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Divine Worship and Sacraments Contact:

100 East Eighth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-263-6609
Fax: 513-421-1582

Jeremy Helmes

Matthew Geerlings
Archdiocesan Music Director

Monica Sellers
Administrative Assistant

Divine Worship and Sacraments


Click here for Guidelines for the Resumption of Public Worship

The dispensation from Sunday obligation continues until further notice.

Mission Statement

The Office for Divine Worship and Sacraments (ODWS) assists the Archbishop in his role as “high priest of the flock” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 41), supporting the Church of Cincinnati in celebrating the sacraments and other celebrations of divine worship.  “Christ is always present in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1088)

The ODWS aims to:

Please share with those who train and coordinate EMHCs in your parish!

This Holy and Living Sacrifice: Formation for EMHCs

Virtual formation for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion is now scheduled for this fall in English and Spanish.  These online sessions are perfect for new EMHCs and veterans needing a refresher.  There are sessions focusing on ministry to the sick and homebound which are ideal for those ministers looking to serve the community in a new way.  More information and registration are available here.

A Pandemic Christmas

Find strategies and guidance to help your parish celebrate the Nativity of the Lord this December joyfully and safely.

Bicentennial Hymn: Christ Our Light
Download the text, musical setting, and other resources for our newly-commissioned hymn.


With Great Joy: Resources for the Baptism of Children

Explore resources for ministry to young families preparing for the baptism of their children.  Find followup materials from our recent workshops With Great Joy and many other helpful resources for pastoral ministers.

Guidelines for Renovating and Reconfiguring a Church

This new document lays out what kinds of projects need consultation with the Archdiocesan Committee on Sacred Art & Architecture, and ultimately approval of Archbishop Schnurr. Before you begin a renovation or reconfiguration project in your church, chapel, or oratory, please reference these guidelines and contact the ODWS or the chair of the committee with any questions or concerns.