Adult Formation Opportunities

Bible & Breakfast

A Bible Study and fellowship over breakfast which meets Thursdays in Columbus Hall from 9 am to 10:30 am.

Dolores Maglione | maglioned@bellsouth.net

Compassionate Care

A group of parishioners that meet each Wednesday morning at 10:30am to share their experiences of grief with each other. Each person in the group has experienced grief in one form or another whether it be through death or divorce or any other type of loss of something important in their life. The purpose of the group is to provide a safe place for others that are suffering through a loss to come and share their feelings. The meetings are open to anyone and there is no commitment to continue coming to meetings. Our mission is simple; provide comfort to those who suffer.

Deacon Ken Long | deaconken@ourladyoffatima.org

Consoling the Heart of Jesus

Prayer group that reflects on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius with the teachings of Saints Thérèse of Lisieux, Faustina Kowalska, and Louis de Montfort.

Meets on the first Sunday of the month at 1:30pm in Columbus Hall.

Cursillo

This group is designed to increase and continue the conversion process and the living out of what is fundamental for being a Christian; a follow up to those who have been on a Cursillo retreat.

Monday Evening Group
Vicky Johnson | v_s_johnson@bellsouth.net

Tuesday Morning Group
Lois Schering | schering4@aol.com

Wednesday Evening Group
Velma Burke | velma_burke@yahoo.com

Saturday Morning Group
Deacon Bill Jacobs | docsinknox@gmail.com

Divine Mercy Cenacle

Catholic spiritual formation in the spirituality of St. Faustina, scripture, and Catechism of the Catholic Church. Meets 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6pm in room 126.

Donna Bailey | donna.bailey660@gmail.com

Fellowship of Young Adults

Young Adults (18+) are invited to gather with others their age who are interested in growing in their faith and meeting new people. FOYA meets twice a month, on Mondays at 7 pm, to talk about life, school, faith, and more and to create fellowship. Locations vary, please email if interested or join our group on Facebook: Fellowship of Young Adults (FOYA)

Click here to visit the FOYA webpage.

Beth Parsons, Director of Youth Ministry | BParsons@ourladyoffatima.org
Luis Ramos, Administrative Assistant | LRamos@ourladyoffatima.org

Hispanic Ministry

Hispanic Ministry in our parish works with different cultures in our area, with different needs, especially spiritual. We serve the two communities (Spanish & English), when necessary, and work together.
Part of the ministry’s services include;
Bible Study every Monday at 7pm
Prayer Group every Friday at 7pm
First Friday Mass at 7pm
Preparation classes for baptisms and marriage.
Additional preparation classes for other sacraments, if they do not speak English.

Juan Hernandez | Hispanic.min@ourladyoffatima.org

Jail Ministry

Bible Study & Mass or Communion Service at the Blount County Correctional Facility every Thursday from 11am to 12:30 pm. This is bilingual, for the benefit of all inmates.

Juan Hernandez | Hispanic.min@ourladyoffatima.org

Liturgy of the Hours Group

Prayers of the Divine Office, the official set of daily prayers of the Catholic Church.

Each weekday morning at 8:45am.
Tuesdays at 3pm.
Saturdays at 6pm.

RCIA

The RCIA, which stands for Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer and rites at Mass. Participants in the RCIA are known as catechumens. They undergo a process of conversion as they study the Gospel, profess faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist.

Meets Wednesdays from 6:30 – 9 pm.

Click here to visit the RCIA webpage.

Sr. Mary Yvette Gillen, RSM, Director of Faith Formation | smygillen@ourladyoffatima.org

Virtus

A certification program offered to empower parishes and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church. All employees must be VIRTUS certified. All volunteers, over the age of 18, who have the opportunity to be alone with or in proximity to either a minor (below 18 years of age) or a vulnerable adult, Examples include: catechists (Faith Formation teachers, Adults teaching in Middle School and High School Youth Ministry), choir members, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, others in similar capacities, must be VIRTUS certified as well.

Facilitators:
Beth Parsons | bparsons@ourladyoffatima.org
Mary McGrath | faithformation@ourladyoffatima.org
Baron Johnson | baronjohnson@bellsouth.net

Walking With Purpose

Catholic women’s Bible study that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church. Walking with Purpose meets during the day and follows the Alcoa City School schedule.

Click here to visit the Walking with Purpose webpage.

MaryLouise Ward | marylouiseward@gmail.com