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February 8, 2018

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


ASH WEDNESDAY DAY OF REFLECTION: Wed., Feb. 14; 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. The series, “Journey of the Heart,” continues every Wednesday in Lent and will explore the call to repentance, prayer and intimacy with God and more. Includes light breakfast, lunch and liturgy. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to reserve a spot.

MAGNIFICAT PRAYER BREAKFAST FOR WOMEN: Sat., Feb. 17; 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Holy Cross Church, 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. Geneva Tigue, a songwriter, speaker and worship leader in the archdiocese, will be the guest speaker at the Magnificat meal. All women are warmly invited. Cost is $15 per person. Reservations are made in advance. Check-in is at the door. Please register online at or send name, address and contact information by Feb. 11 with check payable to Magnificat Joyful Visitation to Debbie DuPont, 315 Rose Court, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Contact: Debbie DuPont at 770-696-6216.

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA LENTEN MISSION: Feb. 26-28; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Catherine of Siena Church, 1618 Ben King Road, Kennesaw. Father Jacques Philippe will lead this three-night mission. On Monday, the priest will discuss “How to Develop a Personal Prayer Life.” Tuesday’s topic will be “How to Grow Through Trials and the Sufferings of Life.” Friday’s presentation will be “Mercy and Forgiveness.” Visitors welcome. No reservation required. To learn more, please visit Contact: or email

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL LENTEN MISSION: Mon.-Wed., Feb. 26-28; 7 p.m.; St. Michael the Archangel Church, 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. The parish is having a Lenten mission for the family, “What It Means To Be a Catholic” presented by Father Daniel McCaffrey. The mission serves to spark new interest in what it means to be a Catholic today. Contact: Heidi Carignan at or 770-516-0009.

LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION FOR WOMEN: Sat., March 3; 9 a.m.; Our Lady of LaSalette Church, 2941 Sam Nelson Road, Canton. Are you looking for an opportunity to reflect on a more meaningful Lenten season? Join the Elizabeth Ann Seton Women’s Guild for “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord: Encountering Christ in the Lenten Scrutinies” by Pamela Elsey, who has been involved in religious education for over 25 years in parishes and at the diocesan level. Registration and coffee at 9 a.m. in the parish hall will be followed by the presentation and lunch. Bring your bible. Suggested donation is $5. Contact Joan Rush at or 770-345-6610 or Mary Fleckner at or 770-479-7052.

MEN’S MORNING OF SPIRITUALITY: Sat., March 10; 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, Atlanta. Presented by Fishers of Men, the program will feature Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and speaker Peter Herbeck. Fishers of Men is a ministry that equips and encourages men to become active disciples of Jesus Christ. Admission is free. Contact: to register.

APOSTLE OF HOPE MISSION: Mon.-Wed., March 12- 14; 7 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn. Father Mike Ford, OP, will accompany the arm relic of St. Jude Thaddeus for a three-day mission exploring Lent as 40 days of discovery and joy, and the life of this apostle. This is the first visit of the relic to Georgia. On the final evening of the mission, the faithful may receive blessings with the oil of St. Jude following Mass. Contact: the parish office at 770-923-6633.

SERVANTS OF THE LORD PRAYER BREAKFAST: Sat., April 21; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; Corpus Christi Church, 600 Mountainview Drive, Stone Mountain. This is the tenth annual prayer breakfast of the Servants of the Lord and will feature Father Godfrey Stoute and musicians. Father Stoute hails from Trinidad. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Port of Spain in 1990. Father Stoute is noted for his healing ministry. Donation for the breakfast is $15 per person. Contact: for information or tickets.

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 AND 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.

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

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

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

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

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

LAY 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, 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/BLAIRSVILLE: Second Saturdays, 12:45 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3717 Hwy 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

ANOINTING MASS: Sat., Feb. 10; 10 a.m.; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Please join the anointing Mass for the sick and their caregivers. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the celebrant. Assistance for those with difficulty walking will be provided. Refreshments served in McDonough Hall following Mass. The Order of Malta, Atlanta Chapter, is sponsoring the Mass. Contact: Marie Corrigan at 404-735-3296.

HEALING MASS AND ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Thurs., Feb. 15; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Prayers team available after Mass. Contact: for information.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS: Thurs., March 15; 10:30 a.m. Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the celebrant. All priests invited to concelebrate. Contact: visit for driving directions.

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 404-406-32

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Social Events

SACRED HEART ATLANTA SCHOOL REUNION: Sat., Feb. 17; 10 a.m.; Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta. Coffee will be served at 10 a.m. in the parish center, followed by Mass at 11 a.m. Father Ralph Olek, SM, will be the celebrant. Join the group for lunch afterward at the Colonnade restaurant, 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta. All graduates, attendees and friends of Sacred Heart are invited. Contact: Carolyn Galvin at 678-780-6068 or

L’ARCHE VALENTINE’S DANCE: Sat., Feb. 17; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, Mulhern Hall, 636 W Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Come dance with your L’Arche friends during this family-friendly Valentine’s dance, suited for all ages and abilities. Please bring a dish to share. This is part of a series of social community events for adults with intellectual disabilities. The spirit of L’Arche invites all to build relationships with people of varying abilities. Contact: L’Arche Atlanta at 404-563-6383 or

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: Sat., Feb. 24; 10:30 a.m.; Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Mission, 5395 Light Circle, NW, Norcross. The Holy Name of Jesus Chinese Mission will hold this year’s Chinese New Year celebration on Feb. 24. Invite your family and friends for a day of fun and enjoyment. There will be a spectacular lion dance, great food, raffles and cultural performances. Come and visit the new church of the Chinese Catholic community. Contact: for directions.

MONASTERY TOURS: Saturdays, Feb. 24, March 24, April 28; 1:30-3:30 p.m.; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212 SW, Conyers. Revel in the beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia during the Highlights & Insights Tour at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Docents guide visitors to discover the spiritual landscape where Trappist monks live, work and pray in a cloistered community. During each tour, participants gain insight into the Abbey Church’s architecture and construction. Sponsored by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, the Highlights & Insights Tour is a two-hour event. Cost is $12 for ages 13 and over; children 12 and younger are admitted free. Pre-registration required. Tickets can be purchased at Contact: Sarah Lisle at 404-998-8384, ext. 6 or

ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL 5K JOG: Sat., March 3; 10:30 a.m.; Sandy Creek Park, 400 Bob Holman Road, Athens. St. Joseph School in Athens will have its 19th annual 5K jog and one-mile run. Runners may register online at or at the race. Pre-registration is $25 per person. Race day registration is $30 per person. Contact: 706-543-1621 for information.

RUN FOR MERCY 5K: Sat., March 24; 8 a.m.; Dillard’s at Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital is hosting the second annual Run for Mercy 5K Run/Walk, a family-friendly Peachtree Road Race qualifier event. The race benefits Emory Saint Joseph’s and Mercy Care Atlanta, and attracts runners and walkers of all levels. Event registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by the race. Contact: visit to register.

PATH ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Thurs., May 17; 8:30 a.m. check-in; Stone Mountain Park Golf Club, 1145 Stonewall Jackson Drive, Stone Mountain. The St. Stephen the Martyr Knights of Columbus sponsor the PATH Golf Tournament each year to help provide post-abortion counseling for both men and women. The tournament will have a 10 a.m. shotgun start. This is a scramble format so all skill levels are welcome. Corporate sponsorships welcome. The cost is $90 per player and includes free entrance to the park, golf, cart, lunch, goodie bag raffle and prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and more. Contact: Jim McVey at 770-676-9169 or

ST. JOHN NEUMANN FISH FRY DINNERS: Fridays of Lent, Feb. 16-March 23; 5-8 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, SW, Lilburn, in Reynolds Hall. The Knights of Columbus Council #7923 hosts the dinners with a choice of baked or fried fish or shrimp for adults, and children’s meals. Adult fish dinners are $8.50; adult shrimp dinners, $9 and children’s dinners are $4. Contact: visit for more details.

ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL FISH FRYS: Fridays of Lent, Feb. 16-March 23; 5-7 p.m.; St. Michael the Archangel Church, 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, in the family center. The Knights of Columbus of St. Michael the Archangel hosts the dinners with fried fish entrees changing weekly. Delicious desserts by the Columbiettes. Adults are admitted for $9; children ages 5 to 12, $5. Children age 4 and younger eat for free. Debit and credit cards accepted with a small processing fee. Raffle drawings at each dinner. Contact: visit

ST. JUDE MEN’S CLUB FISH FRYS: Fridays, Feb. 23 and March 23; 5:30-8 p.m.; St. Jude the Apostle School, 7171 Glenridge Drive, Sandy Springs, in the cafeteria. Proceeds will be used to support parish projects. Menu items include fried white fish, baked salmon, fish tacos and more. The preschool benefits from a bake sale. Discounted tickets available at Tickets purchased online are $8 ($5 for children age 4-13), with a family maximum of $35. Tickets purchased at the door are $10 ($5 for children age 4-13), with a family maximum of $40. Kids 3 and under eat for free. Dine in or take out. Contact: the Men’s Club at

ST. OLIVER PLUNKETT FISH FRY: Fridays of Lent, Feb. 16-March 23; 5-7:30 p.m.; St. Oliver Plunkett Church, 3200 Brooks Drive, Snellville. St. Oliver’s Men’s Club is hosting the fish fry dinners in the family center. Adult dinners are $8 per person and children under 12 years eat for $4 each. The menu is fried or baked tilapia, French fries, cole slaw or salad, clam chowder, macaroni and cheese, dessert and lemonade, water and coffee. Contact:

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 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 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.

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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REMEMBERING CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: Fri., Feb. 9; 7 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Msgr. Richard Lopez will present “Remembering our Christian Brothers and Sisters and their plight in the Middle East” on behalf of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA). Msgr. Lopez continues to spread the word about CNEWA’s work for our suffering brothers and sisters in the Middle East, who are often forgotten. A wine and cheese reception will follow. Contact: Donna Ortiz at or 678-393-0060.

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

GRIEFSHARE: Mondays, starting Feb. 12; 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 M. Taneski McClure at

POPE FRANCIS, THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD: Mon., Feb. 19; 7:15 p.m.; Rollins School of Public Health, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, P-Level Auditorium, Emory University, 1518 Clifton Road, NE, Atlanta. The Aquinas Center presents Father Bryan Hehir in the eighth annual Major Catholic Speaker Lecture Father Hehir is the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Previously he served on the staff of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and as president of Catholic Charities USA. He will examine the distinct roles of Pope Francis as pastor, administrator and diplomat. Contact:

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Tuesdays, Feb. 20-April 17; 7-9 p.m.; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, in Hartmayer Building, room 108. Do you feel like you are not making any headway in paying off debts? Learn how to beat debt and build wealth. Go to for registration. Class membership materials can be purchased at a discount price of $109 while supplies last, or online at for $129. Kit includes the class workbook, various budgeting resources, a membership to the Dave Ramsey FPU Central website and more. Contact: Antoinette Irons at 770-471-8943 or, or Steve Weitzel at 770-474-8079 or for details.

TEN CHALLENGES FACING BLENDED FAMILIES: Tues., Feb. 20; 7-9 p.m.; St. Mary Magdalene Church, 3 Village Road, Newnan. Vince and Monica Frese will examine the top 10 challenges when blending families and strategies for overcoming them. The Freses blended families when they married 10 years ago. Together they have seven children. They created the Love Again remarriage program and facilitate it for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Vince is co-author of “Divorced. Catholic. Now What?” and is the creator of the Recovering from Divorce program, used in parishes throughout the United States and Canada. Contact: Kathy Kelly-Huey at for details.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Feb. 23-25 or April 20-22. 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.

HEALING HEARTS GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Saturdays, Feb. 24-May 26; 3-4:30 p.m.; St. Monica Church, 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth. No sessions Palm Sunday and Easter weekends. This archdiocesan-approved program model, “Understanding Your Grief, Ten Touchstones For Finding Hope and Healing your Heart” by Dr. Alan Wolfelt, describes the essential physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual actions for healing. This is a structured workshop, and requires a weekly commitment to be most effective. Cost of materials is $27 at first session. Pre-registration required. Non-parishioners welcome. This is a closed group once it begins. Contact: Facilitator Linda Lenzi-Masters, MS Counseling, at 678-614-7001 or to reserve space.

BE NOT AFRAID: Tues., Feb. 27; 7:30-9 p.m.; Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Rita Anne Rollins Building, Room 252, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta. The Aquinas Center will host Dr. Roberto Goizueta, presenting “Be Not Afraid: The Preferential Option for the Poor and Christian Faith.” Pope Francis has been a champion of the poor. Picking up on this theme, Dr. Goizueta will explore the ideal of the “preferential option for the poor” for Christianity. Goizueta served for 20 years as a distinguished professor of theology at Boston College. He is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. Contact: visit

THE GRACE OF CHRIST: Sun., March 4; 5 p.m.; Chancery of the Archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. The Disabilities Ministry of the archdiocese is sponsoring this gathering, “The Grace of Christ: A Conversation with John Foppe.” Born without arms, Foppe once led a miserable and limited life. Today, he is the executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louis Council. Doors open at 5 p.m. with time for music and art. Foppe will join the group for a potluck supper and conversation at 6 p.m. Contact: Maggie Rousseau at for details.

ARCHDIOCESAN YOUTH CHOIR FESTIVAL: Sat., March 10; 12-6 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Choir members in fourth through eighth grades with unchanged voices are invited for this 20th annual day of singing and worship. Guest clinician David Brensinger, director of music/organist at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, will conduct rehearsals, culminating in singing at the 5 p.m. Mass. Registration deadline is Feb. 10. Contact: Timothy Wissler at or 404-267-3685 for required repertoire and registration information.

FROM GALILEO TO LAUDATO SI’—ASTRONOMY AS WORSHIP: Sun., April 15; 7 p.m.; St. Thomas More Church, Mulhern Hall, 636 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory, will speak about how our core beliefs not only determine how we expect the universe to work, they supply the motivation for the science we do and determine why people choose to be scientists. This has changed radically from the time of Galileo—when science was still being invented—to now, when Pope Francis blends science and faith in his encyclical Laudato Si’. Contact: Andy Otto at or 404-378-4588.

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 & 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:

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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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. 26-March 1 (midweek), “Meeting Jesus During Holy Week” March 23-25 (weekend) and “Sacred Triduum” March 29-April 1 (weekend). For information on these and other retreats visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for reservations.

WOMEN’S LENTEN RETREAT—I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS: Feb. 16-18; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. In Isaiah 43:1-5, God says, “I have called you by name; you are mine … You are precious in my eyes; you are honored and I love you … Do not be afraid; I am with you.” These words are comforting, especially when life is challenging. During this retreat we will reflect on these words and their meaning. Retreat directors will be Cenacle Sisters Susan Arcaro and Barbara Young. Contact: or call 404-255-0503 to register.

RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT: Feb. 16-18. Post Abortion Treatment and Healing (PATH) will be facilitating the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. Is there a deep sense of loss in your life because of abortion? There is no grief like that of unspoken grief. This weekend retreat helps women and men who are struggling with the grief of abortion to find peace and inner healing. Start 2018 in a new light. Contact: Jody at 404-717-5557 or visit

MEN’S LENTEN RETREAT—LETTING CHRIST LEAD: Feb. 23-25; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Lent is a time to renew our faith and to seek forgiveness from God. In this retreat for men, explore forgiveness of self and the need for companionship, how to listen to the word of God, how to be humble in our dealings with others and how to seek God in all things. Retreat directors will be Jesuit Father Peter Fink and Andy Otto. Contact: or call 404-255-0503 for information.

SILENT LENTEN RETREAT: March 1-4; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Bob Fitzgerald is the retreat director. We all seek acceptance, but it takes courage to be vulnerable to another’s love, and to respond to that love. Come this Lent for a journey of “Accepting God’s Acceptance.” Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

THE WAY OF THE CROSS RETREAT: March 2-4; Trappist Monastery of the Holy, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Brother Mark and Jacqueline Rychlicki lead the weekend treat, “The Way of the Cross in Our Lives: Encountering Christ, Our Neighbor & Ourselves.” The retreat offers a Catholic perspective of living day by day with our eyes fixed on the presence of our crucified and risen Lord. Rychlicki is a profound Catholic thinker, who speaks from her own experience. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

LIVING WITH THE PASSION: March 9-11; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Sarah Otto will direct this Lenten retreat for young adults. As Lent prepares us to walk with Jesus through his Passion, it also invites us to live into our own passion. Ignatian spirituality is rooted in discerning the desires and passion of our hearts. Otto has her bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Santa Clara University and her master of divinity from Boston College. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

SPANISH RETREAT: March 23-25; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta If you desire a beautiful place to pray in silence, to have an intimate encounter with God, to experience a true reconciliation, this retreat in Spanish may be for you. Financial assistance is available. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

HOLY WEEK/TRIDUUM RETREATS: March 25–April 1; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Come for all of Holy Week or spend the days of Triduum. Walk with Jesus as he enters Jerusalem for the last time. Stay with Jesus as he travels this final journey. Rejoice with Jesus as he stands now before the world, the promise of peace. And in this retreat, remember your own baptism and commitment to continue Christ’s saving work. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

ALLIANCE OF THE TWO HEARTS LENTEN RETREAT: March 16-18; Holiday Inn, 909 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. The alliance’s spiritual director, Father Bing Arellano, will lead the retreat. Friends of the Two Hearts are invited to take part Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s events are for Third Orders of the Two Hearts. Contact: for details.

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