Our Lady of the Lake

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Posted February 21, 2024


Synod on Synodality
Our Lady of the Lake Discernment Session

Saturday, March 9, 2024
9:30am – 12:30pm | Parish Hall


The Church’s global Synod on Synodality began in 2021 and continues this Lent following the fall 2023 convocations at the Vatican with bishops, clergy, laypersons, and religious men and women representatives from, literally, all over the world. The outcomes of those discernments were gathered and published into A Synod Church in Mission Synthesis Report which describes twenty Convergences, Matters for Consideration, and Proposals for further dialog.

Archbishop Sample has invited local pastors to hold a Synodal discernment session this Lent. In the context of prayer, on Saturday, March 9, we will consider these two questions:

1.    Where have we seen or experienced successes – and distresses – within the Church’s structure(s)/organization/leadership/life that encourage or hinder the mission?

2.    How can the structures and organization of the Church help all the baptized respond to the call to proclaim the Gospel and to live as a community of love and mercy in Christ?

The Synod Synthesis Report can be found at ollparish.com/synod for you consider in advance of your participation in our parish discernment session. Please register to attend.





Posted February 20, 2024


A Synodal Church in Mission: Synthesis Report


The synthesis is entitled A Synodal Church in Mission: Synthesis Report. Click below to read.


Click here to read the Synthesis Report





Posted October 4, 2022


US National Synthesis on the Synod Released


The synthesis is entitled National Synthesis of the People of God in the United States of America. The synthesis marks the completion of the Diocesan Phase of the 2021-2023 Synod: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.


Click here to read the US Nationial Synthesis on the Synod





Posted August 25, 2022


Archbishop Releases Synod Results


"Thank you to all who helped organize our discernment sessions and all who participated in the Synod on Synodality. We listened intently to the Holy Spirit and to one another and grounded our discernment in prayer and adoration of the Holy Eucharist."


Click here to read the Archbishop's Memo and Synod Synopsis





Posted June 2, 2022


OLL Synod Participation Summary


Members of the Pastoral Council summarized responses to the three Synod Reflection Questions which participants made during the Synod's parish gatherings in February and March of 2022. This summary was submitted to the Archdiocese and was presented during the vicariate gathering in May 2022. Click below to read Fr. Kern's introductory letter and view the OLL Synod Summary document.





Posted February 2022. All sessions have ended.


Synod Participation Opportunities

at Our Lady of the Lake


The Synod on Synodality is an assembling of the entire Church over the next two years, at the invitation of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to encounter Christ, journey together and listen to the Holy Spirit. In the local phase, which runs through June 2022, we of the Archdiocese of Portland will be engaged in a process of prayer and discernment in each parish to collectively discern where and how God is inviting us to extend the Church’s mission in today’s new apostolic age.


Related Links and Resources

Synod Session Scriptures & Questions for Participants

Prayer for the Synod on Synodality


Additional Synod Information From:

The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The Vatican