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Feb. 7, 2019


MAGNIFICAT PRAYER BREAKFAST FOR WOMEN: Sat., March 9; 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Holy Cross Church, 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. Suzanne Haugh, a Catholic journalist who was inspired to promote faith through the visual arts for youth and young adults around the world, will be the guest speaker at the Magnificat meal. All women are invited. Cost is $20 per person. Reservations are made in advance. Check-in is at the door. Online reservations can be made at Or send name, address and contact information by March 4 with check payable to Magnificat Joyful Visitation to Debbie DuPont, 315 Rose Court, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Contact: Debbie DuPont at 770-696-6216.

ENCOMPASSED BY LOVE DAY OF REFLECTION: Wednesday, Feb. 13; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Join this day of reflection and prayer to ground yourself in the love that truly matters, the unconditional love of God. This will be a day that incorporates prayer and solitude, mindfulness and gentle movement. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

AN ALTAR IN THE WORLD BOOK STUDY: Feb. 19-20 and March 26-27; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Episcopal priest, insightful author and beloved professor Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, “An Altar in the World,” invites us into the practice of waking up to God, the practice of pronouncing blessings and more. Book study days are Tuesday mornings or Wednesday evenings. No charge for this book study series, but donations are accepted to support the ministry of Ignatius House. Registrations necessary for planning purposes. Contact: register at or call 404-244-0503.

ASH WEDNESDAY DAY OF REFLECTION: Wed., March 6; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Lent begins with “In the Quiet of The Heart, God Speaks.” Includes light breakfast, lunch and liturgy. Contact: or call 404-255-0503.

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION: Sat., March 9; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Our Lady of LaSalette Church, 2941 Sam Nelson Road, Canton, in the parish hall. The Elizabeth Ann Seton Women’s Guild sponsors Carol Cuviello from St. Ann Church in Marietta as speaker. Cuviello will share “Taking Hold of Hope.” This is an opportunity to spend a quiet morning of prayer and reflection in preparation for Easter. The morning includes coffee and muffins, prayers and the program followed by a light lunch. Suggested donation $5. Contact: Elizabeth Garner at 404 313-2901 or or Joan Rush at 770-345-6610,, to make reservations.

ST. BRENDAN LENTEN MISSION: March 10 and 11; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; St. Brendan the Navigator Church, 4633 Shiloh Road, Cumming. Father John Bartunek, LC, will present “Becoming a Complete Christian”. Come for one evening or both, and expect to leave revitalized for this season of reflection and preparation. A former atheist, Father Bartunek joined the Church in 1991 after discovering the faith through choir and was ordained a priest in 2003. The program is free and advance registration is not required. Childcare will be available for a fee. Contact:

ST. MICHAEL LENTEN MISSION: April 1-3; 7 p.m.; St. Michael the Archangel Church, 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. Father Jewel Aytona, CPM, a priest from the Fathers of Mercy of Auburn, Kentucky, will present the Lenten mission. He will be speaking at all Masses on March 30 and 31. His presentation will be “God, the Father of Mercies,” “Eucharist—Food for the Journey” and “Holy Matrimony.” Contact:

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

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: Sarah Otto at information on volunteering.

COURAGE AND ENCOURAGE ATLANTA: Courage is spiritual fellowship for men and women struggling with same-sex attraction. Through discussion, prayer and chaste friendship, Courage members strengthen each other to live out the teachings of the Catholic Church. EnCourage provides support for families and friends of people who experience same-sex attraction and/or gender dysphoria. Meetings occur monthly in Atlanta. Interested in joining us? Contact: or 803-686-3211.

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.

THE LEGION OF MARY: Mondays, 5:30 p.m.; Our Lady of the Mountains Church, 1908 Waleska Highway 108, Jasper. The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic organization and a prayer support group. Works include visitations, providing prayer and taking Communion to residents of nursing homes, the sick and addressing other spiritual needs of the parish. Contact: Kevin Alpha at 770-893-4475 or or Andrea Martinez at

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

HEALING MASS: Thurs., Feb. 21; 7 p.m.; St. Anns Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Prayer teams available after Mass. Contact:

MASS OF INCLUSION: Sunday, Feb. 24; 12 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. Mass of Inclusion, organized by the Disabilities Ministry of the archdiocese, is followed by a reception in Bishop Hall. All are invited. Contact:

ORDER OF MALTA MASS: Sat., Feb. 23; 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The Order of Malta Mass, in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, will include the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. Celebrant is Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory. A reception will follow in Kenny Hall. All are welcome. Contact Alex Davis at 404-353-6217.

LENTEN MASS AND HEALING SERVICE: Sat., March 9, 10 a.m.; St. Oliver Plunkett Church, 3200 Brooks Drive, Snellville. Father Jim Blount, SOLT, will be the presenter. Contact:

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 those struggling with any form of addiction or 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

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Volunteers provide counseling on resume writing, job-hunting skills and tools needed by those seeking employment or in career transition. All are welcome. There is no fee. To set up an appointment, contact: 678-832-1281, mailbox 7023, or

CAREER QUEST AT ST. ANN CHURCH: Tuesdays; 6:30 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Career Quest serves the unemployed and workers at risk. Upon arrival, look for signs stating “Career Quest & Job Network Tonight.” At 6:30 p.m. speed networking—a forum to meet other job seekers—and one-on-one job 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

L’ARCHE ATLANTA VALENTINE PARTY: Saturday, Feb. 16; 5:30 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. Decatur. The potluck and dance party is a family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. Contact:

SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL REUNION: Saturday, Feb. 16; 10 a.m.; Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. The event begins with coffee at 10 a.m. in the parish center, then Mass at 11 a.m., celebrated by Father Steve Yander. Lunch follows at the Colonnade, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, NE, Atlanta. All graduates and friends of the school are invited. Contact: Carolyn Galvin 770-454-7916 or

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL GALA: Thurs., Feb. 21; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, Atlanta. The Atlanta Region, Federal Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta, will sponsor the eighth “Life is Beautiful” Gala to benefit the Pregnancy Aid Clinic (PAC). The Pregnancy Aid Clinic provides young women free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, and offers medically accurate information about abortion and its risks. Parenting classes and family support services are available. The clinic has three locations serving the metro area including clinics in Forest Park and Roswell and a mobile unit. Tickets for the 2019 event are $250 a person or $500 a couple, with all proceeds benefitting PAC. Contact: for details.

PALADIN PACER 5K AND FUN RUN: Sat., Feb. 23; 8 a.m.; Pinecrest Academy, 955 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. The 5K race is a Peachtree Road Race Qualifier. The Fun Run is a one-mile course that is not timed. Proceeds raised from the Paladin Pacer will support Pinecrest Academy’s lower school building project. Registered runners will receive a t-shirt. Participants may register and pick up race bibs on race day in the Pinecrest Academy gymnasium, beginning at 7 a.m. Contact: register at

AVE MARIA ACADEMY GALA: Thurs., Feb. 28; 6:30 p.m.; Newnan Centre, 515 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan. The gala will feature Dr. Alveda King as speaker for an evening of “Cherishing Family.” The gala supports the Ave Maria Academy, a classical school grounded in Catholic teaching. It is an independent school not affiliated with the Archdiocese of Atlanta. For tickets to the black-tie event, go to Contact: 678-590-1868 or

EMORY SAINT JOSEPH HOSPITAL RUN FOR MERCY: Saturday, March 23; 8 a.m.; The Concourse, 4 Concourse Parkway. Atlanta. The Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Run for Mercy 5k benefits the work of Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Mercy Care Atlanta. This annual community event attracts runners and walkers of all levels. Parking is complimentary and convenient at the Concourse. Bib pick-up for pre-registered participants begins at 7 a.m. The Run for Mercy 5K begins at 8 a.m. This family event is for all road warriors and weekend walkers. Come to run, walk, stroll or skip for a great cause. Contact: to register or learn more.

PATH GOLF TOURNAMENT: Thurs., May 16; Stone Mountain Golf Course, 1145 Stonewall Jackson Dr., Stone Mountain. St. Stephen the Martyr Knights of Columbus will sponsor the golf tournament to benefit PATH, Post Abortion Treatment and Healing. Sponsorships available. Lunch and award dinner, special prize. All levels of golfers welcome. For details, contact Jim McVey at 770-676-9169 or

ST. MATTHEW YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY: St. Matthew Church, 215 Kirkley Road, Tyrone. The parish is starting a young adult ministry for 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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CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING CLASS: Tuesdays, Feb. 5-April 9; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, Pastoral Care, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in the ministry office. Have you ever wondered how your faith can make a difference in your everyday caring and relating? Based on the best-selling book “Christian Caregiving a Way of Life” by Dr. Kenneth Haugk, this eight-session interactive course teaches people how to care for someone in a distinctively Christian way. It’s a valuable resource for those who want to grow in their ability to reach out to others with Christ-like compassion. Cost is $15. Class size is limited. Contact Rosemary Cardno at 404-285-0315 or Linda Dyson at

GRIEFSHARE: Mondays, beginning Feb. 11; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Grief Share is a seven-week program led by parish volunteers who have experienced their own grief journey. Contact: Nancy Taneski at 770-751-0700,, or Jon Satterfield at 404-219-9204,

CTK BELIEVES SPEAKER SERIES: Tues., Feb. 12; 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. AJ Alix, co-founder of HUX; and Caleb McCullough and William Gao, co-founders of Intercept, engage in a dialogue with those present about technology as a force for good. Believes is a once-a-month speaker series to promote dialogue around integrating faith in work life. Contact: to register. 

BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM: Sunday, Feb. 17; 10 a.m. Mass; Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. Join Basilica parishioners for a morning celebrating black history in the Catholic Church. Father Giles Conwill will present the program. He holds a doctorate in history and cultural anthropology. Father Conwill served as chairman of the history department at Morehouse College in Atlanta. In 2010, he became the campus minister at Xavier University and was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers. The Mass will be followed by a reception in the parish hall. Free parking available behind the church. Contact:

CHURCH TEACHINGS ON LIFE: Sat., Feb. 23; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn. Joey Martineck, director of the Respect Life ministry for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, will present a program on the reasons for and the beauty of the Church’s teachings on life, marriage and family. All are welcome, and youth are especially encouraged to join the event. A continental breakfast will be served. Contact: 770-923-6633.

INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING: Monday, Feb. 25 and Thursday, Feb. 28; 5:30 p.m.; Pregnancy Aid Clinic. The Monday class is at 281 S. Atlanta St., Roswell. The Thursday class is at 531 Forest Pkwy, Suite 100, Forest Park. Pregnancy Aid Clinic offers this Introduction to Natural Family Planning class for engaged and married couples. Learn the basics of NFP and what is involved. Classes are free. To sign up, please register at Contact: Betsy Gordon at 678-306-6360 or

SEX ABUSE CRISIS—FACT, FICTION, FUTURE: Tues., Feb. 26; 7:30 p.m.; Cannon Chapel, Emory University, 515 South Kilgo Circle, NE, Atlanta. The speaker will be Father Gerard McGlone, SJ. A psychotherapist for nearly 30 years, Father McGlone served as the co-director of research and staff therapist at the National Institute for the Study, Prevention, and Treatment of Sexual Trauma. The current abuse crisis demands precise information not sensationalized storylines. This dialogue will attempt to place the crisis in an historical context with data driven conclusions that will allow discernment of possible steps forward. Contact: register at

SPRING HILL COLLEGE GRADUATE SEMINAR: Saturday, March 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Dr. Alan McGill, theology teacher at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, will be teaching the graduate seminar course, “Vatican II” Church and World in Conversation.” This one-credit course will explore the question as to how we interpret the Second Vatican Council and its vision for dialogue and development of doctrine. A textbook is required. “Easy listening” students are warmly welcomed and will be encouraged to participate to the extent desired. Cost is $50. Contact:

LIFE STORIES FROM CATHOLIC WOMEN: Wed., March 21; 7 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. How do women understand their role in the church? How can women place their gifts at the service of the people of God? In honor of Women’s History Month, join an evening of conversation and storytelling from a diverse group of six Catholic women. Panelists will be Dr. Diana Hayes; Sister Mary Priniski, OP; Dr. Susan Reynolds; Nicole Symmonds, Ph.D. candidate; Callie Tabor, Ph.D. candidate, and Sarah Otto, who holds a master of divinity degree. Contact: Andy Otto at

CERTIFICATE OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PROGRAM: Spring Hill College, Atlanta. This certificate is designed especially for clergy, religious and lay persons with theological preparation, who seek a deeper grounding in this ministry. Must currently be in or starting spiritual direction. Course work includes four semesters plus courses completed during the Summer Institute of Christian Spirituality. Contact: or or 404-255-0503, extension 229.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP:  First Mondays; 6 p.m.; St. Peter the Rock Church, 3594 Barnesville Hwy., Thomaston. Caring for a family member  or others with a chronic illness? Join the support group to connect with others in a similar situation. Contact: Caroline at 470-338-8274 or

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, 7-8:45 p.m.; 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.

DEMENTIA WORKSHOP FOR CHURCH LEADERS: Feb. 16; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 25 Boulevard NE, Atlanta. Fayron Epps, assistant professor at Georgia State University, received a research grant from the Alzheimer’s Association to work with churches in the African-American community to help them be dementia-friendly and to develop modified services that accommodate and support families living with dementia. Topics will include re-engaging families and persons living with dementia and the role of the church as a member of the care partner team. Attendees will also be able to sign up for a free memory screening. Contact: for information.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Tuesdays, Feb. 19-April 16; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, in the Hartmayer Building, room 108. Do you seem to run out of money before bills are paid every month? Learn planning and budgeting essentials that when consistently applied will make you feel like you’ve received a pay raise. Go to for class registration. Class materials and first-year membership can be purchased online when registering for $109.  Membership includes access to nine lessons with the class workbook, premium budgeting resources, and Dave Ramsey’s follow-up course, “The Legacy Journey.” Contact: Antoinette Irons at 770-471-8943 or, or Steve Weitzel at 770- 474-8079 or

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: March 1-3, May 3-5, June 21-23, August 9-11, Sept. 27-29 and Nov. 8-10. 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. Please visit our website at for online application or call 678-242-WWME for more information.

TRAUMA RECOVERY GROUP FOR ADULTS: Wednesdays, beginning March 7; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta. The Archdiocese of Atlanta Victim Assistance Program is offering a co-ed trauma recovery group for survivors of trauma. Registration deadline is Feb. 13. Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or for an application or more information.

RETROUVAILLE FOR MARRIED COUPLES: The Retrouvaille program is for married couples facing difficult challenges in their relationships. Retrouvaille helps couples restore their marriage and rebuild a loving relationship. A Christian marriage program, Catholic in origin, where couples of all faiths or no faith background are encouraged to attend. Retrouvaille is primarily a practical program to improve communication, build stronger marriages and help couples reconnect. Presenters are not trained marriage counselors, but rather couples sharing their personal stories of marital struggles and the tools they used to rediscover their love. Contact: Heather Hamilton at

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. 

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RETREAT FOR MARRIED COUPLES: Feb. 15-17; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Explore how God desires to continue to breathe life into your marriage, as companion at each stage of your relationship. Directed by the husband-and-wife team of Jerome Stern and Bridget Brennan, who bring decades of training, writing and ongoing education to The Cana Institute. There will be periods of silence and reflection, as well as directed conversation for each couple. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

FORTUNATE & FAITHFUL FAMILIES RETREAT: Sun., Feb. 24; 12-7 p.m.; Chancery of the Archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. Fortunate & Faithful Families is a ministry to families within the archdiocese with LGBTQ members. Their retreat, themed “A Gathering of Hearts,” is designed to meet each participant wherever they are on this journey of love and faith. After presentations and small group sharing, the capstone of the day will be Mass, followed by dinner and fellowship. Among the priests and deacons involved are Father Dennis Dorner, Father John Adamski and Father Desmond Drummer. Contact: go to or call 404-402-7763 for information or to register.

RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Dancing Madly Backwards” Feb. 25-28 (Midweek), “Contemplative Prayer” April 8-11 (Midweek) and “Meeting Jesus During Holy Week” April 12-14 (Weekend). For information on these and other retreats visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

WAY FOR WOMEN RETREAT: March 15-17; Carmel Retreat Center, Hoschton. The Way for Women is a three-day retreat for adult female survivors of abuse offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Victim Assistance Program. Registration deadline is March 7. Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or for information.

LENTEN RETREAT FOR SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS: March 29-31; Hayesville, North Carolina.  “Seven Habits of Effective Spiritual Director” is a gathering of experienced spiritual directors to renew our faith, learn new ways to serve directees, share experiences as directors, celebrate daily Mass and pray together. Facilitated by Cricket Aull. Lodging and food included in retreat. Donations gratefully accepted and greatly appreciated. Register at Contact Colleen Orchanian at 706-400-9580.

MARRIAGE GETAWAY: March 30-31; Winshape Retreat Center, Rome. More than 225 couples have attended these retreats to rekindle and fan the flames that originally brought them together. Contact: visit and or Bruce Carlisle at 678-770-4146.

SACRED TRIDUUM RETREAT: April 18-21 (Weekend); Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Come join the retreat to enter more deeply into the powerful events that are the very foundation of our Christian lives. On Holy Thursday, we celebrate the gifts of the Eucharist and loving service to one another in the washing of the feet. On Good Friday, we walk with Jesus in his Passion and death. On Holy Saturday, spend time with Jesus in the silence of the tomb in preparation for the joy of the resurrection on Easter. Visit for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

DIVINE MERCY RETREAT: April 26-28 (Weekend); Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers. God has revealed to us his boundless, merciful love in his son, Jesus. This retreat will focus on how we can receive the healing love, poured out from the radiant heart of our Lord, once we learn to put our trust in him. Visit for details. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

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