Annual Spiritual EventsMary Help of Christians

At various times throughout the year, Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic students, faculty, staff, and parents participate in the following activities:

Faculty and Student Retreats

At the beginning of each school year, the faculty and staff attend a Back-to-School Retreat which is held off campus as a prayerful way to begin the school year.  Throughout the year, each grade attends an age-appropriate retreat designed by their religion teacher or the pastor.

Living Rosary

Each October, students from all grades participate in the Living Rosary.  The Living Rosary is dedicated to a person or cause that the students reflect on while praying.  Most recently, the rosary was dedicated to United States Servicemen and women.  

Students from each homeroom are selected to pray, along with the entire student body, and special guests are asked to announce the Mysteries of the Rosary.  Leaders of other area Catholic schools, including St. Paul’s, Archbishop Hannan, and St. Scholastica Academy, begin and end the rosary. 

Christmas Pageant

Christmas performance

The annual OLL Christmas Pageant includes students from all grade levels and brings together students, parents, faculty, staff and family members.  Seventh graders reenact the Christmas story, and the play is interspersed with Christmas songs performed by Pre-K and elementary students.  Baby Jesus is selected from a school family and serves as the youngest cast member.   

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week, celebrated annually during the last week in January, invites the students to demonstrate their pride in being part of Our Lady of the Lake, as well as attending a Catholic school.  Service projects and activities are planned for each day of Catholic Schools Week, including an all-school pep rally with the St. Paul’s Marching Band. 


In a parish-wide setting, second graders are given the opportunity to participate in the sacraments of First Reconciliation and Holy Communion.  The sacrament of Reconciliation is also offered to students in third through seventh grades twice a year during Advent and Lent.

Living Stations/Passion Play

During the season of Lent, various grade levels host the Stations of the Cross during morning assembly on Fridays.  This serves as a reminder of the sacrifice that Jesus made for his people.  One Friday, the entire fifth grade performs the Living Stations for the student body, faculty, staff and families.  Prior to the Easter holidays, seventh grade students reenact the Passion of Jesus Christ. 

May Crowning

Each May, in celebration of Mary, our mother, the student body participates in May Crowning.  Students bring flowers to place at Mary’s feet, and a crown of flowers is placed upon her head as the students, parents, faculty, and staff unite in prayer and song to honor the Blessed Virgin.

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