The Season of Lent

Fridays at 7 pm
Sundays at 4 pm
CONFESSION – Sacrament of Mercy
   Saturdays from 3-4;
   Penance Service: Thurs., 21 March, 6.30 pm
   By appointment
RECONCILIATION MONDAY: 25 March – details to come…
   The Basilica will host on 29 February ( Sign-up as an adorer here )


Saturday: 4.30 PM (Rosary at 4pm)
Sunday: 8 am and 10 am

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am

Sunday at 11.30 am
Wednesday at 6 pm

Welcome to Saint Mary

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.

Christian Worship: Mass & 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 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 strive to continue to live so that our actions may inspire to holiness of life the generations to follow until the Lord’s return.

St. Mark Food Pantry

Pantry Schedule
Tuesdays, 2:45-4:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Pantry’s Phone Number: 740-681-9634.
Food Pantry Coordinators: Dick & Phyllis Robitzer
Thank you for your support!

Women's Conference

Saturday, February 17, 2024
Ohio State Fairgrounds – Kasich Hall (Columbus)
8 AM – 5 PM

Men's Conference

Saturday, February 24, 2024
Ohio State Fairgrounds – Kasich Hall (Columbus)
7 AM – 3 PM

Mass & Confession Times

The Lord’s Day
Saturday: 4:30 pm (Rosary at 4)
Sunday: 8 am and 10 am 

Monday – Thursday: 7:00 am
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am
**Consult Liturgical Week Graphic Below**

Saturday: 3:00 pm – 4.00 pm
Or by Appontment

February 2024

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Surviving Divorce Series
  • Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
  • Communion Sac. Form Due
  • Baptism Class
  • Holy Communion Prep I
  • PSR Session
  • RCIA Dismissal
  • Youth Group
  • RCIA Session
  • Liturgy Committee Meeting
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Children's Choir Practice
  • Foundation/Finance Meeting
  • Adult Choir Practice
  • Surviving Divorce Series
  • Parish Pancake Breakfast
  • PSR Session
  • RCIA Dismissal
  • Youth Group - MS
  • Youth Group
  • RCIA Session
  • Staff Luncheon/Meeting
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Children's Choir Practice
  • Surviving Divorce Series
  • Young Adult -contact ( for info
  • Stations of the Cross
  • RCIA -Rite of Election?
  • PSR Session
  • RCIA Call to Continuing Conversion & Penitential Scrutiny for Candidates
  • RCIA Dismissal
  • Vespers
  • Youth Group
  • Presidents' Day
  • RCIA Evening Prayer & Rites
  • RCIA Session
  • Pastoral Staff Meeting
  • Children's Choir Practice
  • Adult Choir Practice
  • Parish Pastoral Council Meeting
  • Surviving Divorce Series
  • Stations of the Cross
  • PSR Session
  • RCIA Dismissal
  • RCIA Rite of Sending
  • RCIA Rite of Election for Catechumens/Elect Placeholder
  • Vespers
  • Youth Group-MS
  • Youth Group
  • RCIA Session
  • Children's Choir Practice
  • Adult Choir Practice
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • Benediction
  • Surviving Divorce Series

The Gift of Catholic Education

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What is a Basilica?
While somewhat familiar to Catholics, the term Basilica originally referred to a specific function and style of building in use during the time of the Roman Empire. A Basilica was a public building used by the Emperor or Judges for major events of noble import or significance.  The structure was usually distinguished by columns, a long center aisle, and an apse within the building. It was into the apse that the Emperor or Judge would be seated.

As Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, Basilicas were converted into churches, with the Altar and Tabernacle of Our Lord, Jesus Christ substantially present in the apse, the place once occupied by the emperor.  The Basilica thus became the “Royal House” where Christians gathered to celebrate the Eucharist and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Two Types of Basilicas
There are two types of Basilicas: Major Basilicas and Minor Basilicas. All the Major Basilicas are found in the city of Rome. First among them is the Lateran Basilica of Saint John, which is the Pontifical Cathedral of the Holy Father as the Bishop of Rome.The other three are the Vatican Basilica of Saint Peter, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, and the Basilica of Saint Paul-Outside-the-Walls. 

Minor Basilicas are those churches throughout Christendom that have been given a special designation by the Holy Father.  Reasons for bestowing this designation may be granted for architectural beauty, historical significance, liturgical renown, or for any combination of these attributes.  A Minor Basilica shares a special relationship with the See of Rome and with the Holy Father.

Special Privileges and Obligations

The faithful who devoutly visit the basilica and within it participate in any sacred rite or at least recite the Lord’s Prayer and the profession of faith may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff):

    • on the anniversary of the dedication of the same basilica (Consecrated 5 June);
    • on the day of the liturgical celebration of the title – 15 August;
    • on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles – 29 June;
    • on the anniversary of the granting of the title of basilica – 7 July;
    • once a year on a day to be determined by the local Ordinary: 2023: 8 Dec. (and 2024: 9 Mar.)
    • once a year on a day freely chosen by each of the faithful.

From the Catholic Times: “Three years ago, Bishop Robert Brennan made his first visit to Lancaster St. Mary of the Assumption Church to open its bicentennial year on the solemnity of its patroness. The beauty of the parish’s sanctuary, which had just undergone extensive renovation, left a lasting impression on him. So much so that a year later when he returned in 2020 to close out the bicentennial year, he asked the church’s pastor, Father Craig Eilerman, whether he’d ever considered pursuing a special designation for the historic church. That conversation and future discussions set the wheels in motion for a process that culminated in the diocese’s second-oldest church receiving the special designation of a minor basilica from the Vatican.” (Catholic Times Credit and Link)

“It is the home of a thriving Catholic community and is already a destination for pilgrims and visitors who seek to experience the holiness of this place, and to admire the beauty of this sacred edifice.”

The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan

Previous Bishop of Coumbus

In September of 2021, the Holy Father announced that he appointed Bishop Brennan to serve as the bishop of the Church of Brooklyn. In April of 2022, he named Father Earl K. Fernandes, a priest of Cincinnati, as the next bishop of Columbus. Bishop-elect Fernandes was consecrated and installed as bishop of Columbus on 31 May 2022.

It’s a beautiful and historical church, which has been restored and enhanced. In Lancaster, people of faith have gathered to worship God for more than two centuries. Here they have celebrated sacred moments in their lives. The designation also shows the ongoing loyalty of the Diocese of Columbus and its people to the Holy Father. The designation is a testimony to the faith that was brought here by missionaries and a reminder to continue to be missionaries, bringing Good News to others!”

The Most Reverend Earl K. Fernandes

Bishop of Columbus

“I am thrilled that our church has been granted the title of a Minor Basilica. It’s an affirmation of the strong Catholic faith that has existed for over 200 years in Lancaster and of the outstanding beauty of St. Mary of the Assumption Church.”

Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman

Rector, Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption

Learn about the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Visit our Basilica Church

Our parish is at the heart of the Catholic faith in downtown Lancaster. Holy Mass, central to everything we do, is celebrated seven days a week and the Sacrament of Reconciliation is easily accessible. We welcome your visit!

132 South High Street
Lancaster, Ohio

Parish Office Hours:
M – F: 8.00 am – 4.30 pm


Can we help you begin your day with prayer?

In addition to the Saturday morning parish email news subscription, we are beginning a second email subscription-based offering in the hope of aiding Christians in beginning their day with prayer and a greater awareness of the Christian Liturgical Year. Visitors will be able to subscribe to this additional list, separate from the Saturday email list, beginning in November with a planned start date with the beginning of the new Liturgical Year — Advent I. Initially it is envisioned that the morning prayer email will be a blending of some aspects of the official forms of worship of the Church — elements of the Morning Prayer time of the Liturgy of the Hours and the Mass of the Day, especially the Gospel of the Day. Additionally, information will be shared as it relates to the lives of the saints as those are marked in the Liturgical Year. Also, as we continually celebrate the liturgical year, keeping our focus always on the Lord, brief bits of information will be shared about how to enter more fully into the various liturgical seasons, feasts and traditions of the Church. As with mailing lists, you are free to subscribe and unsubscribe as you so choose. This is a second email list different from the Saturday morning parish news email, so you have to subscribe to this separately if you are interested.

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