Becoming Catholic: Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA)


Welcome to the community of Our Lady of the Lake! We invite you to discover the depth and beauty of our Catholic faith--founded over 2,000 years ago by Jesus Christ and embraced by more than 1.2 billion people across the globe. We would be honored to walk this journey with you.


Explore the short testimonial video and enjoy our Easter Vigil photos from 2022. These images capture the story of the many adults at the culmination of their journey to Catholicism.


If you have questions and would like to learn more, please reach out to Laura Patton, Director of Adult Faith Formation using this Inquiry Page, or email her at


Our Lady of the Lake Parish is here to accompany you on life’s journey. We offer a variety of at-home self-directed resources as well as several in-person options led by fellow parishioners.

Support for the Journey

Support for the Journey – prayer and spirituality resources, men’s and women’s programs.

Bible Study & Faith Formation

Bible Study & Formation – self-directed and/or group options. The Search, Epic, Vatican II, Awakening Faith, Metanoia, Bible studies on FORMED, Bible in a Year, and Catechism in a Year. Scroll down for more details.



Retreats – Couples' Retreats, Men’s and Women’s ACTS Retreats, Parish Men’s and Women's Retreats.

Support for the Journey

On the Second Saturday of each month, all women are invited for fellowship, coffee, and conversation after the 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Parish Hall.

Walking with Purpose

The modern woman's guide to the Bible. For those who want to grow in faith in a supportive community of women.

Magnify 90

An invitation to pursue holiness through growing in virtue & your own feminine genius. Begins the week of Jan. 1, 2024 and ends before Easter.

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Mom's Group

Moms come together every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 9:30-11am to pray, read the Sunday Gospel and reflect, and then have a faith filled activity.  Children are welcome! Click image to check out our summer schedule!

Knights of Columbus

A global Catholic men's fraternal service order


Men's Group

Disciples of God's Spirit, a Saturday morning men's group

Exodus 90

A program designed for men that consists of daily prayer, asceticism, and fraternity for a 90-day period, usually ending before Easter

Third Tuesday

Guys Seeking God

On the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month, join the men of OLL in the parish hall for food, drinks and brotherhood 7:00-8:30 pm.

Prayer Intentions/Groups

Resources:  Book of Intentions, Mass Intentions, Prayer Groups, Prayer Shawl Ministry, Prayer Line for Intercessory Prayer

Bible Study and Faith Formation

Group Studies

The Bible Timeline


The Bible Timeline® study program takes you on a guided journey through salvation history. Presenter Jeff Cavins will show you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and will give you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture.


Led by Julie Arndorfer and Mary Beth Horton. Monday mornings from 9:30-11:30am beginning October 2, 2023.


Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life


Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life is a ten-week study program presented by Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Jeff Cavins, and Edward Sri. Filmed on-location in the Holy Land and anchored in the life of Christ as presented in the Gospels, this study explores the entirety of Jesus’ life—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, what he did for our salvation, and what all of this means for us as Catholics today. 


Hosted by Gege Rayburn. Meets Monday evenings in the Parish Center, school library from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, beginning October 9, 2023.


Vatican II: Sacrosanctum Concilium (The Constitution on Sacred Liturgy)


Join fellow parishioners as we read and discuss the first constitution of the Second Vatican Council: Sacrosanctum Concilium - The Constitution on Sacred Liturgy. We will be referencing the Word on Fire Vatican II Collection, with forward by Bishop Robert Barron, Reclaiming Vatican II by Fr. Blake Britton, and your personal Bible.


Hosted by Lillian Oppenheimer.  Meets  Wednesday evenings, in the Nazareth Room, from 6:30-8:30pm, beginning October 4, 2023.


Vatican II: Dei Verbum (The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation)


Join fellow parishioners as we read and discuss the second constitution of the Second Vatican Council Dei Verbum - The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.  We will be referencing the Word on Fire Vatican II Collection, with forward by Bishop Robert Barron, Reclaiming Vatican II by Fr. Blake Britton, and your personal Bible.


Hosted by Lillian Oppenheimer. Meets  Wednesday mornings in the Nazareth Room, from 9:30-11:30am, beginning October 4, 2023.


Awakening Faith


The family of Our Lady of the Lake desires to minister to the spiritual needs of our entire community. We invite our friends and family who are unfamiliar with the Catholic faith to ask questions and explore our beliefs and practices in a positive environment that is open for discussion. Catholics who have been away from the church and desire to come home and actively participate often have their own set of questions and concerns. We invite you to participate in "Awakening Faith" to join a group ready to walk the journey with you.


Our Awakening Faith group will meet in the Parish Library, on the 2nd floor of the Parish Center Tuesdays at 7pm, starting January 16, 2024.


Led by Margaret Jamieson. To sign up, contact Margaret at 503-635-2915 or email her at

Self-Directed Studies


"Watch, listen and read. Anywhere, anytime. FORMED provides the very best Catholic content from more than 60 organizations to help parishes, families and individuals explore their faith anywhere. Supporting thousands of movies, children's programs, ebooks, and audio, parish programs and studies direct to your browser, mobile or connected device."


To access OLL's paid subscription, click here and enter our zip code (97034) to find our parish.


See OLL's study recommendations for self-directed study on FORMED below:


Create Your Own WILDGOOSE.TV Account


"The Wild Goose" was a term that the ancient Celts had for the Holy Spirit. The Ministry of the Wild Goose is a part of 10th Hour Productions, a non-profit outreach of 4PM Media, producing resources that will enhance your faith journey. Productions include: The Wild Goose series (on our relationship with the Holy Spirit), Sign of Contradiction (documentary on St. Francis), Metanoia (a journey with Christ into conversion, filmed in the Holy Land), and Letters to Myself from the End of the World series (Feat. Fr. Dave Pivonka with Emily Stimpson Chapman). All material is offered  free/free will donation.

Resources from Ascension


For the past 20 years, Ascension has been aimed to help Catholics have an encounter with the living God. From Bible studies to faith formation books to our free online videos, everything has been focused on that encounter.


See our recommendations from Ascension below.

Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life


Jesus is more than a historical or theological figure. He is our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord, and our God. While many of us already know a lot about him, how well can we say we really know him? Filmed on location in the Holy Land, Jesus: The Way, the Truth, and the Life is a new and fresh look at Jesus—who he is, what he is really like, what he taught, and what he did for our salvation.

The Bible in a Year


Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins, guides Catholics through the Bible in 365 daily episodes. Each 20-25 minute episode includes 2-3 scripture readings, a reflection from Fr. Mike Schmitz, and a guided prayer to help you hear God’s voice in his Word. Unlike any other Bible podcast, Ascension’s Bible in a Year Podcast for Catholics follows a reading plan inspired by the Great Adventure Bible Timeline® learning system, a groundbreaking approach to understanding Salvation History developed by renowned Catholic Bible teacher Jeff Cavins. Tune in and live your daily life through the lens of God’s word!

The Catechism in a Year


In response to countless requests, Ascension launched The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz). With this podcast, Catholics will: 

  • Read the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 days
  • Understand the essentials of the Catholic Faith and why they matter
  • See how Church teaching is rooted in Sacred Scripture
  • Absorb over 2,000 years of Sacred Tradition
  • Encounter God’s plan of sheer goodness
  • Transform their relationship with the Church that Christ founded.

If you have ever wanted to understand what it means to be Catholic and allow those truths to shape your life—this podcast is for you!

Podcasts - Fr. Mike Schmitz and more


Enjoy great Catholic podcasts on your commute or while working or relaxing at home!


  • Couples' Retreats
  • Men’s and Women’s ACTS Retreats
  • Parish Men’s and Women's Retreats
  • And more!

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