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Yours in Christ,
Father Bill Burkert
Read a testimonial from one of our newer parishioners about why she chose to join Our Lady of Lourdes.
There are three “P” words that drew my family into OLOL: people, peace, prayer. A couple of years ago my family was in search of a new church family. We had belonged to another Catholic church for over a decade and it was a nice parish, but it no longer fit the needs of our family. We set out to find a Catholic church that would give every member in our family a passion for God and for our Catholic faith. We longed for a church that would engage us (kids and adults alike) in the mass as well as offer opportunities for fellowship and service. We searched high and low and did not think we could find a good fit- the churches we tried were just too dry, too fire and brimstone, too run-people-over-driving-out-of-the-parking-lot, weak handshakes and a mumble at the sign of peace- you know exactly what I am talking about! And then we found Lourdes! A friend mentioned I should check Lourdes out- she told me it was a progressive Catholic church- and I thought in my head that sounded like an oxymoron, but I was intrigued! So I did what anyone else would do and googled “OLOL” and landed on a website that was life changing. I scrolled in awe through all kinds of faith inspiring headings- everything from social justice groups, to Bible study, to youth events and GIFT- Generations In Faith Together- yes, all people are welcome to participate in catechism together!
So we packed in the family car on Sunday and went mass at OLOL. As God would have it, the first mass we attended at OLOL was a theatrical version of the Prodigal Son- I watched in awe as my kids were engaged in mass! The priest was down to earth and gave a homily that pertained to my life. Then came the Sign of Peace and my family and I were in awe as people smiled, shook hands, hugged, crossed not only the aisles, but the entire church to greet one another and offer a form of peace. And the prayer- true, honest, sincere prayer by people who genuinely cared for one another and welcomed us with open arms. The music was wonderful- a nice mix of traditional pieces and hand-clapping contemporary pieces! After the last song we looked around and, gasp, hardly anyone had left the worship space- seriously! People actually stayed and sang the final song together, and then clapped for the choir, and then chatted with one another. My kids noticed that people stayed for the last song- that means they had noticed that people did not stay through the last song at our previous church. We began attending mass at OLOL on a regular basis, and made the big decision to officially join the parish. We have been parishioners for almost two years now and we are fully engaged in many activities- family events, retreats, youth events, service events- everyone in our family has a role at OLOL. We have found our church home and are proud to be part of the prayerful people who promote the peace and love of God!