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Public Masses Are Back Starting with Pentecost!

May 30-31, 2020

Free tickets are required for Sunday Masses, including Saturday Vigils. Click here or call the parish office at 616-399-1062.

We are excited to announce that public Masses will resume at OLL beginning with Pentecost! Being separated from the Mass and from our parish has been difficult for all of us. We are thankful for your patience and perseverance over the past two months, and we rejoice at the thought of gathering once again for the holy sacrifice. As we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and our 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, get tickets for Mass by clicking here, and watch this video about new Mass procedures. You can also get tickets for Mass by calling the parish office at 616-399-1062. We know that these procedures are complicated and cumbersome, and we ask for your understanding and cooperation as we all adjust to these new circumstances.

We are also excited to announce that our RCIA candidates and catechumens will receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the 11 a.m. Mass on Pentecost. Please pray for them!

Mass Attendance Guidelines:

  • Attendance will be limited. We will reopen at 25% seating capacity, so it may not be possible for you to attend Sunday Mass (including the Saturday Vigil) every week for a while. Please be considerate of your fellow parishioners when deciding how often to attend. While we hope to see you back at Mass soon, we understand if you need to stay home for health reasons. Our bishop has dispensed all Catholics in the diocese from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass through June 30. OLL will continue to live stream one Mass each Sunday through the end of June.
  • Consider attending weekday Masses instead of Sunday Masses. This is a good option if you are concerned about crowds on Saturday and Sunday. We will return to our usual schedule of weekday Masses after Pentecost, with the addition of a 6:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesdays. There will also be a special 6:30 p.m. Mass for the Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, on Monday, June 1. Weekday Masses will take place in the main church, and only the main doors will be open. Tickets are not required.
  • Free tickets will be required for Saturday and Sunday Masses. You can get tickets by clicking here or by calling the parish office at 616-399-1062. The registration window will open at noon on Monday each week and close at noon on Saturday. Each member of your household needs their own ticket. A greeter will need to check your tickets at the main doors (the chapel doors will be locked), so please arrive early with your tickets on your phone or printed out.
  • 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 on Saturday and Sundays. 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. Fonts will remain empty. There will be no physical greetings. Distribution of the Precious Blood will remain suspended. Worship aides for 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.

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

OLL Pentecost Novena

1. Pray “Come Holy Spirit”

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy his consolations, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

2. Contemplate Holy Scripture

Friday, May 22: John 16:20-23

Saturday, May 23: John 16:23b-28

Sunday, May 24: Acts 1:1-11

Monday, May 25: John 16:29-33

Tuesday, May 26: John 17:1-11a

Wednesday, May 27: John 17:11b-19

Thursday, May 28: John 17:20-26

Friday, May 29: John 21:15-19

Saturday, May 30: John 21:20-25

3. Ask for the Intercession of Our Lady

Holy Mary, Mother of God, you persevered in prayer with your Son’s disciples as you waited for him to send the Holy Spirit. Intercede for us, that our prayers during this novena will prepare us to celebrate the Spirit’s coming with joy and thanksgiving.

Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, you have cared for your Son’s disciples since the Church’s birth on Pentecost. Show your motherly care for the members of our parish and the whole body of believers throughout the world.

Our Lady of the Lake, Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray that the same Spirit will renew in us the graces of Baptism and Confirmation so we will live in holiness and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to give us his gifts, along with the zeal and boldness to proclaim the Gospel to all peoples and to stand firm in all trials. Amen.

May Is the Month of Mary

May Crowning at Live Streamed Mass

Sunday, May 17, 11 a.m.

Please join us online for this wonderful devotion to the Mother of God and our Mother!

Pray the Rosary with Pope Francis in May

Click Here for the New Rosary Prayers

Pope Francis is encouraging us all to increase our devotion to our Blessed Mother and draw together as a spiritual family during the month of May. He has suggested that we pray the Rosary with two additional prayers asking for Mary’s intercession. At Our Lady of the Lake, we will follow the pope’s lead and focus on Marian devotion during May. Everyone is invited to pray along!

OLL Rosary on Facebook Live

Fr. Mike or an OLL staff member will lead the Rosary on Facebook Live each Friday at noon in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. You don’t need a Facebook account to pray along—just go to the OLL Facebook page and join in! We will be praying the two prayers that Pope Francis has suggested for after the Rosary.

Reconsecrating Our Nation to Mary

On the first day of May, the Catholic bishops and faithful of the United States reconsecrated our nation to Mary, Mother of the Church. We joined the bishops and faithful in Canada as they consecrated their country to Mary under the same title. This reconsecration has given the Church the occasion to pray for our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the unwell, and wisdom for those who work to cure COVID-19.

Celebrating Mary at Home

Loyola Press has a variety of Marian resources and ideas for home devotions, including a May Crowning at home and tips for praying the Rosary as a family .

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 Is Open!

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!