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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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Adaptations to Ministry

May 15, 2020
Msgr. Mak with chalice

For the last two months I’ve been managing the stress of dealing with the pandemic by thinking of it as a temporary break from the normal routine, a break during which I may miss significant features of my life, but most likely can make up for everything in a short while. Once I managed the…

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Script for Sunday Mass in times of Social Distancing [updated 6-19-20]

May 7, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking the time to read these instructions. It is such a challenging time, requiring us to take on a holy discipline so different from what we are accustomed to. Thank you for understanding that these instructions are for the benefit of everyone and require a generosity of spirit that might…

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Reconsecrating the United States to Our Lady

April 30, 2020
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On Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM, Central Daylight Time, Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB will be leading the faithful in the United States in renewing our consecration to Mary, the Mother of God. During this time of the pandemic, we turn to the Blessed Virgin to inspire us, intercede for us, and…

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Act of Spiritual Communion

March 20, 2020

The Church encourages frequent, even daily, Holy Communion but, if at any time we cannot go to Mass in or out of this season of the coronavirus, we can still unite ourselves to the Eucharist through making a spiritual Communion or communion of desire. Fr. Dan Merz, STD, a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson…

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