SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: STEPPING FORWARD St. John Justice and Peace Commission partners with Faith Community United Methodist Church to bring the Stepping Forward program to families in need. This program provides adult classes and activities for children looking to step forward into a more prosperous life. A once a month volunteer commitment would be appreciated. Questions? Contact Kim at (513) 777-9533 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAITH COMMUNITY DINNER Each week, Community Dinners are served at Faith Community Methodist Church on Cox Road. These dinners are part of the Stepping Forward program for needy families in the area. St. John has been partnering to cook and serve dinner twice a year. If you can volunteer, contact Sue at email@example.com | (513) 256-8781. Tuesday, November 7 | Cooking 4:15-6 p.m. | Serving 5:45-7:30 p.m. | FCMC
VALLEY INTERFAITH FOOD DRIVE St. Gabriel Parish’s Parish School of Religion's Confirmation Class will be sharing their discipleship by collecting food for the Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center in Lockland. Non-Perishable items may be donated in the boxes at the back of church on the weekends of November 4 & 5 and 11 & 12.
CHRISTMAS BASKETS FOR NEEDY Consider participating in St. John’s annual Christmas Food Basket project. Sign-ups will be available in the Gathering Space the weekend of November 4 & 5 and 11 & 12. You may also visit us in the Gathering Space during the week, November 6-10 from 9-11 a.m. to select a family. If you would like to help, please contact the Hakes at (513) 779-1713 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKFAST IN BETHLEHEM Mark your calendars, Breakfast In Bethlehem youth actor, singer, dancer, and volunteer sign-ups will be coming to the Gathering Space the weekend of November 11 & 12. Youth, 2nd-grade and up are invited to bring Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem alive in this beloved St. John event on Saturday, December 9. Adults, please consider offering a few hours of your time for set-up, costuming, and more!
CHIRSTMAS GIVING TREE The St. Michael Community Outreach Ministry will once again support Broken Bus Ministry, Princeton Closet, and Valley Interfaith through the Giving Tree. This gift card fundraiser provides for underprivileged families during the holidays. Gift cards will be collected in the Gathering Space the weekends of November 11 & 12 and 18 & 19. Learn more about the communities supported through the Giving Tree program at www.saintmichaelchurch.net/those-we-serve. (Suggested purchase of $25 gift cards to Target, Walmart, Kroger, Kohls, Costco and other like stores.)
CAMPTON TOY DRIVE This year has been particularly difficult for Kentucky, and the Church of the Good Shepherd is hoping for a great response to provide a Merry Christmas to the young families in Wolfe County. The St. John Parish Toy Drive for Campton Mission will take place the weekend of November 25/26. You can drop new games, toys, and various types of balls for children any time between now and November 26. Drop off to the St. John Parish Office during office hours or the St. John Gathering Space at any time. The Good Shepherd parish in Campton requests that all toys are new and that they be un-wrapped so that the parents are better able to select age-appropriate gifts for their children. Please do not include toy guns or weapons. Thank you for making a brighter Christmas for families in Campton!
WOW - Women of the Word | November 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Michael Church Autumn into Christmas brings a cornucopia of wonderful celebrations. Together, Women of the Word will discover how to celebrate the gifts of the season with delightful and sacred experiences. This event is open to all TCC women.
Holy Hour for Vocations & Evening Prayer | November 6 at 6 p.m. at St. Michael Church To celebrate Vocations Week, the Tri-County Catholics Family of Parishes will host a special holy hour for vocations. Join us as we pray for all people to discern their vocation; how God calls them to serve Him in the world. Resources for this special prayer time will be provided. The regular weekly Evening Prayer service will immediately follow at 7 p.m.
St. Michael Fall Choir Concert | November 17 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael Church Enjoy a special evening of music, featuring a full choir, instrumentalists, and soloists. All are welcome to enjoy this special music ministry concert directed by St. Michael Director of Music, Brian Bisig.
With Strings & Pipes Recital | August 11 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael Church The St. Michael Music Ministry is hosting a free admission instrumental recital, “With Strings & Pipes” for the Tri-County Catholics community and guests. Bring a friend and join us!
Grandma, Grandpa & Me Rosary Prayer Service | July 26 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Michael Church Register: Click here to register(registration not required, but helpful for planning!) We will celebrate the Feast of Sts. Joachim and Ann, grandparents to Jesus Christ, with a special rosary prayer service at St. Michael Church. We invite all Tri-County Catholics grandparents to bring their grandchildren to attend this prayer service, which will aim to show a younger audience how to pray the rosary and bond with their community through prayer. Rosaries and rosary prayer cards will be available for those new to praying the rosary. Ice cream treats will be available for all afterwards.
Vacation Bible School | June 19-23, 2023 Location: St. John Parish Center Registration Required: Register here. St. John the Evangelist is hosting its annual Vacation Bible School June 19-23 in the St. John Parish Center. This year will serve as a transitional year for VBS, as our parish staff is evaluating what individual parish events are able to expand to the entire family. We are excited to share VBS with our whole family of parishes, and are hoping that we see an enthusiastic number of volunteers that will help us expand this program in future years. For 2023, registration will open to St. John parishioners on May 14 on a first come, first serve basis. Registration will be open to all Tri-County Catholics parishioners beginning May 21. Should registration fill-up, priority will be given to families who are able to assist the program as adult volunteers. For any questions, please contact Mary Montour.
Senior Ministry Daytrip | June 21 Registration Required: Bring payment to the St. Michael Parish Office On this summer’s St. Michael Seniors daytrip, we invite all parishioners age 60+ and their spouses to hop on a Croswell bus at St. Michael Parish for a tour of Cincinnati’s Music Hall and Hamilton County Crime Lab, with lunch at Firehouse Grill & Brewery from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. For reservations, menu options, and questions, please call Caroline Warnow at (513) 403-9831, by Friday, June 9. Cost per guest is $26 and includes transportation, tours, lunch, and tips. Payment can be dropped off at or mailed to the St. Michael Parish Office.
Young Adult Ministry Canoe Trip | July 1 Registration Required: Register here. Young adults, ages 18-35, who are looking for summer fun are invited to join the Young Adult Ministry for canoeing on the Little Miami River July 1. The price to participate is $11-$20 per person, depending on trip selections. Questions? Contact email@example.com. Register by June 15 in the TCC Young Adult group on Facebook.
EASTER BASKET BLESSING | April 8 at 10:30 a.m. Location: St. John Chapel Join us on Holy Saturday to have your Easter baskets blessed! Feel free to fill your baskets with food your family will share together on Easter Sunday so they can be blessed as well.
ST. JOHN FISH FRY EVENTS | Fridays during Lent from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Location: St. John Parish Center Join us from February 24 to March 31 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in the St. John Parish Center for their weekly Fish Fry! Carryout is available. Click here to access the menu online. Hosted by our St. John Knights of Columbus. ST. MICHAEL FISH FRY | March 24 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Location: St. Michael Cafeteria St. Michael Parish will be hosting one special Fish Fry this Lenten season on Friday, March 24th! The St. Michael Knights of Columbus Council, along with family and volunteers, will be sponsoring this Fish Fry. In addition to the fish fry menu, St. Michael 8th-Grade students will have bake sale items available for purchase. Participate in our Fish Fry Gift Basket Raffle, too! Featuring over $300 worth of gift cards and lottery tickets, you have a chance to win for just $5/ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Fish Fry. Money received will sponsor a veteran on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., support our St. Michael School Annual Scholarship Program, and allow for a donation to the Athenaeum of Ohio Fund.
EASTER EGG HUNT | April 2, Lunch at noon with Egg Hunt to follow Location: St. John Plaza Bring your Easter baskets and go egg hunting with us! Enjoy a hot dog lunch in the Parish Center at noon, followed by an Easter egg hunt for children in preschool to 4th grade.
TCC YOUTH MINISTRY ALTERNATIVE SPORTS NIGHT | April 2 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Location: St. Gabriel Church Have you ever played soccer with a football? Ultimate frisbee with a head of lettuce? Well, our Tri-County Catholics parishes are teaming up again for a fun evening for anyone grades 6-12 to try these and many other spins on your favorite games this Palm Sunday.
NIGHT OUT WITH MOM & DAD | Friday, February 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Location: Father-Daughter Dance @ St. John Favret Hall, Mother-Son Game Night @ St. John Parish Center Register: Click here to register Join us for a fun night out with Mom & Dad! Mothers and sons will enjoy a luau-themed game night and fathers and daughters will dance the night away at our Valentine's father daughter dance. Daughters and sons of all ages are welcome! We will also be needing plenty of volunteers to support both events on one night. These volunteer positions are a blast: we have anything from set-up/tear-down to game monitors to craft helpers and more! Please contact Mary Montour if you would be available to help.
Annual Banana Bake Sale| Weekend of February 11/12 before and after all St. Michael Masses We are teaming up again with Back2Back Ministries to buy bananas for the kids in the Back2Back Orphanages in India. We will have everything from banana cookies, banana muffins, banana bread, banana cake, to banana everything. All proceeds from the bake sale will go toward purchasing bananas for the orphans. $30 can provide bananas to 250 children for a week! At our last Banana Bake Sale in 2018, we raised $1,086 which was enough money to purchase a 106-day supply of bananas and feed 600 children!
Banana Bake Sale Donation Information: If you would like to provide items for the Banana Bake Sale, we need lots of yummy banana baked treats!
We will be selling banana bread by the loaf. If you make a loaf of banana bread, please leave it whole and put it in a Ziploc bag. These loaves are popular and tend to sell out well before the 11:30 Mass, so we would love more donations of whole loaves of bread!
We are also selling any banana-type bake sale items that do not need to be refrigerated. This can be anything from cookies, muffins, bread, cake, or anything that you can think of! Please package these items two per Ziploc baggie. We will also be selling whole banana cakes or bars. Please bake your cake/bars in a disposable/non-returnable cake pan.
Please either drop off your baked goods to our table in the St. Michael Gathering Space the weekend of the bake sale before or after Mass. These items freeze well, so you can also bake now, stick them in your freezer.
FAMILY PRAYER NIGHT | January 24, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Location: St. John Favret Hall Family Prayer Night is an opportunity for Catholic families within the community to come together for prayer, dinner, and fellowship. Our theme for January is “What can we learn from the Holy Family?” We will serve pizza at 6:00 p.m., then break out into groups to learn about the trials of the Holy Family and what this means in the day-to-day lives of our own families. This event is sponsored by the St. John Knights of Columbus. Please RSVP to Dave Temming by email or giving him a call at 513-505-9700.
CANDELIGHT MASS | January 26 at 7:00 p.m. with reception to follow Location: St. Gabriel Church The whole of St. Gabriel Church is illuminated by candlelight for a serene worship experience during Candlelight Masses, hosted monthly by the Young Adult Ministry. This Mass is a beautiful way for Tri-County Catholics to come together and proclaim our faith. All are welcome.
ST. MICHAEL SCHOOL SHOWCASE | January 29, 12:30-2:00 p.m. Location: St. Michael School Register: No registration needed Explore one of our Family of Parishes’ schools after 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 29 at St. Michael. Currently enrolled St. Michael Parish School students will showcase their work for prospective families. Come, tour the campus, get more information on enrollment, and meet the faculty and staff of St. Michael Parish School. ST. GABRIEL CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE | January 29, 12:30 p.m. Location: St. John Parish Center Register: No registration needed We can’t wait to welcome new families to our St. Gabriel School community! Come learn about our excellent kindergarten through 8th grade academic programs and our caring, small class environment. Meet our outstanding teachers and find out for yourself why we LOVE St. Gabriel School!
EPIPHANY CONCERT | January 8 at 4 p.m. Location: St. Michael Church Join Tri-County Catholics' and St. Michael Music Ministry to celebrate the everlasting light of Christmas at this special Epiphany concert. Featuring the St. Michael Children's' Choir, St. Michael Adult Choirs, and Orchestra, this concert is directed by St. Michael Music Director, Brian Bisig. This event is free and open to the public.
2023 ST. JOHN KOFC FREE THROW CONTEST | Monday, January 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Location: St. John Parish Center Register: No registration needed All boys and girls ages 9-14 across our Family of Parishes and the Tri-County area are invited to participate in the St. John KofC Free Throw Contest! Winners in each of the respective age groups will receive a basketball and will move on to the district and possibly state competitions! Have any questions? Please contact Steve Neitzel.
YOUNG ADULT CANDELIGHT MASS | December 29 at 7 p.m. Location: St. Gabriel Church, Happy Hour afterwards at Third Eye Brewery Join Tri-County Catholics' Young Adult Ministry for evening Candlelight Masses on the last Thursday of the Month. While the social elements of these evenings are geared toward the young adults in our community, all parishioners are welcome to attend Mass. ST. JOHN CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW | December 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: St. John Pavilion, Parish Center, Favret Hall Join us at our annual St. John Christmas Craft Fair on December 3 from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. There will be three buildings filled with great crafts (over 100 vendors) and gifts for the holidays. We will also have delicious, homemade baked goods and lunch available. Join us in the St. John Parish Center, Pavilion, and Favret Hall for the best Christmas Craft Show in the Tri-County area!
FR. LAY GENERATION CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON & VINTAGE BINGO | December 6 at 11:30 a.m. Location: Ferrari's Little Italy and Bakery in Madeira, OH The Fr. Lay Generation Senior Ministry invites all Tri-County Catholics aged 60+ and their spouses to attend! Visit with friends, old and new alike, win festive prizes, and shop the cozy Bakery for take-home treats. Cost is $25/participant. For reservations, please call the Parish Office at (513) 563-6377, option #7 by Tuesday, November 29 or register online here.
YOUNG ADULT CANDELIGHT MASS | December 1 at 7:00 p.m. Location: St. Gabriel Church, reception afterwards at the St. Gabriel Rectory Join Tri-County Catholics' Young Adult Ministry for evening Candlelight Masses on the last Thursday of the Month. While the social elements of these evenings are geared toward the young adults in our community, all parishioners are welcome to attend Mass.
FAMILY ROSARY NIGHT | December 3 after the 5:00 p.m. Mass Location: St. Michael Cafeteria Join us after 5:00 p.m. Mass in the St. Michael Cafeteria on Saturday, December 3 to pray the Joyful Mysteries as a family! Praying the rosary is a beautiful way to express our faith, and asking our Mother Mary to intercede for us is the ultimate prayer for families! We ask that you bring your own dinners and a dessert to share for after Mass. Rosary begins at 7:00 p.m.
ST. JOHN KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BLOOD DRIVE | December 7 from Noon - 6:00 p.m. Location: St. John Pavilion Donating blood is easy and takes about 20 minutes. Your generous blood donation for this worthy cause is needed and appreciated. Donations of Double Red Cells or Platelets & Plasma are also being accepted. Call Matt Palaggo at 309-5105 to schedule an appointment or to answer any questions you may have. Walk-ins during the blood drive hours are welcome. To donate blood, you must: be 8 weeks since your last blood donation, be 17+ (16 with parent consent form), weigh over 110 lbs. You are not eligible to donate if you recently had major surgery.
SPIRITED SENIORS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION | December 8 from 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: St. John Favret Hall All Tri-County Catholics and friends 55+ are welcome to join us for our annual December Luncheon and Christmas Concert. The Lakota West Choir will entertain us with seasonal music, followed by a luncheon. Cost is $15 for our lasagna-centered holiday meal. Payment can be made at the St. John weekend office after Mass, the St. John Parish Office during the week, or online here. We need your reservation by December 4. Please arrive and be seated by 11:15 a.m., as the students are on a tight schedule. Thank you!
BREAKFAST IN BETHLEHEM | December 10 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Location: St. John Favret Hall Register: Sign Up Here Follow along with us on the journey to Bethlehem! The morning includes a simple breakfast, vendors, activities, music, and more. “Beggars” will be collecting canned or non-perishable food for Reach Out Lakota. “Roman Guards” will seat you as you arrive. Then, the Nativity story will be presented by young St. John parishioners and narrated so that all in the audience can follow along Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. There are limited spots available.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA | December 10 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Location: St. Michael Cafeteria Register:Sign Up Here Help usher in the holiday season and enjoy Breakfast with Santa! There will be breakfast of pancakes and sausage, kids’ activities and crafts, face painting, the Santa’s Goody Bag marching band, and of course pictures with Santa himself! $10 per person (kids 2 and under are free | max charge per family of $40). This event is hosted by the St. Michael Music Ministry and the funds raised helps support their ministry.
LENTEN BIBLE STUDY WITH FR. ED | "Eucharist in Scripture" The Eucharist is central to our faith and worship. Its deep biblical roots ground us and nourish us. How often throughout scripture does God invite us to an intimate fellowship with Him through a meal, bless us with food when we are hungry, or celebrate with us at a feast? Join us for a Lenten Bible Study led by our Pastor, Fr. Ed. There is a $12 suggested good will offering to cover the books we will be using, but please do not let that deter you from joining us.There are two different meeting times available for this Bible Study: Meeting Time A: St. John Church | Thursdays at Noon (March 2, 9, 16, 23) Meeting Time B: St. Michael Church | Mondays at 7:30 p.m. (March 13, 20, 27 and April 3)
God's Gardeners | October 7 from 9:30am-Noon Help beautify grounds at St. John. Laborers and gardeners should meet in front of the church for a morning of light-work around our campus. Young Adult Social | September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church Join Tri-County Catholics for a beautiful evening of prayer, music, and fellowship at our Candlelight Mass. A Young Adult social immediately follows at the St. Gabriel Rectory.
St. Michael Trunk-or-Treat & Movie Night | October 6 from 6:00-8:30pm at St. Michael Candy Volunteer Registration: Register here. Bring your chairs and pumpkin pails for Trunk-or-Treating. Afterwards, enjoy a special family-friendly Halloween movie outdoors. Let us know if you will hand out candy, by signing up using the link above.
Candlelight Mass | September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church Join Tri-County Catholics for a beautiful evening of prayer, music, and fellowship at our Candlelight Mass. A Young Adult social immediately follows at the St. Gabriel Rectory.
Blessing of the Animals | October 4 at 6:00 p.m. in front of St. John Church To mark the occasion of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, Tri-County Catholics will be offering a pet blessing. You may bring your pets, or a photo of your pet, to St. John Parish and the blessing will take place in the plaza front of church.
Exalt Cincinnati | October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Church Youth Release Form Required: Register here. While geared toward teens, we invite all Tri-County Catholics to join us for a night of Eucharistic Adoration, a dynamic speaker, praise, and worship. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Exalt begins at 7:00 p.m. A release form is required for all youth unaccompanied by a parent. For more information, contact Becky Albrinck | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save a Life | October 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. John Pavilion Bystanders with little to no medical training often become heroic lifesavers. Learn how to act quickly to save lives at a free lifesaving skill presentation by UC Health Trauma Prevention and Outreach. Coordinator Regina Menninger will show you how to quickly control bleeding, perform hands-only CPR, and use an AED.
St. John Trunk-N-Treat | October 22 at 6:00pm at St. John Candy Volunteer Registration: Register here. Bring your pumpkin pails for Trunk-N-Treating! Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks are provided. Let us know if you will hand out candy, by signing up using the link above. If you would like to make a candy donations, those will be accepted at the St. John Parish Office through October 19. Please contact Scott Steinke for more information.
Spirited Seniors October Luncheon | October 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. John Pavilion Registration Required: Coming soon. Sgt. Michael Bruce will be the guest speaker at the Spirited Seniors October Luncheon. Sgt. Bruce is an experienced law enforcement officer whose presentation will focus on scams that target your kindness over the phone and internet. There will be open discussion on other relevant local law enforcement matters upon closing of his presentation. The fee for this luncheon is $15 and will include pizza, salad, and a beverage.
Celebrating the Gift of the Eucharist | October 21 at St. Gabriel beginning at 9:00 a.m. Join us for the weekly Saturday morning Mass at St. Gabriel, as we take this opportunity to especially honor and celebrate the gift of the Eucharist. We will celebrate Mass and conclude with time for Confession and Adoration of the Eucharist. Our morning will conclude with Benediction at 10:30am.
Valley Vineyards Cookout | November 14 at Valley Vineyards, Morrow, OH All Tri-County Catholics are welcome to join the St. Michael Knights of Columbus for a Valley Vineyards cookout. Valley Vineyards is a leading winery located in Morrow, Ohio near the Little Miami River. Cost to attend is $52/adult; this includes tax, surcharge, meal, and 2 drink tickets. Included with your meal: Protein Choices (choice of one) | NY strip steak, salmon filet, crab cakes, shrimp skewers Sides | Rice pilaf, baked potato, green beans, sweet corn, salad bar, rolls and choice of dessert. Click hereto view the listing of wines and beers offered. You must have a paid reservation to attend. Please contact Mary Gehring at email@example.com | (513) 739-0057 to make your reservations by October 30.