Well, you just begin from where you are right now! (Even if you are already a baptized adult Catholic but haven’t received the Sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation contact us!)
Many adults who are entering the Catholic Church, or even those who are thinking about it, follow a process called “R.C.I.A.” (Rite of Christian initiation for Adults).
For information please see the information folders available at all church entrances or contact John Raymond email@example.com. Although our first session took place October 3rd, 2018 at 7PM in the Education Building Room 7&8, sessions continue every Wednesday: same time, same place. If you are interested in becoming Catholic stop in for any session. If possible, please fill out the RCIA Application form and email it or bring it to the parish office.
Want to wait to start from the beginning next year? Get started now with the free online RCIA series and join us next year in October way ahead of the curve.
See this TV Commercial on the Catholic Church produced by Catholics Come Home who have a great message for those who are considering a return to the Catholic Faith – Come Home!
Don’t come back alone. Visit the Journey Home Network to connect with those from all walks of life who have already made this journey.
(CCW) Council of Catholic Women
Supports, empowers and educates all Catholic Women in spirituality, leadership and service. Our programs are planned to respond with Gospel values, to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.
Our Theme of the Year is “Everything Through Mary”
President: Gail Davey
Vice Pres. Kathy Quinnan
Membership: Ellen Rush
Secretary: Mary Macklin
Treasurer: Alida Yoezie
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month October through April
Rosary Making 9:30 -11 a.m. Wednesdays
Sewing Group 10 a.m. Wednesdays
Bridge 1 p.m. Wednesday
Mah-jongg Noon Thursday
Book Club 1st Thursday of each month (October through May) We meet at 10 am in Grade 7 of the Education Building. Please call Kathy Quinnan (941-445-8137) for more information.
SUMMER CAMP – “MARY AND ME”
Every Wednesday in July and August
Beside the above we have:
Grandparents praying for Grandchildren – 9 a.m. Rosary Garden Wednesdays
Monthly Birthday Mass and Breakfast Group – Second Tuesday of the Month
Bible Study – The Blessed Mother and the Bible – 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesdays ($15.00 workbook)
“Be kind and merciful. Let no one ever come to you
Without leaving better and happier.
Be a living expression of God’s kindness.” Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Duties include: Greeting at the Church doors at whichever Mass you attend, and rotating doors each week. Helping to set up or clean up at receptions. Greeting at receptions. Making follow up phone calls for receptions with RSVPs. Contact: Christine Longo at 941-497-2931 or 631-682-1196 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knights of Columbus
Knights of Columbus Council #9924, Venice, Florida
The Knights of Columbus Council 9924 of Our Lady of Lourdes is an organization of Catholic men who believe in the principles of Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Patriotism.
Grand Knight – Mike O’Brien 941-375-8987
All Catholic men over the age of 18 are welcomed to join. Here are 25 amazing things you may not know about the Knights!
This link is to an on-line version of Columbia Magazine that features more stories and photos than the magazine does. This link is to coverage of our presentation of Tootsie Roll proceeds to “Instride Therapy.”
On the weekend of March 2/3 we are holding our annual Membership Drive. We will have a speaker before every Mass and we will have members at every door after Mass to hand out information and answer questions. We need 6 or 7 Volunteers to spend 10 or 15 minutes after Mass doing this. Please join us in recruiting new members and growing our council. Just click the following link to signup.
The Food Collection is the last Sunday (and prior Saturday) of the month. Food pickup is the following Wednesday. The limitations of this on-line signup link below makes it look we’re only talking about December. We’re NOT. This is a generic signup for EVERY month. You can still be a regular if you miss now and then – that’s what alternates are for. If you want to be a regular only during season – call Dennis. He will work with you. Call Dennis if you need more info. 941-485-3870
Please consider joining Mary’s Army. We are the largest Catholic lay organization in the World. Our Apostolate at Our Lady of Lourdes is looking for active male and female members (2 hour commitment per week) and Auxiliary members (Rosary Warriors to pray the rosary daily). Contact Janine Marrone for details at 302-540-1565 or email@example.com.
The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work.
Kick-off of the Augustine institute kiosk
hosted by the Legion of Mary Our Lady Queen of the Apostles at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
Legion of Mary members recently attended training for St. Paul’s Street Evangelization Institute. Legion members attended mass followed by training held by trainers from St. Paul’s Street Evangelization Institute pictured below.
Weekend Mass Helpers
Bill Raasch serves as the coordinator for our Weekend Mass Altar Servers, Lectors, Sacristans and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. If you want to serve call him at 941-492-9728
Altar Servers (Youth)
Dan Dacey serves as the youth Altar Server coordinator. If you want your child to serve call him at 941-493-9107
Daily Mass Helpers
Fran Pennypacker serves as the coordinator for our Daily Mass Altar Servers, Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. If you want to serve contact Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Hagarty Simek (941-496-9222) and T.J. Hannaway (941-484-8939) are the User coordinators. Please call them if you are interested in being an Usher.
Our beautiful Memorial Garden is located in the area adjacent to the Church and Chapel, and is the final resting place for many of our parishioners, beloved family members and friends. The Garden area is intimate and tranquil and is complete with several beautiful outdoor works of art including the Adoring Angel, Celtic Cross, Madonna and Child, the memorial to the Unborn, Military and Community Service, the Pieta and St. Anthony. Individual name plates are placed on a large plaque, on the wall inside the Garden area, identifying those cremains which have been placed in the Garden. Family members are able to stop by to meditate and spend time in the Garden whenever they wish.
For those interested in planning a funeral or being buried in the Memorial Garden please contact Mary Noweat 941-497-2931 ext. 231 or email@example.com
O Gentlest Heart
O Gentlest Heart of Jesus,
ever present in the Blessed Sacrament,
ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory,
have mercy on the souls of thy departed servants.
Be not severe in Thy judgment but let some drops of
Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames,
and do Thou O Merciful Savior,
send Thy Angels to conduct Thy departed
servants to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.
For more information, please contact our Director of Music:
John Nastasi – 239-910-4271
Music Ministry Mission Statement
“The music ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes lifts the hearts, minds and actions of the people to more complete and transcendent worship of the Lord Jesus. Through music, we echo the themes of the Liturgy of the Word, and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, in accordance with the seasons, celebrations and rites of the Roman Catholic Church. Through musical expression, we bring our human and sacred natures together to enhance the worship service for the Church.”
“When we give God our best in work and worship He gives us blessing”
(This is what the Church says about music’s role and our participation in worship)
Excerpts from Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship (2008)
God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of son, is present whenever his people sing his praises. STL #1
Faith grows when it is well expressed in celebration. Good celebrations can foster and nourish faith. Poor celebrations may weaken it. Good music “makes the liturgical prayers of the Christian community more alive and fervent so that everyone can praise and beseech the Triune God more powerfully, more intently and more effectively.” STL #5 (Pius XII, MSD On Sacred Music 1955)
Charity, justice, and evangelization are thus the normal consequences of liturgical celebration. STL #9
Within the gathered assembly, the role of the congregation is especially important. “The full and active participation by all the people is the aim to be considered before all else, for it is the primary and indispensable source from which the faithful are to derive the true Christian spirit.” STL #11 (SC, no.14)
Our participation in the Liturgy is challenging. Sometimes, our voices do not correspond to the convictions of our hearts. At other times, we are distracted or preoccupied by the cares of the world. Christ always invites us, however, to enter into song, to rise above our own preoccupations, and to give our entire selves to the hymn of his Paschal Sacrifice for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity. STL #14
The director of music ministries fosters the active participation of the liturgical assembly in singing; coordinates the preparation of music to be sung at various liturgical celebrations; and promotes the ministries of choirs, psalmists, cantors, organists, and all who play instruments that serve the Liturgy. STL #45
Liturgical musicians are the first of all disciples, and only then are they ministers. Joined to Christ through the Sacraments of Initiation, musicians belong to assembly of the baptized faithful; they are worshipers above all else. Like other baptized members of the assembly, pastoral musicians need to hear the Gospel, experience conversion, profess faith in Christ, and so proclaim the praise of God. Thus, musicians who serve the church at prayer are not merely employees or volunteers. They are ministers who share the faith, serve the community, and express the love of God and neighbor through music. STL #49
Ongoing Adult Education
Our Lady of Lourdes has various short series of seminars/classes in various aspects of our Catholic Faith.
Currently going on: Msgr. LaFemina Class that is free and open to everyone who wants to grow in their Catholic Faith. Where: Education Building Main Room. When: Every second Monday of the month at 6PM.
Surviving Divorce…Hope and Healing for the Catholic Family. A support series for men and women who are recovering from divorce will begin on January 29th from 6:30 to 8 pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. This 12-week program features 30-minute DVDs and discussion that cover topics of shock, denial, anger, grief, guilt, forgiveness, money, the courts, the kids, the ex-spouse, annulment, dating, sexuality, spirituality, remarriage or staying single, and much more. Whether you were divorced recently or many years ago, the program offers valuable insights for everyone. The cost of $25 per person includes a “Personal Survival Guide,” refreshments, and all materials. To register or for questions contact the facilitators, Bob and Chris Smialek, at (815) 275-5305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession” Video series facilitated by Deacon Lin on Tuesdays, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th at 6PM in the Education Building. No cost or registration needed. The Transforming Power of Confession provides the Church’s teaching about the sacrament of Confession, including a practical “walk through” of what happens in the confessional and how every moment connects to Scripture, Catholic Tradition, and God’s compassionate desire to be with you. For more information contact elisa.Dacey@ollvenice.org
Check back here to see the next seminar/class being offered.
Also, online there are free Adult Catholic Education programs. To find out more click on the logo or links below.
My Catholic Life Series: free in electronic form and provides a complete and faithful summary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in an easy-to-read format. It also presents our faith in a personal and understandable way.
Get the best Catholic teaching videos, books, and audio talks to deepen your relationship with Christ and his Church. All in one Place at Formed. Accessible on most smart phones, tablets, and computers. (Note: Go to Formed and do these 3 simple steps. 1. Click on “ENTER CODE” 2.Enter our parish code: MGYJWC3. Enter your name and choose a password)
The Parish Finance Council’s role is advisory and consultative to the Pastor/Administrator.
The members of the Parish Finance Council should be animated by a Christian spirit and be
deeply conscious of the mission of the parish to promote the works of the apostolate and of
charity, especially toward the needy. Parish Finance Council will be constituted as follows:
The Pastor/Administrator is ex-officio President of the Council.
Membership is to consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of eight including the Pastor/Administrator.
Current Members of the Parish Finance Council:
Jack Powers 941-497-0114
The Pastoral Council at Our Lady of Lourdes is an appointed group of parishioners who serve as advisers and consultants to our Pastor/Administrator. One of the primary roles of each Council member is to attempt to represent the people of our parish in formal discussions with our Pastor/Administrator regarding issues that will help us to fulfill our Parish Mission Statement and Parish goals.
Parish Mission Statement
The mission of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is to be a warm, open, welcoming community for all ages, united in the Catholic faith and devoted to giving witness to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Parish will provide ministries, guidance and support to celebrate the Eucharist, and with the help of The Holy Spirit, live the Word of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Current Members of The Pastoral Council:
Sue Ann Griffith
Kirby Meagher 941-497-7907
CLICK HERE to see the chart of our Parish Ministries
Leadership: Provide and support the Ministries to build, educate, strengthen, and organize the lay leadership needed to accomplish our mission.
Respect for all Life: To practice and promote respect for all life, including the unborn, youth, the aged, the sick, the disabled, the poor and the needy.
Worship: To supplement and enhance our celebration of The Liturgy so that it inspires and fulfills all of those who worship at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Community: To enhance the experienceof our Christian Community through increased faith formation and Parish life activities including welcoming and nourishing all members to bring Christ’s presence to the world.
Stewardship: To bring Our Lady of Lourdes Parishioners into a closer relationship with God through the experiences of giving time, talent and treasures that we help to create, by offering occasions where this giving is consciously evoked as a spiritual act and practice.
Communication: To initiate and improve communication to all Parishioners to facilitate their awareness of Parish life and their Catholic Faith and to facilitate communication between Parish Ministries.
Pastoral Ministries Director
Deacon Lindley Pennypacker is our Director of Pastoral Ministries
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The prayer shawl ministry knits shawls to be given to anyone in need of prayers or comfort. The shawls are blessed (as in above picture) and the recipients are included in the prayers of the faithful at every Mass. They are routinely given to those who are ill (or their caregiver for them), those grieving the loss of a loved one and those suffering from one of many other difficult life situations. See the Prayer Shawl Ministry Brochure!
For more information about this ministry or to obtain a shawl, please call Joan Noren at 941-412-4745
Respect Life Ministry is dedicated to transforming today’s culture of death into a culture of life. Saint Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “The Gospel of Life” provides hope and inspiration in the promotion of respect for all life, from fertilization to natural death. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities: A Campaign in Support of Life, provides a framework for the ministry, following the Catholic tradition of prayer, study/education and action, including pastoral care and legislative advocacy. Respect Life Ministry focuses on life and death issues involving the beginning of life, end of life, capital punishment and legislative action on the parish, diocesan, state and national levels. Read our Respect Life Ministry Brochure!
Go to the Diocese of Venice Office for Respect Life website where you will find many valuable resourses such as Church Teaching, Novena of Masses for Life, 40 Days for Life, Catholic Declaration on Life and Death, Pregnancy Resources, Post-Abortion Help, Mothers with Children, Spiritual Adoption Program, Legislative Action and Upcoming Events.
To get involved in this ministry at Our Lady of Lourdes please contact John and Kathy Yaglenski at 941-408-7558 or email@example.com
St. Vincent DePaul Society
“Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, that you do for me”
Have you thought to yourself, “How can I help the poor and the struggling of this beautiful community?”
St. Vincent DePaul Society has a local group of volunteers who are committed here in Venice and Nokomis to helping individuals and families who are struggling to deal with the basics of daily life needing shelter, food, clothing, electricity, and more! In many cases they are without the support of family and friends.
Join fellow parishioners, working in teams of two, from Our Lady of Lourdes and Epiphany Cathedral, in serving the needs of the less fortunate and sharing in the joy of being a Vincentian. Volunteers are need to: respond to telephone messages, schedule appointments with clients, meet with them, assess their needs and help them find solutions to their problems. Also; to help manage a small food pantry supported by donations, recruitment of volunteers, and fund raising.
Job requirements are simple: Compassion, empathy, and a desire to help others.
If you feel like you can commit a few hours one day per week, please call Gerry Walsh at 941-493-2027.
Young Adult gathering ages 18-45 years: We meet once a month on the First Thursday of every month from 6-8pm beginning in the Chapel with Eucharistic Adoration and then Bible study & Fellowship in the Education Building following adoration. See Flyer
Our Purpose: To introduce teenagers and young adults to an exciting and life-transforming relationship with Jesus Christ, as we enjoy friendships, grow in our faith and prepare ourselves to go out into the world as Jesus’ disciples. Here, teenagers and young adults from our area can connect with others who share the same morals and values. Fill out the form below for more information.
Who: Junior High School, grades 5th-8th Starts: Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Meetings are held every Tuesday 6-7:30pm in Education Center.
High School Students, grades 9-12th Starts: Wednesday, August 22, 2019. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6-8pm in Education Center.
What: Young teens seeking to grow in their relationships with Christ and with one another thru learning about their faith while having fun. Additional activities include: Playing Pool in our Main room, Ping Pong and other organized icebreakers and games. We also have extra activities throughout the year such as dances, parties, dinners, retreats and service projects for our Parish and off Campus events. If you are seeking to be different and make a change for the better, come join us for these life-changing experiences.
When: Youth Group meets from 6:00pm to 8:00pm every Wednesday.
Where: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1301 Center Road, Venice, FL. Meetings are held in Education Building (Next to Basketball Courts on Campus).
Homemade Pizza night with families, April 25th, 2018
Youth Walk for Life
In line with our mission statement, we telephone new parishioners to personally welcome them to our parish. We also oﬀer a scheduled weekly tour of our beautiful parish grounds and buildings. A tour can consist of 1 person or up to 8. When there is a group tour, it is a wonderful way for newcomers to meet one another immediately. If a new parishioner is home-bound, we make a visit with a welcoming packet and assist the Newcomer to get connected with a Eucharistic Minister or explain how to schedule a home blessing. If you are feeling a little lost or would like a tour, please email our Welcome Ministry Representatives Mary Nowe & Helen Ann Mattoni at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 941-497-2931 ext. 231
Visiting the Sick & Homebound Ministry
“I was sick and you visited Me.” (Matthew 25, 36)
Did you know that we have ministers going to Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation Centers, and to individuals homes? During the last year we have brought Holy Communion to over 6,600 people.
Who can become a minister? A person over the age of 18 years who has made their First Holy Communion, Confirmed and is active in the faith can become a minister. Everyone is finger printed and is required to attend Safe Awareness Training provided by the diocese. Finger printing is renewed every five years.
Eucharistic Ministers are entrusted with bringing the Word and our Lord as a part of the Mass to the Homebound. Ministers pray from the Communion of the Sick booklet which includes the official instructions, rites, and texts for ordinary “Communion Calls” to the sick and confined.
Eucharistic Ministers to the Homebound is a holy and precious ministry. It is truly a gift to be able to bring someone Holy Communion who is sick at home, in a facility or unable to drive to church — the sharing of our Lord with someone else is so spiritually rewarding for both the homebound and minister.
Pope Francis asks us all “to evangelize and go to the peripheries —”
We need Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in church and the Homebound. Is the Holy Spirit calling you?