Category Archives: News

Middle School BAM! Kickoff

August 20, 2017

Middle Schoolers and Friends – Join us at BAM! (478 E. 16th Street, Holland) on Sunday, September 10, 3-5pm to KICKOFF the new Faith Formation and school year. $15 includes BOWLING 2 games, LASER TAG, PIZZA, and SODA! Be sure to turn in your permission slip and $15 by August 31 to OLL. Chaperones needed!  Email Sue at sdill@oll.org  

Spiritually Adopt a Graduating High School Senior

May 10, 2017

This year we have 86 teens graduating from High School! Although many of them will be leaving Holland, we want them to know that they always have a home here at Our Lady of the Lake, and in the Universal Catholic Church. To do this, we would like to provide each graduating senior with an individual or family who will be praying for them over the next year (and beyond).

Are you willing to pray for one of our teens? If so, please see the sign up sheet on the youth table in Fr. Nash Hall, or click here to sign up online.

 We hope that through your prayerful intercession, our young people will continue to draw close to Christ and be witnesses of His love to the world. 

For questions, please contact Liz at lmarkovicz@oll.org or 616-399-1062 Ext. 123.

Catholic Service Appeal 2017

March 1, 2017

Your support of CSA benefits both parish and diocesan ministries, including training our future priests, the ongoing education of teachers and faith formation staff, proclaiming Christ’s message through the media, evangelizing our youth, and providing assistance to those struggling with family issues, hunger, and homelessness.

Please prayerfully consider how sharing your gifts will benefit many – in our parish and far beyond. Click here to view a short video on the many ways your contribution to CSA makes a difference in our community. 

Donate to CSA online today.

Bishops Call Us to Action

January 27, 2017

Standing Up for Refugees and Protecting DACA Youth

 

Background: 
President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to issue Executive Orders that could that could have devastating impacts on refugee resettlement in the United States and harm Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) youth. According to drafts we have seen, the Executive Order would:

  • Halt the entire refugee admissions program for 120 days to determine additional security vetting procedures;
  • Cut the number of refugees admitted in FY 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000;
  • Suspend resettlement of refugees from Syria;
  • Possibly suspend the issuance of visas to individuals from countries of concern, including nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen;
  • End the DACA program.

The U.S. refugee resettlement program is a life-saving program for the most vulnerable of the world’s refugees. Welcoming people fleeing violence and conflict in various regions of the world is part of our identity as Catholics. We seek to protect the vulnerable and recognize the human dignity of all. Moreover, when the United States through its resettlement program shares responsibility with refugee host countries, it helps the refugees, supports the countries, and helps to enhance peace, security, and stability to sensitive regions in the world. Today, with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes, the need for the U.S. to show leadership in welcoming refugees and provide freedom from persecution is more urgent than ever.

Refugees who come through the program go through a rigorous, extensive vetting process. If issued, this reported Executive Order would virtually halt the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days, including those who have already gone through up to two years of vetting. Standing up for refugees and for the life-saving resettlement program is consistent with our values as Americans and as Catholics.

There are more than 750,000 young people who have received and benefitted from DACA. They are contributors to our economy, veterans of our military, academic standouts in our universities, and leaders in our parishes. As Catholics, we support DACA youth as we believe in protecting the dignity of every human being, especially that of our children. We have long supported DACA youth and their families. These young people entered the U.S. as children and know America as their only home.

Action: 
Standing up for Refugees and Protecting DACA Youth
TAKE ACTION http://justiceforimmigrants.org/category/action-alerts/