Soup and Stations

Please join our parish family each Friday evening during Lent at 7 pm as we gather in the Church for Stations of the Cross.  Following the Stations, we will share a supper of soup and bread in the cafeteria.  Deacon David will prepare the same soup served that day to our brothers and sisters at St. John’s Soup Kitchen, offering us the experience of sharing a family meal similar to that of the less fortunate in our community.

Each person or family will be asked to donate the amount that you were planning to spend on your Friday night meal, either at home or perhaps for a pizza or dining out.  These donations will be gathered each Friday evening during Lent, and given to St John’s Soup Kitchen during Holy Week. 

Please bring your family to join us Friday February 20 at 7:00pm as we begin our Lenten journey!

Women’s Cornerstone, March 20-21

Women on a Journey!

Growing a bit restless with the winter weather?  Feeling a bit weary always tending to the needs of others with no time for yourself?

Perhaps it’s time to plan some time away and answer the call to Women’s Cornerstone! Come join us! For 26 hours, from 6:30pm Friday until 8:30pm Saturday (March 20-21), you will be pampered, pruned, pleased, and prayed for! 

On Cornerstone, you will spend time in a relaxed atmosphere with other warm and loving women of faith, sharing life’s stories, multiplying joys, dividing sorrows, and uplifting hearts. The relationships forged on Cornerstone are treasured for a lifetime!

There is time for private prayer, as well as, the celebration of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. It is a comfortable atmosphere for you to grow personally in the knowledge and love of God. Come relax, reflect, and reconnect with God. You will return home renewed, refreshed, and rejoicing in the Lord!

Please pray about it! Registration brochures will be available in the upcoming weeks.

Coffee and Conversation!

All are welcome to join us in the Chapel after 10:30am Mass on Sunday March 1st for a few minutes of coffee and conversation!  What a wonderful opportunity to catch up with fellow parishioners!

Annulment Information Evening

An Annulment Information Evening is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:30pm at Our Lady of Sorrow Church, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, NJ.  A staff member of the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Newark will provide basic information about annulments; the requirements for annulments and how to begin the process of petitioning for an annulment.  There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the session.  Pre-registration is not necessary, but for directions, please call the parish at 973-763-5454.

Attention Ladies!

Behold Your Mother….. is the theme of this year’s Archdiocesan Women’s Commission Day of Reflection, to be held Saturday, March 7, 2015, at Seton Hall University in South Orange. This women’s conference is prayerful, spirit-filled and life changing!!

The English sessions will feature keynote speaker, Immaculée Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor. She will share her inspirational story of Faith, Hope and Forgiveness. There will also be a special presentation by LIFENET.

The Spanish sessions will feature keynote speaker Mother Adela Galindo, SCTJM, with a special presentation by Sidelis Rosario, Bonds of Marian Love and Rio Poderoso Band.

The day begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM. The day includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is $25 for adults, $15 for college students (18-22) and $20 for senior citizens (65+). Priests & religious are free.

For registration please visit the Women’s Commission website at; or contact the Day of Reflection registrar at 973-497-4545.

Come, Behold Your Mother, and Be Refreshed! 

Wanted: Used/New Communion Dresses/Suits

The Archdiocese of Newark will be organizing their second annual collection of gently used and new communion outfits. First Communion is usually celebrated when children are between the ages of seven and eight. It marks the first day of which a child is admitted to receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ the sacrament that unites us to Christ throughout our lives. A child’s First Communion is a special day for any family and the Archdiocese of Newark is trying to make sure financial hardship does not stand in the way of it being as special as it can be.

The Office of Development and Stewardship will be collecting gently used, in good condition, Communion dresses/veils, suits and shoes for our inner city parishes and the Religious Sister at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart who know families in need.

All items can be dropped off at the Archdiocesan Center, 171 Clifton Avenue, Newark beginning Monday, Feb. 23 through Friday March 27 between the hours of 8:45am and 4:00pm. Or if you prefer just drop them to the OLL rectory office and we will get them to Newark. The outfits will be distributed in April.

Last year over 300 dresses and 100 suites were donated!!  Please make sure all outfits are free of stains and clean.

Archdiocese of Newark Anniversary Liturgies

Once again the Archdiocese of Newark is preparing for the annual tradition of honoring those couples who will be celebrating five, twenty-five and fifty years of Christian marriage in the year 2015.

These anniversary liturgies will be celebrated by Archbishop John J. Myers in the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark as follows:  For 50 years—April 19th, 2015 at 3:00pm; 25 and 5 years– May 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 pm. 

It is the desire of the Archdiocese that every couple deserving of such recognition be present at the appropriate liturgy as the presence of a large number of couples will give favorable witness to the strength and stability of Christian marriage in today’s society. Call the rectory for more information and an application.

OLL Ministry for St. John’s Soup Kitchen Seeking Volunteers

For an experience both rewarding and enjoyable join our car pool of 5 or 6 people to St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark. We go on the second Tuesday of each month. (When you are available.) We meet at the OLL Lakeside Ave. parking lot at 10:45am and go in one car to the parking lot at St. John’s Church, which is safe.

At the kitchen other volunteers will already have cooked a great meal. Then the new arrivals gather around a long table in an assembly line on each side and fill up the dishes, put on trays which are then taken outside on a conveyor on wheels.

The volunteers then go out onto a platform in a fenced in area and at 12:00pm begin handing out the dishes to the long line of people waiting to be fed, one at a time — for which they express their gratitude saying “God bless you” and “Thank you.” Yes, they all eat outside at all times.

Join us, you’ll love it!  Contact Ida Emma at 973-239-7034 or Nancy Canavan at 973-239-9472 or

Our Lady of the Lake Music Ministry

Welcomes New Members for the New Year!

Have you ever thought about joining the Music Ministry of Our Lady of the Lake Church as a singer or instrumentalist?  Our Adult and Children’s Choirs and Youth Band are now recruiting new members. Please read on to see where you can fit in. 

The Parish Choir

  • Weekly Rehearsals: Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm. 
  • Sunday Liturgies: 10:30am 
  • Holyday and Holiday Liturgies: All Soul’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Palm Sunday, Holy Week Triduum, and Easter Sunday.

Open to all individuals high school age and older. The ability to read music is not a requirement. 

The Praiseful Youth Band  (Grades 6-12)  

  • Weekly rehearsals: Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15pm.
  • Liturgies: 8 masses between October and May including Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday.  

Open to all band students. Students must be able to read music. We are particularly in need of upper woodwind, low brass, and percussion players.                                     

The Joyful Voices Children’s Choir  (Grades 3-8)

  • Weekly rehearsals:  Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00pm.
  • Liturgies:  8 masses between October and May including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Family liturgy at 4pm, Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday. 
  • Other:  Annual Biblical Musical (May Performance)

Open to all students. The ability to read music is not a requirement.

If you are interested in joining any of these musical groups, please contact music director Henry Gehman at 973-513-3192 or see him after any weekend mass.

Hospital Privacy

The current privacy laws regarding patients in the hospital do not allow the hospitals/pastoral care office to contact parishes if their parishioners are in the hospital.  If you or a loved one are going into the hospital and want a priest to visit please call the rectory to make arrangements.

How To Report Abuse

Archdiocese takes very seriously any and all allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the clergy, religious and lay staff of the Archdiocese.  We encourage anyone with knowledge of an act of sexual misconduct to inform us immediately so that we may take appropriate action to protect others and provide support to victims of sexual abuse.

Individuals who wish to report an allegation of sexual misconduct may do so by calling the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection 902-407-3256.

Eucharistic Liturgy
5:30 pm
7:30 am
9:00 am
10:30 am
12:00 pm
Weekday Mass
Monday - Friday
7:00 am
12:00 noon
9:00 am
Saturdays in Lent
  • Apr 12 @ 1:30pm
  • Apr 26 @ 1:30pm
  • May 17 @ 1:30pm
  • Jun 14 @ 1:30pm
  • Jul 19 @ 1:30pm
  • Aug 16 @ 1:30pm
  • Sep 13 @ 1:30pm
  • Oct 18 @ 1:30pm
  • Nov 08 @ 1:30pm
  • Nov 22 @ 1:30pm