Fr. Matt would like for us to have a more appropriate name for our Family, than Southwest 7.  We’d like your input.  Please click the link below to submit your ideas for a name for our family of parishes.  We look forward to your suggestions and will keep the survey open until September 15.

 Thank you!

**Click here for the Family Name Survey




Please see the letter below from Father Dattilo accompanied by the letter from Father Robben,

with the new Mass Schedule effective July 1, 2022.



W H A T | Rosary Novena and Participation in Consecration

W H E N | March 17-March 25

W H E R E | March 25 Mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains

Release Date:  March 17, 2022

Faithful asked to unite in prayer with the Holy Father and Catholics around the World for peaceful resolution in Ukraine

The following letter has been released from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr to the faithful of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati:

March 17, 2022

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

In response to the Holy Father’s announcement that he will consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, I invite all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to pray for the intention of a swift and peaceful resolution to the war in Ukraine.

Please join me in praying a Rosary novena over the nine days beginning today, March 17, and culminating on March 25 at the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter in Chains. During this Mass, we will be spiritually united to Pope Francis and Catholics around the world in asking for our Blessed Mother’s intercession for the end to this tragic conflict. Mass will be followed by the public recitation of the Rosary, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available until Benediction at 5:00 p.m.

For all who are unable to come to the Cathedral Basilica, please offer your daily prayers and, if possible, participation at Mass in your parish for these intentions on March 25.

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary, through her powerful intercession, lead to the conversion of hearts and minds and peace throughout the world, especially at this time in Ukraine.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

Please check back often for the latest news on Beacons of Light

Click the link below to read  Archbishop Schnurr’s December 5, 2021 letter concerning Beacons of Light.

Beacons of Light letter from Archbishop Schnurr December 5, 2021






Click the link below to read  Archbishop Schnurr’s September 17, 2021 letter concerning Beacons of Light.

Beacons of Light Letter to the Faithful 9-17-21






June 1, 2021


Dear St. Catharine of Siena Parishioners,

We have all spent the last year and a half dealing with serious restrictions imposed on both our public life and our church community.  On March 22, 2020 the celebration of the Eucharist was completely shut down, and Mass was not available for almost three months.  When we were finally able to open up, the Ohio bishops very wisely permitted the public celebration but lifted the obligation to attend so that no one would be unduly burdened.  Things began to change even more as the production and administration of the Covid-19 vaccines reduced the number of infections, and gave people greater confidence to be together again in a public setting.

Now we have reached the point where Archbishop Schnurr and the five other diocesan bishops of Ohio are calling us back to observe the Lord’s Day.  Our core responsibility as Catholics has always been to celebrate the Liturgy with each other at the Saturday Vigil or one of the Sunday Day Masses.  There is no better way to witness to the world that we belong to Christ than by fulfilling this important obligation.  The obligation to attend Mass returns on the weekend of June 5 & 6, the feast of the Body and Blood of the Lord or “Corpus Christi.”  Our pre-pandemic three Mass weekend schedule will also return that weekend and continue for the foreseeable future:

Saturday – 4:00 PM Mass

Sunday – 9:00 & 11:00 AM Masses

(Weekday Masses: Tuesday & Thursday—10:00 AM, Friday—8:00 AM)

Please remember that, as has always been the case, those having serious medical or emotional conditions themselves, those who take care of people with such conditions, those who work the entire weekend etc. are exempt from the obligation to attend.  Likewise, anybody who still has significant fear or anxiety about contracting the Covid-19 virus by being in a large group setting is also exempt from this obligation.

I hope the call to embrace the Sunday Mass obligation finds a welcome place in your hearts, and  that you are eager to be at Mass on the feast of Corpus Christi or soon thereafter.  Attending Mass on “the Lord’s Day” (Saturday or Sunday) stands at the core of who we are as Catholics.

Please note that the State of Ohio has eased the restrictions of mask wearing and social distancing, but we encourage you to continue following them when you come to church if they make you feel more comfortable and safer.  Open seating will be standard in church except in a few places where ropes will help maintain social distancing for those who choose to sit in those sections.

Finally, I also hope that the old adage, “absence makes the heart grow fonder” applies to you, your love for Sunday Mass and for Saint Catharine Parish.  Thank you for your very generous financial support during this difficult time.   We have been able to pay all employees and parish expenses because of you!  I look forward to celebrating the Lord’s Day with as many of you as possible beginning on the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord—June 5 &6.

Fr. Tony

Rev. Anthony M. Dattilo




Archbishop Schnurr and the bishops of Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Youngstown and Steubenville have re-instated the Obligation to Attend Mass on Sunday, the Lord’s Day beginning on the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord (Corpus Christi) June 5 and 6.  As of that date weekend Masses of Obligation at Saint Catharine of Siena Parish will be celebrated as follows:

4:00 PM – Saturday Vigil Mass

9:00 AM – Sunday Day Mass

11:00 AM – Sunday Day Mass

Weekday Masses (for the time being) will be celebrated as follows:

Tuesday – 10:00 AM

Thursday – 10:00 AM

Friday – 8:00 AM

**Any Mass Intentions previously scheduled for 10 AM Sunday Mass will be moved to 9 AM Sunday Mass.  Please contact the Parish Office if there is a conflict with this change.  Thank you.



   Happy Easter 2021!  St. Catharine will offer the following Masses during Holy Week. 

Please click the link below to see Father Dattilo’s Easter letter

Easter Sunday Letter From Fr. Dattilo








As we celebrate Sunday Mass  we still need to avoid possible contagion as much as possible.  Although the following list of dos and don’ts is familiar to most of us, it still needs to be repeated:

1)  Remember that you have been dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  That dispensation will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.  Those who have fragile health conditions should not come to church.  Those who attend on a weekday do not need to return on the weekend.     

2)  We continue our special Mass schedule next week and until further notice: 

     Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 AM; Saturday at 4:00 PM; Sunday at 10:00 AM. 

Confessions:  Saturday 3:00 – 3:30 PM.

This schedule was chosen to give our maintenance crew ample time to clean and disinfect the church after each service.

3)  Each pew will be marked with blue tape (down the pew backside) for the seating of three adults.  Sit with your back against the tape to maintain a social distance of 6 feet on each side.  However, family members (and close friends) may sit together taking up the entire space between two blue tape lines.  That will leave room for a single individual at one end of the pew.  Pews that are  roped off must remain emptyWe strongly encourage wearing face masks throughout Mass, lowering them to receive communion.  Hymnals have been removed from the pews; familiar music will be used keeping responses to a minimum. 

4)  Recognize others with a smile or nod of the head at the Sign of Peace instead of physical contact.  Keep a good distance from the person ahead of you in the Communion line.  Communion reception on the tongue is strongly discouraged.  Reception of Communion from the Chalice is suspended indefinitely.  

We will re-evaluate our Mass schedule and guidelines every week.  Thank you for your patience, cooperation and especially your continued generosity to the parish.  Spend some time today giving thanks for the gift of the  Spirit who is with us in all our challenges.  And, thanks again for caring so faithfully for St. C’s.  Come, Holy Spirit!  Fill our hearts with your love every day!


Fr. Tony Dattilo


Guidelines for the Resumption of Public Worship

If you are present in Church for a weekday, weekend Mass or Funeral Mass, Remember…

Catholics who reside in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and all other Catholics in the archdiocese continue to be dispensed from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass. Those who are at risk or fearful that they or their family might become sick are encouraged to stay home.

  1. The gifts of bread and wine must come from the servers’ table near the altar and NOT from an open public place.
  2. Maintain a respectful “social distance” of six feet from other people
  3. There should be no hand holding during the Our Father and no physical contact during the Sign of Peace.  Recognize others with a smile, a nod of the head, a wave of the hand…
  4. Reception of Communion on the tongue is strongly discouraged.
  5. Reception of Communion from the Chalice is suspended indefinitely.
  6. Holy Water fonts will be intentionally be left dry.
  7. Anyone who feels sick or has symptoms of any kind should NOT be present.
  8. Hymnals and other materials should be removed from the pews.  Disposable worship aids are OK.
  9. As of Wednesday July 8, 2020, in Hamilton County face masks are mandated by the State of Ohio to be worn inside at any indoor location that is not a residence.
  10. Consideration should be given to reducing the role of choirs and ensembles in light of social distancing regulations.
  11. Mass and homilies should not be unnecessarily long.
  12. The pastor can arrange for the baptism of infants, teens and adult converts at Mass or outside Mass; First Communion celebrations may take place in an appropriate way.
  13. Seating in church may be regulated by color coding of pews and alternation for different Masses.
  14. Greet people before/after Mass only by maintaining social distancing.




I pray that the next time a friend grabs me and pulls me in for a hug,

I actually take the time to appreciate

the gift of their embrace.

 I pray that when school resumes and people are dropping kids off,

they take the time to thank the staff for the amazing gift

that they give to our community.

I pray that the next time I’m sitting in a crowded restaurant

I take the time to look around at the smiling faces, loud voices

and thank God for the gift of community.

I pray that the next time I’m standing in church

listening to the voices of praise and worship

that I take a moment to thank God

for the gift of congregation.

I pray that the next time I see a person or situation that needs prayer,

I hope I pray as passionately and fervently

as I have these past few weeks.

I pray that when I am at the grocery store that I take a moment to thank God

that He provides us with the necessities of life and the amazing people

who work so hard to keep us supplied.

I pray that I never again take for granted the ability to hop in the car

and visit a friend, go to the mall, go to a gathering…

So, truth is, I don’t want things to return to the way they once were.

I pray that we take the lessons and challenges of the past few weeks

and create a new normal.  

My goal is to truly appreciate the daily abundance of blessings

that were so easily overlooked just a mere few weeks ago.


Our Lady of Guadalupe



Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.


Prayer for a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced

Remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors

Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home

Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close

Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips

Remember those that have no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market

Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home

Remember those who have no home.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.



UPDATES AS OF SATURDAY, 7.11.2020:  Masks are now mandated in Hamilton County by the state of Ohio to be worn  in any indoor location that is not a residence.  Mass times at St. Catharine Church continue to be Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 AM; Saturday at 4:00 PM; Sunday at 10:00 AM.  Confessions are again being held from 3:00 – 3:30 PM on Saturdays.



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