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Our Preschool and Elementary Ministry endeavors to create a culture of lifelong faith development which empowers parents, families, and individuals to live their call to holiness and discipleship.

General Information: We offer a variety of religious education classes for children and youth age 3 years old through 12th grade to assist parents in echoing the Catholic faith  and sharing the Good News of the Gospel with their children.  It is the expectation of the Church that we continue to grow in faith throughout our lives. We offer several options at various times (see below) to best meet each family’s needs.

To register, complete the Registration Form and any additional forms as needed (Medical Action Plan is a form that must be signed by a physician for any child with severe allergies.) Print them and bring to church or mail with payment to: Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 480 152nd Avenue, Holland, MI 49424.

Preschool/Elementary Program Descriptions

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS): 3 years – 2nd Grade

Montessori based faith formation for students age 3 years through 2nd grade, with a hands-on approach which allows students the opportunity to experience religious values while celebrating their uniquely childlike enthusiastic enjoyment of God.  Students must be 3 years of age by September 1st and be completely toilet trained. CGS students may register for classes on Sunday evening, Wednesday afternoon,  or Thursday morning.

Elementary School Year Discipleship Classes: Grades 3-5

Traditional faith formation classes. These classes take place on Wednesday evenings.

Summer Session Discipleship Classes: Kindergarten – 5th Grade

The summer session  covers a full school year of faith formation in two weeks of intensive learning sessions interspersed with prayer, music, and crafts.  Participation in the Parish Family Gatherings is encouraged as a way for these students and their families to stay connected to the parish year round. Classes take place at Our Lady of the Lake the last two weeks in June.

Parish Family Gatherings: All Ages!

Parish Family Gatherings are once a month whole community events that draw families together for faith renewal and fellowship. There is a yearly fee of $30 per person or $75 per family, which will include the meal, faith building activities, and breakout sessions for all ages. Retreats to help prepare families for the seasons of Advent and Lent will be included in the five sessions. All Parish Family Gatherings take place the first weekend of the month after the Saturday 5 p.m. Mass.

For more information, please contact Megan Swank (Preschool/Elementary Ministry Coordinator, 616-399-1062, or Carla Niziolek (Director of Discipleship, 616-399-1062,