Adult and Family Ministry


 Adult and Family Ministry

“All adult faith formation should strive to build adult Christian communities that are strong in faith, clearly proclaim the Gospel, celebrate 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

Introduction to the Bible

Are you interested in learning more about the Bible?

Join Director of Ministry Strategy, Greg Smith, for this 5-week inspiring class where he will open up the Word of God.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm-7:45pm in the A/B room

February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28

No registration required.



Promise and Fulfillment

3- week Adult DVD Series by Scott Hahn

Wednesdays 9:45-11:30am, February 21, 28, March 7 in the library


Sundays, February 18, 25, March 4

Mornings or evenings:

10:15-11:45am in the library or 5:30-7pm in the library

No registration required.


Week 1: The Family Prayer: Understanding Our Father

The prayer at hand has been called many things: the Pater Noster, the Our Father, the Model Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer. As its name indicates, the Our Father has a particular meaning for all who call themselves children of God. In The Family Prayer: Understanding ‘Our Father,’ Dr. Scott Hahn presents a unique meditation that highlights the wealth of meaning in this most common Christian prayer. Relying on the Fathers and Doctors of the Church as well as Sacred Scripture, Dr. Hahn takes each of the seven petitions of the Our Father individually and draws out the implications of the prayer given to the family of God by Christ Himself. After The Family Prayer, you’ll never pray the Our Father in quite the same way again.


Week 2: First Comes Love: What is the Catholic Gospel?

In First Comes Love Dr. Scott Hahn delves into the Gospels to show that family terminology—words like brother, sister, mother, father, and home—dominates Jesus’ speech and the writings of His first followers. These are the very words that illuminate Christianity’s central ideas. Through real-life examples and relevant Scripture passages, Dr. Hahn makes it clear that, no matter what sort of family we come from, we can all find our family in the Church.


Week 3: Lord, Have Mercy: The Healing Power of Confession

Jesus told his first clergy, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” In Lord, Have Mercy, Scott Hahn explores the sacrament of reconciliation and shows why it is the key to growth in the spiritual life. Drawing on the history of ancient Israel, the Gospels, the writings of the early Church, and the lives of the saints, Hahn reveals the living, scriptural heart of the Church’s teachings on penance, forgiveness, and reconciliation. It is a story that begins with the sin of Adam and Eve, continues in the biographies of Moses, King David, and the Apostle Peter, and reverberates in the lives of believers today.



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

Family Faith Gathering Form



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)




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


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 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.

 Click here for the “Charism Summary Guide” PDF file.

 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


God’s EmbraceGod's Embrace

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 – or  


Lighthouse Catholic Media  

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.



Parish Library

Spiritual and religious books, DVD’s and CD’s are available for parishioners to borrow.