Saint Paul’s Food Pantry Changes Availability

The Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Put-in-Bay Ohio has decided, based on the unanimous recommendation of the St. Paul’s Outreach Committee, that the St. Paul’s Food Pantry will be available by appointment, rather than at specific times, as of June 2. Those in need may call Fr. Bob Solon at 419-285-6809, or Mrs. Candy Baker at 440-708-8176 to make arrangements to pick up donations.

St. Paul's Episcopal Put in Bay“We didn’t come to this decision lightly. Recently, both our cash to buy food and our stores of available food have been depleted at a really rapid rate,” said Fr. Solon, St. Paul’s Priest-in-Charge. “Food prices are higher now, and our incoming donations of food and cash weren’t keeping pace. The Food Pantry has been part of our ministry here for some time, and we fervently want to continue this ministry in some fashion through these leaner times.”

Donations of shelf-stable food may be left in the donation bin at the door of the Pantry. For cash donations, please call Fr. Bob or visit the parish website.

The Church and Labyrinth are open for prayer/meditation 10am to 7pm daily.  For further information, contact the church office at 419-285-5981 or at stpaulspib “at”

Saint Paul’s Announces 2023 Summer Hours

St. Paul's Episcopal Put in BayThe Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Put-in-Bay Ohio, is pleased to announce new summer hours for the 2023 summer season, beginning on Friday, May 26, 2023:

  • The Church and Food Pantry will be open daily Monday-Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM.
  • The Labyrinth continues to be open daily sunrise to sunset, with new benches, and brochures available at the entrance to assist those unfamiliar with a Labyrinth.
  • Sunday Worship:
    • Adult Christian Formation at 9am in the Undercroft below the Church
    • The Holy Eucharist with hymns at 10:30am
    • The Holy Eucharist at 6pm
  • Weekday Services
    • Evening Worship on Wednesday & Saturday at 6pm
    • Special Services as announced.

“We really feel we have a special ministry of presence here. The Island is a wonderful place, and it’s our hope that visitors and guests will take advantage of the ‘thin place’ we’re creating.  Come in, rest a bit, perhaps light a candle, and then go on your way in peace, with a new or renewed appreciation  of God’s gifts to all creation,” said the Rev. Bob Solon, Priest-in-Charge.

The summer schedule is anticipated to continue through Labor Day.

For further information, contact the church office at 419-285-5981 or at stpaulspib “at”

Bible Study Group Meets on Tuesday

Bible Study, held at the Cornerstone Building at Mother of Sorrows Church, will focus on the need to look beyond current circumstances and toward the future inheritance of those who live with faith.  The new, nine-week series begins on Tuesday, 10 November 2020, and runs from 7-9pm.  The study of 1 Peter is good for beginners and those who have done studies before.

Mother of Sorrows Holds Community Retreat on March 24th

Put in Bay ChurchCatholic Church Put in BayMother of Sorrows Catholic Church, Put-in-Bay, hosts a Community Retreat on 24 March 2020, from 9am to 3:30pm.  The retreat is based on the book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity.  The book was distributed to most folks on South Bass Island in 2019.  Father Ritter, ordained a priest in 1967, leads the retreat.  He served in many capacities in the Diocese of Toledo, including Administrator of the Diocese.  Lunch is provided for all participants.  To register or ask questions, contact Deacon Mike:  419-285-2741 (Office).

Mother of Sorrows Announces Ash Wednesday Service

Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church Ash Wednesday service is at 3pm.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday.  It is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it, too.  Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the previous year’s palm Sunday Mass.