Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Newsletter
Volume 7, August 2021
A NOTE FROM OUR STAFF
As the new Director of Religious Education, I am looking forward to the Inaugural Celebration of the Parish Life Center and being able to fully utilize this beautiful space as classes begin this fall. In my nearly 15 years of membership at Our Lady of Lourdes and through prior service as a catechist in the PSR program and involvement with Women’s Ministries, I’ve seen how the Holy Spirit is alive and moving in our community. I am honored to begin serving as in this role and look forward to partnering with you as we help our children grow in their faith. Thank you for all your prayers and support. ~ Anne Daniel
FROM THE OFFICE
 
KEY DATES
8/2 Monthly EFT Offertory Withdrawal / RPRF Summer Session
8/4 Bible Study / RPRF Summer Session
8/5 K of C Installation of Council Officers
8/6 Sacred Heart Prayer Group / Adoration
8/7 Men's Group Meeting / Confessions / SVD Bologna Sandwich Collection
8/8 SVD Bologna Sandwich Collection
8/11 RPRF Summer Session
8/12 Wine with Father / SVD Orientation
8/14 Men's Group Meeting / PSR Registration / Confessions
8/15 Monthly Offertory Credit Card Withdrawal
8/19 Red Cross Blood Drive / SVD Food Distribution
8/21 Men's Group Meeting / Baptism Class / Confessions / Parish Life Center Inaugural Event
8/22 Altar Server Training
8/27 RPRF Gathering
8/28 Men's Group Meeting / Confessions / K of C Adopt-a-Highway Event / RPRF Gathering
8/29 WALK Family Night
PARISH LIFE CENTER INAUGURAL EVENT
 
Please join us in celebrating our Parish Life Center Inaugural Event on Saturday, August 21st, at 5:30 pm following Mass. We ask that you please pre-register if you plan on attending. Sign-ups will be available during Mass in the vestibule. Food will be served and Parish Ministries will be in attendance. Please join us as we celebrate our beautiful building and see what Our Lady of Lourdes has to offer!
 
TENTATIVE AGENDA
5:30 pm: Check-in
6:00 pm: Opening prayer with Fr. Kavanagh
6:00-7:00pm: Dinner
7:00pm: Brief talks with Fr. Kavanagh and our Building and Campaign Committees
7:30pm: Raffle and Conclusion
 
RENTALS
The Parish Life Center is now available to rent. Please contact Michelle Cunningham in the office or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in renting the commons or any of the multi-purpose rooms.
PSR
 
We are excited to welcome all our students back for in person PSR this fall. Class sessions for all students Pre-K through Grade 8 will be offered Sunday 10:00-11:20 am, Monday 6:00-7:20 pm, and Wednesday 6:00-7:20 pm and begin on September 15th. PSR registration forms and information have been mailed to all registered parishioners with children in grades pre-K through 8. Registration begins August 14th in the Parish Life Center, 9:30-10:30 am.
 
If you would like to serve as a volunteer in the PSR program or have any questions, please contact Anne Daniel in the office or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
If you would like to help stock the rooms with supplies, we will gladly accept donations of: non-mechanical pencils, eraser caps, 24 count boxes of crayons, washable markers, child-size scissors, glue sticks, all colors of construction paper and card stock, large boxes of tissues and hand wipes. All donations can be placed in the box marked “PSR Supplies” in the vestibule of the church. Thank You!
RCIA
 
Do you or someone you know have an interest in becoming Catholic? Or would you simply like to learn more about your faith? Adult Education classes and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults begins on Tuesday September 21st. Classes will run each Tuesday through April from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Parish Life Center. Please contact Deacon Dave at (937) 209-9258 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
 
Those interested in becoming an Altar Server are invited to attend Training from 12:30 to 2:00 pm on Sunday August 22nd. To participate, children must be in-coming 5th graders or older. Register using the Sign-up Genius at this link: HERE. Those who have served before are also required to attend if they would like to continue serving.
EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION & ADORATION
 
Eucharistic Adoration on First Fridays continues on Friday, August 6th. It begins with Exposition at the conclusion of 8:00 am Mass and continues through Benediction at 8:00 pm. At least two adorers must be present at all times the Eucharist is exposed. Thus we ask for these adorers to sign up in advance to cover one hour in the vestibule or using the Sign-Up Genius at this link: HERE. All are encouraged to stop in the sanctuary at anytime for any length of time during the 12-hour window to spend some time in silent prayer with the Lord.
SVD ACTIVITIES
 
FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The next produce distribution is Thursday, August 19th, from 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm in front of the Parish Life Center. If you are aware of anyone in need please let them know.
 
MAKING OF SANDWICHES FOR THE POOR
The deadline for the bologna sandwich program for those in need is the 2nd weekend of each month. For August, sandwiches will need to be turned in the weekend of August 7th/8th at Mass. *Please note that the 14th/15th sandwich collection dates noted in the bulletin are incorrect.
 
ORIENTATION
On Thursday, August 12th, SVD orientation will take place from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Parish Life Center. If you have been or would like to be involved with any SVD activity please plan to attend. We will provide overviews of SVD, its mission and the status and path forward for our local OLOL chapter. 
 
UPDATES
Please see below in the 'Around the Parish' section for additional updates regarding SVD activities.
SUMMER INFO SESSIONS
Interested in learning more about the Real Presence Real Future Initiative? Then you wont want to miss the Summer Information Sessions! Each session will be similar consisting of an overview of the Real Presence Real Future initiative, and the opportunity for your questions and comments. The last Summer Session dates are as follows:
 
Monday, August 2nd: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm IN PERSON at St. Rose PCC Building, New Lexington, OH
 
Wednesday, August 4th: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm VIRTUAL
 
Wednesday, August 11th: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm VIRTUAL
 
Registration for all events is required. Please click HERE to register and learn more!
GATHERING
All are invited to join the Real Presence Real Future Gathering on Friday, August 27th and Saturday, August 28th. Both events will be livestreamed with in-person attendance an option on Saturday, August 28th. Bishop Robert Brennan is the key-note speaker for the Friday event and Archbishop Nelson J. Perez of Philadelphia is the key-note speaker on Saturday. For more details and to register, click HERE.
BAPTISM CLASSES
 
The next Baptism class is scheduled for Saturday, August 21st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Parish Life Center. All parents who would like to have a child baptized must have attended a Baptism preparation class within the last five years. Classes are being scheduled quarterly. So if you are expecting or would like to have your child baptized in the fall, please make plans to attend. Register by calling the Parish Office at (937) 644-6020. Upcoming classes will be held on Saturday, November 6th at 10 AM, Thursday, January 13th at 6 PM, and Saturday, March 19th at 10 AM.
 
Baptisms are scheduled on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
 
Confessions are being heard on Saturdays, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm, in the new Parish Life Center (please enter by the side door), or by appointment. Father Kavanagh will hear confessions until 4:00 pm (due to his need to get ready for the 4:30 pm Mass).
AROUND THE PARISH
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
 
JULY RECAP
 
Over 700 bologna sandwiches were delivered to downtown Columbus. Of those, 300 went to St. Joseph’s, 100 to the Veteran’s shelter and over 300 to St. Lawrence Haven. 
 
During the produce distribution, 95 food boxes were distributed from our church parking lot. The other 25 were delivered to a shelter and church in downtown Columbus.
 
Nearly 15 of our volunteers donated over 40 hours of time to support the Hope Center in a variety of capacities. Members of the Hope Center are very grateful!
 
Parishioners Barbara and Dick Horn delivering sandwiches to St. Joseph's.
Volunteers prepping for the produce distribution in front of the Parish Life Center.
NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 
Starting this month, additional volunteers will be needed for the produce distribution. Please contact Mike Myers at (614) 582-8204 if you would like to help out.                   
 
The OLOL chapter of SVD will be initiating a new activity in early fall called ‘Home Connection’. The concept is to identify individuals who would enjoy visits or who need simple tasks completed at home and match volunteers with them to grant the request. Please look for more information on this new endeavor in the coming weeks.
 
If you would like to get involved with SVD, please plan on attending the orientation on August 12th in the Parish Life Center at 7:00pm. Please contact Mike with any questions.
 
As always, a big thanks to all of our volunteers. Without you not one of the activities above comes to fruition. ~Mike
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
 
INSTALLATION OF COUNCIL OFFICERS
 
All parish families are welcome to attend the Installation of Council Officers for the Knights of Columbus Marysville Council 5534 at the Parish Life Center (PSR/Meeting Rooms 15 and 17) on Thursday, August 5th, starting at 6 pm. All male Catholic parish members at least 18 years of age are welcome to join our council. Please contact Grand Knight David Schlemmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
 
All parish members 12 years or older (children need to be accompanied by their parents) are welcome to assist the council with its Adopt-A-Highway litter pick-up activity on Saturday, August 28th. Please meet at the church parking lot at 8:30 am. Please contact Marty Logsdon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details.
WOMEN'S MINISTRIES
 
Women’s Ministries mission is: To offer a breadth of ministries for all women to become engaged and serve as a means to grow the Body of Christ at Our Lady of Lourdes.
 
If you are interested in joining, please email Shirley France at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Penny Yunker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
LET'S MEET AT THE INAUGURAL EVENT!
 
At the OLOL Inaugural Event on August 21st, Women’s Ministries leaders will be excited to meet you, answer questions, and share what their ministries do. We invite you to join us to share your gifts and talents to grow OLOL ministries.
 
Although sponsored by Women’s Ministries, some of our ministries are for men and women. Come check us out! We are excited to meet you!
 
LET'S LEARN TOGETHER!
 
Join us For Bible Study!
 
In September, Women’s Ministries will be offering three ways to learn more about the Bible. Sessions will be 8 weeks in length, and held simultaneously in classrooms at the Parish Life Center.
 
Come see us at the Inaugural Event to learn more about these classes, and how to register!
 
The studies include:
• Walking with Purpose (WWP): Opening Your Heart, for women who are studying scripture with WWP for the first time.
• Walking with Purpose: Discovering Our Dignity, an advanced study for women who have previously attended WWP. This study is about women of the old and new testament.
• Straight Scripture: For women and/or men who would like to learn more about the Bible.
 
Each study requires registration and the purchase of the book correlating to each study. Of course, you will need to bring your Bible!
 
Save these Dates! (All sessions are 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm)
• Kick-Off Session: September 9
• Class Sessions: September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21
• Wrap-Up Session: October 28
 
WINE WITH FATHER
 
We had 43 women attend our July Wine with Father! On Thursday, August 12th, come and deepen your faith and get to know Fr. Kavanagh better over a glass of wine or your beverage of choice. This is the last Wine with Father of the season!
 
The gathering will be held at Bokes Creek Winery (26211 State Route 31, Raymond, OH 43067). There is outdoor covered COVID-19 Compliant seating for 80 women. Please sign up by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling (614) 362-3969.
RESPECT LIFE
 
On July 18th, Father Kavanagh blessed the new Holy Family statue in the Memorial Garden for the Unborn at the OLOL cemetery. Parishioners joined him for the blessing rite and to honor all the children we hold in our hearts. All are welcome anytime to visit the garden. We pray you find the peace of the Lord in this place of love.
 
 
 
PAGES OF HOPE
 
Thank you for your generous contributions to Pages of Hope! For June, we collected a total of 140 books that equals 18,541 pages!! This brings us to a total of 161 books and 24,915 pages in just two months!
For the month of August, the Pages of Hope ministry is having a special collection of new and gently used children’s books for the Women’s Pregnancy Care Center. They will provide the books to expecting moms with older children! They are looking for books geared towards Kindergarten and younger.
 
Also, we want to extend a special Thank You to the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana for donating 10 new leather-bound Bibles that will be distributed by the ORW Chaplin. Although the ORW library cannot accept donations of religious books, we have learned the Chaplin can accept new Bibles to distribute. If you are interested in donating a new Bible, you can at anytime by placing it in the Pages of Hope collection box.
SACRED HEART PRAYER GROUP
 
The Sacred Heart Prayer Group is meeting the First Friday of each month. We will be praying in the church at 8:30 am after the 8:00 am Mass. If you plan to attend Mass and the Sacred Heart Prayer Group, please sit in the main body of the church on the right side pews toward the front. Our next meeting is Friday, August 6. We will pray the Rosary, the Glorious Mysteries for an increase of OLOL Adorers.
 
We hope you enjoyed this newsletter and found it informative. If you have information you would like to share with the Parish, such as the information noted above, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your information to be included in the next newsletter. Thank you, as always, for your continued support of Our Lady of Lourdes!