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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

Anthony J. DiCello
Archdiocesan Music Director

Monica Sellers
Administrative Assistant

Divine Worship and Sacraments

Click here for Guidelines for the Resumption of Public Worship

Public worship may resume as of May 25, 2020.  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:

Now and At the Hour of our Death

Catholic Medical and Funeral Planning for the End of Life

Tues, Aug 18          7p-8:30p    OR    Weds, Aug 19        1:30p-3p 

It’s never too soon to begin thinking about our own funeral, end-of-life care, and who will be making those decisions. Join us for this virtual workshop to learn about how to get started on planning a Catholic funeral and what the Church teaches on key end-of-life issues.

Click here to find out more and register for this FREE virtual workshop!

Pastoral Musicians’ Evenings of Renewal 2020

Cincinnati area: Mon, Aug 31, All Saints Parish, Kenwood

Dayton area: Tues, Sept 1, St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Kettering

7p Sung Vespers, followed by Awards & Reception

Join fellow pastoral musicians from around the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for an evening of renewal as we kick off a “new year” of ministry leading our parish communities in sung worship.

In addition to celebrating Evening Prayer together and a reception to conclude, we will honor our colleagues who are completing their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th, or 60th years of service to the Church, and honor those who have recently retired or will be retiring in the coming year.  If you will celebrate a jubilee this year, please contact the ODWS.

There is no charge to participate, but please RSVP by Aug 15 so we can have enough worship aids and food.

*If necessary, these gatherings will be converted to virtual experiences held online

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.