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Click here for an interactive Advent calendar with daily activities, prayers, songs, customs and traditions to keep track of the days of waiting until Christmas. 
Small Group Faith Sharing for Advent

If you would like to bring together a group of friends or fellow parishioners for a special Advent Faith Sharing experience, please contact the Office of Mission and Evangelization for a resource to guide your gathering. The weekly program consists of Opening Prayer, Scripture reading, reflection and sharing, personal discernment, closing prayer and a “Prophet of the Week” response. Perhaps you already meet with a group and would like to use this program with them. Or, you might consider adapting the program for use with your own family. Please email Claire at or call her at 541-5560 to your request the program. Don’t delay! Advent begins next Sunday.

Giving Wreaths

Little Flower’s St. Vincent de Paul Society will place Christmas “Giving Wreaths” at the church doors next weekend. Tags suggesting gifts for our clients and children are there for your taking. Gifts should be wrapped, with the tag firmly attached, and returned to church the weekend of December 12 and 13. Food items and gifts for Birthright and Bethany House need not be wrapped. 

Book of Life

November is dedicated to All Souls. Let us remember them and all of our deceased relatives and friends in prayer. Please feel free to list your deceased in our parish Book of Life, which is found on the right side of the sanctuary, as you face the altar. Please note that this book is for names of the deceased. The Prayer Request book is located by the tabernacle area.

One Faith, One Hope, One Love

This Archdiocesan campaign’s goal is to  raise $130 million  for current and future  needs. Each  parish within  the Archdiocese has been assigned a  goal. Little Flower’s  participation  in  this campaign began in  August with Phase One. This three-phase process will conclude by  Advent.  To date, $235,430 has been pledged toward our $605,000 goal.


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.

Year of Mercy

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis will officially proclaim 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. 

Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin Canonized

The parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, Louis and Zelie Martin, will be canonized on October 18, coinciding with the Synod on the Family, which takes place at the same time in the Vatican.

   “Thanks be to God…two spouses, parents of Saint Therese of Lisieux, will be canonized,” said Cardinal Angelo Amato, stressing the importance of sanctity in the family. “Saints are not only priests and nuns, but also lay people,” pointed out Cardinal Amato, referring to this exemplary French married couple.
   Married in 1858, they had nine children, five of whom followed the religious life. The 218 letters that are kept of Zelie, written from 1863 until her death in 1877, record the rhythm of life with the War of 1870, the economic crises, and the births and death of their four babies.
   Daily Mass at 5:30 a.m., Angelus and Vespers, rest on Sundays, fasting during Lent and Advent - but also jokes and games, as Louis liked to fish and play billiards. They invited poor people to dine in their home and they visited the elderly. They also taught their daughters to treat the underprivileged as equals.
   Zelie died of a very painful cancer at 46. Louis was left with five very young daughters: Marie, Pauline, Leonie, Celine and Therese, who was only four and a half years old, but who always remembered her Mother as a Saint. Louis died in 1894, after suffering a serious mental illness.
   Benedict XVI beatified both parents on October 19, 2008. Their canonization will be the first joint canonization of a married couple. Many have proposed their life of daily holiness as a model for our time.

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. 

Will I be the last Religious in the Community I choose? 

What we know is that there have been women and men called to this form of life commitment since the early centuries of the Church. The history of religious life demonstrates many ups and downs with some congregations dying and new ones being born. Congregations were reformed or re-founded to respond to the needs of the times through the grace of the Holy Spirit. 
   Sisters, brothers and priests continue to amaze people with their energy and enthusiasm for new projects, new expressions of their mission and charism. They believe in a hopeful future despite increasing median age and transfer of many ministries and institutions to lay leadership. This is because we believe that God continues to call faith-filled young people to religious life. Those who respond to the call will have the courage and generosity needed. They will have the gifts of creativity and vision to help shape the new form of religious life that is coming to light.

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Parish Name

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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