virtual novena

Annual Novena Canceled for 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our annual Assumption Novena has been canceled.  This decision was made for the safety and concern of all our parishioners and pilgrims.

Although the Novena is canceled, we will be posting videos for you to pray the Novena virtually at your convenience, in several languages, on the Shrine’s Website at olcshrine.com (click on link above) beginning on August 6th, 2020.

As always, our doors remain open and unlocked 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for you to visit the Shrine and offer up your personal prayers and light candles.

Weekday Masses continue to be offered in the Original Shrine Church Monday through Saturday at 11:00 AM, and Tuesday through Friday at 7:00 AM.  Weekend Masses are celebrated in the Basilica with the Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM, and Sunday morning Masses at 9:00 and 11:00 AM.

Our Gift Shop also remains open during their regular business hours which are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.



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.+


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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.


Frequently Asked Questions

This is part of the May 3 bulletin:  Frequently Asked Questions


How to stay connected to OLC during this pandemic

Links provided for quick access to all of our media:  Stay in the Know


Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross Coronavirus


OLC Parish Council

One of many comments we’ve received is that there seems to be a lack of good communication and we are going to try to improve on that. Casey Roynon has agreed to set up a group email for parish members in order to send out council minutes and updates on parish activities. If you’d like to receive these emails please send an email to [email protected] and you will be included. It is felt this is the fastest way to relay information. It will also give you an email funnel for input on ideas, concerns and of course accolades.


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.