OLGC provides programs, workshops, and retreats that strive to support that touch of God, moving us from being mere "knowing" individuals to being "loving" people through understanding and experiencing the spiritual side of our lives. We will provide maps and fuel for that journey, a variety of opportunities for adults to develop their faith.

2018-2019 Offerings

Ascension Retreat

Save the date for an afternoon retreat as we reflect on Jesus' Ascension. This retreat will take place from 1 pm to 4:30 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Social Teaching: Exploring the Church’s body of teaching on social, economic, political and cultural matters.

This central and essential element of our Catholic faith is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents, the depth and richness of this tradition will be explored in monthly discussions led by Fr. Dolan.

Each month from October through May, Fr. Dolan will introduce those gathered to each of the key themes at the heart of our Catholic social tradition, reflecting on their meaning in today’s world, and possible implications for OLGC’s parish-wide “Call to Holiness”.

Series Schedule:

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person (10/18)
  • Rights and Responsibilities (12/20)
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable (1/17)
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers (2/21)
  • Solidarity (3/21)
  • Care for God’s Creation (5/16)
  • Call to Community, Family and Participation (TBD)
  • There are no required texts in preparation for these sessions.

    Dates: 3rd Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted
    10/18, 11/15, 12/20, 1/17, 2/21, 3/21, 5/16

    Time & Location:

    10:00 AM in Brisson Rm St. Joseph's Center
    7:00 PM in School Library (enter through front doors)

    Contact: Fr. Dolan


    OLGC parishioners have the opportunity to view online Catholic media in the form of programs, e-books, movies, audio sources for FREE through our parish subscription to Parishioners can experience several hours of watching, reading, and listening to the best of Catholic content.

    Little Rock Scripture Study: Letters from Prison

    Come and explore St. Paul's Letters from Prison!

    We will examine the shortest of Paul’s letters to his congregations in cities: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (written in prison), and First and Second Thessalonians (his first letters). In these letters of encouragement, correction, and instruction, Paul lovingly inspires and challenges us to greater discipleship. The letters provide a fresh look at the early Church and the faith with which they approached their dynamic, diverse communities. This study will bring to light issues such as authorship, dating, and historical situation. It will focus on similarities and contrasts-such as eschatology, ecclesiology and the status of women--within these diverse, yet unified letters. A reading of these letters provides both an understanding and inspiration for today's Christian society: inspiration to meet our challenges in faith with the same creativity as did the early Church.

    To sign up or for more information, please contact Mike Plett.

    Dates: Mondays, beginning September 10th!

    Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Location: St. Joseph Center, Brisson Room

    Cost: $25 (please make checks payable to OLGC with memo: Letters from Prison)

    Contact: Mike Plett

    Live Jesus!


    Join us on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM for the 16th Annual Live Jesus! event, a Lenten morning of spiritual reflection at St. John Neumann. The theme this year is Jesus, Church, and Me: Finding True North. Discover your True North, using the practical approach and guidance of Salesian Spirituality, through the teachings of St Francis DeSales from two different perspectives. First, the Rev. Alexander Pocetto, OSFS, a gifted teacher of Salesian Spirituality and senior member of the Oblates, provides the wisdom of knowledge and experience. Second, Joseph McDaniel, OSFS, a gifted Oblate Seminarian, brings the enthusiasm and optimism of youth to the Salesian perspective. Indeed, this is a unique opportunity for practical solutions to use Salesian Spirituality in our daily lives.

    Prior to the program, please join us for a continental breakfast beginning at 8:00 AM.

    Registration is required. Visit

    Men's Monday Night Faith and Scripture Study

    Come and Explore Credo!

    Beginning on September 10th, the Men’s Monday night group will begin a program designed as a Catholic adult education initiative called “Credo.”

    What is Credo? The program summarizes the basic tenants of our Catholic faith and is divided into four parts: Faith and Doctrine, Sacramental Life and Practice, the Christian Moral Life, and Pillars of Catholic Living.

    There is an accompanying guide book for the study. Credo gives special emphasis to answering objections commonly posed to the Catholic faith today. It also provides encouragement for living out the Catholic faith in an increasingly secular society. Each chapter includes resources for integrating the Catholic faith into one’s daily life (traditional Catholic prayers, suggested Scripture readings, life-application questions, etc.).

    Additionally, various forms of prayer are discussed to encourage those participating in this program to strengthen their relationship with God as they learn more about Him.

    Dates: Mondays, starting September 10th

    Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    Location: School Library

    Contact: Carlos Berrios or Brian Davenport

    Parish Mission: Called to Holiness

    Save the dates!

    Our Parish will gather for three days of Lenten Reflection on our Parish Theme: Called to Holiness.

    Please join us from either 10 am to 11:30 am or 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on Monday, April 1, Tuesday, April 2, and Wednesday April 3.

    More details to come.

    Salesian Presentations

    Join us as various Oblates of St. Francis de Sales lead us in reflection on topics from the life of St. Francis de Sales, St. Jane de Chantal, and the world of Salesian Spirituality! Refreshments to follow.

    Overall Theme: Called to Holiness

    Dates and Presenters: Presentations will be held the third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted.

    9/19/18 with Fr. Matt Hillyard, OSFS
    12/15/19 9:30am
    Salesian Morning of Prayer & Reflection on Advent followed by a light reception
    Live Jesus at St. John Neumann
    4/1-3/19 Parish Mission

    Times: 10 am repeated at 7 pm

    Location: Chapel

    Contact: Amy Winkler 703.896.7414

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    If you would like to subscribe to the Beyond Live Jesus! Newsletter please email Carol Swiger.

    Scripture Study - Wisdom: God's Vision for Life

    Our Tuesday Scripture Study will be exploring Wisdom: God's Vision for Life.

    An Eight-Part Bible Study Featuring Jeff Cavins

    Scripture and the Tradition of the Catholic Church provide an abundance of wisdom, though it can often be challenging to apply it to our lives. In this study, Jeff Cavins and Thomas Smith examine biblical wisdom as it relates to daily life. Drawing on the wisdom literature of the Bible—Proverbs, Wisdom, Sirach, and Ecclesiastes—Wisdom will teach you how to actively seek out sound guidance and increase your sense of peace in navigating life. In everything from friendships to finances, from making decisions to attaining peace of mind, Scripture offers a vision for happiness and wellbeing. With this program, you will learn how to gather, gain, and grow in wisdom, and you will experience the joy it brings to your life. For More Information

    “Wisdom is seeing with God’s eyes.” – Pope Francis

    Dates: Tuesdays, beginning January 8th - Tuesday, February 26th

    Time: 9:15 am to 11:15 am

    Location: St. Joseph Center, Brisson Room

    Facilitators: Fran & Brian Davenport , Paul Korkemaz, and Patty Whelpley

    Cost: $19.95 (plus shipping and applicable taxes) (Wisdom Journal +Online Registration Credit)

    For more information, to sign up and to purchase materials, please click here.

    Questions? Contact Amy Winkler at 703.896.7414

    Stay tuned for more information about the Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible study to be covered March 5th - May 14th.

    Scripture Study- Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible

    Our Tuesday Morning Scripture Study will be exploring Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible.

    This eight-part study (30-minute sessions) by Jeff Cavins and Sarah Christmyer provides the easiest way to understand the Bible. Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible makes the complex simple. It helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture so that you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and understand what it is all about. The Bible is a story about the Father’s unfailing love for you - a love that you are now called to share with others.

    You will:

    Make sense of the Bible and see how it relates to your everyday life

    Discover the remarkable connections between the Old and New Testaments

    See how the sacraments, the Church and our entire Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture… and much more!


    Dates: Tuesdays, beginning March 5th - Tuesday, May 14th

    Time: 9:15 am to 11:15 am

    Location: St. Joseph Center, Brisson Room

    Facilitators: Fran & Brian Davenport , Paul Korkemaz, and Patty Whelpley

    Cost: $19.95 (plus shipping and applicable taxes) (Student Workbook +Online Registration Credit)


    For more information, to sign up and to purchase materials, please click here.


    Questions? Contact Amy Winkler at 703.896.7414

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