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All-Day First-Friday Adoration

9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, August 7

We are now allowed to have Adoration for longer than an hour, so we will do so following Mass on Friday, August 7. Adoration will take place in the sanctuary, and participants will need to follow all the same COVID guidelines as we do for Mass.

Click here to sign up for a time slot

Instructions for Adoration:

  1. Arrive at Our Lady of the Lake 10-15 minutes early. Please follow all guidelines related to COVID, including wearing a face mask at all times and maintaining social distance.
  2. Sign in at the podium near the entrance to the sanctuary.
  3. Before, during, and after your time slot, please maintain an atmosphere of silence and reverence in the sanctuary. It’s appropriate to genuflect (bow on one knee) before sitting down or leaving as a sign of reverence for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
  4. Someone must always be in the sanctuary with the Host, so please do not leave during your time slot.
  5. When your time slot is over, check the sign up sheet to see if at least one of the people in the next slot have arrived. If so, sign out and leave.

OLL Confirmation Mass

Wednesday, July 29, 6:30 p.m.
A huge congratulations to our Confirmation candidates, who will be Confirmed (with our bishop’s permission) here at OLL on July 29!
Due to capacity restrictions, attendance at this Mass will be limited to Confirmation candidates and their guests. We ask regular Wednesday Mass attendees to instead watch the joyous event via live stream on the parish Facebook page. We apologize and thank you for your understanding.
Please keep all of our youth and Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they pursue a closer walk with our Lord and his Church!

Update on the Director of Sacred Music

The search continues for OLL’s next Director of Sacred Music. The position was posted on both the Diocese of Grand Rapids and Catholic Jobs websites for approximately seventy-five days, and we received around twenty resumes. The interview process was delayed due to COVID-19, but the search committee has now interviewed five candidates via Zoom. The committee evaluated and ranked these candidates, and two or three finalists will be invited to our parish for additional interviews and auditions. We hope to identify the preferred candidate and make an offer by the middle of July.

Search Committee Members:

  • Brian Burch (cantor and Pastoral Council member)
  • Laura Cole (parishioner with choir and cantor experience in several other parishes)
  • Lola McIntyre (former Director of Sacred Music at OLL and several other parishes, music professional)
  • Dan Melnyk (choir and Finance Council member)
  • Carla Niziolek (staff member, instrumentalist, interim Coordinator of Sacred Music)
  • Michelle Ogren (former diocesan Director of Liturgy, music professional)
  • Greg Smith (Director of Ministry, committee chair)

Summer 2020 at OLL

A Message from Fr. Mike and the Parish Staff

After working hard for several months to keep you connected with our parish during the COVID shutdown, we have reached the summer. We are grateful to have resumed public Masses, and we are hopeful that parish life will gradually return to something closer to normal. Now we are looking ahead to the fall. In order to focus on preparing for a new and improved year of ministry, we will make the following changes over the summer:

  • Between now and July 31, the parish office will be open for appointments only. Staff continue to be available via phone and email.
  • We will no longer live stream Sunday Mass. We recommend watching the cathedral’s live stream if this ministry is helpful to you.
  • Fr. Mike will take a break from his daily audio prayers during the summer.
  • We will scale back parish communications over the summer, but don’t worry—we’ll still keep you informed.

We look forward to relaunching our parish’s in-person and online ministries in the fall. Until then, enjoy your summer!

Public Mass

Public Mass Is Back!

We are excited that public Masses have resumed at OLL! As we return to public liturgies, we pray that our community will draw together to worship the 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, read our bishop’s letter, and watch this video about new Mass procedures. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we all adjust to these circumstances.

Mass Attendance Guidelines:

  • Attendance will be limited to 25% of seating capacity, and social distancing will be practiced. Individuals who are not part of the same household will need to sit at least six feet apart. An usher will help you find seats, so please arrive early. Social distancing will also apply in other parts of the building.
  • Masks will be 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 will look different. Holy water fonts will remain empty. There will be no physical greetings. Distribution of the Precious Blood will remain suspended. Worship aides for Saturday and Sunday Masses will be 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 will be in place. Staff will 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 crowds on Saturday and Sunday. We have returned to our usual schedule of weekday Masses, with the addition of a 6:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesdays. Weekday Masses will take place in the sanctuary, and only the main doors will be open.

While we hope to see you back at Mass soon, 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 July 31. We must continue to honor the Lord’s Day, but 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

Give Online or Via Text Message

Click Here to Give Online

Now that online giving is available at Our Lady of the Lake, it’s easier than ever to contribute to the Lord’s work at our parish. Just click the link above and make a one-time gift, or set up a recurring donation. Online giving is ideal for when you’re traveling or sick, or as a convenient giving solution at any time.

Text Giving Is Simple, Fast, and Secure!

Give easily and securely from anywhere, anytime. Just text HollandOLL and the amount to 73256 and follow the prompts. If you have any questions about text giving, please feel free to call the parish office at 616-399-1062.

Discipleship Registration for 2020-2021

Click Here to Register for 2020-2021 Classes for Children and Youth

Our Lady of the Lake Parish endeavors to create a culture of lifelong religious education that empowers parents, families, and individuals to live their call to holiness and discipleship. We offer a variety of Discipleship Classes for children and youth to assist parents in sharing the Gospel with their children:

  • CGS Level 1 (Sundays or Tuesdays): Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for three-year-olds through kindergarteners; 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • CGS Level 2 (Sundays or Tuesdays): Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for first, second, and third graders; 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • CGS Level 3 (Tuesdays): Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for fourth and fifth graders; 4:30-6:30 p.m.; CGS Level 2 is a prerequisite
  • Traditional Fourth and Fifth Grade (Sundays): 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Middle School – Sixth and Seventh Grade (Sundays): Edge Nights, 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Confirmation – Eighth Grade (Sundays): Purpose sacramental preparation program; 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Life Teen – High School (Sundays): 7-8:30 p.m.

We look forward to growing in faith with your family in 2020-2021!