St. Thomas More Parish, in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is located in Withamsville, Ohio, 20 minutes east of downtown Cincinnati. With approximately 1600 families, the parish is served by a full time Pastor, Deacons, Pastoral Associates, Director of Religious Education, a Director of Music, Maintenance staff, and Business Manager. The parish elementary school serves students in pre-school through grade 8.
Recently released videos in which officials of Planned Parenthood traffic in human organs, tissues, and body parts from their abortion clinics are chilling and appalling. They display a callous disrespect for human life. Staff from the Family and Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese took part in “Women Betrayed” rally at Planned Parenthood’s Cincinnati clinic on July 28 to protest this outrage. However, we need to do more than raise our voices. I urge Catholics and all people of good will to write to their representatives in state and national government, asking them to stop the flow of your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has supported defunding for many years. Planned Parenthood received more than $1.3 million in state funds from Ohio and $500 million in federal funds in fiscal 2013-2014. Please also support a pro-life pregnancy center that helps women in unintended pregnancies, providing many needed services. You can find a list of them at http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/family-life/respect-life/pregnancy-coalitionresource-page/ If you have had or participated in an abortion and suffer remorse, please know that the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel, stands ready to offer compassionate assistance. Learn more about Project Rachel at www.projectrachelcincy.com.
Perhaps only those who closely follow Congress will realize the full importance of the January 6th vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762). But it is a very important victory.
The bill would block, for one year, most of the federal funding that Planned Parenthood receives. It also repeals several of Obamacare's anti-life provisions.
What is so important about this win is that it is the first time a bill that de-funds Planned Parenthood and an Obamacare repeal measure will actually get to the president's desk.
President Obama vetoed the bill on January 8th. But that's not the end of the story.
Pro-lifers made their voices heard through their elected officials with their support for this bill, and we have demonstrated that we actually can get a funding cut and a repeal enacted into law when the next president takes office.
If that new president is pro-life.
However, the house voted to override the president's veto occurred on February 2nd. The house was unable to secure the 2/3rds needed to override the veto.
Welcome to our web site....and especially our photo gallery! We have added some photos showing the many ministries in our parish. You can click on each photo to enlarge them for easier viewing and to download.
Our inaugural showing of the photos from our parish's past has been moved to the History of the Parish page. This was a major project to reformat the pictures going back as far as 1940 for viewing using today's technology. Many of the pictures do look small, but that had to be done to get them to fit in the gallery. Old photos don't always convert to new technology.
Want to see a full size picture? Just click once on the small picture and it opens into a picture filling your screen! Enjoy as you trip down memory lane! (Tip: You have to stay on the History page and don't refresh...or if you leave this page the gallery will always start over.)
Wednesday, February 10th is Ash Wednesday.
Mass times are: 8:30 AM, 12:15 PM, and 7:30 PM
Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence.
November 22nd, 2015, was the last day that seemed normal for our family. Our parents were over for a birthday dinner for our oldest son, John. During the evening it became apparent that Dad wasn't feeling right. By noon the next day, he called to ask me to take him to the emergency room. My Dad doesn't ask for help. For anyone who knows my family, we offer help, but when we need it, it's usually well after we needed it. That's the day we learned about Myelodysplasia Syndrome. Long story short, his bone marrow is producing cells that are not functioning. His first transfusion on November 23rd was 4 pints of whole blood and 2 units of platelets. The body holds between 8 to 10 pints of blood.
My Dad has spent weeks in the hospital for treatments that hopefully will restart his bone marrow. We won't know for 6 months if the treatments have helped or not. Even if they work it will only mean fewer transfusions, but he will need transfusions the rest of his life. Right now Dad goes twice a week for tests to see what he needs--either platelets or red cells. He is on heavy antibiotics because of his low blood counts, a minor infection could be deadly. His platelet levels are so low at times that a minor cut could cause a bleed out and death.
So now I ask for help. My Dad is living because of people like you who are willing to stop for a short time and donate blood. Please consider doing this. Hoxworth will have their Bloodmobile at the American Legion Hall in Milford on February 12th. Call for an appointment or just walk in (513-451-0910). The blood drive there is in support of Dad, but if you can't make it there, go to any of the Hoxworth locations and donate at any time. My Dad and many people in the area need your gift of life saving blood.
Thank you from the family of Al Meisman