Our lady of Lourdes Parish

Diocese of Harrisburg


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)

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.

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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

December highlights:


Unlike the civil New Year which begins on January 1, the Church New Year begins with the First Sunday of Advent, this year on November 30. May this be a special year of grace for each of us. The readings and Prayers for the season of Advent focus us on the coming of Christ. During the first two weeks of Advent, our attention is drawn to the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time. During the last two weeks, the Church prepares us for the imminent celebration of Christmas, the first coming of Christ.


Bishop Gainer: I am pleased to share with you that Bishop Gainer has agreed to join us for our Advent Penance Service on Monday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. Bishop will lead the short Penance Service and serve as one of the confessors for individual confessions. Set this date aside now not only to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Christmas but, also, to welcome our new Bishop.


Christmas Flower Memorials: Parishioners who wish to make a donation for Christmas flowers and decorations in memory of a loved one are asked to use the envelope provided in your December packet. Extra envelopes are available on the bulletin tables. List the loved one￿s name(s) and simply place the envelope in the collection basket by Sunday, December 14.


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: December 8 is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Even though it falls on Monday this year, because it is the patronal feast of the United States, it is still a holy day of obligation. However, on Sunday evening the First Sunday of Advent is still celebrated; therefore, there is no Vigil Mass for the Immaculate Conception. Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception are on Monday at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. The celebration is particularly special for our parish; it is Our Lady of Lourdes who revealed herself to be the Immaculate Conception.


Plan Ahead for Christmas Mass: With visiting family members and guests, all Christmas Masses, especially the early Masses on Christmas Eve, are very crowded. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To help alleviate overcrowding, if you do not absolutely need to attend the 4:00 p.m. Mass in particular, please consider worshipping at one of the other Masses on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. For all the Masses, the Narthex will be available for any overflow, but the Social Hall will not. It would be a stretch of conscience to say one participated in Christmas Mass by being in the Social Hall where there is neither sight nor sound of the celebration. Christmas Eve Masses are at 4:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Mass on Christmas morning is at 10:00 a.m.



Sunday, November 30 ￿ 7:00 p.m. Service with Confessions at

St. Patrick Church, Carlisle

Saturday, December 6 - 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at OLOL.

Thursday, December 11 - 7:00 p.m. Service with Confessions at

St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Mech.

Saturday, December 13 - 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at OLOL.

Sunday, December 14 - 2:00 p.m. Service with Confessions at

St. Katherine Drexel Church Mech.

Sunday, December 14 ￿ 7:00 p.m. Service with Confessions at St. Theresa Church, New Cumberland


Wednesday, December 17 ￿ 7:00 p.m. Service with Confessions at Good Shepherd, Camp Hill

Saturday, December 20 - 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at OLOL.

Sunday, December 21 - 2:00 p.m. Service with Confessions at St. Joseph Church, Mechanicsburg

Monday, December 22 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at OLOL.


There will be no confessions on December 23 or 24.