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

Our Spiritual Life 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
Jim Eyre, jamesaeyre@gmail.com

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

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 (2T)
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 or 2T 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.

Amanda Reilly, amandareilly@comcast.net

 

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.

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 Evening Men’s Group
The OLA Wednesday Men’s Group (WMG) invites 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. Three or four times a year we go out to dinner as a group to places like Olde Blind Dog, Marlow’s Tavern and Lucky’s.

Matt Foley and Kevin O’Toole, OLAWednesdayMensGroup@gmail.com

 

FOR COUPLES

Interfaith Couples Ministry
This ministry was recently formed to offer support for couples who are in dual faith relationships. Parish leaders will work with our interfaith couples to determine their needs and how our parish community can best help them navigate the challenges – and joys – that an interfaith relationship can bring.

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

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

Wedding Guild
Wedding Guild members assist couples in pre-wedding preparations, the rehearsal, and on the day of the wedding. If you are planning to get married at OLA, please contact Nimi Wani in the parish office at nwani@olachurch.org.

 

FOR CHILDREN/YOUTH

Little Lambs
Each Sunday during the 9:00am Liturgy, children (2 – 5 years old) leave the assembly to celebrate the “Good News” in their own style with age appropriate stories and lessons, then they return to Mass. Sign-up is not required.

Liturgy of the Word for Children
Each Sunday during the 9:00 am Liturgy, children (5 years – 2nd grade), leave the congregation to celebrate the “Good News” in their own style then they return to Mass.  Sign-up is not required.

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