Avila’s

The Avila’s of the Diocese of Cleveland is an organization of women and men who, under the patronage of St. Teresa of Jesus from Avila, are committed to a ministry of prayer for vocations. On the first Friday of each month, the Avila’s of OLG gather at 7:30 AM to pray that men and women will be open to God’s call to the vowed and/or ordained vocations. Mass follows their first Friday holy hour.

Contact: Lucy Best – 330.468.2194

Baptisms

Baptisms are celebrated at Mass (when requested, although seasonal exceptions do apply.  Additionally, because of First Communion weekends, no baptisms take place within-or-outside of Mass the first two weekends of May) or following the Noon Mass.

Prior to scheduling a Baptism, parents should have attended the Pre-Baptismal Evening of Reflection (see below).

Eucharistic Adoration

Every Monday (except National holiday’s and Christmas) the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Adoration continues until the following morning at 8:30 AM. All are welcome to stop in for a moment of quiet and calm before the Lord of all Life! (Please note: for reasons of security, visitations between 10:00 PM and 6:00AM require advance arrangements; all other hours are available without appointment. If you would like to commit yourself to spending an hour each week before the Blessed Sacrament, please contact the parish office.

Contact: Deacon Dave Govern – 330.468.2194 x3

Life in the Eucharist

The Life in the Eucharist (LITE) movement is an official ministry of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament.  It is a worldwide movement comprised of laity, religious and clergy who commit themselves to empowering Catholics to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the Eucharist Mystery.  Lay teams, in collaboration with religious of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and diocesan clergy, promote and facilitate the LITE program.

If you would like to experience the joy and love the Lord has given us in the Eucharist, please contact the following LITE representative.

Contact: Mary Leben – 330.467.9305

Marriage Preparation

Couples wishing to enter into the Sacrament of Marriage are asked to contact the parish office before even considering a date.  Contact with the parish office must be made at least six month before the wedding, although twelve or more months is recommended.

To be married at OLG, one of you must be of the Roman Catholic tradition.  Ordinarily, one of you should be a member of OLG.  If either party has been previously married, no plans can be made until an annulment has been obtained.

Wedding ceremonies may be scheduled on Friday evening, or on Saturday at Noon or 2:00 PM.

Contacts: Fr. Kevin

Parish Mission

Held bi-annually during the season of Lent in even-numbered years. The mission/retreat is an opportunity for the whole parish to come together to listen, reflect and be renewed spiritually.

Pre-Baptism Evening of Reflection

Parents, who have not participated in a pre-Baptism Evening of Reflection in the last three years, are asked to attend one prior to calling to schedule a Baptism.  The Evening of Reflection is designed to help parents reflect on the many ways they are called to instill and nurture the faith in their child.

This evening is on the first Monday of February, May, August and November.

Nancy Freibott – 330.468.2194 x23

Rosary Devotions & Benediction

Every Wednesday evening at 7:30, this group gathers to pray the rosary, read from scripture, and praise God in song.  On the 4th Wednesday of each month, these devotions include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction.
Every weekday morning, the rosary is prayed at 8:00 AM.

Scripture Study

Nearly every Wednesday morning during the academic year, the Wednesday morning Scripture Study group meets at 9:15 AM.  Participants are exposed to traditional and contemporary studies of the Hebrew (Old Testament), and the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).  Through this group study of scripture, participants grow in their understanding of God’s Word as it applies to daily life.  Many topics are presented with helpful handouts and videotapes.

Additionally, the group explores the Catholic celebration of rituals and it examines the human elements of Eucharist, Liturgy and the lives of the saints.  (Coffee and bakery are available).

Contact: Nancy Freibott – 330.468.2194 x23

Spiritual Life Commission

Through prayerful reflection, the Spiritual Life Commission, guided by the Holy Spirit, seeks to promote and foster the spiritual growth of all members of the parish, both individually and collectively. This commission both affirms and promotes the multitude of opportunities for spiritual growth already existing in our parish and in our diocese, finding ways to enrich the spiritual lives of all parishioners.

Contact: Nancy Freibott – 330.468.2194 x23

Sponsor Couple Program

The Sponsor Couple Program serves as an alternate to Pre-Cana.  In this couple-to-couple program, a married couple meets with an engaged couple.  Topics covered include sharing feelings on the upcoming marriage, communication, family history, spirituality, and real-life aspects of marriage.  These meetings often span over a period of six months.

Contacts: Joe & Linda Biber – 330.468.0027
Eric & Luise Kress – 330.908.1777

Stations of the Cross

This Lenten devotion is prayed each Friday of Lent at 7:30 PM.  A variety of devotionals are used, including Everyone’s Way of the Cross.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I turn to you, O Virgins of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.