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December 7, 2017

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


ADVENT PROGRAM AND MASS FOR THE DEAF: Sat., Dec. 9; 2-4 p.m., presentation; 6:30 p.m. Mass; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta. Father Tom Coughlin, the first deaf priest ordained in North America, will present the Advent program, “Really Ready for Christmas?” The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered afterward. Mass will be at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck dinner and social to follow. Bring your favorite food to share. Contact: Kathy Daykin at

ST. PIUS X ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT: Sat., Dec. 9; 6:30-8:30 p.m.; St. Pius X Church, 2621 Highway 20, SE, Conyers. Sponsored by the Parish Council of Catholic Women, the evening will include inspiring presentations in a beautiful, candlelit atmosphere. All women and their friends are invited to attend. The speaker will be Deacon Fred Johns. Cost is $10 per person with reservations required. Contact: Karen Williams at 770-788-7606 or Dottie Schath at 770-388-9699, or to register.

HOLY TRINITY ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT: Sat., Dec. 9; 3:30 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Special guest speaker will be Matthew Leonard, an author, and the vice president and executive producer at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. The event begins at 3:30 p.m., includes Mass at 4 p.m., social time, Leonard’s reflection, and a dessert and coffee. Contact: Lori Alvarez at 404-626-4769 or to register.

ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION: Tues., Dec. 12; 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. In all the preparations of the season, give yourself a day of prayer and silent reflection. Includes a light breakfast, lunch and liturgy. Contact: or phone 404-255-0503 to register.

EVENING OF RECOLLECTION FOR MEN: Fri., Dec. 15; 7:15-9:30 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell. A priest of the prelature of Opus Dei will lead the evening. Confessions are offered at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 7:15 p.m., there will be a meditation, a talk on a virtue, an examination of conscience and Mass. Refreshments and a get-together follow. Contact Ricardo Alvarado 770-510-8416 or

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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/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

CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX ECUMENICAL GATHERING: Mon., Dec. 18; 7 p.m.; Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 2500 Clairmont Road, NE, Atlanta. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and His Eminence Alexios, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Atlanta will officiate. The keynote speaker will be Father Panayiotis Papageorgiou, pastor of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, Marietta. The theme of the gathering is “Was Jesus Born on December 25? And Why This Matters!” Priests and deacons are invited to vest and process. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Contact: Father Paul A. Burke at 404-688-3198 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: Mass celebrated Mondays, 11:30 a.m.; first Fridays, 11:30 a.m.; VA Medical Center, 1670 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, All Faiths Chapel, ground floor. Visitors invited. Veterans visiting the medical center can receive full Catholic ministry and sacraments from priests on the chaplaincy team. Catholic veterans should verify that their religious preference is on file in order to receive proper spiritual care. Please pray for veterans, particularly those who are distressed. Contact: Chaplain’s Office at 404-321-6111, ext. 6870.

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Career Ministry 

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

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Monday, Dec. 4; 7-9 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, classroom 2. Volunteers provide counseling on job-hunting skills and tools needed by those seeking employment or in career transition. All are welcome. There is no fee. Resume review offered at 6:30 p.m. Contact: 678-832-1281, mailbox 7023, 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

LIVING NATIVITY AND CHRISTMAS MARKETPLACE: Dec. 8 and 9; 5:30-9 p.m.; St. Vincent de Paul Church, 680 West Memorial Drive, Dallas. Join St. Vincent de Paul’s annual Nativity re-enactment and Christmas craft marketplace. Walk torchlit paths as you watch the Nativity of our Lord unfold. Show times are every 40 minutes. Visit the town of Bethlehem and stop at period-specific shops displaying basket weaving, bread-making and forging of metal. Sip hot cocoa, listen to carolers and roast marshmallows. The marketplace features craft vendors. Meet St. Nicholas or head to the children’s corner for craft time. The Red Apron Café is open both nights. Contact:

KNIGHTS’ BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Sat., Dec. 9; 8:30 a.m.; St. John Neumann Regional School, Donnellan Hall, 791 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn. The Knights Of Columbus Council 7923 will have its free Breakfast with Santa. Bring your children and grandchildren to this pancake and sausage breakfast. Santa is due to arrive at 9 a.m. Digital pictures of Santa and your child will be taken and made available free of charge as downloads at Donations appreciated. Contact:

REASON FOR THE SEASON BAZAAR: Sat., Dec. 9; 9 a.m.–2 p.m.; Christ Our King and Savior Church social hall, 6341 Lake Oconee Parkway, Greensboro. The Parish Pastoral Council sponsors the bazaar. The event features over 35 artisan vendors and includes a bake sale and multiple decorated Christmas trees for raffle. Admission is free. Contact: visit or

CHRISTMAS WITH ATLANTA MASTER CHORALE: Sat., Dec. 9; 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 10; 4 p.m.; Emory Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta. The “Comfort and Joy” concert is the Atlanta Master Chorale’s Christmas tradition. Contact: or for information or tickets.

GOOD SAMARITAN COOKIE WALK: Sat., Dec. 16; 8 a.m.; Good Samaritan Church, 55 Church Street, Ellijay. The sale proceeds go toward the parish’s mortgage. Box prices range from $5 to $25 with assorted homemade cookies from which to select. Contact: Susan Shaw at

MARDI GRAS PARTY: Sat., Jan. 13; 7 p.m.; St. Anthony of Padua Church, 928 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta. The Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, St. Anthony Court 276, will have its annual Mardi Gras party. Tickets are $20. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $50. Bring your masks and umbrellas. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. Contact: Lisa Blair at 770-490-7946 or for tickets.

ST. BRIGID SWEETHEART EVENT: Sat., Feb. 10; vow renewal at 6 p.m.; dinner and dance follow; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Sponsored by the Married Couples, Marriage Encounter, Men of St. Brigid and Knights of Columbus. Dinner and dancing will be from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Dinner is $27.50 per person and $55 per couple. Event is BYOB. Tickets on sale at parish office. Checks should be made to St. Brigid Church with “Married Couples Sweetheart Event” in memo line. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Feb. 4. Contact: Pam Santoro at, 770-740-8430 or 678-656-6627.

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. Starting Jan. 1, the group will meet on the third Wednesday only. 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 SPEAKER SERIES: Tues., Dec. 12; 7:30 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. The program will be “Work—what’s forgiveness got to do with it?” featuring Kyle Pease, founder of the Kyle Pease Foundation, as speaker. Believes is a once-a-month speaker series promoting dialogue on integrating faith in work life. Mass is at 6:45 a.m. A $10 fee provides funding for Christ Renews His Parish scholarships and can be paid online. Contact:

CHRIST IN THE HOME: Wed., Dec. 13; 5:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 17, 11:30 a.m.; St. George Church, 771 Roscoe Road, Newnan. Christ in the Home is a series of programs designed to help families discuss topics of faith in their own homes and the larger community. Sunday sessions meet in the parish hall. Wednesday sessions meet in Henderson Hall. The December program topic is “Christmas as a Season.” Contact:

YOUTH IN MISSION SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION: Sat., Dec. 16; 2 p.m. St. Joseph Church, Marist Hall, 87 Lacy St., Marietta. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will attend the sixth annual scholarship presentations of Youth in Mission, a Catholic Foundation of North Georgia-sponsored charity. The archbishop will bless the young missionaries, their trips and those they serve. Music provided by the North Cobb Christian School Ensemble. Refreshments will be served. Contact:

FOSTER CARE SEMINAR: Sun., Dec. 17; following 10:30 a.m. Mass; St. Vincent de Paul Church, 680 West Memorial Drive, Dallas. In Georgia, the number of people willing to serve as foster parents is decreasing, while the need for homes is increasing. To learn more about fostering, visit Contact: Mike McMahon, president of Advocacy for Foster Children, Inc. at 404-996-4055 or

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR TEENS: Sat., Jan. 6; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2971 Butner Road, Atlanta. The Knights of St. Peter Claver Foundation invites teens ages 13-18 to attend this financial literacy workshop to learn basic financial principles, what the Bible says about money, making money, saving money and giving money. Limited seating available. Contact: Peggy Ballou to RSVP at 678-772-6791.

THE REST OF THE STORY—A PRO-LIFE EVENING: Sat., Jan. 6; 6 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. The Respect Life Ministry at St. Brigid hosts the evening including dinner and speakers. “The Rest of the Story” will feature women sharing narratives of how their lives were impacted by unplanned pregnancies. These moving stories include a post abortion witness, a teen mom making an adoption plan for her baby, an unplanned pregnancy and choosing to parent, an adopted woman’s meeting with her birthmother and others. Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m. Dinner is $10 per person. To register, go to Contact: Cathy Schneider at or 502-592-9123.

PATH BIBLE STUDY: Begins Thurs., Jan. 25; 7-9 p.m.; Marietta area. Post Abortion Treatment and Healing (PATH) will be starting a new Bible study to run for 11 weeks. One of three women in the U.S. will experience an abortion in her lifetime. Thousands of men and women seek deliverance from the pain and guilt of an abortion experience. PATH can help with Christ-centered and confidential care. Contact: Jody Duffy at 404-717-5557 or to register.

COURAGE/ENCOURAGE APOSTOLATES OPEN HOUSE: Sat., Feb. 3; 12 p.m. Mass; Chancery of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. In concert with the archdiocese, the Courage and EnCourage Apostolates will have an informational open house beginning with noon Mass. Courage is an international apostolate of the Church ministering to persons with same-sex attractions. The partner ministry, the EnCourage Apostolate, is for parents, friends and families of loved ones who experience same-sex attractions. Courage/EnCourage provides faithful witness to Catholic teaching and offers a supportive, confidential environment, meeting the needs of members with compassion. Following Mass, there will be a program of speakers, film screenings and a complimentary dinner. For information, visit Contact: David Plitt at 678-549-5402 to RSVP by Jan. 29.

SPRING HILL COLLEGE COURSE: Feb. 12-April 22; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, Atlanta. As part of its mission to serve as an educational resource for the Catholic community as well as the wider Christian community of the Southeast, Spring Hill College offers a blended program with a minimum of classroom experiences in Atlanta. Spring 2018 courses include “American Religious History,” instructed by Father Christopher Viscardi, SJ. And “Early Christianity: The Church Fathers” with Dr. John Switzer. Contact: Roxanne Wilhelm at

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Feb. 23-25, 2018. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is an experience for couples with good marriages who want to improve and enliven their communication to deepen their love for one another. Contact: for an online application or 678-242-WWME.

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 a different kind of 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 & 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

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays; 7-8:45 p.m.; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2855 Briarcliff Rd., 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 each session. All are welcome to join as their schedule allows. Contact:

GRIEFSHARE: Mondays; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Parish volunteers who have experienced their own grief journey will lead the program. The group will meet for seven weeks. Contact: Nancy Taneski McClure at or 770-751-0700.

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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DISCERNING JOY COLLEGE RETREAT: Dec. 15-17; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Amid a busy semester, college students rarely have time to step away and reflect on life, studies and relationships. At the end of final exams, this is a weekend of rest and quiet, providing the opportunity to pray in the Advent season. Retreat Director Sarah Otto will talk about discerning a life and vocation of joy. Contact: or call 404-255-0503 to register.

PREPARING FOR THE SILENT NIGHT: Dec. 15-17; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Drawing on the wisdom of Caryll Houselander, 20th century English mystic and poet, explore what makes Advent special and how it helps prepare for the birth of Christ. Carl McColman directs this retreat. Register at Contact: 404-255-0503.

WOMEN’S NEW YEAR RETREAT: Dec. 16-18; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Are you thinking about the new year and yet another way to change? Sometimes we focus so much on what is lacking in our lives, in ourselves that we don’t recognize the beauty of what we already are and what we already have. This retreat is for women who struggle with self-image and the roller coaster of always trying to change who we are. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

FROM GRATITUDE TO HOPE RETREAT: Dec. 28-31; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Join this special retreat at year’s end to honor both the year past and hopes for the year ahead. Framed in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, this retreat will use the Examen to look over the past year and look forward to 2018. Retreat Director is Father Peter E. Fink, SJ. Register at Contact: the center at 404-255-0503 for details.

DISCERNMENT RETREAT: Dec. 29-30; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. The Office of Vocations of the Archdiocese of Atlanta sponsors this retreat, which includes talks by priests and seminarians, a panel discussion and time for prayer and reflection. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will join to celebrate Mass. The retreat is for men ages 18-40. Space is limited. Contact: 404-920-7460.

RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Contemplative Prayer,” Jan. 5-7 (weekend), “Good Grief,” Jan. 19-21 (weekend) and “Prayer and the Image of God,” Jan. 26-28 (weekend). For information on these and other retreats visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

CONFIDENCE IN GOD RETREAT: Jan. 15-18 (midweek); Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. 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. Awareness of the divine presence and discernment of God’s will are foundational in spiritual life. Through these principles found in the Christian classic, “Abandonment to Divine Providence” participants will explore the key elements of the pilgrimage. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

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