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February 9, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


WALKING WITH ST. BRIGID: Wed., Feb. 15; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Carl McColman leads this day of reflection on “Treasures of St. Brigid.” One of the most loved of Irish saints, St. Brigid is a saint who represents the splendor of the earth, the importance of hospitality, a spirituality of devotion and a holistic vision of faith that embraces rather than excludes. The day will be centered on stories associated with St. Brigid, prayers attributed to her, and other treasures from the Celtic tradition. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

PROCLAIM MY WORD WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Thursdays, Feb. 16-April 20; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Written and presented by Keri Z. Allen. The Letter by Paul to the Galatians was written to protect Christians from the false gospels being taught at the time. This study will equip one to reject the false and embrace the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Homework optional but encouraged. No cost, but free will offering accepted. Nursery is available on request. Contact:, or 404-281-5741 to register.

DIVINE MERCY—HOPE IN TROUBLED TIMES: Mon., Feb. 27; 7 p.m.; All Saints Church, 2443 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Father Kevin Peek will be speaking on St. Faustina Kowalska and Jesus’ message of Divine Mercy. Start your upcoming Lenten journey out right with this powerful and inspirational message. Light refreshments will follow. Contact: Kitty Moots at

ASH WEDNESDAY DAY OF REFLECTION: Wed., March 1; 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. Includes light breakfast, lunch and liturgy. Led by various spiritual retreat directors. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

ST. GABRIEL LENTEN MISSION: Sun., March 5, 6-7 p.m., and Mon.-Tues., March 6-7, 7-8 p.m.; St. Gabriel Church, 152 Antioch Road, Fayetteville. Mission presenter is Adam Storey, director of the Marriage and Family Life Office for the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa. His program, “Life of Passion, Life of Love,” offers ways to live, know and grow in relationship with God. A potluck dinner will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. in Beltran Hall before the talk. Bring your favorite dish. Contact: Donna Coleman at 770-460-1585.

ST. MICHAEL LENTEN MISSION: March 6-9; mornings after 9 a.m. Mass and evenings at 7 p.m.; St. Michael the Archangel Church, 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Father Michael R. Carey, Dominican priest from Berkeley, California, will be speaking on the theme “The Spiritual Journey.” This talk will help all keep spiritual equilibrium in turbulent times. The morning and evening talk will be the same. Contact: parish office at 770-516-0009.

NOVENA OF HOPE LENT MISSION: March 13-21; 7 p.m. each night; St. Benedict Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek. The nine-day Lenten mission features Matthew Leonard, speaker and author from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. On opening night he will speak about hope and prayer. Topics for remaining evenings are: saints as witnesses of hope, hope in reconciliation, hope in fasting, hope in the way of the cross, hope in almsgiving, hope in teens, hope in families and hope in suffering. Final night includes the sacrament of anointing of the sick. Contact:

SPRING WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Wednesdays, Feb. 1-April 26; 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn. The multi-parish Women’s Catholic Bible Study will study the Book of Revelation from February through April. The program includes home study, small group discussion, video and lecture. WCBS is open to all women. A nursery is available. Contact: Judy Butterick at

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.

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/DULUTH: 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

HEALING MASS: Thurs., Feb. 16; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. The Mass includes the sacrament of anointing of the sick. Prayer teams are available after Mass for individual prayer. Contact:

FATHER VESSELS MEMORIAL MASS: Sun., Feb. 26; 3 p.m.; St. Ignatius Chapel, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. The retreat center will hold a memorial Mass for Father Jack Vessels, SJ, who died Jan. 19. Father Vessels was a beloved director of the center from 1996-2002. A reception immediately follows the Mass at the retreat center. Space is limited. Contact: 404-255-0503 during business hours or email to reserve space.

DISCERNMENT MASSES: Saturdays, March 4, April 1, May 6; 10 a.m.-12 noon; 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 this series of discernment Masses. A light brunch and discussion follow the Mass. The guest speakers, by month, will be Father Gaurav Shroff, Father Eric Hill and Father Michael Silloway. No RSVP needed. Bring a friend. Contact: Father Tim Hepburn at or Sally Scardasis at

CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX ECUMENICAL GATHERING: Mon., March 6; 7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and His Eminence Alexios, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Atlanta, will officiate. Keynote speaker will be Deacon Steve Swope of Catholic Relief Services. The theme of the gathering is “Sowing the Seeds of Hope: The Plight of Refugees and Migrants.” There will be a meet and greet after the gathering. Those attending are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be distributed to the poor. Contact: Father Paul Burke at 404-688-9515.

ST. ANDREW HIPANIC YOUNG ADULT MASS: Sat., March 18; 7:30 p.m.; St. Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. Contact: Chris at 404-353-8265 or Diego at 678-849-6759.

ENGLISH MASS AT CHINESE MISSON: First Fridays of the month; 7 p.m.; Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Mission, 5395 Light Circle, NW, Norcross. Father Bill Hao will celebrate the English Mass at the mission. Contact: Estella Harvey at 404-358-8385 or visit

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:

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 (closed Feb. 14); 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. a workshop is held on a specific topic to provide job seekers with self-help tools and solutions. Topics are “Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn” by Mike Maetz on Feb. 7; personal photo opportunity for LinkedIn by Joe Agostini on Feb. 21; and “Networking: Making Connections” by Shaun Heneghan on Feb. 28. All are welcome. Service is free. Dress is casual. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6104, or

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Monday, March 13; 7-9 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, Classroom 2 in the classroom wing of the church. 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 on an ongoing basis. All are welcome. There is no fee. Resume review offered at 6:30 p.m. before the meeting. 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.

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

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

TRANSFIGURATION THEATER PRODUCTION: Feb. 10-11; 7:30 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, in Bishop Hall. Transfiguration Theatre Players present the charming, thought-provoking comedy “Hail Mary” by Tom Dudzick. Tickets are $10 for Friday evening and $25 for the Saturday evening dinner show (dinner served at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased at the door for the Friday night show. Dinner show tickets should be purchased in advance. Contact: 770-977-1442 or

OLPH HOME AUXILIARY LUNCHEON: Thurs., Feb. 16; Mass at 10 a.m.; meeting and lunch follow; Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, 760 Pollard Blvd., Atlanta. Father Paul A. Burke, chaplain, will celebrate Mass. Lunch and meeting will take place afterward. Cost is $5. A feature story on the cancer home by Mark Winne of WSB News will be shown. The auxiliary will present a gift to the home. Contact: Emma Reynolds at 770-981-8927, no later than Mon., Feb. 13, to RSVP.

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY BALL: Sat., Feb. 18; 6 p.m.; Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners, 475 Technology Parkway, NW, Peachtree Corners. Worldwide Marriage Encounter will celebrate World Marriage Day for the 32nd year with the ball. The event brings together young couples and older couples to meet, mingle and dance the night away. All couples are invited to attend so tell your friends and family. The cost is $110 per couple, payable online. Contact:

ST. JOE’S JOG: Sat., Feb. 18; 10:30 a.m.; Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Road, Athens. Join the 18th annual St. Joe’s 5K Jog and 1-Mile Fun Run to benefit and promote St. Joseph School in Athens. Preregister by Feb. 2 to receive a T-shirt. Contact: or call the school at 706-543-1621 to register.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL REUNION: Sat., Feb. 18; 10 a.m.; Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. A coffee and social hour begins at 10 a.m., followed by Mass celebrated by Marist Father Ralph Olek. Lunch will be held afterward at the Colonnade Restaurant, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, NE, Atlanta. All graduates, attendees and friends of Sacred Heart School are invited. Contact: Carolyn Galvin at 770-454-7916 or

L’ARCHE VALENTINE’S DANCE: Sat., Feb. 18; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Come dance with your L’Arche friends. It’s a dance suited for all ages and abilities. Please bring a savory finger food to share. Desserts provided. This is part of a series of social community events for adults with intellectual disabilities and all who come to enjoy time together. Contact:

MARDI GRAS GAME KNIGHT: Sat., Feb. 25; 7 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, in Bishop Hall. Knights of Columbus Council 10362 will celebrate Mardi Gras with a 21-and-older “Game Knight.” For $35 per person, enjoy heavy appetizers, wine, beer and soft drinks and the company of fellow revelers. Receive playing chips for games, listen to music, eat, drink and be merry. A variety of games will be offered. Proceeds benefit the Special Olympics. Tickets will be available after all Masses Feb. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, in the church office or online at Contact: Ted Waldbart at 770-241-8806 for sponsorship or other information

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE TOASTMASTERS CLUB MARDI GRAS OPEN HOUSE: Tues., Feb. 28; 7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. Come to this festive Open House to learn how St. Maximilian Kolbe Toastmasters Club can guide Catholics in Atlanta to be better leaders and effective public speakers in a warm and supportive environment. This event is open to all members and guests. The event is free. Contact: Sofia Bork, VP Membership, at

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.

TONI’S CAMP: May 5-7; Camp Twin Lakes. The camp consists of activities geared to the spiritual, social and recreational needs of individuals with mild to moderate developmental delays. Any person who is mentally or physically impaired over the age of 14, who possesses basic self-care skills, enjoys group activities, and does not have severe behavior problems, is welcome. Teens ages 14 and up and adult volunteers are needed for the weekend. Adult volunteers must be Safe Environment approved. Registration forms available at: Registration limited. Contact: Maggie Rousseau at 404-920-7682 or

ORDER OF SONS OF ITALY: Second Monday of the month; East Cobb Government Service Building, 4400 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. The Marietta Lodge 2607 meets regularly for social and community activities. Membership is open to anyone of Italian descent. Contact:

ST. BRIGID WIDOW AND WIDOWER SUPPORT/SOCIAL GROUP: First and third Mondays; dinner at 6:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, in Corbett Hall. The group is open to all widows and widowers who would enjoy the dinner meetings. The focus is providing comfortable social events for those whose lives have changed because of loss of a spouse. Contact: 678-393-0060, ext. 814, or

ST. ANN’S WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS DINNER: First and third Wednesday of each month; 6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Nolan Hall. Join us in a safe, social environment of friendship for widows and widowers to begin their journey after their spouse has died. Fellowship is formed through dinner meetings and other activities. For details and a calendar, visit Contact: 770-552-6400.

ST. CATHERINE’S WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS: First Thursdays of the month; 6 p.m.; St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1618 Ben King Road, NW, Kennesaw. 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

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HEALING HEARTS GRIEF SUPPORT: Saturdays, Feb. 11-May 13; 3-4:30 p.m.; St. Monica Church, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth. No sessions April 8 and April 15. This program, “Understanding Your Grief: Ten Touchstones For Finding Hope and Healing your Heart” by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, provides tools to help understand grief and mourning, as well as comfort in sharing the pain of loss with others in a caring environment. A different topic is covered weekly. Non-parishioners welcome. Pre-registration required. This is a closed group once it begins. No walk-ins. Cost of materials $27, due first session. Contact: Group facilitator Linda Lenzi-Masters, MS counseling, at 678-614-7001 or to reserve space.

GRIEFSHARE: Mondays, beginning Feb. 13; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. GriefShare is a seven-week program led by parish volunteers who have experienced their own grief journey. Contact: Nancy Taneski McClure at or 770-751-9700, or Jon Satterfield at or 404-219-9204.

SPRING HILL CLASSES: Feb. 13-April 23; Spring Hill College offers a new blended program with a minimum of classroom experiences in Atlanta. You may earn a master of theological studies or master of pastoral studies. Classes may be taken as easy listening (audit) for $150 per course and PLU qualified. Courses include Catholic Social Thought with instructor Matthew Bagot, Ph.D., Boston College. Timothy Carmody, Ph.D., Catholic University, will teach Synoptic Gospels. Visit for information. Contact: Roxanne Wilhelm at 404-255-0503, ext. 229, or to register.

CTK BELIEVES SPEAKER SERIES: Tues., Feb. 14; 7:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. The program topic will be “Courageous Decision Making” with speakers Jaime and John Lanier, trustee and executive director, respectively, of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Believes is a once-a-month series promoting dialogue on integrating faith in work life. 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:

PRO-LIFE ORATORY CONTEST: Thurs., Feb. 16; 6:30 p.m.; Holy Spirit Preparatory School Library, 4449 Northside Drive, Atlanta. The Atlanta Chapter of Georgia Right to Life will hold the ninth annual pro-life Oratory Contest for junior and senior high school students. The speech can be on the topic of abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, or embryonic stem cell research and must be 5-7 minutes. Various prizes will be awarded. Contact: Aileen Barreca at 404-558-3276 or for more information.

PATRICIANS SOCIETY: Sat., Feb. 18; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Mission, 5395 Light Circle, NW, Norcross. Speaker will be Father William Hao, parochial vicar at St. Brigid Church, Johns Creek, and administrator for the Chinese mission. His topic will be “The Holy Name of Jesus.” Spiritual director of the society is Deacon Roger Fraser. The Patricians Society is open to all Catholics. The object is to educate about the true faith, to increase knowledge, and to give the experience and ability to explain the faith to others. No prayer obligations or assignments. Refreshments served. Contact: Shirley Goldman at 678-773-4376 or email

CATHOLIC DAY AT THE CAPITOL: Tues., Feb. 21; begins with 8 a.m. Mass at Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. All clergy and fellow Catholics are invited to join The Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah for the event to put faith in action and advocate for issues that promote the dignity of all people. After the Mass and legislative briefing, participants proceed to the Capitol for the remainder of the day, which runs through 1 p.m. Lunch provided. Event is free, but registration is required. To register, please visit Contact: 404-920-7340 or

DAVE RAMSEY FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Tuesdays, Feb. 21-May 2; 7-9 p.m.; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, John Paul II Building. Classes meet for nine weeks except March 21 and April 4. Do you run out of money before monthly bills are paid? Learn planning and budgeting essentials that when consistently applied will make you feel like you’ve received a raise. Go to for information and registration. Class materials can be purchased online from at registration for $93. Kit includes workbook, Dave Ramsey’s “Complete Guide to Money,” budgeting resources, and more. Contact: Antoinette Irons at 770-471-8943 or or Steve Weitzel at 770-474-8079 or

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER 2017 WEEKENDS: Feb. 24-26, 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.

LOVE ONCE MORE REMARRIAGE WORKSHOP: Sat., Feb. 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Holy Spirit Church; 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. This workshop, led by licensed clinical social worker Linda Sweeney, gives guidance for couples who want to be better equipped to meet challenges and build a strong marriage when one or both are marrying again or are in the first four years of remarriage. Workshop can be used for marriage preparation. Cost is $150 per couple. Includes lunch and books. Register before Feb. 21 at Contact: Tracey Pucci at

MATT FRADD PRESENTATION: Sun., Feb. 26; 2:30-3:45 p.m.; Good Shepherd Church, 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming, in the gym. Matt Fradd, apologist and speaker, will present a program on pornography, “7 Myths Exposed.” Hear a message of hope and freedom for love. The program is free and open to high school teens and adults. Contact: Michael Gagnon at 470-695-7734 or

AMAZING PARISH CONFERENCE: March 13-15; Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Priests and parish leadership teams invited. Workshop-style training for parish leaders led by New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni. Jeff Cavins, Matthew Kelly, Curtis Martin, Chris Stefanick, Matt Maher are presenters. It is a time of spiritual renewal with daily Mass, confession and adoration. Amazing Parish creates an environment for pastors and parish leaders to work side-by-side to learn what a parish leadership team looks like, how it operates and how it can best serve parishioners. Contact: 303-481-4320 or for registration information.

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.

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, through April 5; 7-8:45 p.m.; Immaculate Heart of Mary School library, 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. GriefShare is a non-denominational Christian bereavement support group open to anyone in the community or parish. For information, visit Contact: MargaretAnn Harris at or 404-483-3559.

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.; or Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in room 102 of Faith Formation Building. GriefShare is a non-denominational Christ-centered grief recovery group for those who have experienced the death of someone dear. A DVD program features grief recovery experts and real-life stories of people who have lost a loved one. Listen and share with others in a supportive environment. The program runs for 13 weeks. Each session is self-contained so you may start when the time is right. Contact: Tom McBrayer at 404-797-2488.

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 2220, 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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MEN OF FAITH RETREAT: Feb. 17-19; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Ft. Mitchell, Ala. The annual men’s retreat is entitled “Men of Faith: Reflections of Christ.” Saints who reflected Christ in various ways through the years will inspire men. Participants will see how to be reflections of Christ daily. There will be time for prayer, liturgy, confession, and socializing. Presenter Msgr. Charles Troncale, a priest for 51 years, has degrees in philosophy, theology and education. Contact: 334-855-4474 to register.

“IF GOD LOVES ME, WHY IS IT SO HARD TO LOVE MYSELF?”: Feb. 17-19; Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. At one level we believe God loves us. On another level, many of us struggle with inadequacy, self-criticism, unfavorable comparisons with others, and forgiving ourselves. This retreat will provide tools to come to know God’s unconditional love at the deep level that enables us to love and accept ourselves in the brokenness of our human condition. Visit for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

ALL FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD RETREAT: Feb. 17-19; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Directed by Cenacle Sisters Susan Arcaro and Barbara Young. Together, participants will learn from St. Ignatius’ ongoing conversion that prayer permeates everyday life, and the call of prayer to loving service of all God’s people is the fruit of a prayerful life. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

FRANCISCAN FRIARS VOCATION DISCERNMENT: Feb. 17-20; March 16-19; 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

HOLY DESIRES ART RETREAT: Feb. 20-21; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. “Holy Desires: Exploring Our True Longings Through Art” will use a variety of expressive art activities from visual art to journaling within the framework of Ignatian spiritual principles. The retreat offers significant times of silence and reflection and structured times for interacting and processing the journey. Spiritual director Deb Torell is a licensed counselor/therapist practicing the integration of faith and psychology. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

UPCOMING RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include “Thomas Merton—His Journals,” Feb. 20-23 (midweek); “Befriending Fear,” Feb. 24-26 (weekend); and “Tools of the Spiritual Craft,” March 6-9 (midweek). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

HEALING GOD’S PEOPLE RETREAT: Feb. 24-26; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. This retreat is offered with a $50 discount off the regular cost of a two-night retreat. War and violence in so many countries is a basic human assault and in this nation “fear of the other” leads to so many forms of prejudice, quite apart from St. Paul’s mandate: “We are all sisters and brothers in Christ.” Come to encounter God and illumine your faith with hope. Directed by Jesuit Father Peter E. Fink. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST: LENT, EASTER AND BEYOND: March 2-5; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Director is Jesuit Father Peter Fink. In this retreat join others to begin in Lent this Easter Season. Hear again the call of Jesus. Join with him as he enters Jerusalem for the last time. Be with him as he continues to call each one to rejoice in who we are and to be in communion with all who likewise receive God’s saving love. Register at or call 404-255-0503 for information.

FAITHSHARERS RETREAT: March 17-19; Forrest Hills Mountain Resort, 135 Forest Hills Road, Dahlonega. FaithSharers of St. Ann Church in Marietta is sponsoring the retreat. Price is $185 per person for a double and $245 per person for single occupancy. The retreat theme is “Built” and it is open to adults of any faith. Let God renew your heart during this spirit-filled weekend. Contact: Chris BaDour at 770-971-4126 or

DISCERNMENT RETREAT: March 24-26; Sacred Heart Residence, Mobile, Ala. The retreat, “Listening With Our Lady,” is for single women ages 17-35. Father Pat Arensberg and the Little Sisters of the Poor will lead the retreat. No charge to attend. Guest accommodations provided as well as transportation between Mobile Regional Airport and the retreat. Registration deadline is March 21. Contact: or 251-591-3700 to register.

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