Blessing of St. Therese of Lisieux

May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are
exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite
possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you
have received, and pass on the love
that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you
are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your
bones, and allow your soul the
freedom to sing, dance, praise
and love.

It is there for each and every one
of us.


Men's Society

Men’s Society is open to all men of the parish age 18 and older. Optional annual dues are $5; meetings are the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Center meeting room (6:30 p.m. for summer cookouts). Some of the activities they have are a golf outing, summer cookouts, and the Men’s Appreciation Dinner. The meetings are very brief, primarily to organize the upcoming activities, followed by social camaraderie. 

 The Men’s Society also offers an annual Catholic Action scholarship to a Little Flower student attending Our Lady of Grace School.

2015 Man of the Year

Paul Ahrnsen was recently recognized as the Little Flower Men’s Society MAN OF THE YEAR at the annual Men’s Appreciation Dinner. Paul was recognized for his love of Little Flower Parish, his years of service and leadership as a parish festival chairman and worker, and for his current ministry as a lector and member of the Fundraising Committee. Paul is a graduate of Little Flower School. He and his wife Amy have five children, all of whom attended Little Flower. He is the son of Josef and Doris Ahrnsen, also members of Little Flower Church for many years. Congratulations, Paul, and thank you for your service!

LF Men's Society 2014 Man of the Year

Congratulations to John Meyer in receiving the Little Flower Men's Society Man of the Year recognition for his lifelong service to Little Flower Parish. The annual appreciation dinner held on January 10 marked the 36th time that parishioners have been recognized for volunteer service at Little Flower and in the community. John has been a faithful member of the choir for 50 years, ever since he was in high school. He has also served as organist and was among the first cantors at our Masses. John also volunteers with the parish's PROJECT HOME RUN house rehab project in South Cumminsville. Thank you, John, for your years of service!

Men's Society Annual Appreciation Dinner - January 4, 2013

Showing Appreciation for Men Active at the Parish

By Mark Albert

The Little Flower Men’s Society Appreciation Dinner, to which all men of the parish are invited, is offered each year as a gesture of gratitude to all men who serve the parish through its ministries, organizations, committees, service groups and activities. This year’s event was held in the school cafeteria Friday evening, January 4. About 45 men attended, including several guests from neighboring parishes.

The evening began with beverages, snack foods and hearty appetizer dishes provided by members of the Society, followed by hot entrees catered by Walt’s Barbecue of Groesbeck. These selections included barbecued ribs, beef brisket, pulled chicken, sweet potatoes and green beans, followed by pumpkin pie and other deserts. Fr. Stricker, now in residence at Twin Towers Retirement Center in College Hill, was also present to enjoy the dinner and visit with parish friends. He kindly blessed the gathering and offered a prayer before the meal.

To kick off the “serious side” of the evening, Dave Anneken, president of the Men’s Society, conducted a brief business meeting. He explained the tradition of the Appreciation Dinner and noted that it began 35 years ago at St. Richard Parish and has continued for 21 years at Little Flower after the merger of the parishes. He then turned the floor over to Bob Louderback, Vice President, for the main highlight of the evening, the awarding of the Outstanding Service Award. This annual award recognizes a man of the parish who has shown distinguished service to the parish over the years and has been activity in current or recent parish undertakings. This year’s recipient is Gregory I. Ernst.

In making the presentation, Bob read a detailed but lighthearted history of Greg’s career with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District and a full account of his devotion to the Boy Scout Troop sponsored by the parish. Greg has served as Scout Master for years, faithfully promoting the values and lessons of the true scouting experience. Greg’s son, Matt, an Eagle Scout, offered his own tribute to his father for all he has done to make scouting “an experience of a lifetime.” Greg was awarded a plaque in honor of his contributions to scouting and the parish. His name will be added to the wall plaque, displayed in the vestibule of the church, which includes all past recipients of the award.

Dave Anneken concluded the formal program by presenting a gift certificate to Fr. Stricker for his past service to the parish. Fr. Stricker thanked the Society for its generous gift and commented on his new life at Twin Towers. He said he is happy there and is doing well, that he treats the Catholic residents as a small parish and has about 25 or more attending Mass each day.
After some comments about the activities of the Men’s Society throughout the year, the remainder of the evening was given to friendly conversation and socializing. 

The Men’s Society is open to all men of the parish age 18 and older. It meets the first Wednesday of every month.  

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