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
Philip Ebinger, phil.ebinger.atl@gmail.com



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).

Mike Cribbs, mcribbs1@bellsouth.net


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. Currently, many groups are using the ARISE Together In Christ materials after a parish-wide initiative to increase participation in Small Christian Communities. We invite you to participate in a small group or to get ideas for materials for your existing group.

Amanda Reilly, amandareilly@comcast.net



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

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

That Man is You!
That Man is You! is an interactive men’s program focused upon the development of authentic male leadership. The program content harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. TMIY successively considers men in their relationships with God, their family, their careers,  church, and social communities. We address the pressures and temptations men face in our modern culture. TMIY seeks to form authentic leaders capable of transforming themselves, their homes, and greater society. It is particularly indebted to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and Pope John Paul II.

The TMIY! is scheduled around the school year. The program begins in the Fall and completes a 13-week “semester” before the Christmas holidays. The 13-week Spring “semester”  begins in the middle of January and finishes by the end of April. Each session will include a light breakfast/social time, DVD presentation, small group discussion.

Striving to become better men, better husbands, better fathers, better community leaders… better Christians. Read more at www.thatmanisyou.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




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