Standing on a hilltop overlooking a park outside of Krakow, Poland, left Will Motazedi awe-struck.
He had been traveling for about a week in Poland with a group of 35 youth and adults to attend World Youth Day (WYD) in Krakow. Things were culminating the evening of July 30 at the all-night, candlelight prayer vigil. The following day, Pope Francis would celebrate Mass, drawing WYD 2016 to a close.
The community outreach group at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, has collected almost $100,000 to re-invest in charitable organizations within the local community, proving the sincerity of the committee’s name: “Our Lady Cares.”
“Our Lady Cares” celebrated its fifth anniversary on Ash Wednesday. Our Lady Cares originated as an idea shared by parishioner David Wright with Fr. Rick Jones, pastor, both of whom wanted to see Catholics, particularly those at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson, take a more active role in community assistance. Researching the charitable landscape of the Branson area evidenced that there were already adequate service agencies in place to help those in need. Funding, however, was often revealed as a challenge for those agencies. With that in mind, “Our Lady Cares” developed its strategy to underwrite the existing agencies rather than become itself yet another agency.Read more
Held this year June 8, the annual Pentecost celebration is a multicultural experience that’s looked forward to each year in Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Branson. Hallmarked by festive music, prayer, and dance, the entire parish gets involved in the colorful celebration of the gift of the Spirit upon the Church and its members. Read more