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Cincinnati, OH 45248

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Outreach Ministries

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’” (Matthew 25:35-36) 

As members of His “universal” Church, Jesus calls us to be concerned for all of humanity. This group sponsors parish programs that attempt to broaden awareness of social justice issues, especially in regard to the Church’s teachings. It also reaches out beyond parish boundaries in works of charity, such as Operation Shoebox, the Christmas Giving Tree, the St. Leo Toy Drive, and Jail Ministry. In addition, there is an Outreach Ministries collection once every 3 months to benefit an organization recommended by the Outreach Ministries Committee. All are welcome to our monthly meetings. 
For more information, contact Bill Tonnis, btonnis@olvisitation.org or Lynn Hensler, LynnHensler@yahoo.com or 941-1881. 


Abolishing the Death Penalty - Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Abolishing the Death Penalty


For many decades, the Catholic Church has strongly discouraged the use of the death penalty as a means to protect citizens. It is an assault on human dignity and violates our belief in the value of all life. Dating back to the 1970s, the U.S. Bishops have stood in opposition to the death penalty. Popes Saint John Paul II (the death penalty is “cruel and unusual”), Benedict XVI (we “must make every effort to eliminate the death penalty”), and Francis (“unacceptable” and “cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment”) have all written in opposition to the use of the death penalty. Ultimately, in 2018 the Catechism was updated and called for the abolition of the death penalty (#2267). Likewise, the Ohio bishops have, since the ‘70s, encouraged state law makers to end the use of the death penalty in OH. Just this past year, the Ohio bishops thanked Gov. DeWine for the multiple reprieves he has granted. Sadly, despite multiple attempts, it is still legal in OH.


Thankfully, there is a real possibility that we can abolish the death penalty in OH this year. Two key pieces of legislation – SB 108 and HB 183 – have been introduced that would abolish the death penalty. The Ohio bishops collectively and Archbishop Schnurr individually have issued statements supporting this legislation, and their voices joining a growing state-wide coalition working to end the death penalty. We encourage all Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to join in the effort to end this state-sanctioned violence and respect all life, from womb to tomb.

Death Penalty Abolition: Why the Time is Now


The death penalty system is broken and, to date, nine men in Ohio have been found innocent after spending decades on death row. Implementing the death penalty is a violation of human rights, no matter the crime. Research shows that receiving the death penalty in Ohio is largely dependent on geographic location and race. Currently, Ohio has two bills moving through the legislature that would repeal and abolish the death penalty. The movement has never gotten this far or shown this much promise of succeeding.


The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Social Action Office is partnering with Crossroads Church to welcome Bekky Baker from IJPC on Thursday, July 22 at 7:00 p.m. over Zoom

for a discussion on the history and implications of death row, the faith perspective on the death penalty, and what we can do to end it.

Assistance Available for Returning Citizens - Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Assistance Available for Returning Citizens

Returning Citizens (i.e. ex-felons) face many challenges as they seek to integrate back into their communities and be productive members of society.

The Help Program (www.helpprogramcincinnati.net) was started several years ago by Marianist Brother Mike Murphy with a focus on providing assistance to Returning Citizens. Initial emphasis is placed on helping Returning Citizens find jobs as well as providing a range of other essential services, including transportation to and from their worksite. The HELP Program is based at St Francis De Sales parish in Walnut Hills and is a partner with the Archdiocese’s DISMAS Task Force.

Should you know of ex-felons in need of assistance or perhaps your parish may be interested in a presentation to learn more about the HELP Program, please contact Wilson Willard, Executive Director at 513-432-0907 or email HELPProgramCincinnati@outlook.com.