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Catholic Social Action Contact:

Cincinnati
Tony Stieritz – Director
Tammie Mers – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
100 East 8th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513) 421-3131 ext. 2660
Fax: (513) 421-1582
Email: csa@catholiccincinnati.org

Dayton Office
Pam Long – Regional Director
Pat Grab – Administrative Assistant

Catholic Social Action
1436 Needmore Road
Dayton, OH 45414
Phone: (937) 224-3026
Fax: (937) 341-5036
Email: csadayton@catholiccincinnati.org

Rural Life Ministry

Broering Family, St. Henry Parish to host the Rural-Urban Mass

A grain and dairy farming family in St. Henry, Ohio, will welcome Bishop Joseph Binzer of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, as well as Catholics from the St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries to this year’s Rural-Urban Mass.

The Bishop will say Mass in the equipment barn of Jim and Jan Broering’s farm at 3920 State Route 119, Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. The hosting parish is St. Henry in St. Henry, Ohio. The Mass is part of the parish’s celebration of its 175-yearhistory. Some seating will be provided, but individuals attending Mass also are welcome to bring lawn chairs.

At Mass Bishop Binzer will present Catholic Century Farm Awards to 24 Catholic farm families who have applied for admission to the Catholic Century Farm Registry for the Sidney and St. Marys Deaneries.  The award recognizes Catholic families who have continuously farmed the same land for 100 years or more.

The Bishop also will bless soil and water that will be distributed after Mass. Parishioners at the hosting parish will offer refreshments following Mass.

The annual Rural-Urban Mass is an opportunity for farmers and the people who share in the benefits of an agricultural community to come together in a prayerful way to praise God for the blessings of faith, farm and family.

“Catholic Rural Life of the St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries plans the Rural-Urban Mass, alternating it between the two deaneries,” said Vern Seger, Chair of Catholic Rural Life.

Catholic Rural Life serves Catholics who directly work in agriculture or live in communities supported by agriculture. Catholic Rural Life of the St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries also has offered Rural Plunges to university and junior high school students in addition to the Rural-Urban Mass.

The local group meets in January, March, May, September and November on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Senior Living Community, 2860 U.S. Route 127, Celina. Call Pam Long, Regional Director of the Catholic Social Action Office, for more information, 937-224-3026, or email plong@catholiccincinnati.org .

 

Catholic Century Farm Registry

The heritage of family farming for a century is something to be celebrated.  The Catholic Rural Life Conference of St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries is now accepting applications for the 2014 registration for the Catholic Century Farm Registry.  Click here for information and an application for the registry.

Dorothy Bensman prepares to process out after receiving a Catholic Century Farm Award. The farm that she and her late husband Tom farmed was the oldest recognized at the 2013 Rural Urban Mass with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presiding. The farm was established in 1842.

Dorothy Bensman prepares to process out after receiving a Catholic Century Farm Award. The farm that she and her late husband Tom farmed was the oldest recognized at the 2013 Rural Urban Mass with Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr presiding. The farm was established in 1842.

 
 

 

 

 

Ohio Catholic Rural Advocated on the U.S. Farm Bill in 2013

Dioceses throughout the state are calling for a farm bill that helps family farms, protects productive and fragil lands, reforms out-dated farm subsidies, provides fair and adequate food assistance for the hungry both in the U.S. and abroad.  To learn more, click here.

What is Rural Ministry. . .

Dedicated parishioners, priests, religious and bishops join together in a common purpose to the rural church, rural people, and their communities.  The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is served by two Rural Life Conferences, which operate under the auspices of the Catholic Social Action Office:  The Catholic Rural Life Conference of St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries and the St. Martin Rural Life Conference.  These conferences educate and assist parishes and parishioners about rural life concerns by identifying needs, providing resources and advocating a moral perspecitvie.

The St. Marys and Sidney Deaneries Rural Life Conference covers Darke, Mercer, Auglaize, Shelby and Miami Counties.  For a brochure of information on this organization, please click here.

The St. Martin Rural Life Conference is organizationally located within the St. Martin Deanery and meets regularly at St. Mary Church in Arnheim, Brown County.  The St. Martin Deanery covers five counties in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati: Adams,  Brown, Clinton, Highland, and the western portion of Clermont.  For brochure of information on this organization, please click here.

Check out this January 2012 article from The Catholic Telegraph to learn about the work of the conference and to meet one of the farm families involved: “Catholic farm families share gifts and challenges of rural life.”

The conference:

  • Assists parishes in organizing “rural life masses” and other observances
  • Provides liturgy resources for rural parishes
  • Promotes prayer, healing and reconciliation
  • Monitors state and national legislation; advocates and prepares statements and provides legislators with resources on rural issues.
  • Provides parishes with resources on farm, rural and environmental issues.
  • Monitors and influences land use and development planning
  • Works for credit and lending for farmers
  • Advises and updates the Archbishop and the Catholic Social Action Commission.

Experience a “Rural Plunge!”

Both Archdiocesan rural life conferences offer immersion experiences for parishioners and students from inner-city and suburban parishes into rural communities.  These enlightening opportunities expose participants to the joys and struggles of local farm families and provides them with a greater appreciation of rural life values and the source of food.  To learn more, download the Rural Plunge Brochure.

Ohio Rural Life Conference

Ohio CRLC Website

This site provides Rural Life resources such as rural life prayers, legislative updates, Catholic social teaching and more!

National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC)

NCRLC WebSite