Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Newsletter

Volume 40, May 2024


Dear Friends,

Last year we gave honor to our Blessed Mother by establishing a May altar in the bride’s room. You responded beautifully by bringing arrangements of flowers from your gardens. I am happy to inform you that we will be adopting the same practice this year. We also will have a book for you to write your intentions and prayers. The room will be open throughout the week for you to stop by and spend some quiet time. May is traditionally a month that we set aside in honor of Mary. How grateful we are for her powerful intercession.

   May our Lord bless you all with His peace and joy.

Fr. Kevin Kavanagh



A special thank you to Battalion Chief and parishioner Cole Tomlin for giving Father Kavanagh and the staff at OLOL a tour of the Decker Fire Station for Father Kavanagh's birthday last month!


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


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament returns on Friday, May 3rd from the end of 8:00 a.m. Mass through Benediction at 8:00 p.m. Come and spend a Holy Hour with the Lord. We need two adorers present at all times the Eucharist is exposed. Please sign up at this link HERE.


"I come to adoration because Jesus is my Home. Jesus is my shelter in all the trials of life and because of this I am drawn to Jesus in the Eucharist and Adoration because this is the time when Heaven is brought to Earth. During Adoration I am more deeply connected to the Lord and all my loved ones that have gone before me because I know during this time I am doing exactly what my loved ones in Heaven are, which is adoring and worshipping Jesus. If you miss your loved ones, come to Adoration, they are there!"

- M.L.R.M.

"I enjoy it and to pray." - T.W.


Father Kavanagh is bringing back the Precious Blood on June 1st and 2nd (Feast of Corpus Christi).

Current Eucharistic Ministers are REQUIRED to attend training on Saturday, May 4th at 10:30 a.m. IF you did not attend the April 28th session. Pre-registration is not required.

Anyone interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister must be 18+ years of age, Confirmed, and attend the May 4th session (IF you did not attend the April 28th session). Persons should be comfortable distributing both Bread and Precious Blood. Pre-registration is requested.

Anyone wishing to become a Lector must be 18+ years old and attend the training on Saturday, May 4th at 9:00-10:00 am. Pre-registration is required. Current Lectors are NOT REQUIRED to attend the Lector Training.  

To pre-register (if needed) for training, please contact Joni Palumbo at joni@olol.cc. If you have any further questions, please call the parish office (937-644-6020).



During the month of May, we will be praying the Rosary before all weekend Masses. Sign-up to lead a Rosary HERE.


Join us for the crowning of Mary at all weekend Masses on May 4th and 5th.


As mentioned in Father Kavanagh's letter, an altar to honor our Blessed Mother will be in the Bride's Room for anyone to visit and pray anytime the church is open during the month of May.


A rosary commemorating the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima will be recited Saturday, May 11th at 12:00 p.m. at the gazebo at Partner's Park (corner of 6th Street and Plum Street). Please join us as we honor Our Lady of Fatima.


This year's BAA officially kicks off the weekend of May 4th and 5th. Click HERE to see a message from Bishop Earl K. Fernandes about this year's theme and why the Appeal is so important.

All parishioners should receive a brochure in the mail with details on giving. BAA envelopes can be found in the pews or donations can be made online HERE. Our parish has been asked to raise $87,421.06. 100% of all funds collected over our parish’s goal will be returned directly to our parish for our own needs and priorities.

For more information about The Appeal, visit the Diocese of Columbus' website HERE.



Registration for the upcoming 2024-2025 PYC class sessions will be available online in the upcoming weeks. Please keep an eye on your email for when registration opens. That said, if you do not receive emails from psr@olol.cc or have recently updated your email, please make sure to let Anne know so you can receive all communications regarding PYC.


Congratulations to our First Communicants who made their First Communion on Saturday, April 27th.

2024 First Communion Class

(pictured front to back, left to right)

Row 1: Addison Delph, Brielle Wing, Samantha Schultz, Lila Tummino, Alexander Allen, 

Owen Allen, Maci Keeton, Eleanor Zahn, Maria Stonerock, Ilea Baumbarger

Row 2: Joanna Porter (Catechist), Matteo Mata, Peter Griswold, Gage Roebke, Henry Steyer, 

Elijah Schulze, Sophia King, Stanley Kitzler, Juan Sebastian Guzman Torres, Hollis Baumbarger, 

Luke Barnes, Sean Limbacher, Brittney Kitzler (Catechist)

Row 3: Father Kevin Kavanagh, Julie Vesely (Catechist), Ruby Radabaugh, 

Mila Brown, Matilda Veyeh Kaptue, Thomas Salgado Mora, Thomas Kinney-Vargas, 

Bo Finegan, Colleen Schludecker, Malia Knapp, Aurora Kersten, 

Michelle Bloomquist (Catechist), Anne Daniel (DRE) 

Row 4: Amanda Brown (Catechist), Isabella Cedeno Urdaneta, Magnolia Berbee, 

Clara Hill, Adelynn Clodfelder, Maxden McKinniss, Anthony Martig, 

Hildemaro Utrera Romero, Harper Heidecker, Emma Tomlin, 

Katelyn Beaty, Lucy Bates, Tiffany Hritz (Catechist)

Not pictured: Max Neroni

Congratulations to our Confirmandi who made their confirmation with Bishop Earl Fernandes on Thursday, April 18th. If you would like to see photos from the Confirmation Mass with Bishop Fernandes, visit our PYC page HERE.

2024 Confirmandi

(pictured front to back, left to right)

Row 1: Pam Gibson (Catechist), Dario Knoble, 

Zachary Clodfelder, Mack Marlette, Paul Daniel, 

Brianna Atabong Lekeaka, Emma Brown, 

Olivia Williams, Natalie Williams, Elara Baumbarger

Row 2: Meghan Perdue (Catechist), Laura Stonerock (Catechist), 

Father Kevin Kavanagh, Henry Brown, Owen Morey, 

Annika Schmidt, Katelyn Niekamp, Alvaro Reyes Marin, 

Johnathan Gower, Luke Niekamp, Jacob Verbus, 

Gavin Mariano, Anne Daniel (DRE), José Banaag (Catechist)

Row 3: Allison Hayes, Sophia Boggs, Tenleigh Silcott, 

Alyssa Pawlowski, Sofia McCabe, Pamela Kinney-Vargas, 

Macie Barta, Wyatt Stacklin, Carter Jordan, Liam Limbacher

Not Pictured: Cassandra Duran, Caitlin Newberry, 

Faviana Ramirez Gonzalez, Oscar Ramirez Gonzalez, 

Noah Schweinfurth, Sophia River VanVoorhis, 

Luke Vesely, Sarah Reinhard (Catechist)


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 later this month.


Our youth group had a great year and looks forward to attending the Steubenville Youth Conference June 21st - 23rd (please pray for our 22 teens and 4 chaperones growing closer to Christ). We may have a couple summer activities, but until then have a wonderful summer and see you all again when PSR starts back up.

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.


Seminarian Dave Johnstone, from Our Lady of Lourdes, will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday May 18th. Fr. Johnstone will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th. Everyone is invited to attend Mass and the reception that will follow. Please keep Dave in your prayers.


I want to say a special thank you to all the folks who so graciously give of their time to help with the food distribution every month. The weather was absolutely miserable in January, February and March and yet you came out and helped! You suffered through frozen fingers while repacking food, shivered while loading food in the cars and smiled through it all! Needless to say, April was a welcome relief! The sun was out, and the daffodils reminded us of our renewed lives in the risen Christ! 

Last month at the distribution, we served 80 families for a total of 179 people. 17 of those families included children and of the 179 people served 74 were senior citizens. 

Also, last month you made 780 sandwiches. 20 sandwiches were delivered following the Saturday evening Mass to the Impact Station here in Marysville. On the Monday after the collection, 760 sandwiches were delivered to Columbus and split between three different ministries: the Back Door Ministry at the Cathedral, St. Lawrence Haven (a St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen on Broad St.) and the Veterans Center at Voice of America. Your generosity is much appreciated!

If you are cleaning out closets this spring, please remember to consider donating items to The Second Chances Thrift Store. When you volunteer at the store or donate items, St. Vincent de Paul earns gift cards. Those cards are given to our neighbors in need so they can go to the store and shop for free! Check out their website HERE for information on volunteering with them or for donating items.


  • Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th - Bologna sandwich collection weekend. Please place sandwiches in coolers in entryway.

  • Monday, May 13th - Monthly St. Vincent de Paul meeting, PLC room 16, 7:00 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 16th - Fresh Produce Distribution in the parking lot in front of the Parish Life Center. Repackaging of food begins at 8:30 a.m. with distribution from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

For further information about The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please email kakirk56@outlook.com or call 380-235-1102.


Join us Sunday, May 26th at 3:00 p.m. in the Church for our next recital featuring Dr. Sarah C. Harr, organ.

A Tennessee native, Dr. Sarah C. Harr will come to Marysville to perform a recital on our Steiner Organ. A dedicated performer and educator, she will bring her vast knowledge and exceptional performance skills to our series. Come find out what this organ can really sound like!


Fr. Kavanagh invites all High School and College Graduates to celebrate their graduation at the Annual Graduation Mass being held Sunday, May 12th at 9:00 a.m. Following the Mass, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a breakfast for graduates and their families. If you have not received an invitation, and wish to attend, please call the parish office by Friday, May 3rd in order to be included in the program. Join us in the Parish Life Center (to line up) 30 minutes prior to Mass and bring your cap and gown!  


The Pray for Priests initiative created by Our Lady of Peace Parish continues for May. This initiative is to encourage parishioners to pray for a different priest or seminarian of our Diocese every day. Please click HERE to view the full calendar for the month of May.


This 7-part study is being offered as part of the Year of the Parish Revival. Participants will be immersed in the Gospel’s Eucharistic proclamations and unveil God’s saving work in the Eucharist. You can access this study on the parish website at www.olol.cc. Please contact Theresa in the parish office with questions.


All are invited to join Bishop Earl K. Fernandes, the faithful from the Diocese of Columbus, and the pilgrims from The National Eucharistic Revival for a weeklong Eucharistic procession from June 24th to 30th through the Diocese of Columbus, while on pilgrimage to the National Eucharistic Congress. Stops along the way will be: St. Joseph, Somerset; St. Francis de Sales, Newark; Seton Parish, Pickerington; Christ the King, Columbus; St. Charles Preparatory School, Columbus; St. Paul the Apostle, Westerville; St. Joseph Cathedral, Columbus.


To register for these joyous events visit: https://columbuscatholic.org/revival.


There are four routes traveling across the country to the National Eucharistic Congress, and our Diocese is on the route named after St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint to be canonized by the Catholic Church. A lifelong protestant, the young mother and widow was drawn to the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton opened the first free Catholic school for girls in America in 1810. Her work laid the foundation for what is now the parochial school system.


Leaving from New Haven, Connecticut, the eastern arm of the Pilgrimage will begin near the Atlantic coast, journey through our nation’s oldest diocese (the Archdiocese of Baltimore), and across the Appalachian Mountains. The Seton Route will be punctuated by many meaningful stops. Pilgrims will visit holy sites, embrace the sacraments daily, and publicly proclaim Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist as they accompany him on his way to the 10th National Eucharistic Congress. Make your plans now to meet up with this historic Pilgrimage! 

A special thank you to all of the parishes and schools serving as host locations for these historic events. 

For more information on the National Eucharistic Revival please visit their website HERE.


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us!




Pastries with Parishioners is taking a break for the summer and will return the third Sunday of each month, beginning on September 15th. We look forward to continued fellowship and sweet treats in the fall.


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


Please join us for a special children's half-hour of Holy Adoration Friday, May 3rd from 10:00-10:30 a.m. We will provide guided prayers and other worship materials. There is no expectation of silence!


Join us in the PLC room 16/18 on Monday, May 13th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. We hope to see you there!

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



The Circle of Mary Bernadettes will hold their annual Investiture of New Members and Installation of Officers at their next meeting on May 19th at 1:00 pm in the PLC. We are also happy to be a part of the May Crowning and Mother's Day Masses again this year.

The Bernadettes is a community service organization for girls ages 10-18 who enjoy giving back to our Parish and community through Spiritual and Civic leadership. We also have parties and other Social events throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming a Bernadette, please contact Lisa Melish at themelishfamily@gmail.com or Caroline Keiderling at cjkeiderling1@aol.com.


Any young man aged 10-18 is welcome to join the Columbian Squires. We will have our new member Investiture ceremony at our next meeting on Sunday, May 19th starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Parish Life Center. Please RSVP to spjii5710@gmail.com so we have enough pizza ordered for after the ceremony. Also, if you have any questions about the Columbian Squires, please contact us at the email above.

Esto Dingus! Be Worthy!


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.


If you have an event you want to see happen and are willing to take your idea from start to finish, contact Phyllis Soller at (937) 707-0902 for support in making it happen. 


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.

On May 14th, our book is "He Leadeth Me" by Walter J. Ciszek, S. J. 


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 on May 1st. Next month we will meet on June 5th.


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 May 29th and June 26th. 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. There will be no line dancing on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th.




The Parish Life Committee and Hospitality Crew hosted the annual reception after the Easter Vigil Mass on March 30th to welcome the neophytes who were welcomed into full communion with the Church.


The Parish Life Committee and Hospitality Crew hosted the annual reception after the Confirmation Mass to welcome the Confirmandi who received the sacrament from Bishop Fernandes on April 18th.


The Parish Life Committee and Hospitality Crew hosted the annual reception for our parish youth preparing to make their First Holy Communion during rehearsal on April 20th.


The Parish Life Committee and Hospitality Crew wishes to thank Tiffany Wood for her years of leadership in coordinating the annual Parish Golf Outing. Due to a new endeavor, she had to step down from this role. Hence, the committee is looking for another parishioner to help lead this event - usually held towards the latter part of summer (August through early September). The primary responsibility entails coordinating with local golf courses to see who can accommodate our parish golfers and their guests. If you have experience in this type of activity or if you wish to try out something new to help our parish, please contact the parish office. If no one steps up to help with this activity, we may have to cancel the parish golf outing this year and potentially during future years as well. Thank you!


Tuesday Night Men's Group continues weekly from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Life Center, room 24. The group is viewing and discussing Bishop Barron's Catholicism series. This inspirational mini-series is a great introduction OR refresher about the main aspects of our faith.

Saturday Morning Men's Group continues weekly from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Parish Life Center, room 15/17. The group is viewing and discussing the new Paradisus Dei series on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

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, May 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Life Center, room 24.


St.Martha's Meals volunteers want to serve you by providing meals when you welcome a new baby into your family. Please contact us at ololmeals@gmail.com a few weeks before your baby is due. We will ask a few questions about your food preferences and set up a meal train for you. 

Please help us to spread the word to other parishioners about this new program!


For the month of May, we invite you to donate new or gently used books on the topics of languages and cultures. 

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. Our next meeting will be Friday, May 3rd after the 8:00 a.m. Mass.

Our prayer will be Lord Send Out Your Spirit. The prayer intention is for an increase of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Our saint of the month is Our Lady of Lourdes.


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, May 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in the PLC, room 22. All are welcome regardless of skill level.  


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 again thank all our fellow parishioners for a successful Lenten Fish Fry Dinner season. On April 6th, a few brother Knights completed a thorough cleaning of the PLC kitchen after extensive use during the fish fry dinners.


The Knights assisted the Parish Buildings and Grounds Committee members with mulching in front of the church and around the parking lot. The council expects to provide additional support in upcoming mulching and grass seeding activities in the weeks to come.


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 Friday, May 31st!

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!