One way that we extend the Kingdom of God in this world is through charitable works. This includes showing compassion to the poor and vulnerable, protecting all human life from conception to natural death, and helping to build a just society. At Our Lady of the Lake, we take this mission seriously out of love for our Lord and our neighbors.
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. Click here to learn more, enroll your children at Corpus Christi, and support this vital part of our parish’s mission!
Corpus Christi Foundation
The Corpus Christi Foundation has provided funding for tuition assistance, general fund support, and grant awards to our 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 our generous donors who invest in the foundation and make these gifts possible!
Our Sister Parish in Haiti
Our sister parish is Sts. Anne and Joachim in Labrande. This relationship did not begin with North Americans going and doing something for someone else; rather, the encounter began with us asking Haitians, “What are you good at?” They were surprised by the question and then responded with pride in their worship and their school. Now we assist with salaries for teachers and in building a new church. Like the rainbow with Noah, the rainbow in Haiti’s sky is a sign of hope. With our God and our Haitian brothers and sisters, we are a part of this hopefulness.
Respect Life Guild
The Respect Life Guild is a group of volunteers who coordinate pro-life activities and education at the parish. If you are interested in receiving our communications, participating in our activities, and/or in helping to plan and implement pro-life events, please contact Cory Lakatos at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-399-1062. Click here to learn more about pro-life activities at OLL.
St. Vincent de Paul Center
This is a ministry of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. Food, toiletries, paper products, and gently-used clothing are collected from parishioners at both Holland parishes each week. Some volunteers give their time on Mondays at OLL to sort and transport donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Center located at 13th Avenue and Maple Street, and some choose to help at the center in person. Some volunteers work every week or once a month. Some are Confirmation students doing service hours. If you want to know more about volunteering at OLL or the center, contact Alyssa Gaerte, Mission Coordinator at OLL, at email@example.com or 616-399-1062 ext. 109.
Prison and 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 the juveniles have no other visitors. Contact Tricia Worrell, Program Director, at 616-475-1255 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. During Advent, OLL parishioners collect eyeglasses and tube socks for prisoners.
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 does an annual drive for Positive Options.
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. This organization is one of OLL’s mission partners.
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. This organization is one of OLL’s mission partners.
Holland Rescue Mission’s 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.
The mission of Good Samaritan Ministries is to end poverty and homelessness. They do this by mobilizing faith-based and community partners, activating individual and community assets, and meeting immediate needs in our community. This organization is one of OLL’s mission partners.
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 a drive for the center during Advent.
Doors of Hope
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. This organization is one of OLL’s mission partners.
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 the world a better place for all.