend an evening of faith, friends, and fun!

This months theme is: OKTERBERFEST

Enjoy root beer, pretzels, and hot dogs as we learn about authentic friendship!

Friday October 5th, 2018

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish Center Lower Level

For more information

Contact Matt at (504) 421-7672

Or Emily at (805) 798-7534

A Letter From Fr. Matthew Robben

August 17, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am writing this letter in response to the McCarrick and now Pennsylvania grand jury
investigation. I am angry, disappointed, and feel a sense of betrayal by our leadership. When I
was ordained to the priesthood in 2012, I understood the challenge the clergy faced in
regaining the trust of the faithful after the scandals in the early 2000s. I, like many of the lay
faithful, thought this scandal was behind us and it was a new period of renewal both for the
clergy and the Church… now I know I was wrong.

First, to all victims of sexual abuse, whether at the hands of priests and bishops or
others, my heart breaks for you. Victims of sexual abuse often have feelings of shame, isolation,
and low self-esteem. Remember, you are a victim and are not alone! You deserved better and
the abuse you suffered does not define the person God created you to be. Know that God loves
you unconditionally and seeks to bring you healing and peace.

The greatest joy for me as a priest is the ability to bring the love and mercy of Jesus
Christ to the people of God in their greatest need. This is what the lay faithful count on from
priests as they attempt to grow in holiness in an ever increasingly secular world. Sexual abuse
by clergy not only breaks this sacred trust but inflicts great evil to the victim and the Body of
Christ. The thought that some bishops not only covered up the abuse but were perpetrators
themselves is not only disheartening, but a betrayal of their priestly vocation.

This most recent scandal is clear evidence that we, the Church, have forgotten that we
are called to “be in the world, not of the world.” (John 17:14-19) We have allowed the culture
to enter the social structure of the Church all the way to our leadership instead of the Church
entering the culture.

As we attempt to move forward, this must change. The recent call by the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for a Vatican and lay led visitation and
investigation, is a good first step to making sure that we can address the wrongs of the past so
as to prevent such evil in the future.

Darkness never triumphs and evil never wins! God conquers all evil! As we attempt to
move forward, please pray for everyone involved, the victims of sexual abuse, bishops, priests,
and even those who committed these heinous crimes. Through prayer, penance, and a re-
dedication to the universal call to holiness, we can reclaim the rightful place of Christ in our
culture and our lives. When we believe we can become Saints, society will believe too! Our Lady
of the Sacred Heart and Saints Peter and Paul…pray for us!
God’s blessings,

Fr. Matt

To download a copy of this letter, click here.

A Letter From Archbishop Schnurr

Dear Friends in Christ,

On Tuesday of this week, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report detailing the names of 301 priests who sexually abused over 1,000 minors over a 70-year period in that state. This report, coupled with the recent revelations regarding the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, shocks, saddens, and angers Catholics everywhere, including myself. The depth of depravity and evil described in these reports is stunning. No words can diminish the level of revulsion one feels at reading them.

From the depths of my heart, I am sorry for the terrible pain and suffering experienced by the victims of abuse throughout their lives. I am sorry for the deep shame that Catholic lay people rightfully feel at the inexcusable behavior of certain cardinals, bishops, and priests, the emotional exhaustion of having to defend their faith to friends and co-workers, and the discouragement of having to relive a deep tragedy that we all hoped was behind us. I am sorry for the stigma that good and holy priests who are committed to their vocation and vows have to endure wherever they go. I am sorry for the trust that has collectively been violated.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is unequivocally committed to the protection of all people, children and adults, involved with any of our various ministries. At this time, there are no active cases of clerical abuse of minors anywhere in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. If you suspect abuse on the part of any agent of the Archdiocese, please report it to the appropriate civil authorities, as well as to the Coordinator of Ministry to Survivors of Abuse in the Archdiocese at 513-263-6623 or 1-800-686-2724, ext. 6623. If you see something, please say something.

Since 1993, the Archdiocese has embraced and promulgated the Decree on Child Protection, which now also covers vulnerable adults, including:

Complete background checks on all clerics, employees and volunteers;
Ongoing required training for clerics, employees, and volunteers on recognizing the signs of abuse of children and vulnerable adults;
Procedures for reporting suspected abuse;
Immediately reporting all allegations of abuse to the appropriate civil authorities;
A Child Protection Review Board that is comprised primarily of lay people;
Training of children in Catholic schools and religious education programs on warning signs and appropriate responses for their own protection; and
Onsite independent audit of policies and procedures by an outside firm.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is committed to transparency. To that end, for the past 15 years, we have published the names and status of all priests credibly accused of abuse on the archdiocesan website. This can be found at http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/protecting-children/resources-and-publications/status-report-on-clerics-accused-of-child-abuse/.

The Archdiocese is also committed to ensuring that the men who will be ordained to the priesthood are indeed suitable for ministry in the Church and worthy of the trust of the Catholic faithful. Every applicant to the seminary undergoes a full battery of psychological testing prior to acceptance into the seminary program. Once accepted, the candidate has, at a minimum, four years of formation in which he is taught what he needs to know in order to be a priest. During this time, his disposition, behavior, self-awareness, and stability and goodness of character are also evaluated. When a man discerns that God might be calling him to the priesthood, the Church has a duty to discern that call as well, to make sure he is truly called and of the right character to serve faithfully and well.

Many of you may be feeling that Jesus has forsaken the Church. This is not true. Rather, some members of the Church have forsaken Jesus and the call to be disciples. Jesus established His Church on earth and promised to never leave us. As we know from the Gospel of John, “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (Jn 1:5).

Today, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced the foundation of a plan (included below) to comprehensively address the issue of abuse and the failure in leadership among our bishops. This plan will include the active involvement of both the laity and the Holy See. I pledge my personal dedication to this effort and to keeping you informed of its progress.

Please join me in praying for the healing of all victims of the grave sin of sexual abuse. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the Catholic Church in the United States, continue to intercede for us. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect us.

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati

A Message on Family Unity from Archbishop Dennis Schnurr

Dear Friends in Christ,

At times throughout our nation’s history, certain events take place that animate the public and force us to ask who we are as an American people. As a community of believers in Christ Jesus, who commanded us to build His Kingdom of love on Earth as it exists in Heaven, we are called to turn to our Catholic values in such moments and play an active role in shaping our culture and civic life. We do so tirelessly on such social concerns as abortion, racism, poverty, religious freedom and more.

Events of this past week provided a galvanizing moment for Catholic Social Teaching. I echo my brother bishops, and Pope Francis himself, in condemning the practices of family separation that were taking place at an unprecedented rate on our nation’s southern border. The human family is the most fundamental building block of society. The bonds between parents and children are God’s gift for how we begin to experience love itself and God’s very presence within humanity. In fact, the family is where we first learn to be human. This is a universal truth that applies to families who have U.S. citizenship, those who were born in other places, and even those who have crossed our borders without permission. Governments at any level exist to serve the structure of the family, not the other way around.

These recent events tested our Catholic Social Teaching on the dignity of the human family and each human person. Thank you for your recent prayers and actions in defense of this principle. We still have grave concerns about what happened and what still may take place. But the public outcry, which included the voices of so many of the Catholic faithful, seems to have halted the immediate crisis of the separation of these families. I am grateful for the strong, united witness of our Catholic faith.

Moving forward, I reiterate the call, one which the U.S. Catholic bishops have proclaimed for decades, for a comprehensive reform of our immigration laws. There is undeniably a need for a greater balance among national security, legal means of entry and humane enforcement of our laws. Congress is currently debating legislation now which the U.S. Catholic bishops oppose, as it would further encumber our immigration system rather than improve it. I encourage all the faithful to urge Congress to fix these problems once and for all through a bipartisan effort of fundamental immigration reform. To learn more, please visit the U.S. bishops’ website, www.justiceforimmigrants.org. Direct assistance can be offered through our Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio at www.ccswoh.org.

May we continue to respond to God’s call to protect human life, dignity and families everywhere.

Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

SPIRITUAL MOTHERHOOD OF PRIESTS IN OUR PASTORAL REGION

NEW! Our parishes are joining all the parishes across the Archdiocese in launching a new prayer apostolate that encourages women to consider
becoming a spiritual mother to one priest or seminarian of our Archdiocese. Prayer for priests and seminarians has been proven to be
effective throughout the history of the Church. WE WOULD LIKE ALL THE WOMEN OF OUR PASTORAL REGION TO CONSIDER TAKING A PACKET OF MATERIALS FROM THE GATHERING SPACE OF EITHER PARISH TO BEGIN PRAYING FOR YOUR NEW SPIRITUAL SON. For more information about this apostolate please visit: cincinnativocations.org/spiritual-motherhood-of-priests.