Parish Newsletter March 2023
Message From Father Angi

"The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist” – St. Gregory the Great

When choosing a name for an organization or an individual, it is wise to choose a name that's original, yet easy to understand. As human beings, we like names that are easy to understand, spell, and pronounce. It's natural to feel uneasy with a name that is very different from what we are used to because it's so surprising. That feeling goes away once you've been living with the name. Eventually, when a name is chosen and we start using it, everyone grows to love it. After almost a month of submitting names for our family of parishes and sorting through the plethora of possible names, a name has been chosen by the Pathways Team and myself for our family of parishes. The name chosen is: St. Gregory the Great.

The reasoning behind this choice from the names submitted is that for many years the seminary on Beechmont Avenue held the name, St. Gregory the Great Seminary, until St. Gregory the Great Seminary was closed in 1980 and Mt. St. Mary Seminary and School of Theology moved from Norwood to Mount Washington in 1981. St. Gregory Seminary was a major focal point in the areas of Mt. Washington, Anderson and Newtown. Many young men attended St. Gregory Seminary from this area. The seminary still stands majestically on Beechmont Avenue as a Beacon of Light for young men and others to come and learn about our Catholic Faith. It pays homage to the history of our area without giving preference to any one former parish in the family. Our parish family is very unique because the seminary lies within our boundaries.

Furthermore, St. Gregory the Great became one of the pope’s seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as a papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become an abbot, but at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome. Gregory was content to be a monk, but he willingly served the Church in other ways when asked. He sacrificed his own preferences in many ways, especially when he was called to be Bishop of Rome. Once he was called to public service, Gregory gave his considerable energies completely to this work. St. Gregory the Great is the patron saint of teachers of which we have many in our family of parishes with two Catholic Schools and children in our Public School of Religion classes.

We will begin a branding process for our family of parishes’ new name. We continue to work through Phase One of the Beacons of Light process as we proceed to Phase Two. More to come!
Pathways Team Update: Forming a Unified Pastoral Council

Our family of parishes, newly named St. Gregory the Great, is forming a unified Pastoral Council! This council’s purpose is a strategic focus on the direction and spiritual growth of the family. Please consider whether you, or someone you know, would be interested in being a member of our inaugural, family level Pastoral Council.
The most important attributes team members will have are as follows:
1.      Strategic Thinking
2.      Diligence
3.      Spirituality
4.      Good Communicator and Listener
All with a focus on the family of parishes and rather than just your individual parish.
Each parish will have three members on the new council. Terms will initially be between two and four years, followed by three-year terms after this phase-in cycle. You do not need prior experience on a parish council to become a member of this pastoral council.

At this phase of the Beacons of Light process, individual parish councils still serve an important role and will remain as is.
 If you’re interested in being considered for our St. Gregory the Great Pastoral Council, please email by Friday, March 31.
Lent Soup and Supper Speaker Series

Join the Guardian Angels community on March 29th as we journey through Lent with the saints! Enjoy a meal while deepening your faith through the wisdom and example of the saints who have gone before us in faith. We will begin with a potluck dinner at 6:30pm in the undercroft, followed by a thirty-minute presentation on the life of a saint at 7:15pm.

Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will share his vocation path and entertain us with his humor. He has visited our school children for Vocation Week for the last 5 years and now it's our turn to delight in his wit and wisdom!

Click here to RSVP and for more information.
St. Gregory the Great Holy Week Schedule

Guardian Angels
Holy Thursday
  • Morning Prayer: 7:30am
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 pm
  • Adoration: 9:00 pm
  • Night Prayer: 9:30 pm
 Good Friday
  • Morning Prayer: 7:30 am
  • Liturgy of the Passion: 12:30 pm
  • Stations of the Cross: 2:00 pm
  • Stations with Veneration: 7:00 pm
Holy Saturday
  • Easter Vigil: 8:30 pm
 Easter Sunday
  • Masses: 8:00 & 10:00 am
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Penance Service:
  • March 21: 7:30 pm
Holy Thursday:
  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 pm
  • Night Prayer: 11:30 pm
Good Friday
  • Morning Prayer: 8:15 am
  • Liturgy of the Passion: Noon
  • Stations of the Cross: 7:00 pm
Holy Saturday
  • Morning Prayer: 8:15 am
  • Easter Vigil: 8:45 pm
Easter Sunday
  • Masses: 9:30 am & 11:30 am
  • Spanish Mass: 1:30 pm
         *NO 5:00pm mass
St. John Fisher
 Holy Thursday
  •  Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7:00 pm
Good Friday
  • Stations of the Cross and Liturgy of the Passion: Noon
Holy Saturday
  • Easter Vigil: 8:30 pm
Easter Sunday:
  • Masses: 9:00 am & 11:00 am
Greeters and Gift Bearers

How can your family contribute to the success of our liturgies? We need individuals, couples and families to serve as greeters (stand at the Gathering Space doors and welcome Mass attendees to our parish) and gift bearers (bring up the bread, wine and collection basket at the Offertory Procession during Mass). We need volunteers for all 3 of our weekend Masses. Contact Kay Froehlich ( or Mary Fey ( if you have any questions. Thank you for volunteering to serve in these important ministries. Your help is much needed and appreciated! Sign up here.
GA St. Vincent de Paul Society St. Joseph's Table

In honor of St. Joseph's feast day, which is March 19th, we invite you to offer a family prayer to St. Joseph, and as a sign of gratitude for our blessings, provide an item for those who count on our generosity. Students may bring in their items from Monday, March 13th through Friday, March 17th.
Preschool and Pre-K: Facial Tissues
Kindergarten: Toothbrushes
1st Grade: Toothpaste
2nd Grade: Shampoo
3rd Grade: Liquid Dish Soap
4th Grade: Deodorant
5th Grade: Paper Towels
6th Grade: Cleaning Spray
7th Grade: Laundry Detergent
8th Grade: Deodorant
Click here for more information. 
Visit Our Fish Fry!
We will hold a Fish Fry each Friday throughout Lent from 5:00-7:00pm with both drive-thru and dine-in options available. There is no Fish Fry on Good Friday.
Keep an eye on the parish website and our bulletins for more details.
Camera Upgrades on Campus

This past month, we upgraded our cameras on campus to increase visibility to see all areas of campus and improve safety and security. This is just one of the many ways we are working to increase security and safety on campus through the $100,000 school safety grant Guardian Angels received. Principal Corey Stoops will be working with the Education Board, School Safety Team, and our School Safety Specialist to continue to prioritize how these funds are spent and keep our angels safe.
Bible Camp

Food Truck Party VBS invites children of all ages to get on a roll with God as a parade of Food Trucks rolls into their neighborhood for the summer's biggest party!

Children are invited to pray as Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:11; "Give us this day our daily bread." These words serve as a reminder that everything we have comes from God — and that it's by turning to God in prayer that all of our daily needs are met.
GA’s Bible Camp runs from Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Click here for more information.
We are also in need of incoming 7th grade and 8th grade and high school volunteers. Contact Mrs. Froehlich to volunteer.
Eastside Catholic Youth Ministries
Eastside Catholic Youth Ministries (ECYM) is the group of ministries serving our Family of Parishes. There are a wide range of opportunities for students in grades 5-12, open to youth of all schools and faith backgrounds. Join us as we seek to have fun, enjoy fellowship, and grow as disciples. For event details, please watch for emails from Bradley Barnes or visit
If you would like information about upcoming opportunities, please contact Bradley Barnes at or 513-624-3148.
Save the Date: Camp Gaudeo is June 26-30
As we begin a new liturgical year, we’re hoping that you can mark your family’s calendar for our 9th annual middle school camp called “Camp GAudeo.” Camp is always an incredible time of gathering the youth of our parish, and we’re so excited to see what God has in store for June 26th-30th. Registrations will open in late January, but we are hoping that families can mark their calendars now and fit this week of ministry for current 5th-8th grade students into their future planning. We are also looking to expand to a second camp week offered on July 10th-14th (further details to come). Email Bradley Barnes for more information.
We are currently looking for high school students who are interested in volunteering for this event. We are typically able to offer 50+ hours of community service credit, and high school counselors participate in all activities for free! Register a current high school student through this Volunteer Application Form
Volunteer Healthcare Professionals Needed
Young Men's Faith and Fellowship

When: Every Monday during Lent from 8:00-9:00pm 
Where: Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Room B in the undercroft or by zoom 
Age: 20s - 40s 
Looking for some way to enhance your Lenten season? Join together in brotherhood with other men to grow in virtue and faith. Each session combines the best research from science with the teaching of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive and capable of transforming himself, his family, and greater society. Contact the group at for more information or to join via Zoom.
Young Women's Faith and Fellowship

When: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays every month from 8:00-9:00 pm
Upcoming meetings are on March 8 & March 22 
Where: Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Room B in the undercroft
Age: 20s - 40s
Looking for a new way to pray during Lent? Join together with other women to expand your Catholic faith and build meaningful relationships as we dive into various faith studies from the Blessed is She, Rooted devotional. No prior knowledge or materials needed; come as you are! Contact the group at for more information.  
Fathers Team

Each Friday, Fathers Team will be meeting for Fathers Team "Lite” which consists of a review and discussion of the upcoming Sunday's scripture readings. All GA fathers are invited to join either in person or via Zoom. Our meeting will start at 6:05 am Friday morning and last for one hour. Together we explore the readings and consider how the scripture's message can be applied to our daily lives. If you are holding back because you’re not an expert, join the crowd....neither are any of us! Join us in person in the Undercroft (Conference Room B), or by Zoom, this Friday at 6:05 am. Contact us at for the zoom information, or to get on the GA Fathers Team email distribution.
RCIA Program

The St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes will be combining efforts to create one RCIA program for those interested in learning more about the Catholic faith. Meetings will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary on Thursday evenings as well as dismissals after 9:30 a.m. Mass at IHM. If you know someone interested in becoming Catholic, please contact Jay Mather (513) 388-4188.
Parish Reminders
Make Offertory Donations Online
Giving to Guardian Angels Parish has never been easier. Offertory donations can be made online. If you are interested in establishing a one-time or recurring gift through our online platform, just click the button below. Once you have an account setup, you can make any changes to your giving yourself through the website.
8am & 10am Masses Streamed Each Sunday
The 8am and 10am Masses are livestreamed each Sunday and can be viewed on our YouTube channel and Facebook page live or they can be played back on either channel at a later time.
School News
Enrollment Open For 2023-2024 School Year

Enrollment is now open for all students entering preschool through eighth grade for the 2023-2024 school year. You'll find all the information you need on the school website.

If you missed our Open House events but would still like to learn more about our school, we invite you to take a personal tour. A tour allows you to meet with our administration to discuss the classes and programs available through GA and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. These are typically done during school hours so you can see what a typical day is like for students. Call the school office at (513)624-3141 to schedule a tour.  
School Masses

Please join our school community in celebrating the Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the school year. Grade level Masses are offered on most Tuesdays for Kindergarten through 5th grade and Wednesdays for 6th through 8th grade. All-School Masses are held throughout the year and are live-streamed to the Guardian Angels YouTube channel. Visitors are welcome to attend any school Mass, although seating is limited for all-school Masses.
Please include our school community in your daily prayers!
School Playground Hours

We want to remind everyone of the hours of operation for our newer playground equipment. The portion of the playground that was installed last year sits outside the area where our old equipment sat. Since it is outside the mulch area and is now closer to other property lines, the portion of the equipment with the slide CANNOT be used outside of the posted playground operating hours. Those hours are 8:00am-6:00pm. 
Other News
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  4. Then create your own account

This treasure trove of material is provided as a gift to you as a valued member of our Faith Family.
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Bulletin Advertising Available
Our bulletin publisher is looking for new advertisers and sponsors. Thanks to our sponsors, the bulletin is published weekly at no cost to our parish. Please consider purchasing an ad. Your ad and participation make the bulletin successful, and you attract customers! If interested, please email Sherry Montel or call/text her at 614 301-7444.

Advertisements and sponsorships can be purchased for a business, family, charity, in Honor or in Memory of a Loved One, or to support the church or a community service organization, such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters. We appreciate your support.
Have News to Share?
If you are part of a parish organization and have news you would like to share with our community, please email the parish office. To be included in next month's newsletter, your information must be received by the last Monday of this month.