The latest news from the St Aloysius Bulletin.  Quick links to the right will take you to the named article.

Aid to Africa

Thank you to everyone who donated to the special collection for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to aid those affected by the worst drought in East Africa since 1951. CRS, the official international relief and development agency of the Catholic community in the U.S., is responding by helping to feed thousands and provide clean water, shelter and other life-saving goods. For more information on CRS relief efforts and how you can help, please go to or call 877-Help-CRS (877-435-7277). You may donate online at this secure location on the CRS website.

The Catholic Chronicle also lists various agencies involved with the relief effort with their contact information on this page.

The New Roman Missal

A series of articles reprinted from the bulletin exploring the upcoming changes in the translation of the Mass.  If we think about it, we know that the words we use can never completely capture the full depth and breadth of any idea we try to communicate, especially God who is more than anything we can imagine. As with all of the symbols we use in Mass, the words have meanings beyond their surface. They have their first, most literal, meaning and then they point beyond themselves to something more, something truer, something deeper. We occasionally need to adjust our words to clarify new understandings of God or to re-state old understandings. Thus we have changes in the language of the Mass that we will do well to study and prepare for in order to find that “something more, something truer, something deeper”.  Follow this link to read the entire series.

Food Donation for S.A.Y. Needed

St. Aloysius Youth (or "S.A.Y.") has weekly gatherings on Wednesday evenings. We begin at the dinner hour, so a large part of S.A.Y. is the meal at the beginning of the evening. Many kids come on Wednesdays after a long afternoon filled with sports, activities, or work. Having a chance to sit and break bread together is a great way to refuel their bodies and minds for the evening's activities. We are looking for parishioners to help contribute part of the meals for the teens. Please consider being part of this important ministry to our youth. Call Nancy Rochester if you can help out. Thank you!

Musically Speaking

As we begin the new year we invite interested singers to join us in the Canticle Choir or Folk Choir. We have space and music ready for your participation! The Canticle Choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evenings at 7:30 in the school Music Room 205. The Folk Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 in the Church. The first and foremost duty of any liturgical music ensemble is to lead the assembly in song and help them to find their "voice." We also contribute solo selections to help enhance the liturgy and emphasize the celebration or season. Your investment of time and talent would be greatly appreciated! Contact the Director of Music & Liturgy, Neil Kraft at 419-352-4195 or at

FIAT—Faith in Action Team

St. Aloysius’s is excited to announce the formation of a Youth Group for grades 5-8. FIAT is service oriented and will provide an opportunity for our youth to come together socially and literally put their faith in action. We (our youth and the adult volunteers) will gather for quarterly service projects. Coming soon in 2012… watch for more information. Contact FIAT at

Nursing Home Eucharistic Ministers

Nursing Homes are visited on a regular basis by Eucharistic Ministers who take Holy Communion to the Catholic residents. Volunteers visit the five following nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Bowling Green area on a weekly basis: Bowling Green Manor, Blakely Care Center, Alterra Sterling House, Heritage and Woodhaven. Several levels of service are needed. Some ministers are needed for leading communion services, others might pray the rosary with a resident and others may simply spend a few minutes with a resident in simple conversation. It is not necessary to make a large time commitment. If you have a loving heart, an hour or two a month to spare, and you are willing, please consider becoming involved in this ministry. Call Jeanette Heinze for more information.

Volunteers needed for Homebound

We are in need of volunteers to bring Communion to the homebound. Due to age, illness or other reasons some parishioners are unable to come to church. If you are interested in bringing the Eucharist to the home of someone unable to attend Mass, please call the parish office. Training is available for this very important ministry.

Babysitting Service

We are currently reviewing babysitting during Sunday Masses. We believe that as a parish we have the capabilities to offer babysitting for parents of children between 1-7-years of age to cover both the 10 a.m. and noon Masses. However this requires support from those who will use this service and also from those that feel it is a good way to volunteer. The intention is to operate two shifts each week – the first shift will be from 9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and the second shift from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and then create a rotation of at least 2 adults per shift to cover the two Masses and the RCIA program.

Based on the number of volunteers we have, we are able to offer babysitting at the 10 a.m. Mass only. More volunteers are needed. Please contact Antonia Meek or Kay Heffernan to volunteer or to express interest in using the service.

Relay for Life Team Captain

We are looking for a Captain for the St. Aloysius Relay for Life Team! Please contact Lisa Genson at if you can help coordinate this life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. This year's Southern Wood County event in on Friday May 18th at 6pm.

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Annointing of the Sick January 28 & 29, 2012

At the conclusion of the Recessional hymn (final song), we invite anyone who would like to receive this healing sacrament to come up to the front pews. After Fr. Mark finishes greeting people outside, he will come back into the church for the anointing service. This sacrament is not just for people who are dying. The sacrament of the sick is a special sacrament to pray for anyone who is seriously sick physically, mentally, or spiritually. Please encourage those you know who are sick to come and receive this sacrament.


The tradition of blessing candles on February 2nd, The Feast of the Presentation or Purification, commemorates the time that Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple to make the required offering forty days after his birth. They were devout Jews, faithful observers of the law of the Lord. It is known as Candlemas Day. Everyone is invited to attend Mass on Thursday, February 2nd, at 7:30 a.m. If you are in need of blessed candles you may pick them up in the church on that day.


St. Blaise was martyred for refusing to renounce his Catholic faith. Priests bless throats on this day because St. Blaise, reportedly a physician, healed many ailments of the throat. After the 7:30 a.m. Mass on Friday, February 3 and the weekend Masses on February 4 & 5, 2012, we will offer the blessing of throats. This sacramental includes the use of candles and asks a blessing from God through the intercession of St. Blaise.

St. Aloysius Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

St Aloysius School will host a Spaghetti Dinner no Friday, February 3, 2012, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, in Hartman Hall. Proceeds are to benefit the 6th grade camp & the 8th grade class trip. The Dinner includes: drink, salad, breadstick, dessert, and all you care to eat spaghetti! Tickets can be purchased from all St. Aloysius 6th, 7th, & 8th gr. students or at the door. Adult tickets are $8; Children 10 & under or Seniors 60 & over, $5.

Family Rosary Group

Now is the time…if you have ever thought to join the Family Rosary Group—here is your chance. We are praying our monthly Family Rosary at St. Aloysius’s Church immediately following the St. Aloysius Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd. All are welcome to join us for a wonderful opportunity to pray together as a parish family - bring your family (children of all ages are welcome). Please email if you have any questions. Note, all parishioners, married (with or without children) or singles are also encouraged to attend.

First Saturday Night Out for Adults!

The next First Saturday Night Out will be Saturday, February 4th in St. Aloysius Clare Hall. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be plentiful. View Christopher West on DVD as he gives us great hope in our destiny - the resurrected body. Fr. Mark will lead a short discussion following the DVD. The program officially ends at 9 p.m., but all are welcome to stay and enjoy the evening of great food, company, and celebration. Come and see how much fun going back to Church on a Saturday night can be!

All parents of Rockathon rockers are invited to visit while their children "rock for life"!

FIAT Rock-a-thon

Let’s start the new year off right—

In this weekend’s readings we hear how our Lord came to Samuel…now we are coming to students in grades 5-8:

Say “yes, Lord” to our FIAT kick-off event, St. Al’s annual Rock-a-thon, on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The evening begins with registration at 6:30 p.m. and the rocking starts at 7 until 9 p.m. The students will rock in support of the Bowling Green Pregnancy Center. The BGPC offers a faith-filled environment where women in crisis pregnancies can consider alternatives to abortion.

Students bring at least $10 in pledges and a rocking chair and rock with their friends. They have fun, learn about the services offered by the BGPC, and pray for the women and children they serve. Over the past 16 years, our students have raised over $30,000. Let the generosity continue…

If you would like more information about Rock-a-thon registration please e-mail us at

Download a Registration Form here.

Spanish Mass



Knit Together!

Please come join us for the monthly KNIT TOGETHER. Anyone interested in knitting or crocheting is welcome to join us on the second Thursday of each month. We look forward to beginners, experts and everyone in between joining us in Parish Center Red Room. Bring your needles & hooks, yarn and current projects. We have yarn to trade. We also have yarn available for those interested in making projects from St. Al's. Our next get together is scheduled for February 9 at 6:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Attention Engaged Couples!

St. Aloysius and St. Thomas More University Parish are offering an Engaged Couples Conference (ECC) on Friday, February 10 (7 – 9 p.m.) and Saturday, February 11 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Lunch on Saturday and all materials you receive are included in your registration fee of $35.00 (per couple). The pre-marriage conference will include opportunities for Engaged Couples to dialogue on the following topics: Communication; Family Planning; Christian/Everyday Living; Finances in Marriage; and Theology of the Body. Registrations must be received by January 30, 2012. Contact Deacon Phil and Ann Avina at 419-354-1101 today to register!

St. Patrick's Day Social and Reverse Raffle Fundraiser

Please plan to attend the St Aloysius Catholic School St. Patrick's Day Social and Reverse Raffle Fundraiser at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012, in the Grand Ballroom of Bowling Green State University. Be on the look out for your invitation in the mail if you have previously attended. We will also be including an invitation in the bulletin if you don't get yours through the mail. Questions about tickets, please call Linda Ernsthausen. If you have other questions or would like to get involved, please contact Lisa Genson at or Natalie Pendell at

Project Rachel

Confidential help is available to anyone who is suffering from the grief of abortion. There are people with whom you can talk in confidence about your experience. Project Rachel offers lay counselors and trained clergy ready to help you find peace and healing. There is also an independent Bible Study available specifically for post-abortive women or men. If you feel ready to talk with someone and/or would prefer to explore the Bible Study, we invite you to call the confidential help line at 419-260-5811.

Companions for Life

Join us for our weekly prayer service for Life on Monday, January 30, 7:00.p.m.-7:30 p.m., in the Chapel at St. Tom's. On February 3rd, the first Friday of the month, we will be praying in front of the Center for Choice in Toledo as part of Prolife Connection's Stand and Pray. If you would like to join us and need a ride or want to carpool, meet in front of St. Tom's at 9:15 a.m. Our hour of prayer is from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. and we will be back to St. Tom's at 11:30 a.m.

Spirituality - What’s Your Style?

So many ways to God! This January, explore the path of spiritualities well-worn by saints and possibly new to you. Find the one that takes you to God. Come to Lial Renewal Center, 5908 Davis Road in Whitehouse OH from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on any or all of these Tuesdays for input, conversation, lunch and reflection time. Cost: $20 per session, including lunch. To register, contact Sr. Dean at or 419-877-0432.

  • Jan 24 - Franciscan Sister Patricia Meyer will explore the spirit-filled lives of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi and Franciscan spirituality.
  • Jan 31 - Sister Mary Rosellyn Theisen will introduce St. Teresa of Avila and Carmelite spirituality.

Our Lady of the Pines

Come for an evening of fine dining provided by Chef Keith Mosser at the annual Evergreen Elegance fundraiser to benefit Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center. Guests have a choice of seating Friday, January 20, 2012 or Saturday, January 21, 2012. Many exciting auction items including a ride in the Goodyear Blimp, a football signed by Archie Griffin and tickets to Disney World along with other surprises await those who attend.

Cost: $85.00 per person. Please call The Pines for reservations: 419-332-6522.

pray for the sick and infirm of our parish

Please pray for all of the sick and infirm of our parish, especially: Marcia Bradley, Molly Crowe, Doug Kaufman, Glen Briggs, Nancy Platzer, Melanie Foos, Amara Foos, John Spangler, Marie Gonzales, Jorge Vazquez, Sr. Jo Verska, Ernie Villarreal, Jamie Lynne Gladden, Jim Keogh, Don Trabbic, Jr., Joe Austin, Bill Davis, Paul Standering, Leo Strausbaugh, Tom Williams, Colleen Schroeder, Debbie Weidner, Maryann Steward, Aurora Martinez, Joe Boyle, Karen Holden, Martha Garcia, Imelda Villarreal, Lloyd Fahle, Lupe Centeno, Jim Fisher, Warren Ruff, Ramon Ramos, and Jaxon Sebek.

Prayers have also been requested for: Robert Schoeni, son-in-law of Elmer and Elaine Spreitzer; Kathy Melcher, daughter of Wally and Rosemary Koons; Andrew Benedict, friend of Jane Fawcett; Mary Lou Kimsal, mother of Victor Kimsal; Aubrey Vargas, great-granddaughter of Delia Ramirez; Madison Lambert, cousin of Erin and John Black; Marcia Seibert, sister-in-law of Shelia Patton; Paulette Jones, sister of James Hodak; Edward Voso, father of Susan Voso Lab; Bev Urban, mother of Randy Urban; Isabelle Chaupuise, friend of the Kwiatkowski Family; Joyce (Held) Chamberlin, former St. Al’s teacher; Carol Stephan Turni, daughter of Amy Stephan; Bill Brandt; Keith Bradley, brother of Garold Bradley; Woody Pittman, son-in-law of Deacon Jim and Ann Cavera; Elizabeta Langa, grandmother of Sr. Adela Langa; Jo Hibbeln, former parishioner; Bob Walters, brother of Becky Firsdon; Jackie Brandt, sister of Margaret Drummer; Patricia Foti, mother of Sabrina Schwartz; Sharon Tegge, sister-in-law of Tim Tegge; Linda Walker; Melvin Miller; Alice Mick, mother of Amy Keenan; Barbara Hammer, sister-in-law of Carl and Sonja Hammer; Kayden Long, grandson of Diana Long and great grandson of Barb Layman; Augustina Gonzalez, friend of Marie Gonzales ; Jayden, great nephew of Linda Walker; Ken Cappelletty, friend of Fr. Mark; John and Dorothy Salay, parents of Mary Jo Ketner; Elizabeth Bickel, niece of Sandi Smetzer; Robert Clark, uncle of Steve Smetzer; Steve Jinkins, friend of Fr. Mark and Charles Smith, brother of Mary Ruff..

Please pray for those who have died. May they rest in peace.