Adult and Family Ministry
“All adult faith formation should strive to build adult Christian communities that are strong in faith, clearly proclaim the Gospel, celebrant vibrant and reverent liturgy, and give courageous witness in charity. The following three goals guide and direct our efforts:
- Invites and enables ongoing conversion to Jesus.
- Promotes and supports active membership in the Christian community
- Prepares adults to become disciples in mission to the world.”
Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, pgs 21-24
New Programming Opportunities
Class Series: Discover The Mass with Fr. Mike
Join Fr. Mike during this 3-week class to discover and enter the Mass more fully!
Who: All parishioners
When: Wednesdays, November 29, Dec 6 and 13, 6:30-7:45pm
Where: The Eucharistic Chapel
No registration required. Free.
Joyful Mysteries Pilgrimage
Saturday, December 9th 9:30am-4:00pm
Pilgrimage on a journey of Advent adventure with your fellow parishioners to explore the Joyful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. Travel by bus and be renewed in faith this Advent as we visit multiple parishes in West Michigan, where the Joyful Mysteries are artfully depicted through awe-inspiring stained glass windows and sculpture.
The adventure will begin at Our Lady of the Lake with the stained glass window of the Annunciation in our Naive. The pilgrimage will continue as we visit Our Lady of the Visitation in Byron Center with the Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth in sculpture. Then onward to the Cathedral of St. Andrew to take in the beautiful stained glass of the Birth of Jesus. Next, we will go to St. Alphonsus in Grand Rapids, to encounter the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple through stained glass. Our final stop will be St. Francis de Sales in Holland to contemplate the Finding of the Christ Child in the Temple in their gorgeous window.
At each holy site we will meditate upon the beauty of the art, hear the Scripture that it depicts, listen to a brief reflection on the Mystery, and pray a decade of the Rosary.
COST: $5 per person or $10 per family
Please bring a sack lunch. Light snacks will be provided.
Must register by December 3.
Contact Tom, email@example.com or Carla, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Family Faith Gatherings
Family Faith Gatherings are a once a month event with a provided dinner, break-out session by age groups, service project and fun activities. Each event should last 90 minutes.
Who: Everyone in the Parish!!!
When: The first weekend of the month, October-March after the 5pm Mass or after the 11am Mass. You choose the time that works best for you.
Event dates: Oct.7/8, Nov 4/5, Dec 2/3, Jan 6/7, Feb 3/4, and March 3/4
Cost: $50, registration required. Please register with this form or by stopping into the parish office. For more information, contact Carla Niziolek at email@example.com
Catechetical Sessions: All Parishioners are invited to journey alongside the RCIA Candidates
Grow in faith alongside our RCIA candidates. Catechesis
sessions are open to the entire parish! Attend one or all seven
sessions. Registration for parishioners journeying alongside the RCIA candidates is not required.
Who: All parishioners!
When: Sundays, 8am-10:50am:
October 15, November 12, December 10, January 14 and 28, February 18, and March 11
Where: The A/B room
No registration required. Free.
October 15: Revelation, Trinity and Faith
November 12: Scripture and Tradition, The Bible, and the Story of Salvation
December 10: Jesus, Prayer, the Liturgical Calendar, and a Walk through the Mass
January 14: Holy Spirit and the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Living as a Disciple
January 28: Sacraments: Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage and Holy Orders
February 18: Mary, The Creed and The Lord’s Prayer
March 11: Catholic Morality and the Last Things (Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory)
ONGOING GROUPS AND OPPORTUNITES:
WOMEN OF THE WORD
What: A multi-generational group of women who meet weekly to study books and the Bible
Who: All women who would like to grow in faith!
When: WOW meets weekly on Thursdays, 9:45am-11:30am in the A/B room
Registration: No Registration required. New members are always welcome!
Join us on our Facebook page: Our Lady of the Lake Women of the Word Bible Study
For more information, contact Carla Niziolek at 616-399-1062 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRACE WOMEN’S BOOK STUDY
Who: A small group of women who read and discuss books together
When: The 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm at Mary Stitt’s home
What: The next study will begin the 3rd week of November
Barefoot: A Story of Surrendering to God By: Sharon Garlough Brown
This is the 3rd book in her Sensible Shoes Series
To join this study, please contact Mary Stitt at 616-885-1088
Wednesday Morning: Men’s Bible and Book Study Group
Who: All men who would like to grow in faith!
When: Weekly on Wednesdays at 6am in the library
For more information: Contact facilitator Mike Lisowski at email@example.com or 616-741-1766
Wednesday Evening: Men’s Bible and Book Study Group
Who: All men who would like to grow in faith!
When: Weekly on Wednesdays at 7pm in the library
For More information: Contact facilitator Steve Redmond at 616-399-5520
Called & Gifted (C & G): Coming Winter 2018
C & G is a three-part discernment process intended to help lay Catholics recognize their charisms. Part One: Called & Gifted Workshop During this workshop, you will learn:
- The role of every Catholic and local parish in the mission of the Church in the world
- The critical role of charisms in the life and service of lay Catholics in the parish, community and the world.
- The signs and characteristics of the 24 most common charisms
- How discerning and using your charisms can your life, the life of others, your parish, and the world.
Before attending the workshop, participants take the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory, the first gifts inventory designed especially for Catholics. Part Two: Gifts Interview Interviewers are trained by the Catherine of Siena Institute. They help you look at your inventory results, listen to your experiences of being used by God, and help you recognize patterns in your life which might indicate the presence of a charism. Part Three: Ongoing Discernment (4 follow-up sessions) After the initial workshop and interview, participants attend an ongoing discernment group using Discerning Charisms Workbook, as a guide. A facilitator will assist you in practicing what you have discovered through the Catholic Spiritual Gifts Inventory/Gifts Interview and setting up an experiment to use a possible charisms. Each week you will reflect on your experience experimenting with the charism chosen by looking at what kind of feedback you receive from others and what happens to you personally when you are using the spiritual gift.
Group Spiritual Direction
Are you open and seeking to share your spiritual journey in a safe space with a small supportive community? Group Spiritual Direction is a rich experience in which small groups journey together seeking a relationship with God. Groups will enter a spiritual direction process where prayerful listening and response are intentionally present. This group meets monthly. For more information, contact Mike Lisowski at 616-741-1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org
God’s Embrace attempts to make the call to holiness an attractive and appealing invitation from God to us, in our burdened and confused lives. As a school of formation, God’s Embrace embodies the spiritual disciplines and wisdom of our Catholic saints, mystics, and theologians, thus striving to offer the best in our Catholic heritage. The three-year formation program is geared to facilitate the creation of ardent disciples who would glorify God through the witness of their lives and service of the Church. The formation program relies on a threefold source:
- Familiarity with the Bible so that our spiritual formation is steeped in God’s revelation of Himself through Jesus Christ, and the Trinity’s glorious Plan of salvation for us.
- The rich heritage of Catholic Spirituality offered to us through the desert Fathers and Mothers, the mystical writings of the Church Fathers on the Trinity and Church, the contemplative traditions of the great Monastic Orders, and the ineffable teachings of the likes of Saints Francis of Assisi, Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The desired outcome is the living of our lives within the Trinitarian Embrace, inextricably linked to the divine life of the Trinity and to one another in Christ. If you are interested in additional information contact God’s Embrace facilitators: Jodi or John DeMott – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lighthouse Catholic Media Kiosk
Located in the gathering space of the church, the kiosk provides quality presentations that promote knowledge of the Catholic Faith on audio CD’s, DVD’s, books, and booklets for a small donation of $3 to $5.
Spiritual and religious books, DVD’s and CD’s are available for parishioners to borrow.