Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Newsletter

Volume 21, October 2022


Fall is a wonderful but busy time of year. The kids are busy back at school and with all of their after- school activities (sports, dance, and otherwise) means Mom and Dad are busy too! Your church family is also busy! The kids are back in PSR, RCIA has started for those discerning entering the Church, and chances for our adult parishioners to grow in faith and fellowship are underway with That Man Is You (TMIY) and What We Believe Faith Study. These are all opportunities to learn and grow in love of our Lord.


Besides these activities, we also have some special events this month: In addition to several parishioner weddings, we will be having an animal blessing, a diaper drive, a Fatima rosary, a parish retreat, and will end the month with a visit from Bishop Fernandes!


October is also the month of the Rosary, and with that in mind, we will be reciting the rosary before all the weekend Masses, starting approximately a half hour before Mass. The intentions for these rosaries are Respect for Life and vocations to the priesthood and religious life. At the end of the rosary, we will be reciting a prayer for vocations which will be on the front of your worship aide every week this month and available on prayer cards in the vestibule. There is something very powerful about praying together as a family, be it at home or as a parish. We certainly hope that you will join us in this special time of prayer as a parish family; but even if you can’t, please try to find time to pray together in your home as a family.


For your convenience, check out the parish calendar below to keep track of our parish events!


May God bless you all!

Theresa Stammen




For a printable PDF version of OLOL's October calendar, click HERE.



Please be aware that due to events taking place at our Parish Life Center on Saturday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 29th, parking for the 4:30 p.m. Mass will be limited. Please plan accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 



October is the month of the Rosary. In honor of this, we will be praying the rosary before all regular weekend Masses. If you are interested in leading one of these rosaries (or more), please sign up HERE and let us know when you will be able to help! Special intentions for these rosaries will be Respect for Life and for Vocations to the priesthood.


A Rosary, commemorating the last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima will be recited Saturday, October 15th at 12:00 p.m. at the gazebo in Partner's Park (corner of 6th Street & Plum Street). Please join us as we honor Our Lady of Fatima.  



First Friday Eucharistic Adoration returns to OLOL this coming Friday, October 7th. It begins with Exposition at the end of 8:00 a.m. Mass and continues through Benediction at 8:00 p.m. We need two adorers present at all times the Eucharist is exposed. As such, would you please be kind enough to commit to a Holy Hour by signing up HERE. Otherwise, feel free to come spend ANY amount of time in silence before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords this coming Friday in the Church.



In honor of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Fr. Kavanagh will be doing a “Blessing of the Animals” after the 5:30 p.m. Mass (6:15 p.m.) on Tuesday, October 4th. Please gather in the grassy area between the Parish Life Center and the Parish Office, weather permitting. 



You don't have to be IN RCIA to COME to RCIA. Join us Tuesday nights from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Parish Life Center as we explore the basics of our rich, Catholic Faith. This month's topics include:


Tuesday 10/4 - Salvation History - presented by Mike Bezusko

Tuesday 10/11 - The Meaning of Mass - presented by Father Kavanagh

Tuesday 10/18 - Holy Trinity - presented by Tom Bardin, Maddie Bautsch, & Theresa Stammen

Tuesday 10/25 - Sacred Tradition - presented by Deacon Dave


Please pray for the nine inquirers who we have to date. It's not too late, if you know someone who is interested in becoming Catholic. We can catch them up to speed on what we've covered so far. Please reach out to Deacon Dave for more information at (937) 209-9258 or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Thank you for your continued support and prayers for our PSR program. Classes began September 11th with over 60 volunteers sharing their faith with more than 320 of our parish youth.


Students begin the year focusing on Creation. The younger students may be bringing home crafts related to the creation stories. The first question we ask our First Year Confirmation Preparation students is “Why did God create you?” The answer we are looking for is “God made us to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, so that we can be happy with Him forever in the next.” How do we know and love God? We simply pray. But, what is prayer? Prayer is not just the mindless recitation of words, a one-sided conversation we get through as quickly as possible. Prayer is a conversation with God. If we train ourselves to speak to God but never listen for His response, we are missing the point. If we listen but lose patience when we do not get the immediate answer we want, we are missing the point. So how do we pray? There is no wrong way to pray. God accepts us where we are, imperfections and all. Try different forms of prayer: recitative, contemplative, meditative, biblical study, even singing. October is the month of the Holy Rosary- perhaps it is time to try a family Rosary. Listen closely, for it is in the silence that we hear God’s voice. And be patient. St. Augustine said, “If you understood Him, He would not be God.” 


After beginning with Creation, students will begin exploring the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. ‘By the grace of Baptism “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” we are called to share in the life of the Blessed Trinity, here on earth in the obscurity of faith, and after death in eternal light. Now this is the Catholic faith: We worship one God in the Trinity and the Trinity in unity, without either confusing the persons or dividing the substance; for the person of the Father is one, the Son’s is another, the Holy Spirit’s another; but the Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal. Inseparable in what they are, the divine persons are also inseparable in what they do. But within the single divine operation each shows forth what is proper to him in the Trinity, especially in the divine missions of the Son’s Incarnation and the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ (CCC 265-267) 

Our youngest students ages 3-6 have begun working in the Level 1 Atrium of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The specially prepared space, called an Atrium, invites children to encounter Christ in Scripture and liturgy as they begin to ponder and celebrate our Catholic faith. We’ve started learning about Christ as the Good Shepherd and using singing (and perhaps a bit of dancing) as prayer. 


Children are also learning to care for the space and environment. If you have cuttings or small house plants (4-8 inch pots) that you are willing to donate, please contact Anne in the parish office. Caring for the plants has quickly become a favorite work, and we need more plants to water.



Calling ALL 8th-12th Graders! Want to know what the fun is all about at Life Teen? We continue to meet in the Parish Life Center on Sundays, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Come for LUNCH, play fun GAMES and learn what God has in store for you! 


For past weeks fun and materials, visit our website HERE.


If you have any questions about the program – or would like to sign up – please contact Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Angelina Gerten at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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 fall/winter, please make plans to attend the next class, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center, room 16/18. Register by calling the Parish Office at (937) 644-6020.  

                         SVD ACTIVITIES


Thank you volunteers for making nearly 900 bologna sandwiches in September. Many thanks to Steve Smith and Dennis Neidert for delivering them. Your efforts to serve 97 families during the food distribution on September 15th is also greatly appreciated. 


The next food distribution is Thursday, October 20th, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. in front of the Parish Life Center.



The deadline for the bologna sandwich program for those in need is the 2nd weekend of each month. For October, sandwiches will need to be turned in the weekend of October 8/9th at Mass. Remember to place your sandwiches in the Falvey Hall refrigerators prior to any of the weekend Masses. 



September was our annual Diocesan fundraising month. If you would like to make a donation, you may still do so this week! Please use the box on the table in the back of the church. Thank you for your generosity!



The VA shelter has asked if we can continue to supply large flip flops for the men who are there to help prevent slipping in showers. A box labeled "VA Mens Flip Flops" is located in Falvey Hall. If you are able to help please place your donations in this box.



The winter Blessing Bag activity will be initiated by Susan Cordell in the near future. In the mean time, a new thrift store (Second Chances) has opened up in uptown Marysville and they are looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please sign-up HERE.



Mark your calendars for the next Music on the Hill concert on Sunday, November 20th at 3:00 p.m. Pianist Richard Jeric will present a recital filled with well-known staples including pieces by Beethoven and Chopin!


For more information, visit our parish website and click “Music on the Hill” under Programs or check out our Facebook page and search for “Music on the Hill Marysville” and like the page to stay updated. Concerts are free to attend, and all are welcome. Donations will be graciously accepted in order to continue these concerts for many seasons to come.



The Pray for Priests initiative created by Our Lady of Peace Parish continues for October. This initiative is to encourage parishioners to pray for a different priest or seminarian of the diocese every day. Father Kavanagh's prayer day is Monday, October 10th! Please click HERE to view the full calendar for the month of October.




We would like to invite all seniors and retirees of the parish to join us for lunch on Wednesday, October 19th, at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Life Center. The luncheon will serve as a first meeting for our new group (name to be determined) and establish future meeting dates and activities.


We ask that you please RSVP by Monday, October 17th. To check out the flier and for a printable RSVP, click HERE. You may also RSVP by calling the parish office at (937) 644-6020. We look forward to seeing you there!

Men of the Parish! Have you considered becoming a better husband, dad, grandpa, or brother? Please seriously consider exploring the ways you could do just that with our program “That Man is You!” Sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Life Center. A light breakfast is served each week at 7:00 a.m.  We look forward to seeing you there!



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..




The Women’s Ministries October meeting will be on Thursday, October 6th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Life Center, room 22.



For the month of October, we invite you to donate new or gently used books about history, geography, or travel.  All books this month will be donated to the Ohio Reformatory for Women.  


Please place your donations in the marked box in the Bride's Room. 


Thank you for helping OLOL minister through literature!



All are welcome to join The Sacred Heart Prayer Group the First Friday of each month. We will be praying in the church Friday, October 7th, after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Our prayer will be The Rosary: The Luminous Mysteries. The prayer intention is to end abortions. Our Saints of the month are St. Simon and St. Jude.



The Prayer Shawl group will meet on the first Tuesday of each month for the remainder of the year. For October, the group will meet on Tuesday, October 4th from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in room 22 of the Parish Life Center. All are welcome.


Shawls are available in the church, the parish office or from Pam Gibson (937-578-3139).


Sign-up HERE



Mark your calendars for Lifeline's return to OLOL on Thursday, January 19th, 2023. Due to the large turnout at their September screening, Lifeline will be returning for an additional screening session after the first of the year. 

Stay tuned for the next edition of the Grotto, in your inbox Tuesday, November 1st!

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!