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Divine Worship and Sacraments Contact:

Karen Kane
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100 East Eight Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-421-3131
Fax: 513-421-1582

Divine Worship and Sacraments

Welcome to the Office for Divine Worship and Sacraments! The purpose of this office for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is to serve as a central location through which the liturgical needs of the Archdiocese can be addressed. The office devotes its efforts to offering liturgical, theological, pastoral, canonical, and historical guidance in the celebration of the Church’s liturgical rites.

The Office for Divine Worship and Sacraments primarily serves pastors, parish musicians and staff persons, parish worship commissions, and parish members by providing consultation and resources in the areas of liturgy, RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), environment and art, music, and the sacraments.


Advent – December 3-24, 2017

Christmas – December 25, 2017 – January 8, 2018

Ordinary Time, Winter – January 14 – February 14, 2018


Christmas Eve/Day:  Sunday, December 24 ~ Monday, December 25, 2017:  The Fourth Sunday of Advent will be observed on Saturday evening, December 23, and Sunday morning, December 24, 2017.  Christmas is to be observed Sunday evening, December 24 and Monday, December 25, 2017.  There is an obligation to participate at Mass for both  the Fourth Sunday of Advent and for Christmas this weekend.  Attendance at one Mass does not fulfill both obligations.  Parishes might consider schedule adjustments this weekend due to the added Masses for Christmas.

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New Year’s Eve/Day:  Sunday, December 31 ~ Monday, January 1, 2018:  The Feast of the Holy Family will be celebrated the weekend of December 30/31, 2017.  Monday, January 1, 2018, Mary, the Holy Mother of God, remains a holyday; however the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated in 2018.  A Mass scheduled in the evening on Sunday December 31st, in anticipation of the January 1st Holy Day, does not fulfill the Sunday obligation for the Feast of the Holy Family.   Parishes are asked to make a special effort to inform the faithful of these calendar advisories and circumstances pertaining to Christmas and New Year this year.

Light Is On For You

In consultation with the Deans, Archbishop Schnurr is once again asking parishes to schedule the Light is On for You on Tuesday, February 27 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.  Please watch for more information and resource materials.

2018 Archdiocesan Liturgical Celebrations

Rite of Election & Call to Continuing Conversion– Sunday, February 18
Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Dayton 3:30 p.m. only

  • Memo, information document and reservation form for Candidates and Catechumens will be posted on ODWS website at 12:00 Noon on Friday, December 15, 2017.
  • Completed forms due ODWS on Monday, January 15, 2018. Names on forms received after this date will not be included in the program.  Any changes to a previously submitted form will not be included in the program if received after this date.
  • Please let us know if there are any individuals attending the Rite of Election with special needs so we can accommodate them accordingly.

Chrism Mass – Tuesday, March 27
Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati – 7:00 p.m.

Neophyte Mass – Sunday, April 15
Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains, Cincinnati – 11:00 a.m.

Future Neophyte Mass Dates:
May 5, 2019
April 26. 2020
April 18, 2021
May 1, 2022
April 23, 2023
April 14, 2024

2018 Workshops

Two-part RCIA Workshop: Condition Critical! with Msgr. Michael Clay – Part I, Saturday, January 6* / Part II, Saturday, May 19 – St. John the Evangelist, West Chester (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Click here for information and registration.  *Snow date of Saturday, January 13

Lex Orandi – Monday, February 19, 26, March 5, 12 – Church of the Assumption, Mt. Healthy – 7:00 p.m.  Click here for information and registration.

Lay Leaders of PrayerRESCHEDULED for Spring 2018!  Thursday, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17 – St. Francis of Assisi, Centerville.  Completion of this workshop qualifies for 3 hours of catechist certification. Click here for information and registration.

2018 Choir Festivals – Save the Dates!

Children’s Choir Festival – February 23 & 24 – St. John the Evangelist, West Chester

Adult Choir Festival – Sunday, April 15 (2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

More information on both choir festivals coming soon!

2018 Annual Publications for Order

The ODWS is taking orders for 2018 annual publications.      Click here for publications and pricing, then email us at to place your order today!       No phone orders, please.