Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church will conclude its 150th Jubilee Year on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo will celebrate Mass at 10:30 that morning and a brunch will be served after the Mass.
The Jubilee year began last October with a reflection on Jubilee Spirituality. The remainder of that fall and winter the parish community focused on learning our history through research of documents and talking with our long-time parishioners to probe their memories of family stories. Many photos were found to help us recall and record our past.
In the spring there were several small events including the clearing of the old front walk to the first parish church built on Put-in-Bay Road and placing a stone marker at the end of that walk. Children of the parish planted two memorial trees on the current parish grounds.
We had a Homecoming Sunday on June 19, 2016, welcoming all friends who feel a connection with Mother of Sorrows Parish. A five panel display of the history of the parish was completed in time for the Homecoming celebration and has since been on display at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum.
On Saturday, August 27, 2016 parishioners took a tour-train to the site of the first church to dedicate the marker placed there, then returned to our new Cornerstone Room to view the DVD created by Ben Bykowski, the son-in-law of Linda and Dave Frederick.
Joan Booker has been working on a time capsule to be placed in a cabinet in the hall between the church and the Cornerstone Room, Susan Byrnes is creating a pictorial history book of Mother of Sorrows Parish. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and Celeste Mycoskie has painted images of the first church, the current church, and the Cornerstone room that will be hung in the Cornerstone Room. Gicleé images of each painting will raffled off this month. The winners will be announced at the end of our September Celebration of Gratitude and Joy.