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Fr, Ray Mallett OFM Conv Rector and Pastor

Fr. Ray Mallett
OFM Conv
Rector and Pastor

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 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  The parish has been served by the Conventual Franciscans since 1912,


Ecumenical Choir Celebrating 45 Years

The 45th Carey Ecumenical Christmas Concert is scheduled for Sunday, December 11, 2016 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 northwest and central Ohio.  Music for this year’s concert includes traditional melodies along with newly composed contemporary works.  A free-will offering will be collected during the concert to support the on-going ministry of the choir and the Shrine Cafeteria will be open for dinner immediately following the concert.

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


Advent and Christmas Schedule

Saturday, December 10
OLC Confessions 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 11
Ecumenical Christmas Concert  4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14
Communal Penance Service 7:00 p.m.
Transfiguration of the Lord, Upper Sandusky

Saturday, December 17
OLC Confessions 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 18
OLC Confessions – Youth Group 7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 19
OLC Confessions 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Monday, December 19
Communal Penance Service 7:00 p.m.
St. Michael’s in Findlay

Tuesday, December 20
OLC Confessions 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 24
Christmas Eve Family Mass 5:30 p.m.
Midnight Mass (music begins at 11:30 p.m.)

Sunday, December  25
Christmas Day Masses 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 31
New Year’s Eve Mass 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 1
New Year’s Day
Masses 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.


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Pope Francis

Pope Francis waves to crowds as he arrives to his inauguration mass on 19 March 2013.From the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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.