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: 

  1. Invite and Enable Ongoing Conversion to Jesus in Holiness of Life;

  2. Promote and Support Active Membership in the Christian Community; 

  3. 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”

Elizabeth Piper

Director

epiper@olachurch.org

404-261-7181 ext. 127

Becoming Catholic:

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.

To learn more about the RCIA Program, please click here.

Bible Studies

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.

Formation Courses

Courses on theology and spirituality are offered throughout the year. Please check the "Current/Upcoming Offerings" section for details. 

Guest Speakers

Guests Speakers are brought in throughout the year for talks on theology, spirituality, and other Catholic formation. 

Current/Upcoming Offerings

The Story of the Kingdom of Israel: A Bible Study on the Books of Samuel and Kings

Thursdays, at 8:15am in the Upper Room  

Taught by Art Keegan (Email Art for ZOOM link if you wish to attend remotely.)

 

The Thursday morning Bible Studytakes please each week at 8:15am in the Upper Room. The four Old Testament Books of Samuel and Kings tell the story of the Kingdom of Israel. They span roughly 500 years from 1070 BC to 587BC.

They are books of sacred history. The Kingdom of Israel is presented as a failed political and theological experiment. Why write so much about a failure? One answer is the need to explain how the Jewish people ended up as slaves and exiles in Babylon in 587BC.

In 1200 BC, God rescued the Israelites miraculously from slavery in Egypt. 700 years later they were slaves again in Babylon. What happened?  A lot of what happened is in these four books.

 

These Books, Samuel and Kings, focus on how the political system failed to provide for the civic and spiritual needs of the people. These people were not Americans. There is no Separation of Church and State in ancient Israel. Please park your Thomas Jefferson at the door. We believe Jesus is the rightful heir to the Kingship of David and sits on David’s throne.  Jesus claimed to be a monarch. 

We call Him Christ the King, which is wonderfully redundant. These four books represent some of the best history of this throne which Our Lord,  Jesus, claims.

For more information, please contact Art Keegan at artkeegan@hotmail.com.

The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation

Wednesdays starting January26  from 8:30-10am in the Upper Room of the church, AND

Wednesdays, starting February 2 from 7-8:30pm in the Parish Office Conference Room (Old Rectory)

Reading the Bible should bring us closer to Christ, but understanding it is often difficult. The good news is that The Bible Timeline makes it easy. 

 

Presenter Jeff Cavins shows you how fourteen of the Bible’s narrative books tell the biblical story from beginning to end and gives you the keys to understanding the amazing story woven throughout Scripture. In this revolutionary approach to Bible study, The Bible Timeline divides the Bible into twelve color-coded time periods that make it easier to follow its narrative thread. Using a unique color-coded chart, you will learn the major people, places, and events of the Bible and discover how they all come together to reveal the remarkable story of our faith. 

 

OLA will offer The Bible Timeline beginning on January 26 at 8:30 am. Participants will meet every week to view an engaging video presentation followed by a time of lively group discussion and fellowship. To register contact Elizabeth Piper at epiper@olachurch.org.