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.
Ecumenical Choir Beginning Soon!
ECUMENICAL CHOIR BEGINS 45th SEASON: Area singers are invited to join the Carey Ecumenical Christmas Choir as preparations begin for this year’s concert to be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street in Carey. This year will mark the choir’s 45th year of presenting this musical program at this historic shrine. The choir rehearsals will be held in the lower Basilica at Our Lady of Consolation with the first rehearsal on Thursday, October 20, and the second on Tuesday, October 25. All rehearsals will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will last approximately two hours. Rehearsals rotate Thursdays and Tuesdays. The choir is open to all singers high school age and up. Registration forms will be available at the first rehearsal. For additional information, contact Mr. Jack Gerding, Director of Music Ministries, at the Basilica, either 419-396-7107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fatima Statue to Visit OLC
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 22, 2016. Our Lady of Consolation Parish welcomes all to visit the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima Statue (IHMS) on Saturday, October 22. The traveling statue, blessed by Pope Francis, will be arrive in the Basilica at 10:00 and Mass will be celebrated at 11:00. The statue will be in the Basilica until 4:00 p.m.
OLC Fall Fling and Chili Cook-off!
Sunday, October 30. Join us from 3:30-5:30 in the Shrine Park. Bring the Family, your Favorite Appetizer or dessert to share, and enjoy a Fun-filled afternoon!
Final Year of Mercy Celebration at the Shrine
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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