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Posted on Feb 13, 2015 |

Events through Feb. 23

Events through Feb. 23


You won't be able to see the surface of Mars, but you will be able to view the conjunction of Mars and Venus just after sunset at Thomas More College's s monthly night sky viewing and talk. Photo by Curiosity, NASA.

You won’t be able to see the surface of Mars, but you will be able to view the conjunction of Mars and Venus just after sunset at Thomas More College’s s monthly night sky viewing and talk. Photo by Curiosity, courtesy NASA.

What a week! Lent begins; 40 Days for Life begins; and whether you’re looking for a place to take your Valentine, a Fat Tuesday dinner, a way to view the conjunction or Mars and Venus, or a great concert, we’ve got you covered. But wait… there’s more!

Feb. 13-15, “The Beatitudes: A Couple Path to Joy & Happiness” Marriage Retreat with Fr. Jacques Philippe at Robert’s Conference Center in Wilmington (OH). A member of the Community of the Beatitudes, headquartered in France, Fr. Philippe has sold more than half a million copies of several works, which have been translated into 17 languages. $475 couple. Space is limited. For information contact Begona Naciff at (513) 385-7202 or

Feb. 13-16, Grades 5-8 Presidential Ski Retreat. Sponsored by the Legionaries of Christ and Camp River Ridge. Begins at 7 pm at  Weisbrod Ranch (Milan, IN) and ends at 4 pm Monday at Perfect North. Outdoor games, blitz, sacraments, formative talks and activities, competitive sports & team dynamics, food. $130. For information call Fr. Kevin McKenzie at (513) 441- 4660 ( or Fr Daniel Brandenburg, LC, at (513) 441-7267 (

Feb. 13, “Fat Friday” at St. William Parish (Price Hill/Cincinnati), 5-8 pm. Pre-Lenten Fish Fry dinner featuring chicken wings, chicken tenders, pepperoni and cheese pizza, fried cheese sticks, fried pickles, French fries, potato skins and tossed salad. Beverages and desserts will be available; live entertainment.

Feb. 14, Spring 40 Days for Life Cincinnati Kickoff at the Mt. Auburn Planned Parenthood abortion business, 10 am. Rev. Arnold M. Culbreath, former Urban Outreach Director of Life Issues Institue and of Protecting Black Life will will speak of the especially devastating impact of abortion on the African-American community; Fr. Kyle Schnippel will lead prayer. No reservations required; all faiths welcome. For information contact Mary Clark at or see

Feb. 14, Saint Valentine’s Dinner Dance at St. Ann Church (Groesbeck, OH), 6-10 pm. 18 and older. Live music by The Whammies; cash bar. Tickets $20/each, $35 couple (Italian dinner included); limited to 200. For information co reservations call James blust at (513) 706-7293.

Feb. 14, For the Love of Grace Valentine’s Day Fundraiser at Circus Mojo (Ludlow, KY), 7 – midnight. Benefits six-year-old Grace White, who is being treated for inoperable DIPG brain cancer. Hors d’oeuvres, Drink tickets, Music, Dancing, Live Auction, Silent Auction, and a “Barrel of Booze.” $100/couple; $70 single. Register online here.

Feb. 14, The Cincinnati Harpers’ Robin at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati’s Motherhouse (Delhi, OH), 2 pm. The harp group will perform music from the late 12th century to the late 17th century composed in Ireland, Britain, and Northern Europe, as well as some Sephardic tunes. The concert will also include several vocal numbers. No fee.  A Cincinnati Early Music Festival event; for a complete schedule of the month-long festival, click here.

Feb. 15, Coffee and Conversation with the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor, St. Ct. Clare Chapel (Springfield Twp.). Join the sisters for Mass at their historic chapel, and stay to hear about their history and ministries For information see or email

Feb. 15, Entering Into Lent – Being Blessed By Less with Susan Vogt at St. Francis de Sales parish, Cincinnat (East Walnut Hills), about 12:15 pm (immediately following 11 am Mass). Vogt is a popular speaker around the country. Her latest book, Blessed By Less: Clearing Your Life of Clutter by Living Lightly, started as a Lenten experience. This talk will draw from that experience and include not only letting go of material possessions, but also detaching from emotional and relationship issues that are burdening your life. Evening follow-up sessions will be held on Feb. 25, March 11, and March 25 for those who want to go more deeply into this theme. For information call the parish at (513) 961-1945, or contact Susan Vogt (859) 291-6197 or

Feb. 15, A Concatenation of Choirs at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Cincinnati), 3 pm. Last year’s popular choir event returns with performances by the Cathedral Choir, Xavier University’s Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble, and Cincinnati Camerata. No fee. Part of the Great Music in a Great Space 20th anniversary season AND the Cincinnati Early Music Festival. No fee; suggested donation $20.

Feb. 15, Consort in the Egg at Sacred Heart Church (Camp Washington), 4 pm. Five instrumentalists and a vocal quartet perform Da Jesus an dem Kreuze hing, an early setting of the Seven Last Words of Christ by Ludwig Senfl. We’ll also hear other works by Senfl,  including several Tandernaken, al op den Rijn, and short sets of English and Italian music. $10.  A Cincinnati Early Music Festival event; for a complete schedule of the month-long festival, click here.

Feb. 17, Mezzo Mezzo Social Club Fat Tuesday Dinner at Sacred Heart Church (Camp Washington/Cincinnati), 6:30 pm. Italian social club invites all to its first-ever Fat Tuesday dinner. Tickets $10/adult, $25 family of three or more; includes dinner, beverages and desserts. For information call Joe Pitocco at (513) 871-8812.

Feb. 17, Annunciation Parish (Clifton/Cincinnati) Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Mardi Gras Celebration, 6 – 8 pm. The parish in Clifton’s Gaslight neighborhood will begin the evening at 6 pm in the church, with Shrove Tuesday Evening Prayer and the Burning of Palm, followed by an  all-you-can-eat pancake supper.  There will be Mardi Gras masks and beads, and a Mardi Gras craft for children.  reservations required to ensure enough food. $5/person; $15 maximum per person family maximum. Call (513) 851-1285 for reservations.

Feb. 17, Closing of Ordinary Time Palm Burning Service/Mardi Gras Ice Cream Social at St.Cecilia Church in Oakley/Cincinnati. Take part in a solemn palm burning ceremony at 6:30 followed by a fun social gathering where you can create your own sundae with lots and lots of toppings! For information email here.

Feb. 17, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (Liberty Twp., OH) Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner, 5 – 7:30 pm. Pancakes and sausage; ice cream for dessert, “with an indulgence bar like you’ve never seen!” Pancake eating contest  at 7 pm followed by palm burning at 7:15.  For information call (513) 777-4322 ext. 121.

Feb. 17, Fat Tuesday Spaghetti Dinner Catered by Distasi Restaurant at St. James of the Valley (Wyoming, OH), 5:30 – 8 pm. Adults $10, Children $7, 3 and under Free: Includes salad, bread, spaghetti and meatballs, and desserts. For information and reservations call 513-948-1218 or click here.

Feb 17,  Shrove Tuesday Spaghetti Dinner at St. Matthias the Apostle (Forest Park, OH), 5 – 7 pm. Adults $8, children $5. Includes spaghetti and meatballs, Italian bread, salad, ice cream; lemonade, coffee or iced tea. Homemade desserts and soda available for purchase. For information and reservations call 513-851-1930 or or click here.

Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday

Feb. 18 – Mar. 29, National Spring 40 Days for Life Campaign

Feb. 18, 40 Days for Life Cincinnati Spring Campaign official opening prayer vigil at the Mt. Auburn Planned Parenthood abortion business. 10 – 11 am.

Feb. 19, “Living Out the Lessons of Sister Dorothy Stang” at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School Auditorium (Dayton), 7 pm. Begins with a screening of the 35-minute documentary, “The Student, The Nun & The Amazon,” followed by a reflection by Stang’s close friend, Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdeN and a quick overview of the 10 years since Stang’s martyrdom. Reception follows; no fee.

Feb. 20, 40 Days for Life Cincinnati Spring Campaign candlelight prayer vigil at the Mt. Auburn Planned Parenthood abortion business, 7-8 pm. Fr. James Reutter will lead prayer.

Feb. 20, 21, Extreme Makeover – Who am I in Christ? at St. Bernadette Catholic Church (Amelia, OH). Presenters include Fr. David Endres. Friday 7 – 9 pm; Saturday  9 am – 3:30 pm (no overnight accommodations). “You are chosen, called, beloved” — Presentation Ministries presents this opportunity to discover how to live in Christ. No fee — give what you can afford. Lunch will be provided to all who preregister. For information see and click on the Discipleship Retreats tab, or call (937) 587-5464  or  (513) 373-2397.

Feb. 20, Contagiously Catholic Parish Mission Informational Meeting at Our Lady of Sorrows (Monroe, OH), 9 am – 3 pm. Sponsored by the  Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Evangelical Catholic. For pastors, staff, and key leaders from parishes interested in forming a mission-oriented alliance based on the evangelization and discipleship methods being introduced at the Contagiously Catholic Evangelization Workshops. For information contact Sean Ater at or 513.421.3131 x 2733.

Feb. 21, Contagiously Catholic Workshop: One on One Ministry. Part of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Contagiously Catholic series for parish leaders; parishes encouraged to send groups. For information, email Sean Ater at

Feb. 21 Thomas More College Bank of Kentucky Observatory Open House. Venus and Mars will be within one degree of each other after sunset; view the conjunction through our telescopes and learn about the astronomical and cultural significance of planetary conjunctions Viewing 6:30 – 7:30 (weather permitting);  talk follows immediately at Steigerwald Hall (inside the Saints Center). For information see

Feb. 22 – 24, St. Augustine Parish Mission, Minster (OH), 7 – 8 pm each night. Andy O’Reilly will discuss: Living with God’s Compassionate and Unconditional Love; Living with the challenges and pain of life; Living with the people of God.

Feb. 22, Archdiocese of Cincinnati RCIA Rite of Election, St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Cincinnati) 3:30 pm; Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Dayton (OH), 7:30 pm.

Feb. 22, Spaghetti Dinner and Fine Arts Festival at Covington Catholic High School, 4 – 6:30 pm. A performance by the award-winning CCH Chamber Choir will precede the event from 3:30 – 4:15 pm, and music during the dinner will be provided by the Covington Catholic and Notre Dame Academy Jazz Band. CCH Student artwork will be exhibited as well. Tickets $6.50 adults/$3.50 child in advance (order at the Cov Cath website, or $8.50 adults/$5 child at the door. Includes spaghetti, meatballs, bread, dessert and beverage.

Feb. 23, Archdiocesean Frassati Speaker Event:  “Love Hurts: Redemptive Suffering” Lecture by Matthew Leonard, Executive Director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology at Steubenville (OH), at the University of Cincinnati’s Tangeman University Center (TUC), 7 – 8:30 pm. Sponsored by the UC Frassati Society; the highlight of the group’s spring speaker series. Leonard’s talk will concern redemptive suffering as seen through the lens of St. Paul and the relationship of this suffering to the New Evangelization. No fee.

For more Catholic events, see our Events page. For area fish fries, see our Fish Fry page.

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