Community Life

There is one God in three persons—a community of perfect unity in diversity. We are all created in God’s image, and that means we all need community. As Catholics, the local parish is our primary community within the universal Church. While there are many different members of our parish, Jesus unites us as one Body as we strive to love and serve him and each other. The Community Life Department exists to further enrich this fellowship that we share, drawing together parishioners from all walks of life in Christ-centered friendships.

Praying the Rosary

At OLL, we pray the Rosary as a community thirty minutes before every Mass in the chapel. We also pray the Rosary on special liturgical occasions that will be announced ahead of time. Everyone is invited to join in, and latecomers are always welcome.

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is prayer in front of the Host, the real presence of Christ, displayed in a monstrance. Adoration takes place in the OLL chapel on the first Friday of every month.

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Community Life Guilds

Is there a group you have always wanted to start at Our Lady of the Lake? Do you yearn for meaningful community? Is there an activity, devotion, or cause that you want to share with others? Now is your chance!

A “guild” is a group of people with similar interests. In the history of the Church, many guilds were like a cross between a prayer society, a support group, and a social club. At Our Lady of the Lake, we envision Community Life Guilds as social groups that draw parishioners and their guests together around faith, fellowship, and fun. There are already a number of groups like this at our parish, and we want to equip parishioners to start more!

Fill out this form or contact Cory Lakatos at or 616-399-1062 ext. 110 with your ideas.

The Holy Mother’s Beads

This guild makes beaded Rosaries for donation to a variety of causes within and outside the parish. They also pray and socialize together. The Holy Mother’s Beads meets every Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. in Room AB.

The Crafty Ladies

Tuesdays from 1-4 p.m. in Room AB

Do you knit, quilt, or craft in some other way? Bring any crafting project you’re working on for a meeting of the Crafty Ladies. We’ll spend our time working on our projects and getting acquainted with each other. We also occasionally work on group projects such as lap quilts for homebound parishioners. Contact Michelle Bieber at if you have any questions about this guild.

Lighthouse Catholic Media Kiosk

Located in the gathering space of the church, the kiosk provides quality presentations that promote knowledge of the Catholic faith on audio CDs, DVDs, books, and booklets for a small donation of $3 to $5.

Parish Library

The parish has an extensive collection of spiritual and religious books, DVDs, and CDs that are available for parishioners to borrow. There is also a collection of curricula for small groups that are available upon request.