For deeper understanding of the Catholic faith • For life-long
learners • For catechist certification

Our faith is constantly evolving as we journey through life. Adult faith formation helps us grow in our relationship with God and the people around us. It fills in the gaps from our faith formation growing up and allows us to understand our faith from a more mature point of view. It empowers us to share our faith with our children and others who reach out to us with questions. As you read about the different opportunities below to grow your faith, prayerfully consider where the Holy Spirit might be leading you. He might very well surprise you! Come, walk with us awhile...

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Click here to discover our plans for Winter 2017!


 

 
 
 

Ongoing Classes & Groups

Check out what's new for Winter 2017 - click the bars below!

Book & Bible Studies 

Book and Bible studies expand and deepen our knowledge of the faith. Discussion with adults of various ages and life stages can enrich our understanding of scripture and the faith as well as encourage us to live it out in practical ways. You need not be an expert; everyone has something to give and something to receive as we allow the Holy Spirit to guide our discussions and learning.

To sign up for any of the studies during PREP tracks below (*), click HERE.
All other studies, please just join us!

If you will need childcare, please contact Karla Colman or click HERE for childcare details.

 



Sundays

7:30-9:00 p.m.    Feasts of Judaism*
                                 with Paul Franklin, Adult Lounge

An appreciation for the feasts of Judaism helps Christians better understand the faith of Jesus and God's saving actions for all generations. Study the pilgrim feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Booths, the high holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kuppur, the minor feasts of the Ninth of Ov, Purim, and Hanukkah, and the Sabbath and Jubilee Year. Understand the roots of the Christian faith in the faith of our elder brothers and sisters in Judaism.


 


Mondays

4:00-5:15 p.m.    Bible Study in Plain English (New Testament)*
                                 Facilitated by Kathy Van Leuven, Adult Ed/OCI Room

This study is a perfect introduction to the New Testament for beginners. Through the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the letters and Revelation, it tells the story of the conception and birth of Christ, His life and mission, His death and Resurrection, and the early years of the Church. Start the New Year in the Word!

6:00-7:15 p.m.    Gospel of Luke Bible study
                                 Facilitated by Marjie Schutz, Adult Ed/OCI Room

Luke wrote his gospel for all Gentiles seeking to understand God's universal plan of salvation in Jesus, the Savior of all people. Today, the gospel becomes truly good news for the lives of people in every nation, of every race, language, and culture. Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke, which focuses very much on the merciful nature of Jesus, making it an ideal study following our Year of Mercy. This class will have a study guide that can be purchased called, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part Two (a Threshold Bible Study)."


 
Tuesdays

4:00-5:15 p.m.    Our Catholic Life study based on the Catechism
                                 Facilitated by Bev Sauer, Adult Ed/OCI Room

This engaging summary of the main themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church helps adults understand their faith through the lens of modern life and their own experiences.

7:30-9:00 p.m.     Women in Faith Tuesdays (1st Tuesday of the month, rosary making in Room 107)
                                  Facilitated by Denise Giesler, FLC-Jerusalem
                                  Emmaus Journey Reflection on the Sunday Readings
                                  For more details, contact Denise at 770-924-8784.



Wednesdays

4:00-5:15 p.m.    Gospel of Luke Bible study
                                 Facilitated by Suzanne Fragale, Adult Ed/OCI Room

Luke wrote his gospel for all Gentiles seeking to understand God's universal plan of salvation in Jesus, the Savior of all people. Today, the gospel becomes truly good news for the lives of people in every nation, of every race, language, and culture. Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke, which focuses very much on the merciful nature of Jesus, making it an ideal study following our Year of Mercy. This class will have a study guide that can be purchased called, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part Two (a Threshold Bible Study)."

6:30-7:45 p.m.    "Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass"
                                
by Mark Hart book study

                                 Facilitated by Lori MacDonald, Adult Ed/OCI Room
                                 Starts February 1

As Catholics, the Mass should be a mountaintop experience for us. Often, though, we go through the motions at Mass without an appreciation for what has really happened. Popular speaker and author Mark Hart helps Catholics move beyond the repetition and ritual to see the Mass for what it really is: a heavenly banquet, a wedding feast, in which heaven and earth meet. In his engaging style, Hart guides readers toward a deeper understanding of the Mass its roots in the Jewish Sabbath, its sacrificial character, and its signs and symbols. As we are told to go in peace, he inspires us to see the Mass as a place to be nourished so that we can further Christ's mission in the world. Join us for this fascinating study of Behold the Mystery.



Thursdays

9:45-11:30 a.m.   Journey Group
                                  Facilitated by Ruth Elsbree, Adult Ed/OCI Room
                                  Gospel of Luke Bible study

Luke wrote his gospel for all Gentiles seeking to understand God's universal plan of salvation in Jesus, the Savior of all people. Today, the gospel becomes truly good news for the lives of people in every nation, of every race, language, and culture. Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke, which focuses very much on the merciful nature of Jesus, making it an ideal study following our Year of Mercy. This class will have a study guide that can be purchased called, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part Two (a Threshold Bible Study)."

7:00-9:00 p.m.     Men’s Bible study
                                  Facilitated by Dave Galvin, FLC
                                  Current study
: Gospel of John



Fridays

7:00-8:30 a.m.     Men’s Bible study
                                  Facilitated by Rick Kime, FLC
                                  Current study
: Gospel of Matthew

9:45-Noon            Women in Faith
                                  Facilitated by Michele Sutcliffe, Adult Ed/OCI Room
                                  Join us this winter and choose from one of the four studies below starting January 6.
                                  Sign up for nursery here. For more details, contact Michele at
                                  michelesutcliffe(at)bellsouth.net.

        • Pivotal Players DVD series
        • Our Catholic Life study based on the Catechism
        • Threshold Bible Study of Luke
        • Reflections on the Sunday readings


*During children's PREP tracks. Childcare is available by contacting Karla Colman at kcolman(at)transfiguration.com.

Adult Ed During PREP Classes

Have a child attending PREP? Spend the time they are in class growing your own faith in fellowship with other adults. Even if you don't have a child in PREP, please join us; it's a great time for many adults to study and share together. Sign up for one of our adult education classes or just stop in any class to see what it’s like. Topics and studies change each school semester, new additions are welcome at any time, and childcare is available.

To sign up for any of the studies below, click HERE.

If you will need childcare, please contact Karla Colman or click HERE for childcare details.

 


Sundays

7:30-9:00 p.m.    Feasts of Judaism
                                 with Paul Franklin, Adult Lounge

An appreciation for the feasts of Judaism helps Christians better understand the faith of Jesus and God's saving actions for all generations. Study the pilgrim feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Booths, the high holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kuppur, the minor feasts of the Ninth of Ov, Purim, and Hanukkah, and the Sabbath and Jubilee Year. Understand the roots of the Christian faith in the faith of our elder brothers and sisters in Judaism.


 

Mondays

4:00-5:15 p.m.    Bible Study in Plain English (New Testament)
                                 Facilitated by Kathy Van Leuven, Adult Ed/OCI Room

This study is a perfect introduction to the New Testament for beginners. Through the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the letters and Revelation, it tells the story of the conception and birth of Christ, His life and mission, His death and Resurrection, and the early years of the Church. Start the New Year in the Word!

6:00-7:15 p.m.    Gospel of Luke Bible study
                                  Facilitated by Marjie Schutz, Adult Ed/OCI Room

Luke wrote his gospel for all Gentiles seeking to understand God's universal plan of salvation in Jesus, the Savior of all people. Today, the gospel becomes truly good news for the lives of people in every nation, of every race, language, and culture. Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke, which focuses very much on the merciful nature of Jesus, making it an ideal study following our Year of Mercy. This class will have a study guide that can be purchased called, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part Two (a Threshold Bible Study)."


 

Tuesdays

4:00-5:15 p.m.    Our Catholic Life study based on the Catechism
                                  Facilitated by Bev Sauer, Adult Ed/OCI Room

This engaging summary of the main themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church helps adults understand their faith through the lens of modern life and their own experiences.


 

 

Wednesdays

4:00-5:15 p.m.    Gospel of Luke Bible study
                                  Facilitated by Suzanne Fragale, Adult Ed/OCI Room

Luke wrote his gospel for all Gentiles seeking to understand God's universal plan of salvation in Jesus, the Savior of all people. Today, the gospel becomes truly good news for the lives of people in every nation, of every race, language, and culture. Join us as we continue our study of the Gospel of Luke, which focuses very much on the merciful nature of Jesus, making it an ideal study following our Year of Mercy. This class will have a study guide that can be purchased called, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Jesus, the Compassionate Savior: Part Two (a Threshold Bible Study)."

6:30-7:45 p.m.    "Behold the Mystery: A Deeper Understanding of the Catholic Mass"
                                
by Mark Hart book study

                                  Facilitated by Lori MacDonald, Adult Ed/OCI Room
                                 Starts February 1

As Catholics, the Mass should be a mountaintop experience for us. Often, though, we go through the motions at Mass without an appreciation for what has really happened. Popular speaker and author Mark Hart helps Catholics move beyond the repetition and ritual to see the Mass for what it really is: a heavenly banquet, a wedding feast, in which heaven and earth meet. In his engaging style, Hart guides readers toward a deeper understanding of the Mass its roots in the Jewish Sabbath, its sacrificial character, and its signs and symbols. As we are told to go in peace, he inspires us to see the Mass as a place to be nourished so that we can further Christ's mission in the world. Join us for this fascinating study of Behold the Mystery.


 

Spirituality Studies 

Truly learning to listen for God’s voice and be sensitive to His movements in our spirits is a lifelong journey. Developing a prayer life and deepening our spirituality requires discipline and perseverance, but when we approach God with an open heart and a teachable spirit, beautiful things are possible. Come, grow your prayer life with us.


 

Tears of an Innocent God by Br. Elias Marechal

facilitated by Maureen Ingalls
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
January 17-March 28 (no class February 21)

Tears of an Innocent God invites the reader to explore the ways of the One who would have us perceive, listen, and love as Christ did, and still does: not by imitation, but through a gradual inner transformation. The book outlines two kinds of contemplation, the first involving activity on the part of the person seeking intimacy with God. Contemplation of the second kind is sudden, unexpected: a gift of God unmediated by the senses, intellect, memory or imagination. Br. Elias speaks of the healing, transformative power of inner silence, and of the mysterious Round Dance of the Trinity. He describes practices related to deep inner prayer and skillful ways of dealing with harmful thoughts and feelings, stressing the importance of becoming a whole person by integrating the inner and outer sides of life. Br. Elias Marechal is a Trappist monk who serves as novice director at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA. Please contact Bev to purchase a copy of the book. To sign up for this study, click here. If you will need childcare, click here to sign up your child(ren) at least 3 days in advance.

 

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching is the broad body of Church teaching that looks at the realities of acting justly in matters of social organization, economics, and civic responsibility in light of our faith. In particular, it is recognizing the dignity of the human person, serving those in need, promoting the common good and working for the transformation of society. Within our parish family, we seek both to study these issues to become better informed and to make them real in our lives by serving others in the same spirit. Perhaps you too would like to explore these issues. We encourage you to join us at Catholic Social Teachings monthly. If you are looking to live out these ideals, Transfiguration also has many opportunities to serve and find fellowship, such as through Faith and Light, the Lingap Center, Military Support, Pax Christi, Respect for Life, St. Vincent de Paul, Shelter Help and more.

To learn more about Catholic social teaching, visit the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Web site.


 

Catholic Social Teachings
7:30-9:00 p.m.     Second Thursday of each month, 
                                  Facilitated by Chris Offen (offen4(at)aol.com), Adult Ed/OCI Room

Join us to explore the Church’s teachings on social issues. The seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching include: 1) life and dignity of the human person, 2) call to family, community and participation, 3) rights and responsibilities, 4) option for the poor and vulnerable, 5) the dignity of work and the rights of workers, 6) solidarity, and 7) care for God’s creation. Monthly meetings feature guest speakers on various topics of interest within these themes.



February meeting

Ethics in the Workplace

with Bill Garrity, Dr. Jim Elsbree, Fr. Fernando Molina-Restrepo & Joyce Guris

February 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

What constitutes a just workplace? How can we make ethical decisions in economic life in light of Catholic teachings? As followers of Jesus Christ and participants in a powerful economy, Catholics in the United States are called to work for greater economic justice in the face of persistent poverty, growing income gaps, and increasing discussion of economic issues in this country and around the world. Click here to sign up for this panel discussion presenting a faith-based framework for decision making and vision in public life. If you will need childcare, please click here to sign up your child(ren) at least 3 days in advance. This meeting is presented by Catholic Social Teachings and is part of a series of discussions on timely topics that impact our lives and our world.



March meeting

A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence & Abuse

with Sue Stubbs

March 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m.



April meeting: TBD



May meeting: TBD


 

Fellowship & Pastoral Care

 

We are called to come alongside one another in Christian fellowship – especially in times of life or circumstances that are challenging – to encourage and to bring hope and understanding. Faith sharing with other Catholics can make all the difference in our journey.

“Bear one another’s burdens…” – Galatians 6:2


 

Faith Sharing Small Groups
Various times       Various days
                                  Facilitated by Mike & Veronika Monteleone and Tom & Alison Kelly, parishioners’ homes

About 20 Faith Sharing Groups within the Transfiguration family meet regularly (weekly, bi-monthly, monthly) to pray together, share faith and discuss what is happening in their lives and in the world around them. Groups vary in size, demographic, and how often they meet. Come join one! For more information, click here


 

Mourning & Hope
7:30-8:30 p.m.     1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
                                  Facilitated by Mary Gardner, Room 108

Grief and loss are a part of life. Sadly, many suffer alone. Sharing your experiences with others can help. A trained listener will be on site.


 

Mustard Seed Ministry
Led by Jennifer Hill (Jennifer.b.hill678(at)gmail.com)

Mustard Seed Ministry is dedicated to supporting parish families raising their children ages 0-5 in the Catholic faith. For more on this wonderful opportunity for companionship in faith and family as well as great resources, visit the Mustard Seed page.


 

Divorced, Catholic? Now What?

Contact Lorraine Lamb, at lorrainelamb(at)bellsouth.net or 678-361-0307, for more information.

If you are divorced and Catholic, you may have many questions. For answers and fellowship, come walk with those who have been there and understand.


 

Women in Faith
7:30-9:00 p.m.     Tuesdays (1st Tuesday of the month, rosary making in Room 107), 
                                  Facilitated by Denise Giesler, FLC-Jerusalem
                                  Gospel of Mark study
                                  For more details, contact Denise at 770-924-8784.

9:45-noon             Fridays
                                  Facilitated by Michele Sutcliffe, Adult Ed/OCI Room
                                  Join us this winter and choose from one of the four studies below.
                                  Sign up for nursery here. For more details, contact Michele at
                                  michelesutcliffe(at)bellsouth.net.

        • Pivotal Players DVD series
        • Our Catholic Life study based on the Catechism
        • Threshold Bible Study of Luke
        • Reflections on the Sunday readings

At Women in Faith, women of all ages gather in small groups to share faith and support one another. Through fellowship and reflective book and scripture studies, they grow in friendship, faith, and, most importantly, in God's love. Free baby sitting in the nursery is available to young children of members while they attend (contact Karla Colman at kcolman(at)transfiguration.com or click here for childcare details and signup). Come check out one of Women In Faith’s two groups: Friday mornings or Tuesday evenings or visit the Women in Faith page.


 

To learn more about the many different ministries and opportunities for fellowship at Transfiguration, click HERE.

Exploring or Returning to the Faith

Whether you’re coming home after a time away, are simply curious, or want to join the Catholic faith, we welcome you! Come join us to get your questions answered and find fellowship along the way.


 

Another Look at the Catholic Church
Contact John Utz, at johnmutz(at)yahoo.com, for more information.

Are you a Catholic who has been away from church for a while? Have questions about today’s Catholic Church? Come and ask.



Adult Confirmation

Received Baptism, First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, but never confirmed and would like to be? Adult Confirmation is the class for you.

Each winter, we invite all adult parishioners who have not yet made their Confirmation to join us in making this important and meaningful step in their faith. If you or another adult family member have made your First Communion and would like to complete your journey of initiation into our Catholic faith, we hope you will join us for a six-week, adults-only preparation class beginning Sunday, April 9, 12:00-1:15 p.m. The class continues April 23, 30, May 7, 21 and 28, and ends with the celebration of Confirmation Sunday, June 4.

To sign up for the Adult Confirmation classes, click here or contact Bev Sauer at bsauer(at)transfiguration.com or Kate Viets at kviets(at)transfiguration.com. Childcare is available during these classes. If you will need childcare, please click here to learn more and email Karla Colman.


 

Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA)

OCIA is the rite of the Church by which non-Catholics become Catholic. The rite begins with an inquiry period and lasts until an individual is prepared to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). Classes are held Sunday mornings.


 

Becoming Catholic

7:30-8:30 p.m.     Thursdays Room 104

Becoming Catholic is an inquiry class for those exploring the possibility of entering the OCIA process. All are welcome to drop by or attend weekly.


 

For questions about OCIA or Becoming Catholic, contact Bill Garrity at 770-552-8079.


 

Adult Education Hospitality Team

Interested in joining our hospitality team for Adult Education classes and events? We set up drinks and treats, serve as a welcoming presence, and put everything away afterwards. Come a little early and stay a little after at events you already plan to attend, and become a part of our team.
To find out more or join us, please contact Bev or Kate.


 

 
 
 

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Resources

View our entire archive of Adult Education classes and presentations here

 

Find out about events, sacred spaces and places of learning throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Click here.

Access resources such as webinars, reading materials, websites and more. Click here.


 

Registration & Childcare


All adult education classes meet in the Adult Ed/OCI room unless otherwise noted. Registration for all classes can be made by contacting the PREP Office, 770-977-1442, ext. 125 or prep(at)transfiguration.com.  Registration is encouraged, but not required unless otherwise noted. Classes can be cancelled for various reasons (weather, sickness, etc.). Only registered participants can be notified.

Babysitting is available for Adult Education classes with reservations in advance. To sign up, click here. For questions about childcare, please call Karla Colman, 770-977-1442, ext. 138, or email kcolman(at)transfiguration.com.