PUBLIC WORSHIP AT OUR LADY OF THE LAKE CATHOLIC CHURCH
BEGINS SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2020
‘The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.’ Jesus is our good shepherd. He laid down His life for us, the Easter message. Jesus tenderly draws near each of us and knows each one’s name. He takes care of each one as if he/she were the only one (Luke 13: 10 – 17). He is very close to His people: see, call, talk, touch, and heal.
I pray this letter finds you in good health and spirit. For the past several weeks, the Pastoral Council, staff, and myself have been laying the groundwork in preparation for the Bishop’s guidelines on reopening the Churches in the diocese. On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Bishop Steve Raica released the protocol for the reopening of Churches for Public Worship. The Bishop was pastoral and generous in allowing each parish to make the decision when to open. He noted “There is room for each parish to figure out individually how to best implement the protocols contained within this document. As a diocese we can achieve unity without uniformity. The first consideration must be for the health and safety of all people: the lay faithful, religious and clergy. This is especially true for the most vulnerable members of our population, including the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. All parishes must follow the recommendations of the CDC and the state and federal guidelines for health and safety.”
Upon consultation with the staff and pastoral council, it has been decided that Public Worship here at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church will begin on Sunday, May 24, 2020. We understand that due to all the changes and required preparations, there is a need to start back slowly and cautiously to reduce confusion that may result as we implement all the new protocols. In view of this, there will only be one weekend Mass through the end of June.
All SHOULD observe the social distancing 6 feet guideline
1. General Dispensation from the Sunday obligation: All the faithful in the Diocese of Gaylord have been given dispensation from their Sunday obligation to attend Mass through Sunday, September 6, 2020. Those who wish to attend Mass may consider attending daily Mass. Under the dispensation, your Sunday obligation may be fulfilled at any Mass during the week. Attending Mass during the week will benefit those who are sick and those who are vulnerable to the disease.
2.Those who are symptomatic or who have been exposed to the virus within 14 days are not permitted to enter the church. Members of the same household are to remain home as well.
3. Before coming to church, everyone is requested to take their temperature at home. If a person’s temperature is at or above 100.4 (CDC guideline), they and members of their household must remain at home.
4. Social Distancing will be practiced: Those who are at risk because of age (65 and older) or because of an underlying health issue are strongly encouraged to remain at home for the sake of their own health. Those who are not comfortable being in public for any reason at this time are also encouraged to remain home. Please participate by live-streaming Masses on YOUTUBE: OLL (month day i.e. May 24)………or Diocese of Gaylord or EWTN TV.
5. Parishioners are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should be used before and after receiving Communion. Hand sanitizer will be located near the church and gym entrances. We encourage those entering and exiting to perform hand hygiene.
6. The faithful are required to wear a mask throughout the liturgy. (Masks should not be worn by children under the age of two). Face masks are for one’s own protection and to protect other people. Parishioners should provide their own masks.
7. To properly maintain social distancing, our church will not exceed 25% capacity, so not all parishioners will be able to attend Mass on Sunday in the main church because of the reduced capacity. The school gym has been arranged as an overflow area where Mass will be live-streamed.
8. When Parishioners SHOULD Arrive at Mass: To help us seat you, while maintaining appropriate distancing, PLEASE try to arrive 15 minutes (or sooner) before Mass begins.
9. Ushers will need to arrive 20 minutes before Mass in order to be available and ready to seat people as they arrive.
10. Non-household members who attend Mass are to sit at least six feet away from each other. The pews are marked six feet apart. Please follow the directives of the ushers.
11. There will be no hymn books, missals or worship aids in the pews.
12.Entry and exit doors will be designated and monitored. The doors will be propped open in order to prevent people from touching surfaces and handles as much as possible.
13. Ushers will keep count of individuals entering the church and supervise the 6-foot rule between family units. When the seating capacity has been reached, ushers will direct people to the gym where live streaming will take place.
14. Music is to be led by the musician and cantor only. Because the faithful will be wearing masks, singing by the assembly may be challenging and ineffective. Please refrain from singing as much as possible. You may hum if you like. The musician will select only familiar hymns.
15. The Offertory Procession of Gifts is suspended. Parishioners and visitors may drop off offertory contributions in the collection baskets which will be stationed near each Communion line as communicants come to receive the Holy Eucharist.
16. There will be no gathering, greeting, holding of hands during the Our Father, or the exchange of the Sign of Peace.
17. Distribution of the Precious Blood will not be offered. For those who are gluten intolerant, special arrangements are to be made with the pastor in advance.
18. Communion distribution.
1. Paper bulletins will be distributed only after Mass by ushers wearing gloves (and a mask). Bulletins should not be available before Mass for people to take on their own.
2. Ushers will need to assist with people exiting the church to maintain social distancing between family units.
3. No receptions or gatherings are allowed after Mass in the gathering space.
4. The faithful are encouraged to maintain physical distancing everywhere on the church property (including the church hallways, the parking lot, etc.).
5. Restroom use: Due to the location and size of the church restroom, one person is to use (enter) the restroom at a time. Please check the sign on the door to see if the restroom is vacant or not. The floor outside of the restroom will be marked to indicate where people should stand in line while maintaining a 6-foot distance from each other. The same applies to the use of the restroom in the gym.
We, the community of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish, are a people of faith called through Baptism to a life of love, prayer, worship and service. Rooted in the Gospel, we gather as a Eucharistic people to minister to the needs of our parish family, working for peace and justice in our community and the world community, and living as a welcoming people reaching out through education, service and social ministries.
Thank you Gary
May 6, 2020
Dear Parishioners and Families:
Gary Bryzelak, our custodian, will be departing the parish/school staff on June 30th. He has been with us for two years. Gary is retiring so that he can fulfill his dream to travel while his health permits. We are very grateful for the extensive maintenance knowledge and skills that Gary brought to work every day as well as his dedication. He has been very generous in sharing his time, talents, treasure and knowledge with us. Whether it was working at parish and school activities or in making sure preparations were made and coordinated Gary got the job done. His help was instrumental in the success of such events as the Star Gazer Gala, Vegas Night, Rummage Sale, Parish Christmas Party, Parish Picnic, and Catholic Schools Week just to name a few. These events were no small feat nor was his daily work; often gone unsung. We will miss Gary once he departs and wish him God’s abundant blessings and protection.
We have posted the Maintenance Position on the parish and school websites and Facebook pages. The application form is available on the Diocese of Gaylord website: dioceseofgaylord.org (Our Diocese/Job Openings). The posting will also appear in our local newspaper. When you see Gary, be sure to thank him for his gracious work and dedication.
Reverend Peter Eke, JCD
In this time of uncertainty, we are asked to support our faith community.
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you. Deuteronomy 16:17
During the Coronavirus epidemic, here are a few examples of how to continue to support Our Lady of the Lake.
*Online giving is available through myparish app.
*Online giving is also available through ollrcs.org. (online Giving tab above)
*You can also mail your offertory to
Our Lady of the Lake
PO BOX 800
Prudenville, MI 48651
Thank you for your generosity and prayers.
Let's continue to uphold one other in our prayers.
May Our Lady of the Lake protect us, Amen.
The intentions will be applied on the days requested at a private Mass celebrated by Father Peter.
Those who would like a Mass booked for their intentions can do so by mailing it with the offering to the parish office. Thank you.
April 1- Diane Rustad; Requested by teachers and staff of OLL
April 4- Fr. Joe Iannuzzi (not deceased); Requested by Sally Schaar
Aril 5- For the People
April 8- Fr. Joseph Reitz; Requested by Donald and Virginia Sherlock
April 11- Mary Ames; Requested by Pat Ames
April 12- For the People
April 14- Peter Zolin Sr.; Requested by Valascho Family
April 15- Genevieve Hnatt; Requested by Donald and Virgina Sherlock
April 18- Geraldine Moore; Requested by Bob Mueller
April 19- For the People
April 21- Merrill Manton; Requested by Martha Norris
April 22- Lari Cereska; Requested by Martha Norris
April 25- For the People
April 26- For Living and Deceased Member of OLL Council of Catholic Women; Requested by CCW
May 2- Walter Bieniak; Requested by the family
May 5- Mark Caswell; Requested by Steve and Kim Spurgeon
May 6- Diane Rustad; Requested by teachers and staff of OLL
May 9- For the People
May 10- Richard and Theresa Gronczewski; Requested by Carol Respondak
May 13- Diane Rustad; Requested by teachers and staff of OLL
May 16- Rose Klosowski; Requested by the family
May 17- For the People
May 23- Fr. Joseph Reitz and Genevieve Hnatt; Requested by Donald and Virgina Sherlock
May 24- For the People
May 28- Theresa Gronczewski; Requested by Carol Respondek
May 29- Mary Ames; Requested by Pat Ames
May 30- For the People
May 31- Knights of Columbus Member and Deceased; Requested by Prudenville K of C