Mark Dannenfelser, Director of Adult Faith Formation

mdannenfelser@olachurch.org  or  (404) 261-7181 ext. 127

Gretchen Heath, Administrative Assistant
gheath@olachurch.org or (404) 261-7181 ext. 123

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”

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.

To register for RCIA 2019-2020 please click here. 

Assignments:  Click here

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. Contact Mark to join the team!

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.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Donna or Cathy Dravis, dravisgirls@gmail.com

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.

SPIRITUAL LIFE MINISTRIES FOR ADULTS

Spiritual Life Ministries help foster the spiritual life of the members of our community through activities including retreats, prayer, and discussion groups. 

FOR EVERYONE

Elijah Cup Vocations Ministry
Join us in our prayers for vocations! Each week at one of the Sunday Masses, a different family takes the Elijah Cup home to pray for vocations to the religious life and priesthood – especially to the Society of Mary (Marist).

Mary Ferrara, maryfferrara@yahoo.com

FOR ALL ADULTS

Centering Prayer Group
The group meets 2 times per month on Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm in the Upper Room.The Centering Prayer method presents the teachings of Christian contemplatives from earlier times in an updated form. The purpose of the ongoing prayer group meeting is threefold: to pray, 2. to support one another in the practice of contemplative prayer, 3. ongoing spiritual enrichment/study of contemplative prayer.

Meeting Format: 20 min period of Centering Prayer; view a video, read a portion of a Centering Prayer book, or reflect on a scriptural text; brief period of open discussion. All are welcome. No experience necessary.

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

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)
Christ Renews His Parish is a retreat experience designed to give both the individual and the parish community an opportunity for renewal and growth in the spiritual life. This annual parish weekend has been offered at OLA since 1979. It is held  each February on the parish grounds and is available to any adult interested. The retreat lasts from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. The weekend is offered to parishioners by parishioners. Participants sleep in their own homes; all meals are provided.

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

Christ Renews His Parish Second Touch (CRHP2T)
Relive the experience that awakened you at CRHP by joining us at this mini-retreat. Held each fall from Friday night through Saturday. Requirements: must have attended a CRHP weekend retreat prior.

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

Small Christian Communities (SCC)
Small Christian Communities are faith-sharing groups of 6 – 12 people. Several groups (25-30 groups) meet at various times of the day and days of the week. Some groups have been meeting for 15 or 20 years! Small Christian Communities are powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, providing opportunities for learning, prayer, mutual support, and the shared experience of Christian living and service. These groups meet in parishioners homes and use discussion materials rooted in Scripture and Church tradition. We invite you to participate in a small group or to get ideas for materials for your existing group.

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

Young Adult Ministry
All OLA young adults (college graduates to 35 years old) are invited to attend the Young Adult Ministry weekly Bible/Book Study. The group meets every Monday at 7:30pm in a member’s home.

Kelsey and Andrew Gagnon, olayoungadultsgroup@gmail.com

FOR WOMEN

Common Thread

Women’s small groups are groups of 10-15 women who meet in each others homes to support one another in their journeys as individuals, spouses, mothers, and Christians. Part social and part reflection, these groups promote deepening friendships through faith-filled connections.

Amanda Reilly and Catherine Rice, olawomensgroups@gmail.com.

FOR MEN

Bible Study for Men – Friday Morning
The Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study attends the 7:30am Mass and then meets at Oglethorpe University for breakfast and bible study.

Pete Cabrelli, pcabrelli@semareps.com

Saturday Men’s Discipleship Group
This group meets every Saturday morning  at 7:30 am in the OLA Parish Library. We    discuss a variety of issues that men face and utilize both scripture and Christian teaching to guide us with the issues on our hearts. We are a very diverse group of men, at all different places in our Christian journey. We are striving to become better men, better husbands, better fathers … Better Christians. The group is open to all men who wish to join. www.facebook.com/groups/olasatmorningmensgroup/.

Declan Reilly and Ralph Williams, olasatmorningmensgroup@gmail.com

Wednesday Men’s Group
The OLA Wednesday Men’s Group (WMG) invites all OLA Men interested in visiting and/or joining our Small Faith Community. WMG was founded in October of 2016, with a commitment to OLA Men seeking a classic, mid-week, evening meeting format. Our group offers brotherhood, fellowship, and a deeper appreciation of our Catholic faith, to OLA’s male parishioners. The group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Library of the church’s office. WMG devotes about half of each session to a discussion of the upcoming Sunday’s readings. And we explore other Catholic topics and issues with the remainder of the group’s time.

Matt Foley at (404) 240-0235 or or Kevin O’Toole at (404) 451-3092, OLAWednesdayMensGroup@gmail.com.

FOR COUPLES

Marriage Encounter/WEDS Group
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is the largest pro-marriage organization in the world and promotes weekend  experiences for couples who want to make their good marriage even better. WEDS groups meet for the purpose of supporting each other in dialogue and to help each other live out the concepts of the Marriage Encounter Weekend.  All couples who have attended a Marriage Encounter Weekend are invited to join the OLA WEDS group.

Karen Sheehan,  ksheehan2000@yahoo.com

Sponsor Couple for the Engaged
Lay ministers (married couples) meet with engaged couples as part of the marriage preparation process. Training is required.

Ingrid and Max Hilsman, ingridhilsman@bellsouth.net