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Fr. Goebel's Retirement

Fr. Goebel recently announced that he will retire at the end of June. To read the letter that was sent to parishioners about it, click here.

Lenten Regulations for Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and also fast days, that is, limited to a single full meal. The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. The law of abstinence binds all Catholics 14 years of age and older. The law of fasting binds all Catholics from their 18th birthday until their 59th birthday.

Noon Mass on Wednesdays During Lent

Mass will be at noon instead of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays during Lent, except for Ash Wednesday, February 10. Ash Wednesday Masses are at 8:30 and noon.

2015 Financial Statements

Financial statements for 2015 were mailed to all families who donated $250.00 or more. If you do not receive a statement and would like one, please call the Parish Office at 541-5560.

8:30 Mass Cancelations

If Northwest School District cancels school or is on a delay because of bad weather, the 8:30 a.m. Mass is canceled.

Soup Suppers

Our annual Lenten Soup Suppers will begin on Wednesday, February 24, 6-7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. We will be hearing from John Clark, St. Joseph Catholic Worker Home, while enjoying our soup. There is no charge for these Lenten suppers, but an alms donation is appreciated. These alms are collected to make an offering to the various agencies that speak at our Soup Suppers and also to our St. Vincent de Paul Society.

OLGAA Fish Frys
Come to the Our Lady of Grace Athletic Association Fish Fry on Fridays during Lent in the Little Flower Cafeteria from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Baked/Fried Fish Dinner - Adults $7, Seniors $6; Kid’s Meal (Grilled cheese/pizza and 1 side) - $3 
   Choose from delicious Fried or Baked Fish, Pizza, Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, Hush Puppies, Green Beans, Onion Rings, Fried Pickles and more. Draft and bottled beer, including local craft breweries (new this year!) will be featured at beverage table. Weekly Dessert Booth is hosted by various OLG Youth Programs. Split-the-Pot offered at 6 and 7:00 p.m. each night.

Night at the Races

The Little Flower Old-Timers Men’s Softball team will hold their annual “Night at the Races” fundraiser on Saturday, February 27. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., Post Time (racing starts at) 7:30 p.m. If you have any questions or would like to reserve a table, contact John T. Roelker at 542-3815.


Mission Statement:

We are a community of evangelizing disciples being transformed by the Gospel in order to transform our parish, our neighborhood and our world.

We will do this by cultivating faith formation, participating in spirit-filled worship, fostering stewardship, and reaching out in the name of Jesus to those in need.

Vision Statement:

St. Therese Little Flower Parish is the sacramental presence of Jesus . . . the mind and heart, the hands and feet, the words and deeds . . . the incarnate and living Body of Christ for our own place and time.

Man of the Year

Paul Ahrnsen was recently recognized as the Little Flower Men’s Society MAN OF THE YEAR at the annual Men’s Appreciation Dinner. Paul was recognized for his love of Little Flower Parish, his years of service and leadership as a parish festival chairman and worker, and for his current ministry as a lector and member of the Fundraising Committee. Paul is a graduate of Little Flower School. He and his wife Amy have five children, all of whom attended Little Flower. He is the son of Josef and Doris Ahrnsen, also members of Little Flower Church for many years. Congratulations, Paul, and thank you for your service!

Catholic Ministries Appeal

Archbishop Schnurr sends his thanks to everyone from Little Flower who has pledged to the 2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal. If you have not yet made your pledge, please consider doing so this week. These important local ministries depend on our help each year. You will find extra pledge envelopes at the church doors. To make a pledge securely online, please visit Or, send a text to donate: Text the phrase "2016CMA" to 555-888 (standard data and message rates may apply).

Year of Mercy

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis officially proclaimed the opening of the “Year of Mercy”. The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). 

   The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.
  The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all. 

For more information on the Year of Mercy, click here.

Contact Info

Parish Office


513-681-2631 (Fax)

Parish Email

Parish Name

St. Therese Little Flower Parish

5560 Kirby Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45239

(Mt. Airy)

Map to Little Flower

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Parish Office Hours

Monday - Thursday

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Precious Blood Lamb

This plaque adorned the altar at St. Richard of Chichester, which merged with Little Flower on January 19, 1992.

Mass Times

Weekend  Saturday
  4:30 p.m.
  9:00 a.m. &
11:00 a.m.
Weekday Monday-Thursday
  8:30 a.m.

Confessions    Most Saturdays 
  3:00 p.m. until finished
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