Basilica & National
Shrine of
Our Lady
of Consolation
Conventual Franciscan Friars
315 Clay Street
Carey, OH 43316
(419) 396-7107


Gift Shop Hours
Monday - Friday
10 AM - 4:30 PM

10 AM - 5 PM

10 AM - 4:30 PM
(Closed for
2:30 PM Devotions)

Good Friday:
Closed noon-3 PM

(419) 396-6080

To all Visitors, Pilgrims and Faithful Parishioners:

This Sunday, October 26th, marks the last outdoor rosary procession for the year.  Marian Devotions & Benediction will continue throughout the year, but the rosary will be prayed inside the basilica.  
Also, please note that between November 1st thru Palm Sunday (Winter Mass Schedule), Sunday Masses will be at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. The Saturday evening Mass at 5:30 pm is offered throughout the year. May the Lord bless you all!

Ecumenical Choir Begins 43rd Season

Area singers are invited to join the Carey Ecumenical Christmas Choir as preparations begin for this year’s concert to be held on Sunday, December 14, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. The concert will be held at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, 315 Clay Street in Carey. This year will mark the choir’s 43rd year of presenting this musical program at this historic shrine.

The choir rehearsals will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, 116 West Findlay Street, in Carey.  The first rehearsal is on Thursday, October 23, and the second is on Tuesday, October 28.  All rehearsals will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will last approximately two hours.  Rehearsals rotate Thursdays and Tuesdays.  

The choir is open to all singers high school age and up.  Registration forms will be available at the first rehearsal.  For additional information, contact Mr. Jack Gerding, Director of Music Ministries, at the Basilica, either 419-396-7107 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

Mass for Hope & Healing

Friday, October 24th at 7:00 pm 

The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio, will host a Mass for all cancer victims, survivors and their loved ones. 

The Shrine staff realizes many people are touched by this disease and would like to provide prayers and a time for support and comfort for the victims and their family and friends.

“For many families, prayer provides the strength they need to cope with treatment or to hope for a cure,” he added.

Following Mass at 7:00 pm, visitors will be invited to participate in special prayers for healing.

The evening concludes with the sacrament of anointing the sick and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

All events associated with the Mass for Hope and Healing are free and open to the public, and ample parking is available.

The Shrine Gift Shop will be open untill 7:00 pm.


The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation welcomes you. The basilica is open for prayer at any time of day or night.   Please note the schedule for masses, devotions and the sacrament of reconciliation in the right hand column of this page.  Come and experience the consolation of our Blessed Mother’s intercession.

Prayers needed for Christians in Iraq

Join our Holy Father Pope Francis, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Bagdad, His Beatitude Raphael Sako, and our Chaldean pilgrims in praying for an end to the violence and attacks on the Christian population of Iraq.  May God bless them with lasting peace.

Please visit the website of the Chaldean Catholic Diocese of Saint Thomas for more information:

Mary, the Mother

From Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium

Mary was able to turn a stable into a home for Jesus, with poor swaddling clothes and an abundance of love.  She is the handmaid of the Father who sings his praises.  She is the friend who is ever concerned that wine not be lacking in our lives.  She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain.  As mother of all, she is a sign of hope for all peoples suffering the birth pangs of justice.  She is the missionary who draws near to us and accompanies us throughout life, opening our hearts to faith by her maternal love.  As a true mother, she walks at our side, she shares out struggles and she constantly surrounds us with God’s love.  Through her many titles, often linked to her shrines, Mary shares the history of each people which has received the Gospel and she becomes part of their historic identity.  Many Christian parents ask that their children be baptized in a Marian shrine, as a sign of their faith in her motherhood which brings forth new children for God.  There, in these many shrines, we can see how Mary brings together her children who with great effort come as pilgrims to see her and to be seen by her.  Here they find strength from God to bear the weariness and the suffering in their lives.  As she did with Juan Diego, Mary offers them maternal comfort and love, and whispers in their ear: “Let your heart not be troubled…Am I not here, who am your Mother?”


Mass Schedule

Easter-Oct. 31
Sunday 8 AM,
10 AM, 12 PM
Saturday 7 AM, 11 AM & 5:30 PM

Nov. 1-Palm Sunday
Sunday 9 AM & 11 AM
Saturday 7 AM, 11 AM & 5:30 PM

Weekday Masses
7 AM & 11 AM

Devotions every Sunday, 2:30 PM

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4 PM to 5 PM

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