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Our Lady of Lourdes Apostolates


Joy Apostolate – Our Lady of Lourdes

JOY of Our Lady of Lourdes seeks to serve members of our Parish at times when they could use support, the arrival of a new baby, a catastrophic situation or the death of a family member.  If you are aware of anyone who could benefit from this ministry, please contact Melissa Gatchel 330-301-6688. New members welcome meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 PM in the Church Hall.


S.A.L.T. – Our Lady of Lourdes (Servants Anchored to the Lord’s Teachings)

Teams of two (2) visit parishioners who are lonely and those who are housebound.  The visits include prayer and Holy Eucharist. Visits are scheduled twice monthly.  Teams take the church bulletin, prayer cards and other items that may interest those visited.  The SALT Ministry is designed to let those people know they have not been forgotten and that they are a real part of the parish and the Body of Christ active through His Church.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry or know someone that could benefit from these visits please call Barb Lynch (330-426-2387) or Joan Dever (330-457-1517).


The Divine Mercy Prayer Apostolate

This is a group of people from both parishes dedicated to the spiritual work of mercy - praying for the sick. The main mission is to pray with and for those who are dying, facing serious illness, surgery or any major problem. We pray in order to console them and their dying family and help them to trust in God's unfathomable mercy. Another mission is to help spread and live out the message of Divine Mercy as revealed to Saint Faustina, a Polish nun who lives in the 1930's. Our short monthly meetings focus on the message of this devotion. We meet in Lourdes Hall on the second Monday of the month at 9:00 am. All that is needed is a compassion for the sick and a prayerful heart. For more information, contact Lisa Rudloff at

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Gift of Mary

Gift of Mary of Our Lady of Lourdes is an apostolate that serves the needy in our Parish and our community.  We sponsor a community meal the third Saturday of the month for people in need of food and/or fellowship. In addition to the meals at the Church Hall, we deliver a meal to many homebound members of the community.

We join with other churches in our community to provide summer lunches for children from ages 0 – 18 during the months of June and July.  We participate in the Backpack Program which provides for the weekend to elementary students as determined by the school district.

We offer monetary allowances for food, meds, and rent. 

If you can cook, deliver food, make phone calls, listen or support others, we need you.  All talents are used. Join us and together we will grow in a deeper love for our neighbors. Contact Sonia Early at 330-921-1432; Barb Lynch 330.426.2387; or Jacob Rhodes at 724.312.2601.


Ministry to Nursing Care – Our Lady of Lourdes

Weekly visits are made to Catholics residing at local assisted nursing living and nursing facilities. The visits include prayer and Holy Eucharist.  If you would like to be a part of this ministry or know someone that could benefit from these visits, please call Barb Lynch (330-426-2387).


Extraordinary Ministers for Nursing Homes

Our purpose is to make it possible Catholics residents at Covington and The Meadows to receive Holy Communion and feel they are part of the Church. Responsibilities are to take Holy Communion to the two nursing homes on Sunday. You must be a member of Our lady of Lourdes. It only takes about one hour a month on Sunday. Training is provided. Contact Barb Lynch at 330.426.2387.


Prayer Chain / List – Our Lady of Lourdes

If you or someone you know needs prayer call Jim & Terri Scullion 330-426-3142 and they will start the telephone chain, or you can add your request to the prayer list in the nook.  New members of this apostolate are always welcome.


Saint Mary Ladies Aid Society – Our Lady of Lourdes

Established in 1905 the St. Mary’s Ladies Aid Society of Our Lady of Lourdes primary purpose is to build Christian fellowship. The group supports many charities in addition to projects done at Our Lady of Lourdes. Members meet the first Thursday of each month at 6 PM and new members are always welcome.


Welcome New Members Apostolate

This apostolate helps make our new members feel welcomed by inviting them to an orientation event and a "Meet and Greet". Anyone is welcome to join. Contact Sondra Feezle at 330.506.4794.


Knights of Columbus – Our Lady of Lourdes

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s fraternal benefit society that was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. The social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief, and public relief works. Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. A practicing Catholic is one who lives up to the Commandments of God and the precepts of the Church. Contact Rich Ferris at (330) 853-0406.


Hospitality Sunday Apostolate

A great opportunity to gather after the 8:30 Mass once a month to visit with friends or to get to know fellow parishioners better. All while enjoying a cup of coffee or juice and a yummy Donut. we will gather the last Sunday of the month after the 8:30 Mass in lourdes Hall. If there is a date change, it will be posted in the bulletin and on the calendar. Anyone interested in helping can contact Susan Stacy 330.831.2800.


Rosary Cenacle – Our Lady of Lourdes

The rosary cenacle meets the first Monday of each month at 9 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes.  In addition, we continue to seek God’s ear with our prayers and petitions specifically for our priests and seminarians by praying the rosary every Monday morning at 8 AM.


Funeral Lunch – Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes Funeral Luncheon Committee is made up of women of the Parish that offer their services to prepare and serve a funeral lunch in Lourdes Hall. The lunch is now offered free of charge for the funeral of an Our Lady of Lourdes parishioner. Donations are welcome to help fund this important Apostolate. For more information, please contact Paula Pruitt 330-360-2667 or Susan Stacy 330-831-2800.


Environmental Committee Apostolate – Our Lady of Lourdes

This Apostolate oversees the seasonal decoration of the Altar and Church. Volunteers are always welcome to help with new ideas and assist in decoration. Please contact Paul Pruitt at 330-360-2667.


Security/Ushers Apostolate – Our Lady of Lourdes

Security members provide peace of mind to our parish family and must be approved by Father David. Any adult is welcome to become an usher; they will be trained according to our parish protocol. Contact Rich Ferris at 330.853.0406.

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The Young Mothers Apostolate

Our parish has formed the Mothers’ Apostolate to promote community among families; to strengthen each other in our vocations of wives and mothers; and to build faith by sharing prayers, works, and experiences. We strive to follow in the words of St. Paul, “Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.” (1 Thes. 5:11)

What are we about?

  • Lots and LOTS of coffee, tea, and chocolate. That is what moms run on after all.

  • Fun play dates for both mothers and children of all ages.

  • Rosary prayer groups.

  • Devotional meetings with reflection and discussion.

  • Family adoration for everyone.

  • Time for religious study and learning.

  • Family outings and pilgrimages.

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