Parish Giving Information
Dear St. Mary of the Lake Parish Families,
We pray that you and your family are doing well during these uncertain times. St.Mary of the Lake Parish is doing well despite these difficult times, when we have been forced to make unprecedented adjustments in response to the coronavirus. I wanted to share that we are still strongly committed to nurture and lead the Catholic Community of Lakewood and all its needs.
We kindly ask for your continued generous support in sustaining our Parish. We now offer "Parish Online Giving" through ParishGiving.org. Online giving is a secure and personalized way to give to the church, in which your contribution is debited automatically from your checking, savings or debit card account into the church's bank account.
Options are available for you to set up one-time or recurring gifts for the Sunday collection. Please use the link attached to find more information on Parish Giving. We urge you to donate here.
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We are deeply grateful for your support throughout this crisis. I will continue to hold each of you and your family in my prayers.
Let us all pray for one another and be a beacon of light to the community!
In Jesus and Mary,
Rev. Pedro L. Bou, S.V.D.
Faith in Our Future
Reminder of Timeline and Plan
July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020: The parishes of St. Mary of the Lake's and St. Anthony's ministry leaders and volunteers have been gathering with our new Pastor to prepare for our linked parishes to become one parish family. Many hapy events have already been shared. We look forward to a bright future.
July 1, 2020: The parishes of St. Mary of the Lake and St. Anthony will merge and be given a new name to be determined by our bishop. The newly merged parish will have separate Masses in three languages: English, Polish, and Spanish. It will continue to own and use the worship sites of St. Mary’s, St. Anthony’s, and Holy Family. These sites will retain their current names. The new parish will continue to own Holy Family School and St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery. There are no plans at this time in the parish or diocese to sell off any of these properties.
The new parish will have over 5,000 families. It will have nearly 1,000 children in religious education. And, it will continue to host The Polish School.
New Parish Resource:
Our parish has joined FORMED, an online website that contains Catholic videos, and downloadable audio or e-books. The site contains series on Catholic Theology and Spirituality. Over the course of next few years, we will be utilizing these resources for group formation such as Bible studies, catechist enrichment, prayer groups, and small faith sharing groups.
The resources on FORMED can be used just by individuals, or, used in group settings. Of note is a weekly commentary on the Sunday readings and a series on basic Catholic theology called “Symbolon.”
The FORMED website is available to all registered parishioners and everyone who live within the parish boundaries, which is the boundaries of Lakewood. To access the website, you need to register first. You do that by:
- Go to formed.org on your web browser
- Click the button: ENTER CODE
- Enter our parish code, all caps: YRP6YV
- Enter your name, email, and a password. In the future, the next time you enter the FORMED site, all you will need is to enter your email address and password. On most web browsers, they have a feature that will automatically enter your info when you log on, if you care to use it to make logging on easier in the future. Since this is not a high target web site for hackers (we doubt anyone would want to steal your FORMED access), we suggest you keep your password simple and different from your high-value websites, such as your online banking. The site does require that the password contain at least one number and one special character (such as: ! $ #). Write your password down and keep it in a handy place.
Once you’re in, explore the site’s resources!