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Defund Planned Parenthood
From Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati:
Recently released videos in which officials of Planned Parenthood traffic in human organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics are chilling and appalling. They display a callous disrespect for human life. Staff from the Family and Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese took part in “Women Betrayed” rally at Planned Parenthood’s Cincinnati clinic on July 28 to protest this outrage. 
However, we need to do more than raise our voices. I urge Catholics and all people of good will to write to their representatives in state and national government, asking them to stop the flow of your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has supported defunding for many years. Planned Parenthood received more than $1.3 million in state funds from Ohio and $500 million in federal funds in fiscal 2013-2014.
Please also support a pro-life pregnancy center that helps women in unintended pregnancies, providing many needed services. You can find a list of them at If you have had or participated in an abortion and suffer remorse, please know that the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel, stands ready to offer compassionate assistance. Learn more about Project Rachel at

Charter School at Little Flower

CLARIFICATION from Fr. Goebel on the CHARTER SCHOOL: While we have no signed lease and are waiting for a certificate of occupancy from the city, it appears the Charter School “iLEAD” is very interested. The Open House postcard that was sent out to the neighboring community was a surprise to Mike Desmier and me. It gave the impression that it is all a “done deal.” It appears that the purpose of these open houses is to gauge community interest. While I pray it does come to fruition, we do not yet have a signed lease. I will inform the parish if/when an agreement is finalized.

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School

Family packets are available for pick up the weekends of August 8/9 and 15/16 after Mass on the Kirby Ave. side of church. Packets not picked up by August 16 will be available at the OLG office on August 18. The first day of school is Tuesday, August 25.

Do You Know Someone who wants to Receive the Sacraments?
If you or someone you know desires to celebrate any of the Sacraments of Initiation during the coming year, please get in touch with the Office of Mission and Evangelization. This includes:
• Baptism of a baby or young child
• First Communion for  a child age 7 or older
• Confirmation for a child or adult age 12 or older 
• Full initiation into the Catholic Church, including Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
You can have your questions answered about what is involved in preparing for the Sacraments, or sign up to participate in the program of preparation. Contact Claire Tenhundfeld at 541-5560 or

Synod on the Family
As interest and enthusiasm accelerate for Pope Francis' upcoming Synod on the Family (October 4-25), the United States is preparing for the summit with our own World Meeting to take place in Philadelphia from September 22-27. Pope Francis himself will be in Philly for the closing ceremonies on September 26-27. These upcoming events are of high priority for us as Catholics, as the worldwide Church comes together to consider new issues and discuss official teachings on marriage and family. You may wish to plan a trip to Philadelphia, or keep current by visiting the website of the World Meeting of Families Congress at


We have all seen Pope Francis in the headlines regarding the release of his first encyclical.  Don’t just rely on news reports to find out what it’s really about. Read the actual document and learn what the Holy Father wants us to know, to pray about and to act on relative to our environment. The encyclical is available online. Click here to read it.

BIG Raffle

Thanks to all of you who have returned your BIG Raffle tickets. It’s the best and biggest fundraiser we have and its success is dependent on everyone’s participation. Please do your part by buying or selling the tickets you received in the mail. If you would like additional tickets, please call the Parish Office and we will mail some to you. Extra tickets are also available at the church doors. The drawing will be held at Oktoberfest on October 25. Grand Prize $5,000, 2nd Prize $1,000, 3rd Prize $500. Winning ticket sellers prize $50.

Have you been coming to Mass at Little Flower but not taken the next step to actually join the parish?  Now is a great time to do that. We are looking to welcome you and give you an opportunity to become active in our emerging activities and ministries as we begin implementation of our new vision.
  Or, perhaps, even though you are not Catholic, you are attending Mass with your family and, on occasion, think you might like to learn more about the faith with the possibility of becoming Catholic.
   Please contact Claire Tenhundfeld at the Office of Mission and Evangelization to talk about what this would involve for you. You can reach Claire at 541-5560 or

YOUNG ADULTS ~ Pope Francis Has Your Back!
Yes, your Pope is thinking of you in his just-released encyclical on global warming and the environment.  Go to:

to read what his message means to young adults. Wait for the revolving headline to come up for the article 4 Things Pope Francis Wants You to Know about Climate Change.

   If you are a parent or grandparent of a college student, introduce them to the website. It carries up-to-date news and articles of special interest for young adult Catholics. A great way to help them grow their faith and stay interested in their Church during these critical years!


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.

Update on John Boissy
Little Flower received the following note from parishioner John Boissy, who is in the postulancy program for the Franciscans of St. John the Baptist province:

    I have just completed my first year of formation with the Franciscans as a postulant. On June 23 I leave for St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York. I will be there for six weeks taking two courses on the history of the Franciscan Order, and on Franciscan charism. Then on August 14 I head to Burlington, Wisconsin for my second year of formation as a novice. That will be a year of prayer to discern if this is the way of life God is calling me to.

 Please pray for John and for all young people discerning their vocation in life.

Click here to read an article about John that appeared in the May 21, 2015 SJB News Notes.

Cincinnati Fire Department puts up a new flag

Thank you to the members of Cincinnati Fire Department District Two,
who installed a new flag and rope on our flag pole.                                                                                                                  

Most Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About...Consecrated Life
The Year of Consecrated Life

Pope Francis has set aside November 30, 2014 through February 2, 2016 as the Year of Consecrated Life.  Our Archbishop has set the objectives for this celebration in our Archdiocese: to increase the visibility of religious life/consecrated life, to express appreciation, to highlight the joy experienced in this vocational choice, and to educate on the importance of on religious life/consecrated life to the Church.  As one means of learning more about religious life/consecrated life, our website will periodically have an educational component in the form of a question and answer. It is our hope that you will not only read the entries but discuss them your family, friends, co-workers.  And perhaps share stories about the influence of consecrated women and men in your life. 

Why are some priests and brothers called Friars?
The term "friar" refers to a member of one of the mendicant religious orders, e.g., Dominicans, Franciscans. Friars have different vows and restrictions than monks, and spend more time in the outside world as opposed to being secluded in a monastery. "Friar" comes from the Latin word "frater," meaning "brother." In the early Church, Christians used the term to describe any of their fellow believers. It wasn't until the 13th century that "friar" began to refer to members of particular religious orders.  Friars are classified as mendicants, or members of Catholic religious orders who take vows of poverty. Mendicants are forbidden to own property. They support themselves through their own work and the generosity of others. The rise of the mendicants was the result of negative feelings toward the Church and its extensive property during the 13th century.

More information on Consecrated Life will be posted periodically, so check back often!

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St. Therese Little Flower Parish

5560 Kirby Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45239

(Mt. Airy)

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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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