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Family Faith Formation

Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to grow in faith.”   

-  Pope Francis 

Our Lady of the Assumption is a parish home for those seeking to live their faith. Family Faith Formation is here to support parents as they pass the faith on to their child.  Our team of catechists, mentors, administrators, and directors are here to help support your efforts in raising your child in the Catholic Church through scripture and tradition. We are here to help families in preparing the child and youth to receive the gifts of Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Confirmation in addition to living a life of service to others and building community. This formation, mission, and community is practiced each month through Families Forming Disciples (FFD). This reflects the Marian values of the Marist in the Society of Mary which is the foundation or our parish.  

Family Forming Disciples

Families Forming Disciples (FFD) was developed by the Archdiocese of Atlanta to strengthen our families in their faith through formation, mission, and community.  Each month our families come together as a large group for formation, then go home with an activity for the family to go deeper into what they learned.  Small groups then meet each month to talk about what they discovered about their faith and build community. By participating in FFD your child receives the formation that is required prior to receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.


This program welcomes all to discover more and live out their Catholic Family life.

  • To learn more about Families Forming Disciples, click here.

  • To register for Families Forming Disciples, click here

  • To learn more about First Eucharist and Reconciliation Prep for Children, click here.


To sign up for Families Forming Disciples notifications, please visit

Learn more about Families Forming Disciples from Archbishop Hartmayer.

Volunteers Needed
Mentor families are needed to guide and schedule the small group meetings. To volunteer check the box on your registration form. Please prayerfully consider being a mentor for Families Forming Disciples.

Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training

The Archdiocese of Atlanta is committed to helping children and young people learn and grow in a healthy and safe environment. OLA Parish complies with diocesan safe environment policies and procedures.

Training for Children

In accordance with the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the program Protecting God’s Children – Teaching Touching Safety (commonly referred to as “Virtus”) is used in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade participate in a safety lesson in their first year and once they move up to the next grade group.

Before registering your child for Families Forming Disciples it is required that you read the VIRTUS information that can be found by clicking here

Training for Adults

The Safe Environment training for Adults of the Archdiocese of Atlanta includes training in how to recognize, prevent and report abuse. All employees, and volunteers who regularly work with minors, receive this initial training, as well as ongoing training and background screening. The Code of Conduct, Sexual Abuse Policy, Ministerial Standards for Clergy, Educators and all  Working with Children and Vulnerable Individuals, Social Media Policy as well as the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People are available at the diocesan website at www.archatl.comAn overview of the children’s training, parent guide, and lesson plans are also available on the diocesan website. Click here for VIRTUS safe environment information.

Contact Us

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Elizabeth Piper

Director of Faith Formation

404-261-7181 ext. 126

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Maria Thomas

Family and Youth Formation  Ministries Pastoral Council Commission Head

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