Our lady of Lourdes Parish

Diocese of Harrisburg

WELCOME TO OUR LADY of LOURDES

225 Salt Road

Enola, PA  17025

Phone: 717-732-9642

Fax: 717-732-8184

 

Sunday Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil: 5PM

Sunday: 8AM and 10:30AM

Holyday Mass Schedule

Vigil: 6PM

Holy Day: 9AM and 6PM

Daily Mass

8AM (Monday-Friday)

ENOLA, PA

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church website. This website has been developed to serve the general community as well as our parishioners.

 

To all visitors to the site, may this website be an avenue to learn more about our faith community. Know that you are always welcome to join us for any of the services and events listed. We appreciate your interest in our Church.

   

For our parishioners, the website is another way to share information about our parish life. Perhaps the information included on the website will make you aware of an activity or organization that you did not know about before and in which you may have an interest. I encourage your full participation in the life of the parish - our opportunities for worship, for further education, for fellowship and service within our parish community and our opportunities for outreach. The success of our parish depends on all of us.

 

God bless you all.

Father Michael Grab, Pastor

Text Box: September Highlights
CCD/Youth Group Registration:   Registration forms for CCD and Youth Group are available on the tables in the Social Hall. The registration form on blue paper is for new students; a simplified form for returning students is printed on pink paper. CCD Tuition is $50.00 per child or $85.00 per family. Youth Group registration is $25.00. To register, simply fill out the registration form and send it with the appropriate fee to the Parish Office or place it in the Sunday collection basket. If your child was not baptized here and you have not already done so, please include a copy of the Baptismal certificate with registration. CCD classes and youth group begin September 7.
 Change of Dates for 40 Hours Devotions:    Our annual Devotions have been previously announced for September 28, 29, and 30. Now, those dates conflict with Bishop Gainer’s Pro-Life Dinner for September 30. a problem for Father Paul C. B. Schenck, Director of the Diocesan Respect Life Office, who will be our homilist and for any of the area priests who would like to join us for dinner and Devotions. Therefore, with the permission of the Diocese, WE ARE CHANGING OUR DATES FOR 40 HOURS EUCHARISTIC DEVOTIONS TO OCTOBER 5, 6, AND 7 this year. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be held each day from after the morning Mass until closing Devotions at 7:00 p.m. SET ASIDE THESE NEW DATES SO YOU LET NOTHING CONFLICT WITH THIS GRACE-FILLED OPPORTUNITY.
 Specific Dates for Mass Intentions: for 2015 will begin to be accepted on September 15. We need to give equal access to all parishioners for specific dates, Therefore, the following restrictions will be applied until January 12, 2015: 1) Only ONE specific weekend Mass request will be accepted per family for 2015 and 2) Only ONE non-weekend specific Mass request per month will be accepted per family for 2015. Mass requests with no specific date requested are accepted at any time. The restrictions on specific date requests will give all families in the parish equal opportunity to the limited dates available, particularly weekend Masses which are the most popular. On January 12, 2015, restrictions will be loosened, still keeping in mind that the schedule of Masses is for all parishioners. Additionally, we already have a good number of Mass intentions for no specific date waiting to be scheduled. Church law requires that if a Mass cannot be scheduled within a year of the request, it must be sent to the Missions for celebration.
 RCIA: We are beginning plans for classes for unbaptized persons and persons baptized in another Christian denomination who are interested in learning more about the Catholic faith with the possibility of joining our faith community. If you know someone who may be interested, family member or friend, please invite them. For more information contact Nate Miller, RCIA Coordinator, by phone at 932-9359 or e-mail at nate@ptd.net.
 Basketball Registration:     will take place after each Mass in the back of the church social hall for girls and boys of the Parish (3rd thru 12th grade).  We need coordinators, coaches and adult volunteers.  If you have any questions, please contact Dennis Bavaria, 717-877-7762 or Mike Fake, 717-599-2888.
God bless you all,
Father Michael Grab, Pastor

 

Father Michael J. Grab, Pastor

The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes

 

On February 11, 1858 a 14-year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous witnessed the first of 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at a grotto near Lourdes, France.

 

The first apparition appeared when Bernadette was gathering wood with her sister and a friend.  Bernadette heard a noise like a gust of wind and looked up toward the grotto.  She described what she saw: “I saw a lady dressed in white.  She wore a white dress, and equally white veil, a blue belt and a yellow rose on each foot.”  Upon seeing the Last, who had a Rosary draped over right arm, Bernadette began praying the Rosary.  When the prayer ended, the Lady suddenly vanished.

 

On a subsequent visit to the grotto, the Lady spoke.  Bernadette asked the Lady to write down her name, and the Lady replied: “It is not necessary,” and then added, “I do not promise to make you happy in this world, but in the next.  Would you be kind to come here for a fortnight?”

 

In the weeks that followed, there were several more apparitions of the Lady at the grotto.  On one occasion, the Lady gave Bernadette the following message: “Penance! Penance! Penance! Pray to God for sinners.  Kiss the ground as an act of penance for sinners!”

 

On another visit to the grotto, with a large crowd present, the apparition instructed Bernadette to drink and bathe from a previously unknown spring that flowed under the rock.  While scratching the ground, Bernadette found that it was moist and that a little pool of muddy water was forming.  She cupped her hands together and was able to drink the water and wash her face.  The waters that flow from the holy spring have subsequently been known to have miraculous healing powers.

 

Upon hearing of Bernadette’s visions, the local priest directed Bernadette to ask the Lady her name.  Initially, the Lady only smiled but did not divulge her name.  It was not until the 16th apparition that the Lady identified herself, Bernadette said that the Lady “lifted up her eyes to heaven, joined her hands as though in prayer… and said to me: I am the Immaculate Conception.”

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared twice more at the grotto.  Bernadette’s final vision occurred on July 16, 1858

 

Today, millions of pilgrims venture to Lourdes every year to experience the healing properties of the waters that flow from the spring.

                                                                   

                                                                    Used with Permission by Food for the Poor—December 2012

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