Welcome to Our Lady of the Lake!

Take a few moments to look around the web site... we welcome all visitors and pray your time in the Ozarks is restful. To our parishioners, hopefully you will find many items of interest. Everyone is invited to see what is happening at the parish: this week's bulletin and parish calendar and join in the many activities as time allows.  

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ONLINE Giving… Thank You for using Faith Direct Online Giving. Parishioners who use the service are pleased with how easy it is to set up and manage. If you have not yet signed up for Faith Direct, please consider this option. This is a perfect tool for anyone who shops online! By using Faith Direct you are helping the parish improve our operational efficiency.

Faith Direct will automatically process any offertory or second collection donations of your choosing. You can sign up online at www.faithdirect.net using our church code: MO447, or by mailing a paper enrollment form available in the parish office. Thank You! Father Rick


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The Drummer Boy or
Girl in All of Us
We are living in tough economic times. Hard times bring their share of struggles, but they also have a gift to offer us. It is a mistake to romanticize the suffering of poverty, but it is also unwise to underestimate the penalties of affluence. As Christmas gifts become more extravagant, they bring fewer surprises, reduced creativity and the danger of becoming impersonal. My sister refers to modern Christmas giving as “passing gift cards to the right.” In the process, perhaps we lose some of the presence of presents—the thought and care that should accompany gifts. Surely the poor understand how far we have strayed from the simple gifts of Christmas. Perhaps they have small tube TVs with rabbit ears, but they still see the ads with giant red bows on luxury cars, big screen TVs and $60 video games as stocking stuffers. Christmas bids us to embrace the little drummer boy or girl in each of us. As we see the Christ child lying in a bed of straw, we realize the truth that “we have no gift to bring that’s fit to give our king.” In our poverty, we find the only appropriate gift in offering a part of ourselves: “Shall I play for you?” Celebrate the simple gifts of Christmas. Regardless of what we are able to afford, let us:
  • play for each other, bake for each other,
  • visit each other, work and play with each other,
  • affirm each other,
  • listen to each other and share with each other.

Let us give children gifts that promote imagination, creativity, interaction and laughter. Let us forego extravagance in favor of offering more of ourselves to loved ones and more of our time, talent and treasure to the needy. As we offer our gifts to the Lord and to each other, implicit in our giving is the humble faith admission, “I am a poor boy too.”

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Meditation:  Do you recognize that the Lord Jesus have been given all authority and power to reign over heaven and earth? Jesus was crucified for his claim to be the Messiah King (John 18:37) who would rule not only over his people Israel but ultimately over all the nations as well (Daniel 7:13-14).

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Pope Francis
How To Be a Christian Steward...  A Summary of the U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Stewardship "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10).