All posts by Cory Lakatos

All Saints’ Day

We will praise God for all the saints in heaven (the Church triumphant) and join them in praying for all the members of Christ’s Body on earth and in purgatory (the Church militant and suffering).

Masses for the holy day of obligation will take place at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. We will pray the Rosary thirty minutes before each Mass, and Adoration will follow each Mass.

If you can, please sign up for an Adoration time slot at the welcome desk or online at

Marriage and Family LANE Lab

Wednesday, November 13, 5:30-10 p.m.

This one-night LANE Lab will give a brief outline of the Catholic Church’s most important documents about marriage and the family, including Pope St. Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae (“On Human Life”) and Pope St. John Paul II’s Familiaris Consortio (“The Christian Family in the Modern World”), Theology of the Body, and Love and Responsibility. It will be taught by Sr. Colleen Ann Nagle, a Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist and the Director of the Franciscan Life Process Center.

Learn More and Register Here

Olive Wood Carving Sale


Olive Wood Carving Sale

October 19-20

These items are made by Christian artisans in Bethlehem, and they are brought to us by two of the carvers, father and son Shibli and George Abu Farha. There are nativity scenes, statues, Rosaries, and ornaments. It’s a great chance to buy beautiful gifts and to support Christians in the Holy Land. All of the proceeds will go back to Bethlehem. Please stop by and see how you can support this important ministry.

Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off

Sunday, October 27 after the 11 a.m. Mass

Everyone is invited for fall family fun, food, and fellowship! Stay after the 11 a.m. Mass for lunch, games, and a bonfire. Show off your favorite chili recipe and compete for the people’s choice award in our chili cook-off. If you are entering the chili cook-off or would like to bring a dessert, please sign up online at this link or at the welcome desk. Thank you to the Respect Life Guild for their volunteer support of this event!

Prayer Vigil to End Abortion

Prayer Vigil to End Abortion

Saturday, October 19

Would you be willing to pray for one hour to end abortion? 40 Days for Life consists of forty days of prayer, fasting, and a peaceful vigil in front of a Grand Rapids abortion facility. The fall campaign will take place from September 25 through November 3. Our Lady of the Lake and St. Francis de Sales parishes are partnering on October 19 to pray at the peaceful vigil. At least two individuals are needed for each hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sign up at or the welcome desk. For more information, contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062 ext. 110.

Healing Our Church

Catholics Are Invited to Participate in “Healing Our Church” Small Groups

Tuesdays from October 15 through November 19
7:30-9 p.m. in the Parish Library

Sign Up Here or at the Welcome Desk

With Bishop Walkowiak’s support, our diocese has partnered with RENEW International to implement Healing Our ChurchFacilitated by members of the laity, this process offers the opportunity for Catholics who’ve been discouraged and angered by the clergy sex abuse scandal, and the mishandling of these cases by Church leaders, to directly address these issues and set a course toward healing.

“My intention and well-founded hope is that this program will help our Catholic men and women deal with the complex emotions this scandal has caused and start them on the path to healing and renewed discipleship,” said Bishop Walkowiak.

Healing Our Church initiates the healing process by encouraging participants to share their feelings about the scandal, embrace their roles as members of Christ’s Body, and discern and commit to meaningful actions.