Adult and Family Ministry

Learn about our vision for the future of Discipleship at Our Lady of the Lake, including Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (LANE), at

“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


Parish Family Gatherings

Parish Family 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, November-March after the 5 p.m. Mass 

Event dates: Nov 3,  Dec 1, Jan 5, Feb 2, and March 2

Cost: $30 per person or $75 per family, registration required.  Please register with this form or by stopping into the parish office.  For more information, contact Carla Niziolek at


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.



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 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. 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 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


Wednesday Evening: Men’s Bible and Book Study Group

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

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

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



Called & Gifted (C&G)

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