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NEW: Weekly Adoration at OLL


Weekly Adoration at OLL

Thursdays from 3 – 9 p.m.
First Fridays from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Click Here to Sign Up Online

If you have questions or need help signing up, contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062 ext. 110.

How can I participate in Adoration?

  1. Drop by when it’s convenient for you: All are welcome to come to Adoration for any period of time, short or long, without signing up.
  2. Commit to a Holy Hour: We need parishioners to commit to each hour of Adoration (e.g. 5-6 p.m. every third Thursday, 10-11 a.m. every first Friday, 3-4 p.m. every Thursday, etc.). If you are unavailable a certain week, you can ask a sub to fill in for you. To commit to a Holy Hour, sign up in the narthex or contact Cory Lakatos.
  3. Serve as a substitute: If you would like to be put on the list of subs, sign up in the narthex or contact Cory Lakatos. You will be contacted ahead of time when there are open Holy Hours.

What is Adoration and why should I go?
During Adoration, the Eucharist is exposed on the altar, and we can pray in silence however we are led to by the Holy Spirit. Eucharistic Adoration helps us to acknowledge and reverence Christ’s real presence in the Blessed Sacrament, worship Jesus and grow closer to him, and participate more fully in the holy sacrifice of the Mass. “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is… a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord” (St. Paul VI).

Why do this now at our parish?
In the best of times, Adoration is an essential devotion recommended to all Catholics. But these are not the best of times. In this season of pandemic, recession, political turmoil, and other sufferings, this is the time to turn to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament more than ever. In a special way, Adoration gives us the opportunity to intercede for our world, our parish, and ourselves. In Adoration, we make ourselves open to Christ’s peace and allow him to make us into the saints our community so desperately needs.

How do I go to Adoration and benefit from it?

  • Adoration will usually take place in the chapel. On first Fridays, it will follow the 9 a.m. Mass. During Adoration, the chapel entrance will be open and the doors between the chapel and the narthex will be locked.
  • COVID restrictions during Adoration will be the same as for Mass (social distancing, face masks, etc.). When you arrive, sign in and take a slip of paper to leave on your seat so the staff knows where to clean.
  • Consider dividing your time before the Blessed Sacrament into three segments:
  1. Simply spend time with the Lord. This can take the form of contemplation, thanksgiving, spiritual reading, devotions like the Rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours, speaking to Jesus, and listening to him.
  2. Intercede for all of the people in your life. Pray for family, friends, coworkers, deceased loved ones, and others.
  3. Intercede for the whole world. This can include our community and nation, the poor, persecuted Christians, victims of wars and natural disasters, and the whole creation.
  • Sign out when you leave. If you have committed to a Holy Hour, please do not leave early. If no one has arrived for the next hour when your hour is over, contact the parish office. If this happens after office hours, place the veil over the monstrance before you leave the chapel.

Olive Wood Sidewalk Sale

September 26-27 After All Masses

This year, our annual Olive Wood Sale will take place after Masses on the front sidewalk of our parish. These beautiful nativity scenes, ornaments, Rosaries, statues, and more make great Christmas gifts, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to struggling Christian families in Bethlehem.

Because of the pandemic and its disruption of commerce and tourism, 2020 has been an especially hard year for Shibli Abu Farha (“the Olive Wood Man”), his family, and everyone in the Holy Land. Shibli is unable to personally come to our parish this year, but volunteer parishioners will be selling his olive wood carvings. Please consider making a purchase to support Christians in the Middle East!

Auction With a Twist

Click Here to Register and Bid!

Bidding in the Silent Auction from September 9-19

Live Online Auction at 7:30 p.m. on September 19

Bidding in the online auction closes on September 19 at 7 p.m. The live auction (with special reserved items) then begins at 7:30 p.m. You must register to bid! Click here to register and learn more about this year’s online auction. Thank you for supporting OLL, Corpus Christi Catholic School, St. Francis de Sales, and the Saint Benedict Institute!

40 Days for Life

Click Here to Sign Up for a Time Slot on October 5

Would you be willing to pray for one hour to end abortion? 40 Days for Life is a pro-life effort that consists of forty days of praying, fasting, and holding a peaceful vigil in front of an abortion facility. The fall campaign will take place from September 23 through November 1. This will be the twenty-second campaign in Grand Rapids, and it will take place in front of Heritage Clinic for Women at 320 East Fulton Street. This is the only free-standing surgical abortion facility still operating in our community.

Dozens of area churches have adopted a day of prayer. Our Lady of the Lake and St. Francis de Sales have together adopted Monday, October 5, to pray at the peaceful vigil. At least two individuals are needed for each hour of the vigil from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sign up by clicking here. For more information, contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062 ext. 110, or visit

Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 29, 12-5:45 p.m.

Due to virus precautions there are fewer donor spots available this year. Go to and either log in or create an account and enter sponsor code ourladyofthelake. It will take you to our drive donor sign up. You can also send me an email or leave a voice message with your name and the time that you would like.

We will also not be able to have home-baked goodies this year, but we will still need registration and refreshment table assistance. If you can help, please let me know. Blood is urgently needed due to the decrease in donations during the pandemic. Please sign up and donate if you are able. Thank you.

— Pat Whitaker, Parish Nurse (ext. 203,

Streamline your donation experience and save up to fifteen minutes by visiting to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.

Knights of Columbus Golf Outing

All FORE a Good Cause

Click Here for More Details on the Knights of Columbus Golf Outing

Join the Knights of Columbus Council 7115 Golf FUNraising outing on September 25 at 9 a.m. at Winding Creek Golf Course. Great prizes and contests will be enjoyed by all. Early bird registration is $75 per person and includes eighteen holes of golf with cart, lunch, a chance to win $10,000, and various other prizes. See for more details. To register your foursome or individuals, please contact Dave Trattles at  616-566-1778 or email

Because the most important shot is the next one!

Online Discipleship Classes and LANE Kids

Click Here to Register for OLL Online Discipleship Classes

Click Here to Enroll in the LANE Kids Homeschooling Course

Dear parish families,

In these uncertain times, we would like to support your family in your faith formation needs and provide you with options as you make plans for this upcoming school year. We have recently been updated by the Diocese of Grand Rapids Office of Faith Formation with guidelines and protocols that need to be taken to ensure your family’s safety for each government stage during this pandemic. The staff at Our Lady of the Lake have been hard at work throughout the pandemic planning for all potential scenarios for Discipleship Class options depending upon the stage of the pandemic response to provide you the most engaging experiences for your children and youth. Please find details below and on the page for each grade level.


No, classes will be solely online until we are in phase 5. The only in-person opportunity is Summit (mid-week Bible study) for our high schoolers while the weather remains good and the meetings can be held outside. When we enter phase 5, we may add in some gatherings, socials, CGS Atrium practicum times, and prayer opportunities, which will follow phase 5 diocesan guidelines. However, the plan is to have all weekly Discipleship classes remain online for the entire school year to provide safety and consistency for our families and catechists.


We are following diocesan guidelines, and it has been decided that at-home learning is the best option for our parish families given the many safety protocols that would inhibit normalcy with in-person classes. Additionally, with our younger students, it is not possible to offer CGS at this time given the hands-on nature of this Montessori-style curriculum.

Elementary Students (K-5): What are the options?

  1. Online OLL Discipleship Classes ($90 per student/$225 max per family): Sign-up for Discipleship classes via this website. We will begin classes as planned in late September; however, they will be online only. Each grade level will have a scheduled weekly 45 minute Zoom meeting class time on Sundays, instructed by a catechist, where the children will be led through the lessons. *These times vary from what has currently been scheduled, since LANE Kids will need to offer six Zoom calls per week, one for each grade level. These are not multiple grade-levels like CGS, and therefore require additional session times. At the end of the online lessons are printable activities. Parents are encouraged to help with printing and to support their kids in completing these activities. The curriculum utilized will be LANE Kids, which is based on the diocese’s new curriculum guidelines. Each family that registers for OLL Discipleship Classes or is already registered will have a weekly Zoom call. If they miss a Zoom call or want to revisit a lesson, their LANE Kids subscription gives them full access to their grade-level curriculum for the entire school year. The catechist-led Zoom meeting class sessions will all be held on Sundays (no Tuesday classes). Times will be announced soon. Online classes begin September 20.

  2. LANE Kids: ($50 per student): These online classes are for kindergarten-5th grades. LANE Kids school-year subscriptions are purchased on the website and are to be fully homeschooled by parents (no catechist weekly meetings). Families need not be OLL parishioners to participate in LANE Kids. A preview for LANE Kids can be found here: LANE Kids


When a family participates through OLL’s Online Discipleship program, they receive additional support with weekly Zoom catechist instruction, and the students still get to keep in touch with each other in a live online classroom environment. Additionally, if we are able to start having some in-class experiences, prayer opportunities, and/or events, students enrolled in OLL Discipleship Classes will have the chance to take advantage of these opportunities should we enter phase 5 during the school year.


Refunds of $40 off the $90 fee (or subtraction to equal what LANE Kids costs online for multiple students from one family) will be issued for any family that would like to choose the fully homeschooled option. Contact Carla Niziolek at if you want to make a program change.


First Communion prep will take place through the LANE Kids curriculum. The retreat will take place in-person, as will First Communion, taking into consideration the diocesan regulations in place in May 2021.


A new in-person retreat/rehearsal has been scheduled for November 7, and First Communion is scheduled for the weekend of November 14/15. Correspondence to all the families on last school year’s First Communion list is forthcoming in the next two weeks to all applicable students. There will be additional online classes and support for these 3rd graders to do their Sacrament preparations this fall before November. The retreat will include Reconciliation and will follow the ten persons or less per classroom diocesan guideline.

Middle and High School


No, all weekly Sunday evening classes will be provided through an online platform at the usual scheduled times. Adam McNutt will be in contact with all registered families before classes begin. Anyone not yet registered may do so through this website. Summit (mid-week Bible study) will meet in-person outside until the weather prohibits these meetings, at which time it will move to an online format.


We have been told that the bishop is discussing options with the Diocesan Office of Faith Formation leaders. Once they issue a plan, we will promptly share it with our families. Currently, we do not have more details to share.

Support from the OLL Staff

The staff at Our Lady of the Lake is here to serve and support you! If you have questions, please direct them as follows:

  • Grades K-5: Michelle Marko, Children’s Ministry Coordinator:

  • Middle/High School: Adam McNutt, Youth Ministry Coordinator:

  • Adult/LANE/LANE Kids/registration changes/refunds: Carla Niziolek, Director of Discipleship:

LANE for Adults

Finally, parents, don’t miss out on the amazing adventures we are going to have this year at LANE.  Continuing your lifelong learning and faith development has never been so exciting! You want to see this!

LANE Is New and Better than Ever!

Enrollment Begins August 1
Classes Launch September 1
This fall, LANE is launching a new digital platform to make it even easier to equip yourself for evangelization. In addition to in-person classes, speaking events, and pilgrimages, we are now offering live online classes, self-paced online courses, webinars, virtual pilgrimages, and more! We have also updated our tuition model to make it simple and affordable to take advantage of all the opportunities that LANE has to offer. Check out the teaser trailer and explore the new website, then subscribe to the new LANE when enrollment opens on August 1!

One Whirling Adventure

A Year of Catholic People, Places, and Things
On September 1, LANE will launch One Whirling Adventure: A Year of Catholic People, Places, and Things. Dozens of webinars will take you on a journey through time and space, zigging and zagging through twenty centuries, twenty-four time zones, and two hemispheres to survey the vastness of the Catholic Church as it has twisted and twirled to face every challenge that has arisen, preserving the faith that was once and for all given to the saints. Watch the teaser trailer and learn more on the website, then get your free ticket for the season premiere!

Public Mass

Public Mass 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 to 25% of seating capacity, 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.
  • Consider attending weekday Masses instead of Sunday Masses. This is a good option if you are concerned about larger crowds on Saturday and Sunday. Weekday Masses will take place in the sanctuary, and only the main doors will be open. See the calendar for the weekday Mass schedule.

While we always love to see you at Mass, we understand if you need to stay home for health reasons. Accordingly, our bishop has dispensed all Catholics in the diocese from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass through October 18 (read his letter here). We must continue to honor the Lord’s Day, but for now this can be done in other ways, including watching the Mass from the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids.

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