(1st Grade - College)
”Dear young people, do not bury your talents the gifts that God has given you!
Do not be afraid to dream of great things!”
– Pope Francis
In His Steps XVII Retreat
Saturday - Monday, January 18 - 20 (MLK Weekend)
St. Bernard Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery in Cullman, AL
For Middle School and High School Youth
Registration Closes December 18
High School Youth Group (9th - 12th Grades)
Our high school group meets weekly on Sundays from 7-8:30 PM (Nights
officially start at 7 PM but the door is open following 5:30 PM Mass). Each week we share our lives while exploring our faith and talking about everything from Christian themes in Disney movies to mental health! Each night is planned and led by a team of teen and adult leaders. During the year we serve the homeless, have coat/hygiene kit/clothing drives, go on retreats to St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL, and more.
Middle School Youth Group (6th- 8th Grades)
Our middle school youth group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30 PM. Our nights are scheduled, planned and presented by a team of adult and youth leaders. The youth leaders pick the topics and issues we focus on; meetings range from Catholic Jeopardy to Human Trafficking Awareness to outdoor Stations of the Cross, etc... During the year we serve the homeless, have coat/hygiene kit/clothing drives, and go on a retreat to St. Bernard Abbey (Cullman, AL), and more.
Girl Talk (6th-8th Grade Girls)
Middle school girls are invited to join us once a month (usually a Wednesday or Thursday night) for pizza and discussions on life and surviving Middle School. Girls are welcome to come when they can as we know schedules vary by month and sport season.
Girl Talk First Night of the Year to be determined.
Kids Club (4th and 5th Graders)
Kids Club meets one Monday a month from 6 -7 PM. Each night is usually focused on a liturgical event for the month (Lent, Christmas, All Saints, etc). Among our activities are games, arts and crafts, and trivia. We also have pizza for dinner at each meeting.
Kids Club First Night of the Year: Monday, August 26 from 6-7:30pm
P3 (1st - 3rd Grades)
P3 meets one Thursday a month from 6-7 PM. We begin with pizza and prayer followed by games, crafts, and other activities. Parents are invited to stay and help with activities and games.
Affectionately known as “Catholic Club” this group was founded by students from Oglethorpe University. All college aged young adults are welcome! For more information on the college group, contact our Assistant Youth Minister, Joseph Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website and Payments
Payments cover the following:
High School – Pizza, Beverages, and Supplies;
Middle School – Snacks, Beverages, and Supplies;
Kids Club – Pizza, Beverages, and Supplies; and
P3 – Pizza, Beverages, and Supplies.
To receive our weekly Youth Ministry E-News,
please contact Andrew Knuckles
Director of Youth Ministry
Assistant Youth Minister
Teen Ministered Mass
Our 5:30 Mass on Sundays is ministered exclusively by the teens of our parish, and we are always looking for new volunteers. We need Lectors, Ushers, EHMCs, and new members for our Teen Choir!
Lectors/Readers (6th Grade and Older)
Lectors proclaim the 1st Reading, 2nd Reading, and Prayers of the Faithful at Mass. There are usually 3 lectors at each Mass.
Lectors should read over and practice the readings before arriving at Mass. Readings can be found by clicking here. Prayers of the Faithful will be emailed at least two days before Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
To be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion (EMHC), a teen must:
Be a Catholic in good standing with the Church,
Have received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation,
Be 16 years of age or older,
Exhibit a strong faith and positive attitude, and
Actively participate in the Mass.
Extraordinary Ministers will be scheduled to serve at 5:30 PM Mass throughout the year. Once trained, teens may serve at any Mass at OLA, so you should always check in no matter what Mass you attend!
Teen Choir (6th Grade and Older)
The Sunday 5:30pm Teen Mass choir is open to youth and young adults aged 6th grade and up. Currently, the choir serves at two Sundays a month during the school year. Rehearsals are in the Choir Room at 4pm the day the choir sings at Mass. The choir also sings at Confirmation in November.
Teen Choir Sings at Mass:
September 8 & 22, October 20 & 27, November 6 (Wednesday, Confirmation Mass), November 17,
December 1 & 8, January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23,
March 22 & 29, April 19 & 26, and May 3.
Archdiocesan Safe Environment Training for Volunteers
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.
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.com. Click here for VIRTUS safe environment information.