Morning of Reflection for Married Couples Q&A

Curious to learn more about the upcoming Morning of Reflection for Married Couples? If you haven’t yet registered, learn a bit more from Karen Maricle, one of the leaders of the Marriage Enrichment Ministry here at Our Lady of the Lake.


How did the idea for this event come about?
The parish ministry team, after a successful Supper and Substance, wanted to offer something else with a little more depth. Regnum Christi has offered a February retreat for couples in the past several years and the two groups decided to join forces.

Why is an event like this so important?
In our world today, where traditional marriage is being challenged, we feel it’s important as a church to support and strengthen marriages.  Strengthening marriage strengthens the family which in turn strengthens society.  In St. John Paul II’s words, “As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”


What does the event entail?
The event will begin with Mass.  The remainder of the event will include three dynamic speakers, a meditation given during exposition of the Eucharist and last, but definitely not least, vow renewal. There will also be an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation and time to spend with other Catholic couples.  The morning will end with lunch.


What can couples expect from the event?
This is an opportunity to grow as a couple, to spend some precious time together as a couple and to strengthen the bonds of marriage.  In our busy world today, we’re constantly being pulled in so many directions.  This event will afford the opportunity to nurture a marriage by calling upon the sacramental graces we received when married in the Catholic Church.


Where can couples register for the event?
Couples can register at Marriage Enrichment Ministry Event Registration.  The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 1.  The registration fee is $60 a couple and scholarships are available so that no couple is left out.   If anyone has questions, please email

Louisiana Life March

We will have a bus going to the LA Life March in Baton Rouge.

Departure time is 8am.  Return time is about 3pm.

We will stop at Piccadilly Cafeteria for lunch after the march & rally.

Cost is $15/person (does not include lunch).

If you would like to attend the rally, but do not want to walk the march, the bus can drop you off at the new State Capitol where everyone will join up for the rally)

For more details, or to sign up for the trip, please call the office at(985) 626-5671 for more details.

Book Giveaway December 17th & 18th

In the spirit of the season and evangelization, the Our Lady of the Lake Adult Faith Formation Group will be distributing Matthew Kelly’s “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic” book at Mass on Saturday and Sunday December 17th and 18th.  The book provides a road map on how to become more engaged in your Catholic Faith in the world today as individuals, as a parish and as a denomination.  It outlines how our increased participation and involvement can change the world.

The group is requesting donations to offset the cost  of purchasing one book per family in the parish and is hoping to raise  $3400 to support the purchase.  Please share this request with your ministry group. Anyone can send their donation to Our Lady of the Lake (312 Lafitte Street Mandeville, LA 70448).  Please mark the envelope and check “BOOK GIVE AWAY”. Checks are to be made payable directly to Our Lady of the Lake.  We are hoping to get all donations  in by December 9th.

Let us all prepare to receive Christ Jesus our Lord in our hearts on Christmas Day!

Blood Drive, Sunday November 20th

Our Lady of the Lake will be partnering with Ochsner Blood Bank to host a blood drive on Sunday November, 20th, 2016. The Blood Drive will be held from 8:30am to 12:30pm in the Cafeteria.

A picture ID is required to donate blood.

All donors will receive a free Saints/Blood Bank T-Shirt.

All Ochsner Blood Donors will have a chance to win 2 plaza level tickets to a New Orleans Saints Game.

Donors are encouraged to eat a meal prior to donating.

Individuals taking medication for high blood pressure or cholesterol can done.


Festival of the Lake Thank You Letter

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

Our festival for this year is done. All the tents and games are put away. The music has faded, and the smells of our wonderful festival food are only a memory. Little remnants of confetti eggs, still visible in some flower beds, are wonderful reminders of the smiles and fun and closeness we feel during festival. This is the time when we, as festival co-chairs, breathe a happy sigh and reflect on what was.

Pope Francis has reminded us in the past few years of the great wonder and experience of encountering others. During our festival, we experience the beauty of what encountering others in love is all about. Like standing alongside that booth volunteer who you’ve seen at Mass, but never gotten to know. Or watching a 5 year old smile with excitement when they see their face paint in the mirror. Or seeing someone jump to help an older fest goer open their chairs. Or the offer of a fest goer to get a soft drink for the policemen who help us. Or greeting a vendor at our craft show that may not be Catholic but senses a joyousness that goes beyond our festival. Or watching a group of folks smile broadly as one of our priests scales the rock climbing wall. Or seeing the babies in strollers, with smiling proud parents behind. Or the grandparent whose face lights up as they sweep a happy toddler into their arms who just caught a festival fish. Or the over-sized stuffed animal that is larger than the laughing child who was lucky enough to win it. Or the friendly “what can I get you” from our food and drink booth volunteers.

We all see or experience these things, but don’t always fully realize how important they are until we step back from the noise and smells and good times. We hope you experienced many snapshots of happiness during our festival. We know that all the little things we as a church parish have collectively done with great love in preparation for and at the festival creates a lasting joy in our hearts. And we are reminded, yet again, why we celebrate with a festival every October.

Until next year, for ourselves and on behalf of our extraordinary festival committee, we thank you for the privilege of creating “encounter opportunities” for you through a festival, and having a front row seat at love coming alive through a giving of ourselves.


Mike Levy & Joe Chautin

2016 Festival of the Lake Co-Chairs

Learn More about FORMED!

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Learn more in this new video explaining why FORMED exists and how their catalog can enrich your faith and deepen your love and hope.

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Festival of the Lake 2016 Photo Gallery

Festival of the Lake’s New Attractions!

One of the biggest festivals of the Northshore will take place at Our Lady of the Lake on the weekend of October 14th-16th.

The Festival of the Lake is celebrating its 34th year as a highlight event in the parish.

Featuring national and local entertainment alike, the festival will feature music, games, activities, food, and arts and crafts!


Musical Line-Up

  • Christian Serpas & Ghost Town
  • 4 Unplugged
  • Flashback
  • 90 Degrees West
  • Vieux Carre
  • Paris Ave

For the full schedule, please visit the Festival of the Lake Website.


Games and Activities include

  • Giant Slide
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ringin’ Liters
  • Catchin’ Fish
  • Dipping Ducks
  • Confetti Eggs
  • Frog Fly
  • Spillin’ Milk
  • Crashin’ Cans
  • Hangin’ Hats
  • Train Ride
  • Baseball Mania
  • Touchdown Fever
  • One on One Hoops
  • Golf
  • Paintball
  • Face Painting
  • And More!


Some of the many delicious food offerings available on the festival grounds include

  • Pulled Pork
  • Crawfish Julie Pasta
  • Chargrilled Oysters
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Pasta
  • Pizza
  • Chicken on a Stick
  • Jambalaya
  • Smoked Brisket


In addition to food and games, the festival also features local artisans and a variety of art and goods for sale:

  • Local Arts
  • Woodwork
  • Clothes
  • Jewelry
  • Books
  • Decorative Glassware
  • Furniture
  • Candles
  • Purses
  • Local Food
  • Floral
  • Decorative Crafts

Register for the Bible Timeline Seminar!

Discover the “Big Picture” of the Bible

In The Bible Timeline Seminar you will. . .
• Learn how the key people, places, and events in the Bible fit together to reveal God’s plan for humanity.
• See how the events in the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Testament.
• Gain a greater appreciation for the Scripture readings you hear during Mass
. . . and much more!

On Friday, December 2, 2016, the Northshore Harbor Center will kick off the Bible Timeline Seminar with a FREE Friday Night Talk featuring Jeff Cavins presenting his powerful message, “Living the Life You Don’t Have Time For.” A book signing and reception will follow the presentation.

The following morning will begin with a continental breakfast and the Bible Timeline Seminar from 9:00am-3:00pm, also presented and hosted by Jeff Cavins.


Register now for early bird prices!


FREE Friday Night Talk, December 2, 2016
“Living the Life You Don’t Have Time For”
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Northshore Harbor Center
100 Harbor Center Boulevard, Slidell, LA 70461
Book signing and reception after Friday night talk.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
“The Bible Timeline Seminar”
Doors/Registration: 7:45am
Continental Breakfast (optional): 8:00am
Registration: 8:00am
Seminar: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Northshore Harbor Center
100 Harbor Center Boulevard, Slidell, LA 70461

$50…….Early Registration (by 11/25/16)
$55…….Regular Registration (after 11/25/16)
Price includes Seminar Packet, continental breakfast and lunch


About Jeff Cavins (From Ascension Press):

“Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the most effective and engaging speakers In the Church today. Few can communicate their love for Jesus Christ with as much zeal, clarity, and enthusiasm as Jeff Cavins. In addition to his outstanding presentations related to Catholic Bible study, Jeff is available to speak on a variety of other faith-formation topics.

After twelve years as a Protestant pastor, Jeff returned to the Catholic Church under the guidance of Bishop Paul Dudley. His conversion story, one of the best known and inspiring stories of its kind, is chronicled in the best-selling book, My Life on the Rock.

Over the past several decades, Jeff has dedicated his life to developing The Great Adventure: A Journey through the Bible, a practical, interactive program that helps people read the “big picture” of God’s plan in Sacred Scripture and understand its meaning for their lives. The Great Adventure presents the entire sweep of the Bible in a way that is easy to understand and genuinely fun. Its unique Bible Timeline learning system has revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for hundreds of thousands of Catholics since 1995. Jeff received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Jeff has been a leading figure in Catholic media for over two decades and has appeared as a guest or host on Catholic radio and television hundreds of times.”


PRS Registration for 2016-2017

Students not enrolled in Catholic school may receive their Catholic religious education at Our Lady of the Lake Parish School of Religion.  Classes start at 1st grade and go through 10th grade.  All parents whose children do not attend catholic school, who want their children to be formed in the Catholic faith and receive the Sacraments,  should enroll their children in the Parish School of Religion.

Catholic instruction is required in order to be able to receive the Sacraments of Holy Communion, Reconciliation and Confirmation.  Classes align with the school year in St Tammany Parish and are held on Monday nights from 6:45 – 8:00 pm for 7th-10th grades and Tuesday nights  from 6:00 – 7:15 pm for 1st-6th grades.

Registration is required.  Please contact the church office for dates and cost information.

Students preparing for First Holy Communion must attend both 1st and 2nd Grade classes.  Students preparing for Confirmation are required to attend 9th and 10th Grade classes, although attendance during 8th Grade is strongly encouraged.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is received in the Fall of 11th Grade.

Registration for the Parish School of Religion 2016-2017 school year is ongoing.  You may register your child during regular Parish Life Office Hours from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Registration will also be held on Sunday, August 7th after all morning masses.  If you are registering a child for the first time, please bring a copy of his Baptismal Certificate to registration. 

Please note that classes begin on August 22 for grades 7 – 10 and on August 23 for grades 1 – 6.