Message from Msgr. Schwanger


My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

It is a great blessing that in this past year we have indeed been “Living the Faith” with love and commitment. We have seen growth in participation by the parish family in each of the parish pillars: Consecration to Jesus through Mary, Weekly Holy Hour, Service in Parish Ministry, and Financial Support of the Parish. I trust that you are able to see the fruits of our life in Jesus in your own lives as well.

As you know, September is the month we revisit and renew our financial commitment to the mission of the parish. Our theme for this year is “A Day in the Life”. It is wonderful and humbling at the same time to see how many lives are touched by a day in the life of our parish, not to mention a week or a year. This is only possible because of our weekly and monthly contributions to the parish.

We are asked to commit 5% of our annual income to make “A Day in the Life” possible here at Our Lady of Lourdes. Our day begins and ends with prayer before Our Lord in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel and I ask you to take to prayer what your pledge will be this year. Be not afraid! Look to Mary, our patroness and guide, and respond with her generosity of heart so that His Word may be made flesh and dwell among us here in West Kendall. You matter.

Msgr. Schwanger

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria....

Our Mother is calling for us to bring the sick to Lourdes. By doing so we are taking her children back to her loving arms. This mission is huge but not impossible.

My name is Maria Tobon MD and I come to you with a humble heart asking that if you are a doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, PA, LPN, we need you. We have been graced with the duty to help those who are sick go to our Mother for healing. Our Mother is waiting for us to help her. This is a mission of love, a mission that changes people in many ways. To see people with so much hope and faith and see them glow in her presence is an amazing feeling. It’s almost like that first patient you treated that made you smile because you felt you made a difference in their lives. We ask for 10 days of the year to help us in this mission of love.

There will be two pilgrimages next year. One is June 28 - July 8, 2019 and the second will be September 20 - 30, 2019. Let’s unite and give Jesus a small sign of our love for Him by honoring his Mother’s wishes. “We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her as a way leading to the goal we seek - Jesus her son.” St Louis Marie de Montfort

If you are interested, please send me an email and I will call you to discuss this further. It’s a beautiful gift and you will never be the same. My email is I look forward hearing from all of you.

God Bless,
Maria Tobón MD