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Jan. 10, 2019

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats

Spirituality

PROCLAIM MY WORD: Thursdays, Jan. 17-March 14; 9:15-11:30 a.m.; Holy Spirit Church, in St. Mary’s Chapel, 4465 Northside Drive, Atlanta. Join this study of Paul’s letter of love and guidance to the infant Colossian church and to Philemon, his brother in Christ, to discover how relevant its message is today. In the midst of a secular culture with no moral compass, the Colossians were being led away from the truth of the gospel by tainted and false teachings. In his letter, Paul detailed the full Christian message of who Christ is and what that means. As Paul said, “Let the peace of Christ control your heart,” and “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Homework optional. No cost; free will offering. Nursery available upon request. Contact: visit www.proclaimmyword.org, email to info@proclaimmyword.org or call 404-281-5741 to register.

MORNING OF REFLECTION FOR MLK DAY: Mon., Jan. 21; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Join this special morning of reflection honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We honor and remember a great American, a man with a heart for God. This is a way to honor his legacy and memory, his work and service to the least and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. His is a message our country and hearts long to hear again. Includes a light breakfast, the morning program and lunch. Guest director is Msgr. Ed Branch. Contact: www.ignatiushouse.org or 404-255-0503.

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 sjnlilburn.com. Contact: Judy Butterick jhbutter79@gmail.com.

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: www.standrewcatholic.org or email Russ O’Malley at russomalley@bellsouth.net.

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

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

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

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 LNonni@att.net or Jerry Greenwell at 770-487-2752 or wodang@comcast.net.

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 rkertz9@gmail.com 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 clementinachanda@yahoo.com.

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: holytrinityptc.org 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 ka.secr2005@gmail.com.

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: atlccr@aol.com 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 attwilliams14@gcc.edu for information.

THE LEGION OF MARY: Mondays, 5:30 p.m.; Our Lady of the Mountains Church, 1908 Waleska Highway 108, Jasper. The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic organization and a prayer support group. Works include visitations, providing prayer and taking Communion to residents of nursing homes, the sick and addressing other spiritual needs of the parish. Contact: Kevin Alpha at 770-893-4475 or kca@tds.net or Andrea Martinez at a.martinez0189@gmail.com.

LAY MARISTS OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION/BROOKHAVEN: The Society of Mary (the Marists) promotes and supports an association of laypersons worldwide. Marist Laity are people who discern a call to follow Jesus, as Mary did, according to the tradition and values of the Society of Mary founded in 1836. Marists are called to be a sort of presence of Mary in the Church and world today, and to do her work of gathering all people into unity in the Church, promoting reconciliation, reaching out especially to those in need and on the margins of society, or to those who have lost their way in the secular culture and the education of youth. The fulfillment of this mission depends on the cooperation of others who believe in what the Society of Mary stands for and wish to promote its way of living a Marian life in an active, apostolic context. Lay Marists meet at Our Lady Assumption, a parish led by Marist priests. Contact: Father Ed Keel at 304-559-7732 or listen to Father Keel’s talks at www.olachurch.org/education-and-faith-formation/father-ed-keels-talks.

LAY MARISTS DULUTH: The Society of Mary (the Marists) promotes and supports an association of laypersons worldwide. Founded in 1836, the Society of Mary’s mission is derived from the aims and efforts of the Marists, but depends on the cooperation of many others who believe in what the Society of Mary stands for and wish to promote its way of living a Marian life in an active, apostolic context. The title “Marist” derives from “Mary,” and lay Marists are humbled to bear her name. Marist laity are people who discern a call to follow Jesus, as Mary did, according to the tradition, history and spirit of the Society of Mary. Lay Marists meet regularly in Duluth, working through Notre Dame Academy, a Marist-sponsored school. Contact: Sharon Coletta at scoletta@ndacademy.org or www.ndacademy.org/spiritual-life/parents-and-spirituality for information.

HOLY CROSS CHAPTER LAY DOMINICANS: Fourth Sundays; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 25 Boulevard, NE, Atlanta. Are you interested in a lay vocation that follows the teachings of St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers through prayer, study, community and apostolic ministry? Do you seek the truth of our Catholic faith and the desire to proclaim it in the world through word and action? This is one of two lay chapters in metro Atlanta in the Province of St. Martin de Porres of the Order of Preachers. For details on the formation process, visit laydomsouth.org. Contact: Dr. Thomas W. McNamara, OP, at tomrose.mc5@gmail.com or 540-256-2483.

MADONNA OF THE ROSARY CHAPTER LAY DOMINICANS: Monthly Saturday meetings, begins with 9 a.m. Mass; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Are you interested in a lay vocation that follows the teachings of St. Dominic and the Order of Preachers through prayer, study, community and apostolic ministry? Do you seek the truth of our Catholic faith and the desire to proclaim it in the world through word and action? This is one of two lay chapters in metro Atlanta in the Province of St. Martin de Porres of the Order of Preachers. For details on the formation process, visit laydomsouth.org. Contact: Alec MacDougal, OP, at alecmacdougall.am@gmail.com or 770-486-0580.

LAY CARMELITES: The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (historically known as the Third Order of Carmel) is an association mainly of laypersons. Its members, responding to a special call of God, freely and deliberately commit themselves “to live in the following of Jesus Christ” according to the charism, traditions and spirit of Carmel under the authority of the prior general of the Carmelite order. To learn more about the Lay Carmelites, visit www.thelaycarmelites.org. 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 bginn7150@gmail.com

SECULAR DISCALCED CARMELITE ORDER: Meets at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Discalced Carmelite Seculars are practicing members of the Catholic Church who, under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and inspired by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, make the commitment to the Discalced Carmelite Order to seek the face of God for the sake of the church and the world. Contact: Formation Director Charles Jakubczak, OCDS, at ccj22@hotmail.com or text 678-570-8593 for information. Visit www.thereseocds.org.

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 arahcaroline21@gmail.com or 678-633-8898.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/BLAIRSVILLE: Second Saturdays, 12:45 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3717 Highway 515 E, Blairsville. The Franciscan Martyrs of Siroki Brijeg Fraternity meets the second Saturday of the month and welcomes all practicing Catholics who feel they may have a calling to the Franciscans to join the meetings. Contact: Pat Tomczyk at tomczyk@windstream.net 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 alesisfo@bellsouth.net.

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 kbrookeofs@gmail.com.

 

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Special Liturgies

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. MASS: Sat., Jan. 19; 1 p.m.; Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. This annual Mass remembers the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the principal celebrant. Homilist will be Father Rey Pineda. Contact: www.catholicshrineatlanta.org for directions.

MASS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE UNBORN: Tues., Jan. 22; 7 p.m.; St. Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. Please join parishioners at St. Andrew for a bilingual Mass for the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of the Unborn. Mass will begin at 7 p.m. Organized by Edge, Life Teen and the Pregnancy Aid Clinic. Rosary will precede Mass at 6:15 p.m. at the grotto, weather permitting. The rosary will move inside in event of inclement weather. Contact: Christen Barrett at cbarrett@standrewcatholic.org.

MASS FOR THE UNBORN/STAND FOR LIFE: Mon., Jan. 28; rosary at 9:30 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. The archdiocesan Respect Life Ministry invites all parishes, schools and ministries to Mass for the Unborn and Stand for Life, which will take place along both sides of Peachtree Road from 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Contact: email jmartineck@archatl.com or call 404-920-7362.

HEALING MASS: Wed., Feb. 6; 5:30 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Come pray with for the sick, the bereaved and those in need of peace and healing. Hospitality following Mass in the gathering space. Prayer teams are available to pray in Kenny Hall afterward. Contact: Linda Dyson at ldyson@ctking.com or 678-235-0505.

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: www.sjnlilburn.com.

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 hnojatl.org.

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

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

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Career Ministry

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

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 careerquest-sa@comcast.net.

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 bvolz_atl@yahoo.com 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 (www.saintbrigid.org) for directions. Contact: The Employment Network’s (TEN’s) website (www.ten-sb.wikidot.com) or Michael Iamele at michaeliamele@comcast.net or 404-406-3243.

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Social Events

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

ST. MATTHEW YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY: St. Matthew Church, 215 Kirkley Road, Tyrone. The parish is starting a young adult ministry for anyone in the area who is between the ages of 18-29. Contact: the parish office at 770-964-5804 or email yam@saintmatthew.us for information.

ALL SAINTS WIDOWED GROUP: First Sundays for brunch, third Wednesdays for dinner, monthly for plays or musicals; All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. The group is open to anyone who has lost their spouse and would enjoy the fellowship of others in a friendly social environment. Contact: widowed@allsaintsdunwoody.org 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 Stannwho2003@gmail.com.

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 stbrigidwidowed@gmail.com.

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 stcatherineswho@gmail.com or 770-833-8088.

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Programs

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

MLK SERVICE AND SIPS: Sun., Jan. 13; 2 p.m.; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 25 Boulevard NE, Atlanta. Young adults will enjoy brunch and assemble travel hygiene kits for those in ned. Donations welcome. Contact: Ashley Morris at amorris@archatl.com for details on the service opportunity.

ALPHA AT ST. ANN: Begins Sun., Jan. 13; 8:45-10:15 a.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta. Alpha is a series of discussion-based sessions exploring the Christian faith, starting with the most basic questions and applying Christianity to the modern life. Who is Jesus? Why did he die? How and why should I read the Bible? How does God guide us? What does the Holy Spirit do? Alpha explores these questions and more in an open, non-judgmental environment. If you’re looking to re-connect with your faith, or connect with Jesus for the first time, Alpha may be the answer. Contact: www.stannalpha.com.

RECOVERING FROM DIVORCE: Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 15; 7-8:30 p.m., St. Lawrence Church, 319 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville. St. Lawrence is offering the 13-week divorce support program “Recovering from Divorce for Catholics.” Some of the topics covered include: grieving, fear, anger, dealing with your former spouse, helping your kids cope, the power of your faith to heal and being single again. This program is for Catholics who are going through a separation or divorce and/or are struggling with life after divorce. A $20 fee covers the cost of the 13-week program and all materials. Contact: Kathy Fanning at kathy.fanning13@gmail.com or 770-313-2257 with questions.

MLK YOUTH DAY: Sun., Jan. 20; 3 p.m.; St. Peter Claver Regional School, 2560 Tilson Road, Decatur. Guests at the event are invite to bring canned goods or clothing for donation to St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. Contact: Ashley Morris at amorris@archatl.com.

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, 7-8:45 p.m.; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. GriefShare is a bereavement support group open to anyone in the community or parish, sponsored by the IHM Stepping Stones Ministry. The group members will discuss a different topic at every session. All are welcome to join as their schedule allows. Contact: MargaretAnn Harris at IHMgriefshare@gmail.com or 404-483-3559.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Tuesdays, Feb. 19-April 16; 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, in the Hartmayer Building, room 108. Do you seem to run out of money before bills are paid every month? Learn planning and budgeting essentials that when consistently applied will make you feel like you’ve received a pay raise. Go to www.fpu.com/1068751 for class registration. Class materials and first year membership can be purchased online when registering for $109.  Membership includes access to nine lessons with the class workbook, premium budgeting resources, and Dave Ramsey’s follow-up course, “The Legacy Journey.” Contact: Antoinette Irons at 770-471-8943 or antoinetteirons@gmail.com, or Steve Weitzel at 770- 474-8079 or scweitzel@charter.net.

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. Please visit our website at GATN-wwme.org 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: sministry@olachurch.org or the parish office at 404-261-7181, ext. 128.

LIFE AFTER LOSS: First, third and fifth Thursdays; 7-8 p.m.; lobby conference Room of St. Mary’s Hospital, 1230 Baxter St., Athens. The group is designed to help those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one work through their experience, express their feelings and find support among others facing a similar loss. People can attend as many sessions as they wish and no registration is required. A facilitator will help pose thoughtful questions and guide discussion of healthy and meaningful ways to cope with grief. Contact: call 706-389-3426 for information.

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, 7–9 p.m., or Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in room 102 of the faith formation building. Each session is self-contained, and participants can start at any time. GriefShare is a non-denominational Christ-centered grief recovery group for those who have experienced the death of someone dear to them. Whether the loss is recent or from years past, GriefShare can offer help. Each session includes a DVD program with leading recovery experts in addition to real-life stories of people who have lost a loved one. Contact: Tom McBrayer at 404-797-2488 to pre-register.

OPENING THE WORD TOASTMASTERS CLUB: Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta. Christ the King’s St. Dominic Opening the Word Toastmasters Club is a different kind of Bible study and Toastmasters Club. All are invited to join St. Dominic OTW, a Bible study using the Toastmasters organizational model and based on the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel. Invest in yourself spiritually, personally and professionally. Grow as a disciple of Christ, communicator and leader. Contact: Vice president of membership Heather Kerutis at otw@ctking.com or visit www.cathedralctk.com/OTW.

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 ifoo@st-ann.org.

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 ifoo@st-ann.org.

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: 5874011@toastmastersclubs.org 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: stleotoastmasters.org.

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 http://gacadp.org. 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

INTRO TO CENTERING PRAYER RETREAT: Jan. 18-20; Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, Cullman, Alabama. This retreat is for those new to centering prayer, a form of prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required. Registration will be from 6-7 p.m. Friday and the program will end after the noon meal on Sunday. Contact: the center at 256- 734-8302 or e-mail at retreats@shmon.org for details on cost or to register.

BE LOVED WOMEN’S RETREAT: Jan. 25-27; Chota Falls Estate, 1810 Rickman Airfield Road, Tiger. The Be Loved Women’s Weekend Retreat is an unforgettable event that will engage, connect and rejuvenate women of all ages through a personal experience of God’s love. Dynamic talks, small group discussions and time for prayer will make Christ relevant in your day-to-day life and personal circumstances. The retreat starts Friday at 4 p.m. and ends Sunday at 3 p.m. For information or to register, go to beloved2019.planningpod.com. Contact: Melissa Foley at mfoley01@att.net.

MINDFULNESS RETREAT: Jan. 25-27, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. The retreat covers the practice of mindfulness meditation and its application to stress reduction, self-reflection and the mobilization of inner resources to support health, healing, spiritual enrichment and growth. Taught by Spiritual Retreat Director Mark Dannenfelser, MA, LPC.  Beginners and experienced participants are welcome. Contact: ignatiushouse.org or 404-255-0503 to register.

TWO PATHS TO CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER: Jan. 31-Feb. 3; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. This three-night retreat, directed by Carl McColman, is an invitation to draw closer to God through silent, restful prayer, and contemplation. Retreatants will look at two great teachers of Christian spirituality—St. Ignatius of Loyola and Thomas Merton—exploring how they offer two different, but complementary, approaches to contemplation. Ignatius and Merton together invite us to find God in all things, to be still and know, and to discover the love of the Holy Spirit hidden in our hearts. Contact: ignatiushouse.org or 404-255-0503.

EMOTIONS—OUR CROSS AND CROWN: Feb. 4-7 (Midweek); Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Emotions seem to rule our daily lives. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored or frustrated. We choose certain behaviors based on the emotions they incite. Emotions can play an important role in how we think and behave. Visit www.trappist.net for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or retreat@trappist.net to make a reservation.

PATH RETREAT: Feb. 8-10. Has abortion affected your life?  Have you lost a child, grandchild, or sibling through abortion? Is there a deep sense of loss in your life because of abortion? Post Abortion Treatment and Healing (PATH) will be facilitating a Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend retreat. This retreat helps women and men who are struggling with the grief of abortion find peace and inner healing. Jesus is waiting with open arms for you to come to him for healing. Contact: Jody at 404-717-5557 or www.healingafterabortion.org

FINDING PEACE AMID DISTRESS: February 8-10 (Weekend); Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. The issues we face in our society and the world are becoming increasingly complex and anxiety provoking. The pressures and challenges in our personal lives can compound that anxiety, forcing us to confront our own vulnerability.  This retreat will provide tools for both opening ourselves to the peace that passes all understanding; a peace that only God can provide—and for shutting out the noise that blocks us from receiving that peace. Visit www.trappist.net for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or retreat@trappist.net to make a reservation

FORTUNATE AND FAITHFUL FAMILIES RETREAT: Sun., Feb. 24; 12-7 p.m.; Chancery of the Archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna. Fortunate and Faithful Families, a support group in the archdiocese for families with LGBT members, has rescheduled its annual retreat to this date. This year’s theme will be “A Gathering of Hearts” A priest-parent-child dialogue on building understanding, respect and compassion will be a part of the schedule, with time for small group sharing, dinner and fellowship. Contact: ffatl.org to register.

RETREATS AT THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Upcoming retreats include: “Anger, Resentment, and Forgiveness” Jan. 18-20 (Weekend) and “Prayer and the Image of God” Jan. 25-27 (Weekend) and “Life After Loss” Feb. 22-24 (Weekend). For information on these and other retreats visit www.trappist.net. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or retreat@trappist.net for a reservation.

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