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Pastor's Letter for the July 25, 2021 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

We’re just a week away until this year’s parish picnic.  Thank you, in advance, to our local Knights of Columbus, Council #1641, for doing so much for organizing this annual event.  Thank you in advance to everyone who is preparing a salad or dessert, based on where your last ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the July 18, 2021 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Pastor’s Letter for the July 18, 2021 bulletin

I’m happy to announce a new principal for St. Benedict School.  Thank you to Traci Mitchell for assuming this new role of service for our parish community.  I’m looking forward to introducing her to our parish community as we draw closer ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the July 11, 2021 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

One of the blessings of being in the Diocese of Steubenville is our proximity to Franciscan University of Steubenville. The university is what drew our family to Ohio from Oklahoma back in 1984 as well.  Over the years the university has grown to become a hub for many renewal movements ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the July 4, 2021 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Thank you to all who organized and participated in last week’s Sts. Peter & Paul Feast Day Mass and picnic in Lore City.  Despite singing “Rain Down” as our closing hymn at St. Benedict and “Hail, Redeemer King” as our closing hymn at Sts. Peter & Paul at our ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the June 27, 2021 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

I am looking forward to this week’s Sts. Peter & Paul Feast Day Mass and picnic in Lore City, on Tuesday, June 29th, with the Mass beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by the picnic. Praise God that we can have events like these again.  I see that the weather ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the June 20, 2021 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Father’s Day blessings to all! We are tremendously grateful for the key role that the witness to faith of our fathers and central father figures in our lives in opening our hearts and lives to the friendship, guidance and mercy of God to which we are all called through Jesus.

Msgr. Robert Kawa’s funeral Mass and burial this past week were very impactful.  He served for many years at St. Bernard Church in Beverly, in Washington County.  Fr. Tim Kozak, who served as a parochial vicar here in Guernsey County for a few years, offered a very enjoyable homily at the funeral Mass. Both he and Bishop Monforton expressed profoundly and accurately how almost all of us were impacted by the life and caring ministry of Msgr. ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the June 13, 2021 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Our Bereavement Haven support group will meet this Sunday, June 13th at 2:30 p.m. in the Social Hall.  All are welcome.

And I’d like to plan another short trek for our Holy Hikers.  At this point, let’s plan another Sunday afternoon hike on June 27th, leaving from the Gomber ... Read More »

Thoughts about the Sunday Mass Obligation

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

I mentioned in the Pastor's Letter of this past weekend that I wanted to emphasize welcoming parishioners (and visitors) back to Sunday Masses this weekend as the Bishops of Ohio have restored the "Sunday Mass obligation" rather than emphasizing the obligation. So, here are some reflections on the obligation ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the June 6, 2021 bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Welcome back again to Fr. Jeremiah Hahn and “thank you” to him for offering the 10:30 a.m. Mass this weekend as a Mass of Thanksgiving.  He is planning to con-celebrate the 8:00 a.m. Mass and to preside and preach at the 10:30 a.m.  One tradition connected with Masses of ... Read More »

Pastor's Letter for the May 30, 2021 Bulletin

Posted by Rev. Paul Hrezo

Like enjoying a little “Christmas in July” we are enjoying some “Thanksgiving in May” as we acknowledge a number of people with parish connections who are at moments of transition in their lives.  And we as a parish here in Ohio will be gratefully transitioning closer to normal this ... Read More »