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June 1, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


A LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR: June 2-4; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain. The Servants of the Lord prayer group hosts the Life in the Spirit Seminar with inspirational and dynamic speakers. The seminar will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 2; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 3; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4. Register online at Contact: 678-464-9008 or

CHARISMATIC REVIVAL: Thurs.-Sat., June 8-10; 7-9:30 p.m. on June 8-9; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on June 10; St. Lawrence Church, 319 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville. The Haitian charismatic prayer group revival includes Mass, praise and worship, adoration and healing services with Father Romane St. Vil of New York. All are welcome. Call: 404-376-0622 or 678-849-5875.

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE STUDY: Thursdays, June 8-July 27; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, Atlanta, in St. Mary’s Chapel. “Repent, Restore, Rejoice” is a six-week study led and written by Keri Allen. The Book of Joel is a study in contrast including darkness, punishment, loss, repentance, light, reward and restoration. The prophet shares a message of preparation for the “Day of the Lord” as relevant today as in his day. Homework is optional, but encouraged. No cost. Free will offering. Nursery is available on request for children 6 months to 3 years old. Contact: Register by June 5 at, or 404-281-5741.

CORPUS CHRISTI WEEKEND: June 17-18; Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, Ala. All are invited to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament for the annual Corpus Christi celebration. A Eucharistic talk and a tour of the John Paul II Eucharistic Center will be held Saturday. The weekend includes the Corpus Christi Sunday televised Eucharistic Procession. This year’s procession will take place after the nuns 7 a.m. Conventual Mass. The Mass and procession will be televised live on EWTN. Contact: 256-352-6267.

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY-BOUND STUDENTS: Catholic Eagles Campus Ministry program at St. Matthew Church, Statesboro. Students heading for Georgia Southern are invited to connect with the Catholic Eagles program and Fellowship of Catholic University Students. St. Matthew Church supports this program and welcomes students. A 6 p.m. university Mass is celebrated on Sundays followed by a free home-cooked meal. Please send names, mailing and email addresses of incoming Georgia Southern students for this fall to Melinda Cannady, parish administrator of St. Matthew Church, at Contact: 912-681-6726.

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 once a month 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 care-giving 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

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.

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 the study group or for information or visit

SECULAR ORDER OF DISCALCED CARMELITES: 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: Jan Nerone at 770-982-3809 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., June 2; 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, 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., June 2; 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 or

ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA FEAST DAY MASS: Sat., June 3; 10 a.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 1330 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

PENTECOST VIGIL MASS: Sat., June 3; 7:30-9 p.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain. Father Paschal Amagba will be the celebrant of the Mass and Father Sunny Punnakuziyil will be the concelebrant. All are welcome to come and experience the power of the Holy Spirit. Contact:

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

FATHER JOHN KIERAN JUBILEE MASS: Sat., June 10; 4 p.m.; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. The Mass celebrates the 50th anniversary of Father John Kieran’s ordination to the priesthood. All gifts go to his Golden Year Project, the Visitation Hospital/Clinic in Petite Rivere de Nippes, Haiti. Contact: 770-312-6074 or email

ST. ANN CHURCH HEALING MASS: Thurs., June 15; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. All are invited to attend this Mass for healing. Individual prayer teams will be available after Mass. Contact:

ST. THOMAS MORE AND ST. JOHN FISHER MASS: Thurs., June 22; 7 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. The parish community of St. Thomas More Church and the St. Thomas More Society, nonprofit organization of Catholic lawyers, will host this special Mass to honor their patron saint on the feast day of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher. Contact:

SOLEMNITY OF THE SACRED HEART TWO HEARTS VIGIL: Fri., June 23; 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. The Communion of Reparation vigil will be held beginning at 8 p.m. with rosary and confession, 9 p.m. Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 10 p.m. holy hours of adoration and 12:15 a.m. Mass for the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact: 678-910-5228 or

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.

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

SERVING VETERANS: VA Medical Center, All Faiths Chapel, ground floor, 1670 Clairmont Road, Atlanta. Mass is celebrated Mondays, 11:30 a.m., and first Fridays, 11:30 a.m. Visitors are 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, with questions.

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Career Ministry

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Mon., June 5 and June 19; 7-9 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, Classroom 2. Volunteers provide counseling on various job-hunting skills needed by those seeking employment or in career transition. Discussions are tailored to the individual needs of attendees. Individual mentoring is available. 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: Tues., June 13; 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. Please email chairman Bob Volz if you plan to attend. Contact: Bob Volz at to RSVP or 770-475-1653 for information.

CAREER QUEST AT ST. ANN CHURCH: Tuesdays, except June 13; 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. June 6 the workshop is “Are you stuck in your job search? How to overcome your fears, uncertainties and doubts to jump start it today,” presented by Mike Maetz. Closed June 13. June 20 the workshop is networking strategies that work, presented by Dr. Paul Lopez. June 27, no speaker but networking and one-on-one job search coaching. All are welcome. Service is free. Dress is casual. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6104, or

GOOD SHEPHERD JOB SEEKERS: First and third Tuesdays of the month; 7 p.m.; Good Shepherd Church, 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming, in the Parish Life Center. 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 Olario 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

KNIGHTS FAMILY BREAKFAST: Sun., June 4; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, in Reynolds Hall. This event is open to all and is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 7923. Proceeds benefit St. John Neumann parish grounds’ beautification. The $8 breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, muffins, coffee, cheese grits, hot tea and orange juice. Children under 12 admitted for free. Custom omelets are $1 additional each. Contact:

MONASTERY TRAIL RACES: Sat., June 10; 8:30 a.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Come run with the monks at the Trail Races with 8-mile/5K/1.5-mile events offered. Mass will be celebrated prior to the races at 7 a.m. Proceeds go to the Haiti Humanitarian Fund. T-shirts guaranteed for participants registered before June 2. The 8-mile race celebrates the eighth anniversary of the event. Children under 10 run for free. For details on early bird registration, or to register, go to and and click on “Races.” Contact:

NAVI-GATOR 5K & FUN RUN: Sat., June 10; 7:30 a.m.; St. Brendan Church, 4633 Shiloh Road, Cumming. The race is a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. To register for the race, visit https://runsignup/Race/GA/Cumming/NaviGator. Contact: Marlene Hendricks at

THANKSGIVING IN JUNE: Sat., June 17; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, in Reynolds Hall. The dinner is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 7923 and features roast turkey breast, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing, cranberry sauce, salad bar and sweet tea. Homemade desserts, soda, beer, wine and cocktails will also be available. Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children. All are invited. Join in and help serve the community. Contact:

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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THEOLOGY OF THE BODY: Sundays, June 4-July 30; 10:15-11:45 a.m.; St. Mary Magdalene Church, 3 Village Road, Newnan. Given to the church and the world by Pope St. John Paul II, the “Theology of the Body” is wisdom that is renewing marriages, awakening vocations, healing personal wounds and setting people free to live a full life. In “An Introduction to the Theology of the Body: Discovering the Master Plan for Your Life,” author and theologian Christopher West unfolds God’s plan for humanity. This DVD/workbook study will be held for eight Sundays. The cost of the adult faith formation program is $15 and includes materials and refreshments. Contact: or 770-253-5668 to register.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER 2017 WEEKENDS: June 9-11, July 28-30, Sept. 15-17 and Nov. 3-5. “Marriages may be made in heaven, but the maintenance needs to be done on earth.” Happily married couples, the Catholic Church affirms and supports you in your chosen vocation of marriage. Take advantage of the great gift to enhance your relationship and enjoy a love-filled weekend away together at the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. Contact: for online registration or call 678-242-WWME.

PATRICIANS SOCIETY MEETING: Sat., June 10; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; St. Jude the Apostle Church, 7171 Glenridge Drive, Sandy Springs, Room C, Stapleton Center. Topic for discussion will be the Eucharist. Speaker will be Marlene Kolyani, St. Jude parishioner. Spiritual director of the society is Deacon Roger Fraser, St. Brendan the Navigator Church, Cumming. The Patricians Society is open to all Catholics and the main object is to interest and educate Catholics in the true Faith: to increase their knowledge, to give them the experience and ability to explain the faith to others, to be able to speak up and talk about Catholic things in public, and to encourage them to become apostles. There are no prayer obligations and no weekly work assignments. Invite family members, friends, neighbors and office mates. Light refreshments are served. Contact: Shirley Goldman at 678-773-4376 or

CTK BELIEVES “RECONCILING FAITH, BUSINESS AND ETHICS”: Tues., June 13; Tues., July 11; Tues., Aug. 8; 7:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. Three sessions will continue to focus on this theme. June 13 session will be “Best Practices in Implementing Reconciled Faith and Ethics in Business” with speakers Clarence Smith, board chair for Havertys, and Andy Monin, founder of Cyrano Systems. Mass is at 6:45 a.m. A $10 fee provides funding for Christ Renews His Parish scholarships and can be paid online or at the door. Contact: to preregister or view program details.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN: Tues., June 13, and the second Tuesdays of each month, except July; 7:30 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, room 103. All are welcome to attend. Come to listen and learn. On June 13, guest speaker Donna House will speak on strengthening families through concrete support in times of need and linking grandparents to resources available to help. Contact: George Iacovacci at 404-903-8861 or Katrina Iacovacci at 678-938-3820 for information or 770-406-6302.Contact: George Iacovacci at 404-903-8861 or Katrina Iacovacci at 678-938-3820 for information or 770-406-6302.

SPRING HILL SUMMER INSTITUTE OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY: June 16-18 and June 23-25; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, Atlanta. Spring Hill College offers two intensive weekends of study in Atlanta, which can be taken for credit or easy listening (audit). June 16-18 the one-credit hour course is “Spirituality and Global Politics: Suffering and Justice in Shia Islam,” taught by Dr. Matthew Bagot. June 23-25 the one- or three-credit hour course is “Signs of Glory: Miracles in John’s Gospel” taught by Dr. Timothy Carmody. Those enrolled have four options for lodging or meals only at Ignatius House. Class hours are 7-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 9:15-11:15 a.m. Sunday, followed by Mass. A social, dinner and question/answer session is offered Saturday evening. Contact: or Roxanne Wilhelm at or 404-255-0503, ext. 229, for tuition details or to register.

STARVE WARS MEAL-PACKING: Fri., June 16; 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Georgia International Convention Center, 200 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, Hall A. Starve Wars is an effort between the Archdiocese of Atlanta Justice and Peace Ministries, Catholic Relief Services, Helping Hands and the people of the archdiocese. Volunteers of all ages are needed to pack 100,000 meals to go to the impoverished, developing country of Burkina Faso. There will be two packing sessions. The first will have Spanish interpreters and the second session will be set up to accommodate those with disabilities. Clergy and those in formation are encouraged to join either session. Online registration required. To register, go to Contact: Kathy Montag, Justice and Peace Ministries CRS capacity building specialist, at to make a donation or learn more.

CERT DISASTER AWARENESS CLASSES: Sat., June 17, June 24 and July 1; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; St. Joseph Church, 87 Lacy St., Marietta, in the adult education room. Among topics covered in the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training are light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, terrorism and fire safety. Training concludes with a disaster simulation. The Knights of Columbus sponsor the program. Register at: Contact: Sal Gullo at 404-452-5550 or

ST. THOMAS MORE SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING: Thurs., June 22; 11:30 a.m.; office of Alston & Bird LLP, 1201 West Peachtree St., Atlanta. Catholic lawyers are invited to the annual meeting of the St. Thomas More Society, local nonprofit association. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch to follow. This year’s speaker is Clay Rossi, author of “Seeking More: A Catholic Lawyer’s Guide Based on the Life and Writings of St. Thomas More.” The lunch is free for paid society members and $40 for guests. Contact: to register.

TRAUMA RECOVERY GROUP FOR ADULTS: Wednesdays, beginning July 12; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. The Archdiocese of Atlanta Victim Assistance Program offers this co-ed trauma recovery group for survivors of trauma. Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC, and Ann Howe, Ph.D., will lead the group. Registration deadline is June 21. Preview the program at Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or for an application or information.

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays; 7-9 p.m.; 13-week session ends in July; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in the Faith Formation Building. GriefShare is a non-denominational Christ-centered grief recovery group for those who have experienced the death of someone dear to them. A DVD program features leading grief recovery experts. In addition hear real-life stories of people who have lost a loved one. Listen to and share with others in a supportive and understanding Christian group environment. Each session is self-contained. Contact: Tom McBrayer at 404-797-2488.

SPRING HILL SPIRITUAL DIRECTION COURSE: Begins in August; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Spring Hill College will offer a Certificate of Spiritual Direction class for clergy, religious and laypersons with theological preparation seeking a deeper grounding in this ministry. Course work includes four semesters plus courses completed during the Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality. The CSD may be completed in conjunction with the master of pastoral studies program. For information on prerequisites and cost, contact Contact: Roxanne Wilhelm at or 404-255-0503, ext. 229.

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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TEEN RETREAT: June 4-6; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Andy and Sara Otto will direct “Loving the Blank Page: Sketching God’s Dreams for You” for rising juniors and seniors. Anxious about what the next page in your life has in store for you as you approach graduation? God invites you to look at the unknown not with fear, but with creativity and joy. Register at Contact: 404-255-0503 for information.

NEW BEATITUDES WOMEN’S RETREAT: June 9-11; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Pope Francis presented eight “new” beatitudes reminding us that we of the 21st century are called “to confront the troubles and anxieties of our age with the spirit and love of Jesus.” Retreat directors Cenacle Sister Susan Arcaro and Cenacle Sister Barbara Young will lead reflections on these new beatitudes. Register at Contact: 404-255-0503.

PENTECOST RETREAT: Sat., June 17; 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, 107 Holy Trinity Road, Fort Mitchell, Ala. The one-day retreat is “Pentecost Gift: The Holy Spirit Working in Our Everyday Lives.” In this retreat, explore how to recognize the workings of the Holy Spirit in daily life through poetry, art and Scriptural references about the Spirit. Presenter Sister Margaret Downing is a Sister of Mercy of the Americas, a delegate for consecrated life in the Savannah Diocese, chaplain at St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, and spiritual director. The day includes a meal and snacks. Contact: 334-855-4474 or to register.

UPCOMING RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Writing and Journal Keeping,” June 23-25 (weekend); “Be Still and Know I Am God,” given both in Spanish and English, July 10-13 (midweek); and “Anger, Resentment and Forgiveness,” July 14-16 (weekend). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

“EMOTIONS: ‘OUR CROSS AND OUR CROWN’”: June 26-29 (midweek retreat); Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Emotions seem to rule our daily lives. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored or frustrated. We choose certain behaviors based on the emotions they incite. What are emotions? What is their purpose?’ “Don’t get emotional” or maybe do so! Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

RECOVERY RETREAT: July 7-9; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Directed by Father Steve Yander, the quiet, reflective retreat is open to men and women of all faiths who are in a 12-step program. Register online at Contact: 404-255-0503 for information.

FRANCISCAN FRIARS VOCATION DISCERNMENT: Oct. 19-22 or Nov. 30-Dec. 3; Graymoor, home of Franciscan friars and Sisters of the Atonement, Hudson Valley, New York. The friars will offer four 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

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