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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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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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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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Marian Marathon of Prayer

April 30, 2021

The month of May calls us to turn our attention to the Blessed Virgin so that we may grow in our appreciation of her service to the Gospel in bringing the Word into the world. May is the time for us to examine our own discipline of prayer and meditation and learn from Mary about…

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A Year to Honor of St. Joseph

December 31, 2020

Pope Francis proclaimed the year between December 8, 2020 and December 8, 2021 to be the Year of Saint Joseph in the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde issued this past Tuesday on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This date marks the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as the Patron of the Catholic…

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Advent Novena for Our Benefactors

December 17, 2020

Prepare the Way of the Lord For many years it has been the custom at Our Lady of the Lake to pray a novena for the benefactors of our parish. We are blessed with so many visitors throughout the year who support us with their contributions and enrich us with their faith. At each of…

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The Sacrament of Reconciliation in Advent

November 25, 2020
Tympanum from the Abbey Church of Sainte-Foy, Conques, France

Last week I did a little woodworking project and it was quite frustrating. I spent about an hour looking for my box of woodworking clamps and just couldn’t find them. Then as I was re-dimensioning some plywood, the battery ran out on my circular saw. Then the other battery ran out that was on the…

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Winter Entrance Protocol Begins November 29

November 20, 2020
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This past week our annual backflow valve inspection took place. These valves are required for facilities connected to a central water supply. This ensures that a low pressure event on the supply side of the system does not draw contaminated water from a local user into the wider system. The physics of water flow is…

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How can I help right now?

July 10, 2020

In all the customer service classes I have had in recent years, the question I was taught to ask is “How may I help you right now?“ Very simple, very direct and I hear similar questions asked in many businesses. The here and the now is what we have control over and every moment is…

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Providing for Worship

June 26, 2020
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One feature of the Eucharist is its deceptive simplicity. In form, matter, and personnel, it seems that the Mass requires little. Liturgists have identified this aspect of the Roman Rite in a positive light as “noble simplicity”. The simple furnishings required:  an altar, a chair, and ambo. The simple proclamation of the word. Very ordinary…

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