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April 19, 2018

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


IGNITING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST REFLECTION: Sun., April 22; 6:30 p.m.; Mary Our Queen Church, 6260 The Corners Parkway, NW, Peachtree Corners. Paul Koleske will present this evening of reflection. Koleske is a speaker, singer, songwriter and recording artist. His music and message offers a listening experience that speaks to the mind, touches the heart and enlivens the spirit. He will also share his music during all weekend Masses April 21 and 22. Contact: Jeanne Bell at

MLK ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE: Mon., April 23; 7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Bishops Bernard E. Shlesinger III and Joel M. Konzen, SM, will attend the ecumenical service of prayer in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. April 4. While his life was cut short, his legacy continues. His words, “Without justice, there can be no peace,” are as true today as they were when he wrote them over 50 years ago. The anniversary of Dr. King’s death is especially meaningful for the ecumenical community in Atlanta. After the service, a reception will be held in Kenny Hall. Contact: Father Paul A. Burke at

MAGNIFICAT PRAYER BREAKFAST FOR WOMEN: Sat., May 12; 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Holy Cross Church, 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. Physician Victoria Musey, of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Atlanta, will be the guest speaker at the Magnificat meal. All women are warmly invited. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are made in advance. Check-in is at the door. Please register online at or send name, address and contact information by May 6 with check payable to Magnificat Joyful Visitation to Debbie DuPont, 315 Rose Court, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Contact: Debbie DuPont at 770-696-6216.

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. GEORGE MASS OF THANKSGIVNG: Sat., April 21; 12 p.m.; Oak Hill Cemetery, 96 Jefferson St., Newnan. Father Henry Atem, pastor, will celebrate the Mass in honor of Ellis and Effie Mansour, who offered their home for the first Mass ever celebrated in Coweta County 80 years ago. The Mass also dedicates a year of grace and gratitude leading up to the 50th anniversary of St. George Church’s building dedication in June 2019. Please bring a chair for the Mass. A reception will follow at the parish hall, 771 Roscoe Road, Newnan. Contact: visit for details.

HEALING MASS AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Wed., April 25; 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. Hospitality time will follow Mass in the gathering space. Prayer teams will be available in Kenny Hall. Contact: Linda Dyson at or 678-235-0505.

EMBRACE MEMORIAL MASS: Wed., May 2; 7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will celebrate the Mass for children lost to miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. Sarah Kroger will provide music. A reception will follow. Contact: for information on support provided to grieving families by All Embrace.

FIRST FRIDAY/FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., May 4; 8 p.m.-1 a.m. unless otherwise noted; five churches: All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn; 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; 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., May 4; 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.

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

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

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

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


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Career Ministry 

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

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. LAWRENCE KNIGHTS SPAGHETTI SUPPER: Sat., April 21; 5-8 p.m.; St. Lawrence Church gymnasium, 319 Grayson Hwy., Lawrenceville. Dinner sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 13052. Proceeds benefit the Northeast Georgia Homeless Veterans Shelter. Choose from spaghetti with marinara or meat sauce. Meals include garlic bread, salad and coffee, lemonade or water. Contributions are $10 per person; $30 per family. Veterans discount. Carry-out meals available. Contact: Bob Burns at

MONASTERY TOURS: Saturday, April 28; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Revel in the beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia during the Highlights & Insights Tour at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. During each tour, participants gain insight into the Abbey Church’s architecture and construction. Sponsored by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, the Highlights & Insights Tour is a two-hour event. Cost is $12 for ages 13 and over; children 12 and younger admitted free. Pre-registration required. Tickets available at Contact: Sarah Lisle at 404-998-8384, ext. 6.

INSPIRED FAITH FILM FESTIVAL: April 26-28; various locations in Marietta. The festival promotes inspiring movies, and includes screenings and workshops. Feature films, short films and music videos are among the categories featured. Contact: for tickets.

UNIQUE BOUTIQUE: Thurs., April 26, 6-9 p.m.; Fri., April 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, in Corbett Hall. More than 40 vendors will participate in this year’s 15th annual event, sponsored by the St. Brigid Mom’s Group. Thursday evening is a free sip and shop. Contact:

WINE SOCIAL: Sat., April 28; 7-10 p.m.; St. Anthony of Padua Church, 928 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta. The St. Anthony Men’s Action Club will sponsor the social with music by the John Beal Collective. Cost for the evening of music, wine and food is $25 each. A silent auction will also be held. Contact: Kevin Ashford at 678-522-5336.

MOONLIGHT MASQUERADE: Sat., April 28; 6:30-11:30 p.m.; The Fairmont, 1429 Fairmont Ave., NW, Atlanta. Catholic Charities Atlanta invites you to join in celebrating Moonlight Masquerade, the 11th annual CCA Soirée. Over 500 individuals will come together to raise awareness about the life-changing services that Catholic Charities provides throughout the community. Highlights of the event will include an exciting silent auction, delectable dinner by Dennis Dean Catering, dancing to The Bonaventure Quartet and more. Contact: for tickets.

LYKE HOUSE GOLF TOURNAMENT: Sat., May 5; 7:30 a.m.; Stone Mountain Golf Club, 1145 Stonewall Jackson Drive, Stone Mountain. The Lyke House, The Catholic Center at AUC, provides a home away from home for students at Clark Atlanta University, Spelman and Morehouse Colleges and the Interdenominational Theological Center. This golf tournament benefits the student ministry program. The tournament will include lunch, a raffle, silent auction and presentation of awards. The fee for individual golfers is $125 or $475 for a foursome. Various sponsorship levels are also available. Contact: or call 404-755-2646.

MSGR. REYNOLDS CHARITY CHALLENGE: Mon., May 14; 10 a.m.; Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Drive, Roswell. The event is hosted by the Men of St. Brigid and includes golf, tennis, cornhole, a wine tasting, dinner, live music, auction, a raffle and more. The money raised supports ministries and charities of Saint Brigid Church and the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Contact: visit and click on “Charity Challenge.”

PREGNANCY AID CLINIC GOLF BENEFIT: Tues., May 15; the Manor Golf and Country Club, 15952 Manor Club Drive, Milton. Sponsorships available for the Give Families a Shot golf invitational to benefit the Pregnancy Aid Clinic. Contact: Marla Brown, for details.

PATH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Thurs., May 17; 8:30 a.m. check-in; Stone Mountain Park Golf Club, 1145 Stonewall Jackson Drive, Stone Mountain. The St. Stephen the Martyr Knights of Columbus sponsor the PATH Golf Tournament each year to help provide post-abortion counseling for both men and women. The tournament will have a 10 a.m. shotgun start. This is a scramble format so all skill levels are welcome. Corporate sponsorships welcome. The cost is $90 per player and includes free entrance to the park, golf, cart, lunch, goodie bags, raffle and prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and more. Contact: Jim McVey at 770-676-9169 or

“POWER IN MY HANDS” PREMIERE: Thurs., June 21; 7 p.m.; Regal Tara Cinemas 4, 2345 Cheshire Bridge Road, NE, Atlanta. “Power In My Hands” is a film of more than two years in the making and a response to the spiritual turmoil in our culture. The film has an all-star cast including Philip Rivers, NFL quarterback; Jeff Cavins, author and evangelist; Archbishop Jerome Listecki of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, known as the “dynamic deacon,” and others. Tickets are $10 per person and $5 for students. The viewing is sponsored by the Rosary Evangelization Apostolate. Family rates available. Contact: for tickets.

SISTINE CHAPEL CHOIR CONCERT: Tues., July 3; 7 p.m.; Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. The Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir, officially known as the Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina, is the oldest choir in the world and the Pope’s personal choir. In 2016, the Sistine Chapel Choir was awarded the prestigious ECHO KLASSIK Award for classical music. As early as the fifth and sixth centuries there are records of singers being part of the papal entourage. Today, some 1,500 years later, the role of the Sistine Chapel Choir remains the same, namely, to sing for papal liturgies. Maestro Msgr. Massimo Palombella leads the choir. The Georgia Boy Choir will be special guest performers. Contact: for tickets, visit

ALL SAINTS WIDOWED GROUP: First Sundays for brunch, second 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 social environment. Contact:

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.

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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JOURNEYING THROUGH GRIEF CLASSES: Tues., April 17-May 29; 2-3:30 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in conference room 3. If you are in need of consolation after losing a loved one, this Christ-centered series may be for you. Through a series of reflections combined with writing and sharing activities, “The New Day Journal: Journeying through Grief” course supports you in working to accept the reality of your loss, experience the pain of grief and adjust to a new life without the deceased. There is no cost. Contact: call Linda Dyson at 404-233-2145, ext.440 or

MARIST SCHOOL ELECTRONICS RECYCLING DRIVE: Fri., April 20; 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE, Atlanta. In celebration of Earth Day, Marist School will host an electronics recycling drive to collect used, old, broken and unwanted electronics. The event is free and open to the public, with the exception of a $10 fee to recycle televisions. Cash or check made to Marist School will be accepted at the security booth. All hard drives from computers will be safely shredded off site to protect private information. Contact: visit for a list of accepted items.

ESTATE PLANNING FOR YOUNG FAMILIES: Wed., April 25; 7 p.m.; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 25 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta. Sponsored by Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and School, the workshop will help young parents learn about essential documents and plans to have in place in the event of an injury, illness or greater tragedy. Stephen Weyer, attorney and parishioner, will present the program. Attendees should register at Childcare provided. Contact: Alexandra Azzarello at

MARK’S GOSPEL LIVE: Wed., April 25; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Experience the entire Gospel of Mark in two amazing hours of storytelling by Father Joseph Morris. Not a reading or talk but a dynamic proclamation of an ancient story about God’s healing love. Admission is a free-will offering. All proceeds benefit the Kennesaw State University Catholic Center. Contact: Stephanie Holden at or 770-552-6400.

TRANSFIGURATION RECYCLING DAY: Sat., April 28; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. Bring old electronics, metals, batteries, pots and pans, paints and computers to recycle. Admission is $10 per vehicle; televisions and monitors are $20 each to recycle, and paint $4 per gallon. Contact: Mark O’Conner at

WAR AND GLOBAL CONFLICT WORKSHOP: Sat., April 28; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. Join Justice and Peace Ministries for the program to look at the church’s stance on just war and armed conflict. Sessions include a report on the landscape of global conflict, an overview of Catholic theology on just war, prayerful consideration of the collateral damage of war, a discussion on alternative solutions to war and a look at the church’s work to heal the wounds of war. Speakers include Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger III, and representatives of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Pax Christi International and Catholic Relief Services. Registration is $10, which includes lunch. Scholarships available. Register at Contact: Kat Doyle at

RADICAL SPIRIT: Sun., April 29; 7:30-9 p.m.; Cannon Chapel, Emory University, 515 South Kilgo Circle, NE, Atlanta. The Aquinas Center of Theology at Emory will host Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister in a program about shifting attention to how God wants us to live. Sister Joan is an international lecturer and award-winning author of more than 50 books. She has won 16 Catholic Press Association awards for her books, as well as numerous awards for her work for justice, peace and equality. A suggested donation of $25 will help defray costs of the event. A book signing for “Radical Spirit” will follow the talk. Contact: visit for information.

GRIEFSHARE: Wed., May 2; 7-9 p.m.; runs for 13 weeks; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Holy Trinity will offer GriefShare to the community this summer. GriefShare is a Christ-centered grief recovery group for those who have experienced the death of someone dear. Whether your loss is recent or from years past, GriefShare offers help. You will watch a DVD program featuring leading grief recovery experts in addition to hearing stories from people who have lost a loved one. You will be able to listen to and share with others in a supportive Christian group environment. Each session is self-contained so you can start at any time. Meetings will be in room #102 in the faith formation building. Contact: Tom McBrayer at 404-797-2488 for information or to pre-register.

ONE BEAUTIFUL DREAM TOUR: Mon., May 7; 7 p.m.; St. Michael the Archangel Church, 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Jennifer Fulwiler, radio host, will present an evening of inspiration and camaraderie in which she shares her secrets to living with purpose. She is a homeschooling mom of six and author of the new book, “One Beautiful Dream,” a humorous memoir with tales of learning to follow personal passions while still putting God and family first. Tickets are $15. Children 12 and under admitted free of charge. Contact: for tickets.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER WEEKEND: June 15-17. By offering married couples the beautiful experience of a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend, the Catholic Church affirms and supports their chosen vocation—marriage. Take advantage of this great gift to enhance your relationship and enjoy a love-filled weekend away together. Contact: for the application or call 678-242-WWME for information.

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 & 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:

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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RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include “Sacred Journey Towards the End of Life” May 4-6 (Weekend), “Image, Faith and Photography” May 11-13 (Weekend) and “Spirituality of Imperfection” May 14-17 (Midweek). For information on these and other upcoming retreats visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

MINDFULNESS RETREAT: April 27-29; Ignatius House 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Learn the practice of mindfulness meditation and its application to stress reduction, self-reflection and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, spiritual enrichment and personal growth. Beginners and experienced participants are welcome. Mark Dannenfelser, MA, LPC, will be the retreat’s spiritual director. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

THE 12 ROSES OF ST. THERESE RETREAT: April 30-May 3 (Midweek); Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. This retreat features 12 key elements of Theresian spirituality presented in the form of a bouquet of a dozen roses for you. Includes time for presentation, quiet reflection and discussion—a shower of roses for the soul. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

A WOMAN’S JOURNEY: May 3-6; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. How does Ignatius speak to all the challenges that we women face? What about attachments, balance, discernment and paying attention to our needs so we can make time for prayer? This is a silent retreat. Retreatants are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat, including at meals, unless otherwise noted. Cathy Crosby and Marian Monahan will share the Ignatian path in the context of real life. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

DRAWN INTO THE HEART OF THE TRINITY: May 4-6; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, 107 Holy Trinity Road, Ft. Mitchell, Alabama. The weekend retreat will use theology, music and art to explore the very heart of the Trinity. Come and pray about how the Trinity is a very practical mystery, which has profound implications for daily life. The presenter, Sister Nancy Walsh has been a Missionary Servant of the Most Blessed Trinity for 35 years, serving in a variety of places and types of ministry. The retreat begins with registration at 7 p.m. on Friday, and concludes at noon Sunday. Contact: call 334-855-4474 to register.

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