Spiritual Life Ministries

 “Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.” 


– Pope St. John Paul II

Spiritual Life Ministries help foster the spiritual life of the members of our

community through activities including retreats, prayer, special courses, and discussion groups. 

For Everyone

Elijah Cup Vocations Ministry 

Join us in our prayers for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Every other week at one of the Sunday Masses, a different family takes the Elijah Cup home to pray for vocations to the religious life and priesthood – especially to the Society of Mary (Marist). 

For more information, please email Katie Schermerhorn at ktschermerhorn@gmail.com or sign up at www.olachurch.org/elijah-cup-sign-up. 

Livestream Adoration/Evening Prayer

Each Wednesday you are invited to join us for Holy Hour!  The door will open 30 minutes before evening prayer begins so that you will have time for prayerful meditation before the Blessed Sacrament. 

  • 5:30-5:50pm - Please enter through the side door by the tabernacle.  Masks must be worn - nose and mouth covered. Social distancing will be required. 

  • 5:50pm - Door will close, no further entry. 

  • 6pm - We will pray evening prayer together with those who join us on Facebook

Livestream Rosary and Healing Rosary

The ROSARY is livestreamed on Tuesday at 5pm and Thursday at 8pm. Join us on Facebook.

The HEALING ROSARY is prayed via livestream on the SECOND Tuesday of the month at 5pm. Join us at on Facebook.  Email your prayer intentions to nwani@olachurch.orgJoin us on Facebook.  
 

For All Adults

Centering Prayer Group

The group meets each Wednesday evenings from 7-8pm in the Upper Room.The Centering Prayer method presents the teachings of Christian contemplatives from earlier times in an updated form. The purpose of the ongoing prayer group meeting is threefold: 1. to pray, 2. to support one another in the practice of contemplative prayer, and 3. ongoing spiritual enrichment/study of contemplative prayer.

Meeting Format: 20 min period of Centering Prayer; view a video, read a portion of a Centering Prayer book, or reflect on a scriptural text; brief period of open discussion. All are welcome. No experience necessary.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, at epiper@olachurch.org.

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) 

Christ Renews His Parish is a retreat designed to give both the individual and the parish community an opportunity for renewal and growth in the spiritual life. This annual parish weekend has been offered at OLA since 1979. It is held  each February on the parish grounds and is available to any adult interested. The retreat lasts from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. The weekend is offered to parishioners by parishioners. Participants sleep in their own homes; all meals are provided.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, at epiper@olachurch.org.​

Second Touch (2T)

Relive the experience that awakened you at CRHP by joining us at this mini-retreat. Held each fall from Friday night through Saturday. 

Requirements: must have attended a CRHP weekend retreat prior.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, at epiper@olachurch.org.

Small Christian Communities (SCC)

Small Christian Communities are faith-sharing groups of 6 – 12 people. Several groups (25-30 groups) meet at various times of the day and days of the week. Some groups have been meeting for 15 or 20 years! Small Christian Communities are powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, providing opportunities for learning, prayer, mutual support, and the shared experience of Christian living and service. These groups meet in parishioners homes and use discussion materials rooted in Scripture and Church tradition. We invite you to participate in a small group or to get ideas for materials for your existing group. Look under the Everyone, Couples, Men, and Women listings for groups geared toward specific persons.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, at epiper@olachurch.org.​

Young Adult Ministry

All OLA young adults (college graduates to 35 years old) are invited to attend the Young Adult Ministry weekly Bible/Book Study. The group meets every Monday at 7:30pm in a meeting room at the parish. They also host regular social gatherings at local restaurants. 

For more information, please contact Vanessa Delvillar at 

youngadults@olachurch.org.

For Couples

Couples Small Faith Groups
Groups of 6-8 couples who meet once or twice a month in members’ homes for faith and fellowship.  Groups choose from several options for studies. Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of a Small Faith Group for couples.

For more information, please contact Karen O’Toole at karensotoole@yahoo.com

Mosaic: Interfaith Couples Ministry
This ministry was recently formed 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.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Piper, Director of Faith Formation, at epiper@olachurch.org.

 

Marriage Encounter/WEDS Group

Worldwide 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 meet for the purpose of supporting each other in dialogue and to help each other live out the concepts of the Marriage Encounter Weekend.  All couples who have attended a Marriage Encounter Weekend are invited to join the OLA WEDS group.

 

For more information, please contact Karen Sheehan at ksheehan2000@yahoo.com.

Sponsor Couple for the Engaged

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

For more information, please contact Kelly and Andrew Moore at 

sponsorcouple@olachurch.org. 

Jim Eyre

Commission Ministry Head

jamesaeyre@gmail.om

For Women

Common Thread. 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. 

For more information, please contact Amanda Reilly and Catherine Rice at olawomensgroups@gmail.com

Mary’s Mother’s: A Faith Group for Mothers of School Aged Children

Join us at 9am on Fridays for prayer and spiritual growth with other mothers.

 

We will meet in the grassy area between the fountain and the rectory. Please bring your own chair and wear a mask.

All mothers in the OLA Community are invited to join us!

 

Questions: contact Kim Carey and Kelly Perry at olamarysmothers@gmail.com

Spirit of Mary 

The goal of our group is to bring women together to Pray, Ponder and Act through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit of Mary Guide was written and designed by Katie Kibbe and our own Jane Orman.  Each of the 3 workbooks are designed to focus on one part of the programs goal.  The first book Pray introduces the participate to relate to Mary in our everyday lives,  learn more about the Society of Mary (Marists), read Marian scripture, ponder and discuss as Marian women then move into action.  This fist group that we would like you to participate in will help us see the direction we need to take for the parish.  

There is a $15 fee to purchase the workbooks for the group. 

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Piper at epiper@olachurch.org 

Registration Link: 

https://forms.gle/Gvmdx6LmQYNau7N37 

 

For Men

Bible Study for Men – Friday Morning. The Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study attends the 7:30am Mass and then meets at Oglethorpe University for breakfast and bible study.

For more information, please contact Pete Cabrelli at

pcabrelli@semareps.com.

Saturday Men’s Discipleship Group. 

The OLA Saturday Morning Men's Group (@OLASATMORNMENS) extends an invitation to all men in the community interested in sharing in our men's discipleship LIFE group. This group has been meeting now for well over 10 years. It meets every Saturday morning from 7:30 - 9am. We meet in the new Parish Office across from the rectory. Each week 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.

We are a very diverse group of men, at all different places in our Christian journey. As a group we are focused on men in their relationship to God, to their spouses, their children, and in their careers. Striving to become better men, better husbands, better fathers... Better Christians. Find us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. For more information or to subscribe to the weekly announcement email, contact us at olasatmorningmensgroup@gmail.com.

Wednesday Men’s Group. Any OLA men in need of some good old fashioned human social interaction? OLA's Wednesday Men's Group (WMG) calls on other OLA Men to join our group! Subject matter covers a variety of Catholic/Christion topics. 
 
The WMG offers a Zoom meeting format for those preferring online meetings, and face-to-face meetings in The Upper Room as an option for those who so desire. (Those wanting to meet face-to-face will meet up with one of the group's leaders at The Upper Room around 6:50PM, and we will have a "hybrid" session.) Please join us this Wednesday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.  

For more information, please contact Matt Foley at (404) 240-0235 or OLAWednesdayMensGroup@gmail.com.