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Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church

We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people.  To get a Parish registration form that you can print, complete and place in collection basket at Mass (or turn it into the Church office), please click here.


Father Kenny Aquino,

Parish Administrator


Father Frank Cerio,

Parochial Vicar


For more information about our Catholic Faith and the Catholic Church, Click Here

Click Here for Bishop Robert Barron - Duc In Altum 02/07/16

Click Here to learn about The Jubilee Year of Mercy

2016 Offertory Envelopes are available for pickup in the Church Vestibule after all upcoming Masses. Envelopes are set up on tables in number order and a name list in alpha order is there which also shows your church envelope number for easy access.

Our Catholic Appeal 2016—”We Must build our lives on the essentials…”
Pope Francis encourages us to “build our lives on the essentials…” Our parish strives to do just that through our ministries, but we are only the starting point. Being Catholic means being part of the larger family of faith. Because we are all one in Christ, it is only right that we help His work to flourish in our neighboring communities. Our Catholic Appeal mobilizes our entire diocesan family to support ministries that benefit far more people than we could ever reach alone. You can visit to learn more about the life changing impact of your gifts. If you have already received a pledge form in the mail, please complete it and mail it back or bring it to Mass with you next weekend. If you did not receive a mailing or have not had time to respond, please help our parish by making your gift at Mass next weekend or the following weekend. Our parish goal is $121,516. Once we achieve this goal, the majority of the additional funds will be returned to our parish to support our own special needs. Thank you for your generosity!

Retirement Reception for Gina Ramsey: Gina has been a cantor for Our Lady of the Lakes for 29 years and is retiring. You are invited to the reception in the social hall following the
4:00 pm Mass on Saturday 2/13. Come and thank her for the dedication she has given all of us.

Please pray for our sick and our troops.        Visit our Facebook page 

4 PM Vigil Mass on Feb. 6, 2016.  Video is the property of a Diocese of Orlando entity and duplication or retransmission without permission is prohibited.

7 PM Spanish Vigil Mass on Feb. 6, 2016.  Video is the property of a Diocese of Orlando entity and duplication or retransmission without permission is prohibited.

Youth Group (O Lyght):   High School and Middle School meet on Wednesdays in the Social Hall at 6:30 (except when noted).  February 10 Ash Wednesday-no youth meeting and February 17 Altaration. CATgear is still available. Look for Dolly in the hall or office or contact her at T-shirts cost $12 & hoodies cost $30. Thank you for your support.

Steubenville Florida Retreat - The retreat will be at the Rosen Shingle Creek on July 22nd to 24th. Please contact Dolly as soon as possible if you are in interested in attending this year. This retreat is for current 8th graders and all high school students. The cost is $250. Deposit of $79 is due on February 21st. Call the office or email

Do You Have Talent?  Entertainers we need you. Tryouts will be held on the following Sundays: February 28 at 2:00 pm and again March 13 at 2:00 pm. Playing Instruments, singing, acting, bands, comedy. Council of Catholic Women along with the Youth at Our Lady of the Lakes will be Sponsoring a ‘GOT TALENT’ dinner & show. All proceeds go to help sponsor the Steubenville Florida Retreat. For information, contact Laurie at 386-232-4822 or Chris at 386-574-3491. The Dinner Talent Show will be held on Saturday, April 9,

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer. Ash Wednes-day takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too. Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return." Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, "Repent and believe in the Gospel."
Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division from God. Writings from the Second-century Church refer to the wearing of ashes as a sign of penance. Priests administer ashes during Mass and all are invited to accept the ashes as a visible symbol of penance. Even non-Christians and the excommunicated are welcome to receive the ashes. The ashes are made from blessed palm branches, taken from the
previous year's Palm Sunday Mass. It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home. It is generally inappropriate to dine out, to shop, or to go about in public after receiving the ashes. Feasting is highly inappropriate. Small children, the elderly and sick are exempt from this observance. It is not required that a person wear the ashes for the rest of the day, and they may be washed off after Mass. However, many people keep the ashes as a reminder until the evening. Recently, movements have developed that involve pastors distributing ashes to passersby in public places. This isn't considered taboo, but Catholics should know this practice is distinctly Protestant. Catholics should still receive ashes within the context of Mass. In some cases, ashes may be delivered by a priest or a family member to those who are sick or shut-in. (Copied from

SAINT OF THE WEEK St. Josephine Bakhita -  Feast Day: February 8th
Josephine was born in Olgossa in the Darfur region of southern Sudan. She was kidnapped at the age of seven, sold into slavery and given the name Bakhita, which means fortunate or lucky. She was re-sold several times, finally in 1883 to Callisto Legnani, Italian consul in Khartoum, Sudan. Two years later he took Josephine to Italy and gave her to his friend
Augusto Michieli. Augusto sent Bakhita to accompany his daughter to a school in Venice run by the Canossian Sisters. There Josephine felt drawn to the Catholic Church. She was
baptized and confirmed in 1890, taking the name Josephine. When the Michielis returned from Africa and wanted to take her back she refused to go. During the ensuing court case, the Canossian sisters and the patriarch of Venice intervened on Josephine's behalf. The judge concluded that since slavery was illegal in Italy, she had actually been free since 1885.
Josephine entered the Institute of St. Magdalene of Canossa in 1893 and made her profession three years later. In 1902, she was transferred to the city of Schio (northeast of Verona), where she assisted her religious community through cooking, sewing, embroidery and welcoming visitors at the door. She soon became well loved by the children attending the sisters' school and the local citizens. She once said, "Be good, love the Lord, pray for those who do not know Him. What a great grace it is to know God!" She is the patron of the Sudan. St. Josephine Bakhita, pray for us.

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass:  Click Here for program registration form.  A Biblical Walk Through the Mass by Dr. Edward Sri. This five-part program takes participants on an exciting tour of the Liturgy as it explores the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience at Mass and explains their profound significance. See, perhaps for the first time, why we say what we say and do what we do every week at Mass. The words and gestures will be seen in a new light, giving new life to the liturgical experience. It is not too late to join us for A Biblical Walk Through the Mass on Thursday at 7:00 in the hall. The cost is $20. For more information or to register for the study, call Dolly at the office or via email:

Our Lady of the Lakes Choir for Adults & Children - Men and Women are you interested in joining our Adult Choir? Do you have children interested in joining our Children’s Choir?Please contact Jonathan Wright, Music Director, at the church office (386) 574 – 2131, or
email  We would love to have you join us.

Rite of Sending on February 14th during the 10:00 Mass:  We have four inquirers who will have the Rite of Sending and the Rite of Election on February 14th. The Rite of Sending offers us the opportunity to send them forth to our bishop with assurance of the parish’s care and support. In this Rite, those preparing for Baptism are invited to come forward and sign a book, which we call the “Book of the Elect,” as a sign of their desire to be numbered among the chosen of God. The Rite of Election will take place at 3:00 pm at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. They will be called the “elect” after this Rite. The elect are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation on March 26th during the Easter Vigil. Please pray for our catechumens as they continue the initiation process.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION- Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his CREATOR. It exalts the greatness of the LORD who made us and the almighty power of the SAVIOR who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “KING of Glory”, respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” GOD. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign GOD of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.  Catechism of the Catholic Church no.2628 Come Spend Time with Jesus.  Adorers are Needed for the following:
Mon: 5-6pm
Tues: 10-11am, 3-4pm, 4-5pm
Wed: 3-4pm, 4-5pm
Thurs: 9-10 am, 3-4pm, 4-5 pm
Fri: 9-10am, 10-11am, 1-2pm, 3-4pm
If you have any questions please call Church Office ask Stasia or email

Parish News

Little Blessings Preschool: Kicking off open enrollment for 2016/2017.
Call or come by for an information packet about registration. A nurturing social, emotional and academic readiness skills VPK (Free) 4 year old program and 3 year old program. We are now offering extended care to 3 PM Monday-Friday, Lunch Bunch is available. Chiildren must be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st. For more information call Maria del Pilar Hogan, Director 386-574-4620.  "Our Children...Our Treasure...Our Priority" 

St Vincent de Paul Society - Do Not Forget to do good & to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is Pleased. (Heb 13:16). When you give food or drop a coin in the Poor Box you are pleasing God. Come join us at a meeting on the first & third Mondays of the month at 9am in the social Hall. You are Needed and We Welcome you!! If you know someone who needs help, tell them to call our hotline 386-279-6307. Our Pantry is over flowing with Green Beans & Corn. Please do not donate these for a while. Pantry needs—non-refrigerated milk, peanut butter, Cereal, Black & Red Beans cans, toilet paper. School pantry needs—mac-n-chz, snack crackers, pudding cups (all in individual sizes and easy open containers). Thank you for pleasing God with your generosity and caring kindness for our needy brothers and sisters. When you look at the Face of the Poor you are Looking at the Face of Jesus!!!

Download Our New Parish App!  Our new Our Lady of the Lakes App is now available to download for iPhone and Android smart phones. Stay connected with our parish throughout the week with instant notifications, an easy-to-access event calendar, and the ability to quickly reply to or share messages via Facebook or Twitter. Also enjoy a bunch of additional features like prayers, daily readings, helpful reminders to silence your phone before Mass or Confession, and much more. Help foster a stronger parish life at Our Lady of the Lakes and better engage the New Evangelization. Download our App today at or search your phone’s App store for myparish.

 every Wednesday in the Parish Hall.  Doors open at 10:30am.  Games begin at 1:00pm.  Warm-ups begin at 12:15pm.  Snack bar available.  Non-smoking hall: breaks are taken. Volunteers needed, please contact Bill Weber 386-574-4677.

Faith Formation Classes:   Religious Ed Registration: All children in Kindergarten through 6th grade should be attending our Sunday classes at 11:30; all children in 7th and 8th grades and any in high school who have not received Confirmation should be attending our Monday classes at 5:30 in the social hall. Our faith formation continues in high school by participation in the youth group on Wednesdays at 6:30 (which is free). If you have not registered yet forms are available in the office, and online. If you have any questions you may contact Dolly at the office 386-574-2131 or by email at  Click the following link for Registration Forms: /media/1/PDF%20forms/2015-%202016%20RE%20Registration%20Revised%20Sept_%202015.doc   

Confirmation Classes:  Sacrament Preparation for Confirmation candidates, parents and sponsor (if available) begins on Thursday, February 11th at 6:30 pm in the social hall. This is for the candidates in the Religious Ed program in addition to the Monday evening classes. Classes for adults in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation will begin on Thursday, March 10th at 7:00 pm in the church office. For more information contact Dolly at the office or by email at

RCIA:  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process of formation for unbaptized adults and children over the age of 7. The program adapted for children is available through Religious Ed Sunday classes. The process for adults includes anyone who has not received their First Communion.  Please contact Dolly at the church office or at for more information.

Upper Room-Divine Mercy Covenant Group:  Please click the following link for complete details:  /media/1/PDF%20forms/UPPER%20%20ROOM.docx

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016 and ends on Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Fish Fry on February 12, 2016 (and every Friday during Lent) includes Unlimited Fried Alaskan Pollock, French Fries, Cole Slaw, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffee and Water.  Adults $10 and Children (10 & under) $5. Tickets sold at the door.  (5PM to 8PM)

Schedule for Lent
February 10 Ash Wednesday Mass 8am, 11:30am, 7pm
Every Friday Stations of the Cross 6:15pm after Benediction
March 17 Penance Service Thursday at 7pm
March 24 Holy Thursday Morning Prayer 8am, Confession 9 am to 11am, Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7pm
March 25 Good Friday Morning Prayer 8am, Confession 9am to 11am, Lord’s Passion 3pm
March 26 Holy Saturday, Morning Prayer 8am, Blessing of Food after Mass, Confession 9am to 11am, Easter Vigil 8pm.
March 27 Easter Sunday, 6am, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 12pm Spanish in Social Hall




Monday 8am
Tuesday 8am; 11:30am
Wednesday 8am
Thursday 8am;
      7pm Spanish
Friday 8am; 11:30am 
First Friday each Month 7pm (all invited for food & entertainment in Social Hall following Mass compliments of the Philippine Community)


Saturday 8:30am;               
    4pm (Vigil Mass); 
    7pm Spanish (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 8am; 10am; 12 noon


Thursday 8:30am
First Friday of each Month 7-7:45am
Saturday 2:30-3:45 pm; 6:15-6:45 pm


Monday-Friday 6pm in the Chapel


Every Wednesday 6:30pm in the Church

In need of assistance?

Please contact our Society of
St Vincent de Paul at 386-279-6307

Online Giving APP now available at your APP Store for Smart Phones. Search Online Giving, then install app.  

Are you having difficulties accessing your online giving account or making changes to your donation/payment information? The Our Sunday Visitor Support Team would be happy to assist you with any problems that you are having. Please call them at 800-348-2886 Option 4. You can also email questions, etc. to

Upcoming Events


logoDoo20130501Notary Public Service is available at the Church Office - call Mike 386-801-2938 for appointment.


Church Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 


Interested in Becoming an Usher at Mass?  Click Here

If you wish to take up the gifts at any Mass, please tell the head usher of that Mass, also please notify them one week or more before.

Legion of Mary: meetings each Tuesday from 6:30 PM to 8 PM in the Religious Education Bldg. We pray the Rosary and learn about the weekly works our members perform in the Parish. Come join the Legion of Mary at the service of our Mother Mary. In Spanish.

El Circulo de Oración La Divina Misericordia de Our Lady of the Lakesles invita a orar, cantar, alabar y glorificar al Señor todos los lunes de 7:00 PM a 9:00 PM en el edificio de Educación Religiosa de nuestra parroquia. ¡Los esperamos! The Prayer Group Divine Mercy of Our Lady of the Lakes invites you to pray, sing, praise and glorify the Lord every Monday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Parish Religious Education Building. (in Spanish)

Men’s Group: We are a group of men who meet every Sunday after the 8:00 a.m. & the 10:00 a.m. Masses in the Social Hall. We learn as a group how to be better individuals by the teachings of our Lord. We will provide you with the tools and resources to strengthen your spiritual muscles for the greatest game ever played, to become the man that the Lord intends you to be. Please come and join us!

Dedications in Memory of Loved Ones:  You may now donate flowers or candles in memory of your deceased loved ones. You will also be able to donate larger liturgical objects such as vestments, liturgical books, & other long lasting items. For details contact Fr. Kenny or Fr. Frank.

Vocations Cross: We have traveling vocation crosses for each of our Masses.  If you would like to pray for vocations for a week please see one of the ushers to sign up so that they can put your name down for the mass and week you wish.  Thank you for praying for these vocations.

Craft Workshop: Every Friday at 10:00 am in the Parish Social Hall.  Join CCW in Craft Workshop.  Enjoy the
Fellowship & make memories.

As a parish we will be concentrating this year on doing works of mercy. There will be a large glass vase in the sanctu-ary, into which we will place pieces of paper on which we have written specific works of mercy we have performed. Each paper would be the size of a Post-it note, to be rolled up and put in the vase. The object of the project is to fill this large container with expressions of mercy!

  Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) is designed to promote spiritual growth and community interaction as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Learning how to be a faithful follower of Christ ought to be one of our greatest desires.
Too many distractions tend to distance us from God and His love. The truly Good News is that God is alive and He loves us more deeply than we could ever comprehend. Our retreats are just one way we can pause our busy lives, so that we can get to know God better. We join our Lord in inviting you,
“Come and you will see”- John 1:39
February 20th and 21st, 2016
Contact: Jonathan Emery 407-729-9255
March 5th and 6th, 2016
Contact: Helia Munoz 407-376-8786
Or e-mail us at:
The weekend begins Saturday at 8:00 am and concludes Sunday at 4:00 pm.






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