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May 18, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


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

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

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

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: 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

MEMORIAL DAY MASS: Mon., May 29; 9 a.m.; Marietta National Cemetery, 500 Washington Ave., Marietta. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will celebrate the Mass, organized by the Bishop Charles P. Greco Assembly 2161 representing Knights of Columbus Councils of Holy Family Church, St. Ann Church and St. Joseph Church, all in Marietta, and St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Smyrna. The Mass remembers the 17,000 fallen warriors laid to rest at the cemetery. The Note-able Knights will lead hymns. Contact: 866-236-8159.

ST. JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA FEAST DAY MASS: Sat., June 3; 10 a.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 1330 Woodstock Road, Roswell. All are invited to attend this solemn Mass for the feast day of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. Father Matt Dalrymple will be the celebrant. Contact: Fred Strok at

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

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

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

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Mon., May 22, June 5 and June 19; 7-9 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, Classroom 2. Volunteers provide counseling on various job-hunting skills needed by those seeking employment or in career transition. Discussions are tailored to the individual needs of attendees. Individual mentoring is available. All are welcome. There is no fee. Resume review offered at 6:30 p.m. Contact: 678-832-1281, mailbox 7023, or

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: May 23, “Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn”: May 30, photo taken for LinkedIn. All are welcome. Service is free. Dress is casual. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6104, or

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS JOB NETWORKING MINISTRY: Second and fourth Tuesdays; 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.

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

“APPARITION HILL” SCREENING: Thurs., May 18; 7:15 p.m.; Aurora Cineplex, 5100 Commerce Parkway, Roswell. In “Apparition Hill,” seven strangers journey to Medjugorje on a quest for answers to life’s difficult questions. Tickets are $15 each and available at The movie leaves the viewer to decide the validity of the Marian apparitions reported. Group discounts available. Proceeds go to Mustard Seed Communities Jamaica. Contact: Janice Givens at

KNIGHTS PORK LOIN DINNER: Sat., May 20; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, in Reynolds Hall. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 7923, the dinner is open to the public. Roasted pork loin with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad bar. Homemade desserts, adult beverages and soda are also available. Adult dinner is $9. Children 12 and under eat for $4. Contact:

BOWLING FOR LIFE: Sun., May 21; 2-4:30 p.m.; AMF Marietta Lanes, 565 Cobb Parkway, Marietta. This fundraiser benefits Sheltering Grace Ministries, which provides a residence and resources to homeless pregnant women. It is located in the former St. Thomas Manor, donated to the ministry by the archdiocese. Come join the event with great team and individual prizes. Refreshments served. Church teams eligible for mission scholarships as prizes. Visit for information on entry fees or registration. Contact: Dr. Ralph Bell at 678-337-7858.

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

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

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

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

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. 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.

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GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays; 7-9 p.m.; 13-week session began May 3; 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.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS EVENT: Tues., May 23; 6:30-9 p.m.; Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, Brookhaven. To draw greater awareness to the problem of human trafficking, the parish and the Brookhaven Police Department will host an awareness event. The evening will begin with the showing of the movie “8 Days,” a feature film inspired by actual events to fight sex trafficking. A panel discussion with local and federal law enforcement personnel will follow. Contact: for details and to RSVP.

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

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

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

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

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

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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DISCERNING GOD’S WILL RETREAT: June 1-4; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Jesuit Father Brent Otto will be guest director. What is God’s desire for my life? How can I pray so as to discern God’s will? The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius offer a spiritual tool kit famous for helping people discern God’s will. Register at Contact: 404-255-0503.

RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT: June 2-4. Post Abortion Treatment and Healing can help anyone whose life is affected by abortion. Have you lost a child, grandchild or sibling through abortion? Is there a deep sense of loss because of abortion? PATH will be facilitating this Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat. This retreat helps women and men who are struggling with the grief of abortion find peace and inner healing. Jesus is waiting with open arms for you to come to him for healing. Contact: Jody at 404-717-5557 or visit for information.

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

“MONASTIC WISDOM BEYOND THE CLOISTER” RETREAT: June 5-8 (midweek); Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. This four-day retreat will focus on aspects of monastic life that can help busy people slow down and pay more attention to the spiritual dimension of their lives. A documentary film series captures the impact monastic life had on five women. Retreatants will explore a contemplative approach to life. Practical suggestions for incorporating monastic wisdom into everyday life will be included. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

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

SUMMER FIVE-DAY RETREAT: June 11-17; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Over multiple days of lengthening sunlight, experience time for prayer with silence and solitude. Meet daily with a spiritual director and determine a customized prayer schedule. Daily liturgy will be available. Register at Contact: 404-255-0503.

UPCOMING RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Writing and Journal Keeping,” June 23-25 (weekend); “Emotions: Our Cross and Our Crown,” June 26-29 (midweek); and “Be Still and Know I Am God,” given in both Spanish and English, July 10-13 (midweek). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

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

FRANCISCAN FRIARS VOCATION DISCERNMENT: Oct. 19-22 or Nov. 30-Dec. 3; Graymoor, home of Franciscan friars and Sisters of the Atonement, Hudson Valley, New York. The friars will offer four weekends for young men and women to discern vocations, learn tools and hear how vowed and laypersons came to hear God’s call. Participants will engage in prayer and discussion. Single adult men or women, ages 18-40, considering God’s call to serve as a priest, sister, brother or layperson, are invited. Cost is $100. For details, visit Contact: Paul Krenzelok at 845-424-2122 or

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