Adult Faith Formation
“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart,
a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”
– Dorothy Day
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:
Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life;
Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community;
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”
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, Catholics who would like to complete the sacraments of initiation, and Catholics who want to learn more about their faith.
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 from 10:15-11:15am in the Parish Library.
Courses on theology and spirituality are offered throughout the year. Please check the "Current/Upcoming Offerings" section for details.
Spiritual Life Ministries
Spiritual Life Ministries help foster the spiritual life of the members of our community through activities including retreats, prayer, and discussion groups.
404-261-7181 ext. 127
404-261-7181 ext. 123
Bible Study: The Gospel of Luke
Thursday Mornings, 8-9am beginning September 5 in the Upper Room
Art Keegan has taken on the mantle of Father Ed’s Thursday morning Bible Study! All are invited to join the Bible study on the Gospel of Luke beginning Thursday, September 5 immediately following the 7:30am Mass (approximately 8am). The sessions will take place in the Upper Room (Second Floor of the Church) and last about 1 hour. No need to read the Gospel in advance, but be sure to bring your Bible with you. Art will be using the New American Bible (Catholic).
Course: Laudato Si' Creation Care Study Group
Thursday Evenings, 7-8:30 September 26- November 7, 2019, Upper Room @OLA
In the 4 years since Pope Francis gave his encyclical, Laudato Si’, there has been an active movement within the Catholic Church to integrate these teachings and lessons into the lives of the faithful, on international, national, and local levels.To bring Laudato Si' and its messages on creation care more deeply into our daily experience, OLA will be hosting a Creation Care study group this fall. We will read and discuss parts of Laudato Si’, exploring an integral ecology that considers the environment, our economy, our society, and how the most vulnerable among us are disproportionately affected by environmental crises. We will focus on practical actions that we can take, personally and as a Christian society, to care more directly and consciously for our common home.
For more information, or to sign up, please contact: Suzanne Degnats at firstname.lastname@example.org.