Saint Mary of the Assumption – Lancaster, Ohio

One Faith. One Hope. One Family. The Tradition Continues.

Participation Weekend is Sunday, 16 December. All parish families who have not yet made their best sacrifice commitment, are invited to do so, and bring their completed pledge card to Mass or complete one from those extras available in the pews. Your support is critical to our parish, so please help us make sure “The Tradition Continues” for another 200 years!



Christmas Eve: 4.00 pm, 6.30 pm, and 9.00 pm

Christmas Day: 9.00 am


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 RCIA process.

Holy 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

Catholicity 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 Information and Parish Calendar

Sacred Architecture Series

Our parish is happy to host William Heyer, the architect who has designed our historic church’s beautification plan, to present a series on sacred architecture on three Thursday evenings in January of 2019.

Parish Youth Ministry

High School Youth
*Upper Room with Damascus Missionaries
7 – 9 pm in the Spirit Center
Oct 14*; Nov 4 and 18* at St. Mark; Dec 2 and 9*; Jan 6; Feb 2 and 24*; Mar 3 and 24*; Apr 4 and14*; May 5

Middle School Youth
6 – 8 pm in the Spirit Center
Oct 28; Nov 25; Jan 27; Feb 17; Mar 31; Apr 28

Mr. John Albert, Youth Coordinator

December 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • TMIY
  • Confirmation Sacramental Form Due
  • First Sunday Advent/Wreath Blessing
  • RCIA Dismissal
  • Rite of Acceptance/ Reception
  • Baptism Class
  • Family Advent Project
  • Youth Group-HS
  • St Mary Lancaster - OAC meeting
  • RCIA Session
  • Angie Birthday
  • Schola
  • Liturgy
  • FCHS visit to SMS
  • SMS Penance Service
  • Children's Choir
  • Adult Choir
  • WWP
  • Candlelight Tour
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • TMIY
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • 2nd Sunday Advent
  • RCIA Dismissal
  • Penance Prep Session for Parents of 2nd Grade Children
  • PSR Session
  • YM Upper Room
  • RCIA Session
  • Schola
  • Pastoral Planning mtg
  • School Advisory Board
  • Rectory Tree Trimming
  • Staff Lunch
  • Blood Drive
  • Children's Choir
  • FCHS School Board
  • Adult Choir
  • We Care Packing
  • Advent Penance Service
  • We Care Delivery
  • Funeral Choir
  • Sandwich Saturday
  • RCIA Dismissal
  • 3rd Sunday Advent
  • PSR Session
  • PSR Confessions 7-8
  • St Mary Lancaster - OAC meeting
  • RCIA Session
  • Schola
  • Christmas Program
  • Children's Choir
  • Adult Choir
  • Rectory Visits - Preschool, KDGN & 8th grades
  • Polar Express Day
  • Prison Mass
  • 4th Sunday Advent
  • No School-Christmas Break
  • No School-Christmas Break
  • No School-Christmas Break
  • No School-Christmas Break
  • No School-Christmas Break
  • Rehearsal
  • No School-Christmas Break
  • Stoughton-Siemer
  • No School-Christmas Break
  • Holy Family- Blessings
  • No School-Christmas Break

Parish News Posts

Immediate Preparation for the Nativity – The “O” Antiphons

The Church has been singing the "O" Antiphons since at least the 8th century as part of our Advent preparation for the Feast of our Lord's Nativity. These are the antiphons the accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer in the praying of...

One Faith, One Hope, One Family Campaign – Participation Weekend

This weekend at all of the Masses, we will be conducting "Participation Weekend" for our parish campaign: One Faith, One Hope,  One Family.  We are pleased to announce that as of Thursday, 13 December, 162 families have contributed $1,427,245 and...

St. Mary School News – December 2018

A huge thank you to all our families and friends who supported our Holiday Happening fundraiser last month! Our teachers had an opportunity to sit down with parents last month for parent-teacher conferences. One more way to communicate with parents...

Advent – Preparing to receive Christ who comes to us in many ways

Since God has become Man in Jesus Christ, He has entered His creation and human history, and thus the liturgical seasons and feasts we celebrate are not empty rituals of distant events in Salvation History, but are real encounters with the living...

Family Advent Celebration – Sunday, 2 December after 11.15 Mass

Bring your family and attend the Family Advent Celebration on Sunday, 2 December - the First Sunday of Advent - after the 11.15 Mass in the Spirit Center for a light lunch and Advent Crafts for the children! Enjoy a bowl of homemade soup while the...

St. Mary School – November News

Congratulations to Grace Gundelfinger, St. Mary School Class of 2012, for receiving the 2018 Carlton Rider Distinguished Alumni Award. Grace is a wonderful example of what it means to live the Catholic faith. Grace acknowledges that attending Mass...

On Abuse in the Church

Statement by His Holiness Pope Francis ( Click Here )
Statement by The Most Reverend Frederick F. Campbell ( Click Here )
Recommended Resource Links on the Abuse Crisis ( Click Here )
Our Parish (and school) Safe Environment Policies ( Click Here )

Pray for our Parish Pastor and Bishop of Columbus

O God, who have willed that Father Eilerman and Bishop Campbell preside over your family not by any merit of theirs but out of the abundance of your untold grace alone, grant that they may carry out worthily the ministry of the priestly office and, under your governance in all things, may direct the people entrusted to their care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

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.

Saint Mary of the Assumption
132 S. High St.
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Parish Office: 740.653.0997
Faith Office: 740.653.5054

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

Saint Mary Cemetery
1500 S. Broad St. – Lancaster
Office: 740.653.0997

Saint Mary School
Office: 740.654.1632

Sunday Mass Schedule:
Saturday: 5:30 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

Our Parish Bulletin