Our Lady of Consolation Parish had its beginnings in the 1860s when Father Edward Vattman visited Carey weekly from Saint Michael’s in Findlay. In 1868 when the parish was formally established, it was named Saint Edward’s. Father Joseph P. Gloden, a native of Luxemburg and Carey’s third pastor, arranged to change the name to Our Lady of Consolation in honor of the patron Saint of Luxemburg. When Father Gloden was able to acquire a replica of the statue of Our Lady of Consolation from the cathedral in Luxemburg City in 1875, and following the miraculous procession with the statue from Frenchtown to Carey on May 24 that year, Our Lady of Consolation became a popular Marian shrine drawing pilgrims from many locations. See www.olcshrine.com. The parish of Our Lady of Consolation continues as a parish with 1200 registered families, a variety of ministries and a Catholic school serving the village of Carey and surrounding communities in Wyandot County. We are part of the Deanery of Saint Francis of Assisi in the Diocese of Toledo www.toledodiocese.org. The parish has been served by the Conventual Franciscans since 1912, www.franciscansusa.org.
Year of Mercy Celebrations at the Shrine
To deepen our experience of this Holy Year of Mercy, special celebrants and homilists have been invited to our Noon Sunday Mass on most first Sundays of the month. Most of these celebrants will also lead our 2:30 Devotions on these days.
September 4, 2016
Very Rev. Msgr. Michael Hohenbrink, VF
Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Findlay, OH. Dean of the St. Francis Deanery. Priest of the Diocese of Toledo.
October 2, 2016
Fr. David Schalk
Pastor of Christ the King Parish, Columbus, OH. Priest of the Diocese of Columbus. August Novena Preacher 2015.
November 13, 2016: Closing of the Year of Mercy
Fr. Ronald A. Schock
Pastor St. Joseph, Monroeville and St. Alphonse, Peru. Priest of the Diocese of Toledo. Member of the Shrine Board. August Novena Preacher 2004.
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Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy”, after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”, has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout his- tory, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time”, when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father. Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.
We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.
At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have pro- claimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.
Entering through the Holy Door means discovering the depths of the Father’s mercy, who seeks each of us personally. - Pope Francis
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