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Pentecost Novena

Pentecost Novena: May 14-22, 2021

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The Pentecost Novena is the original novena (nine days of prayer typically undertaken to prepare for a feast). Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told his disciples to remain in Jerusalem and to wait for the promised Holy Spirit. After nine days, on the Jewish feast of Pentecost, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples (Acts 1-2).

Below you’ll find suggested prayers and readings from Holy Scripture for each day of the novena. It begins on May 14 (the day after the traditional Thursday date for the Ascension) and concludes on the day before Pentecost Sunday.

Opening Prayer: Come Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of Our Lady

Holy Mary, Mother of God, you persevered in prayer with your Son’s disciples as you waited for him to send the Holy Spirit. Intercede for us, that our prayers during this novena will prepare us to celebrate the Spirit’s coming with joy and thanksgiving.

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, you have cared for your Son’s disciples since the Church’s birth on Pentecost. Show your motherly care for the members of our parish and the whole body of believers throughout the world.

Our Lady of the Lake, Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray that the same Spirit will renew in us the graces of Baptism and Confirmation so we will live in holiness and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to give us his gifts, along with the zeal and boldness to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples and to stand firm in all trials. Amen.

Scripture Reading

  1. Friday, May 14: Genesis 11:1-9
  2. Saturday, May 15: Exodus 19:3-8a, 16-20b
  3. Sunday, May 16: Ezekiel 37:1-14
  4. Monday, May 17: Joel 3:1-5
  5. Tuesday, May 18: Psalm 104
  6. Wednesday, May 19: Romans 8:22-27
  7. Thursday, May 20: John 7:37-39
  8. Friday, May 21: Galatians 5:16-25
  9. Saturday, May 22: Acts 2:1-11

A Prayer for Pentecost Sunday: Veni Creator Spiritus

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up thy rest;
come with thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which thou hast made.

O Comforter, to thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in thy sevenfold gifts are known;
thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
thou, promise of the Father, thou
who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply. 

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
who rose from death, be glory given,
with thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.

Full-Time Position Open at OLL

We are in search of a full-time Administrative Assistant to successfully manage the day-to-day operations of the parish office. This critical staff role is often the main point of contact for parishioners and guests at our parish.

Ideal candidates for this position will have familiarity with our parish community and ministries; strong organizational and technical office skills; and a positive, professional, and courteous attitude as they assist staff, parishioners, and visitors with a variety of tasks.

The Administrative Assistant will open and close the parish office and chapel; manage incoming/outgoing mail; register new parishioners; assist walk-in guests and callers; and record contributions, fees, stipends, and event registrations. In addition, the Administrative Assistant will maintain accurate census, sacramental, and business records with strict confidentiality, and provide basic administrative and technical support for office equipment and systems, parish census and volunteer management software, and various ministry projects.

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To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Melissa Linderman, Director of Administration, at

Thank You, Fr. Mike!

On May 1-2, Fr. Mike announced that he is being transferred to another parish. We are sad to see him go, but we are grateful for the time he’s spent at our parish and for all the good fruit the Lord has brought forth in our community through Fr. Mike’s ministry. Please pray for Fr. Mike as he prepares for his new assignment, and please pray for Fr. Michael Burt, who will be our new pastor beginning July 1.



Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Sunday, May 16, 2021



Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 9, 2021



Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 2, 2021



Fourth Sunday of Easter
April 25, 2021



Third Sunday of Easter
April 18, 2021


Prayer and Mass Intentions

You can submit prayer intentions in the following ways:

Fr. Mike and the Intercessory Prayer Group will pray for your intentions, and public intentions will be listed in the bulletin. Please specify how long public intentions should be included in the bulletin. Non-specified intentions will be listed for one week.

To request a Mass intention, please contact the parish office at 616-399-1062.

The Year of St. Joseph

Find Free Resources Through LANE

2021 is the Year of St. Joseph, March is the Month of St. Joseph, and March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph! Take advantage of this opportunity to get to know our Lord’s foster father and the patron of the universal Church. LANE is providing free resources to help you pray, learn, and celebrate St. Joseph.

Why has Pope Francis declared 2021 the Year of St. Joseph? Because we all have something to learn from Joseph’s example of humility, obedience, courage, and chastity. He is the guardian of the Holy Family, and as such he is the patron of the universal Church, as well as fathers, families, workers, and the dying. Through his intercession, we can all draw closer to our Lord and our Lady. St. Joseph, pray for us!

COVID Updates

Regarding the New Mask Guidelines from the CDC

UPDATED – May 14, 2021: Based on recent guidance from the CDC and the State of Michigan, our diocese has changed its COVID policies. Masks are no longer required during liturgical worship. It is recommended that those who are unvaccinated wear a mask for the safety of fellow parishioners. We will now designate a seating area where social distancing will be in effect to accommodate individuals who choose to sit there. We expect to receive updated guidance on non-liturgical parish events soon. As we all adjust to these changes, we ask for your patience and charitable consideration of the needs of others. Thank you!

Bishop Walkowiak Invites Catholics Who Are Healthy and Able to Return to Mass

Our bishop has also extended the dispensation from Mass attendance on Sundays and holy days of obligation until further notice for those who are unable to attend in person because of health reasons or other factors.

Read Bishop Walkowiak’s Letter to the Faithful

COVID Response and Resources from the Diocese of Grand Rapids

Questions About the Morality of COVID Vaccines?

Read the Michigan Bishop’s Statement

Public Masses at OLL During the Pandemic

We are grateful that we can hold public liturgies during the pandemic. We pray that our community will draw together to worship our Lord and to protect every member of our parish, especially the most vulnerable. To that end, we are taking a number of precautions based on guidelines from the Diocese of Grand Rapids to ensure the health and safety of everyone who attends Mass. Please read the following guidelines and watch the video below about pandemic Mass procedures. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Mass Attendance Guidelines:

  • Attendance is limited, and we are practicing social distancing. Individuals who are not part of the same household need to sit at least six feet apart. An usher will help you find seats, so please arrive sufficiently early. Social distancing also applies in other parts of the building.
  • Masks are required. Bring your own face covering. This applies to everyone over the age of two. We understand that this may be difficult with children; please do your best.
  • Mass looks a bit different. Holy water fonts remain empty. We cannot give physical greetings. Distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended. Worship aides for Saturday and Sunday Masses are available as you walk in, and after Mass you must dispose of them in the recycling bins or take them with you. You may drop your offering in a collection podium in the narthex before or after Mass, or you can give via the website, text message, or mail.
  • Extra sanitization is in place. Staff wipe down frequently touched surfaces between Masses. Parishioners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer, especially for use before Holy Communion.

If you have questions or concerns, please call the parish office at 616-399-1062. Thank you for your patience and cooperation! We hope to see you back at Mass soon!

In Christ,

Rev. Michael F. Cilibraise

Parish Office and Chapel

The parish office is open for appointments only on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The chapel is open for private prayer during the same times.

Sacramental Care in Hospitals During COVID-19

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