CATHOLIC FAITH AT HOME RESOURCES

For Our STELLA MARIS

Family of Parishes

including:

St. Thomas More, St. Bernadette,

St. Mary's, St. Peter's


SEPTEMBER 17

JOIN CATHOLICS ACROSS OHIO

IN PRAYING A 54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA!


Issue 1 on the Ohio ballot in November

threatens the health and safety of women,

the rights of parents

and the

lives of pre-born babies up to 9 months!


Join many in praying this 54 day rosary novena

for this dangerous amendment's defeat.


The novena begins on September 15!!


Click the link below to sign up for a daily email reminder with novena prayers:


54 DAY ROSARY NOVENA FOR OHIO


Protecting Ohio from Issue 1 will require all of us to educate ourselves,

our families, our workplaces and parishes.



Confusion has been a leading cause of states

succumbing to similar amendments in the

wake of the overturn of Roe v. Wade


Click below to learn more about the dangers of Issue 1:


RESOURCES TO DEFEAT ISSUE 1



WHAT IS REVITALIZE?

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Designed for adult Catholics who:

Want more...

Are hungry and humble...

Are serious about going deeper and...

truly becoming more adult in the faith.


The final enrollment deadline is Sept. 20.

St. Bernadette Campus in Stievenard Hall at 7:30pm


In Revitalize, you:

Deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ

Understand what you believe 

Pray more fruitfully 

Cultivate friendships

Encounter the Holy Spirit

Discover your gifts

Live your vocation

Become the light our world needs (Mt. 5:14)


The Revitalize initiative provides you

with comprehensive and organic teaching of the faith,

pilgrim fellowship, and deep formation in the interior life


Click the link below to watch BRAD BURSA describe Revitalize in this short video:


Video: WHAT IS REVITALIZE?


Click below for more information and/or to register:


DETAILS ABOUT REVITALIZE FOR

STELLA MARIS PARISHIONERS

BEACONS OF LIGHT:

A LETTER FROM

ARCHBISHOP DENNIS M. SCHNURR


Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr

has urged Catholics to reject a Nov. 7 ballot initiative on abortion he called an “extraordinary and dangerous attempt to radically reshape Ohio through a constitutional amendment

that does nothing to aid women or promote life.”


Click below to read the Archbishop's letter:


ARCHBISHOP SCHNURR'S AUGUST LETTER


Click below to read a commentary on the letter from Franciscan Media:


COMMENTARY ON ARCHBISHOP'S LETTER



KNOW ANYONE WHO


WANTS TO


BECOME CATHOLIC?




 Becoming Catholic –

The OCIA (formerly RCIA) Process


The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) and children (OCIC) is

a process through which participants learn

about the teachings of Jesus

handed down to us

through the Catholic Church

and put these teachings

into practice by living as part

of the Catholic community,

serving others, and praying.

 

OCIA addresses spiritual needs for:


  • Those who have never been baptized in any Christian faith tradition; referred to as catechumen in the process.


  • Those who were baptized in another Christian faith tradition and their baptism is recognized by the Catholic Church; referred to as candidates in the process.


  • Those baptized Catholics seeking reception of the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist; referred to as candidates in the process.

   

Sessions for Adults and Youth, for anyone

wondering about becoming Catholic,

begins in September with an “Inquiry” period,

when questions lead to exploration. 

No obligation to become Catholic -Come get your questions answered!


If you or a friend are interested,

please contact Fr. Tim at 513-753-5566 ext. 102.


You can also CLICK ON the link below:


INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?


Formation began September 12th!! 

Still time to join!


“To become a Catholic is not to leave off thinking, but to learn how to think.”

--G.K. Chesterton


“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it.

Let it loose; it will defend itself.”

― Augustine of Hippo

PURGATORY IS FOR REAL!!

 

It’s a defined teaching

of the Catholic Church!!! 

 

Many of our loved ones are there now,

and many of us will experience it one day. 

 





It’s a reality that’s painful enough to want to avoid

—yet the souls there also experience

indescribable joy. 

 

How is this possible? 

 

To answer this question (and many more!),

Good Catholic has bundled their acclaimed

"Purgatory: Cleansing Fire" series and bestselling book,

Hungry Souls: Supernatural Visits, Messages, and Warnings from Purgatory.


You will discover:


  • Why purgatory is an incredible mercy (Session 6)


  • What causes suffering to the Holy Souls there (Session 2) 


  • Where purgatory is found in Sacred Scripture (Session 12) 


  • What “visitors” from purgatory have revealed to visionaries about their experience there (Sessions 20-23) 


  • What the saints tell us about purgatory (Sessions 17, 22, 23) 


  • How to avoid purgatory, with God’s grace (Session 7) 


  • Why purgatory is necessary even though Jesus’ sacrifice was perfect and complete (Session 9) 


  • ...and much more!


SERIES LAUNCHES ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22


Click the link below to register for this series:


PURGATORY CLEANING FIRE SERIES REGISTRATION




“Prayer of the Month”

for

September 2023

The mission of “the prayer card guys” from San Diego

is to light the grand bonfire of the Eucharistic Revival in our nation.


It's their belief that they can do nothing better this year than to…


Help the bishops bring every Catholic in America

closer to our Eucharistic Lord Jesus Christ.


This boils down to two simple and straightforward objectives:

  1. Increase prayer, and
  2. Increase sacramental participation (especially the weekly Mass) 


They are sending prayer emails each month

from now until the Eucharistic Congress next July, with one plan:

Take one simple prayer per month

and let it change your heart by leading you closer to Christ. 


Monthly they also offer a tangible gift to download and distribute! 


Click below to download this month's gift:


SEPTEMBER'S DOWNLOADABLE GIFT



This month, they highlight the need to dwell on what (Who!)

we received AFTER Holy Communion.


St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests,

knew this sublime experience very well. He said,


“If you keep your thoughts fixed on Our Lord

after Communion, you will feel for a long time

that consuming fire which will inspire

in your heart the desire for good

and a shrinking from evil.”


Let’s strive to be like St. John Vianney

as we kindle the fires of our hearts for our Eucharistic Lord!


Here is the “Prayer of the Month” for September:


Prayer After Receiving Holy Communion

My Jesus, I love and adore You.

You have come to me; I am one with You.

I want You to remain with me forever,

in this life and in the next.

Thank You for allowing me to share Your Divine Life.

May I become more like You through this Sacred Food.

Let me never take You for granted,

but always pray for those whose lives are dark

with sin and ignorance and selfishness.

Let me remember, in the words of Saint Paul,

that "there, but for the grace of God, go I."

Each day, I can become more like You, O Lord.

And each day I can pray for those who have never heard the Gospel,

or who have heard it and rejected it.

Amen.


Click the link below to learn more about the "prayer card guys."


PRAYER CARD GUYS WEBSITE


Strengthen your faith in the Real Presence

through a NEW video series


BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 14


Renew your understanding of Christ's gift of Himself through the Blessed Sacrament

when you watch Jesus and the Eucharist.


The Augustine Institute and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops created this seven-episode series as part of the Eucharistic Revival.


The series features influential Catholics like:

Fr. Josh Johnson, Chris Stefanick,

Jackie and Bobby Angel, Matthew Kelly,

as well as Augustine Institute professors like

Dr. Tim Gray, Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Edward Sri,

and many more!

 

Click the link below to receive email notifications

as new episodes are released each week,

beginning September 14.


EMAIL NOTIFICATONS SIGNUP LINK



“You aspire to great things?

Begin with little ones.” 

– St. Augustine



There is no question that the spiritual benefits far outweigh

any practical benefits that children may receive

when they attend Mass and that the reason we attend Mass

is to be with and worship Our Lord.


However, there are practical lessons that kids learn when they attend Mass.


Mass is a wonderful environment to learn some of these important

skills and put them into practice.


9 Skills Kids Will Learn At Mass


1. How to sit still for longer than a few minutes


2. The importance of being quiet when another is speaking


3. How to actively listen to instruction as we sit, stand, and kneel


4. The beauty of music as they are exposed to various instruments and sounds


5. How to memorize words, prayers, and songs, a skill that help in reading


6. How to greet someone and shake another’s hand during the sign of peace


7. How to respect authority as you model respect for your priest


8. The importance of a community that shares your values and supports you


9. The value of setting aside cell phones, video games, and all technology

to focus on real-world activities


In addition to attending Mass, our Stella Maris Parishes offer

faith formation opportunities to our public school students.


For more information and to register for this year's upcoming sessions

check each individual parish's website.


Click the links below:


ST. THOMAS MORE

ST. BERNADETTE

ST. PETERS AND ST. MARY

BIBLE BASICS FOR CATHOLICS

BY JOHN BERGSMA


WHAT: A BOOK STUDY


WHERE: ST. BERNADETTE PARISH CENTER

DINING ROOM



WHEN: SEPT. 25TH, OCT. 2ND, 9TH AND 16TH

TO REGISTER CONTACT:

DONNA THOMPSON AT 513-675-5565

OR

donnathomp01@yahoo.com


NOVENA PRAYER

to

ST. RAPHAEL, THE ARCHANGEL

begins September 20


St. Raphael the Archangel is the patron saint of

“Travelers, Christian Marriage, Happy Meetings, and Catholic Studies”


This holy Archangel identified himself to the exiled Jew

Tobias as one of the Seven who stand before God (Tob. 12:15).


His name means the healing of God,

and he is thought to be the Angel who came down

and agitated the water of the pool of Bethsaida in Jerusalem.

The sick, who always lay around the pool,

strove to be the first to enter the water afterwards,

because that fortunate one was always cured.


We read of this in the story of the paralytic cured by Jesus,

who had waited patiently for thirty-eight years,

unable to move when the occasion presented itself. (Cf. John 5:1-9)


Saint Raphael is best known through the beautiful history of the two Tobias,

father and son, exiled to Persia in the days of the Assyrian

conquest in the eighth century before Christ.

In their story, the Archangel plays the major role.


PRAY THE NOVENA PRAYER BELOW FOR

NINE CONSECURITVE DAYS

STARTING ON SEPTEMBER 20:


Glorious Archangel Saint Raphael,

great prince of the heavenly court,

you are illustrious

for your gifts of wisdom and grace.

You are a guide of those who journey

by land or sea or air,

consoler of the afflicted,

and refuge of sinners.

I beg you,

assist me in all my needs

and in all the sufferings of this life,

as once you helped

the young Tobias on his travels.

Because you are the medicine of God,

I humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities

of my soul and the ills that afflict my body.

I especially ask of you the favor


(Make your request here...)


and the great grace of purity

to prepare me to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.


Amen.


St. Raphael,

of the glorious seven

who stand before the throne of Him

who lives and reigns,

Angel of health,

the Lord has filled your hand

with balm from heaven

to soothe or cure our pains.

Heal or cure the victim of disease.

And guide our steps when doubtful of our ways.

SPECIAL PRAYERS


PRAYER

FOR

ANXIETY




Anxiety can often be very difficult to handle,

especially when anxious thoughts

prevent us from

completing our everyday tasks.




Our mind becomes full of stress,

and these feelings are then transferred to our body,

creating even more havoc.

While there are many medical interventions

that should be explored, 

we should also go to the “Divine Physician” 

and ask him for help to ease our anxious souls.


This simple prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

can calm your nerves:


Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you,

All things are passing away:

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things

Whoever has God lacks nothing;

God alone suffices.





NOVENA TO END VIOLENCE

AGAINST CATHOLIC CHURCHES


There U.S. has seen a

dramatic increase in attacks

against Catholic churches,

especially since the controversial leak

of the Supreme Court’s decision

overturning Roe v. Wade in 2022.


To date, there have been over

350 attacks on Catholic properties 

since May 2020. 


“Most disturbing is the fact that while violence

against pregnancy care centers has slowed,

attacks on Catholic churches and sacramentals

have only increased in frequency,”


The novena intends to draw Catholics from

across the country together to pray for an end to the violence. 


Click below to join the novena STARTING SEPTEMBER 20:


NOVENA TO ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL

NEW WEEKLY INFO


SPEAKERS FOR THE EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS


Congress attendees will be equipped and inspired

through powerful plenary sessions and edifying breakouts

across five unique tracks.

These powerful, unitive experiences

will be led by some of

the Church’s most trusted voices and on-fire experts.


Click the link below to see who they are:


MEET THE SPEAKERS FOR THE

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS


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American Eucharistic Witnesses:

Saint of America, Saint of the Eucharist—

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is the perfect saint to lead Catholics

in the United States to rediscover the Real Presence of Jesus

during our Eucharistic Revival:

she is one of the most

quintessentially American saints,

and the Eucharist was at the center of her life…


Learn more about this month’s American Eucharistic Witness

by reading Tom Hoopes’ essay and discover how she

can help you center your life on

Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.


Click below to read Tom Hoopes article:

TOM HOOPES ARTICLE ON EUCHARISTIC WITNESSES

 

THERE’S MORE! Katie Bogner created lovely companion printables

—available in English and Spanish—f

or younger and older learners to

discover St. Elizabeth Ann Seton!


Click below to download your copies today in English and/or Spanish!


ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON DOWNLOADABLES


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Digital Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit

from the Diocese of Charleston


“Welcome to the digital Eucharistic Miracle Exhibit!

Here you will find video guides and additional features

about Eucharistic Miracles from around the world.


We are grateful to the Associazione Amici di Carlo Acutis

and the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and

Adoration Association for their work and

allowing us to share it with you.”


Enjoy this incredible digital exhibit, a true labor of love

from the Diocese of Charleston.


The resources are available in English and in Spanish!

A perfect Eucharistic Revival resource for

schools, parishes, and Catholic families!!”

Click below to see this exhibit:


INCREDIBLE EUCHARISTIC DIGITAL EXHIBIT


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SIGN UP FOR THE SPARK SERIES

 

God wants to do something NEW in the Church.

By the power of Jesus in the Eucharist,

we believe we stand on the precipice of revival.


But revival is not something that WE do.

It is a sovereign act of God in response

to the prevailing prayers of his people.


Join us in praying for revival with the Spark Series

—nine short daily reflections inviting you

to open your heart to the renewal God desires.


Click below to sign up for the Spark Series:


SIGN UP FOR SPARK SERIES



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In the Streets


Another major moment in the Revival:

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

one of the largest Eucharistic pilgrimages in history!


We will process with our Eucharistic Lord on 4 routes,

departing from our nation's north, south, east, and west edges.


These branches will meet in Indianapolis in July 2024

for the National Eucharistic Congress.


To see the four routes, and intercessor for each, click below:


NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC PILGRIMAGE ROUTES


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The Eucharist and the Sacred Heart:

A Prayer after Communion

By St. John Henry Newman


Most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus,

You are concealed in the Holy Eucharist,

And you beat for us still.

Now, as then, you say: “With desire I have desired.”

I worship you with all my best love and awe,

With fervent affection,

With my most subdued, most resolved will.

For a while you take up your abode within me.

O make my heart beat with your Heart!

Purify it of all that is earthly,

All that is proud and sensual,

All that is hard and cruel,

Of all perversity,

Of all disorder,

Of all deadness.

So fill it with you,

That neither the events of the day,

Nor the circumstances of the time,

May have the power to ruffle it;

But that in your love and your fear,

It may have peace.


Registration for the Congress


With all the grace Our Lord wants to pour over the U. S.

through this Congress,

the devil wants to disrupt it in big and little ways.


Please pray - even just a quick prayer -

for everyone involved, especially:


• The technology that will process registrations

Congress volunteers

• Event organizers and administrative staff

• All those considering attending

• All who God is calling to the Congress, especially sacrifice to be there

• The pilgrims as they prepare for the National Eucharistic Procession


Thank you for being a Prayer Partner of the Revival.

Your intercession makes a real difference!!!

WILL YOU BE THERE, TOO?


You can join us!

in July, 2024

for the 10th National Eucharistic Congress.


Directly experience the fruits of your intercession and

see its impact around the country.

Click the link below to REGISTER:

REGISTRATION FOR 10TH

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE

QUIZ! FOR THE WEEK


What is a lay apostolate? 

 

Scroll down to find the answer!


HUMOR HIGHLIGHT


HELPFUL PRAYER




Billy had been misbehaving and was sent to his room.


After a while he emerged and informed his mother

that he had thought it over and then said a prayer.


"Fine", said the pleased mother.


"If you ask God to help you not misbehave, He will help you."


"Oh, I didn't ask Him to help me not misbehave," said Johnny.


 "I asked Him to help you put up with me."

GOSPEL READING REFLECTION

For September 17, 2023


THE TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel:   Mt 18:21-35


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GLORY TO GOD



  • When someone harms us by sinning against us, they owe us a debt, the debt of what they have taken away from us. That debt can be very great. For example, if someone robs you, he not only owes you the property taken but your current loss of the use of that item, the time lost in trying to replace it or to get by without it, and also the emotional cost for you and your loved ones of anger, fear, worry, and so forth.


  • But Christ instructs us that we must forgive those who sin against us. If we do not, then our heavenly Father will not forgive our sins until we “pay back the whole debt” we owe him, a payback that, in the words of the parable, will be a tortured imprisonment.



  • When we sin against God or a fellow human being, God is not hurt, but that fellow human being is hurt (and perhaps many others) and we are hurt.
  • God wants us to repair that hurt.
  • God also wants us to become more like him: good and magnanimous.


SCOTT HAHN'S

MASS READINGS REFLECTION


Click the link below to hear Scott Hahn reflect on

the 24th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:

" THE DEBT WE OWE"


TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY REFLECTION BY DR. HAHN




ANSWER TO QUIZ


Many people think it's laypeople participating in parish-based activities of various kinds

— serving on the parish council,

teaching an RCIA class, things like that.


Actually, no. It is so much more. 


A key part of lay apostolate is that it happens

in a secular environment, not in church.


Vatican Council II's Constitution on the Church 

spoke of it as a “special vocation” —

making faith “present and fruitful” in those places

where that can only be done by the laity.


What places might those be?

The home, the neighborhood, and the workplace come to mind.


If Christianity is to be lived out there, it's up to lay people to do it.


Lay apostolate comes in two broad varieties

— individual and group.


A group apostolate might involve something like running a pregnancy counseling program or operating a values-oriented private school.


Click below to discover more about lay apostolates:


WHAT'S A LAY APOSTOLATE?


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At all times, and especially during these crazy times in this vale of tears,

we need to lay our foundation in Christ Jesus.

Spiritual reading helps us build and strengthen that foundation.

Order though your favorite book dealer.

This week's recommendation is:

 

Mass Class: Your Questions Answered


By FR. DAVE DWYER


Why do we kneel and bow during Mass?

Do Catholics believe the bread and wine really 

become the Body and Blood of Christ?

Why can’t the preacher pick his own Scripture readings?

What are those secret prayers the priest is whispering at the altar?


The Catholic Mass is full of symbolism, ritual, and tradition,

which means there’s a lot to understand!


Have questions? You’re not alone. Welcome to Mass Class!


Paulist Father Dave Dwyer has been answering questions

like these for years as host of The Busted Halo Show on SiriusXM.


The show’s popular Mass Class segment has helped

thousands of inquisitive callers understand the “why”

behind the rituals that fill our churches every Sunday.


Based entirely on questions from the show over many years,

this book conveys the real-life concern, joyful discovery,

and practical guidance callers experience

when they talk with Father Dave each weeknight.



We pray you will be excited to embark on purposeful

spiritual reading as a way to build a more prayer-filled,

Christ centered life.