Parish Giving
Children's Liturgy
Liturgy of the Word with Children is currently held every Sunday during the school year (except Easter Sunday and Family Mass Sunday). We will next celebrate the Chilren's Liturgy of the Word on 02/14/2016 @ 9:00am.
Family Mass
The Family Mass is typically celebrated on the First Sunday of the month during the school year. The next Family Mass is scheduled for 03/06/2016 @ 9:00am.
St. John's Soup Kitchen
We will be collecting food donations for St. John's after each mass the first full weekend of every month. The next collection will be 02/07/2016. Needs: NON-PERISHABLES (Tomatoes, tomato sauce, stuffing, coffee, canned soups, pasta) OR a grocery gift card (which offsets the cost they must pay for paper goods and milk).
New Parishioner Registration
The third weekend of every month (next: Feb 20). Members of the Welcome ministry are at the doors of the Church to assist with the simple registration process or answer any questions about the Parish.

Ash Wednesday

Mass Schedule for Ash Wednesday:

  • 7:00am
  • 8:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 7:30pm

Ash Service Only:

  • 3:30pm

We Are Living Stones

Everyone is Needed!

This Is Volunteer Weekend! We need your time and talent.

We are recruiting volunteers to assist with our effort for the We are Living Stones Capital Campaign. It’s important that everyone in the Our Lady of the Lake family understands how this campaign will strengthen our Catholic community as a whole and also aid our parish’s specific needs.

Over the next few months, we will be reaching out to every single one of our parishioners with information about this important project and we need your help!

We need help with:

  • Receptions,
  • Mailings, and
  • Phone Calls

The more people involved, the easier our task will be! Please realize, no volunteer will be asked to solicit for donations.

This is an opportunity to not only assist with the campaign, but to meet and spend time with your fellow parishioners. Fr. Joe D’Amico is asking each parishioner to consider donating a few hours of his/her time during the next couple of months. If you didn’t turn in a card today, please consider stopping by the parish office this week to drop one off.

Thank you for your support and consideration. Please keep this entire effort in your prayers.

2016 Lenten Regulations

  1. The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection. The other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence. On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted, and two (2) smaller meals, which, if added together, would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to Fast. On a day of Abstinence, no meat may be eaten. Those who have reached the age of 14 are obliged by the law of abstinence.
  2. The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence “substantially”, or as a whole, is a serious obligation.
  3. The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designed as days of penance, but each individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of voluntary self-denial as penance.
  4. The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty) extends from the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 14 to the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, May 22, 2016.

Lenten Spirituality Series

In order to make the Holy Spirit's work a little easier, the parish has put together a Lenten Spirituality Series that will lead us to a greater sense of awareness of God in our lives. The theme of the series is, “THE PARABLES OF MERCY.”

We will take one of the mercy parables, pray over it, discuss it, and reflect on it. Each of our pastoral staff members will do a brief catechesis on the parable followed by some reflections from our parishioners. All of this will be within the context of a solemn evening prayer service and include adoration and benediction of the blessed sacrament.

Here is the schedule:

  • TUESDAY, FEB 16 THE GOOD SAMARITAN (lead by Margaret Gardener)
  • TUESDAY FEB 23 THE MERCIFUL FATHER (lead by Deacon Dave)
  • MONDAY FEB 29 THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN (lead by Fr. Joe)
  • TUESDAY MARCH 8 THE LOST SHEEP/COIN, (lead by Fr. Oliver)

All the services will begin at 7:30PM in Church.

Stations of the Cross

We will continue with the parish tradition of Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent after the noon mass.

Once again, we are delighted to host our Youth Ministry pray the Living Stations on March 25, 6:30pm in Church.

Needed: New or Used Communion Dresses and Suits

The Office of Development and Stewardship will be collecting gently used, in good condition, Communion dresses/veils, suits and shoes, for inner city parishes, the Religious Sisters at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart who knows families in need, and any parishioner in need of one for their child.

All items can be dropped at our Pastoral Center beginning Feb. 22 through March 25, 9am-4pm. We will deliver the outfits to the Archdiocesan Center for distribution in April.

If you are in need of a Communion outfit, please contact Lyn Gully at gullylyn@rcan.org or 973-497-4589.

Catholic Men’s Conference

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Seton Hall University. This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid: Trust in His Mercy!”

Speakers will be Patrick Madrid, best selling author of Why Be Catholic? and radio host of The Patrick Madrid Show on Immaculate Heart Radio Network, and Gus Lloyd, host of Seize the Day radio show on Catholic Channel XM Radio. The day runs from 9am to 1:30pm, with doors opening at 8am. Registration $20. Continental breakfast included.

For registration visit www.rcanmenscommission.org

Are You Registered?

We have people coming to the rectory office  on a regular basis who need a form of some kind filled out and when we check our records, we find that they are not registered parishioners.  ARE YOUR REGISTERED AS A PARISHIONER OF OUR LADY OF THE LAKE?  If you are not, it becomes more complicated if you need some kind of form to be filled out stating that you are a parishioner of our parish.

Parish policy require registration to participate in Baptism, Marriage and religion classes. The best way for you to know if you are registered is if you receive our parish mailing at Easter and Christmas.

PLEASE save yourselves and parish staff a great deal of time and trouble—sign up at a welcome weekend at the doors of the church or come to the rectory office and complete our simple form.

All are welcome!

Birth Parents Must Take Action to Preserve Their Privacy

For well over a century, the Catholic Church in NJ has provided adoption services. Throughout all those years, the Church promised to honor the privacy of birth parents and adoptees. That promise of privacy also was assured by law and affirmed by the State Superior Court. Those promises can no longer be kept. On May 27, 2014, a new law took effect that will allow adoptees and certain relatives to request and obtain the names of their biological parents beginning January 1, 2017.

Any birth parents who wish to preserve their privacy must submit a Redaction Request Form to NJ Dept. of Health no later than December 31, 2016. By filing this form, birth parents will be able to keep their names off any documents provided by the State to adoptees or anyone else. The form can be downloaded at http://nj.gov/health/forsm/reg-36c.pdf

If you know a person who placed a child in adoption, please tell them that if they do not file a Redaction Request Form, their name and other information could be given to the adoptee. Anyone needing assistance can call a HELPLINE at 609-989-4809.

To All Dads of Children with Special Needs

Come join other Dads who understand the joys and struggles you live with as the father of sons and daughters with special needs. Typically 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:30-9pm.

The meetings alternate location each month:

  • St. John the Evangelist Parish Life Center, 15 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield, and
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Church, St. Kateri Room (basement), 217 Prospect St, South Orange.

Nov 18, Jan 17, Mar 16, May 18

All Dads of children with special needs welcome. Refreshments are provided.

Any questions contact Deacon Jim Detura 201-747-0713 jdeturaph@aol.com or Anne Masters 973-639-6536 mastersanrcan@gmail.com

Inclusive Family Masses

These Masses are adapted for individuals with special needs (developmental, intellectual and/or other disabilities) and their families and friends. They are particularly welcome to attend these Masses and celebrate the Eucharist with other members of the surrounding communities.

St. John the Evangelist: 29 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield. Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5, at 1:30pm. Contact Rosemarie Flood 201-384-3601

San Agustin: 3900 New York Ave., Union City. In Spanish. Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11, at 5pm.

Church of the Nativity: 315 Prospect St, Midland Park. Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 24 (5:30pm), Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8, at 9am.

Our Lady of the Lake: 32 Lakeside Ave, Verona. Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 10, May 1, at 9am

St. Therese of Lisieux: 120 Monroe Ave, Cresskill. Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, at 1:30pm. Archdiocese of Newark Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities 973-639-6536 or www.rcan.org/disabilities 

Gift Cards

Cards are so handy to use once you get in the habit and  you will l be helping OLL too. Cards are available in $50 and $100 denominations for Shop Rite, Foodtown and Kings.  They can be purchased after all weekend masses at the Ramp door entrance or during the week at the rectory office.

My Catholic Faith? There’s an APP for that!

Did you ever wonder:

  • How can I find out more about my Catholic faith?
  • How do I pray the Rosary?
  • How can I grow in my faith?
  • Where I can meet like-minded Catholics?
  • What is a disciple of Jesus Christ—am I one?
  • What is the Pope saying today? 

Check out the free new mobile app Newark Evangelization at your App Store. This free app found on the App Store at “Newark Evangelization” will be the resource in the palm of your hand which will allow you to answer these questions and many more.  It will be a fountain of information and inspiration for anyone interested in the Catholic faith.  The site also offers helpful information to inquiring non-Catholics or inactive Catholics.

Our Lady of the Lake Music Ministry

Welcomes New Members for the New Year!

Have you ever thought about joining the Music Ministry of Our Lady of the Lake Church as a singer or instrumentalist?  Our Adult and Children’s Choirs and Youth Band are now recruiting new members. Please read on to see where you can fit in. 

The Parish Choir

  • Weekly Rehearsals: Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm. 
  • Sunday Liturgies: 10:30am 
  • Holyday and Holiday Liturgies: All Soul’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday, Holy Week Triduum, and Easter Sunday.

Open to all individuals high school age and older. The ability to read music is not a requirement. 

The Praiseful Youth Band  (Grades 6-12)  

  • Weekly rehearsals: Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm.
  • Liturgies: 8 masses between October and May including Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday.  

Open to all band students. Students must be able to read music. We are particularly in need of upper woodwind, low brass, and percussion players.                                     

The Joyful Voices Children’s Choir  (Grades 3-8)

  • Weekly rehearsals:  Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00pm.
  • Liturgies:  8 masses between October and May including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Family liturgy at 4pm, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday. 
  • Other:  Annual Biblical Musical (May Performance)

Open to all students. The ability to read music is not a requirement.

If you are interested in joining any of these musical groups, please contact music director Henry Gehman at 973-513-3192 or see him after any weekend mass.

Anointing of the Sick

Because of privacy laws, we are no longer advised by the hospital when our parishioners have been admitted.

If you or a loved one would like to be visited by a priest while in the hospital, please contact the rectory.

In addition, if before leaving for the hospital, you would like to be anointed or receive a blessing, please contact the rectory at 973-239-5696 and arrange for a time to stop in and receive an anointing from one of the priest.

How To Report Abuse

Archdiocese takes very seriously any and all allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy, religious and lay staff of the Archdiocese.  We encourage anyone with knowledge of an act of sexual misconduct to inform us immediately so that we may take appropriate action to protect others and provide support to victims of sexual abuse.

Individuals who wish to report an allegation of sexual misconduct may do so by calling the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection 902-407-3256.

Sunday Mass
Saturday
5:30 pm
Sunday
7:30 am
9:00 am
10:30 am
12:00 pm
Weekday Mass
Monday - Friday
7:00 am
12:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am
Reconciliation
Saturday
12:00-12:30pm
Baptism
    TBD