Welcome. There is More to Life

What is Welcome.?

Welcome is an incredible two-day experience for Catholic men and women of Our Lady of the Lake parish, 18 years and older, that will help you:

  • Discover what’s missing in your life and what to do about it.
  • Find clarity and purpose by reflecting on some of life’s biggest questions:
    Who am I? What am I here for? What matters most?
  • Form meaningful relationships with people at our parish who will journey with you.
  • Get a fresh perspective. Life is demanding and draining. Take a break from the everyday to recharge, experience life with newfound energy, and become a better-version-of-yourself.

Our last Women’s Experience, here in the parish.

Shelter in Grace

October 24-25, 2020

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What happens during Welcome.?

The weekend begins on Saturday morning and concludes Sunday afternoon. Lunch and dinner are provided on Saturday and lunch is provided on Sunday for those attending in person. Due to public safety concerns, there is no overnight requirement or accommodations at this time.  We are offering this weekend both in person and online via the Zoom platform.

Personal witnesses from other women of the parish, small group reflection, prayer, and participation in the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist will help you make sense of life, help you develop lasting friendships with other women in the parish, and fill you with newfound energy and purpose. 

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How do I sign up?

Welcome. is specifically for any Catholic parishioner (full-time or part-time) at Our Lady of the Lake, age 18 or above. Just call Kelly at the parish office 573-365-2241 or contact any of the following team members to fill out a registration form for the October 24-25 Women’s Welcome experience.

Linda Adams     Glenda Hinrichs    Kelly Hamrin

Marilee Poulter   Ann Beecher    Stephanie Koch

Karen Blevins      Melodi Graessle   Kathy Cotter

Terry Wedding   Kathy Blanton   Donna Twomey

More Information

Do you have questions or would like more information? Contact Kelly at the Parish Office 573-365-2241 or Linda Adams 636-485-2191.

Welcome Mass
Welcome - Bestgen Hall for Mass
Hands and Candle

“Let us then make It our aim to work for peace and to strengthen one another. “
ROMANS 14:19

Be bold. Be Catholic!

By Marilee Poulter | November 1, 2020

. The women’s Welcome weekend was a wonderful two-day experience of faith, fun and fellowship for all attending. The Lord was truly present as we all renewed and refreshed in His love. We’d like to thank all who made it possible — Monsignor Mak, the Welcome team, Our Lady of the Lake staff, all who…

He’s got this, ladies!

By Linda Adams | September 20, 2020

God’s got this!  That’s one of the many things I took away from my first women’s retreat (back when it was called Christ Renews His Parish).  I realized, while listening to my fellow parishioners who were leading the retreat, that I was my own worst enemy.  I was the one blocking God out of my…

Recharge and Renew

By Melodi Graessle | September 16, 2020

I would like to invite you to give yourself the time to strengthen your friendship with God and have the opportunity to meet some new friends.  The Christ Renews His Parish experiences gave me the chance to renew my relationship with God and meet other ladies of the parish on a more familiar level than…

A Tap on The Shoulder

By Stephanie Koch | September 10, 2020

Life is a journey of ups and downs and forks in the road.    My weekend at Christ Renews His Parish has truly enriched my life.  I have connected with so many women who are going thru the same journey.    The one thing we have in common is our Catholic faith.   I felt…

A world of storms…

By Marilee Poulter | September 4, 2020

In the storm that surrounds us right now, it’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed. I invite you to join us to rest, breathe, reflect, renew and connect in the shelter of our faith. There is more to life! Wondering how this is possible?? Click on our link below and find out… Shelter in grace

Valley of Castrojerez, Camino de Santiago

Share the journey…

By Kathy Cotter | August 26, 2020

I can honestly say that my experience with the original Christ Renews His Parish women’s weekend was one of the most faith filled journeys I have ever experienced. I feel that I not only became a better Catholic, I was also blessed with so many new faith-filled friends to share the journey with me.  It…