Religious Education and Faith Formation Ministries are responsible for passing on the teachings of the Catholic Church. 

Our Religious Education and Faith Formation Ministries are always looking for volunteers. If you have questions about an individual ministry, please contact the ministry contact listed or the Commission Ministry Head. 

Commission Ministry Head
Lori Howard, howa7424@bellsouth.net

 

Bible Study – Adults
Bible studies are offered as 6 week courses on various books of the Bible. Four 6-week courses are offered per year. Courses are offered on Sunday mornings, 10:15-11:15am in the Parish Library and Tuesday mornings, 8:00-9:30 AM in the Upper Room.

Mark Dannenfelser, mdannenfelser@olachurch.org

Confirmation Preparation Team
Adult stewards work with teen leaders to plan and lead meetings for our teen confirmation program. Teams meet in the summer for planning and classes are Wednesday evenings in the fall.

Angela O’Donoghue, aodonoghue@olachurch.org

Parish School of Religion (PSR )
The Parish School of Religion (Sunday School) assists parents in handing-on the Catholic faith to their children. Volunteer catechists meet with children in a classroom setting and promote knowledge of our beliefs, full and active participation in the liturgy, moral formation, and prayer life. The classes are for children in kindergarten through ninth grade who do not attend a Catholic school during the week.

Adult Volunteers for PSR. Teachers, aides and substitutes are needed at all grade levels. Training is provided. No experience needed.

Robert Rivers, Director of PSR, rrivers@olachurch.org
Gretchen Heath, Administration, gheath@olachurch.org

RCIA
The RCIA is the communal process of spiritual and educational formation through which adults explore the Catholic Faith and become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA is for adults wishing to become Catholic and also for Catholics who want to learn more about their faith.

Volunteers for RCIA:  Volunteers may act as sponsors for candidates, assist with hospitality (see below),  or be a facilitator in the process. You must be confirmed, an active member of the parish and willing to share your faith.

Mark Dannenfelser, Director of Adult Faith Formation, mdannefelser@olachurch.org

RCIA Hospitality
This group helps set-up, clean-up, and provide food for events celebrating those in the RCIA Program.  The reception following the Easter Vigil is the main event.

Donna or Cathy Dravis, dravisgirls@gmail.com

 

Youth Ministry
P3: Pizza, Play, and Prayer (1st – 3rd Graders): P3 meets one Thursday a month from 6-7pm. We begin with pizza and prayer followed by games, crafts, and other activities.

Kids Club (4th/5th Graders): Kids Club meets one Monday a month from 5:45 -7:30pm. Among our activities are: games, arts and crafts, an annual toiletries drive for the homeless and sharing our faith.

Middle School (6th-8th Grades): Our middle school youth group meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:45-8:30pm. Our meetings are scheduled, planned and presented by a team of adult and youth leaders, with the topics of most evenings being selected by the youth. We participate in many exciting activities throughout the school year!

High School (9th-12th Grades): Our high school group meets on Sundays from 6:45-8:30pm. Each week we share our lives while exploring our faith – Our goal is to express our faith in every moment of our lives! During the year we serve the homeless, have coat/hygiene kit/clothing drives, go on retreats to St. Bernard Abbey (Cullman, AL), and much more.

College/Young Adult: Affectionately known as “Catholic Club” this group was founded by students from Oglethorpe University. All college aged young adults are welcome!

 Adult Volunteers for Youth Ministry: We are always looking for volunteers to work with each group. Volunteers must commit to coming to each meeting during the year for the group that they choose to help lead. All volunteers must go through the archdiocesan required safe environment training.

For more information, please visit our Youth Ministry Website.

Angela O’Donoghue, Youth Minister,  aodonoghue@olachurch.org