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Our Lady Of The Lake
I remember the excitement surrounding the start of a new school year when our five children were in elementary school. We would spend hours at Schoolbelles on Lakeside Avenue choosing jumpers, skirts, pants and shirts. Then there were the all-important school supplies, choosing just the right book bag, pens, pencils, and notebook assortment. This was always a special family time. We would wonder which teacher each child would be assigned and counted down the days to that first day of school. Now, years later, as a principal, I always try to put myself in our parents’ place and remember how exciting, but also stressful this time of year can be! It can be especially challenging if you happen to be starting at a new school. At Our Lady of the Lake School, we try to be as welcoming, supportive and encouraging as we can be. We understand that families are sharing their precious children with us for a good portion of each and every day. That is why we work very hard during the summer months to have everything in place for the start of our year together. What can we look forward to in our 2016-2017 school year? Here are a few thoughts:
The annual parish picnic is a much-loved tradition at Our Lady of the Lake, a chance to celebrate Mass in a different setting, and to visit with friends and family outside church. The volunteers who put this year's event together outdid themselves again, with great food, ice cream, live music, games and prizes for the kids, a balloon clown, dunking game, and even a caricature artist. These are the summer memories children and families look back on, and we so appreciate the chance to make these memories together.
While we’ve been out enjoying summer fun, the hard-working team at Our Lady of the Lake School have been busy working on more ways to make school great for the kids when they come back. Right now they’re planning after-school programs, to make sure both the fun and the learning carry on when the school day ends. Last year, OLL School launched a slew of new after-school offerings, including music lessons, a very popular sewing group, and the Grub Club – fun cooking classes for kids. This year they plan to have even more to offer, including Spanish Club and Chess Club. We can’t wait to see all the good programs they cook up!
Among the many signs of hope that we see every day at Our Lady of the Lake is the partnership we have with the Scouts. Just recently one of the scouts (also one of our parishioners), Connor McSween, initiated a project to paint the entrances to our church hall as part of his requirements to become an Eagle Scout. Connor also participated as a volunteer in our Vacation Bible School. Several other scouts volunteered to serve as an honor guard at the funeral for Senator George Voinovich. All of these partnerships, initiated by the young people in the Scouts themselves, are signs of hope for all of us as we continue to serve our parish and wider community.
NOTE: Please run this under the same heading as the soup food drive article by Cathy Gentile. Thanks!
Each year, third grade students at Our Ladyof the Lake organize a Souper Bowl food drive, to collect canned food for the Euclid Hunger Center. The children learn about compassion, caring and systems of support. The lesson was obviously well learned – this year one student took it a step further – he organized a food drive at his birthday party. Instead of receiving gifts for himself he gave a gift to needy families in our community. We are so proud of how our students live their faith!
Please join us for an all school art show and open house on Thursday May 5 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at Our Lady of the Lake School. Artwork created by all students will be displayed on all floors of the school, and our talented student choir vocalists will be performing on the main floor at 6:45. Students can also visit the art room and create a paper mask.
As educators we are always seeking the best tools to help our students succeed in the classroom in each subject area. Phonics is such a key component to reading that we decided to explore how to enhance instruction here at Our Lady of the Lake School. With the support of Mrs. Kingsbury, and after doing some online research and speaking with reading specialists, we decided to focus on the Wilson Reading Fundations phonics program. This program is truly all encompassing. Fundations provides a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics.
At Our Lady of the Lake School, we value learning by doing. One great way our students experience this is with our annual 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience, and we are very proud of our students. Our first stop on April 20 was at Gettsyburg, where we could see actual marks on the buildings from gunshots and cannonballs. Seeing the battlefield and surrounding area, remembering the thousands who gave their lives, made us feel very grateful for our united country.
Join us for Lenten services
This year's parish mission at Our Lady of the Lake was a big success. We reflected on the Pope's Care for Our Common Home, with presentations, witness talks, conversation and prayer. Thank you to all the many people who joined as witnesses and participants, and helped to make this such a valuable event. We grow stronger in our faith together.
Our Lady of the Lake's next Kindergarten Buddy Day will be March 14. This is a wonderful opportunity for preschoolers to get a real sense of what kindergarten is like, spending a day in the classroom with a kindergarten "buddy" and taking part in lots of fun crafts and activities. Those interested in registering for kindergarten should mark their calendars for our next screening days, as well, which will be May 4 and May 11. This is not a test but a developmental assessment that helps us to identify your child’s areas of strengths and challenges.
For more information, for details on possible scholarships, or to schedule a tour, please call the school office at (216) 481-6824.
Living Stations has become a cherished tradition at Our Lady of the Lake. We invite friends, neighbors and visitors to join us for this lovely presentation. This year, we'll be presenting Living Stations on Friday, March 18, at 8:00pm. For more information, call the rectory at (216) 486-0850.
Based on Pope Francis’ encyclical “Care for Our Common Home”, Our Lady of the Lake’s newly formed Youth Council planned and facilitated ice breakers, witness talks, and small group sharing activities during our 3 day parish mission. Both grade school and high school teens and friends are anxious to bring our ideas to schools, homes, and community.
Council leaders Brian Bopp and Machala Comenschek are excited about this new initiative. “This council is starting small but it is going to be a great force bringing great energy to our parish,” said Bopp. We agree and are looking forward to many great things to come.
Six New Members Preparing to Join Our Lady of the Lake Parish. Five children and one adult are preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist (Communion) on Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016. Upon reception of those three “Sacraments of Initiation” these six persons will become full members of Our Lady of the Lake parish.
Our Lady of the Lake School has a tradition of offering quality Catholic education that has served the community for more than 80 years – but they’re not resting on their laurels. “We’re not only committed to offering a faith-based, caring environment,” says Principal Rita Kingsbury. “We’re also committed to offering the very best education for your child.” That means investing in state-of-the-art technology in everyone classroom – from preschool on up – and ensuring that students have access to a broad array of curriculum and enrichment offerings.
Our Lady of the Lake School is proud and happy to introduce their new Physical Education Instructor, Stephanie Omueti. Stephanie joins the talented teaching team at Our Lady of the Lake this January, and brings with her an exciting approach to physical education that promises fun challenges ahead for students.
Our Lady of the Lake celebrated Breakfast in Bethlehem with students in the Parish School of Religion, hosting a fun feast that celebrated the true meaning behind the Christmas Season.
Find out if quality Catholic education is right for your child!
Our Lady of the Lake School will host an open-house on Sunday, January 31, from 11:00am-1:30pm, at 175 E. 200th Street. Visitors are encouraged to come in and see some of the exciting things happening at OLL School, to learn about possible scholarships and discover resources that can help every parent get the best education for their child. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (216) 481-6824, or email Principal Rita Kingsbury, email@example.com.
Our Lady of the Lake School celebrates its biggest fundraiser of the year with its Races and Raffles night at the Races on February 6. The event features races, raffles, games and prizes, great food and drink and company and a full evening of entertainment. It all takes place at the East Side Irish American Club, and if you'd like to be there, or be sure that your business or organization is featured as a sponsor, you can call to reserve a space, sponsor a race or place a program ad. Call (216) 486-0850 for more information, or visit www.olleuclid.org.
Ash Wednesday is February 10!
Join us for Lenten services
Living Stations March 18
Palm Sunday March 20
Tenebrae March 23
Holy Thursday March 24
Good Friday March 25
Holy Saturday March 26
Easter March 27
Our Lady of the Lake Theater Group is continuing its long and successful record presenting impressive productions to sold-out crowds. Every year they put together an ambitious show with youth from the parish and school, and this year was no exception. This year’s production of the Lion King was wonderful, featuring beautiful sets and costumes, and a cast of nearly 100 students and young parishioners of Our Lady of the Lake. Thanks to the experienced direction of Carrie Walsh-Hilf, this musical story of a lion cub's journey to adulthood brought enthusiastic response from audiences. As always, parents and volunteers came together and gave countless hours of themselves to make every aspect of this show a success. Huge thanks go out to all the wonderful friends, neighbors, families and parishioners who supported this year’s play. We’re already looking forward to next year!
Our Lady of the Lake Parish
In this season of giving and thanks, it is nice to take time to appreciate what a committed and caring community we are in. Our Lady of the Lake parishioners took time out to show appreciation and give back to the community with a Service Day on November 7. Nearly 100 parishioners, friends, families and neighbors went to sites around Euclid and Collinwood to help out those who needed a hand and do their part to make our neighborhood a better place. They visited sites such as Rose-Mary Center, the HELP Foundation, Hospice of the Western Reserve, and the Euclid Hunger Center to clean, carry, sort and serve. Local homeowners got help with yard work thanks to the Boy Scouts, and our friends at the Euclid Adult Activities Center even came and helped out with preparing a lunch back at the church hall. Donuts before and lunch after gave everyone a chance to enjoy some fellowship and share the days' experiences. Everyone agreed that, young and old, we all become better stewards and better neighbors when we practice our faith together by giving back. We look forward to another Service Day event in the spring.
Our Lady of the Lake Parish is excited to present their production of The Lion King November 20, 21, and 22. Directed by Carrie Walsh-Hilf, the play will feature students and parishioners of Our Lady of the Lake in a beautifully staged version of Disney’s classic tale. Admission is just $7.00 for general seating and $10.00 for preferred seating (sold on a first-come, first-served basis for each show).
Our Lady of the Lake School hosted a STEM showcase in October, that was a hit with students, families and visitors. Every classroom in the school featured exhibits, presentations and demonstrations showcasing the work the students have been doing in science, technology, engineering and math, with a focus on clean water. From models of water sheds to desalination, the water treatment process to environmental stewardship, the students dug deep to learn about water as a resource, and the science and technology surrounding it.
Our Lady of the Lake was delighted to welcome Senator Voinovich and his wife in September, when they joined Margaret Lyons, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Cleveland, for a tour of the school. The Senator shared a wealth of wonderful stories, got an up-close look at the students' projects, and gave everyone the chance to ask questions. In the 8th grade class studying geography and history around World War II, he was able to discuss his own role in helping bring the Baltic States into NATO. With kids studying water quality, he shared his work helping to implement clean water policy. And the first grade was thrilled to learn he's shaken hands with every president since Jimmy Carter!
Our Lady of the Lake's popular Youth Masses are now held monthly. Please join us for one of these upcoming Sundays at 10:00am:
As part of Cleveland's Year of Clean Water, Our Lady of the Lake School got a grant to study local water. OLL has STEM programs at all grade levels, and this cool project is a great example. Second graders in Ms Zbiegen's class and Mrs. Ezzo’s class will be doing a whole unit on water filtration and water quality, as a fun way to study the scientific method as it applies to their daily lives. They've learned all about what children in other countries have to do to get clean water. Now they're learning about our own water supply right here. They are visiting Lake Erie, and going online to chart bacteria levels. They're visiting the Waste Water Treatment plant, to learn more about water management systems.They are using CAD software to create their own water filter designs, and then they're going downtown to Cleveland Public Library's TechCentral MakerSpace, where they'll use 3D printers to produce actual models of their designs.
In an effort to follow the example and instruction of Pope Francis, Our Lady of the Lake Parish will be having its first Day of Service on Saturday, November 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will be getting out and helping a variety of non-profit organizations in and around the neighborhood.
Fr. Joe Fortuna of Our Lady of the Lake made the short trip down the road to VASJ on August 25, to celebrate Mass with an enthusiastic group of students and OLL parishioners there. The shared Masses will be held weekly on Tuesdays, as part of a shared wish between parish and school to go forth, build partnerships and engage in the community. VASJ students and alumni, OLL parishioners, as well as neighbors and friends, are all invited to attend. Mass will be held each Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in VASJ's Founders Chapel.
We are excited to be growing our great teaching team at Our Lady of the Lake School. All our educators are looking forward to welcoming the students back to our classrooms. It's going to be a great year!
Our Lady of the Lake School opens its doors to our children on Tuesday, September 1. We are looking forward to an exciting and rewarding year. Our theme for this school year is: “Finding God in all Things.” We want to become more aware and understand that God can be found in every one, in every place and in everything. When we learn to pay more attention to God, we become more thankful and reverent.
Beginning with the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), Catholics were invited to reflect upon their “personal vocation” and consider what God had given to them and what God might be asking from them. While the general use of the word, “vocation” was hardly new to Catholics, the new emphasis that each of us has been given a “personal vocation” by the grace of our baptism provides a broader perspective on “vocation,” beyond the boundaries of Priesthood or Religious Life. Lay people also have a vocation!
It's almost time to head back to school - which means we're busy planning this year's Book Bag Blessing! Join us on August 30, 2015 as we welcome students and families and help them get the school year off to a good start. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Our Lady of the Lake has come to celebrate its Parish Feast Day as a cherished annual tradition. Each year, Mass, a procession and a gathering at the lakefront bring our faith family together in a celebration of community that has become very special for friends and neighbors in the parish. This year the celebration begins with 4:00 Mass on Saturday, September 12, 2015. Afterwards, we invite everyone to join us as we process to the lake, and to stay for a special wine and cheese party. We promise to also have fun treats for the kids, plenty of space to play and lots of good fellowship. All are welcome!
The Parish Feast on September 12 has become a favorite annual tradition at Our Lady of the Lake. The procession, Mass and gathering are a particularly nice way to bring families and neighbors together in sharing our faith community. This year we'll be adding an extra feature with a Joyfully Gifted retreat - a chance to discover and consider the many gifts each of us bring to our community. We hope you can join us!
Every year, Our Lady of the Lake supports the E. 200th Street Stroll by offering a free Stroll Festival for the community. We offer free parking to Stroll visitors, who can catch the trolley from our convenient corner location, and enjoy a visit with lots of fun, free activities while they’re here. “This is part of who we are as a parish,” says Dana Heil, Pastoral Minister responsible for Community Outreach. “We welcome everyone, and support our community. The E. 200th Street Stroll is a great chance to do both, and have a lot of fun doing it!”
Our Lady of the Lake celebrated another great parish picnic on June 21, with outdoor Mass, good food, games, prizes and of course great music. Thanks to a great crew of volunteers, there was something for everyone. They fired up the grills, and laid out a feast of good food and drink. Free ice cream for the kids, a balloon clown and plenty of games and prizes kept little ones busy all afternoon. There was bocce and cornhole, and music from the Joey Tomsick Orchestra to set the mood. And the Italian American Club in Wickliffe provided the perfect setting, with seating for hundreds and lots of room to run and play. It was a great day out with family and friends, and a wonderful way to celebrate our parish community. We’re already looking forward to next year’s picnic: save the date for June 26, 2016!