Help care for elders. “Thanks to support from the Retirement Fund for Religious, we are now in a much better position to care for our elders,” writes a religious sister. Your donation helps her religious community and hundreds of others provide for aging members and plan for long-term needs. Please give to next week’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection



PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS THE SHUT INS/SICK OF ST. AUGUSTINE.  June Helmers, Fran Chroniak, Toni Moore, Ron Fetzer, Don Philhower.



Christmas Eve/Day: Sunday, December 24 ~ Monday, December 25, 2017: The Fourth Sunday of Advent will be observed on Saturday evening, December 23, and Sunday morning, December 24, 2017. Christmas is to be observed Sunday evening, December 24
and Monday, December 25, 2017. There is an obligation to participate at Mass for both the Fourth Sunday of Advent and for Christmas this weekend. Attendance at one Mass does not fulfill both obligations.
New Year’s Eve/Day: Sunday, December 31 ~ Monday, January 1, 2018: The Feast of the Holy Family will be celebrated the weekend of December 30/31, 2017. Monday, January 1, 2018, Mary, the Holy Mother of God, remains a holy day; however, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated in 2018. A Vigil Mass the evening on Sunday December 31st, in anticipation of the January 1st Holy Day, does not fulfill the Sunday obligation for the Feast of the Holy Family.


A Service of Lessons and Carols will be celebrated on Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, Dayton. In this service, we listen to nine Scripture lessons which recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message and a brief prayer.


The University of Dayton is taking a “behind the-(Nativity) scenes” approach to At the Manger, its annual exhibition of Christmas crèches Nov. 27-Jan. 5. The exhibit takes place in the Marian Library’s crèche workshop on the fourth floor of Fitz Hall, (1529 Brown St.) where visitors can learn how volunteers plan and construct display settings and clean, repair, pack and store Nativity sets. Crèches also will be on exhibit in two other locations  the Marian Library on campus and at Bergamo/Mount St. John in Beavercreek.  Group tours available


Area eighth graders are invited to visit Bishop Fenwick High School’s Falcon for a Day on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:45 – 1:00 pm. Experience what it feels like to be a Fenwick Falcon! Eighth Graders will arrive in the morning, and spend the first half of the day learning about the academic and spiritual side of being a freshman at Bishop Fenwick. After an early lunch, students are provided the opportunity to learn about all of the extracurricular activities they can get involved in here at Fenwick. Please register no later than Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by calling our Admissions Office at 513-428-0525 or online at www.fenwickfalcons.org  and click on Admissions/Visit Experiences link.


 Attention Bakers

The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary will be collecting homemade cookies for the retired nuns on Friday December 15th. Please drop off the cookies by 10:00 am at St. Joseph Hall at OLGH so the workers can fill the bags with an assortment of homemade cookies. Also needed are cans of nuts for those who are diabetic. If dropping off early please mark the items “KofC”. Any questions call Mary Cox @ 866-3084 or Karen Bailey @ 866-2206


JANUARY 1, 2018: The Archdiocese will again celebrate two Masses on the Solemnity of Mary in commemoration of the World Day of Peace on New Year’s Day. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr will preside at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains at 11:00 a.m.; and Bishop Joseph Binzer will preside at Ascension Parish (2025 Woodman Dr., Kettering) at 10:00 a.m. Join us for this much-needed opportunity to pray for life, dignity, creation and peace in our world!


Open enrollment is going on at St. Benedict the Moor Catholic School for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Interested people should visit the campus at 138 Gramont Avenue, or call at 937-268-6697.


The Athenaeum, announces that we will continue the 50% lay tuition reduction for one more academic year, 2017-18, as part of our One Faith, One Hope Capital Camcommitment.
The Lay Pastoral Ministry Certificate Option classes will meet at Good Shepherd in Montgomery, a northern Cincinnati suburb. Graduate programs are available at the main campus in Cincinnati. All options are designed for busy adults with an outstanding faculty, supportive staff and flexible components. There will never be a better time to come and see how lay Catholic studies through the Athenaeum can transform your life. For more information about Dayton classes, call Deacon Hal Belcher, 419-305-5486.


It is with great pride that the Office of African American Pastoral Ministries on behalf of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati announces the following 2017 – 2018 Archbishop Karl J. Alter Scholarship Grant Award recipient: Miss Ukinebo O’Basuyi, the daughter of Mr. Victor and Mary O’Basuyi, will graduate from Springboro HighSchool. Miss O’Basuyi will be attending Wright State University and will pursue a degree in Public Health. Miss O’Basuyi is a member of Saint Benedict the Moor [Dayton


“Share the Word” Sunday morning scripture study is now in its 35th year at St. Mary; and we’re going to keep doing it until we get it right! We meet in the St. Mary Center following the 9:45am Mass. Why not stop by and join us a light-hearted look at the scriptures and how they impact our daily lives. Our family looks forward to including you in our discussions.



Shine Dayton would like to invite you to learn more about our organization. We are a group of young professionals committed to advocating for the compassionate works of Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley through the engagement and empowerment of individuals. For more information on becoming a member or to join us at an upcoming event, email shine.dayton@gmail.com or visit us at www.cssmv.org/giving/shinedayton or www.facebook.com/shinedayton.



Needs-based grants from both the endowed and expendable funds will be available for students attending grades Kindergarten through 12 in Catholic schools in our archdiocese. Approximately 80% of the tuition assistance funds available annually will aid Catholic School students in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade. To apply for assistance please go to https://factsmgt.com/services/grant-aid-assessment Approximately 20% of the tuition assistance funds available annually will aid Catholic School high school students. To apply for high school tuition assistance, contact your high school directly for more information. Log on to go.udayton.edu/manger for more information. Know Mary Better: Learn more about the Blessed Virgin Mary