May is beginning of pilgrimage season for Basilica of our Lady of Consolation in Carey

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CAREY -- May is the month in which Catholics traditionally honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

May is also the beginning of the pilgrimage season for the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey.

Beginning Sunday and continuing each Sunday through the last Sunday of October, an outdoor rosary procession with the statue of Our Lady of Consolation will take place at the 2:30 p.m. Sunday devotions.

Devotions also include enrollment in the confraternity of Our Lady of Consolation, scripture reading and homily, benediction of the blessed sacrament, prayers for healing and individual prayers with the relic of the true Cross.

The May crowning of the statue of Our Lady of Consolation will be held this Sunday at these devotions.

Sunday masses are at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., and noon. Saturday evening mass is at 5:30 p.m.

Monday through Saturday masses begin at 7 a.m. in the original shrine church, and 11 a.m. in the Basilica. Confessions are on Saturdays from 4-5 p.m.

The shrine cafeteria is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each Sunday, featuring baked steak.

A special Mother's Day buffet will be served May 11 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 25 is the Feast of Our Lady of Consolation.

Father Charles Ritter, administrator of the Diocese of Toledo, will entrust the Diocese to Our Lady at the 5:30 p.m. mass on May 24.

The noon mass will be in Italian and English, celebrated by Father David Ross, V.F. of Lima.

For individual and group pilgrimages and for further information, contact brother Randy at 419-396-7107 or visit www.olcshrine.com.

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