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

Participation Weekend – Sunday, 16 December

The weekend of Sunday, 16 December, is Participation Weekend during all Masses. This is an invitation to all our parish families who have not yet made their commitment to our campaign, to do so. Please bring your completed pledge card to Mass, or you can fill one out when you arrive. Please help us make sure “The Tradition Continues” for another 200 years here at St. Mary of the Assumption!

Campaign Goal: $2.5 Million

Challenge Goal: $3.0 Million

Campaign Prayer

O God, hear our humble prayer.
Pour your Holy Spirit upon every person within our parish
that all may come to deepen their faith and
serve you as faithful and generous witnesses
to the enduring hope found only in You.

With the help of Mary, our Mother,
who with Joseph created a Most Holy Family
may we bear witness to the glory of God with great joy.
Bless this campaign by igniting a new enthusiasm
for the sacred mission we share as disciples of your Son,
especially as we enter a third century of faithful service to You.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the source of our hope,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

The Tradition Continues
Today, under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman, our parish has over thirteen hundred families; we are the largest parish in our city and county. Our school, which was founded over one hundred and fifty years ago, currently serves over two hundred and sixty children in preschool through grade eight, and maintains a close relationship with William V. Fisher Catholic High School. Our parish has many ministry programs, vibrant liturgies, and superb educational programs for young and old.

In recent years it has become apparent that our parish not only needs additional space, but additional work needs to be done in some of our existing properties and a Master Plan to address these issues has been completed. To this end, we have launched a campaign called One Faith, One Hope, One Family: The Tradition Continues to meet these challenges. The campaign seeks to raise a minimum of two and a half million dollars with a challenge goal of three million dollars. This campaign will require truly extraordinary levels of generosity. 

Our Priorities
Church Improvements: The beautification of the interior of our church, including an upgrade to the restrooms, repair of water damage to the plaster walls, complete interior repainting, new lighting, renovation of the sacristies and moving the tabernacle back to a central place in the sanctuary. Also, included in the beautification plans to the creation of a memorial honoring the Dominican Sisters who taught in our schools for over one hundred years. (see images further down on page)

St. Mary School Buildings: Our parish school buildings are in need of attention as well. Our plans are to renovate the restrooms in the East building, create a new entrance for the Pre-School, install air conditioning in both the East and West school buildings, and install an ADA approved access ramp to the front of the East building.

Spirit Center: Renovation of restrooms and replace the crumbing exterior wall located outside the spirit center doors.

Other Projects: If we are able to meet our challenge goal the additional funds will be used to develop three and a half acres of land at our parish cemetery and to reserve funds for possible construction of a new spirit center in the future.

For nearly two hundred years Jesus Christ has had a home in Lancaster. We call it St. Mary of the Assumption Church. That home is not merely a structure of brick and mortar but a living, vibrant community of faith that has been formed in Gospel values and has extended the mission of Jesus to announce the Good News, to unite, and to serve. How exciting it is to lend support to a capital campaign that will extend the presence and mission of Christ for generations upon this Hill, and to build upon the great tradition of faithful service at St. Mary’s.

Rev. Fr. Craig R. Eilerman

Campaign Information

Campaign Cabinet

Joe & Cathy Barrows
Kevin & Ilene Crabtree
Corey & Shelley Gavin
Sean & Tracie Kenney
John McGraw
Andy & Julie Ogilvie
Mike & Linda Sheridan

Campaign Progress


162 Pledges Made for 57% of Campaign Goal

Updated on 13 December 2018

Working Drawings for Church Beautification

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:
Masses: 7:00 am, 9:00 am, and 7:00 pm

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

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