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 Fellowhip, Seminar Presentations, and other programs. All programs are drop-in with no registration or cost.

Upcoming Focus on Faith Opportunities

Summer 2019

Every Sunday- Explore the Sunday Readings

  • Join us for video presentations of Dr. Brant Pitre, who is the author of The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary, and many more.
  • Parish Center, Bethlehem Room

July 14 - Holy Leisure, Holy Rest

  • How do we find peace and take time to relax amidst our many responsibilities?

  • Lily Weber, our Youth minister, will explore the notion of “Holy leisure, or Holy Rest.” She will reflect on how we can be transformed and receive God’s peace in the midst of life’s chaotic schedules.

  • Parish Hall, Carpeted Area

July 20 & 21 After All Masses - Small Group Sunday

  • Why do some people join small groups? Did Jesus have a small group fellowship, besides his 12 disciples? What questions might you have about joining a small group? Come and hear from people who are in small group to discern if this might or might not be right for you.
  • Parish Hall, Carpeted Area

August 11 - Assumption of the Blessed Mother

  • Mary, Assumed in to Heaven Body and Soul! Does it make a real difference in your life?  What does it mean for us today in the 21st century? If Mary truly is “Queen over all things...” (CCC 966), what effect does her queenship have in our everyday life?
  • Parish Hall, Carpeted Area

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

Faith Formation/Bible Study

EPIC: A Journey through Church History | Thursdays| 10:00 AM-12:00 PMAM

September 19, 2019 - March 19, 2020

Adventure, intrigue, rebellion, reform, and devotion! All these are found, not in the latest Hollywood blockbuster, but our own history, as shown in this exciting twenty-part series. Learn the exciting history of the Church throughout the years

Facilitator:  Chuck Kastigar & Tom Foy

By purchasing the materials with the above link through Ascension Press you are automatically registered for the class.

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.

Why should I become Catholic? This 15 minute video tells the story in the words of St. Paul II.

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?" What this video and put your mind and heart at ease.

Laura Patton, our Director of Adult Faith Formation, would love to meet with you at your convenience. Contact her at 503-636-7687 or online here.

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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