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

 

BECOMING CATHOLIC

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
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.

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

RCIA Team
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. There are several events throughout the year; however, the reception following the Easter Vigil is the main event.

Donna or Cathy Dravis, dravisgirls@gmail.com

 

FOR ADULTS

Adult Faith Formation
The Faith Formation for Adults ministry supports growth in both human and Christian maturity, enriching the whole of life with the leaven of the Gospel, leading to a deeper  relationship with Jesus Christ and service to the poor and marginalized. The ministry engages all the faith dimensions of an adult life—for example, understanding and communicating the faith, skills needed for personal growth, the experience of family life, relationships, public service, and concern for the common good. Programs offered to adults include Scripture study groups, Small Christian Community discussion groups, various personal and spiritual growth courses, spiritual renewal and retreat programs, the adult conversion to Catholicism process, and many more.

The three major goals in adult faith formation are:  1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life; 2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community; 3. Call and Prepare Adults to Act as Disciples in Mission to the World.

*excerpted and adapted from “Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us: A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith Formation in the United States”

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

Bible Study 
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 Thursday mornings, 8:00-9:30 AM in the Upper Room.

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

Confirmation Preparation Team
Adult stewards work with teen leaders to plan and lead meetings for our teen confirmation program. Adults will assist in leading small groups and should be good examples of living the faith. Teams meet in the summer for planning and classes are Wednesday evenings in the fall.

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

 

FOR CHILDREN/YOUTH

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

Youth Ministry

High School (9th-12th Grades): Our high school group meets weekly on Sundays from 7-8:30 PM (meetings officially start at 7 PM but the door is open following 5:30 PM Mass). Each week we share our lives while exploring our faith and talking about everything from Christian themes in Disney movies to mental health! Each meeting is planned and led by a team of teen and adult leaders. During the year we serve the homeless, have coat/hygiene kit/clothing drives, go on retreats to St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL, and more.

Middle School (6th-8th Grades): Our middle school youth group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 PM. Our meetings are scheduled, planned and presented by a team of adult and youth leaders. The youth leaders pick the topics and issues we focus on; meetings range from Catholic Jeopardy to Human Trafficking Awareness to outdoor   Stations of the Cross to Angels & Heaven.  During the year we serve the homeless, have coat/hygiene kit/clothing drives, and go on a retreat to St. Bernard Abbey (Cullman, AL), and more.

Girl Talk (6th-8th Grade Girls): Middle school girls are invited to join us once a month (usually a Wednesday or Thursday night) for pizza and discussions on life and surviving Middle School. Girls are welcome to come when they can as we know schedules vary by month and sport season.

Kids Club (4th and 5th Graders): Kids Club meets one Monday a month from 6 -7:30 PM. Each meeting is usually focused on a liturgical event for the month (Lent, Christmas, All Saints, etc). Among our activities are games, arts and crafts, and trivia. We also have pizza for dinner at each meeting.

P3: Pizza, Play, and Prayer (1st – 3rd Graders): P3 meets one Thursday a month from 6-7 PM. We begin with pizza and prayer followed by games, crafts, and other activities. Parents are invited to stay and help with activities and games.

College/Young Adult: Affectionately known as “Catholic Club” this group was founded by students from Oglethorpe University. All college aged young adults are welcome! For more information on the college group, contact our Assistant Youth Minister, Joseph Hoffman at jhoffman@olachurch.org.

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

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