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Baptism, the first and fundamental sacrament and the gate to the other sacraments, is the purifying and sanctifying sacrament of rebirth. It is the means by which its recipients are incorporated into the church in a sacramental bond of unity.

At Our Lady of the Lake, Baptism is scheduled for Sunday afternoons at 1:30pm, and usually takes place at least once a month. A catechesis is given on a weekday evening just prior to the Sunday baptism. At the catechesis, the spiritual and practical aspects of the Sacrament are discussed. This meeting, hosted by a husband and wife team from the parish and led by one of the priests or deacon provides an opportunity for community building and sharing.

For parents who have been blessed with a new baby and want to answer Christ's invitation to this new life, please call the rectory at 973-239-5696 to arrange a date for your child's baptism.


Through penance, the faithful receive pardon through God's mercy for the sins they have committed. At the same time, they are reconciled with the Church community. The confession, or disclosure, of sins frees us and facilitates our reconciliation with others.

Our Lady of the Lake celebrates the sacrament of penance every Saturday at 12:00. Please call the rectory to make a private appointment if needed.

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The Eucharist is the most august sacrament, in which Christ himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit and source of all Christian life and worship; it signifies and effects the unity of the people of God and achieves the building up of the Body of Christ.

As children reach the age of reason, generally around age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the sacrament of Eucharist. The initiation into the Christian community that took place at baptism is further extended by inviting children to enter fully into the heart of Christian faith through participation in the Eucharist.

If you have a child entering 1st grade please contact our Faith Formation office at 973-239-7643 to learn more about registering your child for the program.


By a signing with the gift of the Spirit, confirmation enriches the baptized with the Holy Spirit, binding them more perfectly to the Church, and strengthening them in their witness to Christ by word and deed and in their work to bring to its fullness the Body of Christ. Confirmation is conferred through anointing with chrism and the laying on of hands.

At Our Lady of the Lake, the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated in 9th grade after each candidate has completed our Faith Formation program through 8th grade. Please contact our Faith Formation coordinator, Ursula Konrad, at 973-239-2950 with questions about our Faith Formation program and completion requirements.

After our 8th grade candidates have properly completed our Faith Formation program, they then enter the Youth Ministry program where they will prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation during their 9th grade year. Please contact our Youth Ministry and Confirmation Coordinator, Gina Butler, at 973-239-9312 with questions about Confirmation preparation and our Youth Ministry for high schoolers 9th -12th grade.

Confirmation candidates are asked to attend a special all day Confirmation Retreat for their sacramental preparation held during their 9th grade year. 9th graders are invited to join our weekly Monday night Youth Group meetings to continue to grow in their faith and relationship with God as important members of our church. Our Youth Ministry program offers social, liturgical and charity/service meetings and events throughout the year. Youth Group meetings are open to all 9th-12th graders and are held on Monday nights from 7-9pm in the Danny O'Callaghan Youth Center located in the OLL school auditorium. We also offer a week long summer mission trip.

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The Church has a rich tradition in its teaching on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring.

To schedule a wedding for registered parishioners, please call the rectory office or speak to one of the priests. Arrangements must be made at least ONE YEAR in advance of the wedding date.

Holy Orders

Holy Orders is the sacrament by which bishops, priests and deacons are ordained and receive the power and grace to perform their sacred duties. The sacred rite by which orders are conferred is called ordination. The apostles were ordained by Jesus at the Last Supper so that others could share in his priesthood.

Anointing of the Sick

Through the sacrament of anointing, Christ strengthens the faithful who are afflicted by illness, providing them with the strongest means of support. Jesus showed great concern for the bodily and spiritual welfare of the sick and commanded his followers to do the same. The celebration of this sacrament is an opportunity for the deepening of the faith of the community who are able to witness the faith and devotion of those being anointed.

Please notify the rectory office if someone is ill at home or in the hospital and want a priest to visit. Due to privacy laws hospitals are not allowed to contact parishes if their parishioners are in the hospital. Please contact the hospital chaplain if an emergency.
Our Lady of the Lake, 22 Lakeside Ave., Verona, NJ 07044

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