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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.

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.

Fatima Celebration

Don’t miss the 100th anniversary celebration of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima on Friday, October 13, 7:00p.m. at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral.  Archbishop Schnurr will lead this Marian celebration, which will include a festive procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, recitation of the Rosary in various languages, scriptural meditations and beautiful music in a beautiful space!  Join us on this joyous occasion! Click here for the poster:

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 Friday, January 12, 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.
  • You must let us know if there are any physically handicapped individuals attending and the nature of the handicap so we have time to accommodate 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

Copyright and Churches – Music copyright document for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

2017-2018 Workshops & Gatherings

Lay Leaders of Prayer – Thursday, October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16 – St. Francis of Assisi, Centerville – 7:00 p.m.  Click here for information and registration.

Liturgical Renewal for Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion – Tuesday, Oct. 17 – Ascension, Kettering (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), Monday, Oct. 30 – All Saints, Cincinnati (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) and Our Lady of Lourdes, Cincinnati (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.), and Monday, November 6 – St. Michael, Fort Loramie (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Click here for information and registration.

RCIA Gathering: Formation and the Path to Conversion – Wednesday, October 18 – All Saints, Cincinnati (1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) / St. John the Baptist, Tipp City (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) Click here for information and registration.

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.

Save the Date(s)!

RCIA Workshop with Msgr. Michael Clay – Saturday, January 6 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)* and Saturday, May 19 (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) *snow date of January 13

Children’s Choir Festival – Friday, March 2 and Saturday, March 3 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) – St. John the Baptist, West Chester

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

More information on these events coming soon!

 2017-2018 ODWS Events