So the OLL Car parade got split into three different days - two in August and one in September. As Melissa Gali-Bird, OLL Music Director and initiator of the parade said, "it is a wonderful way to show parishioners that we love them and are thinking of them!"
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The first day of school at Our Lady of the Lake is August 28 – and this year is different because school will begin virtually. Still, we can't wait to meet new friends, and see our old friends again. It will be a different kind of classroom as it will be remote, but we are eager to see everyone's smiling faces again!
Voting – A Nonviolent Response to Racism
You may have seen a group of cars rolling through the Euclid neighborhoods in Our Lady of the Lake car parade on Sunday, August 2nd at 1pm. The car parade was planned in an effort for parish staff to reach out to those who are home bound and show support for the parish community.
Do you need gently used baby clothes and items for your children?
Finding the New “Normal” For the School Year whether In person or Online
VBS is Going Virtual with an original program designed by OLL staff.
Designed as a virtual camping adventure that focuses on faith, Camping With Christ offers children and their families the chance to delve into Bible stories that focus on Jesus' love for all of us!
Our Lady of the Lake’s Nonviolence Ministry proudly participated in the Rally for Change on June 11th. The group fully supports the efforts of Faith in the City to stop racism and stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
A friend of Fr. Joe's, Fr. Bill Jerse is the Pastor at St Jerome Parish. Since Fr. Bill has been experiencing some health issues, effective June 16, Fr Joe has been asked to step in as Administrator Pro Tem to keep St. Jeromes vibrant while Fr. Bill regains his health. Fr. Joe has met with the wonderful parish staff at St. Jeromes and is busy getting to know the parishioners there.
OLL School Principal, Jenny Millett welcomes new students to enroll in PreK through Grade 8; Grade 7 is already full.
One morning of the week at 9am, OLL staff members provide a morning Liturgy of the Word for those who wish to join them on Zoom.
Like other schools all over the country, and world for that matter, graduation will be different during this age of social distancing, but that doesnt mean that it won't be meaningful.
Like other Catholic churches in the area, Our Lady of the Lake Parish is carefully following all of the social distancing directives outlined by the Diocese of Cleveland to protect all who worship. OLL Parish cautiously reopened on Monday, May 25 for daily Mass Monday through Thursday at 9am. This daily Mass schedule remains the same. However, beginning the weekend of May 30/31, the parish celebrated Pentecost with a change in Sunday Mass times. The Saturday Mass remains at 4pm and the new Sunday Mass times - going from three to two Masses- are 8:30am and 11:00 am.
Do You Need A Micro Loan? Our Lady of the Lake Parish Microloan Program Helps Small Businesses in the Community!
Our Lady of the Lake Parish Microloan program provides recipients with small loans of up to $2,000 that are repaid in monthly installments over a one-year period. Recipients also work and meet with a cohort of parishioners and other loan recipients who mentor and support them over the period of their loan. The result can be a perfect union for both the recipient and the community as we are all better off supporting small community businesses.
Like some other churches in the area, Our Lady of the Lake handed out palms on Palm Sunday, April 5th. Four staff members facilitated the palms pick up maintaining car distancing and placing palms in the trunk or back seat. The staff had masks and gloves as well. More than 220 cars came through in a show of support with a nod to the tradition of having palms in the house despite the solitary circumstances.
There is much afoot behind the scenes at Our Lady of the Lake Parish! Despite being closed to the public to adhere to the Ohio Bishops and Governor, the staff has been working to keep parishioners in the loop. Besides meeting virtually as a staff, the bulletin is online and emailed to parishioners. On the OLL website olleuclid.org are weekly videos from Fr. Joe (At the Table of the Word with Fr. Joe), and a video from the faculty of the school to the students (We Miss You!).
Our Lady of the Lake School is striving to stay connected with our students and families. We cannot put into words how much we miss seeing all of the Falcon faces roaming the hallways. Mrs. Millett had the idea to have teachers send "miss you" notes and she compiled them into a “Miss You” video. The feedback has been nothing but positive from both the teachers and families. We miss our Falcon family!
The videos that began out of necessity are continuing by request. Fr. Joe has produced eight videos to date beginning during Lent, including the Triduum of Holy Week and each week on Saturday at 4pm since then. The videos have received wonderful positive feedback, enough to have Fr. Joe contemplating a continuation of the format orsome variation thereof when and after we get back to weekly Masses. All the At the Table of the Word videos are available on demand after the initial 4pm Saturday release date.
Our Lady of the Lake School Registration
These resources are intended to support and nourish you and your family during these challenging times. Please go to olleuclid.org and look for links to the videos and bulletin.
Our Lady of the Lake School has an engaged administrative team: Principal, Jenny Millett, and Assistant Principal, Lauren Zbiegien. These two are known for putting their heads together to think outside of the box and at this unusual time - they did just that.
With Fr. Joe at the Table of the Word
You can make a difference to support the OLL School Walkathon that was originally scheduled for Wed. May 6th. As the students are now at home, online donations are still a valid way to cheer the students and faculty on as their aim is to raise money for the school! The monies raised are help to purchase much needed items for the school. To Donate to your favorite student or to the school in general, go to the website olleuclid.weshare.org. Every dollar makes a difference!
All are welcome to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish. Come and see!
Each year at Our Lady of the Lake, Life on the Lake has a slient auction for a very distinguised prize: Principal for the Day!
Most new small businesses take a leap of faith and some much needed resources to make a go of a great idea. But many lack the necessary resources. Our Lady of the Lake Parish's Microloan Program may be able to help!
We are now accepting registrations for Pre-K through 8th grade!
Learn. Serve, Lead. Succeed.
All are welcome to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish. Come and see!
Our Lady of the Lake School is known for its strong STEM curriculum with specialized instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at every grade level.
Our Lady of the Lake School set out the ultimate "welcome mat" by puting its student ambassadors at it's doors on Sunday, January 26th. Visitors had the chance to sample OLL School's high-quality curriculum as they took guided tours of the school with the student ambassadors and visited the classrooms to view student work and meet the teachers. The compassionate, faith filled environment was also on display in the kinds of projects the students engaged in, and the focus on kindness and inclusion incorporated into the classrooms by the teachers.
All are welcome to tour OLL School and learn more about Quality Catholic Educatiuon at an Open House held on Sunday, January 16th from 11am to 1pm. Visitors are encouraged to tour the school, sign up for a shadow day, and inquire about scholarships that can help parents get the best education for their child.
This year, at Christmas Masses, parishioners were asked to take a selfie of themselves with their families. Willingly, folks took out their phones and snapped a couple of pictures with their famiies - everyone smiling - and enjoying what is becoming an annual tradition at OLL.
Life on the Lake presents the annual fundraiser Night at the Races on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. Tickets are still available ($55) for a most enjoyable evening of Races and Raffles at the Irish American Club from 5:30 until 11:30pm. All are welcome to enjoy a fabulous evening for a good cause.
Please Join Us!
Our Lady of the Lake will host its annual school open house on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm in OLL School. Our ambassadors will be on hand to give families tours. Come and meet teachers, learn about our curriculum, and speak with current students.