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Thursday, February 25, 2011

New Visitor from West Africa

Vistitng priest from West Africa

Bishop Gabriel Akwasi Ababio Mante of the Diocese of JAsikan, Ghana, arrived in Cincinnati earlier this month with the hope of having a last visit with his friend, Father Paul Rehling, with whom he had worked in Ghana in the late 1980s through the early 1990s. Father Rehling, 81, died Feb. 7 following a long illness. Bishop Mante did not arrive in time to see Father Rehling, but he did concelebrate his Feb. 12 funeral at St. William Church.  Father Rehling taught at the major seminary in Ghana, in West Africa, and was considered a pioneer in building bridges with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and other cultures and nations. During his visit, Bishop Mante also met with Franciscan Father Dan Kroger, publisher of St. Anthony Messenger Press in Cincinnati, above left, and Mike Gable, director of the archdiocesan Mission Office.

(CT PHOTO/Sandy Digman, St Anthony Messenger Press)











Grants for parishes using Operation Rice Bowl 

ARCHDIOCESE — Parishes in the Cincinnati archdiocese are planning for the annual Operation Rice Bowl (ORB) program, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 9. More than 70 local parishes, schools and the University of Dayton are participating in the 2011 campaign.
The program, an effort of Catholic Relief Services, calls for Catholics to prepare simple, meatless meals weekly during Lent and contribute the money they would have otherwise spent on larger meals in cardboard containers symbolic of rice bowls. The money will be used to fight global hunger and poverty.
This year’s theme, “We are All Disciples for All Nations,” encourages Catholics to examine how they are responsible for caring for people around the world.
OBR materials include the symbolic rice bowls, a calendar guide featuring six countries including Haiti and the United States, posters in English or Spanish, a teacher’s guide and interactive resources.
The Cincinnati archdiocese’s Catholic Relief Services committee will offer two challenge grants of $750 each to a parish that is participating in ORB for the first time and parish that is expanding it’s ORB efforts.
Parishes who wish to participate in the 2011 program should contact Pam Long, archdiocesan director for ORB, at 937-224-3026 or [email protected].

Family caregiver series offered in March

ST. ANDREW DEANERY — A free five-part series for family caregivers will be presented by professionals in the field of caregiving, many of  whom are affiliated with Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio. The series will be held at  St. Michael Church (Annex – Youth Room), 11144 Spinner St., Sharonville, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Topics include:

  • March  3: “Understanding Medicare Benefits”
  • March 10: “Legal and Financial Issues for Seniors”
  • March 24:  “I May Have a Family Member Who Needs Hospice Care – What Do I Do?”
  • March 31:  “Caring for a Loved One with Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • April 7: “Facing Long-Term Care Decisions: Families Through The Process”
For more information, contact the Caregiver Assistance Network of Catholic Charities at 513-929-4483.

‘Empty Bowls’ benefits foodbank

SPRINGFIELD DEANERY – The 17th annual Empty Bowls program to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan counties will be held Thursday, March 24, 4-7:30 p.m. in the student center of Wittenberg University.
The cost is $15 per bowl; attendees select from the wide variety, and the fee includes soup and salad. Bowls are donated by local restaurants. Sponsorships are also available.
For more information, contact Anna Plataniotis, events coordinator for Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio, at 937-325-8715.

Last year about 800 persons attended the Empty Bowls program at Wittenberg, where art students had created more than 1,000 bowls.

(Courtesy photo)



























‘Archdiocese launches revamped website

ARCHDIOCESE – The Archdiocese of Cincinnati launched a new version of the website www.CatholicCincinnati.org, dramatically overhauled to not only look better but do a better job of conveying the vitality of the Catholic faith in the 19 counties of southern Ohio.


The website has been revised many times since its debut in 1996, but the latest version is a complete reboot. Highlights include:

  • New content and resources from the 32 ministries and offices of the archdiocese.
  • Improved directories to help find a church or school, including a link to Google Maps for directions.
  • Links to Facebook pages of archdiocesan office and to videos.
  • A news feed on the home page, presenting local stories from The Catholic Telegraph as well as national stories from Catholic News Service. 
  • A comprehensive section on “Being Catholic,” which explores how the faith is lived in daily life, in the sacraments, in the liturgical year, in the home, and in prayer, as well as how to join or come home to the Catholic Church.  


Initially, the home page emphasizes four subjects: returning to the church, vocations, child protection, and the new Roman Missal (in the form of a video featuring Archbishop Schnurr and Archbishop Pilarczyk). 


US Digital Partners, in collaboration with offices of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, planned, designed, and built the new site. The Cincinnati-based interactive studio was chosen for the task after a search that included interviewing companies from outside of Ohio.


“It has been a real blessing working on this project and learning about all that the Archdiocese does,” said David Brecount, a local Catholic businessman at US Digital Partners who managed the project. “I think we have provided the staff members who are doing very important work with the tools they need to serve the church.”



St. Martin of Tours Parish celebrates 100th anniversary

ARCHDIOCESE — St. Martin of Tours Parish will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Mass ever said at the newly established parish. The evening’s celebration begins with Mass at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26.
Priests who have served at St. Martin, along with sons of the parish, will concelebrate the Mass with Father Terence Hamilton, pastor. Many Sisters of Notre Dame who taught at the school are also expected to attend. A dinner and dance will follow at The Woodlands.
In honor of the occasion, Feb. 26 is being declared St. Martin Day in Cheviot. A special display about the parish is set up at the public library in Cheviot.
The parish kicked off its centennial celebration last Nov. 11, the feast day of St. Martin of Tours. Many events will be held throughout the anniversary year, the theme for which is “A Century of Caring — A Legacy of Faith.”
For more information, call 513-661-2000 or 513-470-3456.

Tom Nader portrays St. Martin of Tours at the parishs kickoff for its centennial.

(CT photo/Colleen Kelley)


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