Fr. Tom Merrill OFM Conv Pastor and Rector

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.+


Adoration in the Shrine Park

Join us, Sunday, October 11, for outdoor Adoration in the Shrine Park from 6:00 — 8:00 PM.  Sacrament of Reconciliation available.  Bring a chair, stay for the whole event or simply visit for as long as you feel called!


Family Day – September 27

Family Consecration: A Message of Hope During These Critical Times

We are living in such critical times where the line between good and evil, between God and those who oppose Him, has become more apparent than ever.  Fear and anxiety has gripped the hearts of many.  However, in these challenging times, we can choose to respond with faith and hope. We can take action. Families are called now more than ever to become “hotspots” of faith and hope where Christ reigns.  It is time for families to consecrate themselves anew to Christ through Our Lady in union with St. Joseph and become beacons of light and reparation in society. It is time for us to decide who we shall serve.  This is Family Consecration.  It is a message of hope for our times.  Learn more about it this September 27th.

Presenter:  Zennel Sy is a life member of the consecrated community of the Apostolate for Family Consecration or AFC.  The AFC, founded by Jerry and Servant of God Gwen Coniker, is a Catholic family ministry devoted to supporting families grow together in truth and holiness through events, online formation resources and membership.   Located in Bloomingdale, Ohio, the AFC promotes family consecration and hosts family events, personal and group retreats, and pilgrimages in its John Paul II Holy Family Center, also known as Catholic Familyland, and home to the Holy Family of Fatima Prayer Site.

Zennel passionately believes that restoring families back to Christ through the Holy Family is the means to transform our society.  A certified public accountant and banker by profession from Manila, Philippines, he joined the community in 1997.  He has served in various capacities within the AFC including  membership, evangelization resources, finance, marketing, fundraising, organizing pilgrimages, staff training and teaching catechism.  Aside from apostolic ministry, Zennel is into sacred art and the veneration of the relics of the saints, enjoys spiritual reading, visiting Catholic shrines and watching movies. He has a great devotion to the Holy Family and the angels, and counts St. Therese of Lisieux, Padre Pio, St. Anthony of Padua and Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati among his heroes.


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For your safety and health, Confessions will be held in the Original Shrine Church each Saturday from 3:30-4:30 PM and Thursday before First Friday from 7:00-8:00 PM.


Consider Automatic Contributions

Have you ever considered direct deposit for your Sunday offering? In this busy life we have, it is one more thing you will not have to remember. The sign up is easy, you choose the amount and the time: weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc. If you would like to sign up for automatic contributions, please call the Parish Office at 419-396-1523 for a form, or there are forms on the table in the back of Church.  DIRECT DEPOSIT FORM OLC


Toledo Diocese Notification of Compliance

Diocese of Toledo Safe Environment Program in Full Compliance with USCCB Norms. Each year, the Diocese of Toledo is required to undergo an audit to ensure that it is in compliance with the articles of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. Bishop Daniel Thomas is pleased to announce that, for the fiscal year 2018-2019, the Diocese was found to be in full compliance with the requirements in the Charter.

The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment for all young people. If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric, or any employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church, please report the abuse to your local police department, Child Protection Services, and Mr. Frank DiLallo, Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator. Mr. DiLallo can be reached at (419) 214-4880 or by mail at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604.