Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Newsletter

Volume 38, March 2024



Our Lady of Lourdes is proud to debut a brand new website! Our web address conveniently remains the same. We appreciate your patience as this is a work in progress. We will notify you of major updates as they occur, such as the option for online giving. In the meantime, be sure to check it out and visit us at www.olol.cc.



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


Our First Friday Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is taking place today, Friday, March 1st, until Benediction at the conclusion of Stations (Stations begin at 6 p.m.) in the Church. Please stop by as your schedule permits and spend some quiet time in adoration of the Lord.


"To be closer to God and Jesus and talk to them - Say 'I'm sorry' and thank them for my life!" - L.C.

"Jesus is my all and all and I love Him. He has done so much for me. The least I can do for Him is to adore Him for an hour. He deserves so much more. I could not live in the crazy world without Him. I love you Jesus! I love the quiet, peaceful time in Adoration." - P.Y.


OLOL is blessed with an abundance of Mass intentions. Due to the high demand and the growth of our parish, effective immediately, we are implementing new rules that limit intentions. Each family registered to OLOL will be permitted three (3) Mass Intentions per year. Also, only one (1) Mass per month may be said for a single person. Stipend for each Mass is $10.00 and should be paid at time of request.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to accommodate everyone's intentions. As always, please contact the office with questions.



Every Lent to draw us ever closer to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ, the Church offers plenary indulgences (the removal of temporal punishment for sins already forgiven) to the faithful who perform the necessary conditions and specific acts of piety. All plenary indulgences require the following conditions:

1) Specific acts of piety

2) Sacramental Confession (20 days before or after the specific work, and one Sacramental Confession can be applied to multiple indulgences)

3) Holy Communion on the day of the specific act of piety

4) Pray for the intentions of Pope Francis with an Our Father and Hail Mary

5) Detachment from all sin

Three acts of piety which can be made throughout the Lenten Season include:

1) Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for at least thirty minutes (which can be fulfilled at our parish on March 1st or at another parish participating in the 40 Days of Adoration throughout the Diocese of Columbus)

2) Devoutly participating in Stations of the Cross (offered at our parish every Friday in Lent at 6:00 p.m.)

3) Reciting the Rosary in community or with family

During the Sacred Triduum, plenary indulgences are extended to those who attend Mass on those days. The acts of piety on those days are:

1) Sing the Tantum Ergo during the Transfer of the Blessed Sacrament at the conclusion of Holy Thursday Mass

2) Venerate the Holy Cross during the Good Friday Service

3) Renew your baptismal promises during the Easter Vigil Mass

On Easter Sunday, you can receive one additional plenary indulgence by watching or listening to Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi on the radio, TV, or social media. This Papal Blessing is offered by the Holy Father on Christmas and Easter each year, and it is extended firstly to the faithful present in the city of Rome (urbi) and additionally to the entire world (orbi). This blessing will be offered live in Vatican City at St. Peter’s Basilica at 6:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, March 31st. May these and all our pious acts of faith, hope, charity, and love this Lent draw us ever closer to Christ.


The Lenten Penance Service will be held on Thursday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. Guest priests plus Fr. Kavanagh will be available for you to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “each of the faithful is bound by an obligation faithfully to confess serious sins at least once a year.” Please plan to attend so that you may receive this important sacrament.


For a printable PDF copy of this Lenten Schedule, click HERE.


On Sunday, March 10th at 10:15 a.m., OLOL will be holding a communal anointing of the sick in the Church. This anointing is for those who are struggling with a serious illness (mental, spiritual, or physical), those facing surgery or those with the burden of years (elderly). If you wish to be anointed, please sign up in the vestibule, call the Parish Office at (937) 644-6020, or email Theresa Stammen at theresa@olol.cc.


Join us each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the PLC to learn more about an aspect of our Catholic faith. March topics include:

March 5th - About the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, led by Father Kavanagh

March 12th - The Nicene Creed, led by Tom Bardin

March 19th - Resurrection, led by Deacon Dave

March 26th - Prayer, led by Theresa Stammen

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic? Please call Deacon Dave at (937) 209-9258 or email dbezusko@columbuscatholic.org.



Changes are being made to next year's PYC class schedule. To read about the reasoning behind these changes, and to view the new class times, please click HERE.


Join us this summer as we go on Wilderness Adventure: Through the Sacraments! Vacation Bible School will be held June 24th-28th, 2024, from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. We need volunteers in a variety of roles to make this a great week for the youth participants. If you would like to volunteer, visit our website HERE to complete the volunteer registration form. Participant registration will begin in April.


Calling ALL 8th-12th Graders! Want to know what the fun is all about at Life Teen? We continue to meet weekly, with a flexible schedule to allow more participation options. Come for the FOOD and FUN and learn what God has in store for you! 

Upcoming Calendar of Events for the month of March:

Tuesday, March 5th: 5:30 p.m. Mass followed by Taco Tuesday and Small group (Choir practice to follow)

Sunday, March 10th: 12:30-2:00 p.m. – Painless - Pizza Party

Friday, March 15th: 6:00-8:00 p.m. – March Madness Party at Raymond Elementary Gym (21511 Main Street Raymond, OH) - OLOL Fish Fry for dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 24th and 31st: Easter Break – NO Life Teen events – Have a Blessed Holy Week!

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 greg@gertenfarm.com or Angelina Gerten at angelina@gertenfarm.com.



  • To all who once again made bologna sandwiches - We delivered 20 sandwiches to the Impact Station in Marysville and 720 were delivered to the Back Door Ministry at the Cathedral, St. Lawrence Haven, and the Voice of America Veterans center.

  • To Ernie Jones for making the trip to Columbus to deliver the sandwiches.

  • To all our wonderful parishioners who agreed to cook a meal for the Impact Station here in Marysville. We have enough volunteers so that everyone will only have to cook one meal a year! Those who signed up should receive a schedule in their email. 

  • Former St. Vincent de Paul President Mike Myers would like to thank the following local entities for their continued support: The Copy Source for their quality and quick service even on short notice, UCO Industries for their monthly donation of boxes for the food distribution and The FOE (Eagles) for their recent donation of $1,000 to St. Vincent de Paul.


  • Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th - Bologna sandwich collection for the homeless. Please bring sandwiches to Mass and place in coolers in the entry of the church.

  • Monday, March 18th - Monthly St. Vincent de Paul meeting, PLC room 16, 7:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, March 21st - Fresh Produce Distribution - Repackaging of food at 8:30 a.m. and then the distribution is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Volunteers are welcome.

Anyone interested in joining St. Vincent de Paul or who would like more information please call (380) 235-1102 or email Kelly Kirk at kakirk56@outlook.com.


Join us Sunday, March 3rd at 3:00 p.m. in the Church for our next concert featuring The Ohio State University choirs.

O-H-I-O! We are delighted to welcome the renowned Ohio State University choirs to our series. Comprised of students from across campus, this will be a performance you won’t want to miss. Wear your scarlet and gray and come support these Buckeye musicians.


The Pray for Priests initiative created by Our Lady of Peace Parish continues for March. This initiative is to encourage parishioners to pray for a different priest or seminarian of our Diocese every day. Seminarian Dcn. Dave Johnstone's prayer day is Saturday March 30th. Please click HERE to view the full calendar for the month of March.


If you wish to remember loved ones, and/or contribute to the purchase of Easter altar flowers, please put your “Flower Envelope” in the collection by Sunday, March 10th.


Attention all graduating high school seniors! Our Lady of Lourdes is offering two (2) $1,000.00 scholarships this year. If you are interested, please stop by the parish office to pick up your application. Applications need to be returned by Friday, March 22nd. All children of actively participating parishioners are welcome to apply. Winners of the scholarships will be notified in May. For more information, please call the parish office at 937-644-6020.


Parishioners who wish to receive a statement of 2023 parish contributions for tax filing purposes should call the parish office or email joni@olol.cc. Only requested statements will be printed. Statements can be found in a box outside the sacristy door and picked up during regular office hours or before/after Mass. The church is open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and statements can also be picked up then.


Dcn. Dave Bezusko will be on the radio on Wednesday, March 6th from 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Dcn. Dave will be playing on a team, with two other deacons, in a basketball tournament to see which Deacon Team will win the gold medal! For every donation made in his name prior to or during the AM820 radio event, Dcn. Bezusko’s team will receive additional shots. Donations support evangelization. To make a donation call (614) 459-4820 or visit St. Gabriel Radio's website HERE.


In preparation for the mowing season, all grave blankets, weathered artificial flowers, wreaths, and seasonal decorations should be removed from cemetery grounds by March 31st. After the removal deadline, items will be removed by cemetery personnel.


Your Life—and the World—Will Never Be the Same

This summer, Jesus is inviting you to encounter him in a new way. He wants to work wonders in and through you, making YOU a part of salvation history in ways you never could have imagined.

Ready to see what God has in store? Come and witness his transformative power at the National Eucharistic Congress.

For the first time in nearly a century, the Catholic Church from every corner of the United States will gather in one place. Together, we will be healed, converted, formed, unified, and launched into a new chapter of Eucharistic mission - on fire with love for Jesus Christ. Learn more at their website HERE.

What: 10th National Eucharistic Congress

When: July 17–21, 2024

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN



The Kairos Prison Ministry will be hosting a free seminar in Dublin, OH on Sunday, March 3rd from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to learn why this ministry is so important. It's often called the 'Cookie Ministry', but it is so much more than that. Music will be provided by Steph France and Deacon Dave is one of the guest speakers. Details are below:



OLOL's Welcome Committee will host the next Pastries with Parishioners on Sunday, March 17th between the Masses to welcome all new parishioners and visit with current parishioners. We welcome ALL parishioners to attend, BOTH new and current, to meet fellow parish families, and learn more about our parish from each other. Everyone is invited to bring a homemade pastry to share. Gathering will feature baked goodies, coffee and water.  We hope to see you there!


Help us with our fundraising efforts to move the bell by the entrance of the church and join us at our Kentucky Derby Dinner Party!


  • Saturday, May 4th, 2024, from 5:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Appetizers/Contests at 5:45 p.m 
  • Race at 6:45 p.m.
  • Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
  • BYOB
  • Wearing your best Kentucky Derby Attire is encouraged! Prizes awarded!
  • Adult Tickets may be purchased April 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th after Mass

See you at the race! Hosted by our Women’s Ministry and Parish Life Committee.


Raising children takes a village - let's do it together!


Join us in the PLC room 16/18 on Monday, March 18th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to celebrate the feast of St. Joseph. We hope to see you there!

Please contact Allison Hipp at ahipp620@gmail.com with any questions.



Our next meeting will be held on Sunday, March 17th at 12:30 p.m. in the PLC room 16/18.

Contact Lisa Melish at themelishfamily@gmail.com or Caroline Keiderling at cjkeiderling1@aol.com with questions or for more information.


The Circle of Mary Bernadettes would like to thank you for your generous donations during our "Blanketed with Love" blanket drive in February. We collected over 80 blankets that were donated to those in need. Each blanket was wrapped in ribbon with an inspirational message for its recipient.

We are also looking forward to partnering with the Parish Life Committee to help prepare for the Easter Egg Hunt. We continue to study our "Saint of the Month" and are looking forward to our new member investiture in the Spring. 


Our next meeting will be Sunday, March 17th at 12:30 p.m. in the PLC room 15/17.

Please contact Scott Carter at (740) 803-1207 or at sjpii5710@gmail.com with questions or for more information.


Are you around 55 years of age or older and interested in socializing and meeting other parishioners? If so, we welcome you to join our group at one or more of these activities. To join our email distribution list, send your contact information to: seniorsolol@outlook.com.


The next senior group meeting and potluck is Tuesday, April 16th from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the PLC Commons. The guest speaker is from the Marysville Fire Department. They will cover topics such as home fire escape planning, repository units (also known as "Knox boxes"), file of life, fire extinguisher use, recommendations on number of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors needed in the home and where to place them, cooking or camp fires in backyard, open burning on your property and general fire safety. Reservations are not required. Bring a potluck dish to share.


Book club meets the second Tuesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the PLC, room 16/18.

Our March 12th our book is "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger. On April 9th, the group will watch the movie "The Boys in the Boat". The book with the same title was read by the group during a previous month. To join the watch party in April, email seniorsolol@outlook.com for more details.  


Breakfast at Boston's is the first Wednesday of the month following the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Meet in the back of the church to see how many are attending or just meet at Boston's in Marysville. This month we will meet March 6th. Next month we will meet on April 3rd.


Game day is the last Wednesday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the PLC, room 16/18. Upcoming dates are March 20th (third Wednesday this month due to Holy Week) and April 24th. Please bring your favorite game and a snack to share.


Walking Rosary is every Thursday after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Bring your walking shoes and pray the Rosary as we get some exercise.


Line dancing is every Monday from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the PLC commons. Due to a funeral luncheon, line dancing on Monday, March 4th will take place in the PLC room 16/18.



The Parish Life Committee and Hospitality Crew thanks all our fellow parishioners who attended the Parish Chili Cook-Off and Family Fun Night on February 10th. Everyone had a great time, especially with the karaoke machine (equipment courtesy of Ernie and Nita Jones). Congratulations to Sarah Jeric for making the chili that was selected as this year's favorite by those who attended this event. We are continuing to look for new members to join our committee to plan fun events to promote even better fellowship among our parish families. Please contact the parish office if you have an interest. 


The Parish Life Committee and Hospitality Crew will host the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Parish Life Center on Saturday, March 23rd, starting at 10 a.m. While we realize this is a weekend when Marysville and Fairbanks schools (and probably other schools in the area) will be on spring break, we welcome all parish families with young children to participate. There will be an egg hunt for three age groups (1 to 3 years old, 4 to 7 years old and 8 to 10 years old, plus special treats for those younger than 1 year old). There will be activities for the kids prior to the actual egg hunt, and an opportunity to have pictures taken with the Easter bunny. Light refreshments will also be served. Please use the sign-up sheets in the church vestibule and the PLC lobby to sign up for this event. Alternatively, parishioners can also sign up by scanning the QR code below or by clicking on this Google Form link HERE. We hope to see your family at this event.


Saturday mornings from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. OR Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the PLC

MEN! JOIN US THIS LENT FOR THAT MAN IS YOU! That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their 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!

Please reach out to Deacon Dave for more information at (937) 209-9258 or via email at  dbezusko@columbuscatholic.org


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 Penny Yunker at kayunker@myfam.com.


Our next meeting is Thursday, March 7th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center, room 24.


The Women’s Ministry is pleased to announce that we are ready for our official launch of St. Martha’s Meals. We have a wonderful group of parishioners who are able to deliver meals to your family as you welcome a new baby into your home.

If you are expecting, please contact Becky Elchert or Jennifer Schafer at ololmeals@gmail.com.  We would love to hear from you a month or so before the baby is due. This will allow us to send a questionnaire about your food preferences in advance. We will wait until you let us know that the baby has arrived before we schedule the meal deliveries.  


For the month of March, we invite you to donate new or gently used books on the topics of health, wellness, and recovery. 

All donations will benefit incarcerated persons in Ohio. Please place them 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 meet in the church today, Friday, March 1st, after the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

Our next meeting will be on Friday, April 5th after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Our prayer will be The Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes. The prayer intention is for members of the parish. Our saint of the month will be St. Ignatius Loyola.


Whether you know how to crochet or knit or want to learn, we encourage you to join us on the first Tuesday of each month. We make shawls, have them blessed, and package them with a prayer card for the recipient. Please contact Pam at (937) 578-3139 or Linda at (614) 352-7826 with any questions.


The Prayer Shawl group will meet Tuesday, March 5th, at 7:00 p.m. in the PLC, room 22. All are welcome regardless of skill level.  


Would you like to brighten someone’s day by sharing the joy of Easter and the resurrection with them? Or perhaps you would just like someone to know that they are appreciated and thought of and loved. Enter: the Card Ministry. We are a group of volunteers who share the love of Christ through caring cards. 


We are all bombarded with emails these days, so how about sending someone a handwritten card that they can get the good ol’ fashioned way: in the mailbox! To submit a card request, simply email cardsolol@outlook.com or call/text Phyllis at (937) 707-0902. It’s that easy! 



The Knights wish to thank all our fellow parishioners at OLOL who supported the Super Bowl Sunday Sub Sale. As indicated, all proceeds will be given to Deacon David Johnstone as he finishes his studies prior to being ordained a priest this coming May. 


Thank you to our fellow parishioners, neighbors in the community and guests who continue to support the Lenten Fish Fry Dinners hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council #5534. We hope for your continued support over the next four Fridays.Thank you as well to all who help out with these dinners - brother Knights and family members, fellow parishioners, the Columbian Squires, the Bernadettes (Circle of Mary), the Scouts and a few of our parish youth. 


The Knights of Columbus Marysville Council invites all practicing male Catholics, 18 years or older, to prayerfully consider joining the Order. You can join by clicking on this URL link HERE or by scanning the QR code on the graphic below. Please enter "5534" as the council you wish to join and "JCUMMONS" as the agent referral code to obtain free membership.  

Stay tuned for the next edition of The Grotto, in your inbox Monday, April 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 michelle@olol.cc with your information to be included in the next newsletter. Thank you, as always, for your continued support of Our Lady of Lourdes!