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Reds Tickets
Reds Tickets! Reds Tickets! Get your Cincinnati Reds Tickets!
Join St. Max's Children's Choir at the Red's game on Friday, August 22 at 7:10 PM.
The Children's Choir will be singing the National Anthem!!
Enjoy the choir, the game & fireworks!
Tickets are $15 and we have them available in the parish office.

See you at the game!
Son of God ~ the movie

St. Max is sponsoring a private showing of the movie “Son of God” at AMC West Chester on Saturday, March 15 at 10:00 am. $6 per person, rated PG-13. Tickets are available for advance purchase in the parish office. For more information, please call 513-777-4322.

Watch the movie trailer here.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has been working diligently over the past months to create a comprehensive plan that "calls for a renewed emphasis on Catholic identity, a commitment to ongoing training for principals and staff, developing new ways to recruit and retain students (especially those not served or underserved now by Catholic Schools), and an initiative to help make Catholic education affordable to all families."

Please read the articles in their entirety. The articles are taken from The Catholic Beat with expressed written permission for use: Copyright Gail Finke, The Catholic Beat, 2012.

"Mr. Bill" Trotter is retiring!

"MR. BILL" Trotter, faithful servant to St. Max for over 20 years, is retiring.  Come and celebrate with him at Valley Vineyards, Sunday, August 20th.

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Fatima

All are invited to this celebration on Friday, May 12, 2017! We will gather at St. Max gym at 5:00 PM for a living rosary. At 6:00 PM, we will have a presentation by Gloria Falcao Dodd, doctor of sacred theology from UD, followed by dinner. Following dinner, we will be led in song by the St. Max Children's Choir then proceed to church and take part in the May crowning. Dessert will follow in the gym. 

We will be accompanying families who have celebrated a Sacrament of Initiation this year. The newly initiated are encouraged to wear their garments (baptismal, first communion or confirmation) 

This is a free event, but please register using the following link: Evening with Our Queen

Family Fun Day with the Dayton Dragons!Join us for a day of family fun! Sunday, April 21st at 2:00 PM. Come out and enjoy the afternoon!
Hear our wonderful Children's Choir sing the National Anthem, special raffle drawing, group recognition, each ticket comes with a hat, and seeing future Cincinnati Reds in action!!
All for only $13 a ticket!! Tickets are on a first come first served basis. Order now to get your ticket!!
Click here for the order form or contact the parish office for more information.

See all the information on the Festival Page!

Holy Week and Triduum
Celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ with us!
Parish Mission 2017

We hope you can join us for three nights of live music, personal testimony , fellowship and nationally recognized speakers on April 24-26 from 7:30-9:00 PM.

St. Max Reds Game

Get your tickets now! Reds vs. Cubs, Friday, June 30, 7:10 PM. Enjoy our Children's Choir singing the National Anthem and stay for the fireworks after the game! Tickets available in the parish office for $20 each.

St. Max Presents: Maximilian Saint of Auschwitz

Live Drama Highlights the Ultimate Sacrifice for Religious Freedom

Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz, the professional live production that tells the dramatic story of one man who stood up to the evil forces of Nazism, holds a powerfully relevant message for our culture, at a time when religious freedom and values are under attack. Starring well-known actor and producer Leonardo Defilippis, this one-man drama will be presented on Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Liberty Township at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in the Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.
Check Out Our Growing Youth Music Ministry Programs!

Do you have a child that loves to sing?  Check out our growing Youth Music Ministry Programs! All children from the parish and surrounding community in grades 1-12 are welcome! 2017-2018 Registration for all our youth choirs is now open.

Vacation Bible School June 24-28!!
Vacation Bible School will be June 24-28. Register now for children grades K-4. Volunteers must register too. For more information, please click here or contact Linda Lippman at 777-4322, ext. 119.
Habemus Papam! Pope Francis

From the white smoke and tolling bells, the anticipated wait for the newly elected Pope is here. As Pope Francis continues the journey, we are seeking ways to get to know him. There are many resources available.We have compiled a list of sites that you may find very insightful. Please try to visit as many pages as you can and get involved! We are also expanding the conversation to our new blog page, Max's Musings. Read the full article by clicking on "Habemus Papam" above...
Tatiana "Tajci" Cameron - Saturday, October 7
Join us for an inspiring music & story event with Tatiana "Tacji" Cameron on Saturday, October 7 at 7:00 PM.
2015 Parish Mission
You are invited to attend and participate in St Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church’s Parish Mission on the theme of God’s Mercy. All are welcome! Join us November 16, 17 and 18 from 7:00-8:30 PM. 
2017 Councils & Commissions Discernment
Annually each spring, we seek new members for our parish councils and commissions through a process grounded in the scripture based tradition of discernment. Since Her earliest days, members of the Church have called upon the Holy Spirit to guide their activities and decisions (e.g. see Acts 1:15-26). Each spring our parish prays to the Holy Spirit to touch the hearts of potential new members to guide this discernment process for our parish’s consultative groups.
Advent Communal Penance Services

Please join us for one of our Advent Communal Penance Services on Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 AM or Tuesday, December 13 at  7:00 PM.  For a complete list of area penance opportunities during lent click the link

Advent Lessons & Carols
Advent Lessons & Carols ~ An Evening of Seasonal Music & Scripture
Friday, December 20
7:30 PM
St. Maximilian Kolbe
Featuring the Adult, Children's and Handbell Choirs
of St. John the Evangelist & St. Maximilian Kolbe
Reception to follow.
Chili Cook-Off!!
November 10th from 1:00 - 4:00 PM (or until the game is over!)

Is your chili good enough to go against two-time champ, Jeff Prewitt? Enter here and join the fun!
ALL types of chili are welcome! Drop off your entry in a large crockpot after 10:00 AM but before 11:30 AM, Sunday, November 10th. 

Join us for chili, fun, fellowship, and good football on the big screen as the Bengals play the Ravens!!

BAKE SALE!! Sponsored by St. Gabriel Consolidated School Boosters
Anointing of the Sick - August 31 4:30 PM Mass

Communal Celebration of the

Anointing of the Sick

Saturday, August 31, 2013 – 4:30 p.m. Mass

Click on the title to read the full article!
April Family Event-Amazing Grace
The Saint Max Family Ministry Team is very excited to be offering our April family event, Amazing Grace on .  Come and experience the mysteries of Christ's life in the Rosary and find out why this devotion is so much more than repetition of prayer. To register for the April family event click here.We have three identical nights reserved for you to enjoy a free dinner and spend time together with your family members and friends of our parish community. Time for all events will be 5:30-7:15 PM.  Click the link for a list of dates and to register for this event. 
Archbishop Schnurr Reacts to SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Join us on Tuesday, August 15th as we celebrate this Holy Day of Obligation with 6:30 AM,  8:30 AM and 7:30 PM Mass. The 7:30 PM Mass will be followed by our annual rosary procession to our prayer garden where we will crown the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Stick around after prayer for an ice cream social hosted by our Knights of Columbus!

Become a Stephen Minister

Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian care to those in need. They use both words and deeds to express Christ’s care for others—listening and comforting, calling on the training they have received and employing the tools of faith. If this job description fits your personal goals for ministry, consider becoming a Stephen Minister. Apply now for the next training class which begins January 6. 


Changing Habits - The Nun Monologues
St. Maximilian Kolbe Church Invites you to 
“Changing Habits: The Nun Monologues”
October 5, 2013
7:30 PM
$20 per ticket
Performance includes appetizers. Cash Bar will be available.
For tickets  or more information, please visit or contact Lakme Kodros at or 513-777-4322, ext 105.
Chili Cook-Off

Join us for the Annual Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, October 16 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM and watch the Bengals vs. Patriots on the big screen! Enter your best chili and join the fun! 

Christmas Concert Experience - Tajci

A story of longing to the true meaning of Christmas...told through stunningly beautiful music.

Sunday, December 22 at 7:00 PM

Purchase your tickets now! Presale tickets are $20 for adults or $10 for children 15 and under. Tickets will be available at the door for $25 for adults or $15 for children 15 and under. Click here to order your tickets today!
Christmas Eve/Day Greeters
Can you help welcome visitors, guests, and parishioners who come to pray with us on Christmas Eve/Day? This is a simple and fun way for families - especially those with young children - to serve our parish family during the holidays.  Click the link to get more information and sign up for whatever Mass you'll be attending.
Christmas Season Mass Schedule



The Nativity of the Lord    

Tuesday, Dec 24th: 3p, 5:30p Masses

Lessons & Carols begins at 11:30p before Midnight* Mass

Wednesday, Dec 25th: 10a*, 12 Noon* Masses (No 8a Mass)

Click here for the complete Christmas Season Mass Schedule.
College Cookout!

Please join us for our annual College Cookout!

All St. Max collegians (freshmen through seniors) are welcome to attend!

Sunday, August 4th
4:00-8:00 PM
at the Rectory!

Please register by July 31st!
Click Here to Register Now!!
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion TrainingConsider serving our parish as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion for our Sunday Masses and/or to the homebound and hospitalized.  All parishioners 13 and older who have received their First Communion are invited to this ministry of service.  Please attend an EMHC training session, Thursday, March 20th from 7p-9p. Contact coordinator Gerri Walsh with any questions or concerns. 
Faith Alliance - Sing Out Against Poverty

Sing Out Against Poverty is a family-friendly, Christian Rock Festival which seeks to raise awareness for Faith Alliance outreach programs benefiting our neighbors living in poverty. Free admission, free food & beverages, & open to the public. Four Faith Alliance Church Partner bands will perform with STAR 93.3’s DJ Julie Pierce kicking off the festivities! 

Faith Day with the Reds
 Join us August 11 at 1:10 PM for the Reds game and a post-game concert featuring Mercy Me!! Tickets are only $10.50 per person. Tickets are limited, so first come, first served!

Don't want to drive down to the stadium? Take a bus! A bus will be leaving St. Max at 11:30 AM and will return after the concert. Seats are limited! An additional, $9 per person.

Remember, seating is limited! So get your tickets now!! Print the order form.
October Family Nights
October Family Nights celebrates the saints of our Church and families!  Bring the children and grandparents, and enjoy a FREE dinner, skits by our high school youth and other fun activities! 
Family Promise @ St. Max
Have you thought about trying to volunteer with your spouse, family or friends?  Family Promise is in need of individuals and families who are interested in serving and supporting families in our community experiencing homelessness.  For more information and to be trained to serve in this important ministry, please attend our orientation and training meeting on Thursday, August 24 at 7:00 PM in rooms 8 and 10. Please contact Kathy McGill at with any questions.
Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner

Please join us for our annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner on February 28 from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM.  Eat delicious food, participate in a pancake eating contest and watch the palm burning. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, $20 family maximum. Volunteers are needed!  

Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner ~ March 4
It's that time of year again! Join us for our annual 
Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner on March 4th from 5:00-7:30 PM. Join us for pancakes, sausage, assorted fruit, ice cream, king cake and an indulgence bar! $5/adults, $3/children or $20/family maximum. We will be collecting nonperishable items for Reach Out Lakota! Questions? Contact Lakme or 513-777-4322, ext. 105.

We love our volunteers! Click here to volunteer!
Fat Tuesday Volunteers Needed
We hope you can join us for the Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner on February 9 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM complete with a pancake eating contest and palm burning. We are in need of volunteers! If you can volunteer some of your time, click the link! 
Financial Peace University
FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. It is your Total Money Makeover Program. It takes the knowledge from God and turns it into real action in our lives through a step-by-step process taught by best-selling author and financial counselor Dave Ramsey. The next class begins September 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the large conference room
Fortnight For Freedom

Fortnight for Freedom will open on Friday, June 21st with a 7:30 PM Mass, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with Night Prayer and Benediction at 11:45 PM in the church. The Fortnight will officially close with the 9:00 AM Mass on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day.

All are encouraged to participate and visit our Blessed Sacrament chapel anytime to pray for the preservation of religious liberty in our nation and around the world. To learn more, click here.

Help Needed - Greeter Families needed for Christmas Eve/Day
Looking for a way for your family to serve the parish? Consider serving as a greeter family for the Mass you attend on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  It's a great way to involve your young children (and get yourself a great seat for Mass!)

Click here for complete info and to sign up.
Holiday Gift Bazaar
Sunday, November 17, 2013

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Beat the Holiday hustle and bustle! Shop and Socialize during Fellowship Weekend at the 14th annual St. Max Holiday Gift Bazaar!
Holy Thursday Dinner & Mass of the Lord's Supper
Join us for dinner on Holy Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 PM. Followed by Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:30 PM.

Dinner Includes: Pork Tenderloin, Turkey, Bread, Drinks & Dessert.
Please bring: salad or side dish in a disposable container, pre-cut if necessary.
$10 per family or $4 per person. Please submit your registration and payment via the collection basket or parish office by Monday, April 14, 2014.

Click here to volunteer! Questions? Contact Lakme Kodros at 513-777-4322, Ext. 105 or
Holy Thursday Dinner-Register Online!
Holy Week at St. Max
Exposition - Mondays of Lent
Lenten Penance Opportunities
Let us Know: Week Day Mass Times Survey

The Worship Commission is considering an expansion to our weekday Mass schedule, in the hopes of offering weekday Mass at times most convenient for our parishioners. Click the link to take a 30-second, 7-question, multiple-choice survey and give your opinion. (Note that this does not pertain to Sunday, holiday, and holy day schedules, only Mon-Sat.)

A Call to Support Our Brothers and Sisters in Louisiana
Mass 101: Making the Most of Mass
Bring the whole family – all ages – to this interactive presentation, a walk-through Mass.  Explore the historical, biblical, and traditional foundations of the Eucharistic liturgy.  Dig more deeply into WHY we do WHAT we do each Sunday.
Mass 101: Making the Most of Mass
Bring the whole family – all ages – to this interactive presentation, a walk-through Mass. Explore the historical, biblical, and traditional foundations of the Eucharistic liturgy.  Dig more deeply into WHY we do WHAT we do each Sunday.  Come to one or both sessions. Join us in church.  Contact Jeremy, 513-777-4322 ext. 103 in the parish office with any questions.
Mass 101: Making the Most of Mass
Bring the whole family – all ages – to this interactive presentation, a walk-through Mass on August 31 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Explore the historical, biblical, and traditional foundations of the Eucharistic liturgy.  Dig more deeply into WHY we do WHAT we do each Sunday.  Join us in church. 
Men's Night Out

Please join us for the “Men’s Night Out” men’s social - A night of fellowship & fun on Friday, January 27 from 7:30 PM- Midnight. Cost is $25 (includes 2 drink tickets and unlimited food!).  Bring a friend! Fill a table of 5 for $100! For more information and to register please click the link!

Men's Retreat - March 4

Join us for our Men's Retreat "21st  Century Catholic Man" on March 4 from 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM! Discover the roles of a modern Catholic man and the ways he can fulfill those roles while building a strong relationship with Jesus. 


Join us, Saturday, September 23 at 6:00 PM for the Knights of Columbus' annual Oktoberfest benefiting seminarians. This fun filled event will feature good food and drink, music and "German toasts to help you make friends". Admission is $15/adult and  $35/family.  Questions? Email

Outreach Day
Join together with fellow parishioners  for an opportunity for you and your family to “get a taste” or “try-out” different ministries at St. Max! Service opportunities offered in time increments throughout the day! Come for all or just one! Please come out and serve your community, learn about our various outreach ministries and make some new friends in the process. 
Parish Festival
 Our annual festival is our parish’s largest fundraiser and it is about one month away. Don’t forget to purchase your Kolbe Kash raffle tickets or to make a donation to our Silent Auction, Baskets, and Shop-A-Round booth. Most importantly, please sign up to give a few hours of your time working a booth. You can now sign up online!
Parish Picnic
Please join us for our annual Parish Picnic on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 PM. There is no cost to attend this event just click the link to register and enter how many people are attending and which age group they belong in. See you there!
St. Max Family Picnic
Sunday, September 14 from 2 PM - 5 PM is our annual parish family picnic at Niederman Farm.  You won't want to miss out on all the fun entertainment, games and food!  
Parish Picnic - Register Now!

Register you and your family for our Parish Picnic on Sunday, September 10 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  You won't want to miss out on all the fun!

Parish Picnic
Please join us for our annual Parish Picnic on Sunday,September 11, 2016 from 2:00-5:00 PM.  
Parish Picnic - Niederman Farm
Join us on July 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM to kick off our 25th Anniversary Celebrations! Our parish picnic will be at Niederman Farm, 4972 Lesourdsville West Chester Rd, Liberty Twp, OH 45011. Food, Games, Entertainment & Fun!!!

For more details...
Paschal Triduum Schedule
With praise and thanksgiving to almighty God, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish joyfully invites you to celebrate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord, Jesus Christ March 24-27
Pool Party
Come out and join us for a pool party on Saturday, July 26 from 6:00 pm-midnight at the Lakota Hills Swim Club. Come out and join us for some swimming and fun!
We are having a POOL PARTY!!! 
 Join us for a fun family night at Lakota Hills Swim Club!!
July 20th
9:00 PM - Midnight
$2/Person or $10/Family Max
 *All children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

 Please RSVP to Cindy Ulm at
Questions? Contact Cindy at 777-4322
Rest in Peace, Fr. Terry

We are deeply saddened to announce that Fr. Terry Smith, our pastor from 2003-2009, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2015.

As a community of faith, while mourning the loss of a faithful and devoted priest, we also find comfort in knowing that Fr. Terry, whose forty-two-year priesthood was committed to the service of God’s people, is now rejoicing in the company of the saints.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Fr. Terry’s funeral will be celebrated at Good Shepherd Parish, 8815 East Kemper Road, where he served as parochial vicar after he left St. Max until his retirement last year.


Visitation – Thursday, July 9, 5:00-8:00 PM

Funeral Mass – Friday, July 10, 10:30 AM

Sacramental Preparation Orientation Meetings

Join our Sacramental Preparation staff for one of these required* meetings to find out how your family can begin preparing this spring or next year with your 2nd or 8th grader for the Sacraments of First Penance/First Communion and Confirmation.

You’ll get an overview of the sacramental preparation process here at St. Max, learn how to get signed up for formation programs, and have an opportunity to ask questions of our ministry staff

Solemnity of All Saints - Holy Day of Obligation

We will celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation, on Tuesday, November 1. Please join us for Mass at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM or 7:30 PM.

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Year of Faith

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ in the Year of Faith

On June 2, Pope Francis will celebrate Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ with a Eucharistic Holy Hour at 11am our time.  You are encouraged to pray in solidarity with him on that day by staying after our 10am Mass, or coming early for the Noon Mass, and praying in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Or you can join Archbishop Schnurr and the local Church at the Cathedral for a Holy Hour at 3:30pm next Sunday.  Or stop by the chapel anytime to pray in thanksgiving for the great gift of Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament!  To find out more about these events or about the Catholic practice of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, please click here.

St. Max Boosters - Register Now!
Registration is now open for winter boys’ basketball at St. Max and girls’ basketball at St. Max!  The registration form is available in the gathering space in the parish life and stewardship information rack or on the Booster webpage, 
St. Max's 120th Birthday Party!
Join us Saturday, January 11th 5:30-8:00 pm for St. Max’s 120th Birthday Party. This is an event that the whole family will enjoy! Potluck dinner, games & activities for all ages, music by Rain Praise Band and cake! Click here to register!
Together We Grow

Working together with the archdiocesan One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign St. Max is excited to share the details of the Together We Grow campaign for the future of St. Max. 

Upcoming Family Promise Training
The next training sessions for Family Promise at St. Max are Thursday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 PM in rooms 2&3.
Women's Advent by Candlelight

Attention all women, please join us for a beautiful evening of  friendship, song and inspiration for the Advent season on Sunday, November 27 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM. The guest speaker, Kelly Brown, will be speaking on St. Pope John Paul II’s ‘Letter to Women’ The Four Femine Geniuses. Dinner and dessert will be served, table hostesses are needed!

Joint Parish Lenten Mission

 Do you struggle with forgiveness?  Come to be inspired to forgive and accept forgiveness in your life!  
St. Max and St. John West Chester are joining for a Parish Lenten Mission. February 24-26 from 7:00-8:30 PM at St. John's.
Altar Server Training
ATTENTION all current 5th graders: training for new altar servers will be held Saturday, May 18th from 9:30a-11a in church.  All parishioners 6th grade and older can serve in this ministry, so after training this weekend, you can begin to serve this summer and beyond.  To RSVP for this Saturday, contact Elizabeth Conner, Altar Server Coordinator. (One parent must stay with each new server for the training session.)
Holy Thursday Dinner & Mass of the Lord's Supper

March 28, 2014
Holy Thursday Dinner 6:00 PM
Mass of the Lord's Supper 7:30 PM

If you have never participated at St. Max (or especially if you have!) on  Holy Thursday, it is a wonderful evening, sharing a meal and then gathering for Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, including foot washing!  Please sign up for dinner either on line or via the registration in this weekend’s bulletin. We also need volunteers for the dinner.  Please click here to volunteer! $10 per family or $4 per person. 

Please click here for the Holy Thursday Dinner registration form.
Triduum for Peace

Please join us as we celebrate a "Triduum for Peace" September 9th -11 th as we pray in a special way for peace in our nation and throughout the world. Sign up to commit to an hour of prayer during Exposition on September 9 & 10.

2016 Marriage Retreat
"Arise My Beautiful One,Come Away with Me!" Please join the Marriage Enrichment Team at a retreat to celebrate your marriage on Saturday, September 24. Take the time to "come away" with your spouse! Check in begins at 8:30 AM with a light breakfast. The day will conclude with Mass at 4:30 PM followed by a special dinner to celebrate your marriage.  
25th Anniversary Golf Outing!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Walden Pond Golf Club

$65 per player (includes 18 Holes of Golf, Cart, Dinner & Prizes!)
Dinner only for non-golfers $15
Registration 11:30 AM & Shotgun start at 1:30 PM
 All skill levels welcome!

Please contact Dennis Blake at
for more information.
A Morning with Pietra Fitness for Women

Join us for Pietra Fitness Saturday March 19 from 9-11 or 11-1. Suggested donation $5. Pietra Fitness is a unique 'whole person' fitness program that integrates physical exercise with Christian prayer while drawing upon the rich and timeless traditions of the Catholic Church. Bodily prayer, sacred art, sacred music and Christian meditation are women into the stretching and strengthening workouts so that in only one hour, you feel calmer, stronger, refreshed and renewed.

Advent Lessons and Carols

Please join us for an evening of seasonal music and scripture on Friday, December 2 at 7:30 PM Featuring the Adult, Children’s and Handbell Choirs of St. John the Evangelist & St. Maximilian Kolbe Parishes.  The concert will be at St. John the Evangelist Church - 9080 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, West Chester. Reception to follow.

Altar Server Training
All adults and students soon to be 6th grade and older are invited to join the altar server ministry, and assist our parish at prayer through this important ministry of service.  Boys and girls graduating 5th grade and older can participate in one of the upcoming training sessions in church. Click the link for  dates and times. 
Archdiocesan Background Checks - Protecting God's Children

ProtectngChildrenBackground Checks: Effective January 1, 2014, SELECTiON.COM® will begin doing all background checks, both through fingerprints and electronic database searches, for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. A webinar has been provided to explain this coming change. You may access this Webinar by visiting: and clicking on the “Protecting God’s Children” link across the top. When that opens, you will see another link (in blue) that takes you to the page that allows you to register for the Webinar.

Ash Wednesday Mass Times
Please join us for one of our Ash Wednesday Liturgies on February 18
6:30 AM Mass
8:30 AM Mass
12:00 Noon Liturgy of the Word
7:30 PM Mass 

Ashes will be distributed at all four liturgies
Catholic 101

Are you a long time, first time or not yet Catholic with questions about the faith? Come to Catholic 101, a question and answer session on Thursday March 9 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the youth room. Questions? Contact Deacon Mike Lippman,

Cemetery Visits - November 13
During the month of November all are encouraged to visit cemeteries and
pay respects at the graves of their deceased relatives and friends. Of special
note, on Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 PM our parish clergy will be at the following cemeteries – at which most of our own parishioners have been buried since the parish founding – to lead a brief prayer service before those present
would go to the graves of their departed loved ones.
Chili Cook-Off
Enter your best chili and join the fun! Is your chili good enough to knock off  three-time champ, Jeff  Prewitt? ALL types of chili are welcome! Drop off your entry in a large crockpot between 10:00-11:30 AM, Sunday, November 1.
Companions On A Journey Gala

Puttin' on the Glitz Gala! Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Join us at the Sharonville Convention Center to honor our 2013 Hope, Strength and Healing Award Honorees ~ Philip Bryant, Andrew Krause, Zack Deck, William and Chuck Smallwood, Moeller High School Article "The Rules of Grieving - They are Still Boys" - John Faherty, Cincinnati Enquirer.

Live Auction, Silent Auction & Raffles!! $75 per person or a special commemoration table for $800; includes filet mignon or salmon & 2 cocktails. Cocktail attire. Special guest emcee, Michelle Y. Graves. 


Please click here for more information. Questions? Contact Tom Kanoza at or Sheila Munafo-Kanoza at

Discovering Our Deepest Desires Date Nights

Please join us for a Friday night date night where we take some time to build our marriages. Learn about what a God-centered and healthy marriage should be, but also learn skills and tools for improving communication and conflict resolution. Each week we will have some appetizers and soft drinks or water. You are welcome to bring something else. This program is supposed to run 12 weeks.  We will do the first 4 sessions from October 28 through November 18th. The remainder of the sessions will begin January 13, 2017 and conclude before Lent. Babysitting will be provided.

Easter Vigil Reception Volunteers Needed
Please consider assisting with our annual Easter Vigil reception, Saturday, March 26, 2016, as we welcome the new members of our faith community, and celebrate Our Risen Lord with all who participate in the Easter Vigil Mass!!
Eastertide Hymn Fest
Join us April 19 at 7:30 PM for an evening of joyous music in celebration of the Resurrection of Christ featuring the Adult, Children’s and Handbell Choirs and Orchestral Musicians of St. Maximilian Kolbe & St. John the Evangelist Parishes.
Fashion Show
Please join us for a girls night out as we "fall into fashion" September, 26 at 6:00 PM in the Fr. John Porter Family Life Complex.  There will be cocktails & hors d'oeuvres, basket extravaganza, raffles & more. Followed by a fabulous dinner and ladies fashion show. 
Fish Fry

Join us every Friday during lent! We serve dinner from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Carryout is available and we do accept credit card payments. Join us for food, fellowship and fun! Bring a non-perishable food item for Reach Out Lakota and receive a free soft drink. Volunteers are need click the link to learn more. 

Fish Fry
Our 12th annual Lenten Fish Fry Fridays begin March 3 - April 7, 2017. We serve dinner from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM.  Carryout is available. We always need volunteers!
Fr. Porter's Ordination Anniversary - RSVP Online

Mark your calendars! On May 22nd, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Fr. Porter's ordination to the priesthood. He will concelebrate the Noon Mass and then we will have a luncheon following Mass in the Family Life Complex to celebrate with him. Please RSVP by May 13. Reservations are required for the luncheon. 

Hair Care Study Fundraiser

Calling all female parishioners. If you give us 15 minutes of your time, St. Max earns $100. Just fill out the survey and send it to!

Hamilton - Fairfield Symphony Orchestra Concert
Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra will be performing at St. Max on October 29 at 8:00 PM. The concert will feature the premiere of Paul John Stanbery's "I Maximilian..." and Beethoven's 5th. There is no cost for admission to this event.

The centerpiece of the professional symphony concert is a piece entitled "I, Maximilian..." which was written by Paul John Stanbery and tells the story of what happened at Auschwitz 75 years ago, and the heroism of Maximilian Kolbe.   The 19 minute work is dedicated to the members of St. Max Parish. October 29 will be the World Premiere performance.

For more information visit 

Help Needed: Families to Serve as Greeters for Palm Sunday & Paschal TriduumLooking for a way for your family to serve the parish? Consider serving as a greeter family for the Mass you attend on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday, or for one of the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum. It's a great way to involve your young children (and get yourself a great seat!)

Click here for complete info and to get signed up.

Holy Thursday Dinner-Register Online!
Join us on Holy Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 PM for our annual Holy Thursday Dinner which includes pork tenderloin, Honey Baked turkey, bread, drinks and dessert. The cost is $10 per family or $4 per person. Please bring a salad or side dish in a disposable container to share. We will also be collecting non-perishable food donations for Reach Out Lakota. Click here to RSVP online.
Holy Thursday Dinner

Please join us for our Holy Thursday Dinner on April 13 at 6:00 PM before the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:30.  Dinner includes pork tenderloin, turkey, bread, drink and dessert. Please bring a salad or side dish in a disposable container to share and a non-perishable food item for Reach Out Lakota.  $10 a family or $4 a person.  Volunteers are needed!

Holy Thursday Dinner Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to assist with setup, serving and cleanup for our annual Holy Thursday dinner. 
Just Try It -Volunteering Event
Curious about what is going on in the parish but don’t have much time? 
In honor of the Year of Mercy, we are asking families and parishioners at St. Max to come to the gym after all Masses the weekend of February 20th and 21st for fellowship, refreshments, packing toiletry kits for the needy, and outreach ministry information. We are bringing outreach to you - so "just try it"!
Just Try It!

Curious about what is going on in the parish but don’t have much time? We are asking families and parishioners at St. Max to come to the gym after all Masses the weekend of March 25 & 26 for fellowship, refreshments, packing toiletry kits for the needy and outreach ministry information.  Donations are needed for the toiletry kits, please bring all donations to the outreach kiosk by March 19.   

Lector Training: Tuesday, July 15th
Do you love to read the Bible? Comfortable in front of a crowd? Willing to serve the parish? Consider becoming a lector and proclaiming the Word of God in the midst of our Sunday assembly at Mass. Training for new lectors will be held Tuesday, July 15th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM. For more information, contact Lector Coordinator Peggy Johnson or call Jeremy in the parish office at 513.777.4322 x103.
Light Weigh Orientation
God has the answers for our weight, food struggle and all temptations! Light Weigh is starting at St. Max on Wednesday, August 3 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in room 6. It is a 12 week Catholic bible study DVD program recommended by priests, doctors, nurses & Prevention Magazine for weight-loss and health. There are no weigh-ins.
Liturgical Ministers' Day of Renewal
Saturday, Oct 19, 8:30a Mass-Noon 

All St. Max liturgical ministers - lectors, musicians, EMHCs, sacristans, ushers & greeters, CLoW leaders, servers, baptism team, wedding assistants, priests, and deacons - are invited to our annual Day of Renewal!

Each parish liturgical minister - youth and adult - is asked to participate.

Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Contact your ministry coordinator with questions or concerns.

Marriage Enrichment Wine Tasting

Everybody's favorite event of the fall. Join us for an evening of wine, great food and friends on November 5 from 7:00-10:00 PM. We will once again be tasting 2 red wines and 2 white wines plus a sparkling wine. Learn about what flavors can be detected. What foods are best to pair with each wine and how to pick a good wine. Come out and join us for a fun date night with your spouse! 

Marriage Enrichment Breakfast
Please join us for our annual Marriage Enrichment Breakfast on Saturday, March 18.  Our topic for the morning is "To Know Me Is To Love Me!" It will be an informative presentation that will help you to learn how to love your spouse in a way that really matters
Mass 101: Making the Most of Mass

Join us for this interactive presentation, a walk-through Mass on Thursday, October 27 from 7:15-9:00 PM in rooms 2&3.  Explore the historical, biblical, and traditional foundations of the Eucharistic liturgy.  Dig more deeply into WHY we do WHAT we do each Sunday.  Contact Jeremy in the parish office with any questions.

Mass 101: Making the Most of Mass

Bring the whole family – all ages – to this interactive presentation, a walk-through Mass.  Explore the historical, biblical, and traditional foundations of the Eucharistic liturgy.  Dig more deeply into WHY we do WHAT we do each Sunday.  Come to one or both sessions.

Men's Retreat "Driven" - February 6
Men 16 years and older are invited to attend the third annual St. Max Men's Retreat "Driven: Walking 18 holes with God" on February 6, 2016 from 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM. We will  begin with Mass. Neighbors and friends are invited! Lunch is provided and the cost is $10. Click the link to register! 
Men'z Night Out!
“Men’s Night Out”
Men’s Social
Friday January 31
7:30pm – Midnight
St. Max Fr. Porter Family Complex
Cost: $20 (includes 2 drink tickets and unlimited food!) or $25 at the door  * Must be 21
Click here to register!
A great night of fun, fellowship and variety of games:
Corn Hole, Euchre and Poker tournaments, Beat the dealer, Raffles, Split the pot & more.
Live Music by “No License Required”  (Chris Koss – Parishioner)
Did I mention fabulous food!
All Proceeds benefit St. Vincent de Paul – St. Max Chapter
What a way to make a charitable donation !
Mulch Sale

Boy Scout Troop 944 is selling mulch to raise money for their scouting adventures.  Please support our troop with a purchase from the parking lot or delivery to your home (free of charge for orders of 10+ bags). Orders must be placed by April 22nd.

Music Ministry Needs You!Do you like to sing or play an instrument?  Do you read music?  Looking for a fun way to serve your parish at prayer?  Consider joining the music ministry.  There are many different ways for you to get involved, whether you have lots of musical experience or none at all.

Check it out here or contact Jeremy or Mary Ella in the parish office.
National Day of Penance - January 23, 2017

Beginning the evening of January 22 through the evening of January 23, St. Max will be observing a particular day of penance on  the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion in our country.  There will be a holy hour, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration through the night. We will end with benediction on Monday, the 23 at 8:00 PM. Please join us for this very important prayer event!  We are looking for adorers to help with the 24 hour adoration. You can sign up online by clicking the link. 

National Migration Week January 5-11
During National Migration Week (January 5-11), Catholics are called to participate through prayer and action to try and ease the struggles of immigrants, migrants and vulnerable populations and to reflect on the Church’s obligation to welcome the stranger.

For more information and activities, use the links below:
Oktoberfest!Eine Nacht Der Gemütlichkeit
Saturday, September 21
6:00 PM

Hosted by the Knights of Columbus
Admission $15/person
$10/children under 12

Click here for the flyer!

Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast
Join us on Palm Sunday, April 13 for a delicious pancake breakfast and fellowship!

Free-will offering!
9:00 am-Noon
Parish Festival
Our annual festival is our parish’s largest fundraiser and it is about one month away. Don’t forget to purchase your Kolbe Kash raffle tickets or to make a donation to our Silent Auction, Baskets, and Shop-A-Round booth. Most importantly, please sign up to give a few hours of your time working a booth. You can now sign up online!
Parish Mission Training Session

Learn how to invite and bring the disengaged to our Parish Mission. Join us for this 3 hour training workshop put on by Renewal Ministries on Saturday, January 21 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the gym.

President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference on Supreme Court Decision On Marriage
Relax, Rejuvenate & Renew - Women's Retreat
Women's Retreat   "Relax, Rejuvenate & Rejoice!"  

January 25, 2014  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.                      
This year’s theme is sure to provide you with a relaxing and spirit filled day!  This “spiritual spa” will help you to relax from the stresses of life, rejuvenate a worn and weary spirit after the rush of the holidays and help you to rejoice in the great love God has for each and every one of us!  Click here to register or call Sharon at the parish office at 513-777-4322 x106. 
Religious Education Position Available
St. Max is seeking an Educational Consultant for grades 1-5 in the Religious Formation of Youth Program.  This individual, working closely with the Coordinator of Religious Formation of Youth Program, will be primarily responsible for supporting classroom catechists and parents in our shared role of bringing our parish youth into a closer relationship with God.  Responsibilities will include providing catechists with materials and supplemental resources for classroom lessons and planning grade level activities. 
RFY Grades 1-8 Registration Due

RFY classes for youth in grades 1-8 will begin on August 30 because of Lakota’s early start this year. Classes are offered on Sunday, 6:00-7:15 PM for youth in grades 4-8 and on Mondays (5:15-6:30 and 6:45-8:00) for youth in grades 1-8. Classes continue into May. Registration packets can be found by clicking the link or in the gathering space and in the mailboxes outside the RFY Office. Registrations are due by Sunday, August 23.

Sacramental Prep Orientation Meeting

Join our Sacramental Preperation staff for one of these required meetings to find out how your family can begin preparing next year with your 2nd or 8th grader for the Sacraments of First Penance/First Communion and Confirmation.

Seder Meal - April 2
Experience the Jewish roots of the Mass. Includes activities, dinner, and Israeli folk dancing. This is a free event but registration is required by March 26. 
Seder Meal
Please join us for our family life event celebrating our Jewish heritage on Sunday, March 6 from 5:00-8:00 PM. We will have a Christian Seder Meal catered by A Forkable Feast. There will be Israeli Folk Dancing taught by the International Folk Dancers of Cincinnati. This event is free, but registration is a must. 
St. Max Festival!ST. MAX FESTIVAL 2014!
June 6th, 7th, and 8th.

Kolbe Kash! This year’s grand prize is your choice of a 2014 Honda Civic LX or $15,000 Kolbe Kash.  Early bird drawings will be May 12th and May 26th.

Live Entertainment!  We have the hottest local bands!

Friday- After Midnight Saturday- DV8        Sunday- My Sister Sarah

Basket Extravaganza-

Create an entire basket by yourself or with friends.  The theme is up to you.  Please call Stephanie or Mike Baur at 535.5391

Silent Auction - Join us Saturday night for a live auction! We will be auctioning an autographed Big Red Machine picture and rookie cards, a private dinner for 8 with Fr. Geoff & Fr. Jim (prepared by chef Fr. Jim), a wheel barrow of booze and more exciting items!

Dessert Cafe & Wheel of Sweets - Bring a baked good for our dessert booth! Don't have time to bake? Going to be out of town? Send in a gift card to Kroger or Meier and we will purchase desserts for you! Send gift cards to Connie Michaels via the collection basket or parish office.


Contact festival chairman Bill Harkins at or give him a call at 513-375-8466 or 513-777-8508.
St. Max Pool Party

Join St. Max for a Pool Party on Saturday, July 25 from 6:00 PM - Midnight. There will be food and drink available at the snack shop for purchase or bring your own treats as long as no glass containers are brought into the pool. Grill available if you want to BBQ . Location: Lakota Hills Swim Club 6565 Seminole Drive West Chester, OH 45069.

Sponsored by the Parish Life & Stewardship Commission

Susan's Garden
From now through the first Sunday of October, Susan’s Garden will be collecting your extras from your garden to go with what grows in our garden. To the right side of the entrance of the church’s gathering space, there is a grey outdoor storage unit in the outdoor red stone area. Every Sunday, when you go to Mass, you can bring your extra vegetation in a paper bag and place it in that unit for collection. We will gather all the donations, add them to our vegetation and deliver them to Open Pantry to assist with feeding the hungry in Butler County. Leafy vegetables like lettuce or cabbage can be placed in a plastic zip lock bag with a wet paper towel to help keep the greens as fresh as possible. 
The Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide
This program covers topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and much more! Whether you got divorced ten days
ago or ten years ago, the program offers valuable insight for everyone. This group starts Wednesday, January 11 and will meet weekly until mid-April from 7:00-8:30 PM in rooms 9&11. For more information or to register, please call the parish office 777-4322, ext. 116, or email

"War Room" Movie Night

After Way of the Cross on February 26 and March 11, join us for a movie night sponsored by the adoration team. We will be showing the movie, “War Room” around 8:15 PM. Please RSVP to

Communion Minister Training Dates

ATTENTION – Training Dates for Interested EMHC

If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion we will be holding a training session on:  Tuesday, March 5th from 7–9 pm.

If you are interested and/or would like information please email and we will put you on the roster for training and/or answer any questions you might have. 

2015 Men's Retreat-Go the Distance
Life is a field of dreams. Dreams can come true, but sometimes we need to let go of our dreams in order to do what is right. When we do, we allow God's dreams for our life to come true. Jesus Christ will fulfill all our dreams if we are willing to go the distance with Him. Are you willing to go the distance? Register for the Men's Retreat on February 28 now!
33 Days to Morning Glory

Are you looking for a quick,  and easy way to grow in your relationship with Jesus?  Do you want to know more about our Blessed Mother?   Part 1 of the Hearts Afire parish based program,  33 Days to Morning Glory, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, will take us on an extraordinary 33-day journey to Marian Consecration.  In addition to  meeting with a small group on 6 consecutive Saturday mornings to watch a 30 minute lecture on video and have discussion, the program requires you to set aside about 15 minutes each day to read reflections. Group sessions will begin Saturday April 9, from 9:30 -11:00 AM in the youth room.  Participants will be consecrated to Jesus through the Blessed Mother on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, May 13.

Advent Family Night
Advent Family Night is just around the corner!  Join us after Mass on Saturday, November 22 for dinner and an opportunity to learn about the tradition of Advent wreaths and build one for your own family.  An Advent Wreath collection will be on display as well.  Registration limited to the first 300 people.  Please bring a dessert to share!  $10 suggested donation per family, collected at the event.  Deadline to sign up is Monday, November 17, 2014. 
Advent Lessons and Carols
Come to an evening of seasonal music and scripture featuring the adult, children's and handbell choirs from St. John the Evangelist and St. Maximilian Kolbe Parishes on December 5 at 7:30 PM at St. John Church.
Altar Server Training
Have you ever wanted to be more involved in the Mass?  Are you willing to serve our parish as an altar server? If you would like to be a part of this ministry, please take a moment to RSVP for one of the upcoming training sessions for new servers.
Beethoven at St. Max
Beethoven at St. Max

Symphony No. 9, "Ode to Joy"
Free event
October 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church.
The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorale and the Mason Chorale with soloists: Samantha Staton, soprano; Laura Adkins, alto; Scott Wyatt, tenor; Robert Kerr, bass-baritone.
For info, call 513-895-5151 or visit
Help us celebrate Carol Heuser's retirement!
As you may have heard, Carol Heuser, our Pastoral Associate of Initiation, will be retiring at the end of June. For over 25 years, Carol has served in many ministries at St. Max including RCIA, Sacrament prep for children, Confirmation of adults, baptisms, pastoral care of the sick, funerals and more.  Her husband, Gary, has served along side Carol as co-leader of RCIA and other ministries for these 25 years.
Children's Sports Clinic

These free clinics are offered to boys and girls, Kindergarten thru second grade.  We will teach the basics in technique and game fundamentals. Kids will receive a free St Max Knight T-Shirt. Come celebrate the new parish complex floor, learn a bit more about the Boosters and celebrate God's everyday gift to us.
Chili Cook-Off
Join us for an afternoon of fun and chili on Sunday, November 23 from 1:00-4:00 PM. Enter your famous chili into the competition or just stop by and enjoy the food, fun and bengals game on the big screen. 
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Greeters
We are in need of families (of all ages and sizes!) to serve as ministers of hospitality for the liturgies of Christmas Eve/Day.  Click below to get more info and sign up!
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Join us for the second book in the All Hearts Afire program written by Fr. Michael Gaitley.  Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, and relying on St. Therese's Little Way, along with great insight from the diary of St. Faustina,  we go deeper into the Sacred Heart of Jesus and His Divine Mercy.  Join our small group for a 30min. DVD lecture and discussion on August 25th and continuing for 10 weeks on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm in Rm. 18. 
Advent Penance Opportunities
Early Childhood RFY Registration

Early Childhood classes for children Age 3 (by August 1, 2015) through Kindergarten will begin Sunday, September 13. This program is offered on Sundays during the 8:00 and 10:00 Masses from September through May. Registrations for this program are due by Sunday, August 23.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training
ATTENTION – Training Dates for Interested EMHC

If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion we will be holding training sessions on the following dates: Saturday, September 21 from 1 – 3 pm or Tuesday, September 24 from 7-9 pm
If you are interested you only need to attend one of the sessions.  If you would like more information please email and we will put you on the roster for training and/or answer any questions you might have.
St. Max Women's Fashion Show

Attention all ladies! Join us for the St. Max Fashion Show on April 15 at 6:30 PM. You won't want to miss this fun night of food, fashion and fellowship. The event is open to women 21+ and the cost is $35 per person. Please RSVP by April 7. 

Women's Fashion Show - May 5
Festival Liturgy Hours
Due to the parish festival next weekend, the Saturday Mass on June 11 will be at 3:30 PM, with the Sacrament of Penance also celebrated one hour earlier than normal at 2:00 PM.
Financial Peace University
St. Max is pleased to present Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.  In 9 action-packed lessons, you'll learn how to beat debt, build wealth, find bargains, invest for the future, give like never before, and much more!  Financial Peace University classes meet for one and a half hours each week for 9 weeks.The next class begins September 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM in the large conference room.
Financial Peace University

 Whether you’re struggling to make ends meet or well off, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University has something for you.  Our next session starts Thursday, September 17th from 7:00-9:00 PM in the large conference room. at St. Max.  There are 9 lessons that we will cover one lesson per week.  

Flower Donations for the Church

The Church celebrates the paschal mystery on the first day of the week, known as the Lord’s Day or Sunday. Thus Sunday must be ranked as the first holy day of all. (General Norms for the Liturgical Year and Calendar, Sacred Congregation for Rites, 1969)

Fresh-cut flowers – like our green plants and green vestments – remind us of the newness of life that is ours through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  To help us celebrate the 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time, the Art & Environment Team is inviting parish families to offer fresh-cut flowers to adorn our church.  It’s easy – the parish makes all the arrangements with the florist – you just contribute $75 on one Sunday.  As you make your donation, you can specify if the donation is in honor of, or in memory of someone or some liturgical occasion (e.g. wedding anniversary for you or parents, baptism of your baby, etc.)  And the best part: after the Noon Mass on a Sunday, you can take the flowers with you and let them adorn your home for the coming week! Think about what Sunday you’d like to offer this gift to the parish, and contact Jeremy Helmes in the parish office to get on the calendar for an upcoming Sunday.

Fortnight For Freedom
The Fortnight for Freedom occurs every year for 14 days leading up to July 4 to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21 the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas Moreto July 4, Independence Day. 
Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra at St. Max
The Tillmann Memorial Concert remains the flagship concert of the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony.   The 8:00 PM concert is free and open to the public and will be at St. Max on Saturday, October 24! The featured work is “The Creation” by Franz Josef Haydn  (Part 1) Belew Young Artist winner, Bryson Kerrer (violinist) will also play, as well as new work by conductor Paul Stanbery, commissioned by Paul and Marion Thoms. For more information visit

Catholic Cincinnati A Harmony of Handbells
Please join us for a handbell concert featuring the combined choirs of St. Bartholomew, St. Veronica and St. Maximilian Kolbe Parishes on Sunday, July 16 at 3:00 PM.  Reception with light refreshments to follow. 
Hearts Afire Ministry @ St. Max
If you have previously participated in 33 Days to Morning Glory and/or Consoling the Heart of Jesus and would like to share them with others, please join us for a planning meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016 at 6:30 PM.  We will begin a weekday morning CHJ group in January for 10 weeks and an evening 33 Days to Morning Glory group for 6 weeks this Spring (April 27-June 01).  Help set hearts on fire for Jesus and Mary while deepening your own faith.
Include Me! Banquet
Include Me! will be hosting a Luke 14 banquet, The Celebration of Gifts, on Saturday, March 15 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Janet Clemmons Center in Hamilton. This is a free event! All costs have been generously covered by our sponsors.
This is an evening retreat for moms, dads and caregivers of children and adults with special needs. Please RSVP to Holly Moran at by March 7, 2014.

Please fill out the required Child/Adult Application and return to Debi LaFrankie at
Information About Catholic School Subsidies

If you are interested in Catholic School Subsidies for the 2017-2018 school year please click the link for some important documents. 

Lenten Friday Fish Fry's
Lent is the season of renewal - and Fish Fry! Join us for our annual Lenten Friday Fish Fry! Come and bite into a scrumptious cod fillet, say hello to an old friend and shake hands with a new one!

If you are looking for something other than fried fish for Lenten Fridays, you have come to the right place! Try our crab cakes, shrimp, grilled salmon, baked cod, clam chowder or Raymond's cheese pizza!

Make Lenten Fridays a family affair at St. Max!
Join Fridays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 & April 4, 11. 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm.

Bring a nonperishable item for Reach Out Lakota and receive a free soft drink!

We love our volunteers! Click here to volunteer!

Click here for a menu!
Liturgical Ministers TrainingWe are looking for more people to proclaim God's Word at Sunday Mass or other liturgies.  If you are comfortable in front of a crowd, love the Bible, and want to serve our parish, consider becoming a lector.  Training will take place Tuesday, March 4th from 7-8:30p in church.  This ministry is open to all fully-initiated Catholics ages 13 and older. Contact coordinator Peggy Johnson with any questions. 
Los Posadas - An Advent Celebration from Mexico
The St. Max Early Childhood Team is very excited to offer a Las Posadas celebration for our young parishioners and their parents/caregivers on Saturday, December 10 from 9:30-11:30 AM. 

In Mexico and many parts of Central America, people celebrate Las Posadas during the nine days before Christmas. It is a reenactment of the journey Joseph and Mary took to find shelter before the birth of their child, Jesus. 

Our Las Posadas celebration will include a morning full of fun activities that will help your children appreciate different traditions of the Advent season. The activities will be geared toward young parishioners who are in Preschool or Kindergarten and their parents/caregivers. Siblings ages 6-8 may enjoy this event as well.

Make the Most out of Mass

Curious about why we do what we do at Mass? Want to find out how to make the most out of your participation in Mass? Join our catechumens and candidates (those adults preparing for initiation into the Church) and our own Jeremy Helmes, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy, at 7:15p this Thursday, February 13th in the church to explore this topic. We’ll walk-through the Mass, learn about the history of various rituals, explore the Biblical connections and foundations of the liturgy, reflect upon how to connect Mass to our daily life, and have opportunity for questions and answers. Contact Jeremy with any questions.

Marriage Enrichment Breakfast

Please join us for our annual Marriage Enrichment Breakfast on Saturday, January 30.  We will begin with Mass at 8:30 AM and then gather for food, some inspiring words and friends. Take this time for you and your spouse to spend a little quality time thinking about your marriage. Babysitting is available. The cost is $25 per couple before January 26 and $35 after that. 

Marriage Retreat
The Marriage Enrichment Team requests the honor of your presence at a retreat to celebrate your marriage on Saturday, October 10. Check in begins at 8:30 AM with a light breakfast. The day will conclude with Mass at 4:00 PM followed by a special dinner to celebrate your marriage. Cost is $50 per couple and the retreat will be held at Ruah Woods, 6675 Wesselman Road, Cincinnati, OH 45248. Click the link to register.
Memories and Traditions Celebrating Your Loved one during Christmas You and your family are invited to join us for "Memories and Traditions: Celebrating Your Loved One During Christmas and the Holidays" on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the hospitality room. We will create a special ornament in memory of your loved one who has died and provide helpful ways to embrace your grief during the holiday. 
Men's Night Out
Join the men of the parish for the Men's Night Out evening of fellowship and fun on Friday, January 30 at 7:30 PM
Men's Night Out

Please join us for the “Men’s Night Out” men’s social - A night of fellowship & fun on Friday, January 29 from 7:30 PM- Midnight. Cost is $25 (includes 2 drink tickets and unlimited food!). For more information and to register please click the link!

National Day of Penance - January 22, 2016
National Day of Penance - January 22, 2015
November 8 Memorial Mass
We invite you, your family and friends to join us to acknowledge your loss as we offer our sympathy and prayerful support. We will pray together around the Table of the Lord who died for us and is risen from the dead! A candle will be lit for those loved ones who have died this past year. 
Oktoberfest Dinner
"Guten Tag" from your Knights of Columbus!  Please mark your calendar and join us for a very German Oktoberfest Dinner on Saturday, September 24 at 6:00 PM in the gym.  The dinner will be a fund raiser benefiting St. Max student tuition subsidies."Bis bald!" (see you soon).
Parish Mission


MARCH 10-13

The Parish Mission, featuring Fr. Jude Winkler. 
Community dinner provided by St. Max is from 6:00-6:45 PM followed by the mission from 7:00-8:00 PM.
Planning on attending dinner? Please let us know how many to plan for by signing up here! 

Sunday homilies:  St. Maximilian and his sacrifice
Monday:  Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary:  why, how, etc.
Tuesday:  Taking the risk of giving one’s all for the sake of the Kingdom
Wednesday:  Respect for all people while holding to the truth
Thursday:  How Prayer changes our Hearts and the World
Parrhesia 3.0
Equipping young adults for the New Evangelization. Featuring Father Pontifex. The Great Faith Encounter: Known, Rescued and Driven by Love. Plus! Special Musical Guest, Aprina Johnson from Agape Alive! Mass and Happy Hour! Archbishop Dennis Schnurr

Saturday, October 26th 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM at the Meyer Center at St. Susanna Parish, Mason, Ohio.
For ages 21-35
$20/lunch and drinks provided. 
West Chester coordinates a program each year to help senior citizens in our community with simple yard cleanup chores. Volunteer teams are matched up with senior citizen homeowners in need of help. The program is offered twice each year. We start at 9:00 AM and end around noon. It would be a great opportunity for families or youth groups to give a little time for a wonderful project. The next opportunity is Saturday, November 14. Sign up by contacting Peggy Hill, 513-907-1148,
Seder Meal Sign-Ups
Celebrate the Seder Meal with Dr. Ari Finkelstein, a professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Cincinnati on Sunday, March 22, 5:30-7:00PM in the gym.  Enjoy a Seder Meal much as Jesus would have eaten, and learn more about the link between the faith of Jesus and the Church today. This event is not recommended for children under the age of 10.  Seating is limited to the first 150 people click the link to sign up!  Cost is $25 per family and can be dropped off in the office or paid at the door.  
Sign up to Volunteer at the St. Max Lenten Fish Fry
St. Max Boosters Basketball & Volleyball Clinics
These free clinics are offered to boys and girls, Kindergarten thru third grade.  We will teach the basics in technique and game fundamentals. Each session will be the same. Kids will receive a free gift.  Come learn a bit more about the St. Max Boosters and celebrate God's everyday gift to us. 
St. Max Men's Retreat "Be Strong and of Good Courage!"The St. Max Men's Retreat   "Be Strong and of Good Courage!"
March 22, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Created and run by men and for men, this empowering retreat will help men face the daily challenges in today's secular society.  At a time when Christian morals and values are trampled on, this day couldn't come at a better time.  Have the courage to sign up for this day of fellowship and enlightenment.  Free food too!  Food for lunch and food for the soul!  When two or more are gathered in His name, you will know Christ will be there too.  It will cost you nothing more than a few hours of your time, but it could save you an eternity!  For more information contact Sharon Christy or call 513-777-4322, ext.106.  To register, click here.
Sign Up for Theology of the Body

Please join us as we go deeper into the study of Saint Pope John Paul II's teaching on Human Sexuality, Marriage and Family Life. This is a 16 week study which we are dividing into two 8-week sessions. The first session begins Wednesday, September 30th and ends November 18, 2015. The second session begins January 27th and March 16, 2016. We will meet on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 PM. For more information and to sign up click the link

Training for Interested Eucharistic Ministers
If you are interested in becoming an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion please attend one of the upcoming training sessions. Click the link for dates and times.
Triduum Photo Gallery
A big thank you goes out to everyone who made our Triduum a success! Click the link to view a photo album from the liturgies.
Young Adult Bonfire It wouldn't be fall without a good ole bonfire!! Come on out for the YACHT (Young Adult Catholics Hanging Together) bonfire here at St. Max behind the gym on October 17 at 7:30 PM. Bring something to share & your lawn chair.  
25th Anniversary Cookbook!

Send us your favorite recipes, photos, and stories to include in The St. Max Jubilee Commemorative Cookbook!  Help us make this a special keepsake to celebrate 25 years of parish life.  Send us a family favorite, a kid favorite, or even a recipe in memory or honor of a loved one. Tell us what you love about being part of the St. Max family and how long you've been here.  We'd love some photos of your favorite St. Max activities too.  Submit your contributions and any questions to  
Recipe Form
40 Days for Life Sharonville
From September 28 to November 6, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life … a groundbreaking, coordinated international  mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city – and beyond.
A Morning with Pietra Fitness for Women

Join us for Pietra Fitness, a unique 'whole person' fitness program that integrates physical exercise with Christian prayer while drawing upon the rich and timeless traditions of the Catholic Church, on Saturday March 19 from 9:00-11:00 AM or 11:00-1:00 PM. Suggested donation is $5.

A Wine Tasting for Two
Please join us for our 5th annual Marriage Enrichment Wine Tasting. We will gather for wine, food, and friends. We will sample 4 different wines and learn about food pairings and what flavors can be detected in each wine. Register online now!
Advent Communal Penance Services
Advent Exposition on Mondays
Join us on the Mondays of Advent after the 8:30 AM Mass until 5:00 PM for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel. Just as we do each Thursday, this liturgy gathers the Church in community to give thanks for the great gift of Christ present in the Eucharist. Exposition is a great way to pray for the coming of Christ this Advent! Because Exposition is a communal liturgy, we need to ensure that all the hours are covered with at least 2 adorers. Please sign up using the link!
Archdiocesan Background Checks - Protecting God's Children
Background Checks: Effective January 1, 2014, SELECTiON.COM® will begin doing all background checks, both through fingerprints and electronic database searches, for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. A webinar has been provided to explain this coming change. You may access this Webinar by visiting: and clicking on the “Protecting God’s Children” link across the top. When that opens, you will see another link (in blue) that takes you to the page that allows you to register for the Webinar.
Blessing of Crucifixes

On the weekend of September 14, we will celebrate the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  As part of the weekend’s liturgies you are invited to bring a crucifix or cross from home, as we ask God’s continued blessings upon our parish community and these religious objects which help to focus our prayer in the home.  May this feast of Christ’s triumph on the cross be an opportunity for us to pray for continued strength to follow Jesus faithfully!

Catholic High School Open Houses
Cherub and Children's Choir
Registration is now open for young singers in the parish interested in serving in our Cherub and Children's Choir next year! Our choir year begins with a fun Choir Camp in August. Don't miss the fun all year!
Christmas Greeters

Can you help welcome our parishioners, visitors, and guests for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?  We’re looking for individuals and families who can arrive a bit early for Mass and be the welcoming face of St. Max to everyone who joins us for worship on this holy day. Perfect for families with young children. 

Voices of Experience: The Death Penalty, May 26
The Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action and Family and Respect Life Offices, in collaboration with the Catholic Conference of Ohio and Ohioans to Stop Executions, are organizing a panel presentation on the death penalty on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:00 PM at St. Max! Click the link for more information
Defund Planned Parenthood
Archbishop Schnurr urges 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.
Diaconate Information Meeting


You are cordially invited to a meeting of interested men (and their wives) to learn more about the role of deacons in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  If you have never attended an information meeting about the diaconate, this meeting will be very helpful as you consider a vocation to the diaconate or would just like to learn more about the ministry of deacons in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Meetings take place on October 23, November 13 & 14.

For more information, please click here or read the full article.
Enroll Your Kroger Plus Card!!
The Kroger Community Rewards Program is very easy.  All you need is a Kroger Plus card.  Once you’ve designated St. Max as your charity of choice, St. Max automatically starts earning money! Need a card? Visit to enroll.

NEW this fiscal year, we will be earmarking the funds we receive from Kroger to provide childcare at no cost to our parishioners during certain events, meetings and more! All we ask in return is that you shop at Kroger with your Kroger Plus card and make St. Max your favorite charity!

Opening for an Administrative Assistant
St. Max has an opening for an Administrative Assistant. The position is full time, non-exempt, 35 hours per week. The desired candidate should be a high school graduate, or equivalent, skilled in Microsoft Office and knowledge of, or willingness to learn, PDS, with excellent communication skills. Please send letter of interest, resume, including contact information for three references  to: Application deadline for interested applicants is December 7, 2015 with an employment start date no later than January 3, 2016.
Retirement Reception for Joe Epplen, Principal of St. Gabriel Consolidated School

Come and celebrate Joe Epplen’s 13 years with St. Gabriel Consolidated School and 49 years in education. Join us on Sunday, May 19, 2013 for Mass at 3:00 PM followed by a Dessert Reception until 5:30 PM at St. John’s West Chester.

Everyone is welcome; alumni, current students, family and friends!!

Seeking Nursery Workers/Early Childhood AidesWe are seeking workers to provide safe, secure, and loving care to children ages 0-5 each Sunday morning during the 8am and 10am Masses. Your work will rotate between assisting in the Nursery area or in the Early Childhood (Preschool) program. For more information and to find the application, click here.
St. Max Boosters Winter Sports RegistrationSt. Max Boosters is now registering for winter sports including boys basketball (grades 3-12) and girls volleyball (grades 3-8). Registration forms are located in the gathering space and on the St. Max website.  The registration deadline for basketball is October 1st. The registration deadline for volleyball is October 13th. Coaches and volunteers are needed. Please let us know how you can help. If you have questions, please e-mail 
St. Max has commissioned a hymn text!
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary, a hymn text has been commissioned. We will sing the new hymn at Mass on July 6 & 7!

To download the hymn, please click here.
St. Max is going to World Youth Day 2016!

Can you offer a few hours of time to the parish each month?  The Worship Commission is looking for a new recording secretary to take minutes of their monthly meeting.  Typically, the WC meets on the 4th Monday of each month (except December and July during which there is no meeting) from 7-9p.  The secretary - an ex officio working member - takes minutes, types them up, and submits them for review by the commission.  Minutes are due back to the chair by 2 weeks after the meeting takes place, so there is plenty of time after the meeting to type and submit them.  If you can serve the parish in this way, please contact Debby Kellner, chair, or contact the parish office.
Friday Fish Fry Returns!!

Our 8th Annual Lenten Fish Fry Fridays are here! 
Join us this Friday for food, fellowship and fun! 

We LOVE our volunteers!! Click here to sign-up!

The Rosary...A Prayer for All Ages

THE ROSARY… A Prayer for All Ages

The rich simplicity of praying the rosary has provided the Church with solace and courage through troublesome times for many centuries.  In today’s world – with war and terrorism constant threats, and economic uncertainty and moral upheaval rampant – this prayer is needed as much as ever!  All are encouraged to pray the rosary more often, especially during May and October.
Mark Your Calendars!! 25th Anniversary Event Schedule
Did you get your St. Max memorabilia? Click here for an order form!

The 25th Anniversary committee has planned many wonderful even
ts for the year! Please read the full article for all the exciting details!
Did you know St. Max has a Facebook page?
  Like us on Facebook to get up-to-date information, events and announcements.   
Donate Flowers in Church
To help us celebrate the 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time, the Art & Environment Team is inviting parish families to offer fresh-cut flowers to adorn our church.  It’s easy – the parish makes all the arrangements with the florist – you just contribute $75 on one Sunday. 
Family Promise @ St. Max
 St. Max, along with 12 other churches, will become a host site for local Butler County families struggling with homelessness. We will be providing lodging and meals for three to five families, up to 14 persons, for one week, 4 times per year. Volunteer now!
Re-Enroll Your Kroger Plus Card!!
Once a year Kroger's requires you to re-enroll your Kroger Plus Card! It's simple all you need to do is log-in to and update your information. Please designate St. Max as your non-profit of choice. St. Max's reward number is #80080. Take some time and help us Drive Down the Debt!!
St. Max Parish App

St. Max is excited to announce our new parish app! Available now on both apple and android devices!

Listen to our Podcasts!
Our podcast page is up and running! As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we are bringing you some exciting information and details on our Church and faith. Please visit our St. Max Podcast page! We would love to hear from you! Register on our website and you can leave a comment and join the conversation!
Reporting Abuse in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

REPORTING ABUSE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CINCINNATI - If you know someone who has been abused at any time by an agent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati (priest, deacon, employee or volunteer), the Archdiocese urges you to contact Sandy Keiser, LISW, the Victims’ Assistance Coordinator of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, at 513.263.6623 as well as the victim’s secular legal authorities.


In a spirit of good stewardship, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has instituted a financial misconduct hotline to allow employees, volunteers, vendors and other interested parties to report what they believe to be financial misconduct at any level – parish, deanery or archdiocese. As an additional safeguard, the hotline is administered by an independent third-party company, EthicsPoint. You may report a concern on this hotline either by calling one of EthicsPoint’s trained specialists at 1.888.389.0381 or by visiting the website

Catholics Come Home
Please visit the Catholics Come Home website to find out more.
American Heritage Girls Troop at St. Max!St. Max is chartering an American Heritage Girls Troop, to begin this fall. Their “wish list” items will assist them as they begin their new home here at St. Max. Click here to learn more!

We at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish will be observing our 25th anniversary in the not too distant future.  The silver anniversary will be a 14 month celebration beginning July 6, 2013 and concluding September 14, 2014.  We will be celebrating who we are as a parish community, with significant mileposts highlighted throughout this period. Take our survey!

A Walk Through the MassSunday, March 17, 2013, 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Conference Room. Please join us for A Walk Through the Mass, facilitated by Jeremy Helmes, Pastoral Associate for Liturgy and Music. To learn more, read the full article by clicking on the title.

Pray with St. Max during 40 Days for Life.  Sign up online!

A special letter from Archbishop Schnurr concerning the elections.

Read more here...

Read Archbishop Dennis Schnurr's response to last week's announcement by the US Department of Health and Human Service that almost all employers, including catholic employers, would be forced to provide health coverage contrary to catholic moral teachings.

The Community of the Good Shepherd and the Parishes of St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Margaret of York and All Saints present this lecture series on religious freedom as an opportunity to take a closer look at some of the concerns of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, expressed in their committee statement, “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” (March 2012). We will also explore the Vatican II tradition in the area of religious liberty, what our U.S. Constitution has to say about the freedom of religion, and its moral and practical ramifications.

Administrative Assistant Job Opening

St. Maximilian Kolbe Roman Catholic Church, located in Liberty Township, OH and within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is seeking a candidate for the position of Administrative Assistant.  The Administrative Assistant is a member of the parish support staff and reports to and is supervised by the Pastoral Associate for Stewardship and Parish Resources.

04 Advent Communal Penance Services

Please find the St. Andrew Deanery Advent 2012 Individual and Communal Penance Services Schedule here.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Music Ministry will participate in Lessons & Carols - An Evening of Seasonal Music & Scripture featuring the Adult, Children's and Handbell Choirs of St. John the Evangelist & St. Maximilian Kolbe Parishes. For more information, click here.

All Saints - A Holy Day of Obligation

There will be a Mass for the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed or All Souls on November 2, 2011 7:30 PM with a reception following, hosted by our Bereavement Ministry, Companions on a Journey.

St. Maximilian Kolbe is truly blessed to have such active and dynamic parishioners. Thank you for sharing your time, talent and treasure. Our Annual Parish Report highlights a small piece of the gifts of our parish and faith. Please take an opportunity to review the report here.

Archdiocesan Fingerprinting

There will be no fingerprinting/background checks available throughout the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, including St. Max, this Thursday, April 19th.  Fingerprinting will be available Tuesday from 9:30-11:30 AM and 1:30-4:30 PM; and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30 AM and 1:30-7:30 PM.

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, February 22nd.  Masses are at 8:30 AM and 7:30 PM.  A Liturgy of the Word with ashes will be at 12:00 Noon.  

At Home With the Word invites you to read and reflect on the complete Sunday Scriptures, by yourself or with others.

At Home With the Word 2013 $6.00
At Home With the Word 2013 (Spanish) $6.00
At Home With the Word 2013 (Large Print) $10.00

Also available now:
Sunday Missal (begins December 2, 2012 through November 24, 2013) $3.00

All books are available for purchase in the parish office.

Attention all Ministry Leaders, Commission and Council Members

The Ministry Leadership Meeting is scheduled for September 6th!


The deadline for submission of assessments for summer home study is quickly approaching:  August 31st!  Please do not hesitate to contact the RFY Office at 777-4322 x 120 or with any questions you may have throughout the year.

All college-bound students from St. Max are invited to a cookout at the rectory next Sunday, August 5th, from 4-8p.  Click the link above to RSVP online. Contact Marv Nieport with any questions.
Blessing of Animals

St. Max will celebrate a blessing of animals on Tuesday, October 4, at 6:15 in the prayer garden off the back parking lots between the parish offices and the family life complex. Only bring your pet if they can handle crowds or be easily transported. IF it is raining, the blessing will be cancelled - you can find the home blessing in our bulletin.

Boys CYO Basketball

We are now accepting registrations for boys basketball.  Boys entering grades 3 - 8 are encouraged to play.  Registration forms are located on the website or in the gathering space.  All registrations should be sent directly to the parish office by October 3rd. We are also in need of coaches and volunteers.  If you have questions, please e-mail Amy Bird.

Has God blessed you with artistic talent?  Are you creative?  Do you enjoy “crafty” things like scrapbooking, stamping, etc.?  Read on...

Calling all CRHP alumni

On the weekend of Oct1/2, St. Max's women's Team 19 will be going up to Miamisburg and giving to Team 1 at St. Henry's Parish.  Given that this is their first weekend ever, I would like to ask you to for help with providing HELP letters for the women attending the weekend.

Cancelled - Decree on Child Protection Video Workshop, Wednesday, April 4

St. Max will not be offering the Decree on Child Protection Video Workshop on Wednesday evening, April 4th due to Holy Week.

Caregiver Retreat for Families with Special Needs

Our 3rd Annual Parent & Caregiver Retreat for St Max & St John hosted by the Include Me Ministry for parents of special needs children will be held at St Max on Saturday October 22nd! Our theme is: P.I.C.K.L.E!

For a complete list of Archdiocesan High School Open Houses, please click here.

Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the Teachings of the Catholic Faith:  All are welcome!  Wednesday, March 7 & Wednesday, March 14, 7:00-9:00pm, Rooms 9 & 11 of the Fr. John Porter Family Life Complex

Each year, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati joins with dioceses across the country in setting aside one week to celebrate our Catholic schools. This year, Catholic Schools Week will begin on Sunday, January 29th.

Celebration of the Dedication of our Parish Church

This weekend of October 29-30, we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the dedication of St. Maximilian Kolbe Church.  The most Reverend Bishop Joseph Binzer will celebrate Noon Mass on Sunday.  There will be receptions on the plaza/gym after all Masses.  Please join us!

Next year, the youth and teen choirs from Saint Maximilian Kolbe and St. John Parishes will be joining together to travel to Washington, D.C. for the 2013 Pueri Cantores International Congress. Thousands of singers from around the world will descend on the nation’s capital for 5 days of music, prayer and fun! All singers ages 9 – 18, currently or recently involved in St. Max's Music Ministry Program are invited to attend this wonderful event!

The details of our tour will be organized by Music Celebrations, International. We will hold two meetings with our tour consultant and the CEO from MCI on August 1st. Interested parents should attend one of those meetings to have all their questions about trip details, accommodations, transportation, costs and other concerns. Here is the schedule:

August 1st at 10 am – St. John the Evangelist Parish in the Church

August 1st at 7:30 pm – St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish in the Church

Chili Cook-off

It's Chili Cook-Off time!  Please join us for an afternoon of fun and fellowship, Sunday, December 4!  Bring your appetite and wear your Bengals garb as we watch the Bengals on "the big screen" in the St. Max gym and cheer them on to victory against the Steelers!  Festivities begin at game time, 1pm.  Register here!

Please register here to enter our Chili Cook-Off Contest!!

Christmas "Undecorating" Party

Tonight is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.  Vespers are at 7:30 - immediately following is the 'undecorating' of the parish Church and Gathering Space.  We'd love it if you'd pitch in to help!

Christmas Food Basket Program

The Christmas Food Basket Ministry is a special once a year reach-out program in which all members of the parish can participate. St. Max parishioners select a specific needy family from lists provided by local agencies and then purchase food ($100-$150) to feed this family during the holiday season. Dennis Blake, the current coordinator, is seeking co-coordinator(s) to assist him in this worthwhile ministry.  If you are interested in serving, please e-mail Dennis.  If you want to learn more about the Charitable IMPACT ministry and their team, visit their page! 

ChurchCast web streams were temporarily unavailable this past weekend (June 30 and July 1, 2012) due to the strong thunderstorms and power outages. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

College Cook-Out - Aug 7th

All St. Max Parish college students are invited to come together to share some food, fellowship and fun.

Fr. Geoff and Marv Nieport, our young adult-youth minister, will be visiting colleges to take St. Max college students out to lunch.  All lunches are at 12:30 p.m...

Fr. Geoff and Marv Nieport, our young adult-youth minister, will again be visiting local colleges to take St. Max college students out to lunch.  All lunches are Tuesdays at 12:00 Noon unless indicated otherwise.

Please use the following link to sign-up:

Come out and Pray!

PRAYED FOR BY NAME is a ministry of volunteers who pray daily for our Junior High parishioners.

Congratulations to all of our young people receiving Sacraments during this Easter season.  All Masses are live broadcast via ChurchCast. Hi-resolution DVD's of the Mass of Confirmation and First Communions (after they occur) are available for purchase via ChurchCast.  You can also watch the Masses via the archive.  

To watch the Confirmation Mass, click here.  To order a DVD of Confirmation, click here.

To watch any Mass in which there was a First Communion, click here.  To order a DVD, click here.

Invite your family and friends!  Watch a video preview of this event at  St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish is hosting a FREE EVENT for everyone in the area. If you have an “I will believe it when I see it” attitude, don’t miss this event!  Can miracles stand up to the test of science?

If you are ill, homebound, or travelling and unable to attend, both nights of Tim Francis' presentation will be broadcast via ChurchCast!

Election Day

Election Day in Ohio is November 8, 2011.  Polls open at 6:30 am and close at 7:30 pm.  The Ohio Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued their position on Issues 1, 2, and 3.  Click here to read more.

Enrichment Breakfast for Couples

February 13 is the deadline to RSVP!  Join us on Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 9:30-11:00am for the Annual Enrichment Breakfast for Couples, this year featuring nationally-known speaker and author, Susan Vogt and husband, Jim, speaking and sharing insights on the theme of, "Beyond Talking To Understanding."  Childcare with prior registration.  RSVP to Mary Montour, 777-4322.

We strongly urge all parishioners to register, to become informed on key issues, and to vote. The Church does not support or oppose any candidate, but seeks to focus attention on the moral and human dimensions of issues. We do not authorize the distribution of partisan political materials on parish property. As always, consult the USCCB website for information regarding the recent HHS mandate and national news; the USCCB website "Faithful Citizenship" regarding national political issues; the Ohio Catholic Conference of Bishops for statewide referendums; and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati website for information from the Most Reverend Archbishop Dennis Schnurr.

Please click here to read the full article. For more information on Forming Consciences: Faithful Citizenship. For more information on Ohio Ballot Issues.

Fashion Show Planning Meeting

The Girls Night Out Fashion show is planning an organizational meeting.  The meeting is Sunday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m. in rooms 2-3.  Questions, please contact by emailing Debbie Bailey or calling 737-4481.

     Pancake Dinner!


Join us February 12, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM to celebrate! 

Prices are $5 for an adult and $3 for children with a $20 family maximum.
WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!! To signup to help click here

Print your presale tickets, games and rides form and return it for the best deals at the Festival! 

The driveway will narrow down to one side in and out on Tuesday, June 5th.  Please pay attention to all signs and speed limits.


Due to the number of bad checks received at the festival in recent years, the Major Awards booth will NOT be cashing any personal checks for cash this year. We will only be accepting credit cards in exchange for cash with a 2% fee. We will have two ATMs onsite as we normally do. We WILL continue to accept checks for the purchase of Kolbe Kash tickets, for Basket Extravaganza  tickets and for Silent Auction items. We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope you can plan accordingly.

After several years of dedicated service to our Finance Council as both a member and recording secretary, Larry Burkart’s term has ended. We thank Larry for his passion and meticulousness! As a result, the FC is now looking for a non-voting member who could serve as Recording Secretary. Perhaps you have the unique talents to fulfill this important role?  If so, please spend some time in prayer discerning if you might be called to this position.  If interested, please contact Finance Council chair, Connie Michael at Please read the full article for more details!

What is Financial Peace University?

FPU is the most important step to changing your financial future. It is your Total Money Makeover Program. FPU is a 9-week life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more!

Financial Peace University

FPU is a 13-week life-changing program that empowers and teaches you how to make the right money decisions to achieve your financial goals and God's plan for your life. The course includes practical lessons on eliminating debt, building wealth, giving like never before, and much, much more!  All are welcome!

Classes start on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 @ 7pm-9pm

We are now accepting First Communion Mass Choice Forms.

Click here to download your form and return it to Susan Frame in the parish office.  For questions, contact Susan at 777-4322, Ext. 130.

First Eucharist Preparation Retreat Signup

All children preparing to receive Eucharist for the first time are required to attend the retreat, on February 11, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.

Our annual St. Max Fish Frys begin on Friday, February 24, followed by March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30th from 4:30-8:00 PM.  Menu is online!  Carry-out available.  Bring a non-perishable food item for Reach Out Lakota and receive a free soft drink.

Rev. Thomas R. Bouterie will speak at all Masses about a ministry providing direct relief to the poor throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Father Bouterie will share what he has witnessed about Food For The Poor's mission to care for the destitute as a means of living out the Gospel mandate to love one another.

For Allergy Sufferers

For Allergy Sufferers

For our upcoming celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, incense will be used as part of the Midnight, 10 AM AND NOON Masses. We hope that this will enable those with allergies and sensitivities to incense to participate in other Masses-Christmas Eve at 3:00 PM (Church & Gym) and 5:30 PM (Church), at which incense will not be used.

We will officially begin the Fortnight for Freedom with the celebration of a 7:30 PM Mass on Thursday, June 21. (There will be Mass as usual Thursday morning Mass followed by daylong Eucharistic Adoration in the chapel.) After the evening Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in church.  Compline (Night Prayer) will be celebrated at 11:45 p.m. concluding with Benediction at 12:00 Midnight.

As we need to continue to pray for the restoration and protection of religious liberty and freedom of conscience in our country during the days, weeks and months ahead, St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish will also be inaugurating Perpetual Adoration in our Eucharistic Chapel. Please check the Perpetual Adoration page for sign ups.

In April 2012, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the document "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” outlining their concerns over threats to religious freedom at home and abroad.  Our bishops have also called for a Fortnight for Freedom – a fourteen-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom – from Thursday, June 21 until Thursday, July 4.

For the full text of "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” and additional information on educational and prayer resources, please visit

Fr. Robert Barron’s series, CATHOLICISM coming to St. Max on Sunday, November 18, 7-9pm in the Conference Room, with Session One, Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man.  Please join us!

Gift Drive

If you took a tag from the Tender Mercies wreath, wrapped gifts with tags attached should be returned to the Gathering Space Sunday, December 18 by 3:00 PM.  If you do not return your tag, a resident will go with out a present!


Friday, November 11th at 7:00 PM, Respect Life will be hosting a  HEALING AND REMEMBRANCE SERVICE FOR THE LOSS OF AN UNBORN CHILD.

Healing Service for our Nation

“Hallowed Be Thy Name”  Join us for a special prayer service on April 29th at 7 PM in St. Maximilian Kolbe Church.  For more information call Susan Brown 513-227-0844.

HHS Affordable Care Act Panel

Do you want a better understanding of: The Affordable Care Act?  Attend the HHS Affordable Care Act: A Panel Presentation with Q & A on March 8, 2012, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish from 7:00-9:00pm

High School Students - Damon Owens Presents Bl. John Paul II "Created for Love"

Damon Owens will present for all high school aged students Blessed John Paul II’s "Theology of the Body-Created for Love” on Saturday, March 10th.  Unable to attend?  Watch it live on ChurchCast!

Holiday Gift Bazaar

Shop and Socialize during Welcome Sunday at the 12th Annual St. Max Holiday Gift Bazaar next Sunday, November 20, from 9:00am – 2:00pm.  Check out our list of vendors.  All vendor fees benefit "Drive Down the Debt".

Thursday, December 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and a holy day of obligation.  Masses are at 8:30 AM and 7:30 PM.

Hope, Strength and Healing through Grief Retreat-CANCELLED

The Bereavement Ministry "Hope, Strength and Healing Through Grief" Retreat scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, November 5, 2011 has been CANCELLED.  Please check the website for a new rescheduled date.  Contact our Bereavement Ministry with any questions.

In Memoriam

Please pray for the repose of the soul for parishioner Mary Jane Staudigel, wife of John and mother of Diane LaSance. Visitation is Tuesday, September 13th at 10:00 AM with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM.

In Memoriam

The funeral Mass for parishioner Jim Scheper is Friday September 2, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

In Memoriam

Please pray for the repose of the soul of parishioner John "Ted" Janos.  Visitation will be in the Gathering Space of St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church from 10:00 - 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 31st, with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be at St. Stephen's Cemetery, 1314 Greenwood Avenue, Hamilton, OH.  A celebration of Ted's life will follow in the gym of the St. Max Fr. John Porter Family Life Complex.  

Click here for directions to our parish.

Have you been thinking about the Catholic faith? Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) begins September 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room. Please contact Carol Heuser at 777-4322 ext. 104 for more information.

Introducing our new Communication Coordinator

St. Max has hired a new Communications Coordinator.


JrHigh1X1, Youth Group for 7th and 8th Graders - 

Nov 6 – The Problem with Taking What You Want

Come to the gym between 5:30 and 6:00. We finish by 7:30 and exit from the main Church doors. NOTE – we arrive to the gym and leave from the Church. ‘Bible Stars’ Bible Study follows from 7:30-8.

Junior High Youth Retreat

Hey, 7th and 8th graders-You have asked for a retreat for junior high and we have one scheduled!!! Please don’t delay in registering by September 1. The Junior High Youth Rally 2011 is at St. Michael Parish in Louisville, KY on Saturday, September 24. We leave here at 7am and return about 10:00pm.

Great News!!  Kroger is changing their community rewards program to make it even easier to help St. Max DRIVE DOWN THE DEBT - click to learn how!

Labor Day Mass and Blessing of Tools

Celebrate Mass and pray for the gift of human work on Labor Day

Did you miss your 2012 Lenten Pamphlet with it's resources for Worship, Prayer, Alms-giving and Discussion?  Print yours here!

A Day of Renewal will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29th from 8:30a-Noon for those involved in the Liturgical Ministry.
Join with other liturgical ministers from St. Max in a morning of renewal. Nationally-known liturgist and teacher Ms. Karen Kane will lead us in exploring hospitality and evangelization, and how these important facets of the Christian life impact the liturgical minister. Take time to recharge your “ministry batteries” before the new liturgical year begins! Spend time with other ministers building community, reviewing procedures, reflecting on how we serve our parish at prayer together!

Due to an unforseen Maintenance problem, the Monsignor Whalen Library is closed for repairs until further notice.  If you need return materials to the library, bring them to the parish office or place them in the appropriately marked receptacle in the Gathering Space. Contact Mary Montour or Larry Witsken with questions in the parish office at 777-4322.  

CELEBRATE THE MYSTERY OF FAITH AT ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE - Mark your calendars to join us for the holiest season of the year, the Paschal Triduum!  Register for the Holy Thursday Dinner here.

The parish offices will close at noon on Holy Thursday, April 5th and will not reopen until Tuesday, April 10th at 9:00 AM.  

Please Join Us! Saturday, November 10, 2012, 7:00pm-9:30pm

 for the wine tasting which includes wine to taste, appetizers, and desserts if reservation made by 11/4/2012. $30/couple after 11/4/2012. Clilck here to download registration form.

BABYSITTING: $5 for first 2 children and $1 for each child more than 2. All proceeds benefit the High School Youth Group Trip Fund.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Marriage Enrichment Ministry presents: Annual Enrichment Breakfast!
Courtney Brown from Ruah Woods will be speaking on "God's Plan for a Joy Filled Marriage."
February 16, 2013 from 9:15-11:30 AM
$20 per couple if you register prior to February 4, 2013. $30 per couple if you register after February 4, 2013.

Please click here to download the form.

Funeral Arrangements for parishioner Bill Huber

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Visitation 9:00 - 11:00 AM
Mueller Parker Funeral Home

Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:30 AM

Mass of Christian Burial at St. Maximilian Kolbe

Funeral Arrangements for parishioner Kelly Singh

Saturday, September 15, 2012 11:00 AM

Mass of Christian Burial at St. Maximilian Kolbe

Pat McKenna

    - Visitation in the Parish Life Complex, Monday, April 2, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

    - Visitation in the Gathering Space, Tuesday, April 3, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

    - Funeral Mass, Tuesday, April 3, 11:00 a.m.

    - Parker Mueller Funeral Home assisting
The McKenna family has requested that Pat's funeral be live streamed via the internet.  
Click here to watch on ChurchCast.  


Judy Murtaugh

    - Visitation in the Gathering Space, Tuesday, April 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    - Funeral Mass, Wednesday, April 4, 11:00 a.m.

    - Hodapp Funeral Home assisting

Men's Night Out

Men's Night Out, a social gathering for men of the parish is Friday, February 3rd.  Food, fun and fellowship!  Learn more and register...


Mentor Individuals, Couples & Families

The Welcome Ministry is seeking individuals, couples and families willing to shepherd new St. Max parishioners during their first year in the parish.  The major focus of this ministry is to assist new parishioners as they navigate their way around St. Max, physically, spiritually and socially.

For more information, please contact Cathie Lower

Mighty Max Registration

Mighty Max, a caregiver-child learning program at St. Max, is currently accepting fall registrations.

On August 4th & 5th, the Evangelization & Catechesis ministries will be hosting a ministry "Information & Invitation" gathering after all Masses. The parish community of St. Max invites and welcomes you to be a part of something new and get involved. Your energy and creativity are needed to help our parish thrive! Please join us after all Masses in the Plaza (in front of the doors of the Church)!

Ministry of Care Fall Fling - CANCELLED

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are CANCELLING the Ministry of Care Fall Fling, scheduled for this Sunday, October 16 from 2-4.  We hope to be able to reschedule in the near future.  Please know that your commitment to the Ministry of Care is deeply appreciated by the parishioners, the parish staff and the Ministry of Care Core team.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Caron Bergen directly.

Thanks and God bless you for your efforts on behalf of St. Maximilian Kolbe parish and the Ministry of Care!

National Day of Penance

NATIONAL  DAY  OF  PENANCE  Monday, January 23, 2012 - In all the dioceses of the United States of America, January 22 (or January 23 when January 22 falls on a Sunday) shall be observed as a particular day of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.  (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, #373)

The parish office will be open on Wednesday evenings until 8:00 PM beginning August 8, 2012. Fingerprinting hours will also change and be available Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 AM and 1:30-7:30 PM. This is in addition to our normal scheduled hours.

Need a unique Gift Idea?

The 25th Anniversary Committee is selling beautiful wooden ornaments ($10) and afghans ($50). Please consider purchasing one for someone special! They will be available for purchase in the parish office. Hurry while supplies last!

Each week, the Communications Coordinator at St. Max receives more content than can possibly fit in our bulletin.  Go to our "Out of Parish Events" page to read about the multitude of events happening in our area!

Parish Picnic - Aug 14th

The Parish Staff invites ALL PARISHIONERS to celebrate the Feast of St. Max with a Picnic/Pig Roast on Sunday, August 14th after noon Mass until 4:30 pm.

Join us as we celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, Maximilian Kolbe.

August 12, 2012
After Noon Mass until 4:30
Parishioners/Volunteers will be recognized at all Masses August 12! The Parish Staff wishes to take this opportunity to honor and thank all parishioners for sharing their prayers, abilities & financial resources with our community!

Please register by August 6, 2012. To register click here.

Parish Pig Roast Pictures

The rain held off and the temperatures stayed cool, but the Parish Picnic Pig Roast was one smokin' hot time.  Check out the pictures in the photo gallery!

The final opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Penance at St. Max before Easter is Monday, April 2 – 4:00-6:00 & 7:00-9:00 PM.  For additional opportunities at other parishes:

Perpetual Adoration sign-ups can be found at the bottom of the page by clicking on the praying hands icon below or by using the link provided.

Preschool RFY

Preschool RFY classes resume Sunday, December 4th.

PRESCHOOL RFY Catechist Meeting

 Preschool RFY CATECHIST meeting is being held Sunday, Aug. 28 at 9:30 am in Room 2!
(Preschool 1 Catechists will begin their meeting at 8:15 am)

Rachel Statue Dedication

The St. Max Knight of Columbus Council has purchased for St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, a limited edition bronze sculpture of “Rachel Weeping for her Children.” ALL ST. MAX PARISHIONERS AND OTHERS ARE INVITED TO THE DEDICATION OF THE “RACHEL WEEPING” STATUE ON OCTOBER 1 FOLLOWING THE 4:30 MASS. REFRESHEMENTS WILL FOLLOW IN THE GATHERING SPACE.


RASKALS cleanup is scheduled for Saturday morning, November 12th this year.

Click the link above to sign up for the Summer Family Home Study Retreat once you have registered for Summer Family Home Study.  

Religious Formation of Youth News

Fall RFY Classes begin Monday, September 10th and Wednesday, September 12thIF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY REGISTERED YOUR CHILD(REN), PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. (Remember that there is NO HOMESTUDY PROGRAM duing the school year.)  Registration forms are available online and in the Gathering Space. It is important that we have your registration AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so that  we can provide prepared catechists and balanced classes. Catechists are still needed for grades 1-5 for Fall Classes.  Please prayerfully consider sharing your faith with the youth of our parish.  Please do not hesitate to contact the RFY Office at 777-4322 x 120 with questions or concerns.

Scholarship Opportunity

Attention all graduating high school seniors:

St. Max Boosters is offering a one year $2,000 scholarship each to one male and one female student in support of post-secondary education to graduating high school seniors.  To be eligible you must be a St. Maximilian Kolbe Parishioner, must have completed RFY or Catholic grade school, must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, must provide three (3) reference letters (at least one teacher), must have participated in St. Max Boosters sponsored sports and must have demonstrated community service.

Applications can be found at by clicking here...

As the new liturgical year begins, take our Spiritual Gifts Discovery Exercise to find your place in the Body of Christ at St. Max!

Join fellow St. Max Catholic Singles (AGED 30-70) for Mass & Dinner, Saturday, March 24, 2012. Mass is at 4:30 p.m. with 6:00 Dinner to follow.  Don't delay, register now!

The St. Max Children's Choir was invited to sing the National Anthem at the Dayton Dragons Minor League baseball game on Sunday, May 13th, Mother's Day.  Click here to listen and enjoy!

St. Max Community Sale

ONE MAN’S JUNK IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE! St. Max is pleased to sponsor our 3rd Community Sale-SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011, 9 a.m. – 1p.m. Rain date September 24, 2010

St. Max Ministry Fair - "Sample St. Max"

September 17 & 18, 2011 IN THE GYM AFTER ALL MASSES

The St. Vincent de Paul donations truck will be at St. Max the weekend of April 28th and 29th.  Want to know what to donate?  Click here to visit their website with suggested and needed items. 

Summer HomeStudy Assessments

All assignments were due Friday, August 5th.

The 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal

Click here to find more information about the changes to the texts of Mass this fall!

Theology on Tap - Aug 4, 11, 18, 25

Thirsting for More? Come to Theology on Tap!! All Young Adults Welcome. A speaker series for 20's and 30's year old Young adults married or single.

Touched By Adoption Meeting

On Tuesday, September 20th, families whose lives have been touched by adoption are invited to gather at 7:00 PM in the Large Conference Room at St. Max.  Barbara Wentz, an adoptive mom, will guide us through a meeting format and topics.

Thank you to the parishioners of St. Max – due to your generous contributions we are able to offer VBS at no cost this year.  Registrations and Medical Release Forms are now online! 

Six St. Max parishioners - Mary Montour, Kate Szczap, Giao Bui, Thom Bui, Mai Nguyen and Tam Cao, along with 15 other pilgrims from parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati - will be travelling to Vietnam from June 11 to June 29th. Your prayers are requested for their safe travels. Please check out our website page under Outreach Vietnam Immersion Trip and updates on Facebook!

“Let us entrust our pilgrims to the hands of the Lord. Let us pray that He will give them a prosperous journey and that as they travel they will praise Him in all His creatures; that they will experience God's own goodness in the hospitality they receive and bring the Good News of salvation to all those they meet; that they will be courteous toward all; that they will greet the poor and afflicted with kindness and know how to comfort and help them.”

All parents and heads of households are catechists!  Please join us September 6, 6:30-9:15 PM in the Conference Room for this workshop, presented by Fr. Norm Langenbrunner, to share and discuss the meaning and purpose of catechesis, apply the elements of vocation and stewardship to the role and responsibilities of the catechist, and explain the qualities and characteristics of the catechist as described by the General and National Directories for Catechesis.  Cost: $15.00 requested or free will donation.  For more information or to register: Contact Mary Montour (513) 777-4322


Fall RFY begins in early September. We are in need of catechists, assistants, nursery help and office help.  Please consider becoming part of the RFY team.  Our youth need you!

Join us to walk the Way of the Cross on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM in the Church on all the Fridays of Lent, except Good Friday.


Sunday, October 9, 7:00-8:15pm, OR Monday, October 10, 5:15-6:30pm OR 6:45-8:00pm, Wednesday, October 12, 6:00-7:15pm, in St. Maximilian Kolbe worship space.

Join us here at St. Max as we dig deeper into the richness of the sacred liturgy, including some discussion of the new English translation of the Roman Missal.  RFY Parents, please choose one of these FOUR opportunities to enrich your knowledge and understanding while your children receive similar enrichment in the classrooms of the complex.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Click here to find more information and to register for this upcoming event!

Welcome Weekend

Our next Welcome Weekend reception will be on Sunday, September 18 after the 8:00 and 10:00 masses. 

Sunday, October 21, 7:00-9:00pm in the Conference Room.

Please join us for a short video presentation, followed by discussion with Sheila Munafo-Kanoza, parishioner and leader of Companions on a Journey and Rev. Etta Cavers, presenter and educator for Citizens Against Domestic Violence Coalition and professor at Miami University-Oxford, who will lead adults in understanding what bullying is, how to identify it in our children, and how to promote resiliency and create a virtuous attitude within our children.  RSVP to Mary Montour,

Fr. Geoff would like to cordially invite young adults, single or married, to Christmas gatherings at the Rectory.  Click on the title to register.

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