Welcome, Mrs. Randi Hom, our new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry!
I am delighted to announce that Our Lady of Divine Providence family of parishes (formerly known as the S7 Family) now has a full-time Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Mrs. Randi Hom.
The Archbishop has expressed a desire that every family of parishes be well equipped for evangelization and catechesis, especially for the young, the future of the Church. Randi comes to us as an experienced and well-trained youth ministry professional. Her office is located on the St. Bartholomew campus, but her ministry is for all youth and young adults of all six parishes. Welcome, Randi! Fr. Umberg
WE HAVE A NAME!
After much deliberation and prayer, the Beacons Planning Council has decided on a name for our Family of Parishes, which will also serve (probably) as the name of the new parish we will form. The name is Our Lady of Divine Providence.
Thoughts from the Reading
Brothers and sisters: the cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.
1 Cor 10:16-17 2nd Reading for Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ
Christ commanded the early Christians to celebrate the Eucharist from the very beginning of the forming of the Church. We are transformed when we share in the Eucharist and thus it becomes a requirement to serve others, pouring ourselves out as love in the world. That is such a blessing – and we become a blessing by carrying out Christ’s command.
Sr. Margie Niemer, Pastoral Administrator
Greetings in the name of the Lord:
I am Father Ronald Haft, one of your Parochial Vicars. I would like to share a short biography about myself. I was born in 1966 and raised in Colerain Township. Our family consisted of Dad (Dick), Mom (Ruth), and older brothers Rick and Ray. Our family is Catholic but fell away from the faith during my childhood. I attended Ann Weigel Elementary, White Oak Junior High and Colerain High School, graduating in 1985. I completed the Cincinnati Technical College Culinary Arts Program in 1987.
I worked at the North Bend Road McDonald’s from 1984 to 1986, and Evergreen Retirement Community from 1986-1988. I then worked at St. Clare Retirement Community from 1988 to 1991. During this time at St. Clare, I returned to Cincinnati Technical College and completed the Dietetic Technician Program in the spring of 1991. I also worked at St. Francis - St. George Hospital for 8 months in 1991. After successfully
completing the American Dietetics Association national exam, I began working at Lebanon Correctional Institution in October 1991 as a Dietetic Technician, Registered.
In March of 1993, I returned to the practice of the Catholic Faith, receiving First Communion in September 1993 and Confirmation, in March 1994.
I purchased my own home in February 1997. Dad died in 1998. In August 2001, I sold my home and entered Mt. St Mary’s Seminary of the West. I was ordained to the Priesthood May 19th, 2007, and received a Master of Divinity degree. I was Parochial Vicar at St. Charles Borromeo in Kettering, 2007 to 2010. I was Pastor of St. Peter in Chains in Hamilton, from 2010 to 2013. I was Administrator of St. Teresa of the Infant Jesus, Covington, Ohio, and Parochial Vicar to Immaculate Conception, Bradford, St. Denis Versailles, and Holy Family, French Town, 2013 to 2017. I was Pastor of St. Antoninus Church, Green Township from 2017 to 2022.
I have been a chaplain at Dayton Correctional Institution. I am currently the “Courage” and “Encourage” Chaplain for the Cincinnati area. I am also trained in “Integrity Restored”.
My brother Rick died in 2015 and is survived by his children, Sarah, Ricky, Becca, and grandchildren, Searra, Erika, Alaina, and Marissa. Mom died in 2018. My brother Ray lives in Dry Ridge, KY, on Williamstown Lake.
I am excited to be with you as we all embrace Beacons of Light under the leadership of our Pastor Father Umberg.
Yours in Christ,
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