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 05/29/2016 @ 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 TBD.
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 06/04/2016. 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: Jun 18). 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.

Fr. Bill Melillo’s 50th Ordination Anniversary

Please join us as we celebrate Father Bill’s 50 years of priestly ministry!

5:30 PM Mass
Saturday May 28, 2016 

Our Lady of the Lake VeronaWine and Cheese Reception to follow in the OLL Auditorium

Please RSVP to Pastoral Center 973-239-5696

Deacon Celebration

Our Lady of the Lake is so blessed to have two faithful parishioners studying for the diaconate. Paul Pak and Ralph Powell are concluding their years of studies and training.

Following a week long retreat at the end of May both men will be ordained Deacons at the Cathedral Basilica on June 4. Please hold Paul and Ralph in your prayers during this final stage.

Both newly ordained Deacons will serve together at a Mass of Celebration on Sunday June 5 at 12noon. A reception will follow in the OLL Auditorium. We extend an invitation to the parish family to celebrate this joyful event!

A Day of Comfort and Hope

A retreat for parents whose children have died will be held on June 4, 2016, at Notre Dame RC Church, 359 Central Ave., No. Caldwell. This full day retreat affords bereaved parents the opportunity to join together in a caring, spiritual setting for prayer, meditation, discussions, presentations, fellowship and Mass. For info please call 973-497-4327.

Memorial Day May 30

Monday May 30 our nation celebrates Memorial Day. Once again Our Lady of the Lake will be marching proudly in Verona’s Parade honoring those who have died for our country. Please put on your red, white, and blue and walk behind the OLL banner. We will gather at Everett Field, across from Fire Company #2, immediately following 9:00am Mass. There will be a service at the Civic Center at the conclusion of the parade. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to those who have served! We look forward to your presence!

Dominican Study Day on God’s Mercy

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - St. Joseph’s Church, West Orange

Sponsored by: The Lay Fraternities of St. Dominic: Caldwell College, Sacred Heart, & Summit Chapters

Mass 11:30am

Luncheon served in Parish Hall after Mass. There will be three 30-minute talks by a Dominican Brother - Q&A will follow. 

Make reservation by calling 973-731-4682 before 5/25


Attention OLL Seniors!!

Your OLL Faith Family Wants To Celebrate You!

Our Graduating Seniors Mass and Reception WILL NOW BE Sunday June 12, 2016 at the 10:30am Mass followed by light refreshments in the auditorium. (No longer this Saturday May 21 at 5:30pm.)

Please RSVP either way (if yes, please include your headcount) by June 3, 2016 to Gina Butler in Youth Ministry office at or 973-239-9312. Thank you.

Sisters of Christian Charity Run 4 a Nun

Run 4 a Nun event will take place on June 4, 2016 at Loantaka Brook Park, Morristown, NJ. The 5K run/walk begins at 9:30am. A light lunch will be provided at the Motherhouse, 350 Bernardsville Road, Mendham, NJ, following the event. For more information about how you can support this event, go to:

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!

Many Travelers, One Journey

The Archdiocese of Newark has introduced a short video highlighting the significance of the Church’s meaningful funeral rituals to guide our Catholic community. The six minute video, titled “Many Travelers, One Journey,” weaves together the stories of multiple individuals describing how family, friends and the Church community come together to pray and comfort each other, celebrate the faith and life of their loved one, and share in the three principal parts of the Catholic funeral liturgy - the Vigil, Funeral Mass and Committal Service - known as the Order of Christian Funerals.

Produced by Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, the video accompanies a comprehensive planning guide, titled “Continuing the Journey, Preparing a Catholic Funeral,” to assist Catholics during their time of loss or when pre-planning. All the above is available online at

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

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 or Anne Masters 973-639-6536

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 

JOIN ...The Knights of Columbus

In Service to One. In Service to All.

Did you ever think about joining a group of Catholic men who share your values and beliefs?

Then take a look at the Knights of Columbus.

We welcome new members ready to roll up their sleeves and work to make Our Lady of the Lake and our surrounding communities better places to live, work and share our faith-filled values. We work, pray and socialize together! 

Join us…

For information, please contact Gary Wilczewski, Grand Knight, at 973-432-0923 or Chuck Collins at 973-809-5580.

LIFENET Mass Project

LifeNet is working together with pro-life groups throughout NJ and surrounding areas to achieve equal rights for babies in the womb. To that end, we all know all our efforts to save unborn children from abortion must be strengthened by prayer.

A goal was set by LifeNet to have 2,400 Masses offered for the “Protection of unborn babies and their mothers” by December 31, 2016. This is a very doable and powerful project. To accomplish this project, one can simply visit our church office, or call us at 973-239-5696, and request Masses be offered for the “Protection of unborn babies and their mothers.”

The traditional Mass offering to the church is $10 per Mass. It is optimal the Masses  be offered on Sundays to be heard by the most parishioners, however, any Mass is wonderful!!  Please consider making a mass offering for these babies and their mothers.

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
5:30 pm
7:30 am
9:00 am
10:30 am
12:00 pm
Weekday Mass
Monday - Friday
7:00 am
12:00 pm
9:00 am
  • Jun 12 @ 1:30pm
  • Jul 24 @ 1:30pm
  • Aug 21 @ 1:30pm
  • Sep 25 @ 1:30pm
  • Oct 23 @ 1:30pm
  • Nov 20 @ 1:30pm