Category Archives: News

Rising Waters – movie

April 17, 2017

To skeptics, global warming is a myth. But for 70 million Pacific Islanders, a warmer planet is landing them in hot water. Scientists agree that the tropical Pacific Islands will be the first and hardest hit by global warming. Still, some question whether the danger is real, leaving islanders in a precarious state of limbo. Rising Waters: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands explores what it means to live under a cloud of scientific uncertainty.

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and so this is an excellent movie to watch and dialogue about in light of our Church’s social justice teaching. Come together with parishioners from St. Francis de Sales this Friday, April 21 at 6:30 pm in Nash Hall at Our Lady of the Lake.


Employment Opportunity at Our Lady of the Lake

April 12, 2017

Our Lady of the Lake Employment Opportunity

Director of Faith and Family Ministries

Full-time. Oversees all faith formation programming of adult, family, pre-school and elementary, middle school and youth ministries, and has supervisory and training responsibility for each of the ministry team coordinators. Takes a central role in developing and leading adult and family ministries, and the RCIA team. Oversees catechist formation, certification and Virtus Training.  Prepares and oversees budgets. Implements and maintains Diocesan policies and procedures.

This candidate will be a practicing Roman Catholic who understands and enthusiastically supports the mission and purpose of the Church and parishes; is able to adhere to and understand the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church in order to evaluate curriculum and catechetical programs for their faithfulness to church teaching.  In addition to this, the candidate is able to maintain confidentiality and presents him or herself in a professional manner; has basic proficiency with a personal computer so as to be able to carry out normal job related functions, and is willing to work evenings and weekends as needed.

A Master’s degree in religious education or theology is preferred, but a Bachelor’s degree in these areas will be considered if coupled with an extensive and effective work experience.  Training in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is preferred and familiarity with Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum is desired. In addition, this candidate should have strong relational, leadership and administration skills, and strong oral and written communication skills.  Salary will be based on education and experience.

Please submit letter of introduction and resume to Fr. Michael F. Cilibraise at



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


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.

Standing up for Refugees and Protecting DACA Youth