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.

Upcoming Volunteer 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

 

In the midst of all this activity and noise in our lives…

 St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta encouraged us to “do something beautiful for God with your life!"

– Mother Theresa

 

Mercy Teams of Our Lady of the Lake

Parishioners, their families, and friends, reaching out in Service to Others through Small Acts of Mercy and Kindness

 

Your “Small Acts of Mercy and Kindness” all add up to a huge amount of food, and love, which are “beautiful gifts” distributed to our vulnerable brothers and sisters, we serve.

Since the start of Covid-19, through year end 2021, Mercy Teams will have distributed over 133,000 sack lunch meals, family meals, and hot breakfasts to our guests.

 

Click here to sign up to receive a weekly Mercy Teams email update and see Mercy Teams in Action

 

Contact Mercy Teams Volunteer Coordinator, Michael Backus to learn more and find out how you can assist: Michael’s Cell 503 708 9503 or email at: mercyteams@ollministry.com

Mercy Teams Adopt a Mission

 

How can you help our Adopt a Mission Teams?

·         Donate sack lunches, or sandwiches, or both, that we will distribute to Adopt a Mission teams

·         Join an existing Adopt a Mission team and help them directly.

 

To assemble sack lunches without sandwiches, please provide:

·         Paper lunch sack, apple sauce cup, granola bar, bag of chips, 16 oz. bottle of water, or 8oz Juice Drink pouch or pack, plastic spoon, and napkin.

To make PB&J sandwiches:

·         PB&J sandwiches – Place Peanut Butter on both slices of bread, then add jelly or jam (keeps bread from getting soggy). Individually wrap each sandwich in sandwich bag, place sandwiches back into the original bread wrapper and seal.

 

Donate new pairs of socks, which can be dropped off in “Sock Boxes” just outside the parish hall

Donate winter coats or blankets in the same area

  • Pledge to donate sack lunches or sandwiches using the link below

Join an existing Adopt a Mission Team, pledging support directly to that team. Click the links below to sign up:

Street Ministry to the unsheltered every 4th Saturday morning

Meet in the parish hall at 7:15 am. Help prep a hot breakfast, make sack lunches, and prep and serve a hot breakfast to unsheltered guests on the streets. Contact Michael with questions.

Sock & Coat Donations 

Donate new pairs of socks, which can be dropped off in “Sock Boxes” just outside the parish hall. Donate winter coats or blankets in the same area

The Fathers Heart Day Shelter, Oregon City 

  •  Adopted and donated by the Armagno Family

St Vincent de Paul

 The Vocation of the Society’s members is to follow Christ through service to those in need and thus 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 at ollsvdp@ollministry.com

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

Need Rent, Utility, or Food Box Assistance? Call the Portland Council office hotline at 503-235-8431. 

Volunteer Opportunity

St. Anthony's Community Cafe 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 for 60 to 100 individuals, including their families , 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 Cafe Sunday Dinners. 

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.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus is a global Catholic fraternal service order. Membership in the Knights of Columbus embodies first and foremost the presence of God and the principles of Christianity. God's presence enriches the bond that exists between Catholic men of the Knights. He is with us at every meeting, every sponsored event, every casual encounter with a Knight on the street, in a grocery store, at Mass. That connection is unspoken, strong, shared. The Knights sponsor and are involved in numerous church and community events. Examples: monthly breakfasts after Mass, crab feeds, assistance at Christmas Mass, moving furniture for shut-ins, and so on. While participation in such activities is encouraged of the members, there are no minimums. You can be as active as befits your comfort zone.

 

Contact: Phil Barr 503-484-3861

Knights of Columbus Fellowship

The Knights of Columbus invite all Men of the Parish who would like to learn more about the Knights of Columbus and also have some fellowship time to join us Monday Night Jan. 10th in the Parish Hall to watch the College Football National Championship Game.

 

All attendees must be fully vaccinated

When: Jan 10th 5:00 PM

Where:  Parish Hall

What: National Championship Game

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to pbarrpdx@gmail.com

Helpful Links and Fr. Theo Videos

Respect Life

Wednesday, January 19: 9 Days of Life Novena 

9 Days for Life is an annual novena for the protection of human life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life.  The novena begins on January 19.  Participants can download the novena or sign up to receive the daily prayers via email or text message.  Sign up at 9DaysforLife.com.

Saturday, January 22: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn 

Memorial Mass at 8:30am, presider will be Fr. John Kerns. For more information, click here.

Pregnant? Scared? We are here to help.

Outreach Fund

Our Pastoral Council established a Parish Outreach Fund in keeping with the mission of our parish to “Love Others” by helping those in need. Three percent of the Parish’s general collection creates the fund that is used to pay for charitable outreach projects, 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

 

Priority is given to requests that reflect the Corporal Works of Mercy (Matthew 25:31-46) and where parishioners are actively involved. 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 at anngeller58@gmail.com.

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.