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”

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. 

Upcoming: 

August 17, Peter Atridge: Understanding Mental Health

Centering Prayer

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 mdannenfelser@olachurch.org or Deacon Chris Thompson at deaconchristhompson@gmail.com

Elizabeth Piper

Director

epiper@olachurch.org

404-261-7181 ext. 127

Current/Upcoming Offerings

Catechism Course with Art Keegan

 

What: The USCCB Catechism for Catholic Adults Sections 3 and 4.

 

Where: The Upper Room – face to face instruction. Coffee will be served.

When: Thursday mornings from 8:30AM until 9:30 AM from September 7 to December 16.

Section 3 Catholic Morality – The Catholic Church believes that man is a moral being. Everything we do can be considered as either good or bad behavior. Because of our spiritual nature we have an unavoidable spiritual dimension to our existence and our actions. Our existence is neither trivial or unimportant.

The Catholic Church teaches that there are objective God given standards for what is evil and what is good. Our church also teaches that there are consequences for following and consequences for ignoring God’s laws. No one likes a scold, but Jesus teaches us that we will like the consequences of sin even less.

 

Section 4 Prayer – Jesus is the Word of God and had a rich verbal prayer life. We are called to be in frequent communication with the Blessed Trinity. The Church wants us to be a prayerful people. The Church offers guidance on how to converse with God.

 

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

 

Parable Bible Study

When: Wednesday morning starting on September 15 and running to October 27

Time: 8:30 to 9:30 am

Location: The Upper Room

Bring a Bible and drop in at any time. Hospitality will be provided.

Jesus taught us through the parable method.  During our time together we will unpack these many layered parable to see what they have to say to us today in our lives.  We will read the parable, reflect on the meaning and have an activity to help us go deeper into the scripture.  All are welcome.

If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Piper:

epiper@olachurch.org

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics 

One in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their lives, yet the stigma surrounding mental illness silences many and prevents faith communities from responding compassionately and effectively. This eight-session course —designed for use in small groups—explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists. The course also includes a course book, audio book and spiritual resources.

 

- Eight sessions (available as a course book or audiobook)

- Eight films

- Interactive discussion questions and group exercises

- Prayers and reflections

- Comprehensive leader and participant guides

 

Groups are forming now.  The 8 week course will begin on September 23 meeting.  See registration for your choice of meeting times. 

 

REGISTER TO BE A PART OF THIS JOURNEY

Link to registration: https://forms.gle/twYDWeNLuzYp5xxGA

Signs of Life Book Study

Join us for, Signs of Life 20 Catholic Customs and Their Biblical Roots,  by Scott Hahn book study coming evenings in October.