Christian Outreach Ministries help us to live lives of mercy and to fulfill our baptismal call as we serve others who are in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual aid.

Our Christian Outreach 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
Bonita Cason-Atlow, atlowb@bellsouth.net

 

WITHIN THE OLA COMMUNITY

 

Body & Soul
This group organizes the parish blood drives, health fairs, and performs fund raisers for healthcare issues such as cancer and food allergy research.

Sara Sullivan, sara_sullivan@bellsouth.net

Funeral Reception Ministry
The OLA Funeral Reception Ministry provides funeral reception services that include food preparation, set-up, service, and clean-up in support of family and friends as they comfort one another following a funeral Mass. Please consider sharing your time and talent by joining our ministry! We have many volunteer options available to fit your time schedule. Communication is by e-mail, and we use Sign-up Genius to request stewards for the different volunteer needs. You can pick an item or spot to fill if you are available to help.

Amy O’Donoghue, 404-816-6992, odonoghue88@comcast.net

Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus. This Catholic organization for men is devoted to fundraising in support of many activities in and around the parish; specific areas of activities are church, school, community, youth, and pro-life.

Bob DuPree, r_dupree@bellsouth.net

Loaves & Fishes
Volunteers provide meals, on request, to families with new babies, those that are sick or hospitalized, or families that have experienced a death.

Nancy Rogge, nancy.d.rogge@gmail.com

Meals for Marists
These volunteers provide and deliver a weekly meal (typically on Sundays) to the parish priests. In addition, food preparation as needed for special events throughout the year hosted by the pastor and/or parish priests.

Jill Pierce, jillcpierce@hotmail.com

Ministry of Care 
Parishioners bring the Word of God and the Eucharist on a weekly basis to the sick, elderly in hospitals or care centers or those who are home-bound.  Special training is required in addition to being a trained Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.

Dc. Terry Biglow, terry.biglow@cdhpartners.com

Stephen Ministry, Stewards
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one care giving ministry. After training you will show God’s mercy, care and compassion to someone who is facing difficulties in their life. We are grounded in Jesus’s command to love one another.

Paul Roberts, paul.roberts771@gmail.com, stephenministry@olachurch.org

If you would like to talk to a Stephen Minister, please see Healing/Support Ministries section.

 

TO THE LARGER COMMUNITY

Addiction Mass
This Mass is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10am in the daily chapel. Please join us if you, a loved one or anyone you know may be dealing with the struggle of addiction.

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

 

Adopt-A-Cop: A Prayer Protection Ministry
Serving Those Who Protect.  Adopt-A-Cop assigns law enforcement officers from the Brookhaven Police Department to a family, group, or individual who will pray daily for them and send a note of encouragement, support, and gratitude for their service to the community. Members support the department in their community building activities and the ministry strengthens the relationship between our parish and the Brookhaven Police Department.

Anne Stephens, astephens@olachurch.org

Sarah Cash, sarahmcash@gmail.com

IOH: Interfaith Outreach Home Ministry
The IOH-Interfaith Outreach Home Ministry assists in maintaining the IOH home in all capacities and not only works to maintain the interior and exterior of the home, the ministry provides continued support to the residents and the staff. IOH allows those that have been displaced to have a place to stay, along with their families, until they are able to get back onto their feet. Please consider sharing your time and talent by joining our ministry.  We have plenty of projects to fit any schedule.

Bonita Cason-Atlow, 404-538-2725, atlowb@bellsouth.net

Just Faith Ministry
The OLA Just Faith Ministry is open to all who have completed the Just Faith Training. The organization supports it members to put their faith in action in support of others. We hold monthly FAIR TRADE coffee/tea/chocolate sales. Fair trade certification ensures the farming cooperatives comply with Fair Trade practices and are compensated at a fair wage. All products are NON-GMO and ORGANIC. CRS gets a portion of the proceeds. All profit goes toward building homes in Nicaragua by Food For the Poor.

This ministry also maintains an organic (Plant A Row) garden. All produce is donated to the Suther’s Center in Chamblee for local distribution. This ministry is in partnership with STAND UP FOR KIDS – a program supporting the homeless youth of Atlanta. Annual drives are conducted to provided what is needed and asked for by Stand Up for Kids.  The OLA Just Faith community actively supports each member in the work done in other Outreach Ministries (i.e. Kairos, Adult Ed programs, etc…).

Maria Massey, mariamassey1950@yahoo.com

KAIROS Prison Ministry
Kairos is an ecumenical Christian Prison Ministry that ministers to men and women in medium and maximum security prisons. Volunteers are needed to join the team, help lead retreats, and show agape in the form of baking cookies for prisoners and prison staff.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, 404-376-1495, Kevin.fitzpatrick@dcbflegal.com.

Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization that is devoted to many activities in and around the parish; specific areas of activities are church, community, youth and pro-life.

Bob DuPree, bob_dupree@bellsouth.net

Mercy Care Ministry
Mercy Care is our neighborhood clinic that provides free/low cost healthcare to families who do not have access to basic medical care. OLA’s Mercy Care ministry provides volunteer support for neighborhood health fairs, collects critical essential care items to support front line street medicine teams and raises funds to support community initiatives. Opportunities are also available for medical professionals and life and health skills professionals interested in volunteering their time and talent.

Darlene Mathews, joseph_darlene@yahoo.com 

Middle School Missions Camp
Rising 6th – 8th graders spend a week learning how to share their time and talent through service to the OLA and local community.

Joy Baljet, joybaljet@gmail.com

Maria Thomas, rmsb@outlook.com

Night Shelter Food Drivers (Nov. – March)
Drivers deliver food  to the Central Presbyterian Night Shelter on Tuesdays, Nov. – March.

Jim Tiernan, jimtier25@yahoo.com

Night Shelter Volunteers (Nov. – March)
Overnight volunteers serve at the Central Presbyterian Night Shelter by serving dinner to the guests (70 homeless men), cleaning up afterwards, and then staying overnight at the shelter to provide supervision of the guests. We typically have 6 overnight volunteers per night who rotate shifts of sleeping and supervising the guests. Total time on site is from 6pm to 6am. The reward of this ministry is the direct, hands-on outreach with the homeless men. They are real people who are down on their luck. They are humble and genuinely appreciative of the warm meal and the shelter from the winter weather. Serving them in this way is a humbling and uplifting experience.

Nick Meyer, nickgmeyer@gmail.com

 Pro-Life Committee
The primary goal of this committee is to educate people about Pro-Life issues, increase awareness and raise funds for pro-life causes.

Mike Cribbs, mcribbs1@bellsouth.net

Soupremes (Nov. – March)
Teams of chefs prepare meals to be served at the Central Night Shelter Teams cook on a rotating schedule. Meals are prepared in the Marist Hall Kitchen each Monday of the Month and delivered the next day by the Night Shelter Drivers Ministry.

Anne Marie Shulman, annemarieshulman@mac.com 

Jill Termini, jilltermini@ups.com

St. Vincent de Paul Society
The purpose of this group is to provide confidential and temporary emergency assistance to those within our parish boundaries in the form of rent, food, utilities, medicine or transportation.  Members make personal visits to assess and verify needs of clients.

Mike Cribbs, mcribbs1@bellsouth.net