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Our Lady of Lourdes is going to offer Bishop Robert Barron’s The Mass beginning on Tuesday, October 2nd, in Trinity Hall, at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.  We hope this “walk through” the liturgy will enhance your experience of Sunday Mass, the source and summit of our Christian life.  The format will be video followed by discussion in six sessions.  For more information, or to sign up (helpful, but not required), contact Bob Gerth at 922-0715 or bgerth@lourdes.org.

Bishop Robert Barron is an author, speaker and theologian, known to many people through the video series Catholicism and other presentations.  Former rector of Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, Bishop Barron currently serves as the auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles.


Please read Archbishop Schnurr's statement regarding the recent sexual abuse crisi


Dear Friends in Christ,

On Tuesday of this week, a Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report detailing the names of 301 priests who sexually abused over 1,000 minors over a 70-year period in that state. This report, coupled with the recent revelations regarding the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, shocks, saddens, and angers Catholics everywhere, including myself. The depth of depravity and evil described in these reports is stunning. No words can diminish the level of revulsion one feels at reading them.

From the depths of my heart, I am sorry for the terrible pain and suffering experienced by the victims of abuse throughout their lives. I am sorry for the deep shame that Catholic lay people rightfully feel at the inexcusable behavior of certain cardinals, bishops, and priests, the emotional exhaustion of having to defend their faith to friends and co-workers, and the discouragement of having to relive a deep tragedy that we all hoped was behind us. I am sorry for the stigma that good and holy priests who are committed to their vocation and vows have to endure wherever they go. I am sorry for the trust that has collectively been violated.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is unequivocally committed to the protection of all people, children and adults, involved with any of our various ministries. At this time, there are no active cases of clerical abuse of minors anywhere in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. If you suspect abuse on the part of any agent of the Archdiocese, please report it to the appropriate civil authorities, as well as to the Coordinator of Ministry to Survivors of Abuse in the Archdiocese at 513-263-6623 or 1-800-686-2724, ext. 6623. If you see something, please say something.

Since 1993, the Archdiocese has embraced and promulgated the Decree on Child Protection, which now also covers vulnerable adults, including:

Complete background checks on all clerics, employees and volunteers;
Ongoing required training for clerics, employees, and volunteers on recognizing the signs of abuse of children and vulnerable adults;
Procedures for reporting suspected abuse;
Immediately reporting all allegations of abuse to the appropriate civil authorities;
A Child Protection Review Board that is comprised primarily of lay people;
Training of children in Catholic schools and religious education programs on warning signs and appropriate responses for their own protection; and
Onsite independent audit of policies and procedures by an outside firm.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is committed to transparency. To that end, for the past 15 years, we have published the names and status of all priests credibly accused of abuse on the archdiocesan website. This can be found at http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/protecting-children/resources-and-publications/status-report-on-clerics-accused-of-child-abuse/.

The Archdiocese is also committed to ensuring that the men who will be ordained to the priesthood are indeed suitable for ministry in the Church and worthy of the trust of the Catholic faithful. Every applicant to the seminary undergoes a full battery of psychological testing prior to acceptance into the seminary program. Once accepted, the candidate has, at a minimum, four years of formation in which he is taught what he needs to know in order to be a priest. During this time, his disposition, behavior, self-awareness, and stability and goodness of character are also evaluated. When a man discerns that God might be calling him to the priesthood, the Church has a duty to discern that call as well, to make sure he is truly called and of the right character to serve faithfully and well.

Many of you may be feeling that Jesus has forsaken the Church. This is not true. Rather, some members of the Church have forsaken Jesus and the call to be disciples. Jesus established His Church on earth and promised to never leave us. As we know from the Gospel of John, “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (Jn 1:5).

Today, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, announced the foundation of a plan (included below) to comprehensively address the issue of abuse and the failure in leadership among our bishops. This plan will include the active involvement of both the laity and the Holy See. I pledge my personal dedication to this effort and to keeping you informed of its progress.

Please join me in praying for the healing of all victims of the grave sin of sexual abuse. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, patroness of the Catholic Church in the United States, continue to intercede for us. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect us.

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr
Archbishop of Cincinnati

 News & Events     September 22, 2018  

Second Survey for
“Be My Witness” Available Sept. 16 through Oct. 5
The Parish Leadership Team for “Be My Witness” thanks everyone who responded to the first “Be My Witness” survey on the Sunday Mass experience. We will issue a summary of the survey results in the near future. The second survey, entitled “Welcome Matters: Points of Hospitality,” asks you to assess our parish on how welcoming it is. Please take the survey online at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6P2W2TX. Paper copies of the survey are available in the Gathering Space. The completed paper surveys should be returned to the Parish Office or placed in the survey basket. “Welcome Matters” responses are due by October 5. Subsequent surveys will cover the areas of engagement, witness, and mission.

Harvest Home Parade!
A little rain didn't damper our OLL tiger pride at the Harvest Home parade! A huge thanks to the OLL Athletic Club led by Mike Huwel, the Caruso family, the Kelsey family, the Boyers family, and our OLL families for making our float such a huge success!

At our Parish Picnic, Fr. Len and the Festival Committee honored Ron Walters for his many years of dedication to the OLL Festival. Ron served on the Festival Committee for 37 years and chaired the festival for 20 of those years!
Thank you, Ron for your extraordinary years of time and dedication to the Our Lady of Lourdes Family Festival.

We would like to thank all those who volunteered at the Parish Picnic: Ron Walters, Lee Walters, Ray Bauer, Mike Mulcahy, Bob Gerth, Andy Knapp, Jim Muenchen, Barb Mellon, and Carol Burden. We apologize in advance if we missed anyone.
The final figures for the festival are not yet complete. The net amount expected for the parish is approximately $60,000. Thank you again to the very dedicated festival committee and to the parish community for such a successful community event! We could not have done it without you!



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