Please Welcome Katie Wells, OLL’s New Administrative Assistant!
Katie is the new face of our parish office! Please stop by on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to say hello. You’re also welcome to call and Katie will answer your questions and get you the help you need.
Katie has been a parishioner at OLL since 2003. She and her husband Steve have three daughters: Emily, Samantha, and Ella.
In addition to working in the office at OLL, Katie has volunteered as an elementary and middle school catechist, aide, and chaperon. In her spare time she enjoys running, biking, and hiking in the woods.
Tuesday, September 28, 12–5:45 p.m.
Scheduling your appointment now at redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code ourladyofthelake. If you can’t log in or need help getting scheduled, contact Pat Whitaker, Parish Nurse, at 616- 399-1062 ext. 203 or email@example.com. Please remember not to donate at another drive after July 31 to be eligible for our drive. Thank you.
Sunday, August 15
The Solemnity of the Assumption is on a Sunday this year, and there’s no better day for our annual parish picnic! Following the 11 a.m. Mass, there will be a procession to honor our Blessed Mother, who is the patroness of our parish. The procession will begin outside the front doors and end at the picnic location on the parish lawn (near the corner of 152nd and James). Everyone is invited to participate, but you may also go directly to the picnic. Food
will be served once the procession has arrived. The picnic will include live music and games. The rain location for the picnic is the hall.
We need volunteers to make our parish picnic a success! Please contact Miki Brierty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-399-1062 ext. 108.
We also need four tall people to carry the litter with the statue of our Lady at the front of the procession. Please contact Cory Lakatos at email@example.com or 616-399-1062 ext. 110.
Everyone is invited to bring flowers from your garden to decorate the processional litter.
OLL will resume passing the basket for the offertory collection beginning the week of July 18. Why would our parish do this when we can give through the website, text message, and the mail? Offering our gifts for the needs of the Church and of the poor is an act of worship and one of the ways that we actively participate in the Mass, uniting our sacrifices with that of Christ. The offertory has been part of the Mass since ancient times, and it even hearkens back to the sacrifices and offerings of the Old Testament. While we invite you to resume making your offerings during Mass, we are also grateful for all the gifts our parish has received outside of the Mass, and you will still be able to give through these means going forward. Click here to learn more about ways to give.
The Parish Care Department has been working behind the scenes to help keep everyone in touch and informed while the pandemic has kept our faces and activities muffled. We are happy to announce that some restrictions have been lifted and we are able to resume some ministries:
Visitation to our home and facility-based parishioners has resumed. We are looking for several people to join this active team to bring the spirit of Christ in the Word, prayer, and the Eucharist to our community. Team members visit folks in their homes, living facilities, and local hospitals. There is a brief training and a background check is required. This ministry is very rewarding and those who participate feel that they receive far more than they give.
Blood pressure screenings will resume this fall. If you have training and experience in taking BPs (we do have an electronic monitor also) and are willing to give some time after a Mass three to four times a year, we would love to have you join us in this ministry.
BeFrienders Ministry is a listening and supportive ministry. It requires a training and apprentice period. BeFrienders is extremely rewarding. You will be matched with someone traveling through a life-changing experience for that period of their life. Matches last for a few weeks to several months.
An AFib support network/group is starting up. There has been a request to make supportive connections between those newly diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation and those who have been living with the diagnosis. Complete privacy will be maintained for those participating.
For more information on any of these ministries, please contact Pat Whitaker, OLL Parish Nurse, at 616-399-1062 ext 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OLL Blood Drive
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Our annual Red Cross Blood Drive is in September. Please remember not to donate blood at another drive after July 31 so you will be eligible to donate at our drive!
You can submit prayer intentions in the following ways:
Fr. Michael 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.
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!
June 2021 Update
There is nothing ordinary about what has transpired over these past fifteen months. Our pastor and staff have worked tirelessly to nourish the spiritual lives of parishioners while also safeguarding the physical health of our community. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
As of June 22, the State of Michigan has lifted its broad epidemic orders. This is positive news, and we are hopeful that the worst of this pandemic is behind us. Daily numbers of new cases have been falling steadily. Positivity rates statewide are below 3% and have decreased 88% since their high on April 8.
Understanding that parishioners who are homebound or in long-term care facilities may be at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, ministers who are not fully vaccinated and bringing Holy Communion to individuals in these groups must wear a mask. Other than this norm, the Diocese of Grand Rapids is terminating any remaining particular law in response to COVID-19, effective immediately. This decision aligns with guidance from public health officials and is supported by the data mentioned above.
Moving forward, decisions regarding parish norms for COVID-19 will be left up to pastors and their staff. CDC recommendations for communities of faith may be found on their website.
May 2021 Update
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 have a section set aside for those who wish to wear masks and social distance, and we ask that you do your best to socially distance throughout the rest of the church as well. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask at indoor parish events and meetings. We are relying on the honor system to enforce these guidelines. As we all adjust to these changes, and whatever changes go into effect in the coming months, 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