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Memorial Mass for Fr. Mark Schmieder

We will celebrate the life of Fr. Mark Schmieder, founder of St. Francis-St. Joseph Catholic Worker House with a series of Masses held throughout the Christmas season at various churches in Cincinnati and Covington. This year marks the Five Year Anniversary of Fr. Mark's death on December 24, 2009.

Read about Fr. Mark in an article published in our 2010 Newsletter entitled Fr. Mark Schmieder: A Man for Others.

The memorial Mass at St. Francis Seraph Church on December 20 will be followed by the house's Annual Christmas Party held at the homeless shelter at 1437 Walnut Street. All are welcome. For more information on how you can help the shelter's guests this Christmas, please contact house manager, John Clark or call (513) 381-4941.

Memorial Mass Schedule

December 20, 5:00 PM
St. Francis Seraph Church
Liberty & Vine Streets, Cincinnati
Celebrant: Rev. Stanley Neiheisel

Dec 22, 8:00 AM
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
5890 Buckwheat Road, Milford OH 45150

Dec 24, 8:30 AM
St. Joan of Arc Church
12735 W 58th Ave, Arvada CO 80002

Dec 26, 8:15 AM
St. Bernadette Church
1471 Locust-Lake Rd, Amelia OH 45102
Celebrant: Rev. Wm. Stockelman

Dec 27, 7:30 AM
St. Andrew Church
552 Main St, Milford OH 45150

Jan 1, 6:30 AM
All Saints Church
8939 Montgomery Road, Montgomery OH 45236
Celebrant: Rev. Dennis Jaspers

Jan 3, 12:05 PM
Our Mother of God Church
119 West 6th Street, Covington KY 41011

Jan 5, 12:10 PM
Purcell Marian High School
2935 Hackberry Street, Cincinnati 45206

The House

St. Francis - St. Joseph Catholic Worker House is a safe and dignified environment where homeless men can work on securing immediate needs of housing, employment, drug/alcohol rehabilitation and case management. We’ve been an emergency shelter since 1985, so our primary goal is to assist guests in finding permanent housing as quickly as possible.

Our existence is totally dependent on private donations; we receive no governmental funding. Less than 6% of our annual budget goes to administrative expenses. Building a family of personal and community relationships with those who believe in our mission is critical to our success and our survival.

Learn more about us, who we serve, and how you can help.

House Needs

Pillows, towels, wash cloths, salt, pepper, spices, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, pickles and paper towels. Donations of any of these items are always appreciated.


St. Francis - St. Joseph CW House operates successfully on a small budget. Our needs are few and simple. But, we do request your financial help to continue the good work.

Please consider sending a tax-deductible gift to support the good work at the worker house. Donate online, or mail a check payable to SFSJ to our address below. Thank You.