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Pastoral Council Nominations

A Letter from Fr. Mike

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

We are now seeking nominations for the Pastoral Council. Pastoral Council members are key coworkers with the Pastor in ensuring the spiritual wellbeing of the parish. If you or someone you know is interested in joining this essential ministry, please review the expectations for all parish leaders below. Then fill out the Pastoral Council Nomination Form and either email it to or submit it at the parish office or welcome desk by May 1.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Mike

Parish Vision Forums

May 2, 9, and 16

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We want to hear your thoughts on Our Lady of the Lake’s strategic plan. All parishioners are invited to attend one of the Parish Vision Forums to learn more and let your voice be heard.

Each forum will be held in Fr. Nash Hall at the parish and will feature a staff presentation and time for questions and comments, so pick the date that works best for you. Childcare will be provided.

Please keep the parish’s vision in your prayers!



Faith and Film Series

On Friday, April 20, we will begin our spring Faith and Film Series. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. in the AB Room at Our Lady of the Lake.

In this series we have an environmental film and three films testifying to the promise, the faith, and the resilience of youth. We have a look at the effects of war, genocide, and climate change. Every one of these movies is a record of history or current events that sometimes has been lost to many of us. There will be tears of laughter and sorrow. There will be inspiration. There will be great moments and values to share.


Habitat for Humanity

Sign-Up April 28 and 29 in Fr. Nash Hall

A Unity Build is happening again. We will have at least twelve Saturday mornings and weekday evenings to enjoy some camaraderie and to provide affordable housing for others.


Now Hiring: Director of Parish Care


Job Description: Director of Parish Care

The Director of Parish Care is a leader, responsible for cultivating ministry and programs that meet the spiritual, corporal, and relational needs of parishioners and the broader community. Along with the pastor/priest, addresses the care of souls at all stages of maturity and relationship with the Church. Leads and manages the Parish Care Department, and reports to the Director of Ministry Strategy. Under the Director’s leadership, the Parish Care Department implements the mission, values, and goals of the parish’s strategic plan. In particular, the Director is responsible for programs and ministry through paid staff and volunteer teams, including (but not limited to) counseling, funerals, visitation of the sick and homebound, the parish nurse, recovery ministries, and wedding preparation. The Director is responsible for recruitment, supervision, acquisition, and management of staff, volunteers, curriculum, and resources.

FLSA Status: Exempt

Reports to: Director of Ministry Strategy

Classification: Full-Time, Salaried

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage, and supervise the Parish Care Department employees and volunteers, in accordance with the current organizational chart
  • Develop and manage department program activities, plans, and budgets
  • Work closely with program staff and the Director of Ministry Strategy to coordinate planning and execution of various care programs within the parish
  • Collaborate with pastor/priest in addressing pastoral, counseling, and sacramental needs of parishioners
  • Ability to work cross-culturally with ethnically diverse parishioners
  • Attend weekly department-head meetings and monthly staff meetings
  • Other responsibilities as needed


  • College degree or equivalent and relevant pastoral education
  • Knowledgeable and articulate in Catholic theology and pastoral practice
  • Bilingual Spanish-English preferred, but not required
  • Excellent people skills and ability to manage complex pastoral situations
  • Capacity to manage and multitask projects, budgets, staff
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, leadership presence
  • Highly organized, self-managing, project-oriented, detail-oriented
  • Confirmed, practicing Catholic in good standing
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license

To apply, contact Greg Smith @


Catechists and Aides Needed for Summer Session

Do you like kids and want to help them to grow in their faith? Are you looking for a short-term and rewarding opportunity?

We are currently looking for catechists and aides who are dedicated to catechizing our enthusiastic children for two weeks at the end of June.

Catechists need to be Confirmed Catholics (middle schoolers are welcome to volunteer, if accompanied by a parent) to earn volunteer hours. There are many positions available!

Summer Session Dates and Times: June 18-29, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Catechists and aides should plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m.)

Please email Megan Swank, Preschool/Elementary Ministry Coordinator, at if you are interested!