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June 21, 2018

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


DISCERNING DECISIONS WITH IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY: Mon., June 25; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in La Salette Hall. Should I pray for a parking space? Does God really care if I find one? Did my prayer bring me into deeper intimacy with Him and make me more loving? When I find a parking space does my gratitude spill into the rest of the day or is it limited to only when things go my way? Explore Ignatian discernment of decisions with Father Matt Linn, SJ. Contact: Stephanie Holden at or 770-552-6400, ext. 6028.

RETREAT & REPEAT: Sat., July 14; 9:30–11 a.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Have you ever been on retreat at Ignatius House? Ongoing formation is at the heart of Ignatian spirituality. If the taste of Ignatian spirituality you experienced at a weekend retreat left you yearning for more, join this quarterly opportunity to come together with other 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 next. Coffee and treats served at this free event. Contact: call the retreat center at 404-255-0503 to reserve a spot.

OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA: Mondays, 7:15 p.m.; St. Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. St. Andrew Church hosts a weekly recitation of the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal novena throughout the year. All are welcome to come for this prayer time. Due to various holidays that occur on Mondays, visit the parish’s web page event section to be sure the novena is scheduled for that particular day. Contact: or email Russ O’Malley at

FORTUNATE AND FAITHFUL FAMILIES: Fortunate and Faithful Families, an archdiocesan-approved ministry for Catholic parents and families with LGBT members, strives to promote education, compassion, support and, most especially, love within our homes and in our church. FFF sponsors educational and support meetings, outreach activities for homeless LGBT youth, fellowship opportunities and a yearly retreat. Contact: visit, the Facebook page, or call 770-924-3920 to be added to the group’s email list.

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 AND ENCOURAGE ATLANTA: Courage and EnCourage Atlanta ministers to people who experience same-sex attraction, their families 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 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 caregiving, 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.

HOLY FAMILY CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP: Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Holy Family Church, room 201 in education building, 3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. The Holy Family Charismatic Prayer Group invites everyone to experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit who opens us to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and the love of the Father. The group will hold adoration the last Thursday of each month in the adoration chapel. Contact: Tina Marsico at 404-573-8771 or email

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.

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.

HOLY CROSS CHAPTER LAY DOMINICANS: Fourth Sundays; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 25 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta. Are you interested in a lay vocation that follows the teachings of St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers through prayer, study, community and apostolic ministry? Do you seek the truth of our Catholic faith and the desire to proclaim it in the world through word and action? This is one of two lay chapters in metro Atlanta in the Province of St. Martin de Porres of the Order of Preachers. For details on the formation process, visit Contact: Dr. Thomas W. McNamara, OP, at or 540-256-2483.

MADONNA OF THE ROSARY CHAPTER LAY DOMINICANS: Monthly Saturday meetings, begins with 9 a.m. Mass; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Are you interested in a lay vocation that follows the teachings of St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers through prayer, study, community and apostolic ministry? Do you seek the truth of our Catholic faith and the desire to proclaim it in the world through word and action? This is one of two lay chapters in metro Atlanta in the Province of St. Martin de Porres of the Order of Preachers. For details on the formation process, visit Contact: Alec MacDougal, OP, at or 770-486-0580.

LAY CARMELITES: The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (historically known as the Third Order of Carmel) is an association mainly of laypersons. 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 Charles Jakubczak, OCDS, at or text 678-570-8593 for information. Visit

ST. 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/BLAIRSVILLE: Second Saturdays, 12:45 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3717 Highway 515 E, Blairsville. The Franciscan Martyrs of Siroki Brijeg Fraternity meets the second Saturday of the month and welcomes all practicing Catholics who feel they may have a calling to the Franciscans to join the meetings. Contact: Pat Tomczyk at or call 706-994-0414.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/LITHIA SPRINGS: First Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.; St. John Vianney Church, 1920 Skyview Drive, Lithia Springs. Mass in Day Chapel followed by a meeting in the St. Anthony Room. The fraternity of St. John Vianney of the Secular Franciscan Order invites you to come and see if you have a calling to Franciscan spirituality. This group is a bilingual fraternity (English/Spanish). Contact: Leslie Riney at 404-218-0447 or Betty Rivera 404-805-8391.

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: Ken Brooke at 404-542-2298 or

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Special Liturgies

ST. THOMAS MORE FEAST DAY MASS: Fri., June 22; 5:30 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. The St. Thomas More Society will celebrate its patron saint and namesake on his feast day. Principal celebrant will be Father Mark Horak, SJ. After Mass, the society will gather informally at the Marley House pub adjacent to the parish grounds to continue the celebration. RSVP is not required. Contact: go to for information.

ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA MASS: Sat., June 23; 10 a.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell. All are invited to attend this solemn Mass for the feast day of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. Father Matt Dalrymple will be the celebrant. Contact: Fred Strok at

FIRST FRIDAY/FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., July 6; 8 p.m.-1 a.m. unless otherwise noted; five churches: All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody; Christ Our Hope Church, 1786 Wellborn Road, Lithonia, vigil Mass at 7 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Rd., SW, Lilburn; Mother of God Byzantine Ukrainian Rite Church, 2880 Highway 138, NE, Conyers, call church for times; 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., July 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.

MASS AND DINNER FOR SEMINARIANS: Thurs., July 12; Mass, 6 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. The Knights of Columbus Transfiguration Council 10362 will host a gala event in honor of the seminarians of the Archdiocese of Atlanta beginning with Mass in the sanctuary and followed by reception and dinner. Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger III will celebrate Mass. Dinner will be in Bishop Hall. Councils and assemblies are encouraged to purchase tables of 8 for $300. Individual tickets are available for $40 each. A majority of Atlanta seminarians will be in attendance. It is an opportunity to express appreciation for their response to God’s call and to expose them to the work of the Knights of Columbus in parishes. Contact: visit to reserve a seat or table.

LIFE IN THE EUCHARIST SEMINAR CLOSING MASS: Sat., Aug. 4; 11:30 a.m.; St. Marguerite d’Youville Chapel, Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. A luncheon follows. Contact: Dottie O’Connor at for information and reservations.

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

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Sundays, July 8 and 22; Aug. 5 and 19; 6:45 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, in classroom 14. 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 6:15 p.m. The meetings follow. Contact: call 678-832-1281, mailbox 7023, or

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

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

ST. JOHN’S BONFIRE: Sat., June 23; 5:30 p.m.; St Francis de Sales Church, 587 Landers Drive, SW, Mableton. This is the annual blessing of the bonfire on the vigil of the feast of St. John the Baptist. All Catholic men are invited to attend. The festivities are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Bring a lawn chair, enjoy a cookout, cigars and beverages, burn old sacramentals, sing and pray. Bring a side dish to share. A priest of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will join in the fellowship. Contact:

THANKSGIVING IN JULY: Sat., July 21; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, in Reynolds Hall. Meal includes traditional favorites such as turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce and more. Adult tickets are $9, children under 12 are admitted for $5, and families of four for $25. The annual meal is presented by the Knights of Columbus Council 7923 to help them serve the community. Contact: for information.

IGNATIUS HOUSE OPEN HOUSE: Wed., July 25; 4-7 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. During the open house, take a tour, meet and greet retreat staff, enjoy samplings prepared by the retreat center’s chef and enter a raffle for a free retreat. Contact: call 404-255-0503 or visit for details. 

ANNUAL GILGAL BLUE JEAN GALA: Thurs., Oct. 18; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Cobb Energy Center. The benefit will be a night for supporters of Gilgal to celebrate the success of women who have transformed from homelessness and addiction to employment and stability. Put on your blue jeans and plan for a fun and inspirational evening. The event will include dinner, live entertainment, testimonies from clients and a silent auction. Since 2005, Gilgal has served more than 500 homeless women experiencing substance abuse on their journey of transformation. Gilgal operates two residential recovery homes, as well as a treatment center. Several Catholic parish communities support the program by volunteering. Tickets start at $125. Contact: to register.

ALL SAINTS WIDOWED GROUP: First Sundays for brunch, third Wednesdays for dinner, monthly for plays or musicals; All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. The group is open to anyone who has lost their spouse and would enjoy the fellowship of others in a friendly social environment. Contact: or call 770-393-3255, ext. 10.

ST. ANN WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS: Third Wednesday each month; 6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Nolan Hall. WHO is a group for newly widowed men and women. It goes beyond the initial grief to help the widowed learn to adjust as a single person and make new friends through socials, outside activities and the monthly dinner meeting. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6019 or

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 Thursday; 6 p.m.; St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. The WHO (Widowed Helping Others) Ministry invites widows and widowers to join in for fellowship, support, dinner and activities. The group meets in room 316 at the church. Contact: Barbara Dobson at or 770-833-8088.

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HIGHLIGHTS AND INSIGHTS TOUR: Sat., June 23; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers. Docents guide visitors on a journey through a place filled with purpose and discover the spiritual landscape where Trappist monks live, work, and pray in a community cloistered from the outside world. During each tour, participants gain insight into the Abbey Church’s architecture and construction, marvel at handcrafted stain glass and will be joined by a monk to visit spaces normally closed to the public. The tour begins near the Abbey Store entrance. The cost is $12 for participants ages 13 and over; children 12 and younger admitted free. Pre-registration required. Tickets can be purchased at Contact: Sarah Lisle at 404-998-8384, ext. 6, or

CERT TRAINING: Saturdays, July 7, July 28 and Aug. 4; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; St. Joseph Church, 87 Lacy St., Marietta, in the adult education room. The Georgia Knights of Columbus and local emergency management officials conduct the free CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training. Participants must attend all three Saturday programs to graduate and receive certificates of completion from the Cobb County Emergency Management Agency. The program helps citizens be prepared in emergencies. Bring a lunch. Contact: call Sal Gullo at 404-452-5550 or by email to to register.

CERT TRAINING: Saturdays, July 14, 21 and 28; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. The Georgia Knights of Columbus and local emergency management officials conduct the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training. All three sessions must be completed to graduate, and are free to attend. Bring a lunch. Contact: Linda Walsh at 770-552-6400, ext. 6019 or to register.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Aug 10-12 and Sept. 28-30. Do something special for your marriage. Enjoy an exciting, rewarding and life‑giving experience. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend teaches a unique method of communication and is for couples who want to enrich their relationship. Contact: for an online application or call 678-242-WWME for information.

ATLANTA CATECHIST CONFERENCE: Sat., Aug. 18; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center, 2450 Galleria Parkway, SE, Atlanta. The conference, “Witnesses of Jesus Christ,” features speakers Stephen Binz, Father Pedro Poloche and Father Tan Pham. There will be sessions for RCIA teams, leaders and volunteers, as well as for parish catechetical leaders and youth ministers. Contact: visit for registration details and a schedule.

PARISH TWINNING CONFERENCE: Aug. 24-26; Diocese of Nashville Catholic Pastoral Center and The Inn at Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. The Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (PTPA) will host its 2018 National Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration. Individuals from parishes across the country are encouraged to participate. The theme of the conference is “One Are We: The Blessings of Twinning.” Participants will have the opportunity to share information and learn best practices for building spiritually enriching twinning relationships with impoverished parishes in Haiti and Latin America. Haitian-American Bishop Guy Sansaricq, retired auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn, New York, of the USCCB Haiti Advisory Group and director-emeritus of the National Center of the Haitian Apostolate, will be a keynote speaker. Call PTPA at 615-298-3002 for details. Cost of early registration, prior to July 1, is $225, which includes the anniversary reception and dinner on Aug. 25. Contact: visit to register.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION: Begins in September; St.Thomas More Church, 636 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Couples preparing for marriage are invited to join this new program. Couples will meet one evening per week for four weeks. This program includes presentations from witness couples and tools and practices to help marriages. Contact: Andy Otto at to register or for more information.

YOUTH IN MISSION SCHOLARSHIPS: Apply by Nov. 15. Scholarships awarded in December toward any 2019 mission trip travel fees. Any eligible local middle school, high school, home school and college students may apply at Contact: or 770-425-5129.

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 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

DIVORCED AND SEPARATED GROUP: First and third Tuesdays; 7:30 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Mary’s Chapel. The group supports those in the parish and surrounding community who have gone through a divorce or separation. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6018 or

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Wednesdays; 5-6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in the St. Thomas Room. The group supports those experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one and is facilitated by staff and volunteers. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6018 or

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: to confirm 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 interested 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:

PATH BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED: Post Abortion Treatment and Healing, PATH, is a Catholic-based ministry which provides a safe place for all individuals suffering from post-abortion trauma to find hope and healing through Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats and Bible studies. PATH strives to eliminate demand for abortion through education and outreach programs to the community. The ministry has an office in Forest Park, along with the office in Roswell. There is a need for energetic members on the board of directors. The board meets four times a year and helps guide the ministry in its priorities, activities and responsibilities. Contact: Jody Duffy at 404-247-9046 if you might be a good fit to help PATH as a board member.

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.

CCA TUTORS/MENTORS NEEDED: Catholic Charities Atlanta needs volunteer mentors and tutors for refugees. CCA launched a family literacy program, which needs volunteers to serve as in-home tutors and mentors to Catholic Charities’ clients. The time commitment is a weekly two-hour visit for a minimum of four months. All clients live in the Clarkston area. Contact: Chelsea Driver at or 678-222-3953 for information.

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THE SEARCH FOR A HIGHER POWER: June 29-July 1; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. This is a recovery retreat of steps one through three of the 12 Steps. Director is Father Peter Fink, SJ. On this recovery retreat, explore the path to God as you understand it and seek the freedom of sobriety and the sanity it offers. Contact: or call 404-255-0503 to make a reservation.

HEART OF MONASTIC MINDFULNESS: June 29-July 1; the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. The monastery invites people 35 and younger to this introduction to Scripture-based Christian prayer, which draws one into a silent, loving communion with God. The retreat includes praying the psalms, a prayer of silence, invoking the name of Jesus, praying with the imagination, praying the rosary and other forms of prayer. The retreat includes periods of practice and small group sharing of experience. Monks will lead practice sessions. Visit for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Listening to God” July 6-8 (Weekend), “Monastic Spirituality for All Leaders” July 13-15 (Weekend), and “Writing and Journal Keeping” July 20-22 (Weekend). For information on these and other retreats visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

INDIVIDUALLY DIRECTED RETREAT: July 8-16; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Choose the length days that suits you. This retreat is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. You will meet daily with a spiritual director, determine a customized prayer schedule and may choose to participate in daily liturgy. These retreats are a deeper experience with extended silence and solitude. As a silent retreat, retreatants are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted. Contact: or call 404-255-0503.

BIBLE INSTITUTE’S CALL TO DISCIPLESHIP: July 13-15; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, 107 Holy Trinity Road, Ft. Mitchell, Alabama. “The Call to Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark” will be led by presenter, Timothy Carmody, Ph.D., of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, where he is the director of graduate programs in theology and ministry. The fee is $180, which includes a $40 non-refundable deposit. The institute begins with registration at 7 p.m. on Friday and concludes with dinner at noon on Sunday. Contact: call the retreat center at 334-855-4474 to register.

QUO VADIS RETREAT: July 15-17; Camp Gideon in Acworth. “Quo Vadis, Where Are You Going?” is a retreat for high school men sponsored by the Office of Vocations. The retreat is open to rising 10th grade students through graduating seniors who are open to considering God’s calling for their lives. While space is limited, scholarships are available. Contact: visit to sign up.

PRAYING WITH THE SAINTS AND MYSTICS: July 19-22 Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. How can we experience God? How does silence nurture prayer? Can meditation and contemplation transform our lives? These are the kinds of questions that the great saints and mystics of the past two thousand years address in their visionary writings on prayer and the spiritual life. This retreat will celebrate some of the greatest spiritual teachers, including Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Ignatius of Loyola. Director Carl McColman is a contemplative Christian author, speaker, and retreat leader based in Clarkston. He is a professed lay associate of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. Contact: visit or call 404-255-0503.

SOCIAL INFLUENCES RETREAT: July 23-26; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers, will host “Social Influences—How they Impact Us.” Social influence occurs when one’s emotions, opinions or behaviors are affected by others. We aren’t always aware of what influences us in different situations. Nevertheless, these powers frequently impact us and others. During this retreat, participants will learn to be more aware of inner emotional responses. Visit for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

FINDING GOD IN ALL THINGS: July 27–29; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Everything in creation is given to us from God, and everything is there to lead us back to God. It is easy to find God when things are bright, and less easy to find God when things are not. But if you look deeply into anything, you will find a loving God there with you. On this celebration of the approaching feast day St. Ignatius of Loyola, bring the things in your life, be they good or bad. Let God draw you into them where you will find him there. Director is Father Peter E. Fink, SJ. Contact: or call 404-255-0503. 

DIALOGUING WITH JESUS: July 27-29; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. St. John narrates several intense exchanges between Jesus and another person by which the person is gradually transformed. This retreat will focus on three such dialogues. By reading and meditating on the encounters, one can identify with these seekers. Visit for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

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