Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Every Thursday from 3 – 9 p.m. First Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. (After Mass) How Can I Participate in Adoration? Drop by when it’s convenient for you: All are welcome to come to Adoration for any period of time, short or long, without signing up. Commit to…

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Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at Our Lady of the Lake on two different evenings every week and is open to anyone in the community. Mondays from 7:30-9 p.m. in the parish library Fridays from 7:30-9 p.m. in the parish library

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Altar Server

Assist the priest during the Mass of your preference, especially during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Training takes 30-45 minutes.

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Annual CSA Campaign Minister

Help our parish and the Diocese of Grand Rapids support the programs, services, and ministries of the diocese and beyond. Each year, the Catholic Service Appeal (CSA) campaign kicks off at the beginning of Lent. Roles include counting, reporting, and depositing parishioner pledges and payments. The time commitment is 3-4…

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Art & Environment

Design, create, and install decorations and care for plant arrangements coordinated with the liturgical celebrations of the Catholic Church. The time commitment varies seasonally, but it averages 2-4 hours per week. Training is provided.

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BeFrienders Ministry

BeFrienders is a listening and support ministry that requires a training and apprentice period. It is extremely rewarding. You will be matched with someone traveling through a life-changing experience. Matches last for a few weeks to several months.

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Bulletin Stuffer

Be part of a team that stuffs bulletins with important information to share with our parish family. Bulletin stuffers are recruited as needed and typically work on Thursdays.

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Cantor

If you have a good singing voice and the ability to learn music, contact Audrey Thomas about the possibility of leading sung prayers at the Mass of your preference.

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Catechist or Aide

If you enjoy spending time with preschool and elementary children and want to support their faith growth, please consider becoming a CGS catechist or aide. The time commitment varies based on class times. CGS level trainings and Protecting God’s Children training are required.

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Childcare

Care for children during parish events, classes, and other activities. Adults will be paid. Teens can earn service hours. Protecting God’s Children training (adults) or the code of ministerial behavior (minors) is required.

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Children’s Advocacy Center

The Children’s Advocacy Center provides child-centered prevention, advocacy, and team intervention in investigation, assessment, and treatment of child sexual abuse, inclusive of all children and families. OLL does an annual drive for the center.

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Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Break open the Sunday readings for children in grades K-5 for 20-25 minutes during the Mass of your preference. Training takes 15-30 minutes, plus sitting in on a children’s liturgy. Protecting God’s Children training is also required.

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Liturgy Choir

The choir alternates singing at the 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday Masses, with a weekly rehearsal on Wednesday evenings from 7–8:30. The choir may also sing on holy days.

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St. Anselm Society: Classic Literature Guild

Parishioners interested in reading books that are relevant today, but written years ago by famous or forgotten Catholic/Christian authors, are invited to join the St. Anselm Society. We will read classic literature such as the works of Owen Francis Dudley, G.K. Chesterton, St. Thomas Aquinas, Thomas à Kempis, and others,…

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Coffee & Donuts

Make coffee, put out donuts and water, clean up, and count and record donations collected at Sunday coffee and donuts. Volunteers work before Mass, leave Mass a bit early, and work for 30-45 minutes after Mass.

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Corpus Christi Catholic School

Our parish school welcomes all children, enriches their knowledge, nurtures their faith, and builds their character in a Catholic Christian environment. Education and evangelization are fully integrated. Visit our school’s website to learn more about volunteering, enroll your children, and support this vital part of our parish’s mission!

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Corpus Christi Foundation

The Corpus Christi Foundation has provided funding for tuition assistance, general fund support, and grant awards to both Holland-area parishes and Corpus Christi Catholic School since 2003. These gifts are available because of an annual distribution from the foundation’s endowment funds. We are so grateful to the generous donors who invest in…

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Crafty Ladies

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…

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Cross Bearer

Process in and out with the cross at the Mass of your preference. You will need to arrive 15 minutes before Mass and stay 5 minutes afterward. Training takes 5-10 minutes.

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CRS Rice Bowl

Each Lent, Catholic families across the country unite to put their faith into action through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Through CRS Rice Bowl, families learn about how our sisters and brothers across the globe overcome hardships like hunger and malnutrition, and how through Lenten alms, we have the power to make…

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Doors of Hope (City on a Hill)

Doors of Hope (formerly ATLAS Ministries) is a ministry of City on a Hill in Zeeland. It provides a listening ear, obtainable goal setting, advocacy, accountability, life skills coaching, and healthy relationship building, all at no cost to clients.

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Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

Assist with the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ during Holy Communion at the Mass of your preference. Training takes 20-30 minutes.

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Front Desk Reception

Provide relief coverage for our Administrative Assistant. Duties may include answering phones, greeting and directing guests, opening and closing the office and chapel, collecting and distributing mail, and other clerical tasks depending on skill and interest. The time commitment is based on your availability. Volunteers should be detail-oriented, able to…

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Funeral Luncheons

Assist with funeral luncheons in Fr. Nash Hall. Food providers bring requested food items the day before or the morning of the funeral. Other volunteers set up for the luncheons and serve during them, while others clean up afterward. The time commitment is variable. Luncheons are usually around noon.

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Gift Bearer

Bring the hosts, wine, and offering basket to the priest during the Mass of your preference. Training takes 5-10 minutes.

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Good Samaritan Ministries

The mission of Good Samaritan Ministries is to end poverty and homelessness. They mobilize faith-based and community partners, activate individual and community assets, and meet immediate needs in our community concerning homelessness and the need for housing in Holland.

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Greeter

Approach people and welcome them in the narthex for 20-30 minutes before the Mass of your preference. Training takes 5-10 minutes.

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Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. It builds strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter in Ottawa and Allegan Counties. OLL is building a group of volunteers to work with Habitat.

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Sister Parish in Haiti

Sts. Anne and Joachim Catholic Church is in Labrande, Haiti, a rural area near the city of Gonaives. Our Lady of the Lake’s support is both financial and in kind. For example, OLL helped to build their new chapel when it was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. Every year in…

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Health Ministry Team

Volunteers work with our Parish Nurse to run a thriving health ministry at OLL. Together they organize our annual blood drive, monthly blood pressure screenings after Masses, parish first aid kits, the health ministry bulletin board, and visitations to home/facility-based parishioners.

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High School Core Support

If you enjoy spending time with high school youth and want to support their faith growth, this ministry is for you. Classes are on Sunday evening classes. Your time commitment could be weekly from October through April or as needed, based on your availability. Protecting God’s Children training is required,…

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High School Core Team Member

If you enjoy spending time with high school youth and want to support their faith growth through relational ministry, please consider joining the core team. You will prepare lessons and attend Sunday Life Nights (October through April). Protecting God’s Children training is required, additional training is provided, and support is…

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High School Service, Socials, and Retreats Volunteer

If you enjoy spending time with high school youth and want to support their faith growth, please consider volunteering for high school service events, socials, and retreats. Events happen occasionally throughout the year. Protecting God’s Children training is required, and specific training is provided before each event.

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Holland Rescue Mission

The goal of Holland Rescue Mission is to help everyone who walks through their doors to overcome homelessness for good. OLL does an annual drive for the mission, and we encourage parishioners to donate to the Gateway thrift store. Through the Corners of Your Field program, HRM returns a portion of the value…

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Holy Mother’s Beads

Members makes beaded Rosaries for a variety of causes inside and outside the parish, including missions, prisons, the military, brides and grooms, babies being Baptized, Confirmation candidates, First Communicants, migrants, RCIA candidates and catechumens, special Masses, the OLL Respect Life Guild, and many organizations that use them to evangelize. Holy…

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Hospitality Team

Help with setting up, running, and cleaning up after parish events.

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Instrumentalist

If you play an instrument, contact Audrey Thomas about the possibility of playing at the Mass of your choice. Rehearsals are before Mass.

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Intercessory Prayer Group

This group of parishioners prays weekly for all prayer intentions submitted to the parish.

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Kids’ Food Basket

Kids’ Food Basket is a community solution to childhood hunger. It engages all who care about children reaching their full potential in school and in life. They attack childhood hunger through an innovative, multi-faceted approach.

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Knights of Columbus

The Knights are a brotherhood of Catholic men who serve their parishes and communities throughout the world. Our local St. John Neumann Council 7115 is made up of men from Our Lady of the Lake and St. Francis de Sales Parishes in Holland. The Knights do outstanding work for our…

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LANE Prayer Guild

If you would like to pray for the Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization, One Whirling Adventure, and Greg Smith, please consider joining the LANE Prayer Guild. The LANE Guild Prayer takes only a few minutes to pray. In addition, the guild meets virtually twice a month on a Thursday…

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Lector

Lector 1 processes in with the Book of the Gospel, places it on the altar, and reads the first reading. Lector 2 reads the second reading and the intentions. Training takes 30-45 minutes.

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Library Guild

Assist with cataloging and adding to the parish library collection, as well as promoting awareness of the library.

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Mass Coordinator

Coordinate the other liturgical ministers during Mass. This takes 20 minutes before and during the Mass of your preference. Training takes 20-30 minutes. Protecting God’s Children training is required.

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Men’s Evening Bible Study

Grow in your faith and understanding of the Scriptures with a group of men each week. This group meets on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish library.

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Men’s Golf Guild

Join other men from OLL for Monday mornings at West Ottawa Golf Club. Our group tees off weekly throughout the summer. If you like to golf in an informal setting, this is the group for you!

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Men’s Morning Bible Study

Grow in your faith and understanding of the Scriptures with a group of men each week. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 6-7 a.m. in the parish library.

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Middle School Catechist or Aide

If you enjoy spending time with middle school youth and want to support their faith growth, please consider becoming a middle school catechist or aide. You will prepare lessons and attend Sunday evening sessions. Protecting God’s Children training is required, catechist training is provided, and support is provided throughout the…

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Middle School Service, Socials, and Retreats Volunteer

If you enjoy spending time with middle school youth and want to support their faith growth, please consider volunteering for middle school service events, socials, and retreats. Events happen occasionally throughout the year. Protecting God’s Children training is required, and specific training is provided before each event.

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Money Counter

Do you enjoy working with numbers? Are you detail-oriented? The Money Counter Team counts, reports, and deposits the offertory collected at weekend Masses. The time commitment is Sunday mornings after Mass on a rotating schedule based on each counter’s availability. Helpful skills include ten-key and Excel data entry. A confidentiality…

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Mourning Glories (Spousal Loss Support Group)

This is a group for spousal loss support. It meets the second Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m., typically in the hall.

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Movin’ On Ministry

Movin’ On Ministry is a joint ministry of local Holland churches that helps people with few resources to move into their new homes. They are looking for volunteers to help, usually once a month for 4–6 hours on a Saturday. Lunch is provided. They need help sorting, lifting, carrying, and…

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Positive Options

Positive Options provides professional care to the men and women in our community facing an unplanned pregnancy. It offers compassion and resources to those who seek support at its center. OLL and the Knights of Columbus both support Positive Options.

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Prayer Garden Maintenance

Volunteers can adopt a section of the garden to work on. We also need help with lawn mowing and trimming, spring and fall cleanups, and annual planting. The time commitment is seasonal and flexible.

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Prayer Garden Maintenance Coordinator

Coordinate volunteers, spring and fall cleanups, and garden maintenance and improvements during the growing season. Hours are flexible, but you must commit from spring through fall. Helpful skills include knowledge and love of gardening, organizational skills, and a desire to give back to our parish community.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Our Parish Nurse periodically puts out a call for people to make prayer shawls and lap blankets for home/facility-based parishioners.

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Prime Timers Book Club

We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. in the parish library.

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Prison & Jail Ministry

This is a ministry of the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Volunteers are trained following an orientation session to discern if God is calling them to this ministry. These volunteers then provide prayer services or visitations at the Ottawa County Jail or visit juveniles at the local juvenile detention center. Many of…

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RCIA Sponsor

Support a catechumen or candidate who is preparing to join the Catholic Church. There are once-a-month Sponsor Nights, Masses with rites, and the Easter Vigil or Confirmation Mass. You must be a Confirmed Catholic in good standing with a desire to lead people into the Catholic faith. You will be…

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RCIA Team

This is a ministry of accompaniment as the ministry team listens, helps to find answers to the catechumens’ and candidates’ faith questions, and supports our candidates and catechumens on their faith journeys. You must be a Confirmed Catholic in good standing with a desire to lead people into the Catholic…

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Respect Life Guild

The Respect Life Guild is a group of volunteers who coordinate pro-life activities and education at our parish. Initiatives include 40 Days for Life, Respect Life Month, Mother’s and Father’s Day displays, the Pro-Life Rosary, and more. Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the…

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Resurrection Choir

The OLL Resurrection Choir sings at funeral liturgies and at the annual Mass of Remembrance.

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Rosary

At OLL, parishioners have the opportunity to pray the Rosary together thirty minutes before every Mass in the chapel. Everyone is invited to join in, and latecomers are always welcome. Anyone can lead the Rosary.

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Seasonal Devotions

Advent: OLL parishioners can participate in a devotional program and retreat to help them prepare for the coming of Christ. Christmas Time: Our parish provides devotions for individuals and families during this festive season. Ordinary Time: OLL hosts a Candlemas (Feast of the Presentation of the Lord) blessing and procession,…

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Small Groups

In Holy Communion we are united to Christ and therefore to all the other members of his Body. However, we can’t have a close relationship with every single member of the Church, or even everyone in our parish. That’s where small groups come in. They provide a venue in which…

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Solid Rock Ministries

Solid Rock Ministries is a ministry located in the City On a Hill building in Zeeland. It is a team of volunteers who provide free labor for home repairs. They get referrals from civic groups, social services, churches, park managers, and individuals. They meet with people to assess their needs.…

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Sound Board

Run the sound board once a month from 10 minutes before to the end of the Mass of your preference. Adjust sound to optimal levels for the spoken and sung voices and instruments. There is one training session, then you will work with another sound tech at two Masses before…

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St. Vincent de Paul Center

The St. Vincent de Paul Center is a ministry of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Holland. Food, toiletries, paper products, and gently-used clothing are collected from parishioners at both Holland parishes each week. Some volunteers give their time to sort and transport donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Center located at…

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Translator

Our parish occasionally has need of translators who speak various languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, and Swahili.

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Usher

Welcome people as they enter the sanctuary, assist people with finding seats, wheelchairs, walkers, and more. You will work 15 minutes before, during, and 10-15 minutes after the Mass of your preference. Training takes 30 minutes. Protecting God’s Children training is also required.

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Visitation Ministry

As ministers of care, we hope to participate in living and sharing the Good News of Jesus, especially among the sick, home/facility-based, and bereaved. We remember the words of Jesus: “Do this in remembrance of me.” Be a part of a ministry team that: Sends greeting cards to the sick…

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Welcome Desk

Welcome parishioners and guests to our parish and help them find all the information they need. The time commitment is 30 minutes before and after the Mass of your preference, based on your availability. Helpful skills include people skills, a friendly personality, helpfulness, and minimal tech savvy (e.g. using the…

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Witness to Hope (Cancer Support Group)

This is a support group offering emotional solace and encouragement to people who might otherwise feel they are fighting alone. This includes those who: Have been touched by cancer, including survivors, caregivers, family, and friends. Are currently fighting the disease. Have lost a loved one to cancer. All are welcome…

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Women of the Word (WOW)

WOW is a multi-generational group of women who meet weekly to study the Bible, other books, video lessons, and more. All women who would like to grow in faith are welcome! Join us on our Facebook page: Our Lady of the Lake Women of the Word Bible Study.

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Word Processing and Data Management

Work behind the scenes to keep parish records up-to-date and keep parishioners informed. The time commitment is based on your availability. Helpful skills include a working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and a willingness to learn other database programs. A confidentiality agreement is required.

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