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Middle School Summer Socials

Middle School Summer Socials

Register participants, guests, and chaperones for multiple events with one permission form!

We need chaperones for each of these events, so please sign up to help! Contact Sue Dill, Middle School Ministry Coordinator, at or 616-399-1062 ext. 111 with any questions.

Wednesday, June 27, 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Permission slip, waiver, and a $15 payment due June 20

Tuesday, July 17, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Permission slip, waiver, and a $20 payment due July 10

Thursday, August 9, 8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Permission slip due July 25 (no fee)

Now Hiring: High School Youth Ministry Coordinator

Position Description: Recognizing our young people as the Church of today, we call them to conversion and intentional discipleship by offering a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.  The High School Youth Ministry Coordinator, in collaboration with the pastor and staff, provides an overall vision for youth that emphasizes the baptismal call of all the faithful by providing opportunities for the young Church to encounter Christ, grow in virtue and become authentic witnesses of the Gospel.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Reports to: Director of Discipleship

Classification: Hourly, approximately 20 hours per week

Evaluation: Semi-annually

Supervisory Responsibilities: Program implementation, oversight and direction of volunteers of an adult core team and youth leaders

Primary Purpose: The primary purpose of this position is to engage and integrate youth into parish life and the Universal Catholic Church



  • Active and confirmed practicing Roman Catholic in good standing with the Church
  • A visionary person who leads an authentic, Catholic lifestyle and cultivates a strong prayer life along with knowledge of Catholic Teaching (CCC), Church documents and youth culture.
  • Organized, outgoing, responsible person who possess strong administrative, communication, volunteer management and problem-solving skills with professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to understand and meet teens within their unique life stage and faith journey
  • Valid Michigan Driver’s License


  • Diocesan Certification in Catechesis, basic understanding of Catholic Beliefs, Liturgy and Church Sacramental Policies and/or Certificate in Youth Ministry, A. in Theology, Catechetics, Evangelization, Pastoral Ministry or related field
  • Experience in youth ministry within a parish setting and/or experience as a Catechist
  • Familiar with technology including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Social Media

Major Areas of Responsibility

High School Ministry

  • Advocate a comprehensive vision of youth ministry, using current Church documents and research as a foundation
  • Collaborate in the planning, development, execution and evaluation of the Life Teen program and implement the weekly Life Nights for high school students, in conjunction with the Life Teen Core Team
  • Implement the weekly Life Teen Summit program gatherings
  • Partner with parents in drawing teens into a deeper relationship with Jesus and an increased desire to participate in worship, sacraments and other opportunities for spiritual growth
  • Oversee and further develop youth leadership through youth volunteer recruitment, training, support and evaluation
  • Foster the integration of youth into all aspects of parish life
  • Create, coordinate and encourage participation in various spiritual growth opportunities for youth such as: retreats, spiritual and service opportunities – to include camps, pilgrimages, youth Masses, prayer experiences and regional events
  • Act as a liaison and collaborate with youth grades 9-12 who attend area public and Christian schools, Corpus Christi Catholic School, St. Francis de Sales and other area parishes and youth ministers
  • Promote the fostering and growth of holy vocations and provide support to those discerning the priesthood/religious life and their families
  • Attend monthly staff meetings
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Email Carla Niziolek, Director of Discipleship, at to apply.

Sign Up for a Photo Session

Our parish is creating a new photo directory, and we need everyone’s help to make it a complete representation of our parish family. Please sign up for a photo session after Mass in the hall or online at this link. If you would prefer to sign up on the phone, call the parish office.

Please also consider volunteering your time to help with this project. Contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062 ext. 110.

Rosary Novena of Thanksgiving

The Rosary Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the prayer garden on nine consecutive Mondays to pray a novena of thanksgiving for everything God has given us at our parish. We will begin on Monday, June 11, and conclude on August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration. The rain location is the chapel. Please join us as often as you can!

Rosary Making Guild

Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. in Room AB

If you like working with your hands and are looking for a way to serve, the Rosary Making Guild is for you. The guild will meet weekly to pray, make Rosaries, and socialize. The Rosaries will be made available free to parishioners and will be donated to missions organizations.

Habitat for Humanity

Beginning Tuesday, May 29 through Saturday, June 30, our two parishes have ten scheduled times to work together. We will build on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon. We can accommodate ten people each date, so we need a lot of people to help with the build. Whether you are a professional builder, a do-it-yourselfer, or have no experience, there is a job for you. You are welcome to bring your own tools; however, everything you need to do the work will be on site and provided by Habitat.

Contact Ellis Stich at to sign up!

Community Life Guilds

Is there a group you have always wanted to start at Our Lady of the Lake? Do you yearn for meaningful friendships and community? Is there an activity, devotion, or cause that you want to share with others? Now is your chance!

A “guild” is a group of people with similar interests. In the history of the Church, many guilds were like a cross between a prayer society, a support group, and a social club. At Our Lady of the Lake, we envision Community Life Guilds as social groups that draw parishioners together around faith, fellowship, and fun. There are already a number of groups like this at our parish, and we want to equip parishioners to start more!

Contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062 ext. 110 with your ideas.