Serve Others

There are many ways to LOVE OTHERS at Our Lady of the Lake. By serving those in our community, we LOVE OTHERS where they are at by addressing their daily needs. Click on one of the links below to explore the many Community Outreach opportunities.

Mercy Teams

"Help one another. That is what Jesus teaches us. That is what I do. And I do it with my heart." - Pope Francis

Mercy Teams of Our Lady of the Lake

Parishioners, their families, and friends, reaching out in Service to Others.


Learn more about simple ways to share your love, and serve others through outreach. Click on any volunteer link to learn details.


Contact Mercy Teams Coordinator, Michael Backus, at or 503-708-9503, for more information or to share your ideas fof Mercy Teams outreach. 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Sack Lunch Meals of Mercy 

“Receive Mercy, Be Merciful”

  • Collect, Organize, or Deliver Sack Lunches at the Parish
  • Drop Off Prepared Sack Lunch: How many can you donate?

  • Give Financially to Mercy Teams for Sack Lunches (lunches are about $2 each) 

    • Drop off financial donation Sunday mornings during Sack Lunch drop-off (8:00 to 11:00 AM) 

    • Mail donation to: Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church - 650 A Ave, Lake Oswego, OR 9703

    • Give Online here via Parish Pay online giving. Select "Outreach Fund" and put "Mercy Teams Sack Lunch" in comment.

Street Ministry to the Unsheltered

The Father's Heart Street Ministry to the Unsheltered - 4th Saturday of Every Month

St Andrew Nativity School Grounds Clean-Up

Help this tuition-free Catholic middle school prepare for their luncheon on June 5 - Volunteer Here

The Grotto Service Work Project

Help with gardening, cleaning, and other duties on June 12 - Volunteer Here

Other Mercy Team Projects

  • St. Francis Dining Hall Meal Service Volunteer - Serve When You Can - Volunteer here
  • Parishioners Needing Assistance:

St Vincent de Paul

 The Vocation of the Society’s members is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. Join us in this humbling and rewarding ministry. Canned food donations are always welcome. There are donation barrels located in the church narthex and in the parish hall entryway. Please contact us for more information.


Contact: Jerry Foley, President of OLL SVPD

Meetings: First Tuesday of the Month | 4:00-5:00 PM | On Zoom during Pandemic

Need Rent, Utility, of Food Box Assistance? Call the downtown office at 503-235-8431. 

Volunteer Opportunity

Vehicle Donation - Help a Neighbor in Need


Did you know that the Portland Council of St. Vincent DePaul has a car donation program? Do you have an unwanted vehicle taking up space in your driveway? The Council’s newly formed Marketing Committee is ramping up its efforts to promote this charitable tax deductible event for parishioners that will also benefit the Portland Council and your OLL SVdP Conference with the proceeds earmarked to support emergency food, rent and utilities assistance programs. 


Read the flyer for more information.

St. Anthony's Community Kitchen Sunday Dinner - Every 9 Weeks


Join a team of OLL Parishioners to help prepare and serve a warm dinner at St. Anthony's in Tigard to 60 to 100, including families and individuals whose challenges include poverty and homelessness. We serve every nine weeks. 

If you are interested in being a part of the team, please contact Jerry Foley to sign up or learn more about St. Anthony's Community Kitchen Sunday Dinners. 

Respect Life

The Respect Life Ministry promotes the Dignity of the Human Person and creates an open dialogue with all parishioners. When capital punishment, abortion, racism, euthanasia, hunger and poverty are accepted in society, members of our church have a responsibility to stand up for the rights of the most vulnerable.


Contact: Sharon Mlinar

Upcoming Opportunities

Traveling Crib - Every May at OLL

The Traveling Crib, presented by OLL Respect Life, will be here at Our Lady of the Lake during the month of May to collect baby items and maternity supplies for Pregnancy Support Services at Catholic Charities. This is a practical way we can assist women facing difficult situations, who have said “YES” to new life. 

Items that are most needed at this time include larger sized diapers, diaper wipes, maternity clothes, strollers, high chairs, and pack-n-plays. Complete list of needed items found here

Abortion (Rachel's Vineyard)
Assisted Suicide

Outreach Fund

Our Pastoral Council established a Parish Outreach Fund in keeping with the mission of our parish to have a positive impact beyond our own needs. Three percent of the Parish’s general collection create the fund that is used to pay for charitable outreach activities, volunteer programs, grants to local charities, and emergency requests for assistance.  

The Parish Outreach Fund provides grants to organizations and projects that live out the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and work for justice, peace and charity. Primarily funded by the parishioner’s Sunday giving, the Outreach Fund supports local, national, and international organizations that share our mission.

General Funding Guidelines


While a recipient project or agency need not be specifically Catholic, its purpose and activities must be consistent with Catholic Social Teaching. The parish receives many outside requests for help, but our first priority will go to projects which have some connection to the parish; having one or more parishioners as champions for a cause is important. 

Application for Funding


The application process is simple. The agency is invited to complete an interactive online application. Requests greater than $1000 will need to provide additional information on the application. Our parish Outreach Fund Committee will review every application at its quarterly meetings and either approve, postpone, request more information or reject the grant request. 

Exceptions to this process will be funds allocated at the discretion of the pastor and when the need arises for creating a parish-wide response to natural disaster or other emergency.

Contact Ann Geller, Outreach Fund Coordinator, with questions.

Other Ministries Supported by OLL

Catholic Charities


With your generous support, Catholic Charities assists the poor and vulnerable Oregonians each year. The goal is to promote self-sufficiency, help people regain their God-given dignity and provide people with the opportunity for a better and fuller life. 

L'Arche Portland


L'Arche transforms the lives of people with and without intellectual disabilities by working together to create home, share life, and build community. People with intellectual disabilities form the heart of community and invite others into mutual relationships.Together, we provide and receive compassionate care and friendship and foster a deeper understanding of what it means to be human

Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter


The Lake Oswego Transitional Shelter Ministry (LOTSM) is a consortium of six churches in LO which operate 2 apartments for otherwise homeless families. The shelter provides temporary housing while people start a new jobs, secure funds for an apartment of their own.

Saint Andre Bessette


St. Andre Bessette is a Roman Catholic parish in the heart of Old Town whose mission is to provide hope and healing to the most marginalized members of society. 
New volunteers are especially welcome, so if you haven’t done this before, consider joining us.

Refugee Resettlement Ministry


Our mission is "to give a warm welcome to refugees, God's children by offering guidance, providing assistance, and lending comfort and support throughout their journey toward self-sufficiency in a respectful, dignified, and compassionate manner." If you are interested in volunteering, contact Erika Pena for more information. 

Our Lady Queen of Africa


The "Friends" of the Sisters of Our Lady Queen of Africa have a simple, but robust mission: to walk humbly with the Sisters of Our Lady Queen of Africa, in their mission to serve Christ by assisting the most vulnerable with encouragement, prayer and financial support.


Contact Kevin and Susan Welch for more information.