Celebrating 200 Years of Service in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
“Let Your Service Shine”
An Archdiocesan-wide Service Day
When: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Where: Across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Who: As many people as possible across the Archdiocese – Young and old, families, parishes, schools, colleges and universities, young adults, youth groups, senior living centers, religious congregations, etc.
Why: Many religious congregations of women and men came to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati 200 or more years ago to serve new immigrants, especially German, Italian, Irish, and others, through education, health care, and other social services. Partnering with and engaging people of all ages today in service across the Archdiocese is a fitting way to honor and extend the 200 years of service given by Sisters, Brothers and Priests.
How: Each organization is invited to chose one of the following options:
A. Choose a ready-made project. For example, donate to a Catholic Charities food pantry, or partner with the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) by writing letters for the World Day against the Death Penalty, which is October 10, with St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati or Dayton or with another organization.
B. Create your own project.
  •  Select a committee and a chair or coordinator for your 10.09.2021 project(s). Groups within a parish or small parishes could work together on the project(s).
  •  Create projects that will benefit those most in need and involve volunteers of all ages and capabilities.
  • Invite the volunteers.
  • By September 1, 2021, send your service plans to Cerb@sistersofmercy.org
  • On your service day, take pictures.
  • Send pictures, the number of volunteers who participated in your service projects, and a simple name or description of the service projects in each photo to Cerb@sistersofmercy.org
  • Help us spread the good news of the number serving and the number of those being served.
  • Celebrate with your volunteers the many ways that your group assisted others.
Go to www.Cincy200.com for updates, timelines, service ideas, contact information for agencies, etc.

Fr. Michael Depcik, OSFS, is among fewer than a handful of culturally Deaf priests worldwide. Fr. MD, as he is known, was ordained a priest in 2000 in the congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He currently ministers to Deaf Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit, and is a graduate of St. Rita School for the Deaf in our very own Archdiocese.  We are fortunate to welcome Fr. MD to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in September as he offers Mass and Reconciliation in ASL for the Deaf community.  He will be at St. Michael Parish in Sharonville on Saturday, September 11 offering Reconciliation from 1:30pm – 2:30pm with Mass at 3:00pm, and will then offer a Mass at 6:30pm at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Centerville with Reconciliation to follow.  Fr. Mike will return to the northern part of our Archdiocese on Saturday, September 25 to Immaculate Conception Church in Bradford to offer Reconciliation from 1:30pm – 2:30pm and Mass at 3:00pm in that region.  While these liturgies are being offered predominately for the Deaf Community, hearing people are also welcome to attend the Mass.  There will be an interpreter available for the hearing at these liturgies.  All are welcome!

To celebrate our rural Catholic heritage, the St. Martin Deanery Farm Mass, with Archbishop Schnurr as principal celebrant, will be held at the home of Tim and Lori Leibreich at 5517 Franklin Road, Hillsboro, Ohio, 45133 on September 17 at 7:00 pm. All priests of the deanery are invited to concelebrate and parishioners from throughout the deanery are encouraged to attend, whether or not they live on a farm. A social gathering will follow the Mass. For further information, contact Marilyn Fryer at 937-515-9075 or mmmrf1989@frontier.com

Fr. Michael Depcik, OSFS, is among fewer than a handful of culturally Deaf priests worldwide. Fr. MD, as he is known, was ordained a priest in 2000 in the congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. He currently ministers to Deaf Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit, and is a graduate of St. Rita School for the Deaf in our very own Archdiocese.  We are fortunate to welcome Fr. MD to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in September as he offers Mass and Reconciliation in ASL for the Deaf community.  He will be at St. Michael Parish in Sharonville on Saturday, September 11 offering Reconciliation from 1:30pm – 2:30pm with Mass at 3:00pm, and will then offer a Mass at 6:30pm at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Centerville with Reconciliation to follow.  Fr. Mike will return to the northern part of our Archdiocese on Saturday, September 25 to Immaculate Conception Church in Bradford to offer Reconciliation from 1:30pm – 2:30pm and Mass at 3:00pm in that region.  While these liturgies are being offered predominately for the Deaf Community, hearing people are also welcome to attend the Mass.  There will be an interpreter available for the hearing at these liturgies.  All are welcome!