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123 East 13th Street • Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 • •

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Laudetur Jesus Christus! Praised be Jesus Christ! It is hard to believe, but it has already been a year since the Holy Father canonically established the Cincinnati Oratory! On March 19, 2017, in response to a petition by the Archbishop of Cincinnati and the Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life issued a decree on behalf of Pope Francis bringing years of hope and hard labor to fruition. The Community continues to remember with great joy receiving the news on March 29 of last year. As a result of the date of the canonical establishment, the Oratory has adopted as one of its co-patrons St. Joseph, on whose feast day the Oratory was established. Though this newsletter will be tight on its arrival to you, we will celebrate this day with a solemn Mass where we will undoubtedly remember each of you in our prayers. The labor to bring St. Philip to Cincinnati was not the work of any one person or small group, but a much broader movement and thirst for continued holiness and sanctity. All through the spirit of a holy, humble, obscure, and at times goofy saint from Italy. The more that I contemplate the challenges we face in the world today, the more I become convinced that St. Philip has many of the answers. We witness within our society the decimation of the family. Yet, is that not what the Oratory is called to be? For without vows, it is only the immense charity that Oratorians are called to that could hold this family of St. Philip together to continue in the pursuit of the good. We continue down the dangerous path of the destruction of beauty and culture, without concern for tradition or beauty. Yet, is that not what St. Philip tried to promote; with his patronage of the arts and sacred music? The world continues to hunger and thirst for something beyond itself. Yet, is this not what St. Philip tried to remind his people of daily? Reminding everyone that we are called to know and be known by the one Triune God through a relationship of prayer, adoration, and the worthy celebration and reception of the Sacraments. The good, the beautiful, and the true were indeed a concern for St. Philip and it remains our concern today. Hopefully, like St. Philip Neri, we will also lead many souls to Heaven, but only with your continued prayers and support!

With the newly-consecrated Bishop, His Excellency, The Most Reverend Mario Avilés, C.O.

Bro. Henry tapping a keg at Hofbräuhaus Newport for Old St. Mary’s Night

The new sacristy counter installed. More pictures of the chapel renovation inside the newsletter!

Wishing each of you a very blessed Holy Week and happy Easter, I remain humbly in Christ,

Fr. Jon-Paul Bevak, C.O. Provost

A recent workday to help cleanup the rectory at Old St. Mary’s

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Eucharistic Exposition during Forty Hours’ at Old St. Mary’s

The Holy Eucharist in procession at Old St. Mary’s

According to St. Peter Eymard all solutions and answers to the problems of the world are to be found in the Blessed Sacrament. Why is there terrorism, poverty, injustices, abortion, euthanasia, and corruption? It is because man’s heart has become callous and insensitive to the needs of his neighbors. Wars and terrorism are effects of the sins of men. Anger and hatred fill the hearts of many, which is where these effects of sin begin. By visiting the Blessed Sacrament, one’s heart is touched and transformed by the grace that comes from Jesus truly present in the Host. He has the power to transform hearts! A heart at peace is a world at peace. A world of prayer is a world of peace. When there is conversion (metanoia or change of heart), people will not become greedy, selfish, lustful, and violent. A heart changed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will start to think about the welfare of his neighbors. The same St. Peter Julian Eymard said that we will only achieve true peace and prosperity in the world when people in general become centered on the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, both at the Holy Mass and in times of adoration outside Mass. May the reign of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus come soon! May the Blessed Virgin Mary help us to usher in this reign. The triumph of the Most Pure and Immaculate Heart of Mary is the recognition by people of the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lord’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament is the font from which all blessings flow. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be blessed, adored, and loved in all the tabernacles of the world, even unto the end of the age!

ADULT CATECHISM BY BRO. BRENT STULL Each week on Tuesday evenings, The Cincinnati Oratory holds adult catechism classes for the parishioners of Old Saint Mary’s and Sacred Heart (non-parishioners are certainly welcome!). These classes, in conjunction with the youths’ catechism classes, aim to teach and sanctify the faithful of both parishes by deepening their knowledge of the teachings of the Church, prayer, liturgy, etc. This spring, those attending will be presented with catechesis regarding the sacred liturgy. Topics included are “the liturgical calendar,” “development of the liturgy,” “parts of the Mass,” “how to attend Mass,” “living the liturgical life at home,” and many more. Fr. Jon-Paul, Fr. Adrian, Bro. Brent, and Bro. Henry alternate teaching these classes—Fr. Lawrence teaches the conversion or “R.C.I.A.” class on Monday evenings. The goal of catechesis on the sacred liturgy is to enhance the prayer life of the faithful attending Mass and ultimately to assist those praying in giving greater glory to God by their prayer. Through these short classes, it is our hope that those attending Mass at our parishes might begin to live the “liturgical life” more fully by incorporating the Church’s calendar in their daily lives at home.

We hope you will join us for these weekly classes! May Saint JeanBaptiste de la Salle, the patron saint of teachers, aid us in our endeavor!

Bro. Brent speaking on the Seven Churches Pilgrimage on March 10

Bro. Brent studying under St. Philip

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SEMINARY STUDIES BY BRO. HENRY HOFFMANN Seminary studies have a special goal which sets them apart from other types of education. The purpose of theological studies in the seminary is not simply to accrue knowledge, but to shape and mold the seminarian to resemble Christ. As part of our first year in theological studies, Bro. Brent and I are taking the following classes this spring semester: Theology of the Trinity, Fundamental Dogma, Fundamental Moral Theology, and History of Christian Spirituality. These classes are intended to form a basis for all future studies in the seminary and they begin the foundation which, hopefully, will be perfected in the beatific vision of heaven. The words Bro. Henry chanting the Epistle of St. Paul aptly describe the goal of seminary studies: “I know nothing at Sacred Heart among you, but Christ, and him Crucified.” The classes at the seminary mainly take an historical perspective on their respective subjects and thus introduce the students to the entire holy patrimony which the Church has inherited. In increasingly deep and perceptive ways, Christian thinkers have compiled a living treasure chest of doctrine, which is the Church’s historical participation in the beatific knowledge possessed by Christ her head. Humility and faith are the keys to the study of theology. The seminarian must model himself upon the Blessed Mother, who allowed the Word of God to enter into her and dwell within her, making her into his living tabernacle. Please continue to pray for Bro. Brent and me, that the Blessed Mother’s attitude may be ours, Bro. Brent & Bro. Henry receiving the Ministry of and that we might share the mind of Christ. Lector on December 8, 2017


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Holy Week with the Cincinnati Oratory

Old St. Mary’s Church

Holy Tuesday • 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Confession Holy Thursday • 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (O.F. Latin) • Adoration until midnight at the Altar of Repose Good Friday • 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Confession • Noon Stations of the Cross • 1:30 p.m. Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion • 7:00 p.m. Office of Tenebræ Holy Saturday • Noon Blessing of Easter Baskets • 9:00 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter (O.F. Latin) Easter Sunday • Normal Mass schedule except NO 7:00 p.m. Mass

Sacred Heart Church Saturday, Marcy 24 • 9:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Confession Holy Thursday • 8:00 a.m. Office of Tenebræ • 7:00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper (‘62) • Adoration until 10:00 p.m. at Altar of Repose Good Friday • 8:00 a.m. Office of Tenebræ • Noon Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (English) • 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Confession • 3:00 p.m. Liturgical Action of Good Friday (‘62) Holy Saturday • 8:00 a.m. Office of Tenebræ • 9:00 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter (‘62) Easter Sunday • Normal Sunday Mass schedule

Evenings with the Oratory

Join us every Tuesday with children’s and adult catechism at 7:00 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. There is the opportunity for the Sacrament of Penance between 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament is at 8:30 p.m. Please check the parish bulletin for any schedule changes.

Upcoming Events

March 25 - The Original Italian Dinner @ Sacred Heart Church April 9 - Solemn Latin Mass (OF) for the Feast of the Annunciation (OSM) @ 7:00 p.m. • Titular Feast Day of Old St. Mary’s April 29 - First Communion at Sacred Heart @ 11:00 a.m. May 6 - First Communion at Old St. Mary’s @ 9:15 a.m. May 28 - Solemn Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of St. Philip Neri (OSM) @ 10:00 a.m. June 3 - Feast of Corpus Christi with Processions @ 9:00 a.m. (OSM) & 11:00 a.m. (SH) June 8 - Solemn Latin Mass (‘62) for the Feast of the Sacred Heart (SH) & 7:00 p.m. • Titular Feast Day of Sacred Heart

WISDOM FROM ST. PHILIP NERI Nulla dies sine linea: Do not let a day pass without doing some good during it.

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