Parish School of Religion (PSR)

 ”Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

– Matthew 19:13-15

The Parish School of Religion (Sunday School) assists parents in handing-on the Catholic faith to their children. Volunteer catechists meet with children in a classroom setting and promote knowledge of our beliefs, full and active participation in the liturgy, moral formation, and prayer life. Classes meet from 10:10am to 11:20am on most Sundays throughout the school year. 

The classes are for children in kindergarten through ninth grade who do not attend a Catholic school during the week.

Calendar, Handbook, and Registration

Prior to registering, please read the PSR handbook and review the VIRTUS (Safe Environment) material in the right column.

Sacramental Preparation

Children who are baptized Catholic are typically prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion during their first and second grade years. Children not enrolled in Catholic schools are required to complete both the first and second grades in the School of Religion to be eligible for First Reconciliation and First Communion. All students in second grade in public and private schools must attend the preparation classes specifically designed for Reconciliation and Communion. (Those eligible to receive the sacraments will be contacted in August with regard to enrollment.)

Click on the link below for the 2019-2020 Calendar of Meetings:

First Reconciliation and First Communion Calendar of Meetings 2019

Please contact Gretchen Heath at or (404) 261-7181 ext. 123 for additional information.

Parental Involvement and Support

Many hands make light work. Besides, it is our Christian commitment to service that should lead parents and families to assist in some way with the Parish School of Religion.


Substitute teachers, classroom assistants, and hall monitors are always needed. Please contact the Religious Education Office for more details. Finally, we ask all parents/guardians to support our program by attending Mass with their children. There are several opportunities for weekend Masses at OLA.

Service and Community

Commitment to service and participation in the life of the parish is an important part of being a Catholic Christian. Students in the program, Grades 3 – 9, will be expected to complete two activity/service forms. These will be available for families to complete and return.


We also host an Annual Morning of Service on the Sunday of the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday weekend. All students and their parents are encouraged to participate. 

Elizabeth Piper

Director, Parish School or Religion/Children's Faith Formation

404-261-7181 ext. 123

Gretchen Heath

Administrative Assistant

404-261-7181 ext. 123

Parent Volunteers

Our PSR Program needs volunteers to help organize events to involve PSR families in the Parish school and at the church, and to help parents become more involved in our children's religious education. We encourage any PSR parent to become involved and welcome any ideas and feedback. Click here to see the parent volunteer needs for the upcoming year.


We are looking for Grade Level Representatives and committee members. Please sign up if you can!


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 PSR 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  An 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.

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