Parish Newsletter June 2024

Message From Father Angi

Fr. Aaron Hess, our new parochial vicar who will join us in July, sends the following letter in which he tells us a bit about himself and his hope for the future.


My name is Fr. Aaron, and I am very excited to begin serving you and your family of parishes this coming July! I grew up almost as far away as possible in the Archdiocese, about 2 hours north of Cincinnati. My home parish was St. Mary’s in Philothea (about 200 people at our one Mass each weekend), and I graduated from Coldwater High School in 2012. I entered seminary right after graduation, spent 4 years at Bishop Brute Seminary in Indianapolis, and then 5 years at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. My internship year was spent at All Saints and St. Vincent Ferrer in Kenwood, so I have had a good chunk of time on Cincinnati’s east side. I was ordained May 15, 2021, and for the past three years I have served in Shelby County at the St. Joseph Pillar of Families Parishes (which is where Fr. Alex will be going!). This includes Holy Angels, Sidney; St. Michaels, Ft. Loramie; Sts. Peter and Paul, Newport; and Sacred Heart, McCartyville. I was also the chaplain for Lehman Catholic High School my first year as a priest.


Some fun facts about me: I am the oldest of four children, with a sister and two brothers. One of my brothers is getting married in December, the first of our family to do so, so I am very excited! I bowled in High School and continue to go occasionally. I’ve gotten into wood burning recently, which has been an interesting and enjoyable hobby. Music has always been a big part of my life: band, musicals, choirs, piano, organ. I like watching and following different sports, especially Notre Dame football and Reds baseball, and professional tennis is by far my favorite! I also enjoy baking the occasional pie or two and pretending I know my way around the kitchen!


I am looking forward to serving these three parishes here in a short while and to work with and learn from both Fr. Angi and Fr. King. I’m also looking forward to getting to know many of you and your families. Feel free to reach out to say hello and introduce yourself, and I’ll do my best to start remembering names! And if you would like to invite me over some time, I can always bring a pie!


Know of my prayers for all of you, for your families, for our youth, and for the entire St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes. Please pray for me.


Fr. Aaron


Fr. Steve

Capital Campaign Matching Challenge

In January, we kicked off a capital campaign to make much-needed updates and improvements to the church and campus. 


An anonymous donor will match every pledge received from now until the end of June, dollar for dollar, up to $250,000. 


Every dollar counts and now, your dollar goes twice as far. We hope you will prayerfully consider donating to our Capital Campaign and Honoring Our Past and Investing in Our Future. 


Your commitment will help ensure that today’s Angels and future Angels will continue to be impacted by Guardian Angels’ excellent formation and education rooted in the Catholic tradition. 

Summer Mass Plans

Due to renovations to Guardian Angels Church this summer, the Church will be closed for Mass. We will be celebrating Mass in the Undercroft beginning Monday, June 3rd.

Parking will not be available in the lower lot or in front of the rectory. Parking will be available in the main lot and at McNicholas High School.

Access to the Undercroft will be through the Gathering Space to the stairs on the west side (near the elevator) or, if you are coming from McNicholas, through the main, Beechmont Avenue entrance to the stairs on the east side.

Thank you for your patience for the next two months. 

Undercroft map with notes for sacristans and Eucharistic Ministers

St. Gregory the Great Mass & Reception June 11th

You're invited to a Mass and reception at the Seminary for Fr. Alex and Fr. Thomas. They will be leaving the St. Gregory the Great family of parishes at the end of June. This will be a beautiful evening to celebrate their years of service.


Clergy Announcements

The St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes will welcome a new parochial vicar this summer, Father Aaron Hess. Fr. Hess comes to us from the St. Joseph, Pillar of Families. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 2021. Fr. Hess grew up in Mercer County, Ohio. Fr. Hess enjoys pyrography (wood burning), plays a number of musical instruments, and is a big Notre Dame football and Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. Welcome to Father Hess. He begins his assignment July 1st. 

Fr. Alex and Fr. Thomas complete their assignments on June 30th with us. Fr. Alex has been assigned as parochial vicar of the St. Joseph, Pillar of Parishes effective July 1st. Fr. Thomas has been in dialogue with his bishop in Nigeria about his next steps. A reception that follows the June 11th St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes Mass at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary will honor Fr. Thomas and Fr. Alex for their service to us. It is an opportunity to personally thank them and wish them well in their new endeavors.  

2024-2025 Head Servers

Congratulations to our newly appointed Head Servers for the 2024-2025 school year—Nora Claes, Maggie Dunn, Miles Linz and Joe Myers. May God bless them in their ministry to our parish!

Congratulations, Father Brice Berger

Congratulations to Father Brice Berger on his ordination last month! Father Berger has been a pillar at Guardian Angels for the past three years, where he served his pastoral internship and has stayed involved in many ways. He has been assigned to Saint Francis de Sales in Lebanon and Saint Philip the Apostle in Morrow. We wish him the best in his assignment and will continue to keep him in our prayers as he embarks on his journey into priesthood.

St. Gregory the Great Hiring Announcement

Worship is very essential and central to our Family of Parishes. We are excited to announce we have hired an Associate Director of Worship and Guardian Angels Music Director, Matt Spencer. Matt is currently the music director at Our Lady of the Visitation Church in the Divine Mercy Family of Parishes on Cincinnati’s west side and has served as music director at Blessed Sacrament Church in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Nativity of our Lord and Holy Family Parishes in Cincinnati. Matt’s approach to music ministry is to have the four pillars of stewardship in his heart: hospitality, prayer, formation, and service. Matt will join us this summer. We welcome Matt Spencer to the St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes and Guardian Angels Church. 

In addition, we are pleased to announce we have hired an Associate Director of Youth Evangelization for the St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes. The new Associate Director is Steve Von Hoene. Steve has a wealth of experience in consultation, management, and working with and among youth. Steve will work with a youth evangelization team to best meet the needs of our youth in our family of parishes. Steve currently teaches at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology as well. We welcome Steve as a vital part of the evangelization team. 

Cookie Ministry

Thank you for your donations to the Cookie Ministry this year. The Peanut Butter group really appreciates your support. Your donations are much needed over the summer, as they minister to the needy at St. Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen all year. They put together a lunch sack on Tuesday mornings, so please drop off your donations to the rectory on Mondays. Your donation of cookies, brownies, rice krispie treats, etc., adds a sweet treat to the lunches our peanut butter group makes for the needy of the St. Francis Seraph Soup Kitchen. Treats can be homemade or store-bought but should be individually packaged (2 cookies per bag). They also need juice boxes or pouches and prepackaged snacks like chips, pretzels, cheez-its, etc.

If you would like to help pack the lunches or drive them down to St. Francis Seraph, contact Kathy Hosking at 513-232-0958. Thank you for your help! 

St. Gregory the Great is Hiring!

The Director of Adult Evangelization

Reports to the Director of Evangelization and is a key member of the Evangelization Team. The Director of Adult Evangelization accompanies

adults and their families through a discipleship path so they encounter Jesus

and become missionary disciples. For more information and to apply, visit our website!

St. Gregory the Great Faith and Fellowship Days

Follow St. Gregory the Great Youth Group on Social Media

Stay up to date with the St. Gregory the Great Youth Group on social media and join the mailing list.

Updates to Guardian Angels Campus This Summer

The Guardian Angels Boosters are pleased to announce the approval of installing a synthetic turf field. To see the letter from the Boosters President, FAQ, and field mockup, please click here. Additionally, the roof on the Old Gym will be replaced starting in June.

Due to these campus improvements, parking will not be available in the lower lot starting in June.

CCD Registration

Guardian Angels offers Religious Education for the children in our parish who do not attend GA school. Our CCD program for the upcoming school year will be on campus only. Any child who wishes to receive First Holy Communion or Confirmation should be registered in CCD at least 1 year prior to receiving the sacrament. Those wishing to enroll their children in CCD grades K-8 can find registration information on the parish website. Go to Religious Education then CCD or click here. Please click here to pay.

Get your registrations in today to make sure your child is enrolled! Classes begin Sunday, September 8th. Know a family who may be interested in CCD? Feel free to pass on the information!

Vacation Bible School

Please pray for our youngest angels participating in our summer Bible Camp June 17th-20th. Junior high and high school volunteers are still needed. Click here for the volunteer form.


Our Bid-N-Buy silent auction will go live Thursday, June 6th at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm on Sunday, June 9th. Click here to register and view the hundreds of items up for bid.

Last minute donations will be accepted only until Monday, June 3rd.

Pick up of winning items will be Tuesday, June 12th and Wednesday, June 13th from 5:00-8:00 pm each day at the school entrance.

Special thanks to our Bid-N-Buy Committee: Kay Froehlich, Amy Armstrong-Smith, Elizabeth Barrera, Robert Garces, Molly McCall, Mary Beth McCombs, Marianne Metz, Lisa Myers, Amanda Sherman, and Casey Timko.


Thank you for your generosity and support!

Major Awards

Major Awards raffle tickets were mailed to parishioners' homes and are available to purchase in the rectory. The grand prize for Major Awards is $12,500! A winner will be drawn on June 9th.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Thank you to the local businesses who are sponsoring our Bid-N-Buy and Major Awards this year!

Angel Sponsors

Bid-N-Buy Sponsors

Event Weekend Sponsors

Guardian Angels 2nd Grade CCD & School Prayer Partner Program

The GA Prayer Partner Program brings the parish & school together to pray for each other. This program joins an adult parishioner with a second grade student for the school year as the 2nd graders prepare for their First Communion. They meet with each other as a group during school or CCD 2-4 times a year to socialize and pray together. We had a wonderful and rewarding 2023-24 school year. Thank you to all those that participated this year.

Click here for more information about the program. Contact Margaret Dunn with further questions or if you would like to join the program in the future.

St. Gregory's 60+ Group Newsletter

The St. Gregory the Great 60+ Group has many exciting events and activities coming up. To see their most-recent newsletter, click here.

St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes Holy Hour of Prayer

All are invited to gather for our monthly Holy Hour of Prayer on Monday June 10th at 7 pm at IHM. The liturgy includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Vespers and Rosary prayers, and concludes with Benediction.  

Mass While Traveling This Summer

Traveling over the summer? Try out a different Catholic church by the beach, in the mountains or even in another country! Go to and type in your location to find a Mass near you.

Greeters and Gift Bearers

Greeters and gift bearers are needed for all three weekend Masses to guide everyone to the Undercroft for Mass over the summer. For any Masses you are volunteering for, please report to either the Gathering Space doors or the Beechmont entrance doors. We are suspending Gift Bearers until we are back in the Church in August.

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is back at Guardian Angels Parish 10 a.m. Mass on the third Sunday of every month. This ministry relies on the support of volunteers to serve our parish. Two adults and 4 teenage volunteers are needed each month. To sign up, click here.
Volunteer Healthcare Professionals Needed

Young Men's Faith and Fellowship

When: Upcoming meetings are Monday 6/3, 6/17, 7/15, 7/29, and 8/5 from 8-9 p.m.

Where: Guardian Angels Catholic Church in the Gathering Space or by zoom 

Age: 20s - 40s 

Join together in brotherhood with other men to grow in virtue and faith. This winter, we will be using a program called Happiness and the Meaning of Life from the World on Fire Institute. Contact the group at to join our email distribution list, receive more information, or to join via Zoom.

Young Women's Faith and Fellowship

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesday every month from 8-9 pm. Upcoming dates are 6/12, 6/26, 7/10, 7/24, 8/14 and 8/28

from 8:00-9:00 pm.

Where: Guardian Angels Catholic Church in the Gathering Space

Age: 20s - 40s

Join together with other women to expand your Catholic faith and build meaningful relationships as we dive into various faith studies from the Blessed is She, Rooted devotional. No prior knowledge or materials needed; come as you are! Contact the group at for more information.  

Fathers Team

Each Friday, Fathers Team will be meeting for Fathers Team "Lite” which consists of a review and discussion of the upcoming Sunday's scripture readings. All GA fathers are invited to join either in person or via Zoom. Our meeting will start at 6:05 am Friday morning and last for one hour. Together we explore the readings and consider how the scripture's message can be applied to our daily lives. If you are holding back because you’re not an expert, join the crowd....neither are any of us! Join us in person in the Gathering Space or by Zoom, this Friday at 6:05 am. Contact us at for the zoom information, or to get on the GA Fathers Team email distribution.

Parish Reminders
Make Offertory Donations Online
Giving to Guardian Angels Parish has never been easier. Offertory donations can be made online. If you are interested in establishing a one-time or recurring gift through our online platform, just click the button below. Once you have an account setup, you can make any changes to your giving yourself through the website.
Make An Online Offertory Donation
8am & 10am Masses Streamed Each Sunday
The 8am and 10am Masses are livestreamed each Sunday and can be viewed on our YouTube channel and Facebook page live or they can be played back on either channel at a later time.
GA YouTube Channel
GA Facebook Page
School News

2024-2025 Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year is open. You'll find all the information you need on the school website.

If you missed our Information Sessions but would still like to learn more about our school, we invite you to take a personal tour. A tour allows you to meet with our administration to discuss the classes and programs available through GA and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. These are typically done during school hours so you can see what a typical day is like for students. Call the school office at (513)624-3141 to schedule a tour.

School Masses

Please join our school community in celebrating the Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the school year. All-school Masses are offered most Tuesdays for Kindergarten through 8th grade and are live-streamed to the Guardian Angels YouTube channel. Visitors are welcome to attend any school Mass, although seating is limited for all-school Masses.

Please include our school community in your daily prayers!

Other News
Learn More On
Did you know that all parishioners have access to a bevy of incredible Catholic content through Parishioners can use this platform to discover the many ebooks, audio resources, movies and Bible studies that are available on your phone, tablet, smart tv or computer.

If you are new to the website:
  1. click on sign-up
  2. Choose I belong to a Parish or Organization
  3. Search Guardian Angels Parish (make sure you select the one on Beechmont in Cincinnati)
  4. Then create your own account

This treasure trove of material is provided as a gift to you as a valued member of our Faith Family.

Stay Connected with GA on Social Media

Stay up-to-date with all things GA by following us on social media. 
Guardian Angels is active on several social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The links to our social media channels at the bottom of every parish newsletter.

Bulletin Advertising Available

Our bulletin publisher is looking for new advertisers and sponsors. Thanks to our sponsors, the bulletin is published weekly at no cost to our parish. Please consider purchasing an ad. Your ad and participation make the bulletin successful, and you attract customers! If interested, please email Sherry Montel or call/text her at 614 301-7444.

Advertisements and sponsorships can be purchased for a business, family, charity, in Honor or in Memory of a Loved One, or to support the church or a community service organization, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We appreciate your support.

Have News to Share?
If you are part of a parish organization and have news you would like to share with our community, please email the parish office. To be included in next month's newsletter, your information must be received by the last Monday of this month.
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