Catholic Telegraph Article

Mr. Walt Schaefer, over at the Catholic Telegraph, wrote an article about the Community in the latest edition of the Catholic Telegraph. Here is an excerpt, for more, head over to The Catholic Telegraph.

“The Catholic culture in Over-the-Rhine will soon see a boost.

The Cincinnati Oratory, a group of priests and brothers currently in formation, soon will begin renovation of the Pious House and 12th and Clay streets in Over-the-Rhine.

Cincinnati Oratorians oversee nearby Old St. Mary Church. The four-story, red brick Pious House, built in about 1850, will provide ample room to house Oratorians as the group grows in Cincinnati. Renovation plans call for a total of 12 rooms on the second, third and fourth floors to house Oratory members.

“Right now we are in formation. We are not an oratory yet,” said Father Jon-Paul Bevak, administrator at Old St. Mary’s and a chaplain at La Salle High School. “The important thing about the building is that we have to complete the renovation and be living there before we can be officially established.

“There is a period of time you have to live together and test the lifestyle of the Oratorian. We also have to have so many members and so many of them have to be priests. We have met the membership requirement of at least four members and at least two priests. We’re about to have our third priest ordained,” — Brother Adrian Hilton, currently studying at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, who is scheduled to be ordained in May. “The two priests we have now are me and Father Lawrence Juarez, from the Philippines, who has been in the United States for 11 to 12 years…”

Br. Adrian meets Cardinal Rodriguez

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Cardinal Rodriguez, the Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, recently visited Cincinnati for a lecture on the Pontificate of Pope Francis. Br. Adrian was lucky enough to have an opportunity to meet His Eminence and get a quick ‘selfie’…

Lenten Series on Virtue

VirtuesJoin the Community-in-Formation and the parishioners of Old St. Mary’s for our annual Lenten Series. This year we gather in Fr. Felten Hall on Tuesday evenings at 6pm. We begin with soup and bread before having a discussion on the Virtues at 6:30 pm. Last week we discussed Virtue in general. Tomorrow we will discuss the Cardinal Virtues followed by the Theological Virtues the following week. Our final gathering will be March 17 when we will discuss how to live and grow in the virtues. We have Stations of the Cross a little after 7:00 pm followed by an opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance. Please join us!

What: Lenten Series on Virtue, soup and bread provided
When: February 24, March 3, March 10, and March 17.
Where: Old St. Mary’s Church (Fr. Felten Hall and then the Church)
Why: Lent if the perfect time to grow not just in natural virtue, but in supernatural virtue by uniting ourselves closer to Christ.

If there is harmony within ourselves, there is harmony in our families. If there is harmony within our families, there is harmony in the state. If there is harmony in the state, there is harmony in the world.

Holy Father’s Intentions for March

pope francis praying rosaryUniversal Intention.
That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.

Evangelization Intention – Separated Spouses.
That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.

Daily Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.

Holy Father’s Intentions for February

pope francis praying rosaryUniversal Intention – Prisoners.
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives ofUniversal Intention – Prisoners. That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.

Evangelization Intention – Separated Spouses.
That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community. dignity. Evangelization Intention – Separated Spouses. That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.

Daily Offering

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.