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Now Hiring: LANE Assistant

Are you looking for a meaningful way to serve the Lord and Our Lady of the Lake Parish? The Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (LANE) is looking for an enthusiastic and energetic individual to fill our new LANE Assistant role. This is a paid position.

The LANE Assistant needs to be available on Monday and Wednesday evenings during the LANE semesters (seven weeks in the fall, three weeks in the winter, and seven weeks in the spring), plus additional dates for LANE Labs and Leadership Series events. The LANE Assistant will:

  • Prepare and set up the technology and supplies in each classroom
  • Set up the food and drinks in the hall
  • Greet the instructors and students
  • Assist instructors with technology and set-up
  • Take registrations on class nights and assist students with their needs
  • Clean up the hospitality and supplies in the hall, narthex, and classrooms
  • Upload audio files to the LANE website
  • Close down the building

For more information and to apply, please contact Carla Niziolek, Director of Discipleship, at or at 616-399-1062 ext. 114.

LANE Fall Classes, Labs, and Speakers

New LANE Classes in Fall 2019

Reinvigorate your faith and equip yourself for evangelization with a LANE class this fall!

One-night LANE Labs will take place on September 9 and November 13.

Seven-week classes will begin the week of September 16.

Dr. Ray Guarendi

The Logic of Being Catholic
LANE Leadership Series: September 17, 7 p.m.

Dr. Ray Guarendi is a Catholic father of ten adopted children, a clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio and television host.Dr. Ray will share his story of how logic led him home to the Catholic Church. This event is free and open to the public. After his talk, Dr. Ray will be available to sign books at a public reception.

There will also be a brunch and Q&A with Dr. Ray at Corpus Christi Catholic School on Wednesday, September 18. That evening, Dr. Ray will teach the first night of SOC 201: Introduction to Catholic Social Teaching on

Simpler Registration and Technological Improvements

The LANE classrooms have been blessed by Bishop David Walkowiak, and this fall, they will be equipped with new and improved technology. In addition, the registration process has been streamlined for quick and easy enrollment in classes and labs.

End Dismemberment Abortion Petition Drive

Women deserve support and care, not abortion. At any time, each of us can support women in difficult or unexpected pregnancies by donating to our local pregnancy center or learning about foster care and adoption. You can also sign a petition in the coming months that creates legislation to ban dismemberment abortion. The procedure—which dismembers a living child in the womb—does nothing to help Michigan women.

Bishop Walkowiak and the other Catholic bishops of Michigan are urging all Catholics to sign the End Dismemberment Abortion Petition. If successful, this petition would ban the procedure without risking the governor’s veto. Christ calls us to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and this legislation will help save many vulnerable unborn children. The petition will be available to sign after all Masses in the narthex on the following weekends:

  • August 10-11
  • August 17-18
  • September 7-8
  • October 5-6

For more information, contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062 ext. 110. If you are interested in volunteering to help collect signatures, fill out this online form and contact Cory. Thank you!

Parish Picnic

Parish Picnic

Sunday, August 18 after the 11 a.m. Mass

Everyone is invited to our annual parish picnic, held in honor of the Assumption of our patroness, Our Lady of the Lake! Stay after Mass for food, fun, and fellowship with your parish family.

Five reasons to come to the picnic:

  1. Hamburgers and hotdogs grilled by the Knights of Columbus (thank you, Knights!), plus veggies, chips, and ice cream
  2. Live music provided by Dann the Band
  3. A pie-eating contest, marshmallow catapult competition, and more fun games for the whole family
  4. Time to spend with your friends at the parish, plus an opportunity to meet more of your fellow parishioners
  5. A chance to continue our celebration of our Lady’s Assumption into heaven and ask her to pray for our parish

Please bring your own chairs or blankets!

We need volunteers to serve food, run games, and clean up. If you’re able and willing, please contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062. Thank you!

Catholic Services Appeal 2019


UPDATE: Though we have already exceeded our CSA contribution goal of $160,674, we are still working on our participation goal of 30%. As of July 25, 443 families have responded. That means we still need 32 families to respond to hit our goal. Parishioners have pledged $164,822.67 to date, and $123,828.83 has been paid. Don’t forget that anything we receive over $160,674 comes back to the parish. Thank you for your generosity and prayers!

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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