Adult Faith Formation
The Mission of Adult Faith Formation
"To do their part, adult Catholics must be mature in faith and well equipped to share the Gospel - promoting it in every family circle, in every church gathering, in every place of work, and in every public forum. They must be women and men of prayer whose faith is alive and vital, grounded in a deep commitment to the person and message of Jesus."
- Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us, #2
Through formation, mission, and community, OLA strives to create experiences to enrich our adult parishioners in order to support and develop a fully formed community. This lifelong learning will call you to go deeper into your spirituality.
Inquirers into the Catholic Faith are invited to meet Sundays at 4pm in the Upper Room of the church once a month in the summer and weekly starting in September. The Inquiry Group starts with time to ask questions about the Catholic church and how to become Catholic. It is the beginning of the Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults (RCIA). See the weekly bulletin for meeting details.
To learn more about the RCIA Program, click here.
Christ Renews His Parish (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 each February 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. Participaants go home each night.
To learn more about CRHIP contact Merry and Ben Cella at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Faith Formation
Formation begins in the family. To support the adults in the family, Families Forming Disciples offers each month a formation designed to give parents the information they need to support their family on the Mission weeks and Community weeks.
To learn more about Family Forming Disciples, click here.
Guest speakers are invited to the parish to present a Parish Mission, a series of talks, or a one-time presentation to provide additional a formation for the parish. These speakers provide a different perspective from other sources within the parish. Speakers are announced throughout the year.
OLA is served by priests of the Society of Mary (Marists).
“Mary of Nazareth, the first disciple of the Lord and Mother of the Church, is the heart of our identity as Marists. This remarkable woman of faith has called us to this way of life. We believe that we have been called by a "gracious choice" into the family of Mary. It is her work that we do and so we commit ourselves to think, judge, feel and act as she did. These qualities mark us as Marists: mercy and compassion, availability, welcome and hospitality, simplicity manifest in everyday ordinariness and a common touch. We are self-effacing apostles who demonstrate a spirit of joy and respect for others; we are called to be humble and hidden and unknown in the world.” - US Province Identity Statement
The programs listed below provide opportunities to discover what it means to be a Marist and to live a charism dedicated to doing the work of Mary.
Spirit of Mary
The Spirit of Mary program is a 3 part program where women gather and explore Marist Spirituality. Together they learn to Pray, Ponder and Act as Mary. Through Spirit of Mary, you will build a community of women open to the study of Mary and the Society of Mary.
15 Days of Prayer with Father Colin
This study takes one focus of Marist spirituality per chapter each week to go in depth. Through questions, the group goes deeper into a better understanding of Marist Spirituality through the words of Fr. Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the Society of Mary.
Scripture and Book Studies
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. Listed below are just examples of courses that are offered.
Book studies are offered during the year and provide a lesser time commitment than some of our other offerings. They may take the form of a weekly course hwere you read one chapter at a time, a montly book focus, or video reflection. These Book Studies are a great way to build community and discuss writings from a variety of authors to increase your spiritual growth.
Previous books read include Let This Be the Time: Spiritual Essentials for Life's Second Act by Janet Schaeffler, OP and The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
Friday Morning Men's Bible Study
The Friday Morning Men's Bible Study 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.
The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation
This program corresponds to Father Mike Schmitz's Bible in a Year pod cast. Bible Timeline is a 24 week program meeting weekly. All are welcome at any level that you can give. This gives participants a strong base of Sacred History to take into other scripture studies. This group meets weekly on Wednesday in the Upper Room. A virtual option is available.
Thursday Morning Bible Study
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.
To learn more about the Thursday morning Bible Study, contact Art Keegan at email@example.com.
Current & Upcoming Offerings
Recovering from Divorce for Catholics Sundays 6:30-8pm
OLA is offering the 13-week divorce support program, Recovering from Divorce for Catholics. Some of the topics covered include: grieving, fear, anger, dealing with your former spouse, helping your kids cope, the power of your faith to heal, and being single again. This program is for Catholics who are going through a divorce or are struggling with life after divorce. Sessions are held on Sunday from 6:30 to 8pm. Contact Elizabeth Piper for more information. Click here to register.
The Chosen Watch Party
Wednesdays in the Upper Room (8:30am or 7pm) December 7 and 14; January 11 and 18
A charismatic fisherman struggling with debt. A troubled woman wrestling with demons. A gifted accountant ostracized from his family and people. Join us for The Chosen Watch Party to see how Jesus reaches each of these and more as He works His first miracles and embarks on His ministry to change the world. Each episode will bring you closer to Christ! All are welcome to join.
What We Believe: A 10 Week Cathechism Study
Wednesdays from 8:30-10am OR 7-8:30pm in the Upper Room beginning January 25
Father Mike Schmitz is starting the Catechism of the Catholic Church in a year Podcast on January 1, 2023. What We Believe prepares us to better understand the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This 10-week study is the base of Father Schmitz Catechism in a year podcast. This group will meet in The Upper Room of the church from 8:30-10 am OR 7-8:30pm on Wednesdays starting January 25, 2023.
All are welcome to join. Please RSVP to Elizabeth Piper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jesus: the Way the Truth and The Life:
A 10 Week Study
Tuesdays from 10-11:30am in the Upper Room beginning January 31.
Can you hear God's voice? Want to build your personal relationship with Jesus? Join Mary Baxter on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 am in the Upper room of the Church. This study will begin on January 31, 2023. This is a great way to start off the new year. All are welcome to join please RSVP to Elizabeth Piper at email@example.com to purchase material for the class go to Ascension Press at the link below.
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
Was Bible Timeline too many weeks to dedicate to a study? Kevin O'Toole is leading this quick journey through the Bible to give an overview of Sacred History and how you fit into this plan. It is based on the Bible Timeline.
Kevin will meet in the conference room of the parish office from 7 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday nights starting in January. All are welcome to attend, please RSVP to Elizabeth Piper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to order books https://ascensionpress.com/collections/unlocking-the-mystery
Formación en la fe para la Comunidad Latina
Formación en la fe para la comunidad latina es coordinada por Carlos Vizcaino, Coordinador de la Comunidad Latina. Comuníquese con Carlos al 404-261-7181 ext. 356 o email@example.com.
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
Go to formed.org/signup.
Select your parish by entering name, city and/or zip code. Select: Immaculate Conception - press 'Next'
Register as a Parishioner with your name and email address.
Check your email account for a link to begin using FORMED.
Presence: The Mystery of the Eucharist explores the truth and beauty of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist - from its origins in Sacred Scripture to its Profound role in the life of the Church and her members.
Forgiving: The Transforming Power of Confession
explores the grace and healing offered in Confession and shows how this sacrament of mercy reveals the depth and bounty of God’s love.
The Sanctuary Course's eight-week sessions explore the realities of mental health and illness - as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. This program is led by parishioner Dick Baxter.
Lives of the Saints
Discover books and videos about the life of saints and martyrs in the Formed library. How did these everyday people Live their lives as Christ calls them? These docudramas describe the lives and the times that these saints lived. They guide people to a better understanding of our role in sacred history.