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Spiritual Care in the Hospital

March 27, 2020

During this unsettling time, you may have many questions regarding the spiritual care of fellow parishioners who are in hospitals, nursing homes or other institutions.

Even though we may not be allowed to offer pastoral visits to the sick because of a hospital’s safety policy, we priests still desire to visit the dying, and in most cases, we are able to do so. Please read the letter from Bishop Walkowiak which speaks about this and mentions the policies of the Grand Rapids area hospitals.

Hospitals in the Holland area include Zeeland Hospital (Spectrum Health) and Holland Hospital. These hospitals are currently allowing priests to celebrate the sacrament of the anointing of the sick and bring Viaticum to the dying on a case by case basis. However, this policy may be subject to change.

If we are not able to go into the hospital room and see the patient, we priests, Tom Eggleston, David Sacha, or another minister are available to speak to them via the phone and pray with them. Nursing homes and care facilities each have their respective policies in terms of visits. We want to encourage you to please call one of us so that we can provide spiritual care, especially if someone is dying.

You may contact Fr. Charlie or Fr. Kyle at the St Francis de Sales rectory: 616-392-3985 or you may call the St. Francis de Sales parish office at 616-392-6700, to leave a voicemail in our personal voicemail box which we can access remotely.

Our Lady of the Lake parishioners may call the parish office for Fr. Mike during business hours: 616-399-1062 or the rectory after hours: 616-377-7390.

You remain in our prayers,

Fr. Mike Cilibraise

Fr. Charlie Brown

Fr. Kyle Kilpatrick

Coronavirus Facts

COVID-19 is a new virus that is spreading rapidly and erratically. People who have no travel history have become sick, and those who have travelled have remained well. There is a great deal of misinformation being spread. It is normal to be concerned about something that we cannot see and don’t thoroughly understand but that is causing illness.

Facts about COVID-19:

  • Currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but one is being tested on human volunteers.
  • The best way to stay well is to avoid exposure to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person by being in close contact (less than six feet) of an infected person, through respiratory droplets from sneezes and coughs.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of nearby people, be inhaled into the lungs, or land on a hand that is then put near eyes, nose, or mouth.

Older adults and people with severe underlying chronic medical conditions (heart or lung disease, diabetes, compromised immune systems, etc.) seem to be at higher risk for the more serious complications from COVID-19. Please consult your healthcare provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least twenty seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, blown your nose, coughed, or sneezed. Remember to wash between your fingers – and to include your thumbs. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth (the T zone) with unwashed hands. Avoid people who are sick. If you are sick stay home!

Clean frequently-touched surfaces often (doorknobs, faucet handles, phones, light switches, etc.). Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use one that is appropriate for the surface. Cleaning options include diluted household bleach (five tablespoons or 1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water) or four teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Alcohol must be at least 70% alcohol. Follow the instructions for application and ventilation. Never mix bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.

This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation, and the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available. The CDC works 24/7 to protect people’s health. More information can be found at these sites:

If you would like to talk or get more information, please email Pat Whitaker, our Parish Nurse, at parishnurse@oll.org. We will make it through this. God is on our side. Keep praying and trust in him.

Ways to Help During the Pandemic

Many people are suffering during this pandemic, and not only those who are sick. Virus-related disruptions will cause hardships for our neighbors. Please prayerfully consider what you can do to serve Christ in the poor and vulnerable.

  • Check in with your neighbors, fellow parishioners you know, friends, family members, and others who may need assistance, especially those who are most vulnerable during this time (e.g. the homebound and the elderly). Share prayers, words of encouragement, and any concrete aid that you can. This could include shopping, picking up prescriptions, providing meals, helping with childcare, or financial assistance. If you can’t help them yourself, direct them to these resources or others in our community.
  • Our parish and school will continue to have financial needs during the pandemic. In fact, we may have to rely on parishioners’ generosity even more in order to provide aid to those seeking assistance. If you will not be able to give in person, please give online. Thank you!
  • If you have an idea about how parishioners can help each other during this time of disruption, or if you want to serve, please take the initiative! Contact Cory Lakatos at the parish office to discuss how the parish can facilitate your efforts (clakatos@oll.org, 616-399-1062).
  • Donate to the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) so our diocesan ministries can continue to serve needy families and individuals.
  • Give toward Catholic Relief Services’ anti-coronavirus efforts, and/or give to the CRS Rice Bowl to help feed the hungry.
  • Help with your local public school’s food distribution program (West Ottawa, Holland Public, or Zeeland Public). St. Francis de Sales Parish is a distribution center for Holland Public Schools, and you can sign up to volunteer by clicking here.
  • Volunteer with or donate to Kids’ Food Basket. To view their wish list, click here, or click here to donate online.
  • Volunteer with or donate to Meals on Wheels, which will continue to provide meals during this situation.
  • Donate food and other items to the St. Vincent de Paul Center by bringing them to the St. Francis de Sales parking lot between 9 and 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Donate financially to the Holland Rescue Mission, volunteer to care for children, or give tangible goods that the shelter needs: Vitamin C in any form, Pedialyte, boxes of Kleenex, digital quick-read thermometers (skin touch or ear), masks, hand sanitizer and wipes, and nonperishable pantry items.
  • Volunteer with or donate to the Ottawa County COVID-19 Response.
  • Donate needed supplies to Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, including hand-made face masks.
  • During this time of fear and anxiety, share the peace and hope you have in Christ with your family, friends, and other people you know.

Pray Daily with Fr. Mike and Our Parish

All Parishioners Are Invited to Pray with Fr. Mike!

March 29: Fifth Sunday of Lent

 

Click Here to Access All of Fr. Mike’s Recorded Daily Prayers

You can now pray every day with Fr. Mike and your fellow parishioners! Click the link above to access daily recordings of our pastor reading Scripture and prayers from the day’s Mass, a daily meditation, and the prayers of the faithful. You can also watch 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass with Fr. Mike on FacebookYouTube, or the St. Francis website. Parishioners are also encouraged to pray daily the following prayer from Archbishop Jose Gomez, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.


Submit Prayer Intentions for Fr. Mike

During the pandemic, Fr. Mike will continue to celebrate Mass in private every day. He will offer the sacrifice on behalf of all parishioners, as well as specific intentions submitted by parishioners. You can submit your prayer intentions in the following ways:

The parish staff will also pray for all parishioners and their intentions. The staff is working to serve parishioners during this time of disruption, and to plan ahead in order to bring our parish ministries back better than ever after the pandemic. Please pray for us!


Why Have Mass with No One There?

Learn More from the Catholic News Agency

Why is Fr. Mike celebrating Mass every day, even though no parishioners can be present due to the pandemic? Because Jesus is first and foremost the one acting in the Mass, and all members of his Church receive graces from him whenever the Mass is celebrated, not only when they are present and able to actively participate. Thank you, Lord Jesus!


How to Make a Spiritual Communion

Learn More About this Important Prayer

While our current inability to attend Mass is undoubtedly a hardship, Jesus does not leave us without a way to receive him into our hearts. Spiritual communion can never replace reception of the Eucharist or attendance at Sunday Mass, but it does allow us to draw close to our Lord when we cannot receive him sacramentally, and it can be done at any time. The four steps listed above, as well as the following prayer by St. Alphonsus Ligouri, each sum up how to make a spiritual communion:

My Jesus, I believe that thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love thee above all things and I desire thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though thou wert already there, I embrace thee and unite myself wholly to thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from thee.


Historical Perspective on the Pandemic

Reception of Communion and the Church’s Response to Plagues

While our present situation is unusual, it is not unprecedented. In many times and places, the Catholic faithful have not had the opportunity to regularly attend Mass due to priest shortages, persecution, and other factors. Even today, with the modern pastoral practice of frequent Holy Communion, Catholics in mission territories often go weeks or months without a priest to celebrate the Mass. Through much of Church history it was standard for laypeople to receive Holy Communion once a year (this is reflected in the current precept of the Church that binds the faithful to receive the Eucharist at least once a year during Eastertide). During this time when we cannot receive our Lord sacramentally, let us give thanks for our usual access to the Blessed Sacrament, focus on how we can receive him worthily when we once again have the opportunity, and take heart that Christ has brought his people through harder times than this!

Pandemics and plagues are also nothing new in Christian experience. In 1918, the Spanish influenza ravaged the world, killing fifty million people and infecting one third of the global population. This pandemic hit the United States hard. The city of St. Louis was among the most aggressive in combating the virus, virtually shutting down the city to contain the infection. Archbishop John Glennon of St. Louis temporarily waived the obligation to attend Sunday Mass, as Bishop Walkowiak has done in our day. Though the term “social distancing” had not yet been coined, this was essentially their strategy. As a result, the death rate in St. Louis was the lowest among large cities in the United States. We can also draw inspiration from St. Charles Borromeo (pictured), who fearlessly cared for plague victims in Milan in 1576 as the city’s archbishop. St. Charles, pray for us!

Lent During the Pandemic

Crown of Thorns, Crown of Glory

“Corona” means “crown,” and given the way the coronavirus is disrupting our lives, parish, community, nation, and the whole world, it may feel as though it has been crowned king. But Jesus Christ is still King of the Universe. After enduring the mockery of a crown of thorns, he is now “crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death” (Hebrews 2:9). Our Lady united her sufferings with our Lord’s, and as a reward she was crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. Likewise, we are promised that “blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

During the second half of this unusual Lent, let us remind ourselves that Christ reigns as King of our lives and of all creation. Nothing can change that, including the coronavirus. Let us pray and fast for everyone effected by the pandemic, imploring our Lady’s intercession in our homes and our parish. And let us do what we can to serve our suffering neighbors in union with our suffering Savior. If we persevere together, Christ will transform our crown of thorns into a crown of glory.


Prayer: Options for Home and Our Parish

With all Masses suspended and social distancing keeping many of us away from the parish, it is more important than ever that we seek the Lord in prayer. It’s also crucial that we pray together in our families, especially on Sundays. Let us intensify our prayer, whether or not we can make it to the church building, and Christ will equip us with everything we need to endure.

  • Offer your prayers for those who are sick, those who have died, those who are suffering because of disruptions to their daily lives, those who are afraid, those who are vulnerable, healthcare workers, and government officials tasked with protecting the public.
  • Go to www.oll.org/pandemic-prayer to submit a prayer intention for Fr. Mike’s daily Mass, to read the daily Scriptures with Fr. Mike, and to pray daily with your fellow parishioners.
  • Watch 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass with Fr. Mike on FacebookYouTube, or the St. Francis website.
  • Come to the church for an informal time of prayer during the usual times for weekend Masses (Saturdays from 5-6 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.).
  • Pray in the chapel during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).
  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on March 26 from 5-8 p.m. or on any Saturday from 9-10 a.m.
  • Download the myParish app to access daily readings, parish updates, and much more.
  • Sign up for a free account at formed.org to access Catholic videos, audio talks, ebooks, and more.
  • Visit the Lighthouse Kiosk in the narthex for CDs, books, and booklets.
  • Watch Sunday Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. the Cathedral of St. Andrew on the website, on the Facebook page, or on television on FOX 17. The Mass, plus plenty of other Catholic programming, is also available to watch on EWTN.
  • Watch daily Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Barron.
  • Use spiritual resources from our diocese and read our bishop’s letter.
  • Use spiritual resources from the USCCB, including more options for watching Masses and Adoration.
  • Make a spiritual communion.
  • Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary more often than you usually do. If you want to pray along with someone else, you can use recordings on formed.org or watch the Rosary on EWTN.
  • Read and reflect on the daily Scriptures. Free resources you can use include Magnificat and The Word Among Us.
  • Pray one or two of the liturgical hours each day. If you don’t want to buy a breviary, download an app like iBreviary or Universalis.

Fasting: Ways to Deny Yourself

A “quarantine” is literally a period of forty days, usually a period of isolation designed to prevent the spread of disease. It’s striking that the current call to self-quarantine is happening during the forty-day season of Lent. Let us take advantage of this opportunity to isolate ourselves from the contagions of the world, the flesh, and the devil through fasting and self-denial.

  • Renew your commitment to the obligatory Lenten practices of the Church: abstaining from eating meat on Fridays, fasting and abstaining from meat on Good Friday, and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation (at least once a year).
  • Fast each Friday and/or other days. One traditional option is to extend the Good Friday fast until the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.
  • Give up everyday luxuries you enjoy, such as hot showers, desserts, sweets, sweetened drinks, alcohol, snacking, and/or a favorite food.
  • Give up or limit your access to the internet, social media, your smartphone or other devices, TV, movies, videos, and/or video games. Spend your extra time in prayer, spiritual reading, quality time with your family, and service to others.
  • Make time for prayerful silence by giving up music and other audio.
  • Lenten veiling is a sort of fasting from the use of holy images during the final two weeks of Lent, a time when we especially focus on the Lord’s Passion. Cover or hide crucifixes and other devotional images to remind yourself of our separation from heaven, which is remedied by Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.


Almsgiving: How to Help

Many people are suffering during this pandemic, and not only those who are sick. Virus-related disruptions will cause hardships for our neighbors. Prayerfully consider what you can do to serve Christ in the poor and vulnerable.

  • Check in with your neighbors, fellow parishioners you know, friends, family members, and others who may need assistance, especially those who are most vulnerable during this time (e.g. the homebound and the elderly). Share prayers, words of encouragement, and any concrete aid that you can. This could include shopping, picking up prescriptions, providing meals, helping with childcare, or financial assistance. If you can’t help them yourself, direct them to these resources or others in our community.
  • Our parish and school will continue to have financial needs during the pandemic. In fact, we may have to rely on parishioners’ generosity even more in order to provide aid to those seeking assistance. If you will not be able to give in person, please give online. Thank you!
  • If you have an idea about how parishioners can help each other during this time of disruption, or if you want to serve, please take the initiative! Contact Cory Lakatos at the parish office to discuss how the parish can facilitate your efforts (clakatos@oll.org, 616-399-1062).
  • Donate to the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) so our diocesan ministries can continue to serve needy families and individuals.
  • Give toward Catholic Relief Services’ anti-coronavirus efforts, and/or give to the CRS Rice Bowl to help feed the hungry.
  • Help with your local public school’s food distribution program (West Ottawa, Holland Public, or Zeeland Public). St. Francis de Sales Parish is a distribution center for Holland Public Schools, and you can sign up to volunteer by clicking here.
  • Volunteer with or donate to Kids’ Food Basket. To view their wish list, click here, or click here to donate online.
  • Volunteer with or donate to Meals on Wheels, which will continue to provide meals during this situation.
  • Donate food items to the St. Vincent de Paul Center by bringing them to the St. Francis de Sales parking lot between 9 and 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • Donate financially to the Holland Rescue Mission, volunteer to care for children, or give tangible goods that the shelter needs: Vitamin C in any form, Pedialyte, boxes of Kleenex, digital quick-read thermometers (skin touch or ear), masks, hand sanitizer and wipes, and nonperishable pantry items.
  • Volunteer with or donate to the Ottawa County COVID-19 Response.
  • During this time of fear and anxiety, share the peace and hope you have in Christ with your family, friends, and other people you know.

Get Help During the Pandemic

Food and Other Resources

  • The St. Vincent de Paul Center will continue to be open. The center can help with food, clothing, and household items.
  • Call 2-1-1 or check out the Ottawa County COVID-19 Response for help with food, housing, transportation, and financial assistance.
  • West Ottawa Public Schools will be hosting food pickup sites for all families with children 18 years or younger. Pickups will happen on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Families can pick up two days’ worth of two meals for each child (three days on Fridays). Follow the link to view pickup sites.
  • St. Francis de Sales Parish will serve as a food pickup site for Holland Public Schools. Distribution will happen on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-11 a.m. at the parish and at other sites.
  • Zeeland Public Schools will also host meal distribution centers.
  • Kids’ Food Basket provides meals for children as well.
  • Meals on Wheels will continue to provide meals for seniors.

Daycare

If you are in need of daycare assistance, please contact Corpus Christi Catholic School, and they will do what they can to connect you with someone who is able to help. If you are able to help, or if you have an older high school or college student at home who is willing to help, please contact Corpus Christi.


Mental Health Resources

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services will continue to provide access to behavioral healthcare. Among other services, their psychiatric urgent care center and hospital inpatient are still accepting patients. They also have online resources for coping with stress during the pandemic.


Internet

If you do not have reliable internet access at home, Comcast, Charter, and AT&T are offering free or reduced-price packages during this time.


COVID-19 Screening

If you are in the state of Michigan and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, schedule a free screening through the COVID-19 hotline: 616-391-2380. If you have severe or life-threatening symptoms, please call 911.

Pandemic Updates

03/25/2020

In light of Governor Whitmer’s executive order requiring Michiganders to stay home, outside of critical functions, Bishop Walkowiak has issued a set of directives for parishes and schools in our diocese. We encourage everyone to read the diocesan announcement in full, plus the updated FAQ page. Here are the latest updates for Our Lady of the Lake Parish:

  • The parish office is now closed to visitors and non-essential staff. The front desk phone will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for inquiries, assistance, etc. Most parish staff are working from home and can be accessed via email. Please let us know how we can serve you!
  • The chapel or the church will be open during regular hours for private prayer in the presence of Christ in the tabernacle. Social distancing practices are required at all times.
  • All times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will proceed as scheduled. Confessions will take place in the church to accommodate social distancing practices.
  • All public Masses and all other liturgical and devotional services through Easter Monday, April 13, are canceled. You have been dispensed from your Sunday obligation to attend Mass, but Catholics are still required to honor the Lord’s Day. Suggested practices include watching the Mass on TV or the internet, making a spiritual communion, meditating on Sacred Scripture, and/or praying the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, or Divine Office. Our parish has also put together a list of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving practices for this unusual Lent.
  • Further information on the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter will be forthcoming.
  • All other parish programs have been temporarily suspended.

God is always with us to comfort, guide, and sustain. Your parish is also here for you and our community during this pandemic. Fr. Mike will be praying for you daily, and he invites you to pray along with him and your fellow parishioners. Please contact the office if you need assistance. There are also ways to get help that you can access online or by phone. If you are able and willing to provide aid to your fellow parishioners, please contact the parish and review this list of ways to help during the pandemic.


03/17/2020

Bishop Walkowiak has suspended all public Masses and other liturgical or devotional services through Palm Sunday (April 5). Reconciliation and time for private prayer will continue as scheduled. All other parish programs have been temporarily suspended, including First Friday Adoration and Stations of the Cross.

Read the Bishop’s Letter to the Faithful

Read Updates from Our Bishop

Read the FAQ from Our Diocese

Spiritual Resources from Our Diocese


03/13/2020

Our pastor has issued the following updates based on Bishop Walkowiak’s latest guidelines, which are in harmony with the recent executive order from the Governor of Michigan:

  • Weekend Masses have been suspended through March 29, but the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during the regular Mass times. Parishioners are encouraged to come to the church to make a spiritual communion, pray the Rosary, pray the Stations of the Cross, meditate on the Scripture readings, or to pray in other ways to keep holy the Lord’s Day. Your Sunday obligation to attend Mass has been waived for the duration of this situation, so please stay home if you are sick or if you discern that you are at risk. 
  • There will be weekday Masses at the following times:
    • Mondays: 6:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays: 12 p.m.
    • Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays: 9 a.m.
    • Fridays: 9 a.m.
  • Confirmation Masses have been canceled and will be rescheduled.
  • All other gatherings at the parish have been temporarily suspended through April 5. This includes (but is not limited to) Friday fish fries, Stations of the Cross, Sunday coffee and donuts, Discipleship Classes for children and youth, LANE classes, the Lenten Retreat, and meetings of guilds and other parish groups.
  • All times for Reconciliation (Saturday mornings, March 18, and March 26), and First Friday Adoration (April 3) will go forward as scheduled.
  • Parishioners are encouraged to pray (and fast) in their homes and to gather informally in small numbers at the parish to pray during this situation. The chapel will continue to be open during regular hours (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) on weekdays, as well as from 7-8 p.m. on Fridays, for those who would like to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.
  • The disruption caused by the coronavirus response will hurt many of our neighbors, fellow parishioners, and people throughout the nation and the world, especially the poor and vulnerable. Parishioners are encouraged to find ways to serve during this time, and our parish will endeavor to provide opportunities and suggestions. 

This may not be the Lent that we planned, but it is the Lent that the Lord has given us. We must persevere in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, asking the Lord to have mercy on all those effected by the pandemic. Thank you for your faithfulness during this time of uncertainty.


03/11/2020

In accordance with guidelines issued by Bishop Walkowiak, Our Lady of the Lake has issued the following pandemic policies. Implementation of any changes will be announced by our pastor, with the explanation that these changes are for sanitary/health reasons, not for liturgical reasons. Changes will be discontinued at the pastor’s direction in accordance with diocesan guidance and when the all-clear has been given by the Ottawa County Health Department and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The following procedures are being implemented immediately:

  • If you are sick, your Sunday obligation is waived and you should stay home. Do not attend Mass or other parish functions if you have a fever. Stay home for forty-eight hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medications or other treatments.
  • The distribution of the Precious Blood of Christ has been temporarily suspended. Please note that Christ is fully present in either the Host or the Precious Blood, and that it is not necessary that the faithful receive both species during Holy Communion.
  • Communicants may continue to decide whether to receive the Host on the tongue or in the hand. The procedure will be explained at Masses. Please note that receiving on the tongue does not increase the risk of spreading infections.
  • There will be low-gluten hosts available, as well as a special cup for those who cannot consume any gluten. The procedure will be explained at Masses.
  • The Sign of Peace is to be exchanged without physical contact.
  • Parishioners should not hold hands during the Our Father. Please note that under any circumstances this gesture is not envisioned by any Church document governing the liturgy.
  • Holy Water fonts will be emptied and remain empty for the time being. This is to help prevent the spread of infection, not because of Lent, since emptying fonts (except between Mass on Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil Mass) is not a custom approved by the Church.
  • Home, facility, and hospital visitation have been suspended.
  • Continue to follow all common-sense guidelines for cold and flu season.

The following procedures may become necessary; we will announce when and if they are implemented:

  • Seating in alternate rows of pews, leaving alternate rows empty, may become necessary. Parishioners will be notified when or if this becomes necessary, and then updated regularly.
  • OLL may be required to temporarily suspend formal, non-sacramental gatherings. Parishioners will be notified when or if this becomes necessary, and then updated regularly.
  • Suspension of all use of the parish facility until an all-clear is called by the Ottawa County Health Department could become necessary. Parishioners will be notified when or if this becomes necessary, and then updated regularly.
  • If schools are closed, youth events may be temporarily suspended. Parishioners will be notified when or if this becomes necessary, and then updated regularly.

Please pray for those who are suffering and those who have died from the virus, as well as public officials responsible for the response to the pandemic.


Online Giving During the Pandemic

Click Here to Give Online

For the duration of the coronavirus pandemic, we anticipate that some parishioners will discern that it is unsafe to come to the parish for Mass and other events. We encourage parishioners to act according to their consciences and, as always, your Sunday obligation is waived if you are sick. However, our parish and school continue to rely on our parishioners’ generosity, and we may have additional financial need if more people seek assistance as a result of economic disruptions caused by the pandemic. If you will not be able to give in person, please give online. Thank you!

Online Giving

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.

For the duration of the pandemic, some parishioners will discern that it is unsafe to come to the parish for Mass and other events. We encourage parishioners to act according to their consciences. However, our parish and school continue to rely on our parishioners’ generosity, and we may have additional financial need if more people seek assistance. If you will not be able to give in person, please give online. Thank you!

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!

Director of Sacred Music Position

POSITION TITLE: Director of Sacred Music

REPORTS TO: Pastor (for content) and Director of Ministry (for organizational matters)

FLSA Status: Exempt

CLASSIFICATION: Full-Time, Salaried

LOCATION: Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Holland, MI


BROAD STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITY:

The Director of Sacred Music (DOSM) is a leader who is responsible for supporting the parish’s liturgical celebrations with rich Catholic music that honors Christ and nurtures the faith of participants. The DOSM leads and manages the Music Department. Under the DOSM’s leadership, the Music Department implements the mission, values, and goals of the parish’s ministry vision and strategic plan, in accordance with the liturgical standards of the USCCB and the Diocese of Grand Rapids. In particular, the DOSM is responsible for selecting and planning liturgical music; organizing, training, and recruiting cantors; and developing the adult, youth, and children choirs, handbells, and musicians.  The DOSM provides music for all weekend liturgies, sacramental celebrations, Holy Days, funerals, and weddings, and collaborates with Corpus Christi Catholic School for school Masses. The DOSM supervises any support staff or volunteers who support the music ministry and administrates record-keeping functions related to music, in accordance with the current organization chart and staff configuration.


SPECIFIC DUTIES:

Administrative Leadership

  • Plans and manages a comprehensive musical program for the parish
  • Coordinates with and suggests to the Pastor Mass settings, hymns, and choral pieces
  • Distributes musical content to participants (cantors, instrumentalists, choir members, etc.)
  • Recruits, schedules, rehearses, and supervises cantors and musicians for all liturgies
  • Supervises and maintains the parish’s musical resources, spaces, instruments, etc.
  • Manages the departmental budget
  • Coordinates music for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions
  • Provides encouragement, evaluation, and appreciation of musicians and cantors
  • Communicates and collaborates effectively within the Music Department, with other parish departments, and within the parish generally
  • Attends department head meetings and general staff meetings
  • Collaborates with Corpus Christi Catholic School to provide music for school Masses
  • Other responsibilities as needed

Musical Leadership

  • Leads and participates in liturgical music as an organist, pianist, accompanist, etc.
  • Directs choir, assembly, and musicians at liturgies (weekend liturgies, school liturgies, and major events)
  • Recruits, prepares, and leads the various choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists
  • Schedules and leads rehearsals
  • Prepares and distributes musical teaching aids, scores, etc.
  • Maintains the choral organization (letters to musicians, schedules, music ministry social events, care of equipment)
  • Maintains the level of knowledge and skills required to remain current and successful in the field of sacred music. Reads material related to the profession, attends workshops or conventions, and participates in local, regional, and diocesan professional organizations, as approved and as appropriate
  • Notifies parish musicians of workshops, conferences, etc., which relate to their ministry

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Active member of the Roman Catholic Church in good standing, with a deep personal prayer life
  • Knowledge of and experienced in Roman Catholic liturgy and sacred music
  • Understanding of basic music theory in general, and sacred music in particular
  • Music degree preferred or equivalent experience
  • Proficiency with keyboard and piano (and organ preferred); possesses some vocal experience including the ability to sing with accurate pitch and rhythm
  • Enthusiasm and ability to work effectively with others (parish staff, ministry members, and parishioners)
  • Highly organized, self-managing, project-oriented, detail-oriented, team player
  • Valid Michigan driver’s license

TO APPLY:

Please mail/email cover letter and resume to Greg Smith, Director of Ministry

Our Lady of the Lake
480 152nd Avenue
Holland, MI 49424

gsmith@oll.org