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Dear Friends,

This Sunday we celebrate the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel for this Sunday gives us a glimpse into the intensity of Jesus’ compassion for others as described in verse 34 of today’s Gospel, “his heart was moved …” A brief study into the Greek word used here can be helpful for us: σπλαγχνίζομαι (splagchnizomai) describes compassion as coming from the “inward parts,” coming from the heart, liver, lungs, etc., as well as from one’s emotions like affectation, pity, tenderness. In other words, Jesus did not merely feel a fleeting sentimental concern for the vast crowd. He felt a movement from his interior that strongly compelled him into action to meet the needs of the people. What was the need to be met? Certainly, bread for their hungry stomachs, but more importantly, their souls hungered for the word of life, so Jesus generously supplied.(LPI, Connect! Sunday Reflection)

Many thanks to Chris Löester, our Summer Seminarian, and Tom Hrica, our Altar Server Coordinator, who conducted Altar Server Training this summer for Altar Servers. The LAST session is this Thursday at 7PM.

Chris leaves on Friday, 16 July, to take a short break before retuning to the seminary in late August for his final year of studies for the Priesthood at the Seminary. Chris has been a great blessing to our parish this summer. God willing he will be ordained a Transitional Deacon in December and then a Priest next June. Please pray for Chris and for all our Diocesan Seminarians and for all those discerning the possibility of a call to religious life in the Church. You can keep in touch with Chris at chrisloester@gmail.com or write him at Chris Löester, 10701 South Military Trail, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.

This is the 3rd Sunday of the Month. I will offer a blessing for all couples who are celebrating their anniversary of receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony at the end of Mass. Please stand and bow your heads for the blessing when instructed.

Paving and Painting is ongoing as part of our Bicentennial Campaign projects! The parking lot will be relined this week!!
It is never too late to make a donation to the Bicentennial Campaign as we receive 100% of all new donations. visit DONATE NOW!

Some brief, but important reminders:

The new Parish Directory will be available after all masses this weekend. Please be generous! All donations go to the Youth Ministry for the National Catholic Youth Conference in November!

The Regular Sunday 10:30 Hospitality Hour will return in September.

Deacon Greg celebrates his 65th Birthday on Friday, July 16! Happy Birthday, Deacon Greg!!!

Senior Luncheon Returns! The monthly Senior Luncheon Program for Our Lady of the Lake seniors (60 years and over) will be starting up again on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The menu will feature an “Old Fashion Church Picnic''! Be sure to mark your calendars to attend. You must call Suzanne Gooch at (803) 298-5038 by Sunday, July 18, 2021. Donation is still only $3.00 per person. Hope to see you at the luncheon!

Our Summer Mass Schedule: There will be NO 5PM Sunday Mass until 12 September 2021 (Sunday after Labor Day).

Peace and all good,

Fr. Dennis


Jesus is asking us to go out two by two and proclaim His good news. Learn how to make your Sacrament of Marriage shine at the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience July 16-18 in Beaufort and Jan 28-30, 2022, in North Myrtle Beach. Couples who attend Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekends rediscover the joy, intimacy and romance in their relationships, and also become more active in their parish. Together, we are making marriages, families and our Church stronger and healthier.  Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit SCMarriageMatters.org or contact us at applications@scmarriagematters.org and 803-810-9602.

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, held July 25-31 this year, is a national campaign to educate Catholic couples on the gifts of love and life that God has given them in marriage. Our diocese currently offers a variety of educational options that focus attention on NFP methods and Church teachings that support their use in marriage.

The dates of NFP Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. The dates also mark the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother. Pope Francis has designated that feast as World Grandparents Day, a fitting commemoration during National NFP Awareness Week!

For more information, visit the USCCB website or contact nfp@usccb.org. In our diocese, visit charlestondiocese.org/family-life or email familylife@charlestondiocese.org.

Check it out! Read the July CARITAS; the Diocesan Monthly E-Newsletter. For the most up-to-date information visit: charlestondiocese.org/events.

It is time to return to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass IN PERSON. Bishop Guglielmone has lifted the general dispensation from our Sunday Mass Obligation effective 5 June. See Current Covid Protocols at OLL.

Two changes to our parish COVID-19 Protocols:
  1. All pews are now open seating. The front pews that were blocked are now open.
  2. Ordinary and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will continue to sanitize their hands after giving Holy Communion on the tongue but will no longer do so after each family member. If couples or families receive Holy Communion on the tongue hands will be sanitized after the last family member. Please identify your family to the Priest, Deacon or EMOHC as needed.

Lake Murray Presbyterian Church is hosting a vaccine clinic each Tuesday from 2:00 to 5:00PM. See their FLYER.

We have begun a NEW FISCAL YEAR! The 2021-2022 budget is in the final steps of being approved by our Parish Finance Council.
If you would like to see the preliminary data about our Parish Finances please click HERE for the 11 July 2021 Report.

Please remember that every gift to the church helps--no matter the amount. We emphasize equal sacrifice--not equal giving! THANK YOU for your generosity and support!!

If you would like to know more about Online Giving click HERE!
We live stream the Sunday 10:30AM Mass using BOXCAST and FACEBOOK-LIVE. Links are also provided on our parish web site and in the Weekend Reminder.

Note: BOXCAST has the best streaming!
NEW: Look for our parish channel on BoxCast Apps
in Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV for a direct link.
You can find us listed as Our Lady of the Lake, Chapin SC.

The WORSHIP AID for Sundays is now published in the Bulletin!


The 5PM Sunday Evening LIFE TEEN MASS is now on our SUMMER RECESS.
NO 5PM Sunday Mass until the weekend AFTER Labor Day!!!

Prayer of Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly
to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen
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195 Amicks Ferry Road, Chapin SC 29036
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