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Posted on Sep 21, 2016 |

The Next Ten Days

The Next Ten Days

The annual Blue Mass and blessing for police, fire, and other emergency workers will be held at Cincinnati's cathedral this weekend. Cathedral mosaic phogo courtesy St. Pter in Chains Cathedral.

The annual Blue Mass and blessing for police, fire, and other emergency workers will be held at Cincinnati’s cathedral this weekend. Mosaic photo courtesy St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.

Some area events this week:

Sept. 22, St. Elizabeth’s New Life Center’s 2016 Fall Partnership Banquet at A Learning Place (Piqua, OH), 5:30 pm.. Keynote speaker: Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. Featured ministiry: Women’s Center-in Sydney that services Auglaize, Mercer, and Shelby Counties. No fee for banquet (a supporting gift will be requested); see or call 937.226.7414 to register or for infomration. Kristen will also be in Piqua for a luncheon at 11 am; call or see website for details.

Sept. 23-24, “The Ignatian Way with Mary” Women’s Overnight Retreat at the Jesuit Spiritual Center of Milford (Milford, OH). Explore your relationship with Mary and the connection between St. Ignatius and our Blessed Mother. Artist Holly Schapker will share her journey as an artist and her inspiration from Mary and the Ignatian Way following her 2007 pilgrimage to Spain and Rome and integrating the Spiritual Exercises into her daily life. Fee: $150  before Sept. 1st) $175 after. To register, call (513) 248-3500 ext. 10, or e-mail

Sept. 23-25, Project Rachel Retreat (Cincinnati area). The Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Family and Respect Life Office will offer this post-abortion healing retreat for mothers, fathers, and anyone who has lost a child through abortion. Help yourself by accepting God’s love and forgiveness. No fee; goodwill offering accepted. For location and details, call the confidential helpline at (513) 784-0531.

Sept. 23-25, Sisters of the Precious Blood Come and See Discernment Weekend (Dayton, OH). A weekend of prayer, reflection, conversation and fun. Register online at or call Sr. Patty Kremer at 937-609-0653.

Sept. 23-25, “Beginning Experience” Retreat for Widowed or Divorced People at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH). Healing weekend led by a peer ministry; ecumenical program founded by a Catholic nun and rooted in the Christian faith. $175 ( lodging, meals and retreat materials included). For information see, email, or call 513.684.1196.

Sept. 24, Catholic Men’s Conference at Immaculate Heart of Mary (Burlington, KY), 8 am – 5 pm. Speakers include Dr. Andrew Sodergren of Ruah Woosds, Fr. Nick Rotterman, IHM; Fr. Michael Hennigan, St. Pius X Church; Fr. Michael Norton, St. Francis Xaiver Church (Falmouth). Tickets $20 (breakfast and lunch included) For information contact Amy Ritchie at 859 -589-5010, ext. 257.

Sept. 24, Encounter Cincinnati Fall Kickoff at The Underground (Fairfield, OH). Archbishop Schnurr will join this prayer festival for youth grades 8-12. Music, dynamic talks, Adoration, fellowship. For more information see

Sept. 24, Family Prayer Workshop at St. Agnes Murphy Hall, 9 am – noon. Led by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia from Nashville, TN. designed for school families to inspire parents to pray with their children. Tickets $15 (includes lunch). For information call  Theresa Grey at (859) 344-1427 or

Sept. 24, A Day of Recollection with the Legion of Mary at Our Lady of Victory Church (Delhii/Cincinnati), 8:30 am. Fr James Reutter will speak on the Works of Mercy through the lens of Marian Devotion. For information call 513.385.9073.

Sept. 24, Annual LifeTech Conference at the University of Dayton. Pro-life conference concentrating on biotechnology, medicine, and related issues. For a conference schedule and information, see the LifeTech Facebook page.

Sept. 25-29, Sisters of Charity Federation Online Discernment Retreat. Meet with the Sisters one-on-one via Skype or phone right where you are, on your own time! Reflection with a sister guide on discerning religious life. For single Catholic women ages 18-40. Sponsored by the Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Charity. No cost. Contact Sr. Virginia Ann Brooks at , or call 812-963-7559.

Sept. 25th, 12th Annual Blue Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains (Cincinnati), 11 am. Fr. Steve Angi, Police Chaplain, will celebrate this Mass for police officers, firefighters,  other first responders, and their families. All faiths welcome. Includes display and blessing of vehicles at 10:45. For more information see

Sept. 25, 10th Annual Sophie’s Angel Run 5K Run/Walk at St. Jude the Apostle Church (Bridgetown, OH), 1 pm. Held in conjunction with St. Jude’s Oktoberfest. Since being founded, the race in memory of 18-month old Sophie Meinhardt has raised tens of thousands  for pediatric brain tumor research and scholarships. For information see the race Facebook page.

Sept. 27, Ministering in the Mercy Mode: Msgr. Ray East, Distinguished Speaker Series at St. Francis of Assisi Church (Centerville), 5:30 pm. Sponsored by Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office, and Weavers of Justice. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Social Services’ Choice Food Pantry and Family Stabilization & Support programs. Light dinner at 5:30, talk follows. Suggested donation of $10 for dinner; no fee for talk. For reservations, available scholarships, and  information,  call 1.800.300.2937, ext. 1141.

Sept. 27, 40 Days for Life Cincinnati Kickoff Rally at the Planned Parenthood abortion center (Mt. Auburn, Cincinnati) 7 pm. Prayer, scripture, song and practical information about standing in peaceful public prayer witness for Life.  Featured speaker: Fr. Anthony Stephens, CPM, Director of Field Education and Pastoral Internship Year at Mt. St. Mary Seminary.

Sep. 28 – Nov. 6: Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign

Sept. 29,”Who Knows What Evil Lurks Below the Surface: Exploring Alien Worlds With Robots” Talk at the University of Dayton Kennedy Union (Dayton, OH), 6:30 pm. Bobak Ferdowski, known as “the Mohawk Guy” because millions saw his his hairstyle during the Mars Curiosity Rover landing live feed from NASA, will speak at a free. UD researchers have helped to test a propulsion system that could power a mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. No fee.

Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH). A gift for any married couple, a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend will enhance communications, renew commitment and rekindle romance. Don’t wait to invest in your marriage! For more information, contact Tom & Ginny Segbers at

Oct. 1, Catholic Charities Centennial Celebration and Awards Dinner at Xavier University, 6 pm. More information to come; reserve tickets online at

Oct. 2, Tour of Historic St. Clare Chapel (Springfield Twp., OH), 11 am. Come for 10 am Mass or stop by at 11 — see this gem of a chapel on the border of Springfield Twp. and Wyoming, in the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. Archivist Jennifer Gerth will tell you about its stained glass, relic cases, relic of an early martyr, and more. Part of an “Archive Crawl” sponsored by the Miami Valley Archives Roundtable, open to all.

Oct. 2, “Ignited” at St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati), 2 pm. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Heart to Heart Ministries. Program includes talks by Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, and Matthew Kelley, and music by Kevin Kern; copies of Beautiful Mercy, by Kellye and others, and an inspirational CD by Fr. Sparough; a reception with appetizers from local gourmet chef Suzi DeYoung. Tickets $35. For information see; for tickets click here.

Oct. 2, Dayton City-Wide Healing Service at St. Peter Church (Huber Heights, OH), 6:30 pm. Sponsored by Encounter Dayton and St. Peter Parish; the event is open to all and will feature Fr. Mathias Thelan, spiritual director for Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. A popular conference speaker, Fr. Thelan is known for healing services where the power of the Holy Spirit manifests. No fee. For information see the event’s Facebook page.

Oct. 2, Family Rosary Walk and Dinner at Transfiguration Center (Ludlow Falls, OH), 4-7 pm. Invite the whole family and come away to a “beautiful place” for a unique rosary experience beginning at at the statue of Mary (goldfish pond), followed by a procession through the gardens and woods of the beautiful Lange Estate. Artistic banners help reflect on the mysteries. A pot-luck dinner follows at the shelter house. Center provides meats, drinks; bring an entrée for 6. Rain location: inside the Center. For information call 937-698-7180; for reservations use the online reservation request form.

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