(3rd - 12th Grades)
”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
Life Teen (9th - 12th Grades)
Also known as High School Youth Group, Life Teen meets weekly on Sundays from 7-8:30pm in the Youth Room. Nights officially start at 7pm but the door is open following 5:30pm Mass). Each week, we come together to grow in our faith as missionary disciples of Jesus Christ and grow closer to each other as we encounter God in conversation and in one another.
In addition to our weekly sessions, we also take students on retreats such as our annual In His Steps retreat at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL. We also engage in various service opportunities throughout the year, such as trips to the Central Night Shelter and our annual Coat Drive in October.
Be on the lookout for these and other opportunities to get involved in Life Teen! Our calendar and registration form will be released soon.
Girl Talk (9th to 12th Grade girls)
High school girls are invited to join us once a month (Thursday nights) for food and discussions centered around faith and life. Girls are welcome to come when they can as we know schedules vary by month and sport season.
Edge with Purpose (6th- 8th Grades)
Our middle school youth group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:30pm. Our nights are a mix of social and faith-based nights as we seek to grow closer to God and have fun doing it! During the year we serve the homeless, have coat/clothing drives, and go on a retreat to St. Bernard Abbey (Cullman, AL), and more.
Kids Club (3rd and 5th Grade)
Kids Club meets one Monday a month from 6 -7pm. Each night starts with a pizza dinner, followed by fun and exciting games, as well as activities centered around learning about our Catholic Faith!
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 Greeters/Ushers, Lectors, Ushers, EHMCs, and new members for our Teen Choir!
Greeters/Ushers greet those attending liturgies and provide assistance to those in need seating. They take up the offertory collection, hand out bulletins, and straighten up the church pews and Narthex after Mass.
Training: Wednesday, August 25 at 7pm
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.
Training: Tuesday, August 10 at 7pm
Email Joseph to let him know you will be there!
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 Only Training: Sunday, August 8 at 7pm
Teens who are unable to attend the August 8 training are invited to attend the Parish Wide Training Monday, September 13 at 7pm
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.
Website and Payments
Click here to go to the Youth Ministry website.
Click here to make Online Payments
Payments help cover any resources and supplies that help make Youth Group happen, as well as pizza, snacks, and drinks.
To receive our weekly Youth Ministry E-News,
please contact Andrew Knuckles
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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.