Adult and Family Ministry

Parish Family Gatherings

Are you looking for a way to get to know people at our parish? Parish Family Gatherings are once-a-month events with a provided dinner, break-out sessions by age groups, a service project, and fun activities. Each event will last 90 minutes.

Who: Everyone in the parish! All parishioners are invited to Parish Family Gatherings, not just families with kids.

When: The first weekend of the month (the second weekend in February), November through March, after the 5 p.m. Mass

Registration: Online registration will open soon. You will also be able to stop by the parish office to register. You can also register at the event for $6 per person or $15 per family.

For more information, contact Carla Niziolek at


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“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,” pg. 21-24

All classes for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) are open to all parishioners who would like grow and renew their faith as well as journey alongside our candidates and catechumens. Registration is not required for those who are not candidates or catechumens.


  • 6-7:30 p.m. in the AB Room
  • September 11, 19, 25, and October 2
  • Questions, Tour, and “A Walk Through the Mass” DVD

Class Dates: Sundays, 8-11 a.m. in the AB Room

  • October 7: Introductions, Revelation, Trinity, and Faith
  • October 21: Scripture and Tradition, the Bible, and the Story of Salvation
  • November 4: Jesus, Prayer, and the Liturgical Calendar
  • December 2: The Holy Spirit and the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist
  • January 6: Eucharist continued and Living as a Disciple
  • February 3: Sacraments: Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders
  • February 10: Mary, the Saints, and Creeds
  • March 10: Catholic Social Teaching and Last Things



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, 9:45 – 11:30 a.m. 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 third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Mary Stitt’s home

What: The next study will begin the third week of November

Barefoot: A Story of Surrendering to God  By: Sharon Garlough Brown

This is the third book in her Sensible Shoes Series

To join this study, please contact  Mary Stitt at 616-885-1088 or

Wednesday Morning: Men’s Bible and Book Study Group

Who: All men who would like to grow in faith!

When: Weekly on Wednesdays at 6 a.m. in the library

For more information: Contact facilitator Mike Lisowski at or 616-741-1766

Thursday Evening: Men’s Bible and Book Study Group

Who: All men who would like to grow in faith!

When: Weekly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the library

For More information: Contact facilitator Steve Redmond at 616-399-5520