Parish Giving

Friday, October 7, 2016.

Saturday, October 8, 2016.

Children's Liturgy
Liturgy of the Word with Children is currently held every Sunday during the school year (except Easter Sunday and Family Mass Sunday). We will next celebrate the Chilren's Liturgy of the Word on 10/09/2016 @ 9:00am.
Family Mass
The Family Mass is typically celebrated on the First Sunday of the month during the school year. The next Family Mass is scheduled for 10/02/2016 @ 9:00am.
St. John's Soup Kitchen
We will be collecting food donations for St. John's after each mass the first full weekend of every month. The next collection will be 10/01/2016. Needs: NON-PERISHABLES (Tomatoes, tomato sauce, stuffing, coffee, canned soups, pasta) OR a grocery gift card (which offsets the cost they must pay for paper goods and milk).
New Parishioner Registration
The third weekend of every month (next: Oct 15). Members of the Welcome ministry are at the doors of the Church to assist with the simple registration process or answer any questions about the Parish.

On Saturday October 8, evening Mass will be at 5pm

REMINDER: On Saturday October 8, evening Mass will be at 5pm.


Come to the St. Joseph's Chapel, just inside the ramp doors of the Church, this weekend September 24-25 and next weekend, October 1-2, to preview and check out all the amazing prizes that will be raffled off at Oktoberfest. You can purchase tickets at that time and get in on the action early! Winners will be pulled at the Oktoberfest event October 8 at 10pm. WINNERS NEED NOT BE PRESENT. If you are unable to attend Oktoberfest, previewing the Tricky Tray and purchasing tickets is a great way to still support the event and the parish. Thank you in advance for your support.

Save the Date!

Women’s Spirituality

Women’s Spirituality will begin its autumn session with a special evening of prayer and thanksgiving, with Father Oliver, on Wednesday September 28 at 7:30pm in the Chapel in the Pastoral Center. We will reconvene our traditional Wednesday sessions on October 19, (post Oktoberfest!) in our usual gathering space in the Saint Joseph’s Chapel, just inside the ramp door of the Church. Our hour provides an opportunity for women to gather and recognize God’s grace and presence in the ordinary moments of life. Come join us for a wonderful mid-week respite. We welcome your presence!

Family Mass - October 2

We extend an invitation to all families to celebrate with us at our first Family Mass of this school year, Sunday October 2, 2016 at 9:00am. Please do not feel uncomfortable if your child or loved one sings his or her own tune during Mass. We all march to different drummers and it is the combination of various instruments that makes a joyful noise during our celebration. All are welcome!

Please plan to join us in the cafeteria immediately following Mass for some yummy breakfast treats!

Miracle Walk

Families of all ages are invited to the 16th Annual Miracle Walk on Sunday, October 16 at Verona Park, 9:00am. The walk kicks off with lots of family-friendly activities, refreshments and entertainment including a DJ, face painters, balloon artists, characters and more. The scenic park has a stroller-friendly path to allow everyone in the family to get involved and make a difference. Proceeds from the walk benefit the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Neonatology intensive Care Unit, ensuring that the 1100 premature and ill newborns each year receive state of the art care. Register online at or join us on October 16th. Pre-Registration is NOT required. For questions please call Elizabeth Bennett at 973-322-4305 or email

Catholic High School Entrance Exam (COOP)

Attention families of 8th grade students wanting to attend Catholic High School in the fall of 2017. The Catholic High School entrance exam (COOP) will be given on November 11, 2016. Students need to register for this exam starting September 1 by going to, calling 1-888-921-2667, or emailing

In addition, the Catholic High Schools are holding their annual admissions fair called HS EXPO. At HS EXPO, parents and students can see many schools at once, college fair style, from 7-8:30pm on the following dates and places:

Sept. 26 - Archdiocesan Center in Newark

Sept. 28 - Visitation Academy in Paramus

Sept. 29 - Primary Prep/St. Aeden in Jersey City

For directions and more information visit: or call 973-497-4258.

Men’s Cornerstone Retreat - November 4-5, 2016

SAVE THE DATE: November 4-5, 2016

"You are not alone!"

Cornerstone is a 24 hour Men’s retreat that provides an opportunity to strengthen your faith, move closer to Christ and develop a greater connection to the OLL Community.

Finding Peace after Divorce

Notre Dame RC Church, North Caldwell, NJ would like to announce a healing ministry being offered entitled, “The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide”, a program for divorced and/or separated Catholics. For more information about the program, visit

Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30pm, September 14-November 16, 2016.  Pre-registration is mandatory. Suggested donation is $15.00 to cover the cost of course book. Please contact Lauren Egan 973-903-5294 or email

Faithful Citizenship

The following message is from Rev. Timothy Graff, Director, Office of Human Concerns:

As our nation moves toward the national conventions and elections this November for President and other important elected posts, we wish to remind you that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” as our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics.

All materials are available easily and comprehensively at:


Are You Registered?

We have people coming to the rectory office  on a regular basis who need a form of some kind filled out and when we check our records, we find that they are not registered parishioners.  ARE YOUR REGISTERED AS A PARISHIONER OF OUR LADY OF THE LAKE?  If you are not, it becomes more complicated if you need some kind of form to be filled out stating that you are a parishioner of our parish.

Parish policy require registration to participate in Baptism, Marriage and religion classes. The best way for you to know if you are registered is if you receive our parish mailing at Easter and Christmas.

PLEASE save yourselves and parish staff a great deal of time and trouble—sign up at a welcome weekend at the doors of the church or come to the rectory office and complete our simple form.

All are welcome!


St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City - Oct. 2 1-4pm

Call 201-547-6389 for more information.

Mt. St. Dominic Academy, Caldwell - Sept. 25 12pm,

Oct. 26 6:30pm Call 973-226-0660, ext. 1122 for info.

Mother Seton Regional H.S., Clark - Sept. 25 1-3pm

For girls grades 5-8. Call 732-382-1952.

Oratory Prep, Summit - Oct. 2 1-3pm, Oct. 20 6:45-8pm

Call 908-273-5771 for more information.

Mary Help of Christians Academy, North Haledon - Sept. 25 1pm.

Call 973-790-6200 ext 148 for more info.

Saint Vincent Academy, Newark - Oct. 12 6-8pm, Oct. 18 6-8pm, Nov. 6 2-4pm.

Call 973-622-1613 for more info.

Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit - grades 7-12 all girls. Oct. 1 9:30-11:30am, Nov. 5 9:30-11:30am, Dec. 7 4:30-5:30pm.

Call 908-522-8109 for more information.


Our RCIA inquirers and candidates have embarked on a journey to discover a deeper understanding of God as they grow in an intimate relationship with Jesus.  We welcome their presence here at Our Lady of the Lake. As a worshipping community, let us pray for them each week, provide love and support, and share in their joy when they finally become one with us during Easter.

If you or anyone you know is interested in the Catholic faith, please have them contact John Rachel by phone (973-239-2629) leave a message, email ( or leave their name and number at the Fr. Michael Hanly Pastoral Center (239-5696).

20/20 Pro-life Vision Conference

Please come to the 20/20 Vision Conference on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:30AM to 5:00PM at Evangel Church, 1251 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains, NJ.This historic, non-denominational event is designed to incrementally end abortion by collaborating with churches and educating the public about humanity of the babies in the womb. World-class pro-life speakers will be there. Preregistration is required. Please call 973-497-4500 or visit for more information. This initiative has the support of the NJ Catholic Conference of Bishops.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

The Children’s Liturgy of the Word team is looking forward to another fun and faith filled season. It will be held each Sunday at the 9am Mass during the school year unless there is a Family Mass (the first Sunday of each month).

Children’s Liturgy of the Word gathers children to celebrate the Liturgy using simplified readings and homilies to help them understand God’s Word. Children are called to the sanctuary by the presider, after the greeting, and led by the lay presider to the St. Joseph’s Chapel. The music, environment, reading, Gospel and homily of the day are presented in images that are familiar to the children. The children offer prayers and join voices in joyful singing before returning to the church just before the offertory, to continue the celebration of the Eucharist with their families.

All children are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Many Travelers, One Journey

The Archdiocese of Newark has introduced a short video highlighting the significance of the Church’s meaningful funeral rituals to guide our Catholic community. The six minute video, titled “Many Travelers, One Journey,” weaves together the stories of multiple individuals describing how family, friends and the Church community come together to pray and comfort each other, celebrate the faith and life of their loved one, and share in the three principal parts of the Catholic funeral liturgy - the Vigil, Funeral Mass and Committal Service - known as the Order of Christian Funerals.

Produced by Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, the video accompanies a comprehensive planning guide, titled “Continuing the Journey, Preparing a Catholic Funeral,” to assist Catholics during their time of loss or when pre-planning. All the above is available online at

Birth Parents Must Take Action to Preserve Their Privacy

For well over a century, the Catholic Church in NJ has provided adoption services. Throughout all those years, the Church promised to honor the privacy of birth parents and adoptees. That promise of privacy also was assured by law and affirmed by the State Superior Court. Those promises can no longer be kept. On May 27, 2014, a new law took effect that will allow adoptees and certain relatives to request and obtain the names of their biological parents beginning January 1, 2017.

Any birth parents who wish to preserve their privacy must submit a Redaction Request Form to NJ Dept. of Health no later than December 31, 2016. By filing this form, birth parents will be able to keep their names off any documents provided by the State to adoptees or anyone else. The form can be downloaded at

If you know a person who placed a child in adoption, please tell them that if they do not file a Redaction Request Form, their name and other information could be given to the adoptee. Anyone needing assistance can call a HELPLINE at 609-989-4809.

To All Dads of Children with Special Needs

Come join other Dads who understand the joys and struggles you live with as the father of sons and daughters with special needs. Typically 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:30-9pm.

The meetings alternate location each month:

  • St. John the Evangelist Parish Life Center, 15 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield, and
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Church, St. Kateri Room (basement), 217 Prospect St, South Orange.

Nov 18, Jan 17, Mar 16, May 18

All Dads of children with special needs welcome. Refreshments are provided.

Any questions contact Deacon Jim Detura 201-747-0713 or Anne Masters 973-639-6536

Inclusive Family Masses

These Masses are adapted for individuals with special needs (developmental, intellectual and/or other disabilities) and their families and friends. They are particularly welcome to attend these Masses and celebrate the Eucharist with other members of the surrounding communities.

St. John the Evangelist: 29 N Washington Ave, Bergenfield. Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 3, May 1, Jun 5, at 1:30pm. Contact Rosemarie Flood 201-384-3601

San Agustin: 3900 New York Ave., Union City. In Spanish. Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11, at 5pm.

Church of the Nativity: 315 Prospect St, Midland Park. Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 24 (5:30pm), Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8, at 9am.

Our Lady of the Lake: 32 Lakeside Ave, Verona. Nov 1, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 6, Apr 10, May 1, at 9am

St. Therese of Lisieux: 120 Monroe Ave, Cresskill. Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, at 1:30pm. Archdiocese of Newark Pastoral Ministry with Persons with Disabilities 973-639-6536 or 

LIFENET Mass Project

LifeNet is working together with pro-life groups throughout NJ and surrounding areas to achieve equal rights for babies in the womb. To that end, we all know all our efforts to save unborn children from abortion must be strengthened by prayer.

A goal was set by LifeNet to have 2,400 Masses offered for the “Protection of unborn babies and their mothers” by December 31, 2016. This is a very doable and powerful project. To accomplish this project, one can simply visit our church office, or call us at 973-239-5696, and request Masses be offered for the “Protection of unborn babies and their mothers.”

The traditional Mass offering to the church is $10 per Mass. It is optimal the Masses  be offered on Sundays to be heard by the most parishioners, however, any Mass is wonderful!!  Please consider making a mass offering for these babies and their mothers.

JOIN ...The Knights of Columbus

In Service to One. In Service to All.

Did you ever think about joining a group of Catholic men who share your values and beliefs?

Then take a look at the Knights of Columbus.

We welcome new members ready to roll up their sleeves and work to make Our Lady of the Lake and our surrounding communities better places to live, work and share our faith-filled values. We work, pray and socialize together! 

Join us…

For information, please contact Gary Wilczewski, Grand Knight, at 973-432-0923 or Chuck Collins at 973-809-5580.

Gift Cards

Cards are so handy to use once you get in the habit and  you will l be helping OLL too. Cards are available in $50 and $100 denominations for Shop Rite, Foodtown and Kings.  They can be purchased after all weekend masses at the Ramp door entrance or during the week at the rectory office.

My Catholic Faith? There’s an APP for that!

Did you ever wonder:

  • How can I find out more about my Catholic faith?
  • How do I pray the Rosary?
  • How can I grow in my faith?
  • Where I can meet like-minded Catholics?
  • What is a disciple of Jesus Christ—am I one?
  • What is the Pope saying today? 

Check out the free new mobile app Newark Evangelization at your App Store. This free app found on the App Store at “Newark Evangelization” will be the resource in the palm of your hand which will allow you to answer these questions and many more.  It will be a fountain of information and inspiration for anyone interested in the Catholic faith.  The site also offers helpful information to inquiring non-Catholics or inactive Catholics.

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.

Anointing of the Sick

Because of privacy laws, we are no longer advised by the hospital when our parishioners have been admitted.

If you or a loved one would like to be visited by a priest while in the hospital, please contact the rectory.

In addition, if before leaving for the hospital, you would like to be anointed or receive a blessing, please contact the rectory at 973-239-5696 and arrange for a time to stop in and receive an anointing from one of the priest.

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.

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7:30 am
9:00 am
10:30 am
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Weekday Mass
Monday - Friday
7:00 am
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9:00 am
  • Oct 23 @ 1:30pm
  • Nov 20 @ 1:30pm