We are here to support you as you raise your children in the faith. Parents are called to be the first and best teachers to their children in the ways of faith, but no one can do it alone!
Hopefully we can provide some information and resources for you as you navigate your children and teens growing up in the Church. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!
(Scroll further down the page for the FAQs section, underneath Resources)
Looking for more information on Catholic Parenting or Catholic Resources in general? Here are a few of favorite links (feel free to send us your recommendations too)!
Life Teen Parent Life – incredible content to help you through the very challenging and blessed years of raising teenagers. We hope to serve you by giving you access to ideas, tips, and information on a variety of topics that will bless you, your marriage, and your family. Enjoy!
Growing Up Catholic – resources that coach and empower parents to form their own children in faith.
Archdiocese of Atlanta - our home Archdiocesan website has all kinds of information on what's happening, the history of Catholics in Georgia, and more
The Georgia Bulletin - The official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, strives to inform, form, inspire, educate, and strengthen the religious identity of the members of the Catholic community of North Georgia
Word on Fire - Bishop Robert Barron's website; it has lots of resources to help you explore the goodness, truth, and beauty of the Faith
Why are the meetings at night? We want kids to be able to participate in after school activities and still be able to participate in Youth Group. For that reason, we have meetings in the evenings, after most after school activities. We know that during some seasons kids and teens might not be able to make it to every meeting. We encourage them to come when they can throughout the year.
My child doesn't attend OLA School/my child attends OLA School but we're parishioners somewhere else. Can they still come to Youth Group? ABSOLUTELY. Youth Ministry is a ministry of the parish open to all!
What do I need to do to sign my child up? Visit our Youth Groups page to register your child for the program they are participating in!
How do I keep up with everything that's happening in Youth Ministry? Email Newsletter- It has a little bit of everything: upcoming meetings, special events, parish happenings, etc. It is a separate newsletter than the parish newsletter. To subscribe, please email the Youth Minister. Instagram- @olayouthatlanta Remind- Text @ymola to 81010 or click here.
Why is there a suggested donation for each group? Why is it different for different groups? Each group has a suggested donation to support the group. The amount varies by group based on food and supplies (for example, for High School Youth Group we ask for $5/meeting to help cover the cost of supplies, drinks, and pizza. In Middle School Youth Group, we don't have pizza so we ask for $10/month to help cover the cost of supplies, snacks, and drinks). We highly encourage you to pay online; there are options to pay for the year, a half year, or per meeting. If you have trouble with the payment, please email the Youth Minister. Cash donations or checks are also accepted.
My child said they're not supposed to talk about what happens at Youth Group. What is that about?! Youth Group is a safe space to ask questions and share stories. In order for kids and teens to feel comfortable with that, we have a "what's said in this room stays in this room" policy. That doesn't mean they can't talk about it, but that they shouldn't share other people's stories or questions. They are more than welcome to talk about the topic, what they learned, what was discussed, etc. There is a difference between getting in the car and saying "You'll never guess what so-and-so asked tonight about saints--I can't believe she said that" and "Tonight we talked about saints and one of the girls had a really interesting question about Mary."