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August 3, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


MAGNIFICAT WOMEN’S MINISTRY BREAKFAST: Sat., Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Holy Cross Church, 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. All women are invited to the Magnificat meal, hosted by the Atlanta chapter of the international Catholic women’s ministry. The guest speaker will be Lisa Wheeler, founder of Carmel Communications, a Catholic agency fostering “the way of beauty” through worthwhile film, literature, music, and other arts. She will share her walk in faith. Breakfast reservations are $15 and made in advance. Please mail check, payable to Magnificat Joyful Visitation, by Aug. 6 to: Debbie DuPont, 315 Rose Court, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Check-in is at the door for those with reservations only. Contact: Debbie DuPont at 770-696-6216.

LIVING ROSARY PRAYER: Sun., Aug. 13; 5 p.m.; All Saints Church, 2443 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Join the Legion of Mary in praying a living rosary to Our Lady of Fatima after the 5 p.m. Mass. Our Lady of Fatima statue will be on the altar. As 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal, a plenary indulgence is available for participants. Contact: 770-393-3255 or Cora Sevilla at 770-363-0291.

DAY OF REFLECTION ON SPIRITUAL PRACTICE OF DREAMING: Thurs., Aug. 17; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. This day of reflection will focus on the role of nighttime dreams in the spiritual life. Director Pam Muller is a certified spiritual director. She is trained in the Haden Dream Group model and is skilled in understanding the patterns of the dreaming mind. Breakfast and lunch are included. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

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

“PEACE IS EVERY STEP” BOOK STUDY: Four Wednesdays, Aug. 23-Sept. 13; 7:15-8:45 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. As summer winds down, read and reflect on “Peace Is Every Step” by Thich Nhat Hanh on the search for peace in daily life. Join Cathy Crosby and Marian Monahan for this free enrichment program. Light refreshments will be served. Donations accepted for the ongoing ministry of Ignatius House. Registration required for planning purposes. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

WOMEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST: Sat., Aug. 26; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; St. Michael the Archangel Church, 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Guest speaker for “Trust Your Journey” will be Renee Hendrix, a neonatal intensive care unit nurse. She will share her journey to the Catholic Church. Hendrix ministers to women in prison and has appeared on “The Journey Home” on EWTN. The event begins with Mass. A $10 contribution reserves a spot and can be paid at the church office. Contact: 770-516-0009.

LAY DOMINICANS INQUIRY: Sun., Aug. 27; 2:30 p.m.; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 25 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta. Persons interested in inquiring about the vocation of a Lay Dominican are invited to attend the presentation in the church hall. Learn about like-minded laymen and women, married or single, choosing a path to holiness by following a rule in the spirit of St. Dominic. Contact: 678-372-6250 for information.

PROGRAM ON HOW TO DISCERN ANY DECISION: Fri., Sept. 1; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Ft. Mitchell, Ala. “How To Discern Any Decision” will explore Ignatian discernment so any decision faced can become a time of finding deeper love and life. Jesuit Father Matt Linn will lead. Fee for the one-day program, including a noon meal, is $50. Contact: 334-855-4474 to register.

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

GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY-BOUND STUDENTS: Catholic Eagles Campus Ministry program at St. Matthew Church, Statesboro. Students heading for Georgia Southern are invited to connect with the Catholic Eagles program and Fellowship of Catholic University Students. St. Matthew Church supports this program and welcomes students. A 6 p.m. university Mass is celebrated on Sundays followed by a free home-cooked meal. Please send names, mailing and email addresses of incoming Georgia Southern students for this fall to Melinda Cannady, parish administrator of St. Matthew Church, at Contact: 912-681-6726.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SECULAR DISCALCED CARMELITE ORDER: Meets at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Discalced Carmelite Seculars are practicing members of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the church and the world. Contact: Formation director, John Eanes, OCDS, at 770-826-5610 to visit or for information or visit

SECULAR ORDER OF DISCALCED CARMELITES: Second Saturday; 8:30 a.m. Mass; St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, NW, Lawrenceville. Would you like to explore a deeper prayer life? Do you have a devotion to Mary? Would you like to study the Church documents and learn more about St. Therese, the Little Flower, and other Carmelite saints? Contact: Jan Nerone at 770-982-3809 for more information.

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

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

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

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/JOHNS CREEK: Second Sunday of the month; 2-4:30 p.m.; St. Benedict Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, in the Religious Education Building. The Fraternity of the Stigmata of St. Francis, a fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, invites you to come and see them if you are curious about whether you have a calling to Franciscan spirituality. Contact: Laura Haukaas at 678-554-7755 or or Ken Brooke at 404-542-2298 or

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Special Liturgies

FIRST FRIDAY/FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., Aug. 4; 8 p.m.-1 a.m. unless otherwise noted; six Catholic churches: All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody; Christ Our Hope Church, 1786 Wellborn Road, Lithonia, vigil Mass at 7 p.m.; Mother of God Byzantine Ukrainian Rite Church, 2880 Highway 138, NE, Conyers, call church for times; Our Lady of La Salette Church, 2941 Sam Nelson Road, Canton; St. John Vianney, 1920 Skyview Drive, Lithia Springs; and in Polish at St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, Lawrenceville. Unless otherwise noted, the times for the vigils are 8 p.m. rosary and confession, 9 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 10 p.m. holy hours of adoration and 12:15 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For Mother of God Church schedule, call 770-761-8980. Contact: 678-910-5228 or

SPANISH FIRST FRIDAY/ FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., Aug. 4; 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Mision Catolica Nuestra Senora de las Americas (Our Lady of the Americas Mission), 4603 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. Vigil in Spanish includes 6 p.m. rosary and confessions, 7 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, anointing of the sick, holy hours, Benediction and 12:15 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact: 678-910-5228.

ST. PHILOMENA FEAST DAY MASS: Tues., Aug. 8; 7 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Father Henry Atem will be the celebrant. A reception will follow Mass in McNamee Hall. St. Philomena is the saint of miracles and children are welcome to be in the procession bringing flowers to the altar. A patron of youth, St. Philomena was a martyr from the third century whose remains were found in 1802 in catacombs in Rome. St. Peter Chanel was among the saints devoted to her. Contact: Jo Ann Jones at

HEALING MASS: Thurs., Aug. 17; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. In addition to the Mass, individual prayer teams will be available afterward for healing prayer. All are welcome. Contact

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.

HEALING MASSES WITH RWANDAN PRIEST: Mon., Oct. 23; 7-9 p.m.; St. John the Evangelist Church, 230 Arnold St., Hapeville; Tues., Oct. 24; 7-9 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Father Ubald Rugirangoga, survivor of the Rwandan genocide, will recount his story and share the power of forgiveness and the gift of healing. Having lost more than 80 family members and thousands from his parish, he shares his moving testimony. A rosary precedes the Mass at 6:30 p.m. No registration is required. A free will offering will be taken. Seating is limited. Mary Our Mother Foundation makes the event possible. Contact: or

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

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

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

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

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Career Ministry

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

KNIGHTS FAMILY BREAKFAST: Sun., Aug. 6; 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, in Reynolds Hall. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 7923, this breakfast benefits the parish ESL ministry. The $8 breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, muffins, coffee, cheese grits, tea and orange juice. Children under 12 eat free. Custom omelets are $1 additional. Contact:

L’ARCHE ATLANTA COMMUNITY EVENT: Sat., Aug. 12; 5:30-8 p.m.; First Christian Church, 601 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. The L’Arche community, in partnership with First Christian Church and Christ Renews His Parish men’s group at the Cathedral of Christ the King, will celebrate the new CD of hymns by David Robert King. All proceeds from sales will benefit L’Arche Atlanta. The meal main dish will be provided. Guests with last names beginning with A-R, bring a salad or side. Those with last names beginning with S-Z, bring a dessert. This is part of a series of social community events for adults with intellectual disabilities and all who enjoy time together. Contact: 404-563-6383 or

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

HAWAIIAN DINNER: Sat., Aug. 19; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn, in Reynolds Hall. Knights of Columbus Council 7923 invites the public to this special dinner to enjoy community and support the charitable works of the Knights in the community. Menu includes teriyaki chicken, Kaula pork with mango barbecue sauce, macadamia rice pilaf and Hawaiian-style cole slaw, Steve and Bill’s excellent salad bar and iced tea. Cost is $9 for adult dinner and $5 for children under 12. Contact:

TASTE OF LIFE BENEFIT: Sat., Aug. 19; 7-10 p.m.; Westside Cultural Arts Center, 760 10th St., NW, Atlanta. Taste of Life 2017 is a food and wine tasting event to benefit Living Room, a program that works to end homelessness for people living with HIV/AIDS in Georgia by providing housing support. Living Room helps more than 1,500 individuals and families each year. Event includes beer and wine tastings, bites created by local chefs, silent auction and DJ. The Sister Mary Jane Lubinski Homefinder Award will be given to a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS and homelessness. Contact: for tickets.

RADIANT OBSCURITY COLLECTIVE CONCERTS: Tues., Aug. 22, 7 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 1350 Hearst Drive, NE, Atlanta; and Wed., Aug. 23, 7 p.m., Marist School, 3290 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE, Atlanta. These are Atlanta debut concerts for Radiant Obscurity Collective, dedicated to relaying the experience of faith through music and poetry. Through three settings of the Angelus and musical interpretations of poetry by St. Francis of Assisi, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, and others the musicians reflect what it means to have faith while living in a world that is transitory. Contact: or 404-261-7181.

VINCE & BARBARA DOOLEY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Sat., Aug. 26; 7:30 a.m. registration; University of Georgia Golf Course, 2600 Riverbend Road, Athens. The 16th annual tournament benefits alternative spring break mission trips for students at the UGA Catholic Center and local charities. Tee time is 8:30 a.m. Tournament is a four-man scramble. Fee is $125 per player. Win a Kia Sorento with a hole-in-one. There will be a putting contest and raffle. Registered players receive a golf shirt, breakfast and lunch. Player/sponsor forms are available at the Catholic Center office. Contact: Cyndee or Jenni at the Catholic Center at 706-543-2293 or

ST. MONICA’S ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW: Sat., Aug. 26; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; St. Monica Church, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth, in St. Augustine Hall. Sponsored by the St. Monica Women’s Club. Contact: Ann Anderson at 770-495-8169.

HOLY VIETNAMESE MARTYRS FALL FESTIVAL: Fri., Sept. 1-Sun., Sept. 3; Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Church, 4545 Timmers Way, Norcross. The program includes musical entertainment by top Vietnamese artists, traditional and modern dances, beauty pageants, contests and prizes, delicious food and drink, games for adults and children and a chance to win raffle prizes. The opening ceremony will be Friday at 6 p.m. Contact: 770-921-0077 or

CORPUS CHRISTI FESTIVAL OF NATIONS: Sun., Sept. 17; 10 a.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountain View Drive, Stone Mountain. The event features a raffle, music and entertainment, food booths, a bounce house, fellowship tent, face painting, games and more. Contact: 770-469-0395 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. BRIGID WIDOW AND WIDOWER SUPPORT/SOCIAL GROUP: First and third Mondays; dinner at 6:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, in Corbett Hall. The group is open to all widows and widowers who would enjoy the dinner meetings. The focus is providing comfortable social events for those whose lives have changed because of loss of a spouse. Contact: 678-393-0060, ext. 814, or

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

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

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CTK BELIEVES “RECONCILING FAITH, BUSINESS AND ETHICS”: Tues., Aug. 8; 7:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. The topic will be “C-Suite View of Reconciling Faith, Business and Ethics” with Alan LeBlanc, president of Brewed to Serve Restaurant Group, Alex Mammen, managing partner at Heritage Growth Partners, and Jay Wolverton, CEO of Wolverton & Associates. Mass is at 6:45 a.m. A $10 fee provides funding for Christ Renews His Parish scholarships and can be paid online or at the door. Contact: to preregister or view program details.

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

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

GRIEFSHARE:14-week fall sessions begin Wed., Aug. 16, 7-9 p.m., or Fri., Aug. 18, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in room 102. GriefShare is a non-denominational Christ-centered recovery group for those who have experienced the death of someone dear to them. By DVD, leading grief recovery experts offer guidance. Also hear the real-life stories of people just like you and share with others in a supportive group environment. Each session is self-contained so you may start at any time. Contact: Tom McBrayer at 404-797-2488 to preregister.

ALL EMBRACE OPEN HOUSE: Sun., Aug. 20; 3-6 p.m.; 1080 Cambridge Square, Alpharetta. All Embrace, Inc., an organization serving families who have lost a child due to stillbirth, miscarriage and infant death, invites you to learn more about the support and resources they offer families and hear about their upcoming plans and tour their new headquarters. No RSVP is required. Contact: for information about its mission.

OPENING THE WORD TOASTMASTERS CLUB: Mon., Aug. 21; 7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. The Opening the Word Toastmasters Club is a different kind of Bible study and a different type of Toastmasters Club. In Toastmasters’ supportive learning environment, we prepare for weekly Mass by studying the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel. Join this demonstration meeting to see how Opening the Word Toastmasters can help you become more confident in sharing your faith. Contact:

MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TOURS: Sat., Aug. 26, Sept. 16 and Oct. 28; 1:30 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Revel in the beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia during the Highlights and Insights Tour. Docents will guide the journey through a place filled with purpose. Discover a spiritual landscape where Trappist monks live, work and pray in a community cloistered from the outside world. Tours are sponsored by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance. Pre-registration required. Contact: for tickets.

EMBRACING FAMILIES SUPPORT GROUP: Tuesdays, Aug. 29-Sept. 26; 7-8:30 p.m.; All Embrace headquarters, 1080 Cambridge Square, Alpharetta. Join other families who have lost a child from miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death for the Embracing Families Support Group. For both moms and dads, it is five weeks to share about your baby, meet other families who have also experienced this loss, as well as gain tools on navigating through the loss. Open to all with recent losses or from years ago. Register at Contact: Nicole Hartman at 678-395-7724,, or visit

DAVE RAMSEY FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Tuesdays, Sept. 5-Oct. 31; 7-9 p.m.; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, St. John Paul II Building. Do you seem to run out of money before the 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 at registration for $93. Kit includes class workbook, the “Complete Guide to Money,” various budgeting resources and more. Contact: Antoinette Irons at 770-471-8943 or or Steve Weitzel at 770-474-8079 or

CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM: JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM: 13 Tuesdays, Sept. 12-Dec. 5; 7-9 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. How would you rate your religious literacy? The Second Vatican Council in its declaration, “Nostra Aetate,” stated that the Catholic Church “rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions” and challenged Catholics to become knowledgeable about other religions’ beliefs and practices. Kathy Hoffman, who has taught world religions in high school, college and parish courses since 2003, leads the study. The enrichment class is free. Donations accepted for the Ignatius House ongoing ministry. Register at by Sept. 10 to participate. Contact:

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER 2017 WEEKENDS: Sept. 15-17 or Nov. 3-5; Peachtree Corners. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, marriage is a vocation which involves a call from God and a response from two people who promise to build a lifelong, intimate and sacramental partnership of love and life. Join a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend and learn how to respond to God’s call and deepen your love for one another and experience the romance and joy that God wants for you. Contact: 678-242-WWME or

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UPCOMING RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “The Monk Within,” Aug. 11-13 (weekend); “Confidence in God Retreat,” Aug. 21-24 (midweek); and “Cistercian Spirituality,” Sept. 1-3 (weekend). For information on these and other upcoming retreats, visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

PRAYERS OF FAITH GROUP ANNUAL RETREAT: Sat., Aug. 12; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, 4401 Prestley Mill Road, Douglasville. Presenters are Deacon Keith Kolodziej of St. Peter Chanel Church, Roswell, and Father Roy Lee. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Contact: Danielle at 786-447-5593.

“GOOD GRIEF—MOVING FROM LOSS TO NEW BEGINNINGS”: Aug. 14-17 (midweek retreat); Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Grief can help us move from the pain of loss into new hope and trust. One door is closed, and through a window fresh air blows into our lives. We can get stuck in endless tears or look up to God. We can pretend there is no pain, while mysteriously robbed of energy, hope and love, or wake up to the pain of the loss in new horizons. God is waiting to be gracious to each of us. Visit for information. Contact: the retreat house at (770) 760-0959 or to make a reservation.

CONTEMPLATIVE RETREAT: Aug 18-20; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW Atlanta. Guest director is Carl McColman. The Irish word for contemplation literally means “at the edge of waiting.” It is a lovely image for a meaningful spiritual practice. This retreat invites participants deep into the soothing silence of Ignatius House with guidance to contemplate the beauty and promise of contemplative prayer. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

MINDFULNESS AND STRESS REDUCTION RETREAT: Aug. 25-27; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Director Mark Dannenfelser, MA, LPC, will teach the practice of mindfulness meditation and its application to stress reduction, self-reflection and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, spiritual enrichment and personal growth. Beginners and experienced participants are welcome. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

BECOMING FULLY ALIVE RETREAT: Sept. 1-3; Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat, Ft. Mitchell, Ala. Each of us comes into the world with a unique way of making a better world. The retreat focuses on finding the unique purpose or mission that is to make us, and the world, fully alive. Presenter is Jesuit Father Matt Linn. He is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists with graduate degrees in sociology, anthropology, spirituality and theology. Contact: 334-855-4474 to register.

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

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

ALL EMBRACE WOMEN’S RETREAT: Nov. 10-12; Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The “Hope Is An Anchor for My Soul” retreat is for women who have lost a baby from miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death or failed adoption. Join All Embrace and worship leader Sarah Kroger for the weekend retreat. The retreat is limited to 50 participants. Contact: for information.

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