Adult and Family Ministry

Register for 2019-2020 Discipleship Classes and Parish Family Gatherings

Registration for Discipleship classes and Parish Family Gatherings is now open! Follow this link to register and pay online, or print this registration form.

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, November through March, after the 5 p.m. Mass

Registration: Register online by clicking here or stopping by the parish. You will also be able to register on the night of these events.

For more information, contact Carla Niziolek at

Being a disciple means following Jesus and joyfully obeying his commands. Whatever our background, we are all called to emulate the perfect discipleship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Discipleship Department at Our Lady of the Lake has a vision for engaging all members of the parish and helping each person to grow in his or her faith. For adults, we have launched the Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization. For children, we will continue to expand our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. And for young and old, will provide access to the best Catholic content.

Learn More About OLL Vision

Jesus is calling us to make disciples and to be his witnesses on the Lakeshore, in West Michigan, and to the ends of the earth. Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (LANE) is a school of adult discipleship that proclaims the Gospel to all people and empowers our regional Catholic community to live out Christ’s mission. Go to to learn more and register as a student!

FORMED is an online service for accessing thousands of Catholic videos, audios, and ebooks on-demand anytime, anywhere! As a member, you will have access to entertaining movies, inspiring audio talks, informative Bible studies, and much more. We are providing this resource free of charge to help our members learn and grow in their faith. Click the logo above to sign up, and don’t forget to download the free iOS or Android app to put FORMED at your fingertips.

“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. New classes begin in the fall. For more information, contact Carla Niziolek at or call the parish office.

2019 Inquiry: Questions, Tour, and a Walk Through the Mass

2019-2020 RCIA Class Dates: Sundays, 8-11 a.m.

  • October 6: Introductions, Revelation, the Trinity, and Faith
  • October 20: Scripture and Tradition, the Bible, and the Story of Salvation
  • November 3: Jesus, Prayer, and the Liturgical Calendar
  • November 17: The Holy Spirit and the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist)
  • December 8: The Eucharist and Living as a Disciple
  • January 19: Sacraments (Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, and Holy Orders)
  • February 9: Mary, the Saints, and Creeds
  • March 1: Catholic Social Teaching and the 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 from 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the AB Room

No Registration is 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

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

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

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

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

For more information: Contact the morning study facilitator, Mike Lisowski, at or 616-741-1766. Contact the evening study facilitator, Steve Redmond, at 616-399-5520.