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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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See OLL's study recommendations for self-directed study on FORMED below:
"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.
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.
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.
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!