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.+


Family Day at OLC

The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, OH invites you to come for the annual Family Day on Sunday, September 29th.    Mass at 11:00 am in the Basilica, followed with a free lunch served in the Shrine Cafeteria. At 1:30 pm there will be Devotions along with an outdoor Rosary procession.  All are welcome!  For more information call the Shrine office, 419-396-7107 or www.olcshrine.com.


Come and Sing!

Rehearsals for the OLC Children’s Choir begin on Wednesday, September 18 in the choir loft of the Basilica.  All children in the parish, grades 1-8, are welcome to join.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:00 PM.  OLC Students report to Miss O’Reilly’s Room after school and walk over together.  Registration forms will be handed-out at the first rehearsal.

Rehearsals for the Shrine Chorale begin on Wednesday, September 18 in the choir loft of the Basilica.  This is our main parish and shrine choir.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 PM.  New members are always welcome!


Little Flowers Girls’ Club and Blue Knights Boys’ Club

Will be starting up at OLC for boys and girls ages 5-8!

One meeting per month beginning in October

These are established Catholic Clubs that teach virtues through Scripture, Saints’ Biographies, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church using crafts, games and social interaction.

There will be an informational “Come and See” following the weekend Masses September 21 and 22 in the Shrine Cafeteria.

For more information email:
Kendra Brodman – [email protected]
Mary Estlack – [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


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.