Saint Mary of the Assumption – Lancaster, Ohio


“So many people see the confessional as a place of defeat, but confession is a place of victory every single time.”
– Father Mike Schmitz

Advent Lessons & Carols

Sunday, 15 December at 3 pm
Rest in the beatiful Scripture readings and music of the Advent season.
Advent readings on the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Second Coming, with nine choral responses including congregational hymns, and choral anthems & motets by our St. Mary Adult Choir. Some instrumentalists will also join the choir for the hour – including our St. Mary String Ensemble.


We welcome to Saint Mary of the Assumption those who are new to the Lancaster area and would like to join our parish church; those who are looking to return to an active practice of the Catholic faith and participation in the sacramental life; or those adults or families interested in becoming Catholic through our parish R.C.I.A. Process.

Mass and Sacraments

Join us in the celebration of the sacred liturgy at Mass or in the Sacraments, through which we worship God and are touched by the Lord in His Paschal Mystery to grow fully alive in our human nature, to be nourished and built up together as the Body of Christ, and to be sent out into the world to continue that worship in our lives to His glory.

Our Parish and History

Catholicism in Lancaster goes back to the early settlers in 1800. The people of our parish are grateful for the gift of the catholic faith given us by the Apostles and our local ancestors, we continue to live so that our actions may inspire to holiness of life the generations to follow, and continue our progress onward and upward through the years to come.

Special Upcoming Events and Calendars

Youth Gatherings

Middle School Youth Group
Next Gathering: Sun 23 February
7-9 pm at St. Mark

High School Youth Group
Next Gathering: Sun 12 January
7-9 pm in the Spirit Center

Missionaries from Camp Damascus will be very involved in our middle and high school youth ministry programs this year!

December 2019

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • 1st Sunday Advent
  • Family Advent Project
  • Dismissal of Elect
  • Rite of Acceptance
  • PSR Session
  • RCIA Reception
  • Baptism Class
  • Lancaster Chorale Concert
  • RCIA Session
  • Schola
  • FCHS School Board
  • Liturgy
  • Confirmation Paperwork Due
  • Angie Birthday
  • School Penance Service
  • Children's Choir Practice
  • Choir Practice
  • Greenery Sale PickUp
  • Greenery Sale PickUp
  • Men's Bible Study
  • 2nd Sunday Advent
  • Dismissal of Elect
  • PSR Session
  • Penance Prep for Parents
  • Rectory Tree Trimming
  • Staff Luncheon
  • Schola
  • Confirmation Letters to Fr. Eilerman Due to Mr. McCauley
  • Blood Drive
  • Children's Choir Practice
  • Pastoral Staff
  • Choir Practice
  • Advent Penance Service
  • Funeral Choir
  • Candlelight Tour
  • Men's Bible Study
  • Sandwich Saturday
  • 3rd Sunday Advent
  • Dismissal of Elect
  • PSR Session
  • PSR Confession: 7, 8
  • Lessons & Carols
  • RCIA Session
  • Schola
  • SMS Christmas Program
  • Polar Express Day
  • Student Pancakes
  • Children's Choir Practice
  • Choir Practice
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Benediction
  • Prison Mass
  • Early Dismissal
  • Men's Bible Study
  • 4th Sunday Advent
  • School Christmas Break
  • School Christmas Break
  • School Christmas Break
  • School Christmas Break
  • School Christmas Break
  • School Christmas Break
  • School Christmas Break
  • School Christmas Break
  • School Christmas Break

Parish News Posts

R.C.I.A. Rite of Acceptance – Sunday, 1 December at 8.45 Mass

The Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens is the first of the "threshold rites" of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. Many of the men and women who began the RCIA process at our parish in late August will...

Sacred Heart Congress – Sat 16 Nov at St. Michael – Worthington

8th Annual Sacred Heart Congress Saturday, 16 November at St. Michael Church in Worthing 7.30 am - 12.15 pm Registration: $10 for individuals, $20 for families, and scholarships available. Sign up ( here ) or call 614-468-3959. Our Guest Speakers...

Morning of Reflection for Catholic Women – Mon 11 Nov

The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) will host a morning of reflection on Monday, November 11, at St. Therese’s Retreat Center. The theme “Is Mary a Disciple Worthy of Imitation?” will be presented by Father Thomas Blau, O.P., from...

Social Concerns Guest Speaker – Julie Stalford will speak on mental health on Sun 27 Oct at 10 am

The social concerns committee of our parish is happy to welcome Julie Stalford, MSW, LSW, to come and address the parish concerning mental health issues on Sunday, 27 October at 10 am in the spirit center. She will discuss the topics of anxiety and...

Email & Text Message Scams

Just a reminder that Fr. Eilerman and the parish staff will never email or text message the people of our parish to ask you purchase gift cards and reply with their credit number and pin numbers. If you receive any message like this, it is a scam,...

All Souls with the Faure Requiem – Wednesday, 6 November 2019 at 7 pm

On Wednesday, 6 November at 7 pm we will celebrate the All Souls Mass. In a unique manner, the Mass this year will be stitched together with the music of Gabriel Faure, the french composer from the late 19th century, who wrote a Requiem Mass...

New to Catholicism?

At our parish, we’re eager to meet you and your family and welcome you into a process called the R.C.I.A. to introduce you to the Catholic faith, full of rich history and tradition, through which we continue to encounter Jesus Christ and follow Him in the Church. The RCIA will begin in August of 2019.

Saint Mary of the Assumption
132 South High Street

Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Parish Office: 740.653.0997

Parish Office Hours
Mon – Fri: 8.00 am – 4.30 pm

Saint Mary Cemetery
1500 South Broad Street
Office: 740.653.0997

Saint Mary School
Office: 740.654.1632

The Lord’s Day – Mass Schedule
Saturday: 5:30 pm (Rosary at 5 pm)
Sunday: 8:45 am and 11:15 am

Daily Mass Schedule
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00 am
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 am

Holy Day Schedule
Consult Liturgical Year Page ( click here )

Confession Schedule:
Saturday: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Or by Appointment