Columbus St. Patrick Church is planning several special events to mark the feast of St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers who have ministered at the parish since 1885.
On Friday, Aug. 4, the feast of St. Dominic on the traditional Roman calendar, there will be a sung Mass in the Dominican Rite at 7 p.m. Father Austin Dominic Litke, O.P., will be the guest celebrant and homilist. A reception will follow in Patrick Hall, hosted by the Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic.
During the weekend of Aug. 5-6, there will be a special display in the gallery outside the church about the life of St. Dominic and the history of the Dominican Order. This is to commemorate the 802nd anniversary of the death of St. Dominic on Aug. 6.
On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the feast of St. Dominic, there will be Mass at 7 a.m., a Solemn Mass with music and incense at 11:45 a.m., and a Solemn Mass with music and incense at 6:30 p.m.
The evening Mass will include a celebration of the 25th anniversary of religious profession for Sr. Leonarda Zielinska, O.P., the parish’s director of religious education, and Sr. Andrea Andrzejewska, O.P., project manager and executive assistant for the Office of Catholic Schools. A reception will follow in Patrick Hall.
Sunbury St. John Neumann breaks ground for grotto
Father Daniel Dury led a groundbreaking blessing at Sunbury St. John Neumann Church, where he serves as pastor, for a Marian Grotto on Sunday, July 16, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Three hundred people processed from the church to the site of the grotto, which will include a statue of Our Lady, an altar space, and candles and benches surrounded by landscaping. The project, designed by Scott R. Harper of Harper Architectural Studio, is being constructed by CK Construction of Westerville.
The parish has been planning and raising funds for more than a year for several projects, including the grotto, a new digital organ, two new confessionals and classroom renovations for meeting spaces for teens and life groups.
The parish is currently raising funds to construct a new bell tower.
“These projects will sound God’s loving power for many generations to come,” Father Dury said. “This is more than some kind of mere church beautification. It is a gift to God and a sacramental leading people to greater holiness.”
Father Keller named director of diocese’s Divine Worship Office
Bishop Earl Fernandes has appointed Father Paul Keller, OP, STD, as director of the diocesan Office of Divine Worship. Previously, he had been interim director but will now fully focus on the office.
Father Keller, a member of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), is available to answer liturgical or sacramental questions and offer guidance to parishes on the design or redesign of sacred spaces.
He resides at St. Patrick Priory in Columbus and can be reached at [email protected].
Ohio Dominican named to Transfer Honor Roll
For the fourth consecutive year, the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society has chosen Ohio Dominican University (ODU) as one of the nation’s leaders in preparing students for lifelong career success with career-relevant knowledge and skills.
ODU is one of 208 colleges and universities to be selected for PTK’s 2023 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities that have created dynamic pathways to support community college transfers.
Inclusion on the honor roll is based on 40 items related to the support and success of transfer students, including college cost and financial aid, campus life for transfer, admission practices and bachelor’s degree completion.
The honor roll was based on analysis from the National Student Clearinghouse and on data submitted through the four-year institution’s profile on PTK Connect, Phi Theta Kappa’s online tool designed to help students find their best-fit colleges and career pathways.
“Nearly a third of ODU undergraduates who are now working toward a degree have at one point completed a course or courses at a community college,” ODU president Connie Gallaher said. “We pride ourselves on being a university that welcomes and supports all students, regardless of their educational journey thus far, to ensure their academic and professional success.”
Feast of the Assumption Mass at Russells Point set for Aug. 12
The annual Feast of the Assumption Mass at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine overlooking Indian Lake at Russells Point will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, with music starting at 5:15. Concelebrants will be Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of Cincinnati and Father Shawn Landenwitch, pastor of Russells Point St. Mary of the Woods Church.
Parking will be available at St. Mary of the Woods Church, 464 Madison Ave., with shuttles starting at 4:30 p.m. from the church to the shrine, 261 Chase Ave. Seating is available for 300 people. Others can bring lawn chairs.
The Mass has taken place every year since the shrine was dedicated in 1964 except for 2020 and 2021, when it was canceled because of COVID.
The shrine’s Our Lady of Fatima statue is 19 ½ feet tall, one of the tallest depictions of the Virgin Mary in the United States, and is part of a 43-foot monument that includes a concrete pedestal. For more information, visit www.ase-gbqfoundation.org or www.saintmaryofthewoods.com/fatima.
Dominican Sisters of Peace sponsor Come and See retreat
The Dominican Sisters of Peace will sponsor a Come and See retreat for women discerning a possible call to religious life from Friday to Sunday, Sept. 8-10 at the St. Catharine Motherhouse in Springfield, Kentucky. The motherhouse is where the first congregation of Dominican women religious in the United States was formed.
The program for single Catholic women ages 18-45 will offer participants the opportunity to study and pray together and with members of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. There also will be a tour of St. Catharine Farm, the site of the congregation’s first motherhouse and now an agricultural land easement in cooperation with the Bluegrass Land Conservancy.
The weekend will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and conclude at 1 p.m. Sept. 10. The event, along with all food and lodging, is free for participants, and travel assistance may be available.
Attendees can also arrive on Thursday, Sept. 7 and spend a “bonus day” on Sept. 8 with prayer, community, fun and touring Dominican heritage sites before the retreat officially begins.
Participants can register online through the congregation’s website at www.OPPeace.org. Direct questions to Sister Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP, at (405) 248-7027 or [email protected].
Franciscan to host conference on anti-semitism
Franciscan University of Steubenville and The Philos Project will co-host a “Nostra Aetate and the Future of Catholic-Jewish Relations at a Time of Rising Anti-Semitism” conference from Tuesday to Thursday, Oct. 24-26.
Catholic and Jewish voices will address the recent rise in anti-semitism, the history of Catholic-Jewish relations, and the significance of Nostra Aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s declaration on the relation of the Catholic Church to non-Christian religions.
For more information and to register, visit franciscan.edu/catholic-jewish-conference.