A NOTE FROM OUR STAFF
I'll never forget that Sunday in December of 2015. My eldest son was potty training and my daughter was almost 5 months old. My son decided he had to use the restroom, again. There were two women sitting next to me (you know who you are!) and I turned to the one, a stranger at the time, and asked if she would mind holding my baby while I took my son to the restroom. She obliged and I remember thinking to myself, 'It's ok that I left my daughter with a stranger, we are at church!'. That day was the beginning of a beautiful friendship that my kids and I still treasure to this day. These women have become a part of our family and that is what Our Lady of Lourdes is to me. This wonderful Parish is full of kind, loving people, extended family if you will, and it makes me feel happy, it makes me feel at home.
 
Father Kavanagh hired me back in 2018 to help with the building campaign and my role continues to evolve. Working with our wonderful staff and parishioners has made me truly appreciate our community and the relationships I have here at Our Lady of Lourdes. I am so honored to have been a part of our successful building campaign and I look forward to the bright future Our Lady of Lourdes holds, not just for myself and my family, but for our Parish as well.
 
Michelle Cunningham
FROM THE OFFICE
 
KEY DATES
 
9/3 Sacred Heart Prayer Group / Adoration / Red Cross Blood Drive
9/4 Men's Group Meeting / Confessions
9/6 Labor Day - Office Closed
9/7 Monthly EFT Offertory Withdrawal
9/8 PGC Class
9/9 Women's Bible Study
9/11 SVD Bologna Sandwich Collection / Men's Group Meeting / Confessions
9/12 SVD Bologna Sandwich Collection
9/15 PSR Begins / Monthly Offertory Credit Card Withdrawal
9/16 SVD Food Distribution / Women's Bible Study
9/18 Men's Group Meeting / Confessions
9/19 Parish Golf Outing
9/21 RCIA Begins
9/23 Women's Bible Study
9/25 Men's Group Meeting / Confessions
9/30 Women's Bible Study
PARISH LIFE CENTER
 
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.
 
EVENT MANAGERS NEEDED
We are looking for volunteers to manage special events at our Parish Life Center. Responsibilities may include helping renters with set-up, working the Audio/Visual equipment and overseeing the event. This position will be compensated and training will be provided. Please contact the office if you are interested!
PSR
 
THANK YOU!
Thank you for your support and help in stocking our PSR classrooms! We received 30 boxes of crayons, 11 boxes of markers, 7 boxes of colored pencils, 21 pairs of scissors, 56 glue sticks, 265 pencils, 235 pencil eraser caps, 9 boxes of tissues, 5 bottles of hand sanitizer, 5 packages of hand wipes, pens, construction paper, card stock, sheet protectors, fasteners, and Post-it notes. Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated.
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
We are still welcoming volunteer catechists for the PSR program, especially on Monday and Wednesday evenings. If you have received Confirmation, please contact Anne Daniel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about how you can serve the youth of our parish.
 
REGISTRATION
It’s not too late to register for PSR. We have spaces available in all Monday 6:00-7:20 pm and Wednesday 6:00-7:20 pm classes. Classes begin September 15th.
 
As a reminder: Prior to receiving First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation, students must complete two years of preparation in the PSR program.
RCIA
 
Do you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic? Or would YOU like to learn more about our Catholic faith? ALL are welcome to attend the Adult Faith Formation classes that begin Tuesday, September 21st and run each week from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Parish Life Center. September class topics include: 9/21: Who are we, and why are we here? 9/28: A Tour of the Church. For more information about RCIA or becoming Catholic, please contact Deacon Dave at (937) 209-9258 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
BAPTISM CLASSES
 
The next Baptism class is scheduled for Saturday, November 6th 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. In addition to November 6th, upcoming classes will be held on Thursday, January 13th at 6 pm, and Saturday, March 19th at 10 am.
 
Baptisms are scheduled on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am.
EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION & ADORATION
 
Our First Friday Eucharistic Exposition and Adoration begins this week after 8:00 a.m. Mass and continues through Benediction at 8:00 p.m. Prayerfully consider signing up to spend a holy hour with the Lord at the link HERE. ALL are welcome to stop into Church and pray as long as you wish at ANY time on Friday. But we do need two adorers to commit to be present at all times the Eucharist is exposed on the altar.
SVD ACTIVITIES
 
FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The next produce distribution is Thursday, September 16th, from 11:30 am until 1:30 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 September, sandwiches will need to be turned in the weekend of September 11th/12th at Mass.
UPDATES
Please see below in the 'Around the Parish' section for additional updates regarding SVD activities.
FALL PARISH CONSULTATION SESSIONS
 
As part of the ongoing strategic process for Real Presence, Real Future, the Diocese of Columbus will be hosting Consultation Sessions for each parish throughout the fall. Two Sessions will be held via Zoom videoconferencing for each parish in the Diocese. Facilitators will guide parishioners through important statistical and sacramental information relevant to the Diocese as a whole, to parishes in surrounding areas, as well as individual parish information. Parishioner participation in these sessions is critical to helping shape the future of the Diocese of Columbus.
 
The Parish Consultation Sessions are a vital part of the planning process that encourages parishioners to offer insights and perspective on the future planning of their parish. The feedback provided during these sessions will be used to draft new models for review by parishioners in early 2022. The consultation process will continue throughout 2022 until final models are approved. No decisions have been made regarding any parish, and none will be made until feedback is gathered directly from parishioners through the consultation process.
 
Every parishioner in the Diocese is encouraged to attend! Please plan to participate and invite others to do the same. Registration is required by logging onto the Real Presence Real Future website HERE. Even if you are not able to participate, register anyway. All registrants will receive a link to the recording via email after the session.
CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
 
HAITI RELIEF
Bishop Brennan has approved a special collection for Haiti earthquake relief in parishes for the coming month. Father Kavanagh announced this special collection will occur this coming weekend, September 4th and 5th. Your gift will help provide essential relief, including clean water, sanitation, shelter, and emergency supplies. You can also learn more about the crisis in Haiti and how to help HERE. Contact Erin Cordle, the Catholic Relief Services diocesan director, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for updates. Please pray for people in Haiti and the CRS relief workers supporting them.
 
AFGHANISTAN
Catholic Relief Services staff continue to assess the situation but are unable to comment at this time. Information will be shared as it becomes available. Please keep CRS staff and Afghanis in your prayers. Also, Migration & Refugee Services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are working to help Afghan refugees and need people willing to help with immigration processing. For more information, contact Rachael Pollock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN
 
OLOL will be offering a PGC session for its volunteers on Wednesday, September 8th at 6:00 pm in the Parish Life Center: Registration is online only and can be accessed HERE. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible. Please call Anne Daniel in the office at 937-644-6020 for more information.
AROUND THE PARISH
 
OLOL PARISH LIFE CENTER INAUGURAL EVENT
 
The Parish Life Committee and Hospitality Crew wishes to thank all those who helped set up the Parish Commons for the Inaugural Celebration of the Parish Life Center last August 21st, and those who helped clean up after the event (with a special shout-out to the Gerten, Knoble and Martig families). We also wish to thank all the representatives of the various parish ministries and parish-affiliated groups for sharing what they do for the parish and for the community. We obviously thank Fr. Kavanagh for allowing us to have this parish celebration. And last but not least, we wish to thank all our fellow parishioners who came out to enjoy an evening of fellowship and good food. We challenge everyone to continue supporting our various parish activities and to be as engaged as you can so we can help each other grow in our faith and make this as vibrant a parish as possible - a beacon of light up on a hill for our community.
"Eldest" parishioner, Jim Snider, holding the "youngest" parishioner, Adam James Schweinfurth, in attendance at the Inaugural Event.
THAT MAN IS YOU!
 
TMIY returns to Our Lady of Lourdes this fall! Beginning Saturday, September 18th and continuing each Saturday morning from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Life Center.  Join the men of Our Lady of Lourdes as we honestly address the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to our roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive! Click HERE to register for That Man Is You. 
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
 
OLOL SVD BOARD MEMBERS
Teresa Adams, José Banaag, Brad Bennett, Deacon Dave Bezusko, Ernest Jones, Mike Myers, Steve Prochaska and Theresa Stammen
 
Thank you for all of the generosity and support for August activities. As noted above, the next sandwich weekend is September 11th/12th and food distribution will occur on September 16th. Please note the truck will be dropping off the food for distribution beginning at 9:00 am for the remainder of the year.
 
NEW PROGRAMS
We are in the process of implementing the Micro-loan and Home Connect programs. If you would like to learn more about either of these please contact one of the SVD board members. Regarding the Home Connect program – if you or someone you know would like to request a prayer visit and/or support completing a small task at home please complete the attached form HERE. You can return it to a board member, leave in the SVD section in the back of church or give one of us a call.
 
PGC Class
The SVD board is encouraging all volunteers to take the one time Protecting God's Children course at OLOL on September 8th. You can register HERE. If you would like SVD to reimburse you for the fingerprinting/background check, they would be glad to do so. Please reach out to Mike Myers for reimbursement at (614) 582-8204 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Parishioner Dennis Neidert delivering sandwiches to Veteran’s Shelter at Volunteers of America in August. This is one of three entities our parishioners make sandwiches for.
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 LEARN TOGETHER!
 
Join us For Bible Study!
 
In September, Women’s Ministries will be offering three ways to learn more about the Bible for women and men. 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!
 
Studies include:
• Walking with Purpose (WWP): Opening Your Heart, for women who are studying scripture with WWP for the first time. $40 book fee.
• WWP: Discovering Our Dignity, an advanced study for women who have previously attended WWP. This study is about women of the old and new testament. $40 book fee.
• Straight Scripture: For women and/or men who would like to learn more about the Bible. $20 book fee.
 
Each study requires registration and the purchase of the book correlating to each study. You will need to bring your Bible too! Please note, you may only register for one study. 
 
If registering after August 29th, come to the September 9th kick-off meeting and we can sign you up and order you a book.
 
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
CARD MINISTRY
 
The Card Ministry would like your help identifying names and addresses of veterans, military retirees, active duty military and first responders that are members, past members or family members of Our Lady of Lourdes. Provide us their name and any information you know by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Phyllis at (937) 707-0902. 
SISTER PARISH
 
It’s that time again when our Sister Parish Ministry will help with Promise on Parsons. The Our Lady of Lourdes crew will help cook and package the meal for the homeless and less fortunate. Friday, September 10th is the day we will volunteer. After our crew has prepared the meal, another crew comes and distributes the meals to those in attendance. The meals are distributed on the corner of Parson’s Avenue in Columbus, two blocks from our sister parish St. Ladislas.
PAGES OF HOPE
 
During the month of September, Pages of Hope is having a collection of new and gently used books for school/writing/legal. For example, college guides, scholarships, grants, legal writing, how to become a paralegal are needed. Thank you!
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, September 3rd. We will pray the Chaplet of St. Michael for evil to be overcome. 
 
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!
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Newsletter
Volume 8, September 2021