Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Newsletter
Volume 11, December 2021

 

 

A NOTE FROM OUR PASTOR

 

A friend of mine has me a bit concerned. She can’t seem to stop watching Hallmark Christmas specials. It’s not just that we miss her company but I’m concerned that she may not be properly hydrated after all those tears. Have you noticed that most of us have trouble establishing a balance between what society says is the way to celebrate the season and what our church teaches? At church we never sing Christmas carols until Christmas arrives which is when stores and businesses stop playing carols. It’s not easy finding the balance. My prayer for you is that you may know the peace of Christmas not only on that glorious day but all the days that lead up to it. The holidays can be a stressful time but it doesn’t have to be without the peace of Christ. Pope Paul VI made the brilliant but simple statement “If you want peace work for justice”. Peace and joy to all.
 
Fr. Kevin Kavanagh

 

FROM THE OFFICE

 

 
KEY DATES
 
12/1 Wed-PSR / Care Train Donation Deadline
12/2 Advent Speaker Series
12/3 Sacred Heart Prayer Group / Adoration
12/4 TMIY / Confessions / Parish Life Chili Cook-Off & Movie Night
12/5 Sun-PSR / Christmas Flower Donation Deadline
12/6 Monthly EFT Offertory Withdrawal / Mon-PSR
12/7 RCIA / Immaculate Conception Mass / Prayer Shawl
12/8 Wed-PSR / Immaculate Conception Mass
12/9 Advent Penance Service
12/10 Promise on Parsons
12/11 TMIY / Confessions / SVD Bologna Sandwich Collection / Circle of Mary Blanket Collection
12/12 Sun-PSR / SVD Bologna Sandwich Collection / Circle of Mary Blanket Collection
12/13 Mon-PSR
12/14 Lifeline Screening / RCIA
12/15 Wed-PSR / Monthly Offertory Credit Card Withdrawal
12/16 Red Cross Blood Drive
12/18 TMIY / Confessions
12/19 K of C Breakfast with Santa / Sun-PSR
12/20 Mon-PSR
12/24 Christmas Eve Mass
12/25 Christmas Mass
12/31 New Years Eve
1/1 Solemnity of Mary Mass
OFFICE CLOSURE
 
The office will be closed December 27th through January 3rd. Also, there will be no weekday Masses the week between Christmas and New Years. Normal office hours and Mass times will resume Tuesday, January 4th.
PSR
Advent Calendars were sent home with all students prior to Thanksgiving. I hope you are able to pick a couple of the suggested activities to do as a family to prepare your hearts for Christmas.
 
Please remember there will be NO PSR classes December 21st through January 3rd to celebrate the Christmas holiday. Classes will resume Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.
 
CALENDAR UPDATE
PSR Classes will dismiss at 6:40 p.m. on December 8th to allow families to attend mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 7:00 p.m. Please pick your student up from the Parish Life Center prior to going to mass.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
 
Mass times for this Holy Day of Obligation are Tuesday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 8th at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
 
As noted above, PSR will be released early on Wednesday December 8th for those attending Mass.
EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION & ADORATION
 
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Adoration occurs every First Friday. So plan to join us, Friday, December 3rd, from the end of 8:00 a.m. Mass through Benediction at 8:00 p.m. You are welcome to stop in the Church at ANY time during that window for ANY AMOUNT of time, to spend some time in silence with the Lord. However, at least TWO Adorers must be present at all times when the Eucharist is exposed. That's why we ask for people to pre-commit to spending a Holy Hour so that we have coverage. Sign up for YOUR hour at this link HERE.
SVD ACTIVITIES
 
FOOD DISTRIBUTION
There will be NO food distribution for the month of December.
 
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 December, sandwiches will need to be turned in the weekend of December 11th/12th at Mass.
 
OUTREACH PROGRAMS
If someone you know could benefit from the new micro-loan program, a prayer visit or some small task completion around the house please contact Mike at 614-582-8204.
 
UPDATES
Please see below in the 'Around the Parish' section for additional updates regarding SVD activities.
BAPTISM CLASS
 
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 this coming spring, please make plans to attend the next class, which is scheduled for Thursday, January 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center. Register by calling the Parish Office at (937) 644-6020. A class is also scheduled for Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 10 a.m.
 
Baptisms are scheduled on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m.
ADVENT PENANCE SERVICE
 
The Advent Penance Service will be held on Thursday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. Guest priests will join Father Kavanagh in the Parish Life Center for all to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS
 
If you would like to contribute to the purchase of Christmas altar flowers and/or remember loved ones, please put your "Flower Envelope" in the collection basket by Sunday, December 5th.

 

 

CHRISTMAS & SOLEMNITY OF MARY MASS SCHEDULE

 

 
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES
 
Friday, December 24th at 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and Midnight Mass at 12:00 a.m.
 
Saturday, December 25th at 10:00 a.m.
SOLEMNITY OF MARY MASS TIME
 
No Vigil Mass on Friday, December 31st
 
Saturday, January 1st at 9:00 a.m.
 
Please note this is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

 

 

RCIA
 
Please pray for our new Catechumens and Candidates who experienced the Rite of Acceptance and the Rite of Welcoming at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on the First Sunday of Advent. These men and women declared their intention to join the Church at the Easter Vigil and will continue their spiritual preparation over the next several months. Our Catechumens who are preparing for the waters of Baptism include Chad Reichard and Aaron Scott. Our Candidates preparing to convert from another Christian background include Heather Huffman, Jamie Ruane, and Amy Wagner.

 

 

 

YOU are welcome to join the RCIA classes any week the topic intrigues or your schedule permits to learn more about our Catholic faith. Classes occur on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center.
 
Upcoming classes include:
December 7th - Mary - presented by Tom Bardin
December 14th - Christmas - presented by Amy Rohyans
January 11th - About the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation - presented by Jose Banaag
January 18th - About the Sacrament of the Eucharist - presented by Deacon Dave
January 25th - The Mass - presented by Deacon Dave
 
If you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic, please invite them to attend or reach out to Deacon Dave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (937) 209-9258 for more information.

 

AROUND THE PARISH

 

OUR LADY OF LOURDES ADVENT SPEAKER SERIES
 
Join us for Our Lady of Lourdes first Advent Mini-Retreat on Thursday, December 2nd. You can still register prior to the event by emailing 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.. Join us in keeping Christ's birth the center of your Christmas season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All men are invited to join us Saturday mornings from 7:00 to 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Life Center. The That Man is You program honestly addresses the pressures and temptations men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands, fathers, and grandfathers. 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! Together, we strive to become the men that God is calling us to be! The group meets weekly, including:
 
Saturday, December 4th
Saturday, December 11th
Saturday, December 18th
OFF for Christmas + New Year
Returning Saturday, January 8th
 
Please reach out to Deacon Dave with any questions.

 

 

 

 

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..

 

 

CARD MINISTRY
 
We are a group of women, men and families who send cards to anyone and for any occasion. The recipient does not have to be a parishioner. If you want someone to receive a card, call Phyllis at (937)707-0902 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Not only are we sharing the love of Christ through caring cards, but each recipient is prayed for by our volunteers.

 

 

PAGES OF HOPE
 
There is no book collection in December, in observance of the Christmas season.
 
Pages of Hope wishes to extend a huge THANK YOU to our parish for their overwhelming generosity in book donations this year! In 2021, we were able to collect 725 books, totaling 78,825 pages, which were donated to both the Ohio Women’s Reformatory and the Pregnancy Care Center.
 
We look forward to witnessing the blessings this ministry can bring to our community in 2022!

 

 

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 a.m. after the 8:00 a.m. 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, December 3rd. We will pray The Rosary - Joyful Mysteries for peace.

 

 

SISTER PARISH MINISTRY
 
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 meals for the homeless and less fortunate on Friday, December 10th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at St. Ladislas. The meals are distributed on the corner of Parson’s Avenue in Columbus, two blocks from our sister parish St. Ladislas. To volunteer, contact Penny Yunker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

PRAYER SHAWL
 
In the first four months, the Prayer Shawl Ministry has distributed 29 shawls!
 
The next meeting for anyone interested in the Prayer Shawl Ministry will be Tuesday, December 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in Room 20 of the Parish Life Center. All are welcome regardless of skill level.
 
Anyone who is in need of a prayer shawl may contact the church office, Pam Gibson (937-578-3139) or Linda Smith (614-352-7826).

 

 

SVD UPDATES
 
Thank you all for an amazing 2021. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
 
During November, 105 families were assisted during the food distribution and nearly 800 sandwiches were delivered to downtown, Columbus. Both of these numbers are the highest since the program began. It reiterates that the need and desire to help are there. Please mark Sunday, January 23rd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on your calendar for a SVD Volunteer Thank You dinner/reception at the Moose. We will provide more details in the near future.
 
Have a blessed and joyous Christmas. - Mike
 
If you would like more information about SVD at OLOL, please contact Mike Myers at (614) 582-8204.

 

Brad and Denise Bennett visiting our sister parish after delivering sandwiches to downtown, Columbus in November.

 

 

 

Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, will offer affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Life Center on Tuesday, December 14th.
 
Time is running out... sign up today!  
 
Did you know 80% of strokes are preventable according to the American Heart Association? Life Line Screening provides valuable health screenings to detect the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. 
 
You can take advantage of these health screenings today by signing up for the complete stroke screening package (which includes 5 screenings for vascular disease and an osteoporosis screening) for $139 when Life Line Screening comes to our location.
 
With the number of people already signed up, appointment spaces are very limited so please don’t miss your chance to confirm your appointment today before the event is full! Pre-registration is required. Sign up now by calling toll free to 1-888-653-6441 or text the word circle to 797979 or visit our website HERE.

 

 

 

Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, good will toward men! Luke 2:14
 
Wishing you and your families a blessed Advent Season, a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

 

 

Stay tuned for the next edition of the Grotto, in your inbox Monday, January 3rd!

 

 
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!