Updates and Notes

What is Formed.org?

posted Feb 19, 2016, 1:06 PM by Joseph Schmidt   [ updated Feb 19, 2016, 1:12 PM ]


FORMED.org is a digital gateway to the best Catholic content, accessible anywhere at any time on most smartphones, tablets and computers, for classrooms, study groups or individuals. IT’S A WAY FOR YOU to watch, listen to and read good Catholic materials ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE! 

How does it work?
The Basilica Parish has subscribed to this service for a limited time (FROM NOW UNTIL APRIL 3, 2016). All parishioners can access the content of FORMED.org  during this time. Registration is quick and easy! 


FREE ACCESS TO ST. MARY PARISHIONERS
USE ACCESS CODE: {contact parish office for code}
(PLEASE NOTE: According to the Terms of Service, this access code may NOT be posted online.)


Learn more

Visit FORMED.org to check it out for yourself!

(Questions? Contact Joe Schmidt at basilicadre@gmail.com)


Join us this Lent for the Footprints of God
Thursdays in the Basilica Social Hall

Footprints of God

posted Feb 15, 2016, 10:54 AM by Joseph Schmidt   [ updated Feb 15, 2016, 11:51 AM ]

How much do you know about the KEY FIGURES in the Bible? 
How much do you know about Abraham, Moses, David and Mary? 
Have you seen where they lived and worked and worshiped? 

Coming this Lent you have a unique opportunity to learn about these pillars of the faith!

The Basilica will be showing The Footprints of God video series. Created and hosted by Steve Ray, an internationally recognized convert to the Catholic Faith, The Footprints of God explores the lives of key figures in salvation history by going on location to the places where they lived in the Holy Land and surrounding areas. 


Sessions will take place on Thursday mornings and evenings, Feb 18 – Mar 17 in the Basilica Social Hall. (See Schedule below.) 


PARISH ACCESS TO FORMED.ORG
Every parishioner will also be able to watch the series through their home computer or tablet through a new web-based service called FORMED.org. 

What is FORMED?
FORMED.org is a digital gateway to the best Catholic content, accessible anywhere at any time on most smartphones, tablets and computers, for classrooms, study groups or individuals. IT’S A WAY FOR YOU to watch, listen to and read good Catholic materials ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE!

How does it work?
The Basilica Parish has subscribed to this service for a limited time (FROM NOW UNTIL APRIL 3, 2016). All parishioners can access the content of FORMED.org during this time. Registration is quick and easy! 

Parishioners can contact Joe Schmidt at basilicadre@gmail.com to receive the PARISH ACCESS CODE.



FULL SCHEDULE FOR FOOTPRINTS OF GOD



ABRAHAM: FATHER OF FAITH AND WORKS
February 18 in the Basilica Social Hall
10:00-11:30 AM
7:00-8:30 PM







MOSES: SIGNS, SACRAMENTS AND SALVATION
February 25 in the Basilica Social Hall
10:00-11:30 AM
7:00-8:30 PM







DAVID AND SOLOMON: EXPANDING THE KINGDOM
March 3 in the Basilica Social Hall
10:00-11:30 AM
7:00-8:30 PM







MARY: THE MOTHER OF GOD
March 10 in the Basilica Social Hall
10:00-11:30 AM
7:00-8:30 PM







JESUS: THE WORD BECAME FLESH
March 17 in the Basilica Social Hall
10:00-11:30 AM ONLY
(No evening session due to Confirmation Meeting)







Changes in CCD

posted Apr 20, 2015, 6:55 AM by Joseph Schmidt

Fr. Mike has decided that our CCD Religious Education Classes will be moved from the school to the Basilica. We are still working on the details of exactly when and where the classes will be held. The details will be announced in August 2015.

RCIA AUDIO FILES UPDATED

posted Oct 16, 2014, 8:30 AM by Joseph Schmidt

I finally figured out how to play audio files from this website! The audio files from RCIA classes this year (so far) are uploaded on the RCIA page:

http://sites.google.com/site/stmarysdre/reled/rcia

The Inaugural Mass of the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption on EWTN on Saturday, March 1, 2014

posted Feb 25, 2014, 6:14 AM by Joseph Schmidt

The Inaugural Mass Solemnizing the Designation of Saint Mary of the Assumption as a Basilica will be broadcast on EWTN on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM.


Background:

Saint Mary of the Assumption Church in historic Marietta, Ohio, was designated as a Minor Basilica by Pope Francis in a decree dated June 13, 2013. After several months of preparation, the Inaugural Mass Solemnizing the Designation was held in Marietta on November 5, 2013.

The Most Reverend Jeffrey Monforton, Bishop of Steubenville was the principal celebrant for this Solemn Mass. He was joined by the Most Reverend William C. Skurla, Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh and Metropolitan of the Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Metropolitan Church, the Most Reverend Gilbert I. Sheldon, Bishop Emeritus of Steubenville, the Most Reverend R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet-in-Illinois, and the Most Reverend John Michael Botean, Bishop of the Eparchy of St. George in Canton for the Romanians.

The Reverend Monsignor John Michael Campbell, Rector of the Basilica, and 50 priests con-celebrated the Mass for approximately 700 people.

The symbols of the Basilica - the Umbrellino and the Tintinnabulum - were blessed and formally placed in the sanctuary during the Solemn Mass.


Viewing the Mass:

Check with your local cable provider for station information in your area, or watch the streaming broadcast from EWTN's website.


Additional Information:

More information about the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Assumption can be found on our website.

A special documentary DVD about the Basilica and it's history is in the final stages of production and will be available for sale very soon for $10 each. (Anyone wanting more information on the DVD, or to place an order, can simply contact me.)


In the Peace of Christ,
Joe Schmidt

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Seven Day Virtual Marriage Retreat

posted Feb 7, 2014, 8:43 AM by Joseph Schmidt

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is offering a free virtual retreat focused on marriage. Here's what their website (www.ForYourMarriage.org) says:


Looking for a way to enrich your marriage? Take our seven day virtual retreat!

Each day for seven days, set aside some time for prayer. Read about the theme for the day, reflect on a real-life marriage scenario, and think about ways to strengthen your own marriage. Even better, do the retreat together with your spouse!

The retreat is loosely based on the U.S. bishops’ 2009 pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life and the Divine Plan.


Seven Day Virtual Marriage Retreat - AVAILABLE HERE!

Catholicism Series for Lent 2014

posted Feb 5, 2014, 8:09 AM by Joseph Schmidt

C A T H O L I C I S M


We will be offering the award-winning CATHOLICISM SERIES beginning this Lent! 

Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of the largest seminary in the US, created this ground-breaking presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith.  This engaging DVD series uses art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church. 

Sessions will take place on Thursdays (10-11:30 AM and 7-8:30 PM) from March 13 – April 10 in the Basilica Social Hall. 

Each session will include prayer, viewing the DVD presentation, and discussion time.

We will be showing sessions 6-10:

6. THE MYSTICAL UNION OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

Clearly answering the question, What is the Church? Father Barron presents the reality of the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic. The Body of Christ can be seen on earth from the Church s center in Rome to the cities of New York, Sao Paolo, Manila, Namugongo and Uganda, while still escaping total understanding as the mystical union between Christ and his Church. Father Barron also explores the Catholic conviction that the life and presence of Christ continues to embrace humanity in all its joys and sorrows through the presence of the Church.


7. THE MYSTERY OF THE CHURCH’S SACRAMENT AND WORSHIP

Father Barron explores the ancient practices of the Church s worship that endure to this very day, and the notion that all value is summed up in the liturgy, the supreme act by which we commune with God. Considered by the Catholic Faith to be the source and summit of its identity and mission, the Eucharist is the central practice of the Church s culture. Father Barron describes all the parts of the Mass, and shows how the Sacred Liturgy embodies the whole of the Faith in such diverse places as Jerusalem, Rome, Chicago, Orvieto and Mexico City.


8. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

The story of the Church is told in the examples of those men and women who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. The Catholic Faith is made visible in real human lives. Father Barron gives consideration to some of the Church s greatest heroes, and demonstrates how their extraordinary examples display both the passion and creative potential of the Catholic Church. Highlighting Katharine Drexel, Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Father Barron tells the story of the Church as a vast company of witness who are called by Christ to be a Communion of Saints.


9. PRAYER AND THE LIFE OF THE SPIRIT

In this lesson, Father Barron explores Catholic spirituality, which is centered on prayer. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and the heart to God. On pilgrimage to the places where the great saints and spiritual masters lived, Father Barron explores the different types of prayer: contemplation; adoration; petition; and intercession. In telling the stories of Catholics like Thomas Merton, St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, Fr. Barron demonstrates how the human person can be transformed through prayer that manifests a deep, spiritual commitment centered in Christ.


10. THE LAST THINGS

Explore the Church s conviction that life here and now is preparation for an extraordinary world that is yet to come a supernatural destiny. Father Barron presents the Catholic vision of death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory as he journeys to Florence, Ireland and Rome. The vision of the Church sees beyond this world and invites us to consider a world without end. Father Barron shows how this vision is supported by the mystery and truth of the Resurrection of Jesus.


Questions?  Contact Joe Schmidt (373-3643, stmarysdre@gmail.com).
View the promo video below.




March for Life Resources

posted Jan 1, 2014, 5:29 PM by Joseph Schmidt   [ updated Jan 1, 2014, 5:32 PM ]

Each year, tens of thousands of people travel to Washington, D.C., to mark the anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the United States throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

Here are some helpful resources for the March for Life and surrounding events:

Information about abortion:

Information on other life issues can be found here.



http://www.marchforlife.org/



Saint Mary Church in Marietta Named a Basilica

posted Jul 23, 2013, 12:30 PM by Joseph Schmidt


The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has named St. Mary Church a Minor Basilica! 

Read about this great news from the following links:


"Saint Mary’s Church Marietta being granted the title of minor basilica" - Diocese of Steubenville

"Marietta Catholic Church Named A Minor Basilica" - Steubenville Harold Star

"St. Mary earns title of minor basilica" - Marietta Times

Marietta Catholic church named a minor basilica
Marietta Catholic church named a minor basilica



Archbishop Chaput: Religious Liberty Depends on Lay Faithful, Not Bishops

posted Jun 24, 2013, 7:39 AM by Joseph Schmidt

‘If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.’

by PETER JESSERER SMITH

PHILADELPHIA — The Liberty Bell stands in Philadelphia as an icon of American freedom and independence since 1776. Today, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warns that the bell is tolling for religious liberty in the United States, and lay Catholics must determine whether it rings in the rebirth or the end of that cherished freedom.

Archbishop Chaput and the rest of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon Catholic Americans to observe the second annual “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 to July 4. The bishops have asked Catholics to engage in two weeks of prayer, education and action to address the many challenges to religious liberty in the United States, especially as the Aug. 1 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate approaches.

But while the U.S. bishops have highlighted this issue, Archbishop Chaput makes the case that the fate of religious liberty falls squarely upon the shoulders of the lay faithful. The archbishop has warned Catholics that they need to “wake up” and realize that the recent IRS scandals involving the deliberate targeting of political (and even religious) groups not favorable to the White House is only a foretaste of the consequences of losing the national discussion on religious liberty.

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