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.


Christmas Mass Schedule

5:30 pm Christmas Eve with the Children’s Choir
Midnight Mass with the Shrine Chorale
10:00 am Christmas Morning


Mass Schedule Changes

Dear Parishioners,

I hope and pray that this letter finds you well. The friars and I remember you and your intentions each day in our prayers, and I hope the upcoming Holiday Season will be filled with many joyful occasions spent at church, with family members, and friends.

I would like to announce some changes in our Mass schedule that will take place on the first weekend in January, which is January 5th and 6th.

After several meetings with parish/shrine staff and, and based on our mutual recommendations and suggestions, the following changes will take place:

  1. The Saturday evening Anticipatory Mass will be changed from 5:30 to 5:00 p.m. For a good part of the year, at least it will be a little lighter outside as you leave Mass.
  2. The winter schedule of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass will be our permanent year round schedule. There will no longer be a change after Easter to an 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon Mass schedule. Having one less Sunday Mass all year will help have a fuller church, and at the same time, encourage both parishioners and pilgrims alike to worship together.
  3. For all the civil holidays of the year; Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day, there will be ONE MASS ONLY AT 9:00 a.m. in the Upper Basilica
  4. For Christmas and New Year’s Day, there will be ONE MASS ONLY at 10:00 a.m. in the Upper Basilica.
  5. (Except the Solemnity of the Assumption) the Holy Day Schedule remains the same: 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. on the actual holy day.
  6. The daily Mass schedule from Monday-to Saturday will also change. Beginning Monday, January 7th, the 7:00 a.m. daily Mass will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  The 11:00 a.m. daily Mass will continue Monday through Saturday.

Please share this information with your fellow parishioners who may not be present at this weekend’s Masses.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Fr. Thomas Merrill, OFM Conv.


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.