Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Newsletter
Volume 5, June 2021
A NOTE FROM OUR PASTOR
Dear Friends,
 
The swimming pool was the Kavanagh kids’ destination when the summertime finally arrived. Each year we would do our best to convince our dad that the membership was a wise investment. He would use the time to remind us that chores needed to be done before we could grab the beach towels and flip flops and run down the street. Whatever it took it was worth it to have those hours of splashing and giggling in the pool. The time spent at the swimming pool was a highlight of my year. (Why does that description sound like an episode of the Andy Griffith Show?)
 
I hope your summer is highlighted by times of relaxation. Whatever it is that helps you to relax your muscles and breathe easily may it be in abundance for you. Of course, I will see you at Mass on Sunday and maybe in the grocery store but I hope you encounter the Lord often in your moments of recreation.
 
In future editions of The Grotto, I am going to invite members of the staff to share with you their reflections about our wonderful parish and their role in serving Our Lady of Lourdes. Shhhhh! Don’t say anything to them because I haven’t told them as yet. I can already see them rolling their eyes.
 
Have fun!
 
Fr. Kavanagh
FROM THE OFFICE
 
KEY DATES
6/3 Discover the Mystics
6/4 Sacred Heart Prayer Group / Adoration / Promise on Parsons
6/5 Men's Group Meeting / Confessions
6/7 Monthly EFT Offertory Withdrawal
6/12 First Communion Masses / Confessions / Men's Group Meeting / SVD Bologna Sandwich Collection
6/13 SVD Bologna Sandwich Collection
6/15 Monthly Offertory Credit Card Withdrawal
6/17 SVD Food Distribution / Wine with Father
6/19 Men's Group Meeting / Confessions
6/22 Confirmation
6/26 Men's Group Meeting / Confessions
6/27 Jubilee of Anniversaries Mass
BISHOP BRENNAN REINSTATES MASS OBLIGATION
 
Together, the Bishops of Ohio have decided that the general obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is to be reinstated. This will take effect in each of the Dioceses of Ohio the weekend of June 5-6, 2021. As has always been the case, those who have a serious reason are exempt from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. This includes those who are ill, have significant health risk factors or care for someone who is immuno-compromised or ill, as well as those who have significant fear or anxiety of contracting the coronavirus in a large group of persons. To read the Bishop's of Ohio official letter in its entirety, click HERE.
 
OLOL will continue to record the 4:30 pm Mass on Saturday evenings and relay it to parishioners via our YouTube channel, on our website and through this email group on Sunday mornings for those unable to attend in person.
PSR
 
PSR CLASSES
PSR wraps up for this crazy year on June 20th. It has been very different but has allowed us to grow in our Catholic faith both at home and at church. May God continue to bless our parish as we begin to look toward the next PSR school year in the fall.  Life is good: Mrs. Jill
 
FIRST COMMUNION
We are celebrating our First Communion this year on Saturday, June 12th. We will have 16 students receiving their First Communion at 11:00 am Mass and 16 more receiving at 1:30 pm Mass. Please pray for our kids and their parents as they make final preparations and enter into full communion with us. They are a true blessing to our parish family!
 
CONFIRMATION
We are celebrating Confirmation with Bishop Brennan on Tuesday, June 22nd at 7 pm. Please pray for all 46 of our candidates as they prepare to become fully initiated into the Church through this beautiful sacrament. They, too, are a true blessing to our parish family!
BAPTISMS
 
Baptisms are being scheduled on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am and 11:00 am. Parents of the child must have attended a Baptismal Class within the last 5 years. Please contact the parish office to schedule.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
 
Confessions are being heard on Saturdays, from 3:30-4:00 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). Masks are required.
USHERS NEEDED
 
We are in need of more ushers for Mass on the weekends. If you are interested in helping, please contact Joni Palumbo in the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION & ADORATION
 
Our First Friday Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will occur Friday, June 4th beginning with 8:00 am Mass and concluding with Benediction at 8:00 pm. Two adorers must be present at all times when the Eucharist is exposed. Sign up to spend an hour with the Lord at this link: HERE
SVD ACTIVITIES
 
FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The next produce distribution is Thursday, June 17th, from 2:00 pm until 5:00 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 June, sandwiches will need to be turned in the weekend of June 12th/13th at Mass.
 
VOLUNTEERING
A sign-up genius will be emailed for both of the above activities, to those who have contacted Mike Myers to volunteer.
 
If you are interested in volunteering with OLOL's SVD group, contact Mike at (614) 582-8204 or Ernie Jones at (937) 707-0223.
 
UPDATES
During May our volunteers made/donated 570 bologna sandwiches, distributed 85 boxes of produce from the church parking lot and donated about 25 hours of time supporting various Hope Center activities.
 
Please contact Mike if you have any questions, want to learn more about Our Lady of Lourdes St. Vincent de Paul Society, or have ideas for new activities. God bless you for your continued efforts.
2021 BAA
 
The Bishop's Annual Appeal is underway. We'd like to thank those parishioners who have already supported this important campaign, however, we need all parishioners to participate in order to meet our goal.
 
Envelopes are available in the vestibule or you can easily donate online through the Diocese of Columbus website HERE.
 
Remember, no gift is too small! Please help those in the 23 counties supported by the Diocese through this program. Thank you as always for your generosity!
PARISH LIFE CENTER
Thank you, as always, for your timely payments to our building campaign. If you are unsure of your pledge status, would like to extend or pause your pledge, would like reminders sent out, need more campaign envelopes or have any other questions/changes, please email Michelle Cunningham in the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may continue to place your pledge payments in the campaign drop box, in the collection basket or sent in via the mail.
 
If you are new to the parish and would like to support our building fund, please fill out a pledge form HERE and return it to the office.
 
As pandemic restrictions ease, we are making preparations for the use of our building. Stay tuned for updates regarding the full opening of the Parish Life Center!
AROUND THE PARISH
MEN'S BREAKFAST GROUP
 
On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month a few men from our parish meet at Bob Evans in Marysville at 7:00 am for a bite to eat, some prayer and general discussion. Please feel free to join any Thursday, any month and as often as you prefer. No reservations required – just come by. Contact Mike Myers with questions at (614) 582-8204.
 
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..
WINE WITH FATHER
 
It's back! Come and deepen your faith and get to know Fr. Kavanagh better over a glass of wine (or your beverage of choice). Mark your calendars for the following three dates this summer that begin at 7 pm: June 17th, July 15th and August 12th!
 
The June 17th gathering will be held at Bokes Creek Winery (26211 State Route 31, Raymond, OH 43067). The topic will be "Evangelizing: Sharing your faith in today's world". 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.
CARD MINISTRY
 
The Card Ministry is accepting donations of the following items: thank you cards; thinking of you cards; no message/blank cards; scrapbooking supplies; stamps and any size envelopes. Donations can be placed in the box marked "Card Ministry Drop Off" located on the literature counter in the gathering area at church. To have a card sent to someone or to learn more about volunteering, reach out to us by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text Phyllis at (937) 707-0902.
PRAYER SHAWL
Do you know how to crochet or knit? Would you like to learn how? OLOL Women's Ministries is looking for women to be part of a new ministry called, Prayer Shawl.
 
The Prayer Shawl ministry is where we come together to make shawls for those in need of support and comfort. Once shawls are made, they will be blessed by Father. We then package the shawls up with a prayer card for the recipient.
 
If interested, please email Jen Bradford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text (614) 560-7341. You may also contact Shirley France at (614) 406-4031 or Penny Yunker at (937) 578-8176.
DISCOVER THE MYSTICS
 
Women’s Ministries has an exciting opportunity for BOTH men and women on June 3rd called, Discover the Mystics. Christian mystics is part of our rich Catholic tradition! A mystic is anyone who experiences God; which makes us all mystics! Saints like Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Francis of Assisi are mystics. Leaning into the teachings of our saints and mystics helps us to begin to recognize our own experiences of God, and can become our pathway to hope, healing, and peace. The session will be taught by Sister Kathy Huber and Sister Linda Selaya.
 
Details:
• Thursday, June 3rd
• 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Parish Life Center
• Cost: $20, which includes a book
 
To Register: If you’d like to attend, please contact Jen Bradford at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call/text at (614) 560-7341, and bring your $20 to the event for a book the sisters will be distributing. Please be aware that your book may need to be ordered (depending on supplies), and will be available for pickup at the church the following week.
PAGES OF HOPE
 
Thank you for your generous contributions to Pages of Hope’s “How To” book theme in May! For June, we are focusing on Crafting books including fiber and textiles, needlework, and paper crafts. Dust off those Crafting books that you haven’t cracked open in a while (or pick up a new one), and drop them off in the Pages of Hope box anytime this month.
SISTER PARISH MINISTRY
 
Our OLOL Promise on Parsons Crew will be heading down to our Sister Parish, St. Ladislas, on Friday, June 4th. We will add our cooking skills with their parishioners to help make a meal for the homeless and less fortunate!
SACRED HEART PRAYER GROUP
 
The Scared Heart Prayer Group meets 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 towards the front. Distance yourself three to a pew (left, middle, right). If you arrive first in a pew, sit in the middle.
 
Our next meeting will be Friday, June 4th, and we will pray the Chaplet of the Sacred Heart in praise and thanksgiving.
SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE
 
The Marysville chapter of the national nonprofit group, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, led by parishioner Brad Kitzler, built 40 bunkbeds on May 13th. The nonprofit builds and donates beds for children who don't have a bed to sleep in. This effort was a collaboration between volunteers from a Columbus branch of Keller Williams Realty and the Marysville chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace. Lowes donated the wood for the project. Thank you to the parishioners who supported this activity!
 
For more information on Sleep in Heavenly Peace and how you can get involved with the Marysville chapter, please visit their website HERE.
 
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!