Archbishop Schnurr’s Letter on Racism

This week Archbishop Dennis Schnurr sent out this letter on the sin of racism:

My Dear Friends in Christ,
The sin of racism is a “particularly destructive and persistent form of evil” in our country. In our pastoral letter, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the bishops of the nation explained, “Racism arises when—either consciously or unconsciously—a person holds that his or her own race or ethnicity is superior, and therefore judges persons of other races or ethnicities as inferior and unworthy of equal regard” (p.3). This definition may be readily understood, but, like all sin, racism can be more challenging to recognize when it creeps into the complications of our everyday lives. Yet, the love of Christ compels us to not turn away from these challenges. As my brother bishops and I stated, “This command of love can never be simply ‘live and let others be.’ …

Click here to read the complete letter. 

Archbishop’s Update on the COVID Vaccines

The Archbishop has put out a second letter updating us on the COVID-19 vaccines:

Dear Brothers in Holy Orders,

On December 3, 2020, I wrote to you outlining some of the most important principles regarding the application of the Church’s moral teaching to the production, distribution and reception of COVID-19 vaccines. There have been several developments since then, so I take this opportunity to provide you with a brief update.
The vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer to combat COVID-19 may be taken without moral reservation. As indicated previously, the Chairmen of the U.S. Bishops’ doctrine and pro-life committees said in a November 23, 2020, statement that it is not immoral to be vaccinated with the vaccines being developed by Moderna and Pfizer given the seriousness of the health risk.

To read the rest of the letter, click here to download it. 

Clerical Support Position Available

St. Mary/St. Stephen Cemeteries in Hamilton, Ohio is accepting applications for a part time, 18 hours a week, clerical support position.  This position could grow into a full-time position over time.  Duties include computer data entry, general filing and recordkeeping. Candidates must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, knowledge of and skill in computer applications, especially Microsoft Office products, ability to relate to a variety of people and maintain confidentiality. Send resume to Michelle Miller by April 30, 2021 at St. Mary/ St. Stephen Cemeteries, 1314 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton, Ohio 45011 or email to For more information about our cemeteries, you can visit the website:

Hamilton COVID-19 Vaccines

The City of Hamilton has COVID vaccines available for citizens 65 years and older. Anyone who wishes to receive the vaccine needs to register. The link to register is below:

The Archbishop of Cincinnati has issued a statement on the vaccines. The short version of the statement is: The vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer to combat COVID-19 may be taken without moral reservations. Click here to read the full statement. 

Hannah Houser’s Vocation

It is with great joy that I announce that a second member of our parish is seeking to serve God through a vocation in a religious order. Hannah Houser is seeking to serve God as a Sister of Saint Francis of Oldenburg. As you may already know, Josh Richter is a simply professed brother in the Order of Friars Minor. What a blessing to have these two young people choosing the religious life to serve God.

Hannah spoke at last Sunday’s Mass about her need to resolve her student debt in order to clear the path for her religious life with the Sisters of Saint Francis of Oldenburg. The Sister of Saint Francis of Oldenburg and Hannah are partnering with the Labouré Society to help remove this obstacle. Since 2003, this 501(c)(3) organization has helped deliver hundreds of men and women into religious formation who otherwise would have been turned away due to educational loans.

Please consider helping Hannah achieve her calling to serve God in religious life by donating to the Labouré Society. Here is a link to learn more about this organization and how to donate.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Hannah with any questions you might have about this program  at:


Fr. Rob

The Call to Address Racism in Our Hearts and Communities

In their new pastoral letter against racism, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love (full text of the document found there), the Catholic bishops of the United States invite conversion of hearts, minds, and institutions in order to address the evil of racism that still exists in our communities.

Click here to read the letter in full.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB.

Click here to read Archbishop Gomez’s full statement.