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Knights of Columbus Golf Outing

All FORE a Good Cause

Knights of Columbus Golf Outing

Join the Knights of Columbus Council 7115 Golf FUNraising outing on September 25 at 9 a.m. at Winding Creek Golf Course. Great prizes and contests will be enjoyed by all. Early bird registration is $75 per person and includes eighteen holes of golf with cart, lunch, a chance to win $10,000, and various other prizes. See for more details. To register your foursome or individuals, please contact Dave Trattles at  616-566-1778 or email

Because the most important shot is the next one!

LANE Kids Provides Online Discipleship Classes

LANE Isn’t Just for Adults Anymore!
Looking for a flexible option for teaching your kids the faith this fall? Created by Master Catechist Carla Niziolek, each LANE Kids course adheres to the standards put in place by the Diocese of Grand Rapids for children’s catechesis and sacramental preparation. LANE Kids courses are interactive, engaging, and fun! Check out the teaser trailer and go to the website to learn more about LANE Kids, then enroll your children starting September 1!

LANE Is New and Better than Ever!

Enrollment Begins August 1
Classes Launch September 1
This fall, LANE is launching a new digital platform to make it even easier to equip yourself for evangelization. In addition to in-person classes, speaking events, and pilgrimages, we are now offering live online classes, self-paced online courses, webinars, virtual pilgrimages, and more! We have also updated our tuition model to make it simple and affordable to take advantage of all the opportunities that LANE has to offer. Check out the teaser trailer and explore the new website, then subscribe to the new LANE when enrollment opens on August 1!

One Whirling Adventure

A Year of Catholic People, Places, and Things
On September 1, LANE will launch One Whirling Adventure: A Year of Catholic People, Places, and Things. Dozens of webinars will take you on a journey through time and space, zigging and zagging through twenty centuries, twenty-four time zones, and two hemispheres to survey the vastness of the Catholic Church as it has twisted and twirled to face every challenge that has arisen, preserving the faith that was once and for all given to the saints. Watch the teaser trailer and learn more on the website, then get your free ticket for the season premiere!

Volunteers Needed for Service Projects

Volunteers are needed from both Our Lady of the Lake and St. Francis de Sales Parishes to join our local Knights Council and donate your time and talents to lead or join hands-on projects benefiting both parishes.

Parishioners with home repair or professional experience in drywall repairs, painting, general and finish carpentry, or furniture restoration, plus jacks of all trades, are encouraged to contact Gerry Kneeshaw (269-823-8226, or Bob Shilander (616-335-0759, to sign up to receive updates on project listings and schedules.

Projects may be large or small, but all of them will go a long way toward prolonging the life of parish assets and deferring replacement needs for years to come.

Please help! Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, they just have the heart!

Please Welcome OLL’s New Director of Sacred Music!

Audrey Thomas recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a master’s degree in sacred music and organ. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the second of five children. Audrey began playing the organ at age eleven and started assisting with the music ministry at her parish while in high school. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in organ and church music, and she worked as a Music Intern and the Assistant Organist at the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center. During her time at Notre Dame, Audrey worked with the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. She has also participated in organ festivals and academic tours in the Netherlands and Germany, where she was able to play historic organs and participate in master classes with major European artists. Audrey is passionate about the integral relationship between music and liturgy and is excited to join the staff at Our Lady of the Lake.

Beginning the weekend of August 1-2, we will collect welcome cards for Audrey in the narthex. We will give the cards to Audrey on her first weekend at OLL, August 15-16. Please share your words of encouragement!

Confirmation Masses

6:30 p.m. on July 29 and August 19
A huge congratulations to our Confirmation candidates, who will be Confirmed (with our bishop’s permission) here at OLL on July 29 and August 19!
Due to capacity restrictions, attendance at these Masses will be limited to Confirmation candidates and their guests. We ask regular Wednesday Mass attendees to instead watch these joyous events 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!

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 September 7. 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