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Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians

November 22, 2017

Bishop Walkowiak is encouraging Catholics in the Diocese of Grand Rapids to remember persecuted Christians on Sunday, November 26 during the Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians and participate in “Solidarity in Suffering”, a week of awareness and education which follows from November 26 to December 2. The events have been called for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in response to the growing rate of Christians who are being persecuted for their faith around the world. Open Doors USA, a nonprofit organization which highlights the plight of persecuted Christians, estimates that 7,100 Christians died for their faith in 2015, which represents a 300% rise from 2013. 

The USCCB has said, “To focus attention on the plight of Christians and other minorities is not to ignore the suffering of others. Rather, by focusing on the most vulnerable members of society, we strengthen the entire fabric of society to protect the rights of all.”

The conference is collaborating with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) and Aid to the Church in Need on this project.

Like the “Share the Journey” Campaign, we can read stories, watch videos and be attentive to the news about our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East who have inhabited the region for more than 2,000 years.

Life Teen (High School) & Edge (Middle School) Summer Camp 2018 – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

November 17, 2017

JUNE 21 – JULY 1, 2018


Attention all Middle School and High School Students (and parents)!
Interested in going to summer camp? Camp Covecrest (high school students) and Camp Hidden Lake (middle school students) provide a week-long summer camp experience that is authentically Catholic. Imagine everything you’d find at the best summer camp ever plus the opportunity to grow closer to Christ! 
Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Life Teen Camp (Current 9th-12th Graders): Permission Form
Edge Camp (Current 6th-8th Graders): Permission form
For more information, check out the video below.
Questions? Contact Liz by emailing or calling 616-399-1062.



Young adults ages 18+ (may not be a current high school student in January 2019) are invited to attend an informational webinar regarding our trip to World Youth Day. During the webinar, we’ll discuss pilgrimage, the year’s theme, itinerary, cost, and we’ll address questions. 

Interested in attending World Youth Day 2019?

Please see the video below. If you have questions, please contact Liz Markovicz @ Our Lady of the Lake ( or Tom Eggleston @ St. Francis de Sales (


1st World Day of the Poor

November 13, 2017

As long as Lazarus lies at the door of our homes (cf. Luke 16:19–21), there can be no justice or social peace.  – Pope Francis
Here are two video clips, two special prayers for the first World Day of the Poor, which Pope Francis declared at the close of the Year of Mercy. Click here to read Pope Francis’ message on this special day, taking place on the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time.
God of Abraham,
On my television,
On my newsfeed,
On my street,
Everywhere I go, I see Lazarus.
But I also see so many doors,
Doors that I’ve built,
That I’ve closed.
Doors that society has hung and locked.
Doors that separate me from Lazarus.
Lord, teach me to open the door to Lazarus,
To the poor.
To know them as your children,
To lift them in their distress,
To work to help them find a fair share of your bounty.
This World Day of the Poor,
Help us all turn to those outside our door—
To bless, heal, comfort;
And together, from this day forward, build a world
Where the poor are strangers to none,
And, indeed, the very chains of poverty are broken.
Dear God, Our Father, 
As we remember the World Day of the Poor, 
We pray for our family and for all families who experience poverty around the world. 
When we eat, we thank you for our meal, 
And we remember families who do not have enough food. 
We do not waste what we have, and we share our food with others.  
When we play, we thank you for the gift of free time and safety, 
And we pray especially for all the children around the world who are not able to play freely.
When we pray, we thank you for our family,
And we pray for all families around the world who live in poverty.
May you be with them, and help our family to always remember to reach out to them. 


November 2, 2017

This weekend, 11/17 and 11/18, a Friday and Saturday we will have SPARE PARTS and ALIVE INSIDE. All these films this year will be shown at Our Lady of the Lake at 6:30 pm; this gives us time to enjoy the films together and also participate in some dialogue on each film focusing on themes in our Church’s social justice teaching that are exhibited in each particular film.

In this 1st series of 4 films we will look at racism, the environment and the martyrdom of a modern day woman, Alzheimers and the wonder of music. Several of this year’s films are definitely family oriented; several others are appropriate for teens on up. We’ll have popcorn from the movie theatre to feed our taste buds as well as our minds. There will be tears of laughter and sorrow – there will be inspiration – there will be great moments and values to share among young and old. There will be two other series in the winter and in the spring of 2018. 

THE HELP                                   


SPARE PARTS                 

ALIVE INSIDE                 



September 29, 2017

On Sept. 27 Pope Francis initiated the SHARE THE JOURNEY campaign in which he invited everyone around the world to “share the journey” with refugees and migrants. At the heart of this campaign is the vision of a united global human family. Our focus is on our joint journey as people on the move in departure, transit and host communities. This public awareness campaign promotes opportunities and spaces for migrants and communities to come together and share stories and experiences with the aim of strengthening the bonds between migrants and communities. This Journey will run til September 2019.  Learn more about the campaign on the Share the Journey website.

Watch the Share the Journey video from Pope Francis.  


A Week of Prayer & Action, October 7-13, 2017

Because of the importance of the issue of migration and because of the leadership that our pope is giving, the U.S. Bishops have called for this special week of prayer October 7-13. How can each of us be part of this campaign? We can pray. We can advocate to our government on migration and immigration issues. (Today, Sept. 28, the President has lowered the number of refugees to be admitted to the U.S. from 100,000 to 45,000.) This “Share the Journey” campaign hopes to contribute to the building of stronger communities and more inclusive societies; it promotes a “culture of encounter”.

Prayers for Migrants and Refugees

Church Teaching About Welcoming Migrants and Refugees

Videos About Migrants and Refugees

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A Moment for Grace: A Prayer for Refugees

God of our Wandering Ancestors,
Long have we known
That your heart is with the refugee:
That you were born into time In a family of refugees
Fleeing violence in their homeland,
Who then gathered up their hungry child
And fled into alien country.
Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages:    
“Will you let me in?”
Give us hearts that break open
When our brothers and sisters turn to us         
with that same cry.
Then surely all these things will follow:    
Ears will no longer turn deaf to their voices.    
Eyes will see a moment for grace instead of a threat.      
Tongues will not be silenced but will instead advocate.
And hands will reach out—        
working for peace in their homeland,        
working for justice in the lands where they seek safe haven.
Lord, protect all refugees in their travels.
May they find a friend in me
And so make me worthy
Of the refuge I have found in you.