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.+


Immaculate Conception

The Solemnity of Immaculate Conception is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year.  Since it falls on a Sunday, the Solemnity is moved to Monday, December 9.  We will have Mass at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 9, to celebrate Mary’s Immaculate Conception.


Ecumenical Choir Celebrating 48 years!

The 48th Carey Ecumenical Christmas Concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street in Carey.  The choir is co-directed by Jack Gerding and Patricia Murphy, and the accompanists for the choir are Joy Orians and Ruth Coldwell.  Kate O’Reilly serves the choir as the secretary and rehearsal assistant.

This year’s choir is made up of 90 singers from 19 cities throughout northwest and central Ohio.  Music for this year’s concert includes traditional melodies along with newly composed contemporary works based on traditional hymn texts.  The Epworth Brass from Marion, along with the piano and the majestic organ of the basilica will join force with the chorus to fill the church with the sounds of Christmas.  A free-will offering will be collected during the concert to support the on-going ministry of the choir.  The Shrine Cafeteria will be open for dinner immediately following the concert and the Shrine Gift Shop will also be open.

Come and prepare yourself for Christ’s birth as you listen to the sacred music of Advent and Christmas in the stunning acoustics and majesty of this historic Basilica and Shrine.


Fr. Paul’s Bake Sale

December 14 — 8:00 AM to Noon
December 15 — 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Extra Confession Times in Preparation for Christmas

Monday, December 16
10:00 to 11:00 AM

Tuesday, December 17
7:00 to 8:00 PM
with Praise and Adoration during


Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve Mass at 5:00 PM

Midnight Mass with music starting at 11:30

Christmas Morning Mass at 10:00 AM


Mary, Mother of God – Holy Day of Obligation

New Year’s Eve Mass at 5:00 PM

New Year’s Morning Mass at 10:00 AM


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


Motivation to Go to Mass


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 2016-2017, 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.