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Adult Faith Formation and Spiritual Life

OLA’s Adult Formation and Spiritual Life Ministries foster continuing education on the teachings of the Catholic Church and opportunities for spiritual growth for adults.

If you have questions about an individual ministry, please contact the ministry contact listed or the Pastoral Council Commission Ministry Head, Art Keegan, at PC-adult-formation@olachurch.org.

Bible Studies/Courses

Throughout the year various studies are offered to the parish. Each study presented allows you to better understand sacred history and your role in this history.

Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, epiper@olachurch.org

Bible Discussion Group for Men

The group attends the 7:30am Mass and then meets for breakfast and bible study. We are in need of fresh blood and would welcome new members with open arms. Joining is easy - just show up at Mass on Friday or if you sleep late come to J. Christopher’s on Dresden at 8:15am.

Al Massey, almassey3394@att.net; Art Keegan, artkeegan@hotmail.com

 

Catholic Divorce Ministry

Catholic Divorce Ministry is a place that welcomes you during the time of healing after a divorce. This group provides topics to encourage healing, meet guest speakers and participate in socials. Click here to register for the group. 

Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, epiper@olachurch.org

 

Christ Renews His Parish Retreat (CRHP)

Christ Renews His Parish is an annual parishioner led retreat designed to give both the individual and the parish community an opportunity for renewal and growth in the spiritual life. CRHP is held early in the new year on the OLA campus and lasts from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. The weekend is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the parish, and to see where God is calling you to serve. Participants go home each night.

Jenny and Mike Kelly, crhp@olachurch.org

 

Elijah Cup Vocations Ministry

Every other weekend at one of the Masses, a different family or individual takes the Elijah Cup home to pray for vocations to the religious life and priesthood - especially to the Society of Mary (Marists), the religious society that serves our parish. Click here to sign up.

Katie Schermerhorn, ktscchermerhorn@gmail.com

Marriage Encounter (WEDS)

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 are couples who have attended a Marriage Encounter Weekend. They meet for to help each other live out the concepts of the Marriage Encounter Weekend.

Karen Sheehan, marriageencounter@olachurch.org

 

Mosaic (Interfaith Couples Ministry)

The goal of this ministry is to offer support for couples who are in dual faith relationships. Parish leaders will work with our interfaith couples to determine their needs and how our parish community can best help them navigate the challenges – and joys – that an interfaith relationship can bring.

Laura and Alan Berstein, mosaic@olachurch.org

 

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA)

Inquirers into the Catholic Faith are invited to meet Sundays at 4pm in the Upper Room of the church. The Inquiry Group starts with time to ask questions about the Catholic church and how to become Catholic. It is the beginning of the Order of Catholic Initiation for Adults (OCIA). OCIA is also for baptized Catholics who seek to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and/or Confirmation.

Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, epiper@olachurch.org

 

Saturday Men's Discipleship Group

The Saturday Men's Discipleship Group welcomes all men in the community. They meet every Saturday from 7:30-9:00 am in the Parish Office Conference Room. We discuss a variety of issues that all men face, utilizing both scripture and Christian teaching to guide us through the issues on our hearts. This diverse group of men, at all different places in our Christian journey, is focused on men in their relationship with God, their spouses, their children, and in their careers. We strive to become better men, better husbands, better fathers ... Better Christians. Deacon Bill Kester and Ralph Williams, olasatmorningmensgroup@gmail.com, bkester@olachurch.org

 

Second Touch Retreat

Relive the experience that awakened you at CRHP by joining us at this mini-retreat that is held in the Fall from Friday night through Saturday. You must have attended a CRHP weekend retreat in order to attend this retreat.

Jason Hoback, jwhoback@yahoo.com

Small Christian Communities

Small Christian Communities are faith-sharing groups of persons that meet on their own schedule to discuss materials rooted in Scripture and Church tradition. They are powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, providing opportunities for learning, prayer, mutual support, and the shared experience of Christian living and service. ​

Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, at epiper@olachurch.org

SoulCore

Join SoulCore Leader Sue Soha to nourish body, mind & soul with SoulCore - a prayer experience that combines the prayers of the rosary with core strengthening, stretching and functional movement.

Sue Soha, SueSoha@SpecialSettingsPT.com

Sponsor Couples for the Engaged

Lay ministers/married couples meet with engaged couples as part of the marriage preparation process. Training is required.

Bridgett and Lee Posey, sponsorcouple@olachurch.org

Thursday Morning Bible Study with Art Keegan

Parishioner Art Keegan presents a Bible Study each Thursday morning September - May. Classes are from 8:15 - 9:15am. in the Upper Room. Multiple books of the Bible are discussed each year - selections are chosen by the group under Art's leadership. Everyone is invited to join the group after the 7:30am Mass.

Art Keegan, artkeegan@hotmail.com

 

Women's Small Faith Groups

Women's small groups are groups of 10-15 women who meet in each others homes to support one another in their journeys as individuals, spouses, mothers, and Christians. Part social and part reflection, these groups promote deepening friendships through faith-filled connections.

Catherine Rice and Gianna Kasten, olawomensgroups@gmail.com

Current & Upcoming Offerings

Set Boundries, Find Peace
Sundays at 6:30pm in the Upper Room beginning February 25th

You are invited to the book study Set Boundaries, Find Peace focusing on healthy boundaries. We all know we should have them in order to achieve a work/life balance. This study provides an opportunity to look at how to set healthy boundaries, common responses to boundaries, and how to handle the responses. We will read and discuss the book, do exercises with the work book and listen to Nedra Tawwab’s pod cast. The CDM ministry is hosting this book study.

The book and workbook can be ordered online.

RSVP: epiper@olachurch.org.

SoulCore Rosary Marriage Series

Calling all Married Couples: In celebration of the Holy Family, we invite you to join us for a very special 4-WEEK SOULCORE ROSARY MARRIAGE SERIES. There are 2 REGISTRATION OPTIONS: February 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 5pm virtually with Melissa Tablada or In-person at OLA with Sue Soha on Mondays Feb 12, 19, 26th and March 4th at 9:00 in the Upper Room. Cost is $65 for four live classes, a recording of each virtual class with Melissa, along with an e-journal companion including the written reflections. Click here to register.

 

Email parishioner Sue Soha with any questions at suesoha@gmail.com.

Walking with Purpose Bible Study

Opening Your Heart: The Starting Point

Tuesdays  at 7pm in the Upper Room.

 

Longing for connection to live a Christian life? Connection to God and to other women? Walking with Purpose invites all women of the parish (not just OLACS Moms) to journey through Scripture together and build relationships that matter! Join us for our new bible study - Opening Your Heart: The Starting Point -as we explore the fundamental question of our Catholic faith and our relationship with Jesus Christ. Email OLA.wwp@gmail.com to RSVP by the Friday before each meeting or with questions. More information will be emailed to attendees.

Lectio: Eucharist with Dr. Brandt Pitre
Tuesdays at 8:15am in the Upper Room

Discovering the Mass in the Bible. Acclaimed author and teacher Dr. Brant Pitre digs down to the biblical roots of the Eucharist, through its foreshadowing in the miraculous events of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and Apostolic teaching. "The Lamb of God," "The Bread of Life," "The Body and the Blood of Christ"... these are phrases we know from the Mass. But do we understand what they mean in the greater and deeper context of Scripture and Church teaching?

We'll discover firsthand how Christ's Body and Blood are an integral and wondrous part of God's plan for our salvation.

RSVP: epiper@olachurch.org.

 

Justice and Peace Ministry: Justice for Immigrants

The OLA Justice and Peace Ministry is studying immigration from the perceptive of Catholic Social Teaching principles at our regular meeting Tuesday, March 12, 7-8pm in the Parish Office Conference Room. We are following the lesson plans from Justice for Immigrants found in the Atlanta Archdiocese website. Come join us to find what the Church has done and continues to do to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform that is based on gospel writings, Church's teachings and traditions.

If interested email suzernst@att.netPlease type OLA Justice and Peace in the subject line.

Lenten Study: No Greater Love
Wednesdays beginning February 21st in the Upper Room
Two Offerings: 8:15-9:40am and 7-8pm


Filmed in Holy Land, No Greater Love is a biblical pilgrimage that reveals Christ’s amazing love for us. Best-selling author Edward Sri guides you through the last hours of Christ’s life. You will walk step-by-step with Jesus from the garden of Gethsemane to Mount Calvary. Every step of the way, Old Testament prophecies, messianic expectations, biblical symbolism, and historical context shed light on the mystery of Christ’s suffering and death. Experience a deeper understanding and appreciation of God’s immeasurable and unconditional love for you—grow closer to Jesus than you ever have before.

Email Elizabeth Piper at epiper@olachurch.org to RSVP.

 

Learn More: https://ascensionpress.com/collections/no-greater-love

A Quick Journey Through the Bible

Wednesdays starting January 3rd from 7-8:30pm in the Youth Room

+Great if you "don't know where to start" with reading the bible; this is the central story from Creation to the Cross to the founding of the Church +Learn the whole story in 10 sessions +Know "where we are" each week with the Mass readings +Nearly every participant says: "Why have I never heard any of this before?" This short course gives you the basic timeline of all of the events in our salvation history. Start your new year off with a better understanding of the scripture and the story that God unfolds in the Bible.

Contact Kevin O’Toole at

kevinbotoole@gmail.com to learn more.

National Eucharistic Congress
July 17 - 21 in Indianapolis, Indiana

The 10th National Eucharistic Congress invites a movement of the faithful, by way of pilgrimage, to share in a celebration of the gift of Christ’s love in the Eucharist. The National Eucharistic Congress this year in in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Lucas Oil Stadium on July 17 to 21.

OLA is getting a group together to attend and you are invited! Tickets and housing are going fast. Now is the time to book. For information on the event contact Elizabeth Piper.

All are welcome. Email Elizabeth Piper at epiper@olachurch.org for more information. 

FORMED: The Best Catholic Content - All in One Place

OLA is happy to provide our parishioners with free access to Formed, a digital library of Catholic resourses for all ages. Formed resources, including those listed below, are used throughout our programs for children and adults.

Register for a Free Subscription to Formed

  1. Go to formed.org/signup.

  2. Select your parish by entering name, city and/or zip code. Select: Immaculate Conception - press 'Next'

  3. Register as a Parishioner with your name and email address.

  4. Check your email account for a link to begin using FORMED.

Contact Us

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Art Keegan

Adult Formation and Spiritual Life Ministries Pastoral Council Commission Head

PC-adult-formation@olachurch.org

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Elizabeth Piper

Director of Faith Formation

epiper@olachurch.org

404-261-7181 ext. 126

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