Fortnight for Freedom

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will again recognize a Fortnight for Freedom from June 21 to July 4, 2017. This year, the theme is “Freedom for Mission.” Please visit the USCCB for prayers, reflections, action alerts and other resources to stand up for one of our most cherished freedoms.

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Join Our Parish

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

Friday, July 7 is First Friday and everyone is invited to OLSH for devotions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 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.

Sts. Peter & Paul has a Holy Hour from 6:00-8:00 pm, Wednesday June 21. The Sacrament of Penance will not be offered this month.

Staff

Rev. Matthew Robben – Pastor

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Dear Saints Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parishioners,

I can’t explain how excited I am to be your new pastor. I look forward to working with you and growing in the Lord together. Many have asked what I would like to be called. You may call me Father, Father Matt, Father Matthew, or Fr Robben…I’m flexible! With that said, here are a few details about my history.

On February 17, 1972, I was born the 13th of 14 alphabetically named children. As a child, I grew up on a working holstein dairy farm milking as many as 250 animals. I attended St John the Baptist Church and grade school in Harrison, Ohio. I graduated from Elder High School and attended 1 year at the University of Cincinnati. Starting when I was 16, I worked in the restaurant business. First, with LaRosa’s and then as general manager for Pizza Hut for 3 years. At that point, I switched to managing at several Jersey Mike’s locations. I returned to UC in 1999 and graduated with a BA with honors in History with the intention of teaching high school. Lacking the funds to pay for graduate school I was able to get a job at Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky working in the maintenance department and taking education classes at the same time. It was at Thomas More that my vocational call was reawakened. I entered Mount Saint Mary Seminary where I earned a Master of Divinity and was ordained a priest on May 19, 2012. My 1st assignment was as chaplain and teacher at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton Ohio where I taught Scripture (I am currently working on my thesis for a Masters of Biblical Studies). My weekend assignment was to St Peter Parish in Huber Heights, Ohio. Earlier this year, due to the medical retirement of the pastor, I was named co-administrator of Region 12 (St Peter, Holy Cross, Our Lady of the Rosary, St Stephen’s, and St Adalberts). Other ministries I have been involved with include Project Rachel and the Respect Life Office. In my spare time, I like to play most any sport, especially basketball, ping pong, golf bowling or just walking in the woods. I also like to play cards (Pinochle with Euchre a close second), watch movies, and cook (baking in particular). I love volunteering each year for the FAM OHIO convention usually held in Columbus dedicated to helping educate those with bleeding disorders. I also like volunteering for the Over the Rhine and Walnut Hills Soup Kitchens as an active board member. Finally, I like to spend time with family and friends. I hope this gives you a snapshot of who I am, the rest you will learn in time.

God’s blessings to all,

Fr Matthew J Robben

Fr. John Heim, S.J., In Residence

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Deacon Tom Lynd

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Deacon Tom Lynd is a retired teacher, counselor, and administrator that came to work as the first business manager of SSPP in 1998. The following year he agreed to begin studies in the diaconate program with the approval of Fr. Jim Willig and parish council. Tom was ordained a permanent deacon in 2004 and has enjoyed serving the parish for the past 10 years.

Deacon Tom’s Pastoral ministries are many. Along with diaconating a mass each weekend, he preaches, baptizes and marries, leads prayers at cemeteries, and assists with the RCIA program, especially guiding our young catechumens through the process. Tom can be found many days visiting and praying with the sick and homebound, teaching at PREP on Monday nights, or breaking open the Word with parishioners.

Deacon Charlie Roemer

charlieI was ordained a deacon April 30, 2016. I am a family man, married to Linda for 48 years (July 2016); she has been very supportive-an important requirement. We have two children and two grandchildren. As a lay person I was involved in numerous ministries-visiting the sick, Eucharistic minister, lector, RCIA catechist, adult formation, etc.
I graduated from The Ohio College of Applied Sciences, Xavier University, and The Athenaeum of Ohio. I served six years with the US Army reserves. During my working career I was employed by several foundries and manufacturing plants in the Cincinnati area. I retired from manufacturing after 48 years, as a Quality Assurance Manager, to concentrate on my deacon formation studies.
Deacons are called to serve in a special way but I have always felt called to serve in many other ways – service to family, the Catholic Church, my country, and the community have all been part of my life’s work. I look forward to serving the priests and parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Mike Schweitzer, Pastoral Administrator

 

mikeMike started as the Business Manager at Sts Peter & Paul on Sept 1, 2007 after 38 years in the Accounting Department at AK steel in Middletown. He retired as the Manager of Cost Accounting. He has been married since 1970 and he and his wife raised 4 children and now enjoy 6 grandchildren. He is an active member of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenhills.

Beth Pettigrew, Pastoral Associate

 

IMG_3653 (3)Mrs. Beth Pettigrew has been on the parish staff since January of 1999. She served the parish for 6 years as the part-time coordinator of Youth Ministry, receiving the Archdiocesan certification in Youth Ministry in 2002. In 2005 Beth came on board as the full time Pastoral Associate for Youth and Religious Education. In 2008 she completed the two year Lay Pastoral Ministry program at the Athenaeum of Ohio, and has since earned a Certificate in Sacred Scripture from Catholic University.

Beth’s duties include: Sacrament preparation for 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation, Coordinator of the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP), Safe Environment Coordinator, and organizes the bi-annual Parish trip to our Mission Parish in Tohatchi, NM. Beth also has a part in Marriage Ministry with FOCCUS, wedding coordinators, and is available as Procurator Advocate for the process of Annulments.  As a volunteer, she also runs the Youth Ministry program for youth from Jr. High through 12th grade.

Bob Wurzelbacher, Pastoral Associate, Director of Music

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Mr. Bob Wurzelbacher began serving as the parish musician at OLSH in 2013, and at SSPP in 2014. He previously served as part-time parish musician at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Greenhills for 7 years. Bob also works as the Associate Director for the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, where he has served since 2004. Bob holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology from the Oblate School of Theology, a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin, Certification in Youth Ministry and Religious Education, and studied piano at the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati

Contact information: bobwurzelbacher@gmail.com

Pat Panzeca, Parish Secretary

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Mrs. Pat Panzeca has been our Parish Secretary for over 10 Years. She enjoys the everyday business of the front office, answering the phones, and greeting parishioners and visitors. Pat wears many hats in the office to keep things running smoothly, on most days! Pat volunteers her time in the PREP program and working with the Septemberfest committee. Pat is looking forward to retirement in the not too distant future

Carol Manley, Administrative Assistant

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Randy Lattire, Maintenance

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