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Dec. 6, 2018

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION: Wed., Dec. 12; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr., NW, Atlanta. In all the preparations of the season, give yourself a “gift” this holiday season—a day of prayer and silent reflection. Includes a light breakfast, lunch and liturgy. Contact: or phone 404-255-0503.

MORNING OF REFLECTION FOR MLK DAY: Mon., Jan., 21; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Join this special Morning of reflection honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We honor and remember a great American, a man with a heart for God. This is a way to honor his legacy and memory, his work and service to the least and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. His is a message our country and hearts long to hear again. Includes a light breakfast, the morning program and lunch. Guest director is Msgr. Ed Branch. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

WOMEN’S CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY: Wednesdays, 10 a.m., through April 24; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, SW, Lilburn. Registration is ongoing for Women’s Catholic Bible Study, a multi-parish study. Lessons on King David began Oct. 31, followed by a study of the Book of Psalms. Registration forms can be found at Contact: Judy Butterick

OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA: Mondays, 7:15 p.m.; St. Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. St. Andrew Church hosts a weekly recitation of the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal novena throughout the year. All are welcome to come for this prayer time. Due to various holidays that occur on Mondays, visit the parish’s web page event section to be sure the novena is scheduled for that particular day. Contact: or email Russ O’Malley at

FORTUNATE AND FAITHFUL FAMILIES: Fortunate and Faithful Families, an archdiocesan-approved ministry for Catholic parents and families with LGBT members, strives to promote education, compassion, support and, most especially, love within our homes and in our church. FFF sponsors educational and support meetings, outreach activities for homeless LGBT youth, fellowship opportunities and a yearly retreat. Contact: visit, the Facebook page, or call 770-924-3920 to be added to the group’s email list.

IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM: The Ignatian Spirituality Program, ISP, is a nationwide ministry sponsored by the Jesuits to give spiritual retreats to homeless men and women in recovery. This is an active ministry in the Archdiocese of Atlanta carried out by volunteers and in collaboration with Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center. Volunteers are needed for days of reflection, overnight retreats, drivers and other tasks. Contact: Marian Monahan at for information on volunteering.

COURAGE AND ENCOURAGE ATLANTA: Courage and EnCourage Atlanta ministers to people who experience same-sex attraction, their families and friends. The ministry is based on encouraging members to an active sacramental life, to a life of chastity, and to maturity in knowledge of the Catholic faith. Simply put, Courage-EnCourage members seek to know, serve and love Jesus Christ and each other while navigating the experiences of same-sex attraction. Meetings are held monthly under priestly direction. Contact: David at 678-549-5402.

STEPHEN MINISTRY: Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The Cathedral offers Stephen Ministry, a Christ-centered, confidential, one-to-one, listening ministry. Stephen Ministers are lay parishioners trained extensively in the skills of Christian caregiving and commissioned to minister to other parishioners who are experiencing a personal crisis (divorce, job loss, depression, death, illness, etc.). Please call if you are in need of caring, confidential support. Contact: Linda Dyson at 404-267-3675 or

STEPHEN MINISTRY: Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Holy Trinity offers Stephen Ministry to provide confidential, one-on-one Christian care to people who are going through a difficult time. A Stephen Minister is a well-trained caregiver who listens, cares, prays, encourages and offers the love of Christ during a time of need. The care you receive is confidential, free and helpful. Contact: Lynne Nonni at 770-631-3915 or or Jerry Greenwell at 770-487-2752 or

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

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

HOLY FAMILY CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP: Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Holy Family Church, room 201 in education building, 3401 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. The Holy Family Charismatic Prayer Group invites everyone to experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit who opens us to a life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ and the love of the Father. The group will hold adoration the last Thursday of each month in the adoration chapel. Contact: Tina Marsico at 404-573-8771 or email

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

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

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

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

LAY MARISTS OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION/BROOKHAVEN: The Society of Mary (the Marists) promotes and supports an association of laypersons worldwide. Marist Laity are people who discern a call to follow Jesus, as Mary did, according to the tradition and values of the Society of Mary founded in 1836. Marists are called to be a sort of presence of Mary in the Church and world today, and to do her work of gathering all people into unity in the Church, promoting reconciliation, reaching out especially to those in need and on the margins of society, or to those who have lost their way in the secular culture and the education of youth. The fulfillment of this mission depends on the cooperation of others who believe in what the Society of Mary stands for and wish to promote its way of living a Marian life in an active, apostolic context. Lay Marists meet at Our Lady Assumption, a parish led by Marist priests. Contact: Father Ed Keel at 304-559-7732 or listen to Father Keel’s talks at

LAY MARISTS DULUTH: The Society of Mary (the Marists) promotes and supports an association of laypersons worldwide. Founded in 1836, the Society of Mary’s mission is derived from the aims and efforts of the Marists, but depends on the cooperation of many others who believe in what the Society of Mary stands for and wish to promote its way of living a Marian life in an active, apostolic context. The title “Marist” derives from “Mary,” and lay Marists are humbled to bear her name. Marist laity are people who discern a call to follow Jesus, as Mary did, according to the tradition, history and spirit of the Society of Mary. Lay Marists meet regularly in Duluth, working through Notre Dame Academy, a Marist-sponsored school. Contact: Sharon Coletta at or for information.

HOLY CROSS CHAPTER LAY DOMINICANS: Fourth Sundays; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 25 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta. Are you interested in a lay vocation that follows the teachings of St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers through prayer, study, community and apostolic ministry? Do you seek the truth of our Catholic faith and the desire to proclaim it in the world through word and action? This is one of two lay chapters in metro Atlanta in the Province of St. Martin de Porres of the Order of Preachers. For details on the formation process, visit Contact: Dr. Thomas W. McNamara, OP, at or 540-256-2483.

MADONNA OF THE ROSARY CHAPTER LAY DOMINICANS: Monthly Saturday meetings, begins with 9 a.m. Mass; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Are you interested in a lay vocation that follows the teachings of St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers through prayer, study, community and apostolic ministry? Do you seek the truth of our Catholic faith and the desire to proclaim it in the world through word and action? This is one of two lay chapters in metro Atlanta in the Province of St. Martin de Porres of the Order of Preachers. For details on the formation process, visit Contact: Alec MacDougal, OP, at or 770-486-0580.

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

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

SECULAR DISCALCED CARMELITE ORDER: Meets at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Discalced Carmelite Seculars are practicing members of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the church and the world. Contact: Formation Director Charles Jakubczak, OCDS, at or text 678-570-8593 for information. Visit

ST. THERESE, THE LITTLE FLOWER, CARMELITE COMMUNITY: Second Saturday; 8:30 a.m. Mass; St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, NW, Lawrenceville. Would you like to explore a deeper prayer life? Do you have a devotion to Mary? Would you like to study the church documents and learn more about St. Therese, the Little Flower, and other Carmelite saints? Contact: Karen Burton at 678-315-6648 for more information.

MARY QUEEN OF CARMEL COMMUNITY: Meets monthly; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Are you interested in deepening your prayer life? Do you have a devotion to Our Blessed Mother? Are you interested in information on Carmelite spirituality? Mary Queen of Carmel is a discalced Carmelite (Teresian) secular community that meets once a month at the monastery and is canonically recognized by Rome. Contact: Caroline at or 678-633-8898.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/BLAIRSVILLE: Second Saturdays, 12:45 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3717 Highway 515 E, Blairsville. The Franciscan Martyrs of Siroki Brijeg Fraternity meets the second Saturday of the month and welcomes all practicing Catholics who feel they may have a calling to the Franciscans to join the meetings. Contact: Pat Tomczyk at or call 706-994-0414.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/LITHIA SPRINGS: First Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.; St. John Vianney Church, 1920 Skyview Drive, Lithia Springs. Mass in day chapel followed by a meeting in the St. Anthony Room. The fraternity of St. John Vianney of the Secular Franciscan Order invites you to come and see if you have a calling to Franciscan spirituality. This group is a bilingual fraternity (English/Spanish). Contact: Leslie Riney at 404-218-0447 or Betty Rivera 404-805-8391.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/JONESBORO: Second Saturday of the month; following 8:30 a.m. Mass; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro. Are you drawn to the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi? Attend a meeting of the Immaculate Conception Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. Contact: Helene Ward at 770-924-5474.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/CONYERS: Third Sunday of the month; 1 p.m.; St. Pius X Church, 2621 Highway 20, SE, Conyers, parish hall, room 13-15. The Spirit of Francis and Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order invites all Catholics, married or single, who would like to learn more about the vocation of being a secular Franciscan. Secular Franciscans are an order of the church and seek to live the Gospel life, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. Contact: Charlotte at 770-787-9524 or

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/JOHNS CREEK: Second Sunday of the month; 2-4:30 p.m.; St. Benedict Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, in the religious education building. The Fraternity of the Stigmata of St. Francis, a fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, invites you to come and see them if you are curious about whether you have a calling to Franciscan spirituality. Contact: Ken Brooke at 404-542-2298 or

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Special Liturgies

MASS FOR THE DEAF: Sat., Dec. 15; 3 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers. The celebrant is Father Michael A. Depcik, OSFS. A social will follow the Mass. Father Depcik is well known and loved by the deaf community. The Mass is organized by the Disabilities Ministry of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Contact: Maggie Rousseau, 404-920-7682.

MASS FOR THE UNBORN/STAND FOR LIFE: Mon., Jan. 28; rosary at 9:30 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The archdiocesan Respect Life Ministry invites all parishes, schools and ministries to Mass for the Unborn and Stand for Life, which will take place along both sides of Peachtree Road from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: email or call 404-920-7362.

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

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

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

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

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Career Ministry

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

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS JOB NETWORKING MINISTRY: Two Tuesdays a month; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, in room 202. All are welcome, from recent college grads to unemployed. The meeting is free. Dress is casual. Bring a copy of your resume. Questions are answered and you can learn the proven strategies of success that have worked for many previous candidates. Email chairman Bob Volz if you plan to attend. Contact: Bob Volz at to RSVP or 770-475-1653 for information.

GOOD SHEPHERD JOB SEEKERS: First and third Tuesdays of the month; 7 p.m.; Good Shepherd Church, 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming. Anyone seeking employment or looking to expand his or her professional network is invited to join. Skill training for networking, resume development and effective interviewing techniques are offered in a group setting and one-on-one basis. Contact: Steve Jenn at 404-915-5396 or Jack Oliaro at 770-297-9753.

THE EMPLOYMENT NETWORK (TEN): Tuesdays; 7-9 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, room 135. Ministry offers guidance, coaching and networking in small group settings to help you in your job search to get results quickly. Meetings are free and open to all faiths. Suggested dress is business casual. TEN focuses on helping job seekers with the tools for a productive search. Topics include: resumes, interview skills, networking, elevator pitch, job search skills, hiring strategies and trends, recruiters, resources and tools. Visit the St. Brigid website ( for directions. Contact: The Employment Network’s (TEN’s) website ( or Michael Iamele at or 404-406-3243.

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Social Events

GOOD SAMARITAN CHURCH COOKIE WALK: Sat., Dec. 15; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Good Samaritan Parish Hall, 55 Church St., Ellijay. Please come early for best cookie selection. Box prices are from $5 to $25. Cookies are assorted and homemade. Contact: The Good Samaritan parish office at 706-636-2772.

ST. MATTHEW YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY: St. Matthew Church, 215 Kirkley Road, Tyrone. The parish is starting a young adult ministry for any anyone in the area who is between the ages of 18-29. Contact: the parish office at 770-964-5804 or email for information.

ALL SAINTS WIDOWED GROUP: First Sundays for brunch, third Wednesdays for dinner, monthly for plays or musicals; All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. The group is open to anyone who has lost their spouse and would enjoy the fellowship of others in a friendly social environment. Contact: or call 770-393-3255, ext. 10.

ST. ANN WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS: Third Wednesday each month; 6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Nolan Hall. WHO is a group for newly widowed men and women. It goes beyond the initial grief to help the widowed learn to adjust as a single person and make new friends through socials, outside activities and the monthly dinner meeting. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6019 or

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

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS: First Thursday; 6 p.m.; St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. The WHO (Widowed Helping Others) Ministry invites widows and widowers to join in for fellowship, support, dinner and activities. The group meets in room 316 at the church. Contact: Barbara Dobson at or 770-833-8088.


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CTK BELIEVES SPEAKER SERIES: Tues., Dec. 11; 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Speakers will be Frank Mulcahy, board chair for Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center; Katie Patterson, leadership team member for welcome at the Cathedral; and David Felts, advisory board member for Souly Business. They will engage in a dialogue with those present about “How to Pause and Prepare to Live More by Faith in 2019.” Contact: to register in advance.

READINGS AND CAROLS: Sun., Dec. 16; 7:30 p.m.; Cathedral Choir of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. This wonderful Cathedral event combines the prophetic expectation of Advent with the joyful fulfillment of Christ’s birth. The superb visual and acoustic environment of the Cathedral will be enhanced by sparkling illuminations of the church’s stained glass windows, candlelight and renditions of many beloved Christmas carols. This presentation will feature choral music by Giovanni Palestrina, James MacMillan, Francis Poulenc, Stephen Paulus and Will Todd. The Cathedral Choir and Schola Nova will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble and Cathedral Organist Timothy Wissler. Contact: Cathedral Concert Line at 404-233-2145, ext. 820.

MARIST SCHOOL EVENING SERIES: Mondays, Jan. 14 and 28; Feb. 4; 7-9 p.m.; Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE, Atlanta. Marist School presents the series—three evenings of captivating courses for adults taught by the school’s faculty and staff. Registration for the series opens on Friday, Dec. 7. Course topics include religion and spirituality, art history, ceramics; photography, college planning, history and culture, poetry, self-discovery and others. Cost is $95 if registered by Jan. 5 and $110 thereafter. Contact: by Sunday, Jan. 13 to register or for course details.

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, 7-8:45 p.m.; started Sept. 12; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. GriefShare is a bereavement support group open to anyone in the community or parish, sponsored by the IHM Stepping Stones Ministry. The group members will discuss a different topic at every session. All are welcome to join as their schedule allows. Contact: MargaretAnn Harris at or 404-483-3559.

END OF LIFE PLANNING: Sat., Jan. 5; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. “Get the Conversation Started” features questions every person needs to be answering for themselves and their parents about end of life planning. Topics will include preparing legal documents that distribute assets and fulfill wishes, having family meetings and Catholic teachings on the end of life. The event is free but RSVPs are required. Contact: or Cathy Schneider at 502-592-9123 to RSVP.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: March 1-3, May 3-5, June 21-23, August 9-11, Sept. 27-29 and Nov. 8-10, 2019. This is an experience for married couples who want to improve and enliven their communication. It is a great way to put the spark back in your marriage and to celebrate your love for one another. The “season” will be here before you know it, so consider “gifting” your spouse with the lasting and profound gift of a weekend. Please visit our website at for online application or call 678-242-WWME for more information.

STEPHEN MINISTERS: Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, NE, Atlanta. OLA has well-trained commissioned Stephen Ministers to provide one-to-one caring lay ministry to persons facing difficult situations. Stephen Ministers are grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. The ministry is totally confidential. If you would like to meet a Stephen Minister, leave your name and contact information. Contact: or the parish office at 404-261-7181, ext. 128.

LIFE AFTER LOSS: First, third and fifth Thursdays; 7-8 p.m.; lobby conference Room of St. Mary’s Hospital, 1230 Baxter St., Athens. The group is designed to help those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one work through their experience, express their feelings and find support among others facing a similar loss. People can attend as many sessions as they wish and no registration is required. A facilitator will help pose thoughtful questions and guide discussion of healthy and meaningful ways to cope with grief. Contact: call 706-389-3426 for information.

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 the faith formation building. Each session is self-contained, and participants can start at any time. GriefShare is a non-denominational Christ-centered grief recovery group for those who have experienced the death of someone dear to them. Whether the loss is recent or from years past, GriefShare can offer help. Each session includes a DVD program with leading recovery experts in addition to real-life stories of people who have lost a loved one. Contact: Tom McBrayer at 404-797-2488 to pre-register.

OPENING THE WORD TOASTMASTERS CLUB: Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Christ the King’s St. Dominic Opening the Word Toastmasters Club is a different kind of Bible study and Toastmasters Club. All are invited to join St. Dominic OTW, a Bible study using the Toastmasters organizational model and based on the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel. Invest in yourself spiritually, personally and professionally. Grow as a disciple of Christ, communicator and leader. Contact: Vice president of membership Heather Kerutis at or visit

DIVORCED AND SEPARATED GROUP: First and third Tuesdays; 7:30 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Mary’s Chapel. The group supports those in the parish and surrounding community who have gone through a divorce or separation. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6018 or

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Wednesdays; 5-6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in the St. Thomas Room. The group supports those experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one and is facilitated by staff and volunteers. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6018 or

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

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

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

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

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

CATHOLIC CHARITIES MENTORS: Catholic Charities Atlanta has an after school program that provides additional academic and social support to 35 second- and third-grade refugee students at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston. Fifteen volunteers are needed to serve as academic mentors for these students. In addition, three education major interns are needed to assist. The program runs every Monday through Thursday during the school year from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Contact: Christie at 404-920-7785 or

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ENCOUNTERING GOD, ENCOUNTERING JOY: Dec 14-16; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Spend a weekend in prayer and silence in order to prepare your heart to fully receive the “tidings of great joy” this Christmas. This two-night silent retreat in the Ignatian tradition will be directed by Sarah Otto. Contact: or call 404-255-0503.

FROM HOPE TO GRATITUDE: Dec. 28-31; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Enter into the new year with a special retreat at 2018’s end to honor both the year past and hopes for the year ahead. Framed in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, this retreat will use the Examen to look over the past year and forward to the year ahead. This is a silent retreat. Father Peter Fink, SJ, will be retreat director.  Contact: register at or call 404-255-0503.

CONFIDENCE IN GOD RETREAT: Jan. 14-17; Monastery of the Holy Spirit; 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers, will host “Confidence in God,” a midweek retreat. Confidence In God is a choice that isn’t always easy to make, yet it is imperative. It is only then that our true journey towards God can begin. The principles found in the Christian classic, “Abandonment to Divine Providence,” will be explored. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Contemplative Prayer” Jan. 4-6 (Weekend), “Anger, Resentment, and Forgiveness” Jan. 18-20 (Weekend) and “Prayer and the Image of God” Jan. 25-27 (Weekend). For information on these and other upcoming retreats visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

FORTUNATE AND FAITHFUL FAMILIES RETREAT: Sun., Feb. 24; 12-7 p.m.; Chancery of the Archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. Fortunate and Faithful Families, a support group in the archdiocese for families with LGBT members, has rescheduled its annual retreat to this date. This year’s theme will be “Covenant of Hope.” A priest-parent-child dialogue on building understanding, respect and compassion will be a part of the schedule, with time for small group sharing, dinner and fellowship. Contact: 770-924-3920 to register.

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