Saint Mary of the Assumption

Lancaster, Ohio  |  Diocese of Columbus

Bishop Earl K. Fernandes

The Most Reverend Earl K. Fernandes, now bishop of the Church of Columbus

Fernandes was born on September 21, 1972, in Toledo, Ohio. He attended St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, and then the University of Toledo where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology. Father Fernandes attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati and holds a licentiate and doctoral degree in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome, Italy (2004-2008). He was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 2002, for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Fernandes’ assignments after ordination include parochial vicar of Holy Angels parish, and religion teacher at Lehman Catholic High School in Sidney (2002-2004); dean and assistant professor of moral theology at Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati (2008-2016); and administrator of Sacred Heart parish in Cincinnati (2014-2016). From 2012-2016, he served as a member of the executive committee for the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools. During the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy from 2015-2016, Father Fernandes was named a missionary of mercy. From 2016 to 2019, Father Fernandes served as a secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. Since 2019, he has been pastor of Saint Ignatius of Loyola parish in Cincinnati, and since 2020, he has served as a member of the board of trustees at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus.

In addition to English, Bishop Fernandes is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and French, and has a reading knowledge of Latin.


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.

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 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.

Things of Note and the Parish Calendar

Bishop's Annual Appeal

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) is a diocese-wide effort that supports the pastoral services and ministries of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Columbus. The BAA is an opportunity for all Catholics in our diocese as a united diocesan family to share in our call to be good stewards of our Church and its people. Money raised beyond our parish goal returns to our parish.

June 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Youth Group
  • Solemnity of Pentecost
  • Baptism Class
  • Calendar Meeting
  • Liturgy
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Youth Group
  • Deacon Frank Birthday
  • Young Adult -contact ( for info
  • Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
  • Youth Group - MS
  • Youth Group
  • Corpus Christi
  • Youth Group
  • Young adult -contact ( for info
  • Cook/Spangler Wedding
  • Youth Group-MS
  • Brian Birthday
  • Youth Group

Parish News

St. Mary School – Annual Report for 2021-2022

View our parish school's annual report (here) or by clicking the cover below.

St. Mary School Restroom Rennovation Update

In October of last year, it was announced that December of 2021 and the first part of 2022 would see the renovation of the restrooms on all four levels of the main school building. The majority of...

A Bishop for the Church of Columbus!

Pope Francis has named Father Earl K. Fernandes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as the Bishop of Columbus. The appointment was publicized in Washington on April 2, by Archbishop...

RP RF – 2nd Draft Models

March 2022 Updates Second round of DRAFT Models! We are in our second round of draft models which includes looking at our parishes and discerning what structural possibilities might accommodate our...

Women’s Group – March – April 2022

8-Week Sessions (perfect for Lent!)  Do you feel God’s call to deepen your faith and enhance your prayer life?  Do you hope to build faith-filled friendships and journey forward with other women...

This Week in the Liturgical Year

Curious about Catholicism?

If you’re interested in learning more about the Catholic faith and open to discerning becoming Catholic we’re happy to meet and support you on the journey. You may have heard of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A. Process. Please contact Brian McCauley (email) if you’re interested in learning more about Catholicism and potentially beginning the process to follow Jesus in His one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

Parish Communications