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April 6, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


CHARISMATIC LENTEN RETREAT: Fri.-Sat., April 7-8; Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Mission, 5395 Light Circle, NW, Norcross. The retreat, which is offered at no cost, is titled “Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit.” Directors will be Father Minh Bui, Father Bill Hao, Father Tan Pham and Deacon Keith Kolodziej. Friday retreat hours will be 5-10:30 p.m. with a healing Mass at 7 p.m. Saturday the retreat will run from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. with a Palm Sunday Mass at 5 p.m. Be healed and set free from sickness. Register early so organizers may provide food and drink. Contact: Ngan Dinh at 678-622-7163 or email tos register.

HOLY THURSDAY PRAYER WALK FOR IMMIGRANTS: Holy Thursday, April 13; 9 a.m.; St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4300 King Springs Road, SE, Smyrna. This walking pilgrimage will be in support of immigrants of all backgrounds. The walk will start at the church and continue to the Marietta Square. A ceremony will close the event. Buses will shuttle participants back to the parish. No posters, flags or signs, please. Walkers are encouraged to wear white. Contact: Father Jaime Molina at 770-432-8579 or Blanca Rojo at 404-573-3910.

ECUMENICAL GOOD FRIDAY PILGRIMAGE: Good Friday, April 14; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. Archdiocese of Atlanta Justice and Peace Ministries sponsor the 37th annual Ecumenical Good Friday Pilgrimage (Urban Way of the Cross) The two-mile walking pilgrimage begins at the shrine with a reflection by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and concludes at 12 p.m. at the King Center with reflection and prayer. A break will be at the halfway point. Buses will be available to return participants to the starting point. Contact: Kat Doyle, director of Justice and Peace Ministries, at to volunteer.

CHORAL STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Good Friday, April 14; 3 p.m.; Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. The Our Lady of Lourdes choir, brass ensemble and lectors will lead “Choral Stations of the Cross” written by Kenneth Louis, director of liturgy and music at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. All are welcome. It is a service designed to build bridges fostered by the Rev. James Lamkin, senior pastor of the Baptist congregation, and Father Jeffrey Ott, OP, pastor of Lourdes. Contact: 404-237-8621 or

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR: Wednesdays, April 19-June 7; 7:15 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in La Salette Hall. Would you consider a closer, a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit? Do you have a desire to have a life led by the Holy Spirit? The program is eight consecutive Wednesdays of praise, worship and weekly speakers. Registration deadline is April 12. Contact: to register.

EVENING OF RECOLLECTION FOR MEN: Fri., April 21; 7:15-9:30 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell. A priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei will lead the evening and be available for confessions at 6 p.m. At 7:15 p.m., there will be a meditation, a talk on a virtue, an examination of conscience, concluding with Mass. Refreshments and get-together follow. Contact: Ricardo Alvarado at 770-510-8416 or

DIVINE MERCY SERVICE: Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23; 2-3 p.m.; All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Service includes exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, readings and reflections on the diary of St. Faustina, silent prayer, the litany of Divine Mercy, veneration of the Divine Mercy image, the singing of the Divine Mercy chaplet, concluding with Benediction. All are welcome. Contact: Kitty Moots at

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY HOLY HOUR: Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23; 2:30-3:30 p.m.; St. Stephen the Martyr Church, 5373 Wydella Road, SW, Lilburn. The hour will include Eucharistic exposition, the rosary and praying the Divine Mercy chaplet. All are welcome. Contact: Patty Palmquist at 770-923-8929.

PRAYER BREAKFAST: Sat., April 29; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain, in the gym. Featured speaker will be Father Trevor Nathasingh. Raised in a Hindu-Muslim family, Father Nathasingh’s conversion to Catholicism led him to be ordained to the priesthood in 1989. The event includes a delicious breakfast and great music. Donation is $15 per person. Contact: 678-464-9008 or email

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.

SOLT COMMUNITY ADORATION/MASS: Thursdays; 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; adoration followed by Mass; SOLT Apostolic House and Chapel, 110 Aspen Drive, Covington. The SOLT Community (Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity) regularly prays for the needs of the church and all the people of Atlanta. All are welcome to come and join in prayer. Contact: 770-787-6468 for information.

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.

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.

DIVINE MERCY PRAYER CENACLE: Every Friday evening; Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by Cenacle/meditation program from 6-7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in the D’Youville Chapel. Everyone is welcome. It includes prayer, meditation, reflections on Scripture, the Catechism, the diary of St. Faustina and writings of St. John Paul II. Contact: Deacon Gerald Zukauckas, spiritual director of the Cathedral Divine Mercy Apostolate, at

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: Ann Harry at 770-641-7373.

ST. ANNA CHURCH, MONROE, LAY CARMELITES: Third Sunday of the month; 2 p.m.; St. Anna Church, 1401 Alcovy St., Monroe. Are you being called to be a lay Carmelite? Come and see. Contact: Beverly Sabatino at 770-207-0261 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., April 7; 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; St. Anthony Church, 967 E. Main St., Blue Ridge; 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: Diane Guesman at 706-379-2690 or

SPANISH FIRST FRIDAY/ FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., April 7; 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: Ana de Jesus at 678-548-5940.

ECUMENICAL EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE: Easter Sunday, April 16; 7 a.m.; Chapel of Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, behind Oglethorpe University, 3016 Lanier Drive, Brookhaven. Our Lady of the Assumption Church joins local churches to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord with a traditional sunrise service on Easter Sunday. This annual service includes song, Scripture and prayer. Rev. Zachary Bradley will preach at the interdenominational service. An offering will be collected for a local ministry to victims of human trafficking. There will be a reception. Contact: Anne Stephens at Our Lady of the Assumption Church at 404-261-7181, ext. 113, or

TRANSFIGURATION FAITH AND LIGHT MASS OF INCLUSION/FAITH AND SHARING MASS: Sun., April 23; 12 noon; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. Join the archdiocesan Disabilities Ministry for the annual Transfiguration Faith and Light Mass of Inclusion and the Faith and Sharing Mass. Father John Kieran and Father Fernando Molina-Restreppo, pastor of Transfiguration, will be the celebrants. All are welcome. A social will follow in Bishop Hall. Contact: Maggie Rousseau, Disabilities Ministry director, at

HEALING MASS: Mon., May 1; 7:30 p.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain. Contact:

HEALING MASS AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Wed., May 3; 5:30 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Come pray for the sick, the bereaved and those in need of peace and healing. A time of hospitality follows Mass in the gathering space. Prayer teams will be available to pray. Contact: Linda Dyson at or 678-235-0505.

DISCERNMENT MASS FOR MEN AND WOMEN: Sat., May 6; 10 a.m.; St. Charles Borromeo House of Discernment and Priestly Formation, 813 Dalrymple Road, Atlanta. The Office of Vocations invites men and women ages 16-40 to the next discernment Mass. A light brunch and discussion follow the Mass. The guest speaker for May 6 will be Father Michael Silloway. No RSVP needed. Bring a friend. Parking is available behind the building. Contact: Father Tim Hepburn at or Sally Scardasis at in the Office of Vocations.

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

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

VA MEDICAL CENTER MASS: Mondays, 11:30 a.m.; Veterans Administration Hospital, 1670 Clairmont Road, Atlanta. Father John Kieran, chaplain, will celebrate this weekly Mass for the well-being and spiritual support of veterans of all branches of the military. Many Catholic veterans do not have family or visitors and look to the church for pastoral care. By participating in Mass and prayer, one shows appreciation for the dedicated service rendered by veterans, lifting their spirits in prayerful solidarity. Contact: Father John Kieran at

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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 coach sessions to review an individual’s job search strategy run concurrently. At 8 p.m. an additional workshop may be offered. April 11 is “Acing Your Next Interview” by Phil Verstraete; April 18 is “Interviewing from a CEO’s Perspective,” by Joe Barna. An opportunity for a LinkedIn photo to be taken by Joe Agostini will be available April 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All are welcome. Service is free. Dress is casual. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6104, or

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS JOB NETWORKING MINISTRY: Tues., April 11; 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.

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Mon., April 24; 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

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

EASTER MUSICAL “A GOSPEL LINE”: Fri.-Sat., April 7-8; 8 p.m.; Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. “A Gospel Line” is a musical by Irish composer Gavin Byrne, bringing to life the journey of Christian faith from creation to resurrection. The shrine will be holding the North American premier of the musical for two performances only. Tickets are $10 and can be obtained through the shrine. Parking is available at the Underground Atlanta lot. Contact: or 404-521-1866.

“IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA” SCREENING: Mon., April 10; 7 p.m.; Aurora Cineplex Theatre, 5100 Commerce Parkway, Roswell. Tickets are $15. All proceeds go to a Mustard Seed Community mission trip. For tickets to the screening of “Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier, Sinner, Saint,” visit and click on the “buy movie tix” tab. Contact: Janice Givens at 770-663-8007.

ABBY’S ANGELS RAINBOW RUN AND FAMILY FUN DAY: Sat., April 22; Coweta County Fairgrounds, Newnan. To celebrate the life of Abby Bacho, come to the family fun day, which is free, and register for the run, which is $15 for ages 3-12 and $30 for ages 13 and older. The family fun day includes music, food, rides, entertainment and vendors. Register for the run at or Contact: Monique Haskins at or 817-929-9146.

POLYNESIAN DINNER: Sat., April 22; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, in Reynolds Hall. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 7923, the dinner will include chicken with rice and sautéed vegetables, homemade desserts, with a salad bar, beer, wine and soda available. Adult dinner is $8; cost is $4 for children 12 and under. Open to the public. Contact:

CATHOLIC CHARITIES ATLANTA SOIRÉE: Sat., April 22; 6:30-11:30 p.m.; Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., NW, Atlanta. Catholic Charities Atlanta invites the public to join the celebration of a “Decade of Help & Hope” at the 10th annual CCA Soirée. This event will feature a silent auction, seated dinner by Wolfgang Puck and music by Rupert’s Orchestra. More than 500 individuals will come together to raise awareness about the life-changing services that Catholic Charities provides. Tickets are available now. Contact: Lisa McLean at 404-920-7758 or for tickets.

BOWLING FOR LIFE: Sun., April 23; 2-4:30 p.m.; AMF Marietta Lanes, 565 Cobb Parkway, Marietta. This bowling fundraiser benefits Sheltering Grace Ministries, which provides a residence and educational resources to homeless pregnant women. It is located in the former St. Thomas Manor, donated to the ministry by the archdiocese. Come join the event with great team and individual prizes. Entry fee is $300 per team of six. Refreshments served. Church teams eligible for mission scholarships as prizes. Visit for details. Contact: Dr. Ralph Bell at 678-337-7858.

EMBRACE BENEFIT DINNER: Thurs., April 27; 7 p.m.; Regina Caeli Academy, 1565 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. Enjoy an evening of the beautiful music of Sarah Kroger with dinner. Learn more about the support All Embrace provides to families grieving the loss of a child. Those who attend will be invited to make a donation to help the ministry serve and comfort more families in need. RSVP for the benefit dinner by phone or email. This is the second annual dinner. Visit Contact: 678-481-5819 or to RSVP.

RUN FOR JOHN: Sat., April 29; 8 a.m. St. Joseph Church, 968 Haigmill Lake Road, Dalton. Friends of the Bruner family and St. Joseph Church present the 10th annual Run for John road race in memory of John Bruner. The 5K race and 1-mile fun run fund scholarships for local runners, volunteers and parish members in or bound for college. Over $90,000 in scholarships has been awarded. Race registration is $15 by April 21 or $20 at the race. Contact: to register.

MASS & DASH: Sat., April 29; after 8 a.m. Mass; Holy Cross Church, 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. Mass & Dash is a 5K race to raise money for the Holy Cross youth scholarship fund. Mass will be at 8 a.m. The race and family dash follow. For details or to register, go to Contact: Peter Le at

TRASH AND TREASURE SALE: Fri., May 5, 1:30-8 p.m.; Sat., May 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Holy Family Church, 3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. To donate items for the fundraising sale, drop-off dates are Sat., April 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Sun., April 30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Mon., May 1, 1:30-8 p.m. at the parish center. Donations and purchases help with high school and middle school mission trips and retreats. Contact:

KNIGHTS FAMILY BREAKFAST: Sun., May 7; 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 sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 7923. Proceeds benefit The $8 breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, muffins, coffee, cheese grits, hot tea and orange juice. Breakfast is free for children under 12. Custom omelets are $1 additional. Contact:

PRAISE BANDS JAM: Sat., May 13; 4-7 p.m.; Due West United Methodist Church, 3956 Due West Road, Marietta. Youth in Mission will host the Praise Bands event to raise money for 2018 mission scholarships. Admission is free with picnic items available to purchase. Donations accepted. Bands performing include St. Clare of Assisi Church Life Teen band, MirVama. Cassie Helsel, Youth in Mission scholarship recipient from St. Ann Church, Marietta, will speak about the importance of youth serving in mission work. Contact:

PATH GOLF TOURNAMENT: Thurs., May 18; 8:30 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. start; Stone Mountain Park Golf Course. St. Stephen the Martyr Knights of Columbus will sponsor a golf tournament to benefit PATH, Post Abortion Treatment and Healing. Cost of $90 per player will include free admission to the park, golf cart, lunch, goodie bag and prizes. The tournament will be a scramble format. Contact: Jim McVey at 770-676-9169 or for registration and information.

ST. BRENDAN CASINO NIGHT: Sun., May 21; 6:30 p.m.; Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. Join an exciting evening of dinner, band music, casino games and silent and live auctions. Tickets are $75. For information or to register online, visit Contact: Marlene Hendricks at

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

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:

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. 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. CATHERINE’S WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS: First Thursday of the month; 6 p.m.; St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1618 Ben King Road, NW, Kennesaw. WHO invites men and women who are widowed to join this support and social ministry. The group meets for food, fun and fellowship in room 316/317. Contact: 770-833-8088 or

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SUMMIT IN THE PARK: Sat., April 15; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Forest Cove Apartment Complex, 900 Newtown Circle, SE, Atlanta. Sponsors of this family event are Faith in Action/Summit on Violence Interfaith Committee. The event includes food, games, clothing, a bouncy house, an Easter egg hunt and a revival. Contact: Father Roy Lee at

MARIST ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DRIVE: April 17-23; 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE, Atlanta. In celebration of Earth Day, Marist School will collect used, old, broken and unwanted electronics. The event is open to the general public and free, with the exception of a $10 fee to recycle televisions. The fee for televisions will be collected at the security booth at the school entrance. All hard drives from computers will be safely shredded to protect information. Collection bins will be located in front of Wooldridge Library. Contact: for a list of accepted items.

CERT DISASTER AWARENESS CLASSES: Eight-week class starting April 18; 6-9 p.m.; St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. Class dates are April 18, 20, 25, 27 and May 2, 4, 9 and 11. Topics covered in the Community Emergency Response Team training are light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, terrorism and fire safety. The training concludes with a disaster simulation. The Knights of Columbus sponsor the courses. To register, email Contact: Sal Gullo at 404-452-5550.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT: Beginning Wed., April 19, 10-11:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in room 2048. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, this six week-series, “The New Day Journal: A Journey From Grief to Healing,” offers support toward new life with hope and healing. Julie Berger, MS, NCC, LPC, a pastoral counselor and life coach, facilitates this series. Cost is $10 for the journal workbook. Space is limited. Contact: Linda Dyson at or 678-235-0505 to register.

RECYCLING DAY AT TRANSFIGURATION: Sat. April 29; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. Bring old electronics, metals, paint, computers, auto parts, and other items to Transfiguration’s recycling program, hosted by the men’s club. Cost is $10 admission per vehicle. Televisions and monitors are $20 each; paint is $4 per gallon; five-gallon buckets, $10; spray cans are $1 each to recycle. The environment will benefit from this effort. Contact:

PATRICIANS SOCIETY: Sat., April 29; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; St. Jude the Apostle Church, 7171 Glenridge Drive, Atlanta, Stapleton Center, room C. Topic for discussion will be baptism. Spiritual director of the society is Deacon Roger Fraser of St. Brendan the Navigator Church, Cumming. The Patricians Society is open to all Catholics. The object is to interest and educate in the true faith, to increase knowledge, and to give experience and ability to explain the faith to others. There are no prayer obligations or work assignments. Light refreshments served. Contact: Shirley Goldman at 678-773-4376 or

GRIEFSHARE: Begins Wed., May 3; 7-9 p.m.; 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. The summer session runs for 13 weeks. Each session is self-contained. Contact: Tom McBrayer at 404-797-2488 to preregister.

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.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER 2017 WEEKENDS: June 9-11, July 28-30. “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. The next available weekends are June 9-11 and July 28-30. Contact: for online registration or call 678-242-WWME.

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.

CCA REFUGEE TUTORING: Tuesdays and Thursdays; 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Indian Creek Elementary School, Clarkston. Many refugee students need help with schoolwork. Catholic Charities Atlanta volunteer tutors work with small groups of students to help with homework, studying and practicing English. Mentoring sessions will be through the end of the school year in May. Volunteers attend mandatory orientation and receive additional three-hour training on child abuse. Training held at Catholic Charities Northlake Office, 2305 Parklake Drive, Ste. 150, Bldg. 9, Atlanta. Contact: Margaret Prickett at or 404-920-7785.

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. 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:

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.

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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HOLY WEEK RETREAT: April 10-16; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Ft. Mitchell, Ala. The silent retreat will begin with supper on Monday at 6 p.m and conclude on Easter Sunday after breakfast. One can join the retreat center community for any or all of the days. Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday. The community will join St. Joseph Parish for Wednesday and Triduum liturgies (Holy Thursday through Easter). Contact: 334-855-4474 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: “Divine Mercy,” April 21-23 (weekend); “Where Is God When It Hurts?” April 28-30 (weekend); and “Image, Faith and Photography,” May 5-7 (weekend). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

HAWTHORNE DOMINICANS DISCERNMENT WEEKEND: April 21-23; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, 760 Pollard Blvd., SW, Atlanta. Rose Hawthorne, daughter of novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne, founded the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne in 1900. Their apostolate is to care for incurable cancer patients who cannot afford care. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home was founded 76 years ago. This weekend is for women interested in learning more about religious life and the apostolate. Experience Mass, communal prayer, talks, visits with patients, opportunities to speak with the sisters and time for questions. Contact: Sister Alma Marie, OP, at 845-745-1319 or to RSVP.

ROAD TO EMMAUS RETREAT: April 21-23; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Retreat director is Jesuit Father Joe Schad. The retreat revisits the events of the first Easter Sunday, along with the post-Resurrection narratives, accompanying the disciples as they encounter Jesus. Themes will explore God’s abiding love, Pope Francis’ reflections on Divine Mercy, the power and importance of story in Scripture, discernment and Ignatian prayer practices. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER RETREAT: April 24-27 (midweek); Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Prayer is a loving exchange with God. Learning to receive the gift of God’s presence through loving silence, we are able to develop our personal relationship with God. One way is through centering prayer, traditionally known as contemplative prayer. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

WAY FOR WOMEN RETREAT: May 5-7; Carmel Retreat Center, Hoschton. The Way for Women is a three-day retreat for adult female survivors of abuse offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Victim Assistance Program. Registration deadline is May 1. Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or for information.

BE LOVED WOMEN’S RETREAT: June 9-11; Chota Falls Estate, 1810 Rickman Airfield Road, Clayton. Be Loved Women’s Weekend Retreat is a retreat to engage, connect and rejuvenate women of all ages through a personal experience of God’s love. Dynamic talks, small group discussions, and time for prayer will make Christ relevant in your day-to-day life and personal circumstances. Father James Swanson, LC, and Father Kevin Lixey, LC, will provide spiritual direction. Contact: or Melissa at to register.

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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