Thanks for your interest in LITTLE FLOWER CATHOLIC PARISH.
Declared a saint to the entire world by Pope Pius XI in 1925, a few years thereafter Cardinal Samuel Stritch established us as the first parish in the Catholic Diocese of Toledo dedicated to Christ Jesus in special memory of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus.
As CATHOLIC CHRISTIANS, we hold that all people are created by God to live purposefully and joyfully.
Here at Little Flower Parish we strive together to do this through
“Encountering the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Living as His missionary disciples, and Sharing His fullness of life in the spirit of St. Thérèse.”
Are you looking for a place to call your spiritual home?
Are you seeking to encounter Jesus on a deeper and more personal level?
Are you searching for ways to share your gifts for the good of others?
Here at Little Flower, we strive to become a community of intentional disciples. It is vital that each member feels welcome and valued. We need each person to fulfill our mission.
If you feel called to become a member of Little Flower Parish, it is important for you to register as a parishioner. This will enable us to communicate with you and assist you to become engaged and share your gifts and talents.
You may register by:
Visiting the Parish Office during business hours: M-F | 9:00a -5:00p
Calling the Parish Office (419.537.6655) during business hours: M-F |9:00a-5:00pm
Once you turn eighteen, it is necessary for you to register as an individual in the parish. You are no longer listed under your parents’ names.
As patron of Little Flower Catholic Parish, St. Thérèse of Lisieux invites each of us to a life of holiness. While our times and surroundings may be different, there is much we can learn from the example and spirituality of St. Thérèse. A shrine containing her statue is placed at the entrance of the Church, serving as a reminder to all who enter of her powerful intercession and care for us.
“Everything is a grace because everything is God’s gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events – to the heart that loves, all is well.”
Little Flower Catholic Parish: Our Story
Having been summoned by our blessed Lord to live as a family of faith, LITTLE FLOWER is a parish in the Catholic Diocese of Toledo committed to meeting people where they are and inviting them to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. Our task is to inspire and equip people for a lifetime of Christ-centered living and leading others to do the same.
Rooted in Sacred Scripture and Tradition, Little Flower Catholic Parish was born out of an earnest desire to know, love, and serve God. Beginning with 46 families in the Reynolds Corners area of Toledo, Bishop Samuel Stritch consecrated the original church building on September 23, 1928, entrusting the new parish and all who joined thereafter to the example and intercession of Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower of Jesus (born 1873, died 1897; declared a saint 1925).
The Sisters of Saint Francis of Sylvania (OH) generously responded to the pressing need for Catholic education, forming an elementary school here in 1947. In 2010, the parochial school was joined with the parochial school from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish to form Saint Benedict Catholic School. With a current K-8 enrollment of about 200 students, Saint Benedict is located on the campus of our parish.
Over the years our parish also has been blessed abundantly through the generous services of consecrated women from the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Ursuline Sisters.
In 1958 a chapter of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul was established. Providing direct assistance to neighbors, this weekly outreach ministry operates out of the Bob Kertez Outreach Center located in the lower level of the Parish House. Special outreach is extended to neighborhood families and individuals in need at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
For many years, our parish partnered with the Sylvania Franciscans ministry leadership in Pestal, Haiti, until the Sisters of Saint Francis recently concluded their mission work there.
- On December 8, 2012, we dedicated a new building bringing together parish and school offices and providing a new entrance for the church.
- On September 8, 2013, we celebrated the re-dedication of the church and consecration of the new altar by Bishop Leonard Blair. Patterned after the Archbishop of Krakow’s private chapel where Karol Wojtyla was ordained a priest in 1946, later as Pope John Paul II declared Saint Therese as a “Doctor of the Church” (1997)
- On October 9-10, 2013, we hosted the Pontifical Missions Societies first ever tour of the writing desk of Saint Therese. Over 1000 people joined us to pray in the presence of the relic.
- On May 20, 2015, we celebrated the installation and blessing of the new Stations of the Cross by Bishop Daniel Thomas who also led Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction.
- On September 19, 2017, we will celebrate the dedication of two new fully accessible homes built by Sunshine Communities on 5 acres of property previously belonging to the parish. Each home will house 8 residents and the two homes are separated by an acre of land that is planned to be landscaped as a public prayer garden.
With 100 families having registered as new members each year over the past four years, Little Flower now totals more than 1500 households. Over 1000 people gather each weekend for Mass – a 70% increase in weekend Mass attendance since 2013. There is a strong commitment to encounter the Risen Lord Jesus in everyone, fueled in part by ACTS Missions (parish retreat), Foundations (K-6 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd), Chosen (7-8), Life Teen (9-12), Bloom (mom’s group), Simeon & Anna (60+), Men’s Club and Altar & Rosary Society.
Ours is a vibrant community of faith seeking to create a more committed and more compassionate Christ-centered community of Catholic faith and caring support network in our neighborhood. Imbued by the childlike spirit of Saint Therese, the future is full of hope as we dare to continue to “do little things with great love.”