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Aline Mapendo Memorial Fund

Aline Mapendo Memorial Fund

Click Here to Give to Aline’s Family

On December 11, Aline Mapendo, a sixteen-year-old student at West Ottawa High School, was killed when she was struck by a car while walking to school. Aline’s family needs help paying for her funeral and covering other expenses, so our parish has opened a fund that is accepting donations from parishioners and other community members.

Aline’s family is new to our community at Our Lady of the Lake. They fled violence in the Congo and spent several years as refugees in Burundi and Virginia before moving to Holland about three months ago.

The love of Christ leads us to bury the dead, comfort the afflicted, and pray for the living and the dead. Please pray for Aline and her family, and please prayerfully consider what you can do to help them with their needs.

Aline’s funeral will take place at Our Lady of the Lake on Friday, December 20, at 11 a.m., preceded by a visitation at 10 a.m.

LANE Winter Intensives

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PRAY 225: Tending to Your Soul

January 6, 13, and 20
Mondays from 6:30-8 p.m.
Tuition: $15.00

Jesus gave us the great commandment, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). We often strengthen our love of God through our heart and mind, but not much attention is given to loving God with all our soul. During this three-week class, we will nurture the holiness within by opening ourselves to and relying on God’s grace. We will explore practices that draw us into a deeper “soul-centric” union with God. This will include prayer practices, liturgy, sacraments, and being attentive to the moments of our daily lives.

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DOC 305: The Four Last Things

January 8, 15, and 22
Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m.
Tuition: $15.00

We accept that death is one of the few inevitable realities of life. But our culture avoids reflecting on the reality of what comes afterward. Jesus tells us that death is followed by judgment, and the ultimate destinations of either heaven or hell. Death, judgment, heaven, and hell are known as the Four Last Things. In this three-week class, we will explore what happens when we die, the criteria by which we will be judged, and the nature of heaven and hell. The class will rely on the teaching of the New Testament, particularly the parables and sermons of Jesus in the Gospels, as well as the apostolic teaching of the Church contained in the Catechism.

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Holy Land Pilgrimage

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Walk Where Jesus Walked!
November 29 – December 8, 2020

Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Jesus, follow in his footsteps, and see him in the works he performed. Your footsteps will become his. Celebrate votive Masses in the very places where these miraculous gifts became pages in the Gospel. See where he was back then, and feel how he is still there today!

Click here to learn more and register for this LANE pilgrimage led by Fr. Michael Cilibraise and Greg Smith!

Mary and the Messiah Seminar

Mary and the Messiah: A Journey to Bethlehem

Seminar Offered on December 9 and 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Delve into the Scriptures of Advent and Christmas and discover how the Old and New Testaments are woven together with a golden thread of prophecies and fulfillment. This free seminar, offered twice, is taught by Greg Smith. Registration is not required.

Advent With Mary

Advent With Mary

Download our parish’s Advent With Mary guide, which includes suggested devotions for individuals and families, plus additional information on Advent events and giving opportunities.

Our Lady gave everything she had, even her very self, to bring our Lord into the world. This Advent, God is calling each of us to do the same. We are all invited to follow our Lady’s example by quieting our hearts in prayerful anticipation, serving our neighbors, being good stewards of our parish, and spreading the joyful news that a Savior has been born. Read on to learn about Advent opportunities for individuals, families, and the whole parish.

Advent Events and Giving Opportunities:

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Receive the Lord’s mercy and prepare for the joy of Christmas through sacramental Confession on December 4 and 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. These times are in addition to the regular Confession time on Saturdays.
  • Eucharistic Adoration on St. Nicholas Day: Spend some quiet time with Jesus this Advent. While you’re at it, check the Advent Resource Table for ideas on how to celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day. Adoration will now end at 4 p.m. due to a funeral visitation.
  • Knights of Columbus Coat Drive for Kids: On Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, the Knights will be collecting both new winter coats and monetary donations.
  • Giving Tree for the Children’s Advocacy Center: This year we are collecting winter clothing for children in our community who have been sexually abused. The new deadline is Sunday, December 15.
  • Prison and Jail Ministry Christmas Drive: Our parish is collecting items for this diocesan ministry that serves our local prisons, jails, juvenile detention centers, and shelters. The deadline is Sunday, December 8.
  • Mary and the Messiah Seminar: Delve into the Scriptures of Advent and Christmas and discover how the Old and New Testaments are woven together with a golden thread of prophecies and fulfillment. This free seminar, offered on December 9 and 18 at 6:30 p.m., is taught by Greg Smith.

Advent Devotional Resources:

Catholic Relief Services Reflections for the Sundays of Advent: