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4227 State Route 707
Rockford, Ohio 45882
Phone: 419-363-2633

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From the time St Teresa Catholic Church was established in 1937, to the move in 2009, the history of St Teresa is extensive.


St. Teresa Parish Rockford, Ohio
St. Teresa Parish Rockford, Ohio
Fr. Vince's farewell gatherings after Masses this weekend :
Sat, July 13th with cookies and lemonade/water and
Sun, July 14th with donuts and juice/milk/water.
St. Teresa Parish Rockford, Ohio
St. Teresa Parish Rockford, Ohio
Prayers and Help for Those Affected by the Memorial Day Tornados 2019

We were all saddened to hear and see the damage Tuesday morning from the Memorial Day tornado that passed through the West side of Celina affecting IC parishioners and many others. From what we have learned so far, at least 30 of our IC families experienced significant damage and numerous homes were a total loss. We visited or spoke with many families and are still trying to contact others. We have offered assistance, encouraged volunteers to help with the clean-up and continue to be a support to those still trying to comprehend the loss and think about what to do next.

Even while dealing with devastating losses, many of the families shared amazing stories about being spared physical harm, a community coming together to help and support one another, the kindness and generosity of so many and the power of faith and prayer.

Leroy & Joann Felver’s home was a total loss, and yet a crucifix hanging on the wall by the entrance was a sign of God’s enduring protection for them even in devastation. Gerald & Lori Vian said they had four crucifixes hanging on walls in four separate rooms of the house and even though their roof was gone, walls missing and most items were strewn about, all four crucifixes were still on the walls. When Jane Rutledge heard the sirens go off, she started praying for those who may be affected. She soon realized she was praying for herself too as she heard the roar of the tornado pass over her house. Several other parishioners also described their prayers for safety and protection.

Each of the parishioners we talked to reported going to the basement or a safe place in the house, and were grateful for being kept safe. When each of the families were asked what IC Church could do to help, all had the same response. They were grateful for all the help they received. They felt blest to be alive and safe, realizing that things can always be replaced. And what they needed most were our prayers.

One of the first calls we received Tuesday morning was from Bishop Binzer saying that he and Archbishop Schnurr were inquiring how all were doing in Celina and assuring us of their prayers and support. The Archdiocese is responding by encouraging all 200+ parishes to take up a second collection at masses this weekend to help those affected by the storms here in Celina and around Dayton. Normally such funds collected are sent to Catholic Social Services which has the expertise to know how best to assist those in need and distribute the funds. Catholic Social Services has outreach in our local area by providing Medicaid services to the elderly and counseling at the Spiritual Center in Montezuma, but their other services are limited. To better assist those in the Celina area, we will be giving $2,000 of the funds collected here at IC to St. Vincent de Paul to help with those who may come to the Parish Office looking for assistance. Of the remaining funds collected 60% will be given to Our Home Family Resource (117 W Fayette St., Celina) and our IC staff will work with them to provide direct assistance for anyone in need in our Celina community. 40% will be sent to Catholic Social Services to help our brothers and sisters in Dayton. While many have experienced devastating losses here in Celina, we also know that the devastation and losses in Dayton are more extensive with 200+ injuries and over 500 homes, business and other structures heavily damaged, including three Catholic Churches. It is important to care for our own, but we also know that it is important to care for those in other places who are also hurting. Those who would like to make a financial donation to assist those affected by the Memorial Day tornados can make checks out to Immaculate Conception Church or Our Home Family Resource Center and either send or drop off at either location. Those funds will be used to provide direct assistance for anyone in need in our Celina community. If Our Home has any funds left after addressing local needs, those will be directed to other storm victims in the Dayton area.

Anyone who has suffered loss and damage from tornados in the Celina Community and need additional assistance are invited to contact Our Home Family Resource Center 419-586-4663 or IC Church 419-586-6648

The best of our Celina community has been coming to the forefront this week and that includes many of our IC parishioners. So we thank you for all your concern, generosity and outreach and ask that we continue to offer our prayers and support for those affected by the tornado locally, those further away and all suffering from natural disasters.
St. Teresa Parish Rockford, Ohio
St. Teresa Parish Rockford, Ohio shared a post.
For anyone interested in clean up volunteering.
St. Teresa Parish Rockford, Ohio
St. Teresa Parish Rockford, Ohio
All are invited to special Mass tonight at 7:00pm. To pray for favorable planting weather for our farmers and to pray for those affected by the recent tornadoes - especially those in our parish cluster of Immaculate Conception.


St Teresa Catholic Church
4227 State Route 707 Box 445
Rockford, Ohio  45882-0445

Church Office (419) 363-2633
Residence (419) 586-6648       

Rev Ken Schnipke, C.PP.S., Pastor
Rev Vince Wirtner, C.PP.S., Parochial Vicar







Parish News:

Religious Education

CCD registration has begun! Families who attended CCD last year, will recieve registration forms in the mail. New students will be able to pick up forms in the back of church. CCD classes will begin Sunday, September 16, 2018. If any questions, email Cheryl Nichols at or call the office and leave a message.
The CCD program is in need of 1 teacher at this time. Thanks to those who stepped up to teach to fill the void! If you are interested, please contact Cheryl Nichols, CRE at or call the office and leave a message.
Looking forward to a blessed & exciting school year!

Understanding the Bible

You Can Understand the Bible!

If you want a better understanding of our faith, and a deeper relationship with God, then you should join us for The Bible Timeline Study, beginning February 21st. By being a part of this study, you will not only benefit personally, but you will also help to bring about a profound renewal in our parish as we all grow closer to Christ.

The Bible Timeline is a Catholic Bible study that can help anyone to make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God’s Word. The study takes you on a journey through the entire Bible and brings you deep into each period of salvation history, so that you can discover the amazing story woven throughout all of Scripture. The Bible Timeline has helped hundreds of thousands of people to have a better understand the Bible and a deeper relationship with Christ, and it will help you too.

The study will include a series of twenty-four videos presented by Jeff Cavins. Each video will be preceded by a lively group discussion. Everyone who participates will receive a color-coded Bible Timeline Chart, as well as a The Bible Timeline Study Kit.

St Teresa will begin The Bible Timeline on Wednesday, February 21st after stations and mass. For more information or to register for the study visit the registration table after Mass or contact Melissa Fent at 419-305-7056 or


4227 St Route 707  /Box 445

Rockford, Ohio 45882-0445


Office:  (419) 363-2633

Residence:  (419) 586-6648



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