Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

Discipleship Institute

PhotoScan- discipleship logoOur parish’s Discipleship Institute has been developed to invite members of the community to get more involved in being credible witnesses to the gospel.

It will provide information, inspiration, plenty of discussion, and prayer to stimulate the members’ creativity and the sharing of their gifts.  It is an institute for disciples!

The Discipleship Institute offers a variety of programs to help each individual grow in following Jesus as one of his disciples in the modern world and to support the parish’s worship, formation, and service ministries.

Discipleship involves living according to Jesus’ teaching and following the pattern of his life which includes sharing in his ministry.  The Discipleship Institute pursues these goals by offering programs through four tracks:


  • Scripture/Theology

    The Passion Narratives in the Gospels

    Tuesdays: February 20, 27, March 6, 13 and 20
    7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    This course will probe the key events of all four passion narratives from Jesus’ betrayal and final meal to his trial, crucifixion, and resurrection, grappling with the central mystery of Christianity which revolves around Jesus’ death and resurrection.

    Facilitated by Harry Fleddermann, Professor Emeritus

    Register here!

  • Spirituality/Prayer/Enrichment

    Planning For Retirement

    January 23
    5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    Looking toward the future? Considering retiring? Join us for an informative evening on that very topic. Sandwiches at 5:30 pm followed by a presentation by Rob Petri. Questions are welcome!


    The Great Relationship Series

    Tuesdays: February 6, 13, 27, and March 6
    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Exploring and discussing common sense wisdom essential to couples.
    Learning & using distinct communication tools essential to insure consistent couple happiness & satisfaction.
    Illuminating strategies that successful couples use for growing better and better relationships.

    Tickets needed: $25 per person.

    Call 866-724-2000, or go to greatrelationshipsense.com/OLOL to purchase tickets.

    Bill Schacht, MS, LCSW, coach


    The Casa Romero group presents: The Lenten Examen 

    Based on the Ignatian Spirituality Daily Examen

    Tuesdays: February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, and 22
    10:00 am – 11:30 am or 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Fee: $30/person at the door

    St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God. It involves becoming aware of God’s presence, reviewing the time with gratitude, paying attention to your emotions, choosing one feature and praying from it, and looking forward to the future.

    Register here!



    Spiritual Mini-Retreat

    Wednesday, May 9
    9:00 am – noon

    Topic: The Trinity: Mind, Body, Spirit

    As the Father led creation, our minds lead our experience. As the Son became human to connect with humanity, our bodies connect us to the world. As the Holy Spirit came to encourage and strengthen us, our spirits embolden us to take on new challenges and to persevere in the face of difficulty. Come nurture your spirit through quiet prayer and reflection.

    Facilitated by: Laurie Ozbolt

    Register here!


    Pentecost Evening of Reflection

    Wednesday, May 16
    7:00 pm

    Spend some time with us reflecting on our gifts and how we are able to share them. Celebrate the “birthday of the Church” through prayer and discernment.

    Facilitated by: Discipleship Institute Planning Committee


    …And The Elders Pray…

     2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:00 am – 9:45 am

    A new format to include a Communion Service. We begin with a blessing and an opening song, have an opening prayer, read the scripture for the day and discuss, then have an extended prayer of the faithful where we can pray for families, neighborhoods, faith community and our nation. We will also look at and discuss how we can become better disciples. We then join hands for the Our Father, share peace and prepare to receive Eucharist. There is a closing prayer, a closing blessing and a closing song.

    As elders, we have the time and the responsibility to pray for one another and anyone who needs our prayers. The Spirit is alive in our group. Join us.

    Facilitated by Anita Hallman Kowalski and other prayer leaders.



    MOMS Spirituality

    There are two MOMS Spirituality Groups (one morning & one evening) to meet the needs of moms’ busy schedules. The morning group meets every Thursday morning from 9:15 am – 11:00 am from September-May (excluding December). The evening group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm from September-May, then once per month during the summer.

    The purpose of these groups is to attend to the spiritual needs of moms, bringing scripture readings and discussions into their daily lives. Whether you stay-at-home, work full-time, work part-time, have 1 child, 10 children, biological, adopted, or step-children, all are welcome. As a group, we support and lift each other up through the challenge of motherhood in its many forms.

    The Thursday morning MOMS’ Spirituality Group has been meeting for 15 years here at Our Lady of Lourdes. Some of the little ones who played in the nursery during our early sessions are now attending high school and college, yet their moms continue to attend the sessions.

    What entices these moms to continue to be a part of the MOMS’ Spirituality Group? Perhaps the following elements of our sessions draw them back: scripture study, prayer, child-rearing discussions, the retreat, friendship, and faith sharing.

    Bible study is our main focus. Primarily, we analyze and reflect on the Gospel for the following Sunday. We reflect by discussing pertinent questions that help us to see the relevance of the Gospel message for us, as moms, in today’s world.

    We, also, use various forms of prayer to help us more fully engage with the gospels. We use Ignatian Contemplation, “composition of place,” which allows us to let Our Lord speak to us through our imagination. Lexio Divina, “sacred prayer,” is another prayer form which draws us “into a deeper relationship with God.” Our opening prayer has become an important component for the group, as we share the news and needs of family and friends, and our sessions always end with the Our Father and a sign of peace.

    Of course, as a moms group, our children are always an important topic of conversation. Information is shared on parenting tips. Books are recommended for parents and children. Other topics of conversation include the pros and cons of local schools, doctors, shopping, and ideas about extra-curricular activities for the children. Clothing and baby furniture have even been swapped.

    The retreat – once a year the moms take a time out over a weekend to get away from the busyness of family life to refresh themselves. Retreat leaders help guide us through self-reflection exercises and faith discussions. We also take time to play and relax with each other.

    One of the greatest blessings that has come about within this group is the development of friendship, and with that has come support for each other. We support one another in the hard times and in joyful times. We are there for each other as jobs are lost and when jobs are found, as a loved one dies or is ill and when a baby arrives, as a family experiences a crisis and when a family celebrates a special event, as a mom leaves the group for work or school and when a mom joins our group for the first time to explore her faith.

    Most importantly we are people of faith coming together to share what it means to be a Christian mom in the context of family and the community of Our Lady of Lourdes. Motherhood is an awesome responsibility. The MOMS’ Spirituality Group is here to help make our life’s journey a little easier through sharing our faith, our friendship, our support, and our love.

    The Evening Group began meeting last year and follows a format similar to the morning group.

    Judy Monday facilitates the morning group.
    Laurie Ozbolt facilitates the evening group.

    Email the Parish Office to request contact information.

    Moms, come join us!



    Spiritual Direction

    Spiritual direction is an on-going, faith-based dialogue where the spiritual director guides you on a journey of reflection into your life. All aspects of your life are viewed through the lens of faith and spirituality. There is power in telling your story while someone listens intently and in confidence. Possible areas to explore during spiritual direction include: self-fulfillment, connection to the divine, career issues, relationship issues, parenting issues, personal joy, fears, and gratitude. We have three spiritual directors available. Take a descriptive flyer from the bulletin board outside of church and/or email the Parish Office for to request contact information.



    Centering Prayer

    Mondays at 4:00 pm

    A time for silent, meditative prayer centering on God. We try to “empty” ourselves and turn our focus to God through prayer, silence, music and discussion on books read by the group.

  • Leadership/Ministry

    Parish Ambassadors

    Parish Ambassador Gathering and Update 

    Wednesday, April 25
    7:00 pm

    A time for prayer and reflection, as well as listening to ideas and concerns of Parish Ambassadors.

    Facilitated by: James Wielgosz and Discipleship Institute Planning Committee


    Parish Ambassador Training II: Mentoring New Parishioners

    Saturday, February 17
    9:00 am – noon

    Training II – new ministry mentoring to new parishioners.

    Facilitated by: James Wielgosz and Discipleship Institute Planning Committee

    Register here!

  • Reachout Ministries

    “Friend- To-Friend” Ministry

    This ministry connects an individual dealing with an issue to a “friend” who has experienced this same issue. Friendly chats ease stress and help you to know you are not alone. For more information contact Wanda Nye, Parish Nurse. *You can also tap a Parish Ambassador on the shoulder and voice your concern…they will help you make connections.

    “Friend” Connections in place:

    • Alcoholics Anonymous
    • Adult Children of Alcoholics
    • LGBTQ concerns
    • Dealing with Kennedy’s Disease (form of Muscular Dystrophy)
    • Kidney Disease
    • Dealing with Heart Disease
    • Cancer
    • Dealing with sick children
    • Dealing with Breast Cancer
    • Caregiving for the Elderly
    • Alzheimer’s Disease


    If you could become a “friend,” please contact Wanda Nye, Parish Nurse, and tell her you are ready and willing!

    “Friend” Connections needed:

    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Arthritis
    • Difficult Pregnancies
    • Separated & Divorced
    • Housebound, Loneliness
    • Loss of a loved one
    • Marriage Issues
    • Aging Issues
    • Spiritual Development
    • Dealing with Multiple Sclerosis
    • Dealing with problem children
    • Faith questions
    • Recovery issues
    • Anger management
    • Work/job related issues


    Downloadable Flyer


For information on any of the programs of the Discipleship Institute, contact:

Anita Hallman Kowalski, (414) 550-9890

Harry Fleddermann, (414) 383-8023

Jim Wielgosz, (414) 208-5647

Cathie Slater, 414-529-6873