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March 23, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


FORTUNATE & FAITHFUL FAMILIES: Sun., March 26; 11 a.m.; Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. Fortunate and Faithful Families will host a Lenten Mass and meeting, “Building Bridges of Hope and Love in a World of Uncertainty and Division.” The meeting follows Mass in the fellowship hall. Free parking available in the deck diagonally across from the Shrine. Ushers will stamp parking tickets. Msgr. Henry Gracz presents the program with time for dialogue. The gathering is for parents and families with LGBT members, but is open to allies and friends of Fortunate and Faithful Families. Contact:

ST. JOHN NEUMANN LENTEN MISSON: Sun.-Thurs., March 26-30; 7-8:15 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn. Father William Casey, former superior general of the Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy, will lead the mission, challenging the community to make a stronger, deeper personal commitment to Christ and his Church. Topics will be the spiritual battle of our time; the weapon for our battle; the means to grace; the power of prayer; and the theology of Christian love and mercy. Confessions available after presentations. Contact: Mary Lou Schwaner at

ST. BRIGID LENTEN MISSION: Mon.-Wed.; March 27-29; 9-10 a.m. and 7-8 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. “The Eucharist and the New Evangelization: Making Choices for my Parish Community” is the mission theme. Join Father Bill Rhinehart, CM, of Vincentian Parish Missions. Morning and evening sessions offered. Mass will be incorporated into each mission session making this a special experience and one which emphasizes the Eucharist. Child care is provided with an RSVP. Contact: Jennifer Boettinger at to RSVP.

ST. THOMAS MORE LENTEN MISSION: Mon.-Wed., March 27-29; 7 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, in Mulhern Hall. Jesuit Father Matthew Linn, noted retreat leader, author and leader in healing ministry, will speak each night. The topics in order will be: gratitude, why it heals and how to use grateful memories to heal ungrateful ones; the healing process, how it leads to increased freedom to love God, others and ourselves; and how praying the daily examen of St. Ignatius leads to discovery of how God is active in every moment of our lives. The third session will also be offered at 1:30 p.m. on March 29 in the Julie Room. Contact: 404-378-4588, ext. 119, or

LENTEN DAYS OF REFLECTION: Wednesdays, March 29 and April 5; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Days of reflection will be held every Wednesday during Lent. Through this holy season, enter into the peace of this sacred place. Encounter God and experience a day of prayer, away from distractions, led by an Ignatian spiritual retreat director. Includes light breakfast, lunch and liturgy. Led by various spiritual retreat directors. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register to reserve your space.

ALL SAINTS WOMEN’S GUILD RETREAT: Sat., April 1; 9 a.m.; All Saints Church, 2443 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody, in the social hall. All Saints Women’s Guild welcomes award-winning journalist Lorraine Murray as its Lenten retreat speaker. A writer for the Georgia Bulletin and the AJC, Murray was raised as a Catholic but turned away in college. She was called back to the church in her 40s. Murray’s books will be available for purchase. A portion of sales will be donated to Birthright. Light refreshments provided; $10 donation suggested. This event is open to all women. Please RSVP by Wed., March 29 to Contact: Debbie at 678-395-4364.

ATHENS PARISH PENANCE SERVICE: Mon., April 3; 7 p.m.; St. Joseph Church, 958 Epps Bridge Parkway, Athens. The Lenten penance service will take place in the Parish Center. Contact: 706-548-6332 or for information on Holy Week activities.

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 to register.

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

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

DISCERNMENT MASS: Sat., April 1; 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 April 1 will be Father Eric Hill. 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.

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/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

HEALING MASS: Mon., May 1; 7:30 p.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain. 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. The March 28 workshop will be an open Q&A with John Marotto. All are welcome. Service is free. Dress is casual. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6104, or

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS JOB NETWORKING MINISTRY: Tues., March 28; 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 3 and 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

KNIGHTS FAMILY BREAKFAST: Sun., April 2; 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 this month benefit Hilltoppers Ministry. The $8 breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, muffins, coffee, cheese grits, hot tea, orange juice, and more. Free for children under 12. Custom omelets are $1 additional. Contact:

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

ST. MONICA’S BALL: Fri., April 21; 7-11 p.m.; St. Monica Church, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth. “The Grand Tour—An Evening Abroad” is a formal dinner dance for high school sophomores through seniors. Tickets are available online only at the website Tickets are $35 until April 7. From April 7-14, tickets are $45. Ticket includes appetizers, full formal dinner, drinks and desserts, raffle prizes, favor bag and commemorative photo frame. Free photos. Carriage rides will be offered. Ballroom dance lessons offered ahead of time through the website. No ticket sales at the door. Contact:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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UNBORN JESUS OUTREACH VIGIL: Sat., March 25; 12-1 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. On the feast of the Annunciation and nine months before Christmas, participants will gather in front of the church to pray and hold Unborn Jesus signs as a pro-life witness. For more information on this action and other locations visit Contact: to RSVP participation.

HOLY TRINITY CELEBRATION OF LIFE: Sat., March 25, 3:45-7 p.m.; Sun., March 26, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. For the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, the Pregnancy Aid Center RV Clinic will be on site. Staff will offer a tour and answer questions about their life-affirming services for women in crisis pregnancies. All of their free services follow church teachings to value sexual integrity, honor the sanctity of human life and to help families choose life for their unborn. Contact:

YOUNG ADULTS & THE CATHOLIC PARISH FOR PARISH LEADERS: Thurs., March 30; 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Chancery of the Archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. The University of Notre Dame Institute for Church Life presents this program for parish leaders. The program topic is “Sociological & Theological Analysis: Emerging Adults.” No cost to attend. RSVP required. Contact: to RSVP.

YOUNG ADULTS & THE CATHOLIC PARISH FOR YOUNG ADULTS: Thurs., March 30; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Chancery of the Archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. The University of Notre Dame and the Archdiocese of Atlanta invite young adults to participate. The church would like to hear from young adults. Dinner included. No cost to attend, but RSVP required. Contact: to RSVP.

PARENT WORKSHOP—KEEPING KIDS SAFE ON THE WEB: Thurs., March 30; 7:30-9 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, in Bishop Hall. Parents from across the archdiocese are invited to hear national speaker Ryan Foley, internet safety consultant. Topics include how to use parental controls effectively, the difference between blocking and discussing internet use, practical tips to keep safe online, how to have healthy and God-centered conversations about sexual temptations and online content; and the effects of pornography exposure. This is an adult-only workshop. Advance sign-up at Contact: Bev Sauer or Kate Viets at 770-977-1442, ext. 128, or or

HEALING LIFE’S TRANSITIONS: Thurs., March 30; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, La Salette Hall. Each of us has something that is draining—a relationship, work situation, unfulfilled dream or aging. This session will explore how adult growth comes when we can find new life within the situation that seems to be draining us. It is based on Father Matt Linn’s book, “Healing the Eight Stages of Life.” Contact: Stephanie Holden at or 770-552-6400, ext. 6028.

CATHOLIC FOUNDATION GRANT DEADLINE: Fri., March 31; 5 p.m. The next deadline of the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia’s General and Parish Enrichment Grant Programs is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31. To receive a current application, please email the foundation at One application per organization or archdiocesan department maybe submitted via email, fax or mail. Contact: Sharon Adams at 404-497-9440.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER 2017 WEEKENDS: April 21-23, June 9-11, July 28-30, Sept. 15-17 and Nov. 3-5. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is an experience for couples with good marriages who want to improve and enliven communication. It is a great way to put the spark back in your marriage and to celebrate your love for one another. Consider gifting your spouse with the lasting and profound gift of a weekend. Contact: for online registration or call 678-242-WWME.

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

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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UPCOMING RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Meeting Jesus During Holy Week,” April 7-9 (weekend); “Sacred Triduum,” April 13-16 (weekend); and “Divine Mercy,” April 21-23 (weekend). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

FIVE-DAY RETREAT INTO HOLY WEEK: April 7-13; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. This journey into Holy Week retreat offers a deeper experience with extended silence and solitude. Each retreatant will meet daily with a spiritual director, determine a customized prayer schedule, and may choose to participate in daily liturgy. This call to go deeper may assist in making a significant decision or in growing in intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Contact: to register or 404-255-0503 for information.

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.

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.

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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