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Mass Schedule

Weekend Catholic Mass Schedule OUR LADY OF GRACE PARISH

SUNDAY MASSES*
 1st Sunday of the Month**
 Sat 4:30 PM Our Lady of Mercy Church
 Sun 9:30 AM Corpus Christi Church
 Sun 5:30 PM Corpus Christi Church
2nd thru Last Sunday of the Month
Sat 4:30 PM Corpus Christi Church
Sun 9:30 AM Our Lady of Mercy Church
Sun 5:30 PM Corpus Christi Church

WEEKDAY MASSES
Tue. 8:30 AM Corpus Christi Church
Wed. 8:30 AM Our Lady of Mercy Church
 Funerals will replace weekday Masses  
*Except Patronal Feast Day Celebration weekends.  Watch for announcements.

** A Saturday Mass Falling on the last day of a month is considered a 1st Sunday Mass.

Weekend Catholic Mass Schedule REGIONAL MASS TIMES

Queen of Martyrs Parish
4134 Cedar Ridge Road
Dayton OH 45414 
Sunday Mass Sunday 11:00 AM
Weekday Mass Thursday     8:30 AM
Funerals will replace weekday Masses

For more information visit http://www.qmdayton.org

 

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OUR LADY OF GRACE DAYTON PARISH PICNIC

Our Lady of Grace Parish Picnic
Sunday September 16, 2018 12:00 Noon
Marian Manor K of C Hall
6050 Dog Leg Rd.
Dayton, Ohio 45415

Our Lady of Mercy School Building for Lease

STEAM Academy has served children and their
families in our neighborhood for several years.
Their lease has ended and there is no new tenant
for the school building at the Our Lady of Mercy site. 
If  you know of any interested parties or have any ideas
for the use of the building, please contact Joe Dierkers at 414-0313.

Our Lady of Mercy School Building
545 Odlin Ave.
Dayton, Ohio 45405
(937) 274-2107

Our Lady of Mercy


April, 2018

Our Lady of Grace Parishioners,

This is regarding the status of the Our Lady of Mercy school building, the church and the church property. Listed below are key points of information that may answer any questions you have:
• The lease with the STEAM Academy that leases the Our Lady of Mercy school building expires 30JUNE2018. Negotiating a new lease is still an option, but STEAM has issues with their certification.
• STEAM told us last year that it has outgrown the space and may look for a larger facility.
• STEAM and its sponsor (the sponsor legally oversees the operation) are not renewing their relationship for the 2018-19 school year. STEAM has negotiated a relationship with a new sponsor. Sub-par academic ratings last year, however, have thrown in some doubt as to the State of Ohio approving this new sponsorship. By all indications, the school operation is financially stable and well received in the neighborhood in that they are nearly at full capacity. STEAM operates other schools in Ohio and around the USA, some of which have won awards for outstanding results. However, without State approval, STEAM will not be able to operate at the Odlin Ave. location.
• If the school building were to go vacant, the result would be a loss of about $110,000 in annual income coupled with an increase of perhaps $40,000 building expenses (eg. utilities, maintenance) currently paid by the tenant. This is a grave situation that requires our attention!

Based upon this set of issues, Parish leadership has been discussing options we might have to consider. These conversations have been ongoing for more than a year and are wide ranging.
• There is no "agreement" to sell! Also, we have no tenant after June 30th.
• STEAM asked us over a year ago if we would discuss selling the property to them. We hired a professional appraiser to advise us as to the market value of the Mercy Campus to help us in such discussions. The Appraised Value was $1,250,000. Those discussions with STEAM never really started. We offered to consider leasing space in Founder's Hall and the Parish Center for additional classrooms. At this point, STEAM isn't discussing anything.
• The Realtor for Our Lady of Grace (Joe Dierkers, CCIM) is searching for other possible charter school tenants. That is to say, the pastor signed a listing agreement so that Joe could properly and professionally market the space. Over 150 charter schools have been contacted.
• If there is a new master lease or sale of the property, whether to STEAM or to another school, that involves the entire campus; we have established our intention of leasing back the Sanctuary from the new owner. This will be part of our negotiating position if negotiations were to begin – WHICH THEY HAVE NOT!
• If there are such negotiations, parishioners will be involved.
• Of course, all final authority resides with the Pastor and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Hopefully this information will show that the Finance Committee and Parish Council are doing everything possible to keep the Our Lady of Mercy entity viable, solvent and focusing on the future.

It is hoped that the whole parish will become active and involved in this process and in sustaining this parish. Informative meeting will follow.

Our Lady of Grace Finance Committee Our Lady of Grace Parish Council
Ed Finn Tim Harlett Bob Woerner
Joe Dierkers Donna O'Neill Bill Danzig
Dick Graf Ed Kleinman Joan Means
Bill Danzig Earl Moreo Mary Erli
Mary Erli Pat Finch

SPIRITAN PARISHES IN DAYTON - OHIO

SPIRITAN PARISHES IN DAYTON - OHIO


The Spiritans began working in Ohio (Fr. Steurer in Troy, St Patrick's, 1872, and Fr. Ott in Piqua, St Boniface, with 5 mission stations, 1873) even before the arrival of their 1st Provincial (Fr. Strub in 1874).
- In 1928, they took over the ministry to the African Americans in Cincinnati (St. John the Baptist Church). That same year, the Archbishop asked them to take care of the growing African American Community in Dayton.
- Since then, the Spiritans have dedicated their ministry among African American Catholics and all who joined, and they still are continuing ministering among urban and rural parishes.
- At the moment they serve 8 parishes: Corpus Christi, Our Lady of Mercy, St. Benedict the Moor, St. Mary, Queen of Martyrs, Dayton, St. Augustine, Germantown, St. Mary, Camden, and Visitation, Eaton, striving to be a light that shines to brighten the life of the people they serve in the Archdiocese of Most Rev. Dennis Marion Schnurr.

https://youtu.be/NlkHvsYWU6I

Jean-Michel Gelmetti

Welcome Home Mass

Welcome Home Mass
Prayer, community, social justice, closeness to Jesus, fellowship, return to our Catholic home. These are just some words and phrases that describe the blessings shared at the Sunday evening Mass.
What started out as "the Sunday evening" Mass has taken on new meanings and new names since the first Mass on April 27, 2017. "Welcome home" because several persons in the pews have come back to Our Lady of Grace (OLOG) after being away for a variety of reasons. "Come as you are" and "Take Back Sundays" because we encourage people to attend Sunday Mass no matter what their spiritual state or how long it's been since they were last at Mass. "Social justice" because the homilies and petitions promote social justice, as do some of our activities after and between Masses. On two occasions, we packed bag lunches for men living in a group home for those recovering from substance abuse. Several members donate their time for the Tuesday meals served at Corpus Christi. We write to our Congress people to advocate for immigrants and diverse populations.
The weekly Mass at 5:30 P.M. on Sundays at Corpus Christi grew out of ideas from the OLOG strategic planning sessions during the summer of 2016. The goal of this Mass was to attract persons who stopped attending Mass to come back to OLOG and back to the Catholic Church. One target group was young adults, persons between 25 - 40, who may have stopped attending Sunday Mass.
A group of OLOG parishioners and young adults prayerfully came together weekly at Corpus Christi during the Fall of 2016. We discussed our vision for the Sunday evening Mass: who we hoped to attract; how we planned to make the Mass welcoming. We knew we wanted food and socializing afterwards. Different persons led each weekly discussion with prayer. We created a community that placed Jesus in the center.
Our group included teachers of Catholic education, social workers, and members of the Marianist volunteer group called Pulse. Go to https://www.marianist.com/PULSE to learn more about how these young adults are evangelizing their Catholic faith to those living in Dayton.
Our group was blessed to connect with Fr. Ted Cassidy, a Marianist priest who is part of a community of priests and brothers at UD. Fr. Ted attended some of our weekly meetings and celebrated Mass for us the week before we opened the doors to others. He prayed with us about how we wanted to celebrate the Mass. We all agreed we wanted the congregation to stay physically close, so we all stay in the pews on the same side of the church and upfront. The priest and server also sit close to the congregation. We wanted to welcome people as they came to church and we started each Mass with a welcoming and a description of our goal to invite others and to serve others. We end each Mass with an invitation to join us for light snacks and conversation. We have even extended the social to local craft pubs after Mass.
Anthony Davis, on piano, and Kevin O'Neil, guitar, lead us in singing progressive and traditional songs. Several people have joined them as cantors and all of us add our voices. Sitting close together and close to Anthony and Kevin seem to make the sung prayers that much stronger.
Two other priests, Fr. Tom Schroer, Marianist and pastor at Our Lady of Apostles, and Fr. Stephen Dos Santos, vocation director for the Precious Blood, alternate with Fr. Ted to say the Mass. All three priests engage the congregation in reflection, sometimes even asking us to share our reflections with those sitting next to us. During the consecration, we are invited to come up to the altar and join a circle around the priest. We add our own petitions during the intentions.
Here are some comments shared from participants on why they enjoy attending this Mass:
• I like the social justice message of the Sunday evening Mass: the homilies, the intentions, the announcements, the discussions - all focus on how we can make social changes.
• I love the reverence, the spirituality, community spirit, the music (thanks Anthony and Kevin), nice mix of traditional and contemporary Christian music, sitting together, the homilies, the sharing afterwards, gathering around the altar making it feel more intimate, personal, communal and profound.
• I sense that the Mass can be a support for all in the city who want to live in Dayton and keep finding ways to work for its development.
• What do I love about 5:30 mass: getting God in my spirit? We worship from the beginning to the end. The church is quiet before Mass, so each person can prepare themselves to celebrate the Lord. This is important. We are coming to see and speak with the Lord. We all sit together, which is what a family does. We all SING! Sing once, you pray twice! The lectors communicate God's words and every priest who has celebrated with us is excellent at connecting those dots of each scripture and our daily lives, how to apply what we have heard, to our lives. Giving our own petitions out loud is wonderful. Joining at the "Table" with the priest is like joining the Bridegroom for the Banquet. It's like a retreat every week! Our musicians are doing a fantastic job. We are most appreciative of them. Christmas was GREAT! Ending with a social each week is good, but not everyone can or does stay. I have enjoyed the socials very much, especially that the Priests for the evening always join in with the socializing! It is just a Blessing to have this time together. I pray that the Lord allows us to continue to grow and Learn of Him.
There are about 80 different people who have attended this Mass, with the average number around 30. We have had several persons traveling through Dayton who found out about the Mass through "Mass Times" applications on their phones. These visitors always comment on the welcoming and deep spirituality they feel during the Mass.
We meet monthly to discuss ways to encourage more persons to attend this Mass. We know it takes time and that new relationships with Jesus take time to grow. We have advertised this Mass in The Other Paper, in other parish bulletins, at Theology on Tap, and on Facebook. We recently placed 100 flyers at the Our Lady of Grace Fish Fry announcing all of the Masses in our Region.
We prayerfully place the evangelization of this Mass in God's hands.

5:30 P.M. Sunday Evening Mass at Corpus Christi

5:30 P.M. Sunday Evening Mass at Corpus Christi

Everyone is welcome to attend. We especially hope that young adults from our parish and the Dayton area will be encouraged to attend. We are scheduling the Masses for May, June & July . Fr. Ted Cassidy, a Marianist priest, will be presiding over most of the Masses.   If you would like to participate in the Sunday evening services as a Eucharistic Minister, Server, Lector, Petition writer, Greeter, or Choir member, please contact our Parish office 937 274-2107 ext 100

Assumption Food Pantry Joins CSSMV

For 49 years the Assumption Food Pantry has been a part of many lives: those who have received a helping hand when in need and those who have volunteered with love and dedication. It is with mixed feelings that we are no longer operating independently at the former Assumption Church site.

By God's glory our sorrows are always transformed to new life.  Tuesday, March 1, 2016, marked a new beginning as we partner with the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV) Food Pantry.  This partnership allows us to provide expanded services and resources to the Assumption Food Pantry clients. Cindy Rogerson will continue serving our brothers and sisters in need on-site at the CSSMV location, 922 West Riverview Avenue, and she will keep us up to date with news and information.

We would like to express our great appreciation to all who have volunteered their time and talent, and given monetary or food donations over the past 49 years.  Our Lady of Grace Parish is committed to the success of this new partnership and we pray that you will continue to help us support this vital community resource as you have in the past.  We will continue to provide food chests at each worship site for donations of staples and food pantry donation envelopes, and we encourage continued volunteerism at CSSMV.

Our Lady of Grace is possible because of those who give of their Time, Talent and Treasure.

Click here for more information about the CSSMV Food Pantry Website

220 West Siebenthaler Avenue
Dayton, Ohio 45405
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937-274-4363 fax
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