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Nov. 1, 2018

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


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

ROOTED IN FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE REVIVAL: Sun.-Tues, Nov. 11-13; St. Paul of the Cross Church, 551 Harwell Road, NW, Atlanta. The revival is in honor of Black Catholic History Month. The revivalist will be Father Norman Fischer, pastor of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, Lexington, Kentucky. Father Fischer is also a school chaplain. The revival theme is “Rooted in Faith, Hope, and Love.” The event begins Sunday, Nov. 11 with Mass at 10 a.m. The revival is dedicated to the seven St. Paul of the Cross parishioners who were ordained deacons–Winston Leverett, Leon Allain, Benjamin Petty, Homer Woods, Joseph Goolsby, Hilliard Lee Jr. and George Smith. A Teen and Tween Zone Celebration of Youth follows Sunday Mass and the theme is “Young, Blessed and Gifted.” The revival continues Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. with special choirs participating. Contact: Glenda Jones at 404-723-5993.

NOVEMBER DAY OF REFLECTION: Tues.,Nov. 13; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Kay Satterfield will lead “Come to Me—A Retreat for Grieving Persons.” Give yourself the space to connect your experience of grief with the gentleness of God’s love for you. This day hopes to provide you with the opportunity to compassionately work through grief in the light of God’s grace. Contact: 404-255-0503 or register at

A PRAYER GATHERING: Sat., Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; St John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, SW, Lilburn. The Atlanta Catholic Charismatic Renewal invites you to a time of praise, worship and eucharistic adoration for the church and for the world. All are welcome. Refreshments and prayer follow Mass. Contact: Cathy Judd at 678-438-6922 or Marlene Seaton at 678-464-9008.

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.

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:

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Special Liturgies

DISCERNMENT MASS: Saturday, Dec. 1; 10 a.m.; St. Charles Borromeo House, 813 Dalrymple Road, Atlanta. The Office of Vocations of the archdiocese sponsors the discernment Mass. Are you trying to decide where God is calling you? High school senior and older males are invited to join the Masses. Register online at Contact: the Office of Vocations at 404-920-7460.

VETERANS DAY MASS: Sun., Nov. 11; 11 a.m.; St. Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. All veterans are welcomed to dress in military uniforms and the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard will be present. Veterans will serve as ushers, lectors and eucharistic ministers. Contact: Charles at 770-992-8386 for details.

MASS FOR THE TINY INNOCENTS: Tues., Nov. 13; 7:30 p.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Father Paul Burke will celebrate a Mass in Remembrance of the Tiny Innocents in loving memory of those born to the embrace of heaven due to miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth or neonatal death. The Elizabeth Ministry invites those who have suffered a pregnancy or newborn loss to attend. This Mass will be preceded by a rosary at 7 p.m. A coffee and dessert reception will follow. Parents are able to have their baby’s name included in the litany of names to be read during the Mass. Contact: Therese at 404-694-7077 or email her at with your baby’s name.

HEALING MASS: Thurs., Nov. 15; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Please join parishioners of St. Ann for a healing Mass and the anointing of the sick. Prayer teams available after Mass. Contact: for information.

HOPE AND HEALING MASS: Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.; St. Oliver Plunkett Church, 3200 Brooks Drive, Snellville. Father Jim Blount, SOLT, will be the celebrant. Start Advent by preparing your heart for Jesus through physical, spiritual, or emotional healing. Those in need of healing after the loss of a child, miscarriage, abortion, or hurting from past decisions in any way, are especially encouraged to attend. Contact: call Mary Hayes, 770-853-1756 or Margaret Van Buren, 770-978-8845.

WORLD AIDS DAY MASS: Sat., Dec. 1; 5:30 p.m.; Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta. Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger III will serve as the principal celebrant. Each year on Dec. 1, the Archdiocese of Atlanta celebrates a World Aids Day Mass. This liturgy is an opportunity for people from all across the archdiocese to come together to remember and pray for those lost to HIV/AIDS, those living with HIV/AIDS and their families, friends and caretakers as well as those working to find a cure. Contact: or call 404-920-7896.

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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

ATLANTA TEMPERAMENT CONCERT: Tues., Nov. 6; 7:30 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The concert features Evan Few on violin and Adam Jaffe on harpsichord. They will play music by various composers including Vivaldi, Couperin, Telemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Mozart. A donation of $15 at the door is suggested. Contact: Su-Ryeon Ji, the cathedral’s assistant organist, at

SACRED MUSIC CONCERT: Thurs., Nov. 8; 6:30 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3717 Highway 515 E, Blairsville. The Cornerstone Chorale and Brass is a widely acclaimed professional touring ensemble. The group has performed in churches and concert halls across the country. The program offers a unique musical experience and is designed to encourage individuals to live their faith. There is no charge for admission. However, a free will offering will be gratefully accepted. Contact: the parish office at 706-745-6400.

GALA FOR SHEPHERDS OF THE MEEK: Fri., Nov. 9; 7:30-11 p.m.; Dixie Wing Hangar at Falcon Field, 1200 Echo Court, Peachtree City. The Denim & Diamonds III Gala will be for Shepherds of the Meek Mission, a nonprofit run by the Sisters of Siervas de Cristo Sacerdote in Colombia and Peru. The organization, founded at Holy Trinity Church, supports marginalized women and children at orphanages. This will be an evening of dinner and dancing with music by “Second Time Around.” Cost is $50 per person and includes a fajita bar, desserts and beverages. Must be 21 or over to attend. Contact: to order tickets, visit

HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Fri., Nov. 9; 5:30-9 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 10; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; St. Benedict Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, in the parish life center. Don’t miss out on unique gift ideas from more than 40 vendors, raffle drawings and baked goods. Contact: Susan Kirby, 770-753-4374, or Carol Belles, 404-918-9727.

TITAN TIDINGS GIFT SHOW: Sat., Nov. 10; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 11; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Blessed Trinity High School, 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Visit Blessed Trinity Catholic High School to find a perfect gift. Over 110 different will participate. The vendors offer unique items such as home and holiday décor, art, jewelry, pottery, accessories and more. The show is indoors with plenty of parking available. There will also be hourly raffles, a bake sale and full service concessions. Admission is $2. No strollers please. Contact: Monica Chambers at

CHRIST OUR HOPE YARD SALE: Sat., Nov. 10; 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Christ Our Hope Church, 1786 Wellborn Road, Lithonia. Due to rain on a previous yard sale date, the women’s council has this additional sale date. Tables are $25. Space is limited so reserve your spot today. Gather your items, come shop or sell. Don’t miss out on the bargains. Contact: Odilia Moore at 706-593-0251.

ST. JOHN NEUMANN PARISH FESTIVAL: Sat., Nov. 10; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn. With support of the Knights of Columbus Council 7923, the parish will host the festival offering an indoor craft show for Christmas, international food, beverages and entertainment for children including rock climbing. Contact Mike MacFarlane at 770-527-9983 for details or if interested in space at the craft show.

RESPECT LIFE MOVIE NIGHT: Sat., Nov. 10; 6 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, in Corbett Hall. The Respect Life, Knights of Columbus and Men of St. Brigid sponsor this movie night showing of “I Can Only Imagine.” The dinner and movie is just $10 per person and catered by Ippolito’s. Contact: Cathy Schneider with questions at

STEPHEN MINISTERS REUNION: Sun., Nov. 11; Our Lady of Assumption Church is looking for alumni and/or non-active Stephen Ministers to be included in its 10th anniversary celebration. Contact: Joan Armbrust, for details.

ST. PETER CHANEL RUN: Sat., Nov. 17; 8 a.m.; Blessed Trinity High School, 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell. The fifth annual St. Peter Chanel 5K is a chip-timed race. This 5K attracted more than 500 participants in 2017. Runners and walkers of every age are encouraged to participate. A kid’s fun run follows the 5K. Please support this nonprofit event raising money for Special Olympics of Georgia. This year, the St. Peter Chanel 5K is an AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying event. Contact: visit to register.

APPLE ANNIE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: Fri., Nov. 30; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 1; 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. The Apple Annie Arts and Crafts Show has been a Christmas tradition for 38 years. Over 120 artisans are selected by a jury to showcase handmade items, from pottery, jewelry, woodworking, painting, holiday décor and more. Admission is $3 per person (under 12 free) with proceeds going to local charities. Strollers are not permitted. The show features a bake sale benefiting the St. Ann Preschool. The Apple Annie Café serves soups, sandwiches and beverages. Tickets can be purchased for the Blue Light Raffle, where every 15 minutes items from the artisans are raffled. Parking is available onsite and at The Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, with shuttle service provided 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The St. Ann Council of Catholic Women hosts this show as a fundraiser for the parish and charity groups. Contact: or on Facebook at

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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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.

BT BOYS JR. TITANS LACROSSE TRYOUTS: Nov. 6, 7 and 14; 6:30-8 p.m.; Blessed Trinity High School, 11320 Woodstock Road, Roswell, at the lacrosse fields. Players must attend two tryout dates, and Nov. 14 is a make-up day. The tryouts are open to boys in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Contact: Coach Bobby Parker at or visit for details.

FOOD INSECURITY DINNER: Thurs., Nov. 8; 6 p.m.; Archdiocese of Atlanta Chancery, at 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. In 2017, an estimated one in eight Americans were food insecure. Justice and Peace Ministries, along with Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta (FAMA), will host an Interfaith Food Insecurity Dinner. This evening will kick off a four-part event series, Food and Garden as Social Obligation. The series examines the call as people of faith to feed the hungry and how to do this. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will bless the meal. All faith traditions welcome. A $10 donation offsets the cost of the meal. To register, go to or contact Kat Doyle at

CTK BELIEVES SPEAKER SERIES: Tues., Nov. 13; 7:30-8:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, in the ministry offices. How important is it to “Tell the Truth with Numbers” and accurately report projections and results, and what can you do to ensure it’s happening? Tim Doyle, former global finance Director for Coca-Cola, and Matt Wise, partner for Assurance Services at Aprio, engage in a dialogue with those present about “Telling the Truth with Numbers.” Believes is a once-a-month speaker series to promote dialogue around integrating faith in the work life. Contact: go to to register.

GRIEFSHARE’S SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS: Wed., Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m.; or Fri., Nov. 16; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in room 102 of the faith formation building. The holidays can be an especially difficult time following the loss of a loved one. “GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays” is a supportive and encouraging program. Participation in previous GriefShare sessions is not required to attend. There is no cost for this program. The seminar features practical suggestions and reassurances through video interviews with clergy, counselors, grief experts and others—all who have experienced the holidays after a loved one’s death. Topics include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about family traditions, how to survive social events and where to find comfort and strength. Contact: Tom McBrayer, 404-797-2488, for information or to pre-register.

YOUTH IN MISSION SCHOLARSHIPS: Apply by Nov. 15. Scholarships awarded in December toward any 2019 mission trip travel fees. Any eligible local middle school, high school, home school and college students may apply at Contact: or 770-425-5129.

RELIGION AND POLITICS: Sun., Nov. 18; 7 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. The parish hosts “Religion and Politics: A Lecture with Michael Gerson.” A columnist at The Washington Post, Gerson was an aide to President George W. Bush. He has written extensively on the place of religion in the public square. He has been critical of the de-evolution of evangelical Christianity and its negative influence on the politics of our current time. Register at Contact: Andy Otto at or 404-378-4588.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CLASSES: Mon., Nov. 26; Roswell Pregnancy Aid Clinic, 281 S. Atlanta St., Roswell and Thurs., Nov. 29, Forest Park Pregnancy Aid Clinic; 531 Forest Pkwy, Suite 100, Forest Park. Pregnancy Aid Clinic will be offering an Introduction to Natural Family Planning class for engaged and married couples. Learn the basics of NFP and what is involved in the process. The classes are free and start at 5:30 p.m. Pregnancy Aid Clinic is the only pregnancy resource center in the Archdiocese of Atlanta offering a Catholic perspective to women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The clinic offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and support promoting the sanctity of life. Contact: to register or Betsy Gordon at 678-306-6360.

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.

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.

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

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FORGIVENESS TOOLBOX RETREAT: Nov. 9-11; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers, will host the weekend retreat, “Forgiveness Toolbox: Finding Freedom of Heart.” Forgiveness is not forgetting but receiving the gift of inner freedom that enables us to let go of the past and not allow it to define us, our relationships and the future. This retreat offers tools enabling us to forgive others and one’s self. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

MINDFULNESS RETREAT: Nov 16-18; Ignatius House, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Retreat director will be Mark Dannenfelser, MA, LPC. Beginners and experienced participants to mindfulness meditation are welcome. Contact: register at or call 404-255-0503.

FORTUNATE AND FAITHFUL FAMILIES RETREAT: Sun., Nov. 18; 12-7 p.m.; Chancery of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, 2401 Lake Park Drive, Smyrna. The theme Covenant of Hope will be celebrated through Mass, dialogue and sharing with priests, deacons, parents and families of LGBT children, LGBT Catholics, as well as representatives from a Catholic high school. FFF is an archdiocesan-approved ministry for parents and families with LGBT members and promotes love and acceptance for all within our church. Cost for the day (including dinner) is $25 per person or $40 for a couple. Registration deadline is Nov. 12. Contact: or call 770-924-3920.

SPIRITUALITY OF THANKFULNESS: Nov. 19-21; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. This midweek retreat helps participants practice a spirituality of thankfulness, remembering the evidence of God’s presence in our lives. Thankfulness encourages others, giving them strength and joy for their journey. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

ADVENT RETREAT FOR WOMEN: Nov. 29-Dec 2; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. A Journey of Advent Hope is directed by Cenacle Sisters Susan Arcaro and Barbara Young. In the tradition of the Stations of the Cross, this retreat offers 14 meditations drawn from the infancy narratives in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. Using “Stations of the Crib” by Joseph Nassal as a guide, journey to the manger in Bethlehem and experience the wonder of “God with us.” Contact: or call 404-255-0503.

ADVENT RETREAT: Dec. 1-2; 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3717 Highway 515, E, Blairsville. Speaker will be Father Bing Arellano, spiritual director of the Alliance of the Holy Family International. The Alliance of the two Hearts, Georgia Chapter, is sponsoring this retreat. The theme is “The Challenge to Remain a Catholic Today.” Retreat fee for individuals is $50 and $70 for families. Contact: Diane Guesman at 678-910-5228 or email for tickets by Nov. 26.

RECOVERY RETREAT: Dec 7-9; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Do you want to deepen your conscious contact with God? Come to Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center for the 11th Step Recovery Retreat and encounter God. The natural setting of Ignatius House, located on 20-plus acres above the Chattahoochee River, will fill you with the peace and silence needed for replenishing. This is a silent and reflective retreat open to men and women of all faiths who are in a 12-Step Program. Directed by Father Steve Yander. Contact: or call 404-255-0503.

THE WAY FOR WOMEN: Dec. 7-9; 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 Dec. 3. Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or for information.

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.

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: “12 Step Spirituality for Everyone” Dec. 7-9 (Weekend), “Contemplative Prayer” Jan. 4-6 (Weekend) and “Anger, Resentment and Forgiveness ““Jan. 18-20 (Weekend). For information on these and other retreats visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

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