Following Our Lord with Our Lady
Being a disciple means following Jesus and joyfully obeying his commands. Whatever our background, we are all called to emulate the perfect discipleship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Discipleship Department at Our Lady of the Lake has a vision for engaging all members of the parish and helping each person to grow in his or her faith. For adults, we will launch Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization. For children, we will continue to expand our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program. And for young and old, FORMED.org will provide access to the best Catholic content.
Jesus is calling us to make disciples and to be his witnesses in Holland, on the Lakeshore, and to the ends of the earth. Lakeshore Academy for the New Evangelization (LANE) is a school of adult discipleship that will empower the people of Our Lady of the Lake and our regional Catholic community to live this mission. Beginning fall 2018, LANE courses and pilgrimages will unpack the treasures of Scripture and Tradition, making them comprehensible, accessible, and shareable in the twenty-first century.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) is a program for young children that is rooted in Scripture, liturgy, and the Montessori principles of education. CGS originated over 50 years ago in the Diocese of Rome with the goal of assisting the involvement of children in a common religious experience. Catechesis of the Good Shepherd works for young children with all types of learning capabilities (both advanced and challenged) and offers a unique hands-on approach which allows them the opportunity to experience religious values while celebrating their uniquely childlike, enthusiastic enjoyment of God.
Our Vision for CGS
Add more class times with multiple days available in fall 2018.
Expand our existing offerings from Level 1 only to Level 2 in fall 2018 and Level 3 in 2020, for implementation of the full CGS experience for children age three through fifth grade
Create two atria spaces. An atrium is a dedicated, sacred space designed to be beautiful, loving, and joyful.
FORMED.org is a revolutionary online platform featuring the best Catholic videos, audio talks, ebooks, and movies from the Augustine Institute, St. Paul Center, Marian Fathers, Lighthouse Catholic Media, Ignatius Press, and Word on Fire. Our Lady of the Lake now has a FORMED.org account that is accessible to all parishioners, vastly increasing the number of free resources at your fingertips for learning about and enjoying the faith.