Pastor's Corner


CANTICLE SINGERS YOUTH CHOIR: This Sunday, May 21, at 3:00pm the “Canticle Singers Youth Choir” will hold their spring concert at Blessed Sacrament Church. These are a group of young singers who practice weekly at Blessed Sacrament singing beautiful music. It is open to everyone, so bring your relatives and friends. What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon during the Easter season by listening to live, beautiful music!

THANK YOU: We are grateful to the Knights of Columbus Council #472 who donated $750.00 to Our Lady of Lourdes Church. The Knights do such good work. We are especially grateful for receiving the check this year!

CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES: We congratulate all the graduates from our parishes who graduate this week, eigth-graders, high school seniors, college seniors and post-grad graduates. Please never forget to use the gift of intelligence that God has given to you. We are very proud of you all!

VINCENT de PAUL REPORT: “When I was hungry, you gave me to eat.” Please read the insert report of our SVdP. You, of our parishes, are so generous in your feeding of the poor, that God will never look over the other needs of our parishes. I truly and firmly believe, by your generosity to SVdP, God has looked favorably on these parishes and blessed them like no other. Please read the report and be proud of the parishes to which you belong.

YEAR OF CONSECRATION: As you know this year, we have been reconsecrating ourselves and our churches to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The year will close on June 24, with a Mass being celebrated at St. Mary Basilica in Marietta. We are looking into renting a bus. Cost would be $25.00 per person for the ride down and back. If you are interested, please sign up at the church entrances either this weekend or next so we can see how many people are interested.


PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: On Spirit Day (Pentecost), June 4, we will be having donut Sunday after the 11:00am Mass (instead of the last Sunday of the month). All members of our parishes are encouraged to attend as well as those who have been through the RCIA process in the past. Let us not only sweeten our lives with donuts, but also celebrate the gift of the Spirit and our newest members who joined the church this Easter. Let us give them a warm Wintersville parishes welcome!

MEMORIAL: To Blessed Sacrament Church in memory of Felix Wilson by Rev. Dr. Thomas & Diane Graham.

VOLUNTEERS AND TREATS NEEDED: Sacred Heart Center of Hope (across from Holy Name Cathedral) has been approved as a site for the summer lunch program coordinated by Urban Mission and assisted by the former Simpson Methodist Church members. We would like parishioners to volunteer to help serve or to help with activities for our youth who come for lunch. We are also in need of treats to round out the meal and to help make the time they have special. The lunch program begins June 5 and ends August 18. Lunch is served 12:00-1:00 pm with a faith- based fun activity after lunch until 2:00 pm   If you are interested, please contact Ruth Ann at Catholic Charities, 740-282-3631.

WORKERS FOR BINGO: We are very much in need of more bingo workers for our Friday night bingo. We have been getting well over 70 people each Friday, which is great for our area. The more workers we have, the more “Instant Bingo’s” we can sell. The more we sell, the more money we make. I am asking especially our Catholic school parents to help, since the bingo helps to pay for our Catholic schools. But even if you are not involved in Catholic education, please come and help. Just be there on Friday evening at 5:45pm and ask to see Brian. He will show you all you need to know. Thanks to our faithful bingo workers who are there week after week. Please know my deep gratitude for what you do.