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Parish Nurse Note: Give Smart this Holiday Season


  • Clothing ministry for kids in foster care (100 Pine, Zeeland, 953-6053)
  • Diapers for babies in need (796-9069, 738-2458)
  • Kids Food Basket: Nourishing children living at or near the poverty level with critical evening meals to level the playing field for their academic achievement
  • St. Vincent de Paul Center: Healthy food, clothing, and some furniture for those with need (394-0676, 170 W. 13th St., Holland, MI 49423)
  • Center for Women in Transition (CWIT): Supporting victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence and working to end these problems in West Michigan
  • Community Action House: Provides area families and individuals with food, clothing, shelter, education, and opportunities to build necessary skills to achieve a stable and prosperous life


  • Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation: Provides band instruments for children who can’t afford them
  • Treats catastrophic childhood diseases; no child is denied treatment based on race/religion/ability to pay
  • Focuses on early childhood education for preschoolers and adult literacy for their parents
  • Step Up For Students: Nonprofit scholarship program for low income/special needs kids in need of financial help for education
  • Hunger Free America: Nonprofit group working to enact policies and programs needed to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food; connects the needy with federal nutrition assistance and provides subsidies to help poor families get access to fresh food


  • Heifer International: Works with communities to increase income, improve child nutrition, care for the earth, and ultimately end world hunger and poverty
  • Water Mission International: Nonprofit Christian engineering ministry providing sustainable safe water solutions to people in developing countries and following disasters. 

Troop/Veteran Support

  • Honor Flight Network: Programs to transport veterans across America to see their memorials in Washington, DC
  • Workshops for Warriors: Trains and certifies veterans, wounded warriors, and transitioning service members into advanced manufacturing careers, meeting the demand for skilled labor in the US
  • Serves the children of fallen active duty military personnel with birthday celebrations, outdoor mentorship programs, college scholarships, and other needs
  • Sends care packages of snacks, hygiene items, DVDs, CDs, cookies, socks, cooling ties, and other items to service members so they will remember that someone cares and appreciates the freedom they provide
  • Supports female vets with transitional homes, childcare, and career counseling
  • Walk Off the War: Provides equipment, supplies, and support to ease the transition from active service to civilian life through hiking National Scenic Trails
  • Service Dogs for Disabled Vets: Raised and trained by prison inmates to be placed with disabled veterans
  • Operation Homefront: www.operation Gives homes to veterans having a rough time transitioning to civilian life
  • Help Vets Find Jobs: Teaches and builds skills and matches vets with jobs.
  • Care for the Caregivers: Supports those managing caregiving roles at home for their vet
  • Waves of Empowerment: Enriches the lives of military with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, military sexual abuse trauma, wounded warriors, active duty service members, and combat veterans by taking them surfing with dogs
  • Provides service canines to veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post 9/11, empowering them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence; the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans
  • Veteran Tickets Foundation: Provides free play, sporting event, concert, and more tickets to veterans, active military members, and the families of troops killed in action to boost their spirits and show appreciation
  • The Navy SEAL Foundation: Provides support for SEALs and their families through educational opportunities, help with transitions, tragedy assistance, and other programs
  • Pairs veterans with companion birds to help ease PTSD and social anxiety

The Rosary in Advent

During Advent, it is especially fitting to contemplate the mystery of God becoming man in the womb of Our Lady. To this end, we will pray the Rosary as a parish community every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the chapel (including Our Lady of Guadalupe). We will also pray the Rosary every Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the chapel before daily Mass.

Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant

Children’s Christmas Eve Pageant

Initial Meeting: December 9, 1 p.m.

Just before the 5 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, children will perform the story of the birth of Jesus. This pageant is especially well-suited for children age four through sixth grade.

Parents and children who want to be involved should plan on attending an initial meeting on Sunday, December 9, from 1-2 p.m. in the church. Speaking and non-speaking parts will be assigned at this meeting. Rehearsals will be held on December 16 and 23 from 1-3 p.m. in the church. Children participating in the pageant need to attend all three meetings.

LANE Winter Intensives

LANE Winter Intensives

  • When: January 7-23 (three weeks) on either Mondays or Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Where: Fr. Nash Hall at Our Lady of the Lake Parish
  • Tuition: $15 plus optional materials
  • Register as a student at, then sign up for winter intensives at

PIL 101: Introduction to Pilgrimage

What’s the difference between a pilgrim and a tourist? How can a pilgrim worldview and spirituality bring meaning to our everyday lives? This three-week intensive will explore pilgrimage from a variety of perspectives and help you prepare for your next pilgrimage, including upcoming LANE pilgrimages. (Meets on Mondays; taught by Richard Ray)

BIB 101: Introduction to the Bible

How did 73 different books end up in the Bible? Why are Catholic and Protestant Bibles different? What is the biblical story all about, and how can we interpret it? This three-week intensive is perfect for those who are new to the Bible or more experienced readers who wants to strengthen their foundation. It is also an excellent preparation for other LANE Bible classes. (Meets on Mondays; taught by Greg Smith)

DOC 202: Who Is the Blessed Virgin Mary?

Why do Catholics make such a big deal about Mary? Who is she? What does the Church teach about her? Why do we pray to her, and what are Marian apparitions all about? This three-week intensive will unpack Mary’s role in the Bible, the Church, and our lives today. It will help you grow closer to Jesus through Mary’s intercession. (Meets on Wednesdays; taught by Jack Mulder)

PRAY 102: Treasures of the Mass

Do you know why we do what we do and say what we say at Mass? Can you tell a chasuble from a ciborium? Do you know why it’s so important to go to Mass every Sunday? This interactive three-week intensive will unearth the hidden treasures of the Mass and help you participate more fully in the liturgy. (Meets on Wednesdays; taught by Fr. Michael Cilibraise, Fr. Kyle Kilpatrick, and Fr. Nicolas Monco)