Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal This Weekend

Our second collection this weekend is for the Retirement Fund for Religious Appeal.  Donations collected help provide medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. To see a letter from the Archbishop regarding this collection Click Here.

World Mission Sunday

Sunday, October 22nd is World Mission Sunday.  The theme for this year is “Mission at the heart of Christian Faith.” Our Lady of the Lake will have a second collection that weekend to support the missionary work of the Catholic Church.

Click Here for a letter from the Archbishop regarding World Mission Day.

Vacation Bible School Registration

Our Lady of the Lake will be hosting Saints Training Camp Vacation Bible School June 5th-9th from 9am to Noon. Registration is open until May 1st. To register either a student or volunteer, please download the form linked below, print it out, and bring it to the church office.

VBS Registration Forms

Adoration Chapel Stained Glass

Our Lady of the Lake is accepting donations for a new stained glass façade for the Adoration Chapel (artist rendering shown here). These tax-deductible donations may be made in honor of (living) or in memory of (deceased) loved ones. Donations of $1000 or more will be recognized on a plaque in the Adoration Chapel. The estimated cost of this project is $75,000 plus tax. Please fill in the form below and return it to the Parish Life Center with checks payable to “Our Lady of the Lake Church” with “Stained Glass Donation” in the memo line.

To contribute to the new stained glass façade for the Adoration Chapel, please fill out and return this form.

Adoration Chapel Donation Form

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