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Corpus Christi – Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 8, 2021

The Feast of Corpus Christi, also called Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, was celebrated on Sunday, 6 June 2021.   First, what is a Solemnity in our Catholic Faith?  A Solemnity in the Catholic Faith is the highest liturgical rank of a feast in the ecclesiastical calendar where there are fourteen…

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Blessed Virgin Mary’s Intercession

June 2, 2021

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  May begins with the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on 1 May.  Thus, the Holy Family is united on the calendar.  Now, as you were growing up who did you normally/usually go to when you hurt yourself with a boo boo and needed…

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Needed: Coordinator for Ministers of Hospitality

May 26, 2021
Johannes Vermeer: Christ in the House of Martha and Mary

Ministry and service at Our Lady of the Lake is organized into Key Responsibility Areas. Each of the commissions of the parish designate a person to be the coordinator of these key areas. You might be able to appreciate the leadership provided by these coordinators if you reflect on the many people who are required…

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Happy Birthday to Our Church!

May 24, 2021

Happy Birthday to you!  Happy Birthday to you!  Happy Birthday to our Church, Happy Birthday to you!  And many more!! Most scholars believe that Jesus died between the ages of 33 – 39 but lean towards the earlier date.  Keeping that in mind, the Church is 1,988 years old this year!  Try blowing out all…

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Updating Health and Hygiene Practices

May 14, 2021

Bishop McKnight has issued a new decree governing the liturgical and pastoral activities of the parishes of the Diocese of Jefferson City. The substance of the decree will be effective June 1; however, there are some liturgical practices that can be implemented as soon as advisable. The most significant point is the lifting of the…

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How Do You Start Your Day?

May 11, 2021

Up in the morning before day, I don’t like it no way, eat my breakfast too soon. hungry as heck by noon, here we go all the way, PT every day, one mile no sweat, two miles better yet, three miles getting there, four miles alright, five miles heck yeah, that’s the way we start…

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Preparing for June 1

May 11, 2021
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Bishop McKnight has issued a decree dated May 7 and going into effect June 1 regarding the next phase in our Church’s response to the pandemic. From June 1 on, the dispensation will be lifted from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and other days of precept (Holy Days of Obligation throughout the week such…

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Peace is My Farewell to You

May 9, 2021
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The gospel readings from John during these final weeks of the Easter Season are so powerful.  The beauty and goodness of Christ bidding farewell to his friends is in such stark contrast to the suffering that he would endure in his Passion. These words of goodbye are what I would like all my brothers and sisters…

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Indulgences – The Year of St. Joseph (With a Father’s Heart)

May 5, 2021

So, what is this practice of offering indulgences through prayer and penance and what is needed to receive them? We have all probably heard of indulgences but what exactly are they and how can we, as Catholics, receive them? First, an indulgence is not a quick ticket to heaven, as St. John Paul II once…

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Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti – Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit!

May 2, 2021

On Thursday, 22 April 2021, Our Lady of the Lake was truly Blessed with welcoming 27 young men of women being Confirmed into full completion of their Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.  Their Christian Foundation was Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit as Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, as a successor…

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