“Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love?”
– Archbishop Fulton Sheen
Christian Outreach Ministries help us to live lives of mercy and to fulfill our baptismal call as we serve others who are in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual aid.
Our Christian Outreach Ministries are always looking for volunteers. If you have questions about an individual ministry, please contact the ministry contact listed or the Commission Ministry Head.
To the Larger Community
Adopt-A-Cop: A Prayer Protection Ministry
Serving Those Who Protect. Adopt-A-Cop assigns law enforcement officers from the Brookhaven Police Department to a family, group, or individual who will pray daily for them and send a note of encouragement, support, and gratitude for their service to the community. Members support the department in their community building activities and the ministry strengthens the relationship between our parish and the Brookhaven Police Department.
For more information, please contact Anne Stephens at email@example.com
Care for Creation Ministry
Inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si’) OLA’s Care for Creation Ministry’s mission is to inspire the parish and surrounding community to restore and preserve all of God’s creation through worship, education, and service. With the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Ladauto Si’ action plan as our guide, we seek to live more sustainably in harmony with God’s creation and encourage our community to do so as well. The Care for Creation team is developing a multi-faceted program of education, service and worship open to all OLA parishioners, visitors and community members.
For more informaiton, please contact Suzanne Degnats at firstname.lastname@example.org
IOH: Interfaith Outreach Home Ministry
The IOH-Interfaith Outreach Home Ministry assists in maintaining the IOH home in all capacities and not only works to maintain the interior and exterior of the home, the ministry provides continued support to the residents and the staff. IOH allows those that have been displaced to have a place to stay, along with their families, until they are able to get back onto their feet. Please consider sharing your time and talent by joining our ministry. We have plenty of projects to fit any schedule.
For more information, please contact Bonita Cason-Atlow at email@example.com
Justice and Peace Ministry
The OLA Just Faith Ministry is open to all who are interested in learning more about the Social Justice teachings of the Catholic Church. The organization encourages its members to put their faith in action in support of others. We hold monthly FAIR TRADE coffee/tea/chocolate sales. Fair trade certification ensures the farming cooperatives comply with Fair Trade practices and are compensated at a fair wage. All products are NON-GMO and ORGANIC. CRS gets a portion of the proceeds. All profit goes toward building homes in Nicaragua by Food For the Poor. This ministry is in partnership with STAND UP FOR KIDS – a program supporting the homeless youth of Atlanta. Annual drives are conducted to provided what is needed and asked for by Stand Up for Kids. The OLA Just Faith community actively supports each member in the work done in other Outreach Ministries (i.e. Kairos, Adult Ed programs, etc…).
For more information, please contact Suzanne Ernst at firstname.lastname@example.org
KAIROS Prison Ministry
Kairos is an ecumenical Christian Prison Ministry that ministers to men and women in medium and maximum security prisons. Volunteers are needed to join the team, help lead retreats, and show agape in the form of baking cookies for prisoners and prison staff.
For more information, please contact Kevin Fitzpatrick at email@example.com
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization that is devoted to many activities in and around the parish; specific areas of activities are church, community, youth and pro-life.
For more information, please contact Eric McGee at
Mercy Care Ministry
Mercy Care is our neighborhood clinic that provides free/low cost healthcare to families who do not have access to basic medical care. OLA’s Mercy Care ministry provides volunteer support for neighborhood health fairs, collects critical essential care items to support front line street medicine teams and raises funds to support community initiatives. Opportunities are also available for medical professionals and life and health skills professionals interested in volunteering their time and talent.
For more information, please contact Victoria Kylza at firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle School Missions Camp
Rising 6th – 8th graders spend a week learning how to share their time and talent through service to the OLA and local community.
For more information, please contact Maria Thomas at email@example.com
Night Shelter Food Drivers (Nov. – March)
Drivers deliver food to the Central Presbyterian Night Shelter on Tuesdays, November – March.
For more information, please contact Jim Tiernan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Night Shelter Volunteers (November – March)
Overnight volunteers serve at the Central Presbyterian Night Shelter by serving dinner to the guests (70 homeless men), cleaning up afterwards, and then staying overnight at the shelter to provide supervision of the guests. We typically have 6 overnight volunteers per night who rotate shifts of sleeping and supervising the guests. Total time on site is from 6pm to 6am. The reward of this ministry is the direct, hands-on outreach with the homeless men. They are real people who are down on their luck. They are humble and genuinely appreciative of the warm meal and the shelter from the winter weather. Serving them in this way is a humbling and uplifting experience.
For more information, please contact Nick Meyer at email@example.com
The primary goal of this committee is to educate people about Pro-Life issues, increase awareness and raise funds for pro-life causes.
For more information, please contact Mike Cribbs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Soupremes (November – March)
Teams of chefs prepare meals to be served at the Central Night Shelter Teams cook on a rotating schedule. Meals are prepared in the Marist Hall Kitchen each Monday of the Month and delivered the next day by the Night Shelter Drivers Ministry.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
The purpose of this group is to provide confidential and temporary emergency assistance to those within our parish boundaries in the form of rent, food, utilities, medicine or transportation. Members make personal visits to assess and verify needs of clients.
For more information, please contact Knox O'Callaghan at email@example.com
If you need financial or food assistance, call the St. Vincent de Paul Society at 404-261-7181 ext. 124.
Within the OLA Community
Body & Soul
The Body and Soul committee organizes the parish blood drives and health fairs. The group also supports the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, a local cancer hospice run by the Hawthorne Dominican sisters, by selling raffle tickets after Mass and creating silent auction baskets for their annual fundraiser. Members do not have to be in the medical field to join. A desire to save lives and help the sick is all that is required.
Creation Care Ministry
Our mission is to start to implement the teachings of Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato Si' as interpreted in the Laudato Si Action Plan authored by UGA for the Atlanta Archdiocese.
Funeral Reception Ministry
The OLA Funeral Reception Ministry provides funeral reception services that include food preparation, set-up, service, and clean-up in support of family and friends as they comfort one another following a funeral Mass. Please consider sharing your time and talent by joining our ministry! We have many volunteer options available to fit your time schedule. Communication is by e-mail, and we use Sign-up Genius to request stewards for the different volunteer needs. You can pick an item or spot to fill if you are available to help.
For more information, please contact Amy O’Donoghue at 404-816-6992 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882, it was named in honor of the mariner Christopher Columbus. This Catholic organization for men is devoted to fundraising in support of many activities in and around the parish; specific areas of activities are church, school, community, youth, and pro-life.
For more information, please contact Eric McGee at email@example.com
Loaves & Fishes
Volunteers provide meals, on request, to families with new babies, those that are sick or hospitalized, or families that have experienced a death.
For more information, please contact Gwen Brannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals for MaristsThis ministry helps with food preparation, set-up, service and clean-up for special events throughout the year hosted by the pastor and/or parish priests. This is a great opportunity to give back and provide support to the marists at our parish. Volunteers are added to an email list and are able to sign up for opportunities to help according to their own availability.
For more information, please contact Cindy Posta at email@example.com
Ministry of Care
Parishioners bring the Word of God and the Eucharist on a weekly basis to the sick, elderly in hospitals or care centers or those who are home-bound. Special training is required in addition to being a trained Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist.
For more information, please contact Lee Killian at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Ministry, Stewards
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one care giving ministry. After training you will show God’s mercy, care and compassion to someone who is facing difficulties in their life. We are grounded in Jesus’s command to love one another.
For more information, please contact Paul Roberts at email@example.com
If you would like to talk to a Stephen Minister, please see Healing/Support Ministries section.