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October 5, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


AN EVENING OF RECOLLECTION FOR MEN: Fri., Oct. 6; 7:15-9:30 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell. A priest of the prelature of Opus Dei will be available for confessions at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 7:15 p.m., there will be a meditation, a talk on a virtue, an examination of conscience, and Mass. Refreshments and a brief get-together will follow. Contact: Ricardo Alvarado at 770-510-8416.

FATIMA ANNIVERSARY ROSARY RALLY: Sat., Oct. 7; 3 p.m.; Glover Park, 50 North Park Square, NE, Marietta. Join others to pray the rosary. Coordinated nationally by the America Needs Fatima Campaign. Contact: Richard and Pauline Bomeisl at 770-971-4473.

MAKING ALL THINGS NEW: Tuesdays, Oct. 10-Nov. 14; 10-11:30 a.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. In this time of visible discord and separation, we will explore together how each in our own small way can contribute to healing a fractured world. Marian Monahan and Cathy Crosby will lead this Ilia Delio book study. Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this program as part of the enrichment program series, but donations are gratefully accepted to cover the costs of offering this program and toward the ministry of Ignatius House. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA VESPERS: Thurs., Oct. 12; 7 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Vespers and a Marian candlelight procession will be held in observance of the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will preside. All are invited. Contact: Christine Simons at

OUR LADY OF FATIMA ROSARY & MASS: Fri., Oct. 13; rosary at 6:30 p.m.; Mass at 7 p.m.; St. Matthew Church, 25 Wilkins Road, SW, Winder. A procession will follow the rosary to honor the centennial of the last Fatima apparition. The following day, parishioners will gather for a public rosary crusade at noon at 115 W. May Street in Winder. Contact:

THE MYSTERY AND MIRACLES OF FATIMA: Fri., Oct. 13; 6 p.m. rosary; 7 p.m. Mass; 8 p.m. talk; Holy Family Church, 3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Speaker Greg Northway will present “The Mystery and Miracles of Fatima.” Eucharistic adoration follows. No reservations required for the free event. Refreshments served after Mass. Sponsored by the Our Lady’s Family Prayer Group and The ProLife Team. Contact: 770-973-0038 or Mary L. Kaido at 404-245-9429.

RETREAT AND REPEAT: Sat., Oct. 14; 9:30-11 a.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Have you been on retreat? If the taste of Ignatian spirituality you experienced over a weekend retreat left you yearning for more, we encourage you to join us for “Retreat and Repeat: Relishing the Graces.” This is a quarterly opportunity to come together with participants from recent retreats to savor the “spiritual relish” of the experience. Spend time in prayer, share the fruits of your weekend with others, and discern where God is calling you. Event is free, and coffee and treats served. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

SAN LORENZO RUIZ FEAST DAY: Sat., Oct. 14; 2 p.m.; St. Lawrence Church, 319 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville. The 15th annual feast day of San Lorenzo Ruiz celebration will begin with Mass, followed by a procession and reception at the gym. Bring a side dish to share. Contact: Nora Jongko at or 404-512-3570.

INTERFAITH DAY OF REFLECTION: Wed., Oct. 25; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Neshama Interfaith Center in partnership with Ignatius House invites you to join guest speakers Dr. John D. Cressler, Rabbi Mitch Cohen and Kemal Korucu. Continental breakfast provided and a delicious vegetarian lunch is served midway through the day. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

WOMEN’S CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY: Wednesdays, Aug. 23-April 25, 2018; 10 a.m.-12 noon; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn. Registration is open to all women for the Women’s Catholic Bible Study, a multi-parish study in its 17th year. The first study will be “Queen of Heaven, Mary’s Battle for You,” a better understanding of Mary’s life in history and Scripture and daily devotional practices. The second will be an 18-part study entitled “Jesus Revealed: Encountering Christ in His Biblical Names.” WCBS includes home preparation, group discussion and teaching, Nursery available. Newcomers and long-time students welcome. Registration forms available in the parish office or online. Contact:

GLORY OF THE SAINTS: Wed., Nov. 1; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. A day of reflection with yoga directed by Cathy Crosby and Chris McGuire. Mindful breathing, gentle yoga practice and meditation will frame the day along with lunch and time for prayer. Bring a yoga mat to class. Register online at Contact: 404-255-0503.

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM: The Ignatian Spirituality Program, ISP, is a nationwide ministry sponsored by the Jesuits to give spiritual retreats to homeless men and women in recovery. This is an active ministry in the Archdiocese of Atlanta carried out by volunteers and in collaboration with Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center. Volunteers are needed for days of reflection, overnight retreats, drivers and other tasks. Contact: Marian Monahan at for information on serving as a volunteer.

COURAGE & ENCOURAGE ATLANTA: Courage & Encourage Atlanta ministers to people who experience same-sex attraction, their family and friends. The ministry is based on encouraging members to an active sacramental life, to a life of chastity, and to maturity in knowledge of the Catholic faith. Simply put, Courage-Encourage members seek to know, serve and love Jesus Christ and each other while navigating the experiences of same-sex attraction. Meetings are held monthly under priestly direction. Contact: David at 678-549-5402.

STEPHEN MINISTRY: Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The Cathedral offers Stephen Ministry, a Christ-centered, confidential, one-to-one, listening ministry. Stephen Ministers are lay parishioners trained extensively in the skills of Christian caregiving and commissioned to minister to other parishioners who are experiencing a personal crisis (divorce, job loss, depression, death, illness, etc.). Please call if you are in need of caring, confidential support. Contact: Linda Dyson at 404-267-3675 or

STEPHEN MINISTRY: Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Holy Trinity offers Stephen Ministry to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to people who are going through a difficult time. A Stephen Minister is a well-trained caregiver who listens, cares, prays, encourages, and offers the love of Christ during a time of need. The care you receive is confidential, free, and very helpful. Contact: Lynne Nonni at 770-631-3915 or or Jerry Greenwell at 770-487-2752 or

STEPHEN MINISTRY: St. Lawrence Church, 319 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville. St. Lawrence offers Stephen Ministry, which provides one-on-one, confidential Christian care to anyone experiencing a personal crisis: divorce, job loss, illness, death of a loved one. A Stephen Minister goes through extensive training to learn the skills of Christian care-giving, which include listening, prayer, encouragement and being present for those hurting and in need of care. This service, which is centered on the love of Christ, is free. Are you in need of care? Contact: Referral coordinator JoAnn Czerwinski at 404-408-6318.

MERTON DISCUSSION GROUP: Fourth Saturday of every month (usually); 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, in the St. Julie Room. The group is a chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society and has been meeting since 2001. New members are always welcome. Contact: Robert Kertz at or 404-378-4870.

POWER OF PRAISE PRAYER GROUP: Tuesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in the chapel of the Faith Formation Building. The group meets for praise and worship, intercessory and healing prayer, and teachings. Contact: or 770-487-7672.

KOREAN AMERICAN SOUTHEAST CHARISMATIC RENEWAL: Prayer meetings on Tuesdays; 7 p.m.; Korean Martyrs Church, 6003 Buford Highway, NE, Doraville. Married and single young adults 18-40 years old and all others are invited to come together as a community to witness the Holy Spirit, have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, serve the community, and transform themselves to live a renewed and fulfilled life. Prayer meetings are held in English. Contact: Christine Jeon at 404-576-8148 or

SERVANTS OF THE LORD PRAYER GROUP: Mondays; 7:30-9 p.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain, in the cry room. Join the prayer group as the Holy Spirit leads the community into praise and worship, intercessory prayers and teachings. Contact: or 678-464-9008.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER & WORSHIP GROUP: Thursdays; 7 p.m.; Holy Family Church, 3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, education building, room 201. Join in the newest prayer group, as participants ask the Holy Spirit to touch their lives in a special way through prayer, praise and worship. All are welcome. Contact: Tina at or 404-573-8771.

GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE CAMPUS CATHOLICS: Thursdays; 7 p.m.; Georgia Gwinnett College, Building C, Room 1220, 100 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville. All college students attending Georgia Gwinnett College are invited to join the Campus Catholics student club. Contact: Theresa Williams at for information.

LAY CARMELITES: The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (historically known as the Third Order of Carmel) is an association mainly of lay persons. Its members, responding to a special call of God, freely and deliberately commit themselves “to live in the following of Jesus Christ” according to the charism, traditions and spirit of Carmel under the authority of the Prior General of the Carmelite order. To learn more about the Lay Carmelites, visit Contact: Diane Murray at 770-517-9270.

ST. ANNA CHURCH, MONROE, LAY CARMELITES: Third Sunday of the month; 1:30 p.m.; St. Anna Church, 1401 Alcovy St., Monroe. Are you being called to be a Lay Carmelite? Come and see. Contact: Barbara Ginn at 404-538-0520 or

SECULAR DISCALCED CARMELITE ORDER: Meets at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Discalced Carmelite Seculars are practicing members of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the church and the world. Contact: Formation director, John Eanes, OCDS, at 770-826-5610 to visit or for information or visit

THERESE, THE LITTLE FLOWER, CARMELITE COMMUNITY: Second Saturday; 8:30 a.m. Mass; St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, NW, Lawrenceville. Would you like to explore a deeper prayer life? Do you have a devotion to Mary? Would you like to study the Church documents and learn more about St. Therese, the Little Flower, and other Carmelite saints? Contact: Karen Burton at 678-315-6648 for more information.

MARY QUEEN OF CARMEL COMMUNITY: Meets monthly; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Are you interested in deepening your prayer life? Do you have a devotion to Our Blessed Mother? Are you interested in information on Carmelite spirituality? Mary Queen of Carmel is a discalced Carmelite (Teresian) secular community that meets once a month at the monastery and is canonically recognized by Rome. Contact: Caroline at or 678-633-8898.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/JONESBORO: Second Saturday of the month; following 8:30 a.m. Mass; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro. Are you drawn to the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi? Attend a meeting of the Immaculate Conception Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. Contact: Helene Ward at 770-924-5474.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/CONYERS: Third Sunday of the month; 1 p.m.; St. Pius X Church, 2621 Highway 20, SE, Conyers, parish hall, room 13-15. The Spirit of Francis and Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order invites all Catholics, married or single, who would like to learn more about the vocation of being a secular Franciscan. Secular Franciscans are an order of the church and seek to live the Gospel life, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. Contact: Charlotte at 770-787-9524 or

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/JOHNS CREEK: Second Sunday of the month; 2-4:30 p.m.; St. Benedict Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, in the Religious Education Building. The Fraternity of the Stigmata of St. Francis, a fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, invites you to come and see them if you are curious about whether you have a calling to Franciscan spirituality. Contact: Laura Haukaas at 678-554-7755 or or Ken Brooke at 404-542-2298 or

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Special Liturgies

FIRST FRIDAY/FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., Oct. 6; 8 p.m.-1 a.m. unless otherwise noted; six Catholic churches: All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody; Christ Our Hope Church, 1786 Wellborn Road, Lithonia, vigil Mass at 7 p.m.; Mother of God Byzantine Ukrainian Rite Church, 2880 Highway 138, NE, Conyers, call church for times; Our Lady of La Salette Church, 2941 Sam Nelson Road, Canton; St. John Vianney Church, 1920 Skyview Drive, Lithia Springs; and in Polish at St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, Lawrenceville. Unless otherwise noted, the times for the vigils are 8 p.m. rosary and confession, 9 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 10 p.m. holy hours of adoration and 12:15 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For Mother of God Church schedule, call 770-761-8980. Contact: 678-910-5228 or

SPANISH FIRST FRIDAY/ FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., Oct. 6; 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Mision Catolica Nuestra Senora de las Americas (Our Lady of the Americas Mission), 4603 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. Vigil in Spanish includes 6 p.m. rosary and confessions, 7 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, anointing of the sick, holy hours, Benediction and 12:15 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact: 678-910-5228.

GOLDEN/DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY MASS: Sat., Oct. 7; 12 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. The Archdiocese of Atlanta will host the 12th annual Mass for couples celebrating their 50th and 60th marriage anniversaries with Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory as celebrant. Space is limited. A reception follows for the anniversary couples and their families. Contact: to RSVP for the event.

MASS OF HEALING: Wed., Oct. 11; 7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The Archdiocese of Atlanta invites those who have been hurt by the Church in any way to participate in a Mass of Healing with Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory presiding. A reception will follow in Kenny Hall. Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Victim Assistance Program. Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or

ANNUAL RED MASS: Thurs., Oct. 12; 11 a.m.; Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; 353 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. The St. Thomas More Society will have its 2017 Red Mass for those entrusted with the administration of justice—ecclesiastical canon lawyers and students, judges and other legal professionals of all faiths. Contact:

DISCERNMENT MASSES: Saturdays, Oct. 21, Nov. 11 and Dec. 2; 10 a.m.; St. Charles Borromeo House, 813 Dalrymple Road, Atlanta. Trying to decide where God is calling you? If so, join the Archdiocese of Atlanta Office of Vocations for Discernment Masses. These are for men and women ages 16 and older. An RSVP is not required. Please bring a friend. Contact: Office of Vocations at 404-920-7460.

SEVENTH ANNUAL PAN AFRICAN MASS: Sat., Oct. 21; 7 p.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain. The Pan African Catholic Organization of Atlanta (PACOA) invites all to its annual Mass. Msgr. Edward Branch will serve as celebrant. Father Henry Atem will be the homilist. A traditional African dinner with entertainment will follow. Contact: Ashley Morris at or 404-920-7586.

HEALING MASSES WITH RWANDAN PRIEST: Mon., Oct. 23; 7-9 p.m.; St. John the Evangelist Church, 230 Arnold St., Hapeville; Tues., Oct. 24; 7-9 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Father Ubald Rugirangoga, survivor of the Rwandan genocide, will recount his story and share the power of forgiveness and the gift of healing. Having lost more than 80 family members and thousands from his parish, he shares his moving testimony. A rosary precedes the Mass at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required. A free will offering will be taken. Mary Our Mother Foundation makes the event possible. Contact: or

NOVENA MASS: First Wednesday of the month; 7 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, in the Marian Chapel. Father Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS, will be celebrant for the monthly Mass. All are welcome to join the Novena Mass Prayer Group. Contact:

FIRST FRIDAY ENGLISH MASS AT CHINESE MISSION: Every first Friday; 7 p.m.; Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Mission; 5395 Light Circle, NW, Norcross. Celebrant is Father Bill Hao. Celebration includes adoration and Benediction. Contact: 678-691-3261 or

MASS OF HEALING FOR ADDICTION: Every second Saturday; 10 a.m.; Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, Atlanta. The Mass is for anyone struggling with any form of addiction or those struggling with the addiction of someone else. The Mass is celebrated in the parish’s daily chapel. A coffee social is held after Mass. All are welcome. Contact: Mark Dannenfelser at

SERVING VETERANS: Mass celebrated Mondays, 11:30 a.m.; first Fridays, 11:30 a.m.; VA Medical Center, 1670 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, All Faiths Chapel, ground floor. Visitors invited. Veterans visiting the medical center can receive full Catholic ministry and sacraments from priests on the chaplaincy team. Catholic veterans should verify that their religious preference is on file in order to receive proper spiritual care. Please pray for veterans, particularly those who are distressed. Contact: Chaplain’s Office at 404-321-6111, ext. 6870.

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Career Ministry 

CAREER QUEST AT ST. ANN CHURCH: Tuesdays; 6:30 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Career Quest serves the unemployed and workers at risk. Upon arrival, look for signs stating “Career Quest & Job Network Tonight.” At 6:30 p.m. speed networking—a forum to meet other job seekers—and one-on-one job search coaching to review an individual’s job search strategy run concurrently. At 8 p.m. an additional workshop may be offered. All are welcome. Service is free. Dress is casual. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6104, or careerquest

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Mondays, Oct. 9 and 23, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec. 4; 7-9 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, classroom 2. Volunteers provide counseling on job-hunting skills and tools needed by those seeking employment or in career transition. All are welcome. There is no fee. Resume review offered at 6:30 p.m. Contact: 678-832-1281, mailbox 7023, or

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS JOB NETWORKING MINISTRY: Two Tuesdays a month; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, in room 202. All are welcome, from recent college grads to unemployed. The meeting is free. Dress is casual. Bring a copy of your resume. Questions are answered and you can learn the proven strategies of success that have worked for many previous candidates. Email chairman Bob Volz if you plan to attend. Contact: Bob Volz at to RSVP or 770-475-1653 for information.

GOOD SHEPHERD JOB SEEKERS: First and third Tuesdays of the month; 7 p.m.; Good Shepherd Church, 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming. Anyone seeking employment or looking to expand his or her professional network is invited to join. Skill training for networking, resume development and effective interviewing techniques are offered in a group setting and one-on-one basis. Contact: Steve Jenn at 404-915-5396 or Jack Oliaro at 770-297-9753.

THE EMPLOYMENT NETWORK (TEN): Tuesdays; 7-9 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, Room 135. Ministry offers guidance, coaching and networking in small group settings to help you in your job search to get results quickly. Meetings are free and open to all faiths. Suggested dress is business casual. TEN focuses on helping job seekers with the tools for a productive search. Topics include: resumes, interview skills, networking, elevator pitch, job search skills, hiring strategies and trends, recruiters, resources and tools. Visit the St. Brigid website ( for directions. Contact: The Employment Network’s (TEN’s) website ( or Michael Iamele at or 404-406-3243.

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Social Events

MARY POPPINS PRODUCTION: Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8 p.m.; Oct. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.; St. Thomas More School, Notre Dame de Namur Center, 630 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. The More Players’ production of Mary Poppins shares the story of the troubled Banks Family and the magical nanny and chimney sweep who show them anything can happen if you let it. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for seniors/children under 12. The More Players theater ministry is comprised of parishioners from St. Thomas More Church and people from the community. Participants range in ages from 5 to 75. Contact: or 404-378-4588.

NIGHT AT THE APOLLO II: Sat., Oct. 7; 7 p.m.; St. John the Evangelist School Enrichment Center, 240 Arnold St., Hapeville. The Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary, Court 376, of Most Blessed Sacrament Church, will present “A Night at the Apollo II.” Ticket donation is $25. Contact: or 770-774-4490.

ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE FALL FESTIVAL: Sat., Oct. 7; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; St. Paul the Apostle Church, 1243 Hulsey Road, Cleveland. Plan to bring the entire family for a special fun day of activities. This year, the festival will have a Western theme with live music and entertainment. Bid on items during a silent auction, shop for jewelry or baked goods, or purchase raffle tickets for a cash prize. Enjoy a car show, hay rides, kids games, face painting, a photo booth, wine toss, plus a white elephant sale and trash and treasures. Religious items will also be sold. Lunch offerings include burgers, hot dogs, sausages and more. Free admission and parking will add to your enjoyment. Contact: 706-865-4474.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD FEST: Sun., Oct. 8; 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; St. Brendan the Navigator Church, 4633 Shiloh Road, Cumming. There will be homemade authentic dishes, sweets and beverages from the Philippines, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico, India, Colombia and other countries. Contact: Mariana Caraballo at 770-205-7969, extension 41, for information or to purchase food tickets.

OLIVER PLUNKETT MEN’S CLUB GOLF CLASSIC: Mon., Oct. 9; 7:45 a.m. check-in; Monroe Golf and Country Club, 1212 Alcovy St., Monroe. Tournament is four-player Lauderdale format with prizes. A putting contest, goody bags and other giveaways included. Lunch and complimentary beverages included. Proceeds benefit parish ministries and needy families. Cost is $100 per player. Contact: Dick Kelly at 770-318-4893 or Roger Bacik at 770-972-1543 to register.

MOVIE NIGHT: Sat., Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek The parish’s respect life ministry is hosting a movie night to watch the documentary film “Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism.” The evening costs $10 and includes a catered dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations due by Oct. 11. Contact: Cathy at

FALL WINE SOCIAL: Sat., Oct. 21; 6-9 p.m.; St. Anthony of Padua Church, 928 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. The social under the stars is sponsored by St. Anthony Men’s Action, and will feature food pairings with live jazz by the John Beal Collective. Tickets are $25 each. Door prizes awarded. Contact: Kevin Ashford at 678-522-5336.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FAMILY DINNER: Sat., Oct. 28; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, SW, Lilburn. The Knights of Columbus Council #7923 will have a German style family dinner with a menu of pork loin, sweet cabbage, potato salad, warm applesauce and more. Adult admission is $10. Children 12 and under are admitted for $6 each. Contact:

ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA MEN’S DAY: Sun., Nov. 5; 10 a.m. service; St. Anthony of Padua Church, 928 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., Atlanta. Celebrant and homilist will be Auxiliary Bishop Fernand J. Cheri III of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Contact: Kevin Ashford at 678-522-5336.

SHELTERING GRACE GOLF FUNDRAISER: Mon., Nov. 6; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Brookstone Golf and Country Club, Acworth. The day benefits Sheltering Grace, which helps homeless expectant mothers. Open to the first 30 golfers who register. There is no entry fee, just ability to raise pledges. Golfers will be treated to on-course video lessons to help improve their game. A current tour pro will also be on site. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Contact: PGA of America member Jim Coles at 805-471-2214 or Dr. Ralph Bell, director of Sheltering Grace, at 404-374-0669.

ST. ANN’S WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS DINNER: First and third Wednesday of each month; 6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Nolan Hall. Join us in a safe social environment of friendship for widows and widowers to begin their journey after their spouse has died. Fellowship is formed through dinner meetings and other activities. For details and a calendar, visit Contact: 770-552-6400.

ST. BRIGID WIDOW AND WIDOWER SUPPORT/SOCIAL GROUP: First and third Mondays; dinner at 6:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, in Corbett Hall. The group is open to all widows and widowers who would enjoy the dinner meetings. The focus is providing comfortable social events for those whose lives have changed because of loss of a spouse. Contact: 678-393-0060, ext. 814, or

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS: First Thursdays, 6 p.m.; St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. The St. Catherine of Siena WHO (Widowed Helping Others) Ministry invites widows and widowers to join them for fellowship, support, dinner and activities. The group meets in room 316. Contact: or 770-833-8088.

ORDER OF SONS OF ITALY: Second Monday of the month; East Cobb Government Service Building, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. The Marietta Lodge 2607 meets regularly for social and community activities. Membership is open to anyone of Italian descent. Contact:

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40 DAYS FOR LIFE: Now thru Nov. 5; various locations in metro Atlanta. The community will take part in the 40 Days for Life campaign to end abortion. Events include prayer vigils and silent witness. Vigil hours and event listings may be found at Contact: Margarita Szechenyi at 678-200-9712 or

AFRICAN-AMERICAN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE CHURCH: Sat., Oct. 7; 9:45 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Ft. Mitchell, Ala. This one-day program entitled “African-American Contributions to the Catholic Church” will reflect the rich history of black priests, religious and laity in the life of the church, touching both struggles and successes. Mass will be part of the schedule. The presenter, Sister Mary Ann Henagan, is a Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity on staff at the retreat house. She volunteers in various ministries, including nursing, prison ministry, religious education, outreach and spiritual direction. The fee is $50 and includes a $15 non-refundable deposit. Contact: 334-855-4474 to register.

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS CLASSES: Saturdays, Oct. 7, 21 and 28; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Knights of Columbus Council House 4599, 1473 Joyner Ave., Marietta. The Knights of Columbus sponsor these classes to prepare citizens in the event of disasters. All three class dates must be completed to graduate. Contact: or Sal Gullo at 404-452-5550 to register.

COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM FOR YOUNG MEN: Sun., Oct. 8; Strayer University Roswell campus. The Point program provides the practical, intellectual and moral foundation to be a man of character. Through a combination of classes, one-on-one mentoring and career presentations by successful professionals, it helps students develop the skills and attitude necessary to be effective in college and later on as a father, a professional and a citizen. Contact: Ricardo Alvarado at 770-510-8416 or or visit

CTK BELIEVES: Tues., Oct. 10; 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The program, the final of the series, will be “Unleashing Growth Through Faith.” Speakers are Armando Del Bosque, executive director of His Way at Work; Mike Mannina, VP of strategic partnership at Thrive Farmers Coffee and director of ThriveWorx; Joe Iarocci, director of Cairnway Center for Servant Leadership Excellence; and Joe Labriola, executive director of Second Helpings Atlanta. Mass is at 6:45 a.m. A $10 fee funds Christ Renews His Parish scholarships and can be paid online or at the door. Contact: to register.

ATLANTA CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL CONFERENCE: Fri.-Sat., Oct. 13-14; 6:30 p.m. registration Friday; program begins at 7 p.m.; Saturday program begins at 8 a.m. with closing Mass at 8:30 p.m.; Atlanta Airport Renaissance Concourse Hotel. The Fatima-themed program will be led by retreat masters Father Trevor Nathasingh from Trinidad and Father Peter Mary Minh Bui from Orange County, Calif. Father Tim Hepburn, archdiocesan director of vocations, and Deacon Keith Kolodziej of St. Ann Church in Marietta, will also present. There will be an opportunity for confession, Mass, rosary procession, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and consecration of the family to Mary. Talks will include “The roots of Marian devotion in the Church,” “Mary, the first charismatic” and “Mary’s message for the Church today.” Weekend conference registration is $45, including Saturday lunch. Special room rates are available at the hotel. Contact: or coordinator Marlene Lee-Seaton at or 678-464-9008 to register.

CHOOSE JOY: Wed., Oct. 18; 7:30–8:30 p.m.; St. Mary Magdalene Church, 3 Village Road, Newnan. Contemplating the loss of a loved one, especially a child, is every family’s greatest fear. Come hear Kurt Tarter share a Catholic father’s faith journey about the loss of his 20-year-old daughter and how her joy-filled life and legacy, centered on Christ, has inspired him and others to always and in everything “run to God and give their lives away.” Adults, teens and families are encouraged to attend. Contact: Kathy Kelly Huey at 770-253-5668 for information.

FAMILY HONOR PROGRAM: Sat., Oct. 21; 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Pinecrest Academy, 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Family Honor’s “Leading & Loving” program helps parents create an individual plan for purposeful parenting. Visit to register.

CATHOLIC/LUTHERAN PRAYER SERVICE: Wed., Oct. 25; 7 p.m.; St. Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. In commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, St. Andrew Church of Roswell will be the gathering place for a joint prayer service to be shared with Cross of Life Lutheran Church. The community is invited to join the two congregations starting at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary and later in the parish hall. This is the second gathering between the two churches. The evening will start with shared prayers followed by a question and answer session during a reception. Father Dan Fleming of St. Andrew Church and Pastor Terry Collier-Stagner of Cross of Life Lutheran Church will lead the prayer. The services are intended to promote ecumenical unity and bring the two faiths closer in recognition of commonalities of purpose. Contact: Russ O’Malley at

SYBIL M. ROBINSON SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM: Sun., Oct. 22; 10:15 a.m.; St. Anthony of Padua Church, 928 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta. Program “When the Innocent Are Imprisoned” begins immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Guest speakers will be Clare Gilbert and Grace Akan of the Georgia Innocence Project and Calvin Johnson, who is Georgia’s first exoneree, cleared by DNA evidence after serving 16 years in prison. Visitors should park across the street from the church in the Dollar Tree parking lot. A reception in Adamski Hall will follow the forum, named for a late parishioner Sybil Robinson, who was a leader of outreach ministries for years. Contact:

“REPAIRING THE WORLD” COMMUNITY EVENT: Thurs., Oct. 26; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; The Temple in Midtown, 1589 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. The Archdiocese of Atlanta and American Jewish Committee Atlanta Regional Office will host this community-wide evening, “Repairing the World: Understanding Our Shared Responsibility.” A reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by discussion at 7 p.m. Guest speakers include Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and leaders of various cultural and faith communities. Event is free, but registration is required. Contact: to register.

MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TOURS: Oct. 28; 1:30 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Revel in the beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia during the Highlights and Insights Tour. Docents guide the journey. Discover a spiritual landscape where Trappist monks live, work and pray in a community cloistered from the outside world. Tours are sponsored by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance. Cost is $12. Children 12 and under are free. Pre-registration required. Contact: for tickets.

“AWAKEN OUR HEARTS” PARISH MISSION: Sun.-Wed., Oct. 29-Nov. 1; St. Catherine Labouré Church, 180 Elrod Road, Jefferson. On Sunday, Oct. 29, Vince Abrosetti, author of the St. Augustine Hymnal, will give a free concert. He will conduct a three-day mission from Oct. 31-Nov. 1. All events are free and begin at 7 p.m. Contact: Amy at 706-367-7220.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: Nov. 3-5; Peachtree Corners. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, marriage is a vocation involving a call from God and a response from two people who promise to build a lifelong, intimate and sacramental partnership of love and life. Join a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend and learn how to respond to God’s call and deepen your love for one another and experience the romance and joy that God wants for you. Contact: 678-242-WWME or

“PLACE YOUR HOPE IN THE LORD” REVIVAL: Sun.-Tues., Nov. 5-7; St. Paul of the Cross Church, 551 Harwell Road, Atlanta. Father Jerome McKenna, CP, invites everyone to join the parish for an evangelization revival celebrating Black Catholic History Month. This year’s theme is, “Place Your Hope in the Lord.” It will begin Sun., Nov. 5, with 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Father John T. Judie. The revival will continue Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6-7, at 7 p.m. The church and the Knights of Peter Claver and Ladies Auxiliary Unit 301 are sponsoring the revival. Contact: for directions.

OPENING THE WORD TOASTMASTERS CLUB: Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Christ the King’s St. Dominic Opening the Word Toastmasters Club is a different kind of Bible study and a different kind of Toastmasters Club. All are invited to join St. Dominic OTW, a Bible study using the Toastmasters organizational model and based on the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel. Invest in yourself spiritually, personally and professionally. Grow as a disciple of Christ, communicator and leader. Contact: Vice president of membership Heather Kerutis at or visit

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, started Sept. 6; 7-8:45 p.m.; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2855 Briarcliff Rd., NE, Atlanta. GriefShare is a bereavement support group open to anyone in the community or parish, sponsored by the IHM Stepping Stones Ministry. The group members will discuss a different topic at each session. All are welcome to join as their schedule allows. Contact:

 GRIEFSHARE: Mondays, began Sept. 11; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Parish volunteers who have experienced their own grief journey will lead the program. The group will meet for seven weeks. Contact: Nancy Taneski McClure at or 770-751-0700.

GRIEFSHARE: 14-week fall session through mid-November ongoing on Wednesdays 7-9 p.m. or Fridays 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in room 102. GriefShare is a non-denominational Christ-centered recovery group for those who have experienced the death of someone dear to them. By DVD, leading grief recovery experts offer guidance. Also hear the real-life stories of people just like you and share with others in a supportive group environment. Each session is self-contained so you may start at any time. Contact: Tom McBrayer at 404-797-2488.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN: Second Tuesdays of each month; 7:30 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, room 103. Come to listen and learn. Contact: George Iacovacci at 404-903-8861 or Katrina Iacovacci at 678-938-3820 for information or 770-406-6302.

ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA TOASTMASTERS: Mondays; 7 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Meeting begins promptly at 7:15 p.m. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the St. Ignatius of Loyola Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, people learn to tell their faith stories. They listen and answer. They find their path to faith-filled leadership. Contact: Debra Philbert, club president, at to confirm meeting schedule.

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE TOASTMASTERS CLUB: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. Are you interested in learning how to clearly communicate your Catholic faith? Do you need a supportive environment in which to cultivate your public speaking skills? This Toastmasters Club is open to all who are interesting in developing effective public speaking, communication and leadership skills for ministry or professional development. Contact: Linda Dyson at 678-235-0505.

ST. LEO THE GREAT TOASTMASTERS: First, second and third Thursdays; 7:30-9 p.m.; St Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. St. Leo the Great Toastmasters is a Toastmasters International club with an emphasis on helping Catholics in the archdiocese develop stronger communication and leadership skills. Contact:

GA CATHOLICS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY: For clear explanations of Catholic teaching on the death penalty and regular updates on opportunities to help end capital punishment in Georgia, the Archdiocese of Atlanta invites you to be a part of GACADP and subscribe to the email list online at Representatives will also schedule a short presentation/discussion on the issue for any parish group. Contact: Deacon Dick Tolcher at 678-758-5678.

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CHRIST RENEWS HIS PARISH ALUMNI RETREAT: Oct. 13-15; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. For many, CRHP was a mountaintop experience. But as the weekend came to a close, Jesus invited us to journey with him back into our daily lives. What have you been up to since your CRHP retreat? Whether it has been months or years since your first CRHP retreat, perhaps you have settled back into a comfortable place, no longer growing, being challenged, or reaching out to others beyond the immediate community. Join directors John Monroe and Natalie Grasso to revisit the mountaintop. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

HOLDING ON TO HOPE RETREAT: Sat., Oct. 14; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. There is no such thing as life without struggle. Join us as we prayerfully invite God into the losses and changes of our lives. We will also be asking God to guide us into healing with new life and possibilities. Carol Busche will be the facilitator. Registration required. Contact: 678-524-7449 or

WOMEN’S RETREAT—PONDERING THE QUESTIONS OF JESUS: Oct. 20-22; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. The Gospels record many questions that Jesus asked the disciples. This retreat reflects upon some of these questions, considering the implications each one has for us. Directors are Cenacle Sisters Susan Arcaro and Barbara Young. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

UPCOMING RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Praying With the Scriptures,” Oct. 23-26 (midweek); “Pope Francis,” Nov. 6-9 (midweek); and “Self Confrontation,” Nov. 17-19 (weekend). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

FRANCISCAN FRIARS VOCATION DISCERNMENT: Oct. 19-22 or Dec. 1-3; Graymoor, home of Franciscan friars and Sisters of the Atonement, Hudson Valley, New York. The friars host these weekends for young men and women to discern vocations, learn tools and hear how vowed and laypersons came to hear God’s call. Participants will engage in prayer and discussion. Single adult men or women, ages 18-40, considering God’s call to serve as a priest, sister, brother or layperson, are invited. Cost is $100. For details, visit Contact: Paul Krenzelok at 845-424-2122 or

LETTING GOD FREE US: Oct. 26-29; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. This weekend retreat, based on the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, provides one the opportunity to experience a weekend of rest, silence and prayer to refresh and experience a divine encounter with God. Director is Marian Monahan. Register at Contact: 404-255-0503.

OPENING TO THE LIGHT RETREAT: Nov. 2-5; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Drawing on themes from her newest book, “Stars at Night: When Darkness Unfolds as Light” Paula D’Arcy will explore how learning to move through and past life’s disappointments leads to new awareness. D’Arcy, author and retreat leader, travels in the United States and abroad. Her work includes workshops related to spirituality, writing, women’s gatherings, and creating venues where men and women experience an opening of the heart and a change in their way of being in the world. She is founder of Red Bird Foundation and serves as adjunct faculty at Oblate School of Theology and Seton Cove Spirituality Center in Texas. Register at Contact: 404-255-0503.

ALL EMBRACE WOMEN’S RETREAT: Nov. 10-12; Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The “Hope Is An Anchor for My Soul” retreat is for women who have lost a baby from miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death or failed adoption. Join All Embrace and worship leader Sarah Kroger for the weekend retreat. The retreat is limited to 50 participants. Contact: for information.

 FORTUNATE AND FAITHFUL FAMILIES ANNUAL RETREAT: Sun., Nov. 12; 12:30-7 p.m.; The Chancery of the Archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. Fortunate and Faithful Families, a support group in the Archdiocese of Atlanta for families with LGBT members, will host its annual retreat. The theme is “Building Bridges of Love.” Check-in begins at noon, followed by Mass and a talk by Ignatius House retreat director, Father Peter Fink, SJ. A priest-parent-child dialogue on building understanding, respect and compassion will be a part of the day’s schedule, with time for small group sharing, dinner and fellowship. Cost is $25 (per person) or $40 (two from one family). Registration required by Nov. 5. Contact: or 770-924-3920.

 “SPIRITUALITY OF THANK-FULL-NESS” RETREAT: Nov. 20-22 (midweek); Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Practicing the spirituality of thankfulness strengthens our faith, as we remember the evidence of God’s presence in our lives. Thankfulness encourages others, giving them strength and joy for their journey. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

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