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.
The Centering Prayer (CP) Groups meet weekly to pray together in the contemplative tradition and to study and discuss the contemplative dimension of the Gospel and the Christian life.
The purpose of the ongoing prayer group meetings is threefold: Prayer, Study & Action.
1. To pray in the contemplative prayer form.
2. To engage in ongoing study of contemplative prayer.
3. To support one another in living the contemplative life.
There are 2 weekly CP groups in the parish:
1. Mondays, 12-1:00pm, live online (this is a NEW group)
2. Wednesdays, 7-8pm, live online
Both groups have the same format and are intended to offer time options for people to participate in communal prayer. Come to one group or both groups; pray with us weekly, or come whenever you can!
All are welcome. No experience necessary.
To gain access to the online Zoom platform, please email Mark Dannenfelser at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deacon Chris Thompson at
404-261-7181 ext. 127
404-261-7181 ext. 123
Racial Justice and the Catholic Church
A discussion group for all parishioners and friends
Four Mondays, 7-8:30pm Jan 25-Feb 22 (off on 2/15) via ZOOM
This 4-session discussion, hosted by OLA’s Saturday Morning Men’s Group, will examine the presence of racism in this country. We will also explore how Catholic social teaching has been used, or not used, to combat racism and promote reconciliation and justice.
The discussion group is based on Fr. Bryan Massingale’s book, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church and will be facilitated by Ashley Morris, Associate Director of the Office of Intercultural Ministries in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
The course is free.
Please buy the book on your own (Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Fr. Bryan Massingale).
Adult Catechism Study
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is like the treasure buried in the field. Out of sight and out of mind. Yet, when you dig it up, your effort is always rewarded.
Matthew Kelly, a modern Apologist and Evangelist claims, “You become what you think.” It is a simple and profound thought. If you want to be a Catholic; first you must think like a Catholic. This class will focus on what Catholics think and how we think differently from non-Catholics. So if you want to think like a Catholic then this course may be for you!
Sessions are via Zoom on Thursdays from 9-10am beginning January 21. For more details - including the starting date - email Art Keegan at email@example.com.