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July 6, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


BIBLE INSTITUTE “HE CAME TO TEACH AND HEAL”: July 21-23; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Ft. Mitchell, Ala. Jesus came to teach and heal; disciples were called to do the same. This institute will make a careful, meditative consideration of Matthew’s Gospel: 4:23 through 9:35. This course is designed to know how to read the Gospel according to Matthew using the best principles of narrative criticism. This weekend is for beginners or the best of Bible readers. The presenter, Father Gary Banks, a Missionary Servant of the Most Holy Trinity, is a graduate of the Pontifical Institute in Rome, pursued biblical studies at Catholic University of America, Hebrew University in Jerusalem and St. Georgen in Germany. Contact: 334-855-4474 or Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, 107 Holy Trinity Road, Ft. Mitchell, AL 36856.

FEAST DAY OF ST. IGNATIUS: Tues., July 31; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Gather to pray, reflect and celebrate St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest, religious and founder of the Society of Jesus. Jesuit Father Peter E. Fink leads the day of reflection. Reserve a day to nurture your faith and friendship with God. Breakfast and lunch are included. Contact: to register or call 404-255-0503.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SECULAR DISCALCED CARMELITE ORDER: Meets at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Discalced Carmelite Seculars are practicing members of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the church and the world. Contact: Formation director, John Eanes, OCDS, at 770-826-5610 to visit 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., July 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; Our Lady of La Salette Church, 2941 Sam Nelson Road, Canton; St. John Vianney Church, 1920 Skyview Drive, Lithia Springs; and in Polish at St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, Lawrenceville. Unless otherwise noted, the times for the vigils are 8 p.m. rosary and confession, 9 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 10 p.m. holy hours of adoration and 12:15 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For Mother of God Church schedule, call 770-761-8980. Contact: 678-910-5228 or

SPANISH FIRST FRIDAY/ FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., July 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: 678-910-5228.

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

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: 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

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. July 11, professional photos taken by Joe Agostini for LinkedIn profiles; July 18, recruiter strategies that work by Scott Kriscovich and Terry Brennan; July 25, starting or restarting your job search by Susan Nofi. 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

THIRD THURSDAY THURSDALUSIA: Thurs., July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 21; 6 p.m. to sunset; Andalusia Farm, home of Flannery O’Connor, 2628 N. Columbia Street (US 441), Milledgeville. Andalusia Farm will extend its regular hours until sunset while hosting this third Thursday open-mic series with music and entertainment. The former dairy farm is where Flannery O’Connor wrote most of the work that established her as one of the world’s foremost 20th century writers. Admission is free, although visitors are encouraged to make a contribution. Refreshments provided. Contact: for seasonal hours or event details.

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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CTK BELIEVES “RECONCILING FAITH, BUSINESS AND ETHICS”: Tues., July 11; Tues., Aug. 8; 7:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. Two sessions will continue to focus on this theme. The July session will be “What’s at the Root of Your Ethics?” with Jim Wanserski of Wanserski & Associates. The Aug. 8 topic will be “C-Suite View of Reconciling Faith, Business and Ethics” with Alan LeBlanc, president of Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group, Alex Mammen, managing partner at Heritage Growth Partners, and Jay Wolverton, CEO of Wolverton & Associates. 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.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: Wed., July 12; 6-9 p.m.; Catholic Charities Atlanta–Chamblee Office, 3669 North Peachtree Road, Suite 100, Chamblee. Come and learn what it is like to volunteer with Catholic Charities Atlanta’s EL/Civics program by attending the volunteer summer orientation. The first hour is a basic orientation to the agency and from 7-9 p.m. the EL/Civics staff will do introductory training on its program and materials, volunteer expectations and communications. Contact: Margaret Prickett at or 404-920-7785.

COURAGE & ENCOURAGE ATLANTA EVENT: Sat., July 15; 12 noon; Chancery of the archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. Are you interested in learning more about the Catholic Church’s teaching on same-sex attraction? Courage & Encourage Atlanta is hosting a one-day event aimed at exploring the church’s pastoral response to the same sex attracted community and the lived experience of Catholics with same sex attraction. The event will feature film screenings, the testimonies of members and friends of both Courage and Encourage, Mass, question and answer sessions, and ample opportunities for fellowship including dinner. Whether you are a person who experiences SSA, a friend or loved one, involved in SSA ministry or merely interested in the topic, this will be an opportunity to explore this topic with others who have a similar love for this community and ministry. RSVP by July 8. The event begins at noon with Mass. There is no cost to attend. Free will monetary offerings will be accepted. Complimentary dinner will be served. Contact: 678-549-5402.

PATRICIANS SOCIETY: Sat., July 15; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; St. Jude the Apostle Church, 7171 Glenridge Drive, Atlanta, Ministry Building, room 229. This is the monthly meeting of the Patricians Society within the Legion of Mary. Topic for discussion will be “Is Hell Empty or Full? A Catholic Perspective.” Spiritual director is Deacon Roger Fraser of St. Brendan the Navigator Church, Cumming. The Patricians Society is open to all Catholics. The objective is to interest and educate Catholics in the true faith and to give them the experience and ability to explain the faith to others. There are no prayer obligations and no work assignments. Light refreshments served. Contact: Shirley Goldman at 678-773-4376 or

SOUTHEASTERN SUMMER SACRED MUSIC WORKSHOP: July 21-22; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Singers, organists, clergy and laity are invited to come to learn and sing Gregorian chant and polyphonic music. Participants can join a chant group and motet ensemble of their choosing, from beginner to advanced. Breakout courses offered for music directors, singers, organists and clergy. Dinner on Friday and lunch Saturday included in $100 tuition. Organists may have a private lesson with Dr. Albert Ahlstrom. Singers may study with Maria McDaniel Willathgamuwa. A discussion with faculty will be held during Saturday lunch. Friday session is 1:30- 9 p.m. Saturday session begins at 8 a.m. and closes with a sung Mass at 5 p.m. Contact: to register.

MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TOURS: Sat., July 22, Aug. 26 and Oct. 28; 1:30 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Revel in the beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia during the Highlights and Insights Tour. Docents will guide the journey through a place filled with purpose. Discover a spiritual landscape where Trappist monks live, work and pray in a community cloistered from the outside world. Tours are sponsored by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance. Pre-registration required. Contact: for tickets.

FATHER GREGORY BOYLE PROGRAM: Thurs., July 27; 7 p.m.; Our Lady of Assumption Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, NE, Atlanta. Jesuit Father Gregory Boyle, founder and director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will speak. Father Boyle is author of the New York Times bestseller, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” As pastor of Dolores Mission Church, Father Boyle led community members to create an alternative school/day care program for gang-involved youth. Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of enterprises and provides social services to more than 10,000 people annually. Contributions accepted. Contact: Anne Stephens at

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER 2017 WEEKENDS: 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.

FATHER GREGORY BOYLE PROGRAM: Sun., July 30; 7 p.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta. Jesuit Father Gregory Boyle, founder and director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, will speak. Father Boyle is author of the New York Times bestseller, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.” As pastor of Dolores Mission Church, Father Boyle led community members to create an alternative school/day care program for gang-involved youth. Homeboy Industries employs and trains former gang members in a range of enterprises and provides social services to more than 10,000 people annually. He will sign copies of his book afterward. Contact: Terry Zobel, adult faith formation and evangelization coordinator, at

ATLANTA CATECHIST CONFERENCE: Sat., Aug. 5; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE, Atlanta. With the theme “Evangelists & Catechists Formed as Missionary Disciples” the annual catechist conference will feature speakers for all grade level catechists from preschool to adult. The English keynote speaker is Joe Paprocki and Spanish keynote speaker is Father Victor Reyes. A program track for RCIA teams will be offered. Lunch included with registration. Contact: for details and registration.

“LOVE ONCE MORE” REMARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Sat., Aug. 12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. “Love Once More: Marrying Again” helps couples prepare for a lasting union by using skills that meet the uniqueness of remarriage. Led by Linda Sweeney, LCSW, this workshop provides guidance for couples where one or both are marrying again or are in the first four years of remarriage. This workshop may also be used for marriage preparation requirements. The cost is $150 per couple and includes lunch and books. Learn more or register online before Aug. 4 at Contact:

ESL/CITIZENSHIP PREPARATION PROGRAMS: Tues., Aug. 15, and Thurs., Aug. 17; 7-9 p.m.; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, in the Hartmayer Education Building. Registration for the St. Philip Benizi ESL and citizenship preparation program will be held these evenings. Classes are for adults 18 years of age and over. Those who have U.S. permanent residency (green card) and want to prepare for the citizenship test may also register for the U.S. citizenship preparation classes. Both classes start Aug. 22 and will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. Contact: 770-478-0278 or

TRAUMA RECOVERY GROUP FOR MEN AND WOMEN: Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 3; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Archdiocese of Atlanta Victim Assistance Program is offering a co-ed trauma recovery group for survivors of trauma. Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC, and Gerry Crete, Ph.D., will lead. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Preview the program at Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or to apply or for 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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INDIVIDUALLY DIRECTED RETREATS: July 9-18; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. You are invited to make a five-day or eight-day retreat rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Meet daily with a spiritual director, determine a customized prayer schedule, and participate in daily liturgy if you choose. Setting offers private accommodations, meals and sacred grounds for prayer. Take time to consider an important decision or simply to draw closer to God in stillness. Contact: to register or 404-255-0503 for information.

UPCOMING RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Anger, Resentment and Forgiveness,” July 14-16 (weekend); “Health and Wellness Retreat,” July 21-23 (weekend); and “Spirituality of Imperfection,” July 24-27 (midweek). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

CENTERING PRAYER “COME TO THE QUIET” RETREAT: July 21-23; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Contemplative Outreach directors Rusty Weitzel and Roberta White will lead the retreat. Periods of centering prayer follow reflections from “Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God” by David Frenette. Contact: to register or 404-255-0503 for information.

QUO VADIS RETREAT: July 23-25; Camp Gideon, Acworth. The Office of Vocations announces Quo Vadis 2017: A Retreat for High School Men. This retreat is for rising 10th-graders to graduated seniors who are open to considering God’s calling for their lives. Contact: the Office of Vocations at 404-920-7460 or for details.

RETREAT “SACRED JOURNEY TOWARD THE END OF LIFE”: July 28-30; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Explore the importance of spirituality in the journey of death and dying and in health care, especially the growing field of palliative medicine. Specific topics will include spirituality of this stage of life; decisions around end-of-life care and long-term care in hospitals, other facilities and at home; advanced care planning; and ways to participate in God’s transforming love in light of physical death. Visit for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

A GOD WITH SKIN: Aug. 4-6; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Founded in Ignatian Spirituality, this retreat offers an incarnational approach that makes the divine real and concrete in prayer, in action and in the world. Retreat director Andy Otto is the author of the new book “God Moments.” Contact: to register or 404-255-0503 for information.

“MY SOUL MAGNIFIES THE LORD” MARIAN RETREAT: Aug. 10-13; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Mother of God, Mother of the Church, Mary has a special place in the history of salvation. Listen to her presence in Scriptures and see her ongoing presence in the church. In Ignatian terms, let her bring you to Jesus and with Jesus take you to the Father. Retreat director is Jesuit Father Peter E. Fink. Contact: to register or 404-255-0503 for information.

“THE WAY FOR MEN” HEALING RETREAT: Sept. 15-17. “The Way for Men: A Healing Retreat for Adult Male Survivors of Abuse” is being sponsored by the Archdiocese of Atlanta Victim Assistance Program. The registration deadline is Aug. 30. Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or to apply or 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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