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

Adopt a Mission Options


  • Be a part of a team donating sack lunches and PB&J sandwiches.
  • Drop them off based on the arrangements in place for the mission you chose. 
  • Be a part of the team offering to help deliver to the missions.
  • Offer to help once a month, several weeks a month, or every week. That's up to you!
  • Offer to help coordinate a mission.


Add your name and contact information (email and phone) to the mission link you want to assist. You will be contacted by someone helping with the mission. If they don't need help, they will refer you to another mission that does.


Help us get off the ground by reaching out to friends, family, service groups, faith sharing groups. Rally support. Build a team?


Below are mission and live links to volunteer your service. Some missions are well on their way with support while others need more help.

Missions that need more help:

Team leaders, sack lunch contributors, and delivery drivers. Consider adopting one week a month.

  1. Salvation Army:  Female Emergency Shelter - in Portland, near Burside and Ankeny.  Sign Up 
  2. First Christian Church - in Portland, near the Park Blocks.  Sign Up​​​​​​​ 
  3. City Team - in Portland on Grand Avenue. Volunteers can arrange to meet at City Teams to assemble the sack lunches or make them ahead of time and deliver.  Sign Up 
  4. Union Gospel Mission - in Portland, on Burnside.  Sign Up 

Missions well on their way:


  1. Marth Mercado's Latino Working Poor Community, Beaverton Sign Up 
  2. Rose Haven Shelter for Women and Children.  Sign Up 
  3. Life Change for Women & Their Children.  Sign Up (back up driver) 
  4. The Fathers Heart Day Shelter, Oregon City.  Sign Up (back up driver) 

Street Ministry to the Unsheltered

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

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 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

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: David Gewant

Monthly Parish Breakfast | Second Sunday of the Month | 7:30 to 11:00 AM | Parish Hall


Menu: Scrambled Eggs, Bacon & Sausage, French Toast & Pancakes


Adults $9 | Kids 7-12 $5 | Under 7 Free | Families $28

Respect Life

The Respect Life Committee's mission is to develop a culture of life in our parish and community consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. We evangelize respect for life at all stages from conception to natural death through prayer, service, and education. Our goal is to  increase awareness in an inclusive, non-judgmental way that promotes healing and changing of hearts


Contact: Sharon Mlinar

Pregnant? Scared? We are here to help.

Upcoming Opportunities

40 Days For Life


Fall 40 Days for Life Campaign - September 22-October 31


Begins with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Sample on Sunday, September 12 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Cathedral.


Opening Event on Saturday, September 18 at 2:00 PM at Holy Rosary Church in Aquinas Hall.


Daily vigil (Monday-Saturday, 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM) on the sidewalk in front of the new late-term abortion business, The Lilith Clinic, located on the 9th floor of the 511 Building at 511 10th Avenue, Portland. Sign up at or contact Sue Pelletier.


Join us in helping Portland become more of a culture of LIFE than a culture of death.  As the culture grows more radical and intolerant, we will be there to represent God’s love for His children, born and unborn, and to let women entering the clinic know that we are there for them with a better way.


  Download Flyer

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.