April 5, 2020

As we begin Holy Week, I am deeply grieved that there will not be public gatherings for the Triduum, the Sacred Liturgies that mark this holiest of days in the year.  Grief is center stage on Good Friday and is expressed well in “The Reproaches.”  We have not sung the Reproaches in our parishes, but you can hear them on YouTube when you search “Good Friday Reproaches.”  Churches will be open for adoration of the Cross on Good Friday.  See St. Julie’s facebook page or the Sunday and Wednesday livestreams for the hours of adoration.  We will livestream Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil liturgies as an opportunity for you and your family to pray with us – for our pastoral region to be a community united in prayer at those times.

Also on Good Friday, the Ecumenical Way of the Cross for the city of Hamilton has been pre-recorded and will be available online.

Good Friday is the day to begin the Divine Mercy Novena!  Please, please incorporate that in your prayer during this year!  More information can be found at https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/novena-13366 or will be available through our parish webpages and St. Julie’s Facebook page.  Let us shake the heavens with our cry for Mercy.

Mercy is found in confession.  I am hearing confessions by appointment.  Call 773-4419.

Mercy is also carried out in actions.  Review the corporal and spiritual works of mercy with your family.  If you are in good health consider lending a hand in the following ways:  check on your neighbors, donate blood, become a “shopping angel,” help prepare lunches at New Life Mission, donate time or money with St. Vincent de Paul.  Refer to a parish e-mail for more information.  I remind you again: pick up the phone.  Call those you miss – or those you got busy and have not heard from in a while.

The peace of Christ be with you all,

Fr. Rob

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¡Un Saludo a todos! A medida que comenzamos la Semana Santa, me entristece profundamente que no habrá reuniones públicas para el Triduo.

Las liturgias de Santa Julia estarán disponibles por “livestream.” Las liturgias de Jueves Santo y La Vigilia Pascual van a incluir algunas partes en español. tendremos la Liturgia de la Pasión el viernes santo 10 de abril a las 5:30pm y la Misa de Pascua el Domingo 12 de abril a las 9:30am.

Les invito a iniciar el novenario de la coronilla de la Divina Misericordia. Empezaremos este viernes y seguimos hasta el Domingo después de la Pascua.

 

Cuídense y cuidémonos unos a otros durante este tiempo de pandemia. Si hay una familia que necesita ayuda en este tiempo queremos saberlo. Puede dejar un mensaje.

Karla Eysoldt      Tel 513-448-8994

Pilar Hernandez Tel. 513-892-9041

 

La paz de cristo este con ustedes

 

Fr. Rob

March 29, 2020

We have now finished the first week of shelter in place.  It is still a bit surreal.  I hope that you have taken time to read and time to pray.  Health care workers and first responders continue to work hard or be at the ready.

 

The Holy See (the pope) is granting a plenary indulgence for those who are sick with COVID-19 and to their caretakers (doctors, nurses, family members) who are observing some type of quarantine and who participate in televised Mass or devotion.  While only those who have COVID-19 and health care workers receive the indulgence, I encourage all of you to make use of the streaming services: the Cathedral streams daily Mass at 8 am and Sunday Mass at 11am. It is found at www.catholiccincinnati.org.  Santa Misa en Español transmisión en directo Domingo a las 9:30 am at www.stpeterinchainscathedral.org.    Our pastoral region will stream a Liturgy of the Word on Sundays at 10 am, with the recording available afterward.  We miss you.

 

As people are home from work, some will begin to struggle financially.  It is okay to reach out to one of the regional parish conferences of St. Vincent de Paul.  It also reminds us to attend to works of charity as we are able.  Pray for those who are facing uncertainty.  Call a fellow parishioner or the parents of your kid’s classmates.

Some organizations continue to provide bag lunches while dining together is not permitted.  If you are healthy and not at high-risk of severe symptoms, you can learn about the lunch efforts of New Life Mission or the Salvation Army.

 

It is my understanding that during the shelter in place it is still permissible to walk around the block, with or without pets.  I know that is an important part of my mental health.  It helps me remember God is bigger.  In today’s gospel we hear that Jesus has power even over death, so we need not be afraid.

 

We continue to ask St. Joseph’s intercession at this time.

 

With you in prayer,

Fr. Rob

March 22, 2020

These are strange times.  In many ways I am at a loss for words.  So much that was familiar has been taken away.  Some of our parish members are not sure how they will pay the bills, hourly workers and small business owners.  Some will be in an empty house and miss the precious few opportunities they had to socialize with others.  Some will miss sports entertainment or everyday comforts, like toilet paper or dining out, that are now difficult to come by or unavailable.  Still others, who work in health care (or grocery), may find themselves working double time or constantly on high alert.  We owe them gratitude.  Amidst all these different circumstances, we are to look to God to provide us the strength we need (Matthew 6).

How are we to make sense of this?

Even in the midst of social distancing, it is clear that we need each other.  The little precautions – hand-washing and general caution – help protect everyone.  Workers need employers; employers need workers and patrons.  Those living alone need a kind face, a kind word.  If we take no precautions, COVID-19 will cripple our health care system and cripple the sick for a time.  Working together can do some to alleviate the public health crisis.  There probably has not been this much asked of ordinary citizens uniting for a common cause since World War II (with its rationing of food and supplies and disrupted work force…and a 15-year old playing pro baseball).

This should also be a time of reflection.  This will be especially true for me.  How do I minister to people and be with people when I cannot physically be with them?  What is the significance of a priest praying for those entrusted to his care?  Will I truly feel the struggles and challenges that this disruption has for people’s lives?  I will need a separate letter to guide your reflections and prayer during this time.

St. Joseph, Pray for us.

May God bless you and grant you His peace,

Fr. Rob

March 15, 2020

Many people enjoyed a Night at the Races this weekend at Badin High School.  It was sponsored by one of our parent-teacher organizations.  I’m proud of the efforts to support Catholic education in Hamilton and Butler County through the two grade schools of our region and Badin High School.

I hope you are also enjoying the benefits of Daylight Savings Time.  The daylight makes me want to be outside more often.  It can be a good opportunity to take up running, biking or other outdoor sports for wellness.  (I don’t know what day of the week it would be, but I would enjoy ultimate frisbee in Joyce Park.)  We should care for the body that God has entrusted to us without neglecting our spiritual soul.  Enjoy the spring and the days ahead and God’s gift of the light.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation and the grace of the sacrament are a great help in caring for your soul.  If you missed our pastoral region’s penance service this past Tuesday, the penance service at Queen of Peace is on Monday of this week.

This weekend the elect who are preparing for baptism will receive the first of the three scrutinies.  This weekend at St. Peter’s 11am Mass .   Next weekend at St. Julie’s 9:15 Mass and at St. Joseph on March 29 .  Please continue to pray for them as they prepare for baptism.

Next weekend is a second collection for Catholic Relief Services.  They are also the beneficiaries of Lenten Rice Bowl.

In our first evening of the Alpha course, Nicky Gumbel asked, “Is there more to life than this?”  If you think the question is worth investigating, you can look it up on YouTube.  If you want to hear more, it is not too late to register online and join us this Wednesday. (This has been postponed since being written. Stay tuned for updates.)

To our Irish Catholics, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In Christ,

Fr. Rob

March 8, 2020

This Wednesday we begin the Alpha course.  Invite your adult children (babysitting is provided).  In Matthew 7, Jesus ends his sermon on the mount saying, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock…  Everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.”  Is this word trustworthy?  Nicky Gumbel shares how he found it to be so.  Each evening begins with a meal.  See inside for more information and how to RSVP.

 

This Friday is St. Joseph’s Lenten fish fry.  Join us for a good meal!

 

Being in a different setting (Mexico) for a time provides an opportunity to reflect, to remember again what is central to living the beauty of our faith.  The Mass is foundational.  Without this moment, bringing ourselves into the presence of the Crucified and Risen Lord, we simply do not have the grace that we need to be able to live as God’s sons and daughters.  This basic nourishment is available to us (almost) anywhere in the world – because we need it!

 

Next Saturday St. Peter’s EPIC is hosting a Night at the Races at Badin High School.  It is an enjoyable social event for adults who are able to attend that evening.  (see more information inside)

 

It is still near the beginning of the month of March.  This month the Church remembers notable Saints, such as St. Patrick and St. Joseph, spouse of Mary.  You can learn more about them through online material from FORMED.

 

In Christ,

Fr. Rob

 

Estar en un otro ambiente provee tiempo de reflexión, una oportunidad para recordar de nuevo lo que es central para vivir la belleza de nuestra fe.  La Misa es fundamental.  Sin este encuentro, este momento de que nos presentamos frente del Señor Crucificado y Resucitado, no tendríamos la gracia que necesitamos para vivir como hijos e hijas de Dios.  Este alimento espiritual está disponible en México, aquí en Hamilton, en todos lugares del mundo.  ¡Está disponible porque lo necesitamos!

 

En este mes de Marzo celebraremos la fiesta de San José, esposo de María. Esta fiesta nos recuerda la importancia de la familia.  Gracias al grupo del Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial y sus miembros que aceptan y apoyan la vida familiar. Rueguen por todas nuestras familias.  Cada año la iglesia San José tiene una cena el sábado cerca de la fiesta. Es 21 de Marzo y requiere que compren boletos antes.

 

Espero con alegría el domingo, 15 de Marzo.  Voy a reunirme con ustedes en Vida Católica desde 10:30 a 11:30am para hablar un poquito sobre mi tiempo en México.  ¡Nos vemos el próximo Domingo!

 

En Cristo,

Fr. Rob

December 8th, 2019

I hope that Mary Immaculate comes to reign in your heart.  This weekend I am in Juquila where the Immaculate de Juquila is celebrated.  It is a pilgrimage, and I bring your intentions with me to Juquila.  To you in Hamilton, I miss you and I greet you with affection.  I have joy in my heart for those who are consecrating themselves to Jesus through Mary on Sunday.  This, too, invites the reign of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Our Lady, Queen of Fatima assures us, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will Triumph.”

At this time I am living at the St. John Paul II Minor Seminary here in Puerto Escondido.  Although it is not where I stayed when I first arrived, it was decided that it is an opportune place to be.  I can pray morning prayer and evening prayer with the community, and I celebrate Mass for the seminarians several times each week.  There are two priests who live at the seminary, and who help me and are able to contact the pastors when I want to get to know other parishes in the area.  I have already visited Virgen de Soledad and Our Lady of the Poor in Puerto Escondido and Virgin of Guadalupe and the Holy Cross chapel in Huatulco, and now the parish in Juquila.  I am getting to know the seminarians better as I speak with them.  It is often inspiring to hear the aspirations of those discerning service in the priesthood.

 

Espero que reine la Inmaculada in todos los corazones.  Esta fin de semana estoy en Juquila donde se celebra la Inmaculada de Juquila.  Lo considero como una peregrinación.  Traigo conmigo sus intenciones.  A ustedes en Hamilton, se extraño y les saludo con afección.  Lleva alegría en mi corazón por los que se consagran sus mismos a Jesus por Maria esta Domingo.  Esto también invita al reino de la Inmaculado Corazon de Maria.

En este tiempo vivo en el Seminario Juan Pablo II en Puerto Escondido.  Aun no estuvo mi habitación cuando en principio, se decide que es un lugar favorable.  Puedo orar Laudes y Vísperas con la comunidad y celebro la Misa por los seminaristas algunas veces cada semana.  Hay dos sacerdotes que viven en el seminario y que me ayudan y pueden contactar otro párrocos cuando voy a conocer otras parroquias.  Conozco las parroquias La Virgen de Soledad y Nuestra Señora de los Pobres en Puerto Escondido y la Virgen de Guadalupe y capilla de Santa Cruz en Huatulco y ahora también la parroquia en Juquila.  Poco a poco conozco mejor los seminaristas y hablo con ellos.

Las clases me sirven para mejorar el uso de la idioma.  Asisto la clase cuatro horas cada día desde Lunes a Viernes.  Es largo tiempo, pero la maestra usa ejercicios diferentes para proveer variedad.  Hace una semana deseo mas oportunidades para el ministerio y pudieron adaptar algunas tareas por eso.

Les veo pronto cuando celebro algunas Misas en Hamilton el cuarto Domingo del Adviento y La Navidad!

Nos preparamos al encuentro del Señor.

In Christ,

Fr. Rob

October 20, 2019

I leave on Thursday of this week to begin my language immersion studies in Mexico.  I will be attending language classes in Puerto Escondido.  I will be back on December 17 and will celebrated some of the Masses in the region for the fourth Sunday of Advent and for Christmas before returning to Mexico.  Fr. Mike Pucke will be the parochial administrator.  He will provide the sacrament of the sick and celebrate funerals with the assistance of Fr. Richmond.  Please pray for me during my studies.  I will also pray for you.

Next weekend the CLAY apostolate will be present at all Masses to make available the book 33 Days to Morning Glory.  A lay apostolate is a group of lay Catholics who are united and work together for a common mission.  CLAY (Our Lady’s Lay Apostolate) has the mission of promoting growth in holiness through total consecration.  That is why they make the books available at no cost; although, donations are accepted.  I hope you will participate in this effort across the three parishes of our pastoral region.  Please join one of the discussion groups that will be offered.  See next week’s bulletin for times and places.

This week I meet with the finance committees of St. Julie and St. Peter one last time before I leave for four months.

Tonight the junior high youth group will learn about the “source and summit of the Christian life.”  I am very thankful to the team of volunteers that assist with our youth ministry.  I am also excited that soon the plaster wall will be repaired and our youth will have their own youth room!  They will end the night with prayer before Jesus in the tabernacle.  On Wednesday night St. Peter’s church is hosting its third night of praise and worship from 6:30-8pm.  Come lay aside your burdens before the Lord for a time.

What a joy to know, love and serve the good God.

In Christ,

Fr. Rob

October 13, 2019

This is my last full week before I leave for my language immersion in Mexico!  I can’t believe the time is here!

This weekend I am preaching about the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917.  Because of the way text books are written, we often forget Divine Providence is woven all throughout human history.  God does not abandon his people!  There are simply times and places when humans darken their hearts to God, whether intentionally or not.  The remarkable events of Fatima (and Lepanto October 7, 1571 and above all the Anunciation c. 1 BC), show that God wills for his Blessed Mother to play an important role.

How do we dispose ourselves to Mary’s guidance?  How do we learn from her Immaculate Heart the secrets of intimacy with Jesus?  How do we gain the benefit of her protection and favor with her son, Jesus?

Learn from Fr. Michael Gaitley and learn with your fellow Christians using 33 Days to Morning Glory.  The preparation begins on November 4 and culminates with a 20 minute ceremony of consecration on Sunday, December 8 – the date for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  You can receive the book for free at any Mass in the pastoral region the weekend of October 26-27.  To go deeper you can choose to purchase an accompanying prayer journal and join one of several discussion groups that will meet once a week for six weeks.  Allow Mary to make you into a beautiful gift to her son, Jesus!

I am looking forward to another evening of Praise and Worship and Adoration at St. Peter’s church on Wednesday, October 23.  It is a great time to give your cares over to the Lord and lift your heart to him.  Maybe I will see you there.

October 6, 2019

This weekend is Respect Life Sunday.  It is the first and foundational principle of Catholic Social Teaching; without it, none of the others make sense.  It is an expression of being made in God’s image.  That is why a society that more and more pushes God out, will welcome in – or become indifferent to – abortion, euthanasia, human trafficking, and other affronts to the most basic right to life.  A secular humanism, while having some merit, will only ever go so far.  Our faith calls us to work for the integral development of the human person, body and soul…beginning with the right to life.  I am thankful to Right to Life, 40 Days for Life, Pathway to Hope, and the other ways members of our region stand up for life.  The Life Chain in Hamilton is this Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Next Saturday, October 12, is the Fatima Rosary Rally at noon at St. Julie’s side lot.  When Mary appeared at Fatima, she asked the children and communities and families throughout the world to pray the Rosary for peace.  That need is still as urgent as ever!  Come for the Rosary and stay for the Pumpkin Festival.

The bus trip to the basilica shrine to Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio has been cancelled.  It had been planned for Wednesday, October 16.  We will plan a bus trip pilgrimage in the spring to a destination that is not as far away.  I want you to be able to be inspired by people of faith who have gone before us and the patrimony their faith has for their children.

On Tuesday evening of this week will be the last pastoral council meeting before I leave for my language immersion in Mexico.  All three councils will meet together at the Fenmont at 7pm to ensure good continuity while Fr. Mike Pucke is the Parochial Administrator in the four months of my absence.

September 29, 2019

October will bring several opportunities to witness to our faith and glorify God in our pastoral region!  The first weekend of October (next weekend) is respect life Sunday.  We celebrate God’s gift of life; we protect life, and we call upon others to protect life.  I invite you to gather across from the McDonald’s on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at 2:00 pm on October 6 to join Butler County Right to Life witnessing to and praying for an end to abortion.  A second collection next weekend will support pro-life groups.

October 13, 1917 was the date of the miracle of the sun at Fatima.  If you are not familiar with it, look it up online or, better yet, at FORMED:  SEARCH, Documentaries, Finding Fatima.  We can honor this grace received from Our Lady, Queen of Fatima, and share the great concern she had for the eternal good of souls by joining the Rosary Rally.  We will pray the Rosary in the side lot of St. Julie’s, across from Marcum park at noon on Saturday, October 12.  Our world desperately needs pray.  Join us!  Please.

Our bus trip / one day pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in Carey, Ohio is October 16.  There is still time to register with the parish office.  We will have a Night of Praise and worship with Eucharistic exposition at St. Peter’s on Wednesday, October 23.  Please strengthen your gift of faith this coming month.

This Tuesday the Holy Hour is at St. Joseph.  It is a time of silent adoration concluding with benediction at 8pm.

There have been several funerals in the region the past three weeks.  Please remember to pray for the deceased and for all the poor souls in purgatory.  In terms of honoring the mortal remains of the deceased, St. Stephen’s cemetery will soon complete a columbarium for the interment of ashes.  The Church sees burial of the intact corpse as better demonstrating our belief in the resurrection of the body, but cremation is permitted when the remains are respectfully interred.