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Our Lady Of The Lake
The carefree days of summer are winding down and that means one thing at Our Lady of the Lake Parish- it’s time for our Backpack Blessing. All are welcome to attend the 10 AM Mass on Sunday, August 25th and students are reminded to bring their backpacks for the blessing.
Our Lady of the Lake’s Parish Feast Day is September 12th- The Most Holy Name of Mary. Each year, on the feast day, OLL parishioners join in the beautiful tradition of processing through the neighborhood down to the beach where they honor Mary with prayers and a blessing from Fr. Joe at the lake itself.
Start the School Year Off Right!
Thirty VBS children journeyed to Athens for a Holy Land adventure at the OLL Vacation Bible School June 10-14.
Music has a young face these days…Just ask the new group of Friends with God YMM (Youth Music Ministry) how they feel they can make a difference… “We like to make people smile when we sing” said one youngster, who summed it up pretty well.
It was a perfect sunny day, on Sunday, June 23rd, for this year's Parish Picnic. Noon Mass under the shade of the pavilion at the Italian American Club was followed by a delicious picnic, bocce ball and children's games.
Our 9th Annual Walkathon, held May 8th, brought together our students and their families, along with the parish community and neighborhood in a time-honored show of support for OLL School.
Our Children of Light made their First Communion on May 4, 2019. We are proud of these remarkable second graders who represent all that is hopeful in our faith. The children and their families celebrated the day with Fr. Joe, their teachers and catechists.
“Sometimes a worthy cause is worth working towards…” Our Lady of the Lake School students learned this valuable lesson when they saw their efforts lead to a tangible result. One that matters…
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On Sunday, May 19, Fr Joe Fortuna and Laurie Jurecki were invited to attend a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of St Paul A.M.E. Church, a community they had formed close relationships with while Fr Joe was Pastor and Laurie Pastoral Associate of the former Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church. Marking this celebration together was a recognition of the very special and meaningful relationship that was formed between these two church communities, beginning with a shared MLK Day service back in the 1990s, and continuing through numerous shared events in the years following, including parish picnics and retreats, Palm Sunday celebrations and Good Friday prayer services, among others.
Our Lady of the Lake will be out and about in the community on June 1. Come visit us at the E. 200th Street Stroll from 10:00am-2:00pm. From there, we’ll move on down to Walk & Roll E. 185 from 2:00-6:00pm. Come by to say hi, get fun give-aways, face painting, bubbles and more!
First graders in Mrs. Howald’s class at OLL School had an amazing opportunity to get up close and hands-on with the latest technology on their field trip to Microsoft in April. While there, they learned all about the history of the company, played fun trivia games, took a behind the scenes tour of the store to see what the employees do when they are not with customers, learned coding with Minecraft, talked about technology and how important it is in our lives, created digital artwork, and they even got to play on all the awesome devices. It was definitely a field trip to remember!
Our Lady of the Lake has always had a strong commitment to providing cutting edge technology and advanced academic options to students at all grade levels. Now plans are in the works to take that technology edge to new levels, with the introduction of a new, innovative Maker Space in the school and access to educational technology for all students.
Holy Week and Easter are a very special time for our community to gather and celebrate our faith. Traditions like the washing of the feet, the children’s enactment of the Living Stations of the Cross, the uplifting gift of our music ministry, welcoming newly baptized members into our family, and of course our Easter “selfies” – we have so many beautiful Easter memories to treasure and share. To take a look at our Easter photo gallery, with lots more images, visit www.OLLEuclid.org.
Fr Joe Fortuna is widely known as a talented teacher of theology and doctrine. He shared some of his knowledge recently in a well-attended course titled “Finding God Where God Finds Us,” as part of the Cleveland Ecumenical Institute for Religious Studies (CEIRS) spring series. He and seventeen adults from a variety of churches met at the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland in Cleveland Heights to explore the conviction that we meet God not only in traditional and explicitly religious contexts such as Sunday worship, but very often in circumstances and situations that might seem ordinary and not religious. Conversations included such issues as:
The Rite of Election is a very special moment for those seeking to join the Catholic community. This is the day, during their journey of reflection, discernment and formation in the Catholic faith, that all the candidates preparing for baptism gather with those from other parishes to meet the Bishop in a special service called the "Rite of Election" at the cathedral. It was wonderful to share this moment with families joining Our Lady of the Lake parish, and a privilege to be welcoming them to our parish family.
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Our Lady of the Lake School
Ninth Annual Neighborhood Walkathon
It's an annual tradition that Our Lady of the Lake school kids know very well! Come May, the students don Walkathon t-shirts, decorate and post signs and are seen happily taking a walk around the neighborhood to help the PTO raise funds for new items the school needs. This year, the PTO is raising money for new safety items.
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The 8th Grade students at Our Lady of the Lake got the chance to show their science skills in January, when they shared their projects at the school's annual Science Fair. This year's projects were particularly strong, and judges were impressed by the quality of the work, and the amount of time and attention that went into the presentations.
Three years ago, Our Lady of the Lake began the process of creating their innovative Microloan Program, looking for a way to offer more than just a hand out to hard working people in the community who wanted ways to better their lives. Since then, the Microloan Program has supported an array of small local businesses and start-ups, from a thrift store to a cleaning service, and much more.
OLL Welcomes New Members on their RCIA Journey
Music Ministry is an important part of Our Lady of the Lake, and this year this talented group will be sharing their gifts in a special way, with their first-ever recording of Christmas classics. Sparked by Music Minister Melissa Gali-Bird, the CD project has been underway for months, and includes the voices and instruments of a wide range of parishioners, young and old. It has been a wonderful experience for these talented musicians to work on a professional recording, and we look forward to celebrating the season with song when they share their gifts with the community. The CD will be available in time for the Christmas season, and affordably priced to make a perfect gift for the music lovers in your life. To learn more about this CD project, and about Music Ministry at Our Lady of the Lake, visit www.OLLEuclid.org.
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with this creative parish production of the popular Disney hit, Elf Jr. It’s a show the whole family will enjoy. Last year’s OLL Parish Theater production drew record crowds, so you won’t want to miss this one.
Our Lady of the Lake School’s STEM Showcase was a great success. Crowds of visitors, families and students came through to see research and demonstrations on the theme of Vital and Sustainable Communities. Real-world and applied learning helps OLL students become proficient problem-solvers, and integrate their classroom experience with applicable skills in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. At OLL School, students study STEM subjects at every grade level, and incorporate technology in every classroom. Strong STEM programs are one of the ways Our Lady of the Lake School helps to prepare the leaders of tomorrow.
Rita Testa has been the driving force and provided loving guidance to Our Lady of the Lake’s Youth Ministry Program since 2004. Over the years, she’s helped hundreds of young people find new connections with their faith through retreats, service projects, community outreach, welcoming and hospitality – and, of course, good old-fashioned fun. In return, she’s been rewarded with rich relationships that have grown as her students have grown. She’s seen many teens through high school and college, and enjoyed watching them grow into the young adults of Our Lady of the Lake Parish.
Join us for our Backpack Blessing on Sunday, August 19, at 10:00am. Students are invited to bring their school book bags.
Our Lady of the Lake School looks forward to welcoming our students back to school on August 23. Our new leadership team has been working hard all summer planning planning to make the 2018-2019 school year a great one for all our students. To get information about Our Lady of the Lake School and its programs, please call (216) 486-0850.
This September, Our Lady of the Lake is offering JustFaith Ministries' 8-week program, Cultivating Nonviolence, Harvesting Peace. The program is designed for small groups and explores some of the central questions related to nonviolent responses to violence. It invites participants to formulate a personal response, inspired by Christian beliefs, to the reality of violence. The sessions provide historical, biblical and theological perspectives and suggest ways to take faithful action in today's world. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call 216-486-0850.
Students in Mrs. Rossman's class were excited when they opened Scholastic News Magazine and found a piece written by one of their classmates. Caroline Brown was invited to debate the topic, "Should We Get Rid of the Penny?", and her essay was chosen for national publication. We're always proud to see Our Lady of the Lake students acknowledged for their talents -- congratulations to Caroline for showcasing her research and writing skills.
Students at Our Lady of the Lake have been busy with their new Video Ministry, learning to share good things going on in our community with videos they produce themselves. They call the ministry OLLY Vid -- for Our Lady of the Lake Youth Video -- and they have some great stories to share already. To see some of their latest releases, visit the Our Lady of the Lake Parish Facebook page -- and be sure to watch for more great things from these talented young filmmakers!
Our Lady of the Lake School is committed to education that goes beyond the classroom. In keeping with that philosophy, this year, both 7th and 8th grade students at Our Lady of the Lake School had the opportunity to visit Washington, DC, for several action-packed days, learning about our government and culture. Highlights from the trip included visits to the National Air and Space Museum, the The National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Basilica of the National Shrine, Mount Vernon, the Arlington National Cemetery, many of the national monuments, the national Mall and much more. Students came home with newfound knowledge, great memories and a deeper appreciation for our nation's history.
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OUR LADY OF THE LAKE SCHOOL – REGISTRATION 2018-2019
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Our Lady of the Lake has been named Organization of the Year by the Euclid Chamber of Commerce, in its annual business awards. “We are excited to celebrate Our Lady of the Lake Parish as a 2017 Award Winner,” said Chamber Director Sheila Gibbons. “Our Lady of the Lake created a new path for small business owners to grow and prosper in our community and we are proud to partner with them.”
On Sunday, February 18, two children from Our Lady of the Lake School, along with their parents and families, traveled to St. John Cathedral for the “Rite of Election of Catechumens.” This trip followed the “Rite of Sending” at Our Lady of the Lake, where Fr. Joe Fortuna, Pastor, and the entire congregation prayed over and blessed them as they approached this step toward baptism.
Living Stations of the Cross has been a cherished tradition at Our Lady of the Lake for many years. We invite all of our friends and neighbors to join us for this very special experience. All are welcome!