Welcome to Our Lady of the Valley Parish
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
“We are a Roman Catholic family, striving to radiate Christ by living, loving, and serving in union with Him!”
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Message from the Pastor
Each of my assignments as a priest has come with apprehension, though somewhat different in how that nervousness bubbled up. When I was first assigned as a vicar at St. Ignatius, I had already moved my stuff out of the seminary to my home parish weeks earlier and was chomping at the bit to get started. I had six weeks off to enjoy being a brand-new priest and travel around to parishes where I had lived and say Masses all over creation. I hit the ground running, and life was the fun sort of chaotic. Becoming a pastor so quickly didn’t deter me too much, and even though my moving in process was stalled by preparing the rectory (and having my banjo stolen…) I was determined to do everything in my power to be absolutely everywhere in my three new parishes. I wanted people to get sick of seeing me, and then see me some more. I quickly started to run into the hard differences between being a vicar at one parish and being a pastor of three. It really took it out of me, and I wondered if I had what it takes.
Almost five years into being a pastor and getting a chance to hit the reset button, I’ve been praying about what I would like my mentality to be as we begin the process of learning to live together as a family. I don’t know that I have the most coherent schema put together yet, so I thought I would just throw down a bunch of things that I want for myself and for all of you, my spiritual children:
- Prayer should be the most important thing for me, because without it, I will be trying to do everything myself, and I know for a fact that this is impossible. I will do my best to prioritize it, and I ask that you gently encourage me to stick to my holy hour and daily devotional life. It’s for all of us, I promise.
- I’m not the most social person by nature, but I do enjoy getting to know my people, and I rarely turn down an informal chat on a back patio with a parishioner (or several).
- I try to mine for good conflict so I can have honest conversations with the people I love about things that matter. I’m fairly conflict averse by nature, but I also believe that life is too short and we’re all too busy to spend our time talking about just sports and the weather. I believe and hold everything the Church teaches to be true, and that generally makes for at least a little bit of awkward conversation nowadays, and that’s okay because it’s important.
- Finally, and most importantly, I don’t see this endeavor of us coming together as a family as this group joining that group or that group joining this group. In the most honest assessment, this is various parts of the Body of Christ discerning how to minister most effectively together. The next few years will be an adventure, and I’m willing to bet they’ll be chaotic sometimes, but if we step back from our fears and treating our parish reality as a zero-sum game where someone has to win and another has to lose, I believe that God will do great things.
It’s not always easy hitting the reset button, but I’m excited to do so with all of you. God bless you all, and I’ll see you at Church.
Our Parish Book of Memories
Limited number available for purchase. Please call the office at parish office.
Any books left will also be availabble after the 4 PM mass July 9th.
The book of memories is over one hundred pages of stories and photos honoring and preserving the history of our beloved parishes, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sts. Peter and Paul. They are being sold for $20.
Email or call the office to inquire
Phone: (513) 554-1010
TOTUS TUUS (Totally Yours)
TOTUS TUUS (Totally Yours),
a parish mission for youth, is coming to Our Lady of the Rosary the week of July 17-22, 2022.
Students going into grades 1 – 6 next Fall are invited to participate in the Children’s Program Monday – Friday from 9:00am to 2:30pm each day for catechesis, games, Mass, songs, Reconciliation, and a chance to build a stronger relationship with Christ. (Limited to the first 75 registrants)
Teens entering grades 7 – 12 are invited to come to a Teen Program each evening, Sunday through Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. (Limited to the first 40 registrants)
Everyone is invited to a potluck on Wednesday, July 20 at 5:15pm to see TOTUS TUUS in action.
There are no fees associated with the program, but space is limited.
The mission is led by a team of young adults who are on fire for our! The theme for this year’s catechesis is Prayer and the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary.
A variety of volunteer roles for youth and adults are available, too. TOTUS TUUS combines catechesis and having FUN! I hope to see you and your family there this summer!!! To register or for more information about TOTUS TUUS, please contact: Jose Martinez at (513)-376-8103 or email Jmartinez@wintonwyomingpr.org.