Robert Rivers, Director of the Parish School of Religion

Gretchen Heath, Administrative Assistant or (404) 261-7181 ext. 123


 ”Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
– Matt 19:13-15

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.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program
If you have a child age 3, 4 or 5 and you are looking for a from of religious education outside of school, please consider Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. This program, which is part of the parish school of religion, takes place on Sunday mornings from 10:30am to 11:45am at Sophia Academy on Dresden Drive. Children from OLA parish go to this location for a hands-on, Montessori-style form of Sunday school which teaches about scripture, sacraments and the mass. Children use manipulatives for a hands-on experience about our faith. A few openings are available for children 3, 4 or 5 years old. Please register below under PSR Fall Registration 2016. For more information on how the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program works, please go to or contact Maria Thomas at

You and Your Children Are Always Welcome!

  • The program begins in September and concludes in April.
  • Classes meet weekly on Sunday morning from 10:10am to 11:20am.
  • Classes are held in the school classrooms.

Calendar, Handbook and Registration Information: 

Please read the PSR handbook and review the VIRTUS (Safe Environment material below).

Children who are baptized Catholic are typically prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion during their first and second grade years. Children not enrolled in Catholic schools are required to complete both the first and second grades in the School of Religion to be eligible for First Reconciliation and First Communion. All students in second grade in public and private schools must attend the preparation classes specifically designed for Reconciliation and Communion.

Please contact Gretchen Heath, Administrative Assistant or (404) 261-7181 ext. 123 for additional information

Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to helping children and young people learn and grow in a healthy and safe environment. OLA Parish complies with diocesan safe environment policies and procedures.

In accordance with the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the programProtecting God’s Children – Teaching Touching Safety (commonly referred to as “Virtus”) is used in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade participate in a safety lesson in their first year and once they move the next grade group.

The Safe Environment training for Adults of the Archdiocese of Atlanta includes training in how to recognize, prevent and report abuse. All employees, and volunteers who regularly work with minors, receive this initial training, as well as ongoing training and background screening. The Code of Conduct, Sexual Abuse Policy, Ministerial Standards for Clergy, Educators and all  Working with Children and Vulnerable Individuals,  Social Media Policy as well as the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People are available at the diocesan website,  An overview of the children’s training, parent guide, and lesson plans are also available on the diocesan website. Click here for VIRTUS safe environment information.

We are happy to partner with you in working to keep your children safe.