Parish Newsletter October 2023

Message From Father Angi

We are invited today to a banquet of rich food and fine wine. At this banquet death and shame will be lifted from us, our sadness turned to joy, our tears wiped away. We are today invited to share heaven with God. Do you think you will RSVP to that invitation? Will you actually go to the banquet? Jesus was very worried that we wouldn’t come, that we would lose our way and get distracted, that this world would get in the way, that we wouldn’t believe the invitation. So, he told the priests and elders a couple of parables in today’s gospel. God offers the invitation to everyone, to us the gentiles, so we are now able to come to God’s heavenly banquet.

The question we can ask ourselves is, “Will our clothes represent our lives?” Sometimes, how we dress and represent ourselves creates a strong impression. After all, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. 

Overall, the gospel challenges us to provide goodness and kindness all our days by leaving a trail of goodness and kindness wherever we go. We have a responsibility to live a life filled with the grace God has given us. We are called to do our bit to help God’s kingdom come on earth as it is at the banquet in heaven.


Fr. Steve

Monster Mash Tickets Available

Tickets are now available for our Monster Mash! All families are invited to this Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 21st from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the GA Upper Lot. Enjoy games for the kids, pizza, snacks, drinks, adult beverages, a photo booth, DJ and more! To purchase tickets, click here. If you prefer to purchase using a check, an order form is attached

Volunteers needed! If you’d like to be on the committee, please reach out to Bonnie Morgan or Jennifer Allgier. It's fun, easy and a great group of volunteers.

Message from Father King: George Stegeman Retirement

All of life is a journey and along that journey, we often are blessed with some remarkable traveling companions. For me, one of those beloved companions is George Stegeman. 

In August 1991, I was assigned to be the new pastor of St. Therese the Little Flower Parish in Mt. Airy. That is where this journey began. George was the parish musician. George had journeyed to Little Flower Parish from St. Boniface in North Side. George had been blessed with a family very strong in their Catholic faith. His faith journey took him from grade school to Brunnerdale High School Seminary for the Missionaries of the Precious Blood in Canton, Ohio. While in the seminary there George began his journey as a church musician. God was not calling George to serve Him and God’s people as a priest but as a church musician. George would say yes to God’s call as a church musician using his God-given gifts and talents to lift up congregations and choral groups like the Athenaeum Chorales at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, in songs of praise.

It was at Little Flower that George and I met. We became good friends and we journeyed together for 11 years in Mt. Airy. 

After 11 years as pastor of Little Flower, I was assigned to be the new pastor at Guardian Angels Parish in Mt. Washington after the present Pastor, Fr. Tom Nolker was given a new assignment as pastor of St. James in White Oak. The organist at Guardian Angels at the time chose to follow Fr. Nolker to St. James. 

When Guardian Angels Parish advertised a new church musician, George saw the open listing and as they say, the rest is history. Our journey together would continue. George journeyed to Mt. Washington where he has served God and God’s people for 21 blessed years. Now his journey has taken a new direction. He has not been called to give up his music ministry, but he has been asked to slow down. George has always followed where the Lord has led him. 

He has been a treasured traveling companion and good friend. We will continue to serve the Lord. And we will continue our journey as best friends. While his chapter at Guardian Angels will end on Sunday, November 5, 2023, he will stay in the hearts of everyone here.

I join the entire Guardian Angels Family in thanking George for his years of service and leadership to our faith community. Thank you, George for the many blessings with which you have blessed us for over 2 decades. We will celebrate George and his service to Guardian Angels on Sunday, October 29th after 10 a.m. Mass.

God’s Blessings be upon you George and your family. Ad Multos Annos.

Great news for anyone who pays Ohio income tax and supports Guardian Angels

We have many students at Guardian Angels who benefit from scholarships provided by the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). Ohio taxpayers who donate to the CEF may be able to claim a dollar-for-dollar, non-refundable tax credit on their state income tax return, up to $750 per donor. For more information, click here.

We hope you consider a donation before the end of the year and choose "Guardian Angels School (Cincinnati)(C00160)" from the drop-down when prompted.

Parishioner and tax expert, Brien Dulle, is donating. Here's what he had to say. "Supporting the CEF is a no-brainer for me for two reasons. As a graduate of GA that is also sending my daughters to the school, I want to invest in the education that our children receive. Secondly, there's no extra money out of pocket since I can claim a dollar-for-dollar Ohio tax credit."

Beautifying Our Church Update

We are nearing the end of Phase 1 renovations which include some major and needed upgrades to our parish Church.   

Phase 1 involved cleaning and lighting our statues, new lighting and ceiling in the transepts, and the October 16th hanging and lighting of our “new” Stations of the Cross, which are part of the legacy from our original church building. During this phase, we also discovered leaks in the roofs of the transepts, incurring an unexpected cost for roof replacement, which was completed in September. Also, as our new lighting shows, there are many cracks and stains on walls, flooring and pews, which will be addressed in Phase 2.

Phase 2 will include new flooring throughout the Church – i.e., carpet, tile, luxury vinyl. All walls will be painted, as well as the addition of painting gold leaf accents around the tabernacle and some of the statues. We are also exploring other upgrades, a mural behind the Pieta, and artistic improvements. Due to the age and condition of our veneer pews, we will be replacing them with all-wood pews and kneelers. We will be adding chairs with kneelers on the sides of the tabernacle for special worship and expositions. Most of Phase 2 will occur next summer; however, some of the gold leaf and mural work may be completed sooner. These changes to our worship space require Archdiocesan approval, which we hope to receive over the next few months.

We thank you for your patience to date with the Phase 1 disruption. Supply chain delays, scheduling issues and equipment problems have prolonged the completion of our initial work. We hope you are excited about these first steps in the much-needed renewal and beautification work of our worship space. When our Church opened in 1971, the parish didn’t have the funds to complete the original design. This is our opportunity to do so and leave a legacy for those who worship in Guardian Angels Church in the future. Importantly, we will soon be able to share renderings of our proposed plans for the beautification project.

Past generations of parishioners have supported our parish community by building the current Church, school, gym, and Gathering Space, as well as the ongoing upkeep of each of these. This necessary repair, renovation and beautification of our sacred space will prepare it for our current parishioners and future generations. More information will be coming in the next weeks about how we can all financially support this important work.

We thank you for your past suggestions and comments, many of which have been or will be incorporated into the new design. We welcome your feedback at our email address -- -- as we continue this renewal of our Church.


GA Beautification Committee

 Rick Oberschmidt, Chairman

 Brice Berger

 Julie Bruns

 Mirna Feghali

 Mark Gillming

 Don King

 Kathy King                                                                                            

 Dick Vogelgesang     

All Saints Holy Day Mass Schedule

Due to Halloween and the foot traffic caused by trick-or-treating, Vigil Mass at St. John Fisher will be moved to November 1st at 6:15 p.m. at St. John Fisher. The full Mass Schedule for All Saints Day is below.

All Saints Day Mass Schedule | November 1, 2023

7:30 a.m. — Guardian Angels

12 p.m. — Immaculate Heart of Mary

6:15 p.m. — St. John Fisher

7 p.m. — Guardian Angels

Congratulations to Our 8th-Grade Confirmation Class

Congratulations to the 55 students being Confirmed by Archbishop Dennis Schnurr on October 19. Please keep the Confirmandi in your prayers as they prepare to receive the Holy Spirit and are welcomed into full initiation into the Church!  

St. Gregory the Great Health Ministry Events

Saint Gregory the Great Health Ministry will be hosting Dr. Irene Hamrick, MD, Chair of the Office of Geriatrics at the University of Cincinnati, on Thursday, October 12th at Saint John Fisher in the Resurrection Room to learn about nutrition in older adults. There is no charge and no need to register. Each presentation will begin at 7 pm. For information or questions: please contact Mary Selvaggi, RN, Parish Nurse at 513-388-4184 or

Boy Scouts Poinsettia Sale

Don't forget to order your holiday poinsettias! 4.5, 6.5, 8.5, and 10 inch poinsettias are available. Order online or use the attached form and pay with a check payable to Troop445. Paper orders can be dropped off at the school or parish office. 

Orders are due Tuesday, November 14th. 

Orders can be picked up Saturday, December 2nd from 9am- 12pm in the Undercroft.

The St. Gregory the Great Family of Parishes presents a Town Hall on Ohio Issue 1

This coming Monday, October 9th, Rachel Citak, President of Cincinnati Right to Life and an Attorney specializing in constitutional and civil rights law, will present a talk on Issue 1, the "reproductive freedom" amendment on the ballot, November 7th.


Jane Elfers, Coordinator of Respect Life at Immaculate Heart of Mary, will comment as well, and invite you to a join a question and answer session with the presenters.


The program will take place at 7-8:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Heritage Hall, directly across from the main entrance to church.


Voter information will be available as well as fliers analyzing the amendment language.

Healing Mass

Our Health Commission is offering a traditional Healing Mass at the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, October 28th at IHM. This will be a Mass involving a communal Anointing/Sacrament of the Sick. If you are suffering from a mental or physical illness or have a scheduled surgery, please consider attending. If you regularly attend our 5 p.m. Mass and would not wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, we still encourage you to join us and witness this healing sacrament for many of the parishioners in our Saint Gregory the Great family of parishes.

Boy Scout Wreath Sale

Support Troop 445 and adorn your door with a beautiful fresh pine wreath or Candlelit centerpiece. All proceeds go to scout events, campouts, and expenses. Delivery the week before Thanksgiving.

To purchase, just complete the attached form or place your order online hereOrders are due Monday, October 30th. Pick-up is November 19th and 20th at the GA Scout House. 

Rosary Rally

Please join us in praying for our nations on Saturday, October 14th from 12-1 p.m. A local Public Square Rosary Rally will take place at Guardian Angels Church main entrance on Beechmont Ave. Be sure to bring your own chairs, and an extra if you can, as no chairs will be provided.

Please email Nick Carpinello with questions.

Greeters and Gift Bearers

Greeters and gift bearers are needed for all 3 weekend Masses. Sign up here.

Please consider helping out in these important ministries! This helps the ushers prepare for Mass and not have to scramble to find gift bearers last minute.
Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy of the Word is back at Guardian Angels Parish 10 a.m. Mass on the third Sunday of every month. This ministry relies on the support of volunteers to serve our parish. Two adults and 4 teenage volunteers are needed each month. To sign up, click here.
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.
Volunteer Healthcare Professionals Needed

Young Men's Faith and Fellowship

When: 10/16, 11/6, 11/20, and 12/4 from 8:00-9:00pm 

Where: Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Room B in the undercroft or by zoom 

Age: 20s - 40s 

Join together in brotherhood with other men to grow in virtue and faith. This fall, we will be using the Mass Series by Bishop Robert Barron from the World on Fire Institute. Contact the group at to join our email distribution list, receive 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.
Where: Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Room B in the undercroft
Age: 20s - 40s
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.
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.
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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.
GA YouTube Channel
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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 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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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.
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