Adult Faith Formation embraces the continual commitment to strengthen our discipleship in Jesus Christ through ongoing catechesis, prayer, sacrament, and service. The sole purpose of Adult Faith Formation programs is to help adults grow in the image of Christ, to engage all of us in our Catholic story, and help shape the faith of future generations by participating in Faith Formation here at Our Lady of The Lake!

Focus on Faith

Focus on Faith is faith formation for adults of all ages on Sunday mornings from 10:20 to 11:20 AM.

Focus on Faith provides the opportunity to join other adults in Bible Studies, Small Group Fellowship, Seminar Presentations, and other programs. All programs are drop-in with no registration or cost.

Each Week, Beginners Nursery is offered for parents attending the 9:00 AM and/or Focus on Faith events. For more information, visit Beginners.

Upcoming Focus on Faith Opportunities

Every Sunday

  • Explore the Sunday Readings
  • Join us for video presentations by Dr. Brant Pitre, exploring the First Century Christian understanding of today's Scripture readings and how it applies to us today.
  • Parish Center, Bethlehem Room

January 19

  • A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: Introduction
  • Enter into the heavenly mystery of the Mass as you learn about the importance of this Eucaristic Sacrament. In this introductory session, you learn about the Eucharist as sacrfice, the true presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and how to properly approach this five part-study.
  • Parish Hall, Carpeted Area

January 26

  • A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: The Introductory Rites
  • There is so much meaning even in the Introductory Rites of the Mass! You see the tradition held in the Sign of the Cross, the Opening Greeting, the Act of Penance, Kyrie, Gloria, and how all the intentions are gathered together in the Opening Prayer. Join at any time; resources are available for missed sessions in this five part-study.
  • Parish Hall, Carpeted Area
  • Catholic Basics: Bible 101
  • How do I begin to read and pray the Bible? What are the types of books included? What translations are approved?
  • Parish Center, Nazareth Room


February 2

  • A Biblical Walk Through the Mass: The Liturgy of the Word
  • Plant the first pillar of the Mass into your memory as you recall all the times when God speaks to His people in the Liturgy of the Word. In this session, you learn all about the First and Second Readings, Responsorial Psalm, the special role of the Gospel, which is followed by the homily and Creed. Join at any time; resources are available for missed sessions in this five part-study.
  • Parish Hall, Carpeted Area
  • Just say Yes
  • Thre is something inside us that often leaves us resistant to saying YES to God. Through Krisi's dynamic story, Krisi will ask us to consider what might be holding us back from consistently pursuing God by just saying YES to Him. This presentation is for high school youth and adults. Krisi Christensen is on the pastoral staff at Holy Family Catholic Church in Portland.
  • Presented by Kris Christensen
  • Parish Center, Nazareth Room


Explore Your Faith

Studies on the Bible, Church History, and Catholic Biblical Foundations

Studies Beginning Winter 2020

A Biblical Walk Through the Mass | Mondays | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
No Greater Love | Wednesdays | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
No Greater Love | Mondays | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
No Greater Love | Mondays | 7:00-9:00 PM

Studies Continuing into the Spring

Revelation: Catholic View of the End Times | Tuesdays | 9:15-11:00 AM

September 24, 2019 - TBD

Join Julia Miller for an exploration of the Catholic understanding of the Book of Revelation. Jesus speaks directly to us about the hidden mysteries of the last days before his second coming. What is he saying to you and how does this apply to your life today?

Facilitator:  Julia Miller

Fulfilled Part 2 | Wednesdays | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
EPIC: A Journey through Church History | Thursdays | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Matthew: A King and His Kingdom | Thursdays | 7:00-9:00 PM

Small Groups

Small Groups are set groups of 8 to 12 adults who meet together on a regular basis. These groups may meet weekly, monthly, or anywhere inbetween for an ongoing basis or a set time, such as during Advent or Lent. 

If you would like to join a Small Group, explore our current options on our Small Group Directory or contact Laura Patton to set up your own group. 

If you would like to lead or help faciliate a Small Group contact Laura Patton to receive training and materials.

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Becoming Catholic

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

Is something missing in your life? (Dick's personal story may offer some suggestions. Watch his two minute video.)

Discover the journey of people who chose to become Catholic here at Our Lady of the Lake. Watch this short video.

Expolore the personal images of our Easter Vigil from April of 2019. These images capture the story of the many adults at the end of their journey to Catholicism.

If you have questions and would like to learn more, please complete our information sheet online here or contact Laura, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 503-636-7687. Our 2019-2020 sessions begin September 18 at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center. We welcome inquiries year round.

You were asked to be an RCIA Sponsor. What does that mean? You may be thinking, "What do I have to do? I do not know what the Church teaches, I'm not a teacher?" Watch this video and put your mind and heart at ease.

Returning Catholics

Awakening Faith is a program that helps returning and questioning Catholics explore, refresh, and deepen their faith and develop a very real experience of God. Jesus gave us the Church for a reason and we need to explore that reason.

Awakening Faith meets on Thursday nights, 7:00-8:30 PM, in the Parish Center Library. No RSVP or registration required. Feel free to call Margaret for more information or to find out when the next sessions begin.

Session 1: Spirituality - Just what is it?

Session 2: Who is Jesus to me?

Session 3: Do we need the Holy Spirit?

Session 4: Is God's Mercy for me?

Session 5: Can Mass make my life more meaningful?

Session 6: The Church and Me

Returning Catholics Contact: Margaret Jamieson, 503-635-2915

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Adult Confirmation

Because the Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation and is the way God pours out his strength and wisdom to us, you are encouraged to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church prior to receiving other Sacraments (i.e. marriage) or being a Godparent.

Are you an active adult Catholic who has not yet been confirmed?

We understand that there are many reasons adult Catholics have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Our Lady of the Lake invites you to participate in an adult focused preparation program to complete this Sacrament. 


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