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.


Music Ministry Begins

Our Shrine Chorale rehearsals start on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the choir loft of the Basilica. New members are welcome to join! Our choir is open to high school aged and up! The only reCHOIRment is that you must be able to climb a lot of steps and then be able sing. We sing a large variety of music spanning the centuries in mostly English and Latin. Music reading isn’t necessary but a good ear is helpful. All are welcome!

Our Children’s Choir is open to all students in the parish grades 1-8. Grades 2-8 start rehearsals on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 3:15 in the choir loft of the Basilica and 1st graders may join on Wednesday, October 4. OLC School Students will gather in Miss O’Reilly’s Room after school and walk over together. Registration forms will be handed out at the first practice. Singers will be dismissed at 4:00 p.m. from the front steps of the Basilica. Please make sure your child knows if they need to go back to school for Extended Day or if they will be picked-up. Extended Day students will walk back to school together.

Any questions? Contact Jack M. Gerding, Director of Music Ministries at 419-396-1523 or [email protected]


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


2018 Consolation Series

This year at the Basilica & National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, Ohio the Franciscan Friars we will be focusing on the theme of “Consolation” at the Shrine.  “Consolation” can and will take on many forms.  We know ultimately that God is the source of all consolation.  But we turn to Our Blessed Mother for her intercession and help for our journey to consolation.  Mary knew pain and sorrow at so many points in her life.  She carried all this within her heart – misunderstanding, a broken heart, a troubled mind, fears and pain. Yet through the Cross and the Holy Spirit she lived with a freedom to trust and respond in faith, hope and love to all that life brought her.

Mary knew God’s consolation and it has become a source of consolation for each of us.  We will be reflecting upon our lives, our sorrows and all the challenges of life.  Mary can teach us about consolation for she is the mighty intercessor to help us in life.

We invite you to join us at the noon Mass on the below scheduled Sundays, for our “Consolation” series.

Schedule / Celebrants
October 14—Bishop John Stowe


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.