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April 2, 2012
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For the Christian world, this is the most solemn week of our year.  From the jubilant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, to the institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, the redemptive act of the cross on Good Friday and glorious resurrection of Easter; we must embrace the week wholeheartedly.  It cannot be an after thought.  It is something we should do our best to take part in with our very being.   


May God be with all of you this season,

Fr. Ken sig   PhotoFrKen


St. Mary Church, Hyde Park, is a Catholic community committed to: Gathering for worship of God,

Spreading and living the teachings of Jesus Christ, and,

Providing quality Catholic education for all ages


Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Holy Thursday

9:00 AM - Morning Prayer
7:30 PM - Mass of the Lord's Supper


Good Friday
12:00 Noon until 3:00 PM 
12:00 Noon - Liturgy of the Passion
1:30 PM - Sacred Music - Choir
2:30 PM - Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday
9:00 PM - Easter Vigil


Easter Sunday
Masses at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:30 AM 


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Wednesday, April 4

11:30 AM - 1 PM 

 6:30-8:00 PM 

Newly Discerned Parish Leaders
"Good discernment consists of prayerfully pondering the
great desires that well up in my daydreams.

St. Ignatius Loyola


Discernment is the process our parish uses to determine how your gifts can serve the needs of the parish community through the following commissions:  Discipleship, Faith Formation/ Education, Finance, Parish Life, Worship, or Pastoral Council.  St. Mary Parish is one of the few parishes in the country that uses the unique process of discernment to determine their parish leaders.  Discernment 2012 concluded on Saturday, March 31.  We congratulate and thank the following newly discerned parish leaders:

 discernment 2012

Back left to right:  Jay Korte-Parish Life;  Erin Kirkpatrick-Parish Life; Clint Reese-Finance; Cindy Durkin-Education and Faith Formation; Patty Kirkpatrick-Worship; and Nick Gagai-Pastoral Council


Front left to right: Elizabeth Pyles -Worship; Laure Murray - Parish Life; Kathy Koester -Pastoral Council; and  Chris Carnes -Worship          

Parish Long Range Plan
One Year Anniversary!

Save the Date!  "Parish Under Reconstruction"
You are invited to hear all the latest on the exciting progress being made regarding our long range parish won't want to miss this event!
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
6:30-8:30 PM 
Robisch Hall 
Dinner and drink served at 6:30
Dinner and activities for children in the cafeteria          

Come hear about the changes that are underway...changes to worship, plans for facilities improvements, & new opportunities for discipleship and fellowship.  Look soon for your email invitation!   
Commission News
Discipleship Commission 
(click to learn more about this commission)
The former Christian Outreach Commission has officially merged with the new Discipleship Commission.  The Discipleship Commission will be kicking off their Takin' it to the Streets
campaign in the coming weeks. 

Parish Life Commission 
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Our Parish Life Commission has hit the ground running with lots of upcoming social events:

April 20 -Belterra Casino Trip - Enjoy a luxury bus ride,
dinner, and a night of gambling...all for $20! 
A few spots remain, so hurry!  Info and reservations about going to Belterra Casino

pril 22 -Engaged and Newly Married Social - 6-8PM - Enjoy dinner in the rectory with Fr. Ken.  More info contact

April 28 -Groovin' in the Grotto - 5-7PM - Coordinated in conjunction with Pastoral Council - Enjoy our beautiful grotto, music, and friends!

May 23 - Empty Nesters Social with Fr. Ken in the rectory-
more info soon!

June 24 - Cincinnati Reds Outing - more info soon!

Worship Commission (click to learn more about this commission)
Thank you to all that participated in the Music Assessment survey in early March during all Masses.  Results will be shared after a complete review.  Additional comments can be shared with

Our Catholic Faith Beyond
Let's Get Together
You are invited to join an inter-parish scripture study with members of Bellarmine Chapel, Church of the Resurrection, Holy Name, St. Joseph, and St. Mary.  Here are dates and locations of the Easter Season Journey to Pentecost meetings.  For more information or to get involved email mbressler@smshp.comWe hope you can join this group!


Who is My Neighbor?
Our St. Mary Parish Lenten series this year focused on the Corporal Works of Mercy.  We heard from various agencies that do the Lord's work on a daily basis.  Operation Rice Bowl, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House, the Hyde Park Center for Older Adults, Kairos Prison Ministry, and Bethany House.  Here are opportunities to learn more about the Corporal Works of Mercy at events around the Archdiocese.

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship  

Forming Conscience for Faithful Citizenship is the US Catholic Bishops' document that outlines how we as Catholics should educate ourselves about political issues and about what our faith teaches.  John Carr, director of the US Bishops Office of Justice, Peace and Human Development, will help explain this document on April 10, 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthias Church in Forest Park.  The event will be preceded by Mass at 6:30 with Fr. Louis Gasparini.



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Lenten Book Groups -
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Rediscover Catholicism
A few of our Lenten Book Groups have enjoyed meeting with each other so much, that they are choosing to continue their spiritual journeys together.
One facilitator commented that it was wonderful to spend time with parishioners he has seen at mass yet has never spoken with....a true blessing!  Another group has attended 7:30AM Thursday morning mass together. 

Thank you to all the groups for your active participation in our beautiful faith.  More books are available or if you are interested in joining a small faith group please email

Staff Spotlight
Meet Keith Pfaller
"I love working with the people of St. Mary.  I get to work with motivated, kind, and generous people who truly make this church community the best"  expressed Pastoral Associate, Keith Pfaller. 

Keith is an 1992 SMS graduate, Class of 1996 Purcell Marian, University of Dayton graduate (2000.)  In the fall of 2011 he earned a Masters in Lay Pastoral Ministry from the Anthenaeum.  His key roles at St. Mary include:  Youth and Young Adult Ministry and serving on the Parish Life Commission and Parish Welcome Committee.   

Keith's passion for his pastoral ministry took root during mission work in Kenya.  Living with the Marianists and teaching computer to grade school children in a very poor area in Nairobi was "life changing" for Keith. 

Keith shares his energy in his family life as well.  Keith and his wife Colleen are parents to Nathan (two years old) and Dean (six months old)...check out his desktop background shown above!  An interest in playing basketball and juggling basketballs comes in handy when playing with his young sons. 

Keith can be reached at: 321-1207 ext. 5525,
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