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Our New Crucifix

Our parish’s beautiful new crucifix, which was hand-carved in Italy, has now been installed behind the altar, just in time for our celebration of Christ’s Passion!

Why did OLL get a new crucifix, and why is it so prominent? To focus our attention on Christ’s loving sacrifice on the cross, which is the very center of our faith and of the Mass, and to help us rejoice and give thanks for the Eucharist.

St. Paul said, “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). Likewise, this Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and at Mass throughout the year, the crucifix will remind us that Christ died to save us, that his sacrifice is made present to us at the consecration of the Eucharist, and that each of us is called to take up our own cross and follow him.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Jerry Hammes, a friend of OLL and a former parishioner, who donated the funds for the crucifix in memory of his late wife Dorene.

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Discussions and Decisions

Discussions and Decisions 2019

Mondays, 7-8:30 p.m. in the AB Room

These events are free. Bring your questions and a friend.

April 8: Financial Scams and How to Avoid Them

April 15: Decisions at the Funeral Home

April 22: Organizing Important Documents

April 29: Trusts, Estates, Powers of Attorney

For more information contact Pat Whitaker at or 616-399-1062 ext. 203.

Catholic Services Appeal 2019


The Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) is the annual diocesan collection which supports the programs and ministries of our diocese. As a diocese of over 44,000 Catholic households, our financial gifts are joined together through the CSA in support of the following programs and ministries so that we may continue the ministry of Jesus: priestly vocations, Catholic school education, cultural ministries, Catholic Charities West Michigan, catechesis, and communication. Every financial gift to the CSA helps sustain programs that would not otherwise be possible through one individual or parish “So Faith May Flourish.” Thank you for your generosity!

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