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The Four Last Things - Part 2 - Heaven

Posted by Father James Reutter

November 12, 2017

I am continuing my four-part series on the “Four Last Things,” the big questions about what happen when we die and after. (See for more). We were taught from little that “I go to Heaven when I die.” But what does that mean and how ... Read More »

The Four Last Things - Part 1

Posted by Father James Reutter

November 5, 2017

One of the most beautiful things about our Catholic faith is that it gives us the answers to the most important questions of life. Not questions of passing significance – like who will win the World Series or the Bengals game, or what NFL player will ... Read More »

Taking it to the Streets!

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 29, 2017

Last week, I wrote about the Holy Name Society’s recent Eucharistic procession through the streets of downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. Reviving a decades-old tradition of Catholic men gathering to honor the name of Jesus Christ, some 300+ men gathered literally to walk with the Lord, as ... Read More »

The Holy Name Procession

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 22, 2017

As I looked back through the annals of our parish history during our anniversary celebration, I was struck by the fact that the men of the parish banded together in1845, practically from the beginning, to form the St. Stephen’s Men’s Society. That folded into the Holy ... Read More »

Great Advice on How & Why We Should Pray the Rosary

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 15, 2017

Our parish is founded on a feast that highlights the power of praying the Rosary: All the way back to 1571, when Pope St. Pius V ordered the Church to pray the Rosary so that Our Lady could intercede against the Muslim forces that wanted to ... Read More »

Reflections from a Pastor on 175 Years

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 8, 2017

As we bring our 175th anniversary parish celebration to a close, I wanted to offer a few reflections from my perspective as the 28th pastor of the parish. First, that number alone is astonishing. From the time the parish was founded in the horse and buggy ... Read More »

Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Abortion Arguments

Posted by Father James Reutter

October 1, 2017

On this Respect Life weekend, it is a good time to renew our understanding of how we help people to find the truth about the dignity of human life and the need to protect it. One of the most important arrows in our quiver to fight ... Read More »

The Flight from Christ

Posted by Father James Reutter

September 24, 2017

One of the major obstacles that keeps people from coming to the faith for the first time, or returning to the faith once they’ve drifted away, is the mistaken notion that the Church is only for those who are already devout, prayerful, clean-living and “respectable” folk. ... Read More »

Houston, Floods, Baptism and You

Posted by Father James Reutter

September 17, 2017

Back in 1994, I lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a year because I was committing myself to one year of volunteer service down there with a program called the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (think of it as a sort of Catholic version of the Peace Corps.). ... Read More »

Why Do We Own What We Own?

Posted by Father James Reutter

September 10, 2017

This weekend we celebrate Stewardship Sunday in the parish. This gives us a chance to reflect on how we use and spend what God has given to us. It’s an important question, because it is something that Our Lord speaks about often in the Gospels. It ... Read More »