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    8:00am English
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    9:00am Monday
    9:00am Tuesday
    5:30pm Wednesday
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    10:00am 

  First Saturday Mass
    9:00am

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    Saturday 3:00 - 4:00pm
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    Wednesday following
      5:30pm Mass
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Adoration

Adoration 
Following Wednesday
5:30pm Mass
in the church
Daily Mass Readings

Catechesis: ongoing understanding of our Faith

In case you missed or would like to review a video.

We would like to thank you for joining in celebrating Mass with us. We know some of you may not be Catholic. Live streaming is hosting Catholics, non-Catholics, seekers and those who may never attended Mass, ALL are welcome.

My friends, click for some of the most common practices and gestures used during the celebration of the Mass. These  are done with the Catholic community gathered in prayer convey the unity of the Church in its teaching and worship. 

For those who are curious about the meaning and structure of the Mass the following links may be helpful:
A Walk Through the Mass: A Step-by-Step Explanation printable PDF download

The Mass: Structure and Meaning

Click here to see Homilies from OLL
Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is lifted

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March 18, 2021                                                                                                                             
Feast of Saint Joseph
 
My Dear Friends in Christ,
 
Since March of 2020, the Church and the entire world has been on a road that no one has wanted to travel, yet travel we did! Along the way, we learned to navigate a pandemic. Along the Way, we learned how to Zoom, Live-stream, social distance, and wear a mask. Along the way, we had to change our normal routines and learn to adapt, re-discovering the importance of the little things such as spending time with family, reaching out through a phone call, or sharing a meal at home!
 
… The parking lots of local sports complexes are full. Restaurants are open. People are traveling for spring break. Now is the time to return to Mass!
 
… Therefore, the Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation is lifted as of Palm Sunday, beginning with the Vigil Mass, on March 327, 2021, with an exception for those with pre0existing conditions, those who are care-givers to the homebound, or those with serious concerns, will have a Particular Dispensation.
Branson Mask Ordinance Update 4/14/2021

Branson Mask Mandate Letter

At Our Lady of the Lake, we have taken the safety of our parishioners very seriously to help our Parish navigate through this time of Covid. We have been blessed to not have an outbreak among our priests, staff, or congregation. Our gatherings have been safe and have not facilitated any negative impact. One of the lessons we learned through this last year is that many in our congregation have shifting and varying positions as to how we should deal with the challenges Covid has presented. We have done our best to see all viewpoints and navigate with ALL in mind.  We are happy to see many parishioners are back in church.

As we move forward, we are seeing a time when the dispensation of obligation of Sundays and Holy Days is being lifted in many dioceses, mask mandates are being removed across the country, physical distancing is being modified and some are finding a different level of comfort in how they deal with this daily. In Branson, however, we face unique challenges in that we see visitors from many areas across the country, each facing their own challenges / experiences in the ways they have handled the effects of Covid. 

All this impacts the procedures we implement. As each community decides how it moves forward, we recognize that being a tourist destination, in many ways, forces us to consider the challenges each of the communities represented in our pews faces. While we want to move forward, we recognize we MUST do it safely and responsibly. Given the nature of having a NEW congregation each week, we are choosing to go at a slightly slower pace. 

While our communion protocol will remain in place, the mask requirements will lessen. We do strongly recommend wearing them for the next few weeks until we determine how well Branson does due to the removal of the mandate, but ultimately the choice is yours. We are unique from many other churches primarily because our congregation is different each week with visitors and we want to be safe. 

As we evaluate the usage of physical distancing ropes on our pews, we want to proceed cautiously and judiciously keeping everyone’s safety in the forefront. Sanitization of our church will remain in place as it has existed for several years, but we will not sanitize after every mass. Daily sanitization will occur, and we will continue to offer masks and sanitization stations. 

As we move forward, please remember that those sitting next to you may not share the same level of comfort as you and we want to recognize that as well. Whether you choose to wear a mask or not, physically distance or not, please respect the wishes of those who differ from you. If you do not feel well, please stay home. 

We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and respond accordingly. Church meetings will still follow the protocols in place due to the nature of being in smaller rooms. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to work toward bringing all of us to a safe and comfortable environment. 

Thank you and God Bless,

Fr Dave Hulshof

David Wright

Father Samson's Second Sunday of Easter Homily

Today is the second Sunday of Easter and the Church invites us to celebrate the Sunday of Divine Mercy. One week ago, we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have seen that Easter is a passage from death to life and to know that death is not the end of our journey. The readings for this Sunday are about God’s mercy, the necessity for trusting faith, and our need for the forgiveness of our sins. The opening prayer addresses the Father as “God of everlasting Mercy”. We keep trying to understand this mystery to live in the light of God’s mercy.

Click to read Father Samson's entire homily.


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Thank you for your support!

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We would like to again thank those who continue to support the parish through ongoing contributions. Many of you are using our online Faith Direct, attending Mass and dropping your donation envelope in the basket at the door or mailing them to the Parish Office, 203 Vaughn Drive, Branson, MO 65616.

This is a blessing to the parish.

We have added PayPal and Venmo for direct scanning. All three sites are highly secure.

Mass Intentions are available

Mass Intention Online scheduling is open.

Your sponsor support of the flowers in the Gathering Space is greatly appreciated.

If you would like to reserve a Mass Intention or sponsor flowers we have a NEW Mass Intention Online scheduling or contact Sam at the Parish Office 417-334-2928 or stop by the Parish Office to make arrangements.

We find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church but we also clearly recognize its importance. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated

Why reserve a Mass Intention?
The reasoning behind Mass Intentions...

Need a Name Tag?

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PLEASE wear your name tag at Mass.
As we wear our  masks,
it can be difficult to “see” each other!

Remember, we are smiling behind the mask! 
Do you need a name tag... order online or
contact the Parish Office 417-334-2928.

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