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Aug. 2, 2018

Spirituality Special Liturgies Career Ministry Programs Social Retreats


HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING: Wed., Aug. 22; 9 a.m.–3 p.m.; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Song has long been part of sacred assemblies of every faith tradition, a practice that opens hearts to the divine and each other and stirs us to compassionate engagement. During this day of reflection, ponder your own practice of praying and how musical expression is a part of prayer. A light breakfast and lunch included. Contact: or 404-255-0503 to register.

WOMEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST: Sat., Aug. 25; 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; St. Michael the Archangel, 490 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock. “An Ordinary Life with Extraordinary Experiences” will feature Charmiel Teresi as speaker. A parishioner of St. Michael, Teresi will be sharing some of her experiences in 75 years of life, and how they have helped her understand that God is continually working both in and through us to help us be closer to him. Come join the group and bring a friend. To register, please mail $10 payment to the office at St. Michael the Archangel Church or drop in the offertory in envelope marked “Prayer Breakfast.” Walk-in attendees pay $15. Contact: Heidi Carignan at 770-516-0009.

LAY DOMINICAN INQUIRY: Sat., Aug. 25; 2-5 p.m.; Chancery of the Archdiocese, 2401 Lake Park Drive, SE, Smyrna, in salon B. Those interested in inquiring about the vocation of a lay Dominican are invited to attend the presentation. Learn about like-minded lay men and women, married or single, who freely choose a path to holiness following a rule in the spirit of St. Dominic while living in the world. Contact: or 678-372-6250.

RECONCILIATION PRAYER SERVICE: Sun., Sept. 9; 2 p.m.; Ignatius House Chapel, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Pax Christi St. Jude, a Catholic organization dedicated to the peace of Christ, hosts the reconciliation prayer service in honor of those who suffered loss because of the Sept. 11 attacks. The service is part of the week of Campaign NonViolence (CNV), co-sponsored by Pace e Bene. Contact: Maggie Winfrey at or 404-717-6815.

OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL NOVENA: Mondays, 7:15 p.m.; St. Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. St. Andrew Church hosts a weekly recitation of the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal novena throughout the year. All are welcome to come for this prayer time. Due to various holidays that occur on Mondays, visit the parish’s web page event section to be sure the novena is scheduled for that particular day. Contact: or email Russ O’Malley at

FORTUNATE AND FAITHFUL FAMILIES: Fortunate and Faithful Families, an archdiocesan-approved ministry for Catholic parents and families with LGBT members, strives to promote education, compassion, support and, most especially, love within our homes and in our church. FFF sponsors educational and support meetings, outreach activities for homeless LGBT youth, fellowship opportunities and a yearly retreat. Contact: visit, the Facebook page, or call 770-924-3920 to be added to the group’s email list.

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 volunteering.

COURAGE AND ENCOURAGE ATLANTA: Courage and EnCourage Atlanta ministers to people who experience same-sex attraction, their families and friends. The ministry is based on encouraging members to an active sacramental life, to a life of chastity, and to maturity in knowledge of the Catholic faith. Simply put, Courage-EnCourage members seek to know, serve and love Jesus Christ and each other while navigating the experiences of same-sex attraction. Meetings are held monthly under priestly direction. Contact: 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 MARISTS OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION/BROOKHAVEN: The Society of Mary (the Marists) promotes and supports an association of laypersons worldwide. Marist laity 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 working for the education of youth. The mission fulfillment depends on the cooperation of others who believe in what the Society of Mary stands for and wish to promote living a Marian life in an active, apostolic context. Lay Marists meet at Our Lady Assumption Church, a parish led by Marist priests. Contact: Father Ed Keel at 304-559-7732 or listen to Father Keel’s talks at

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

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

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

LAY CARMELITES: The Lay Carmelite Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary (historically known as the Third Order of Carmel) is an association mainly of laypersons. Its members, responding to a special call of God, freely and deliberately commit themselves “to live in the following of Jesus Christ” according to the charism, traditions and spirit of Carmel under the authority of the prior general of the Carmelite order. To learn more about the Lay Carmelites, visit Contact: Diane Murray at 770-517-9270.

ST. ANNA CHURCH, MONROE, LAY CARMELITES: Third Sunday of the month; 1:30 p.m.; St. Anna Church, 1401 Alcovy St., Monroe. Are you being called to be a Lay Carmelite? Come and see. Contact: Barbara Ginn at 404-538-0520 or

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

ST. THERESE, THE LITTLE FLOWER, CARMELITE COMMUNITY: Second Saturday; 8:30 a.m. Mass; St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, NW, Lawrenceville. Would you like to explore a deeper prayer life? Do you have a devotion to Mary? Would you like to study the church documents and learn more about St. Therese, the Little Flower, and other Carmelite saints? Contact: Karen Burton at 678-315-6648 for more information.

MARY QUEEN OF CARMEL COMMUNITY: Meets monthly; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Are you interested in deepening your prayer life? Do you have a devotion to Our Blessed Mother? Are you interested in information on Carmelite spirituality? Mary Queen of Carmel is a discalced Carmelite (Teresian) secular community that meets once a month at the monastery and is canonically recognized by Rome. Contact: Caroline at or 678-633-8898.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/BLAIRSVILLE: Second Saturdays, 12:45 p.m.; St. Francis of Assisi Church, 3717 Highway 515 E, Blairsville. The Franciscan Martyrs of Siroki Brijeg Fraternity meets the second Saturday of the month and welcomes all practicing Catholics who feel they may have a calling to the Franciscans to join the meetings. Contact: Pat Tomczyk at or call 706-994-0414.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/LITHIA SPRINGS: First Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.; St. John Vianney Church, 1920 Skyview Drive, Lithia Springs. Mass in Day Chapel followed by a meeting in the St. Anthony Room. The fraternity of St. John Vianney of the Secular Franciscan Order invites you to come and see if you have a calling to Franciscan spirituality. This group is a bilingual fraternity (English/Spanish). Contact: Leslie Riney at 404-218-0447 or Betty Rivera 404-805-8391.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/JONESBORO: Second Saturday of the month; following 8:30 a.m. Mass; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro. Are you drawn to the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi? Attend a meeting of the Immaculate Conception Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. Contact: Helene Ward at 770-924-5474.

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/CONYERS: Third Sunday of the month; 1 p.m.; St. Pius X Church, 2621 Highway 20, SE, Conyers, parish hall, room 13-15. The Spirit of Francis and Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order invites all Catholics, married or single, who would like to learn more about the vocation of being a secular Franciscan. Secular Franciscans are an order of the church and seek to live the Gospel life, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi. Contact: Charlotte at 770-787-9524 or

SECULAR FRANCISCANS/JOHNS CREEK: Second Sunday of the month; 2-4:30 p.m.; St. Benedict Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, in the religious education building. The Fraternity of the Stigmata of St. Francis, a fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, invites you to come and see them if you are curious about whether you have a calling to Franciscan spirituality. Contact: Ken Brooke at 404-542-2298 or

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Special Liturgies

FIRST FRIDAY/FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., Aug. 3; 8 p.m.-1 a.m. unless otherwise noted; five Catholic churches: All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, SW, Lilburn; Christ Our Hope Church, 1786 Wellborn Road, Lithonia, vigil Mass at 7 p.m.; Mother of God Byzantine Ukrainian Rite Church, 2880 Highway 138, NE, Conyers, call church for times; and in Polish at St. Marguerite d’Youville Church, 85 Gloster Road, Lawrenceville. Unless otherwise noted, the times for the vigils are 8 p.m. rosary and confession, 9 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 10 p.m. holy hours of adoration and 12:15 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For Mother of God Church schedule, call 770-761-8980. Contact: 678-910-5228 or

SPANISH FIRST FRIDAY/FIRST SATURDAY COMMUNION OF REPARATION VIGIL: Fri., Aug. 3; 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Mision Catolica Nuestra Senora de las Americas (Our Lady of the Americas Mission), 4603 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. Vigil in Spanish includes 6 p.m. rosary and confessions, 7 p.m. Friday Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, anointing of the sick, holy hours, Benediction and 12:15 a.m. Saturday Mass in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Contact: 678-910-5228.

ASSOCIATION OF THE GUARD OF HONOR OF THE SACRED HEART: Sun., Aug. 5; 3-5:30 p.m.; Monastery of the Visitation, 2055 Ridgedale Drive, Snellville. Join the sisters for eucharistic Holy Hour and Benediction, the rosary, evening prayer and Litany to the Sacred Heart. Meeting begins in the monastery parlor. Holy Hour starts at 4:15 p.m. Contact: the sisters at 770-972-1060 or Deacon Mike Mobley at 404-408-5179.

ST. PHILOMENA MASS: Tues., Aug. 7; 7 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel, 11330 Woodstock Rd., Roswell. Father Henry Atem will celebrate Mass in honor of the feast day of St. Philomena. Children may bring flowers to place on the altar for St. Philomena. There will be a reception following Mass. Contact: Jo Ann Jones at 770-521-2887 or

FATHER BUVENS MEMORIAL MASS: Fri., Aug. 17; 12:15 p.m.; St. Ignatius Chapel, Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Dr., Atlanta. Father Edward P. Buvens, SJ, served as superior of the Jesuit community and retreat and spiritual director at Ignatius House from 2009-2013. He was dearly loved for his directing of retreats and guiding many through spiritual direction. He died in March, having been a Jesuit for 60 years and a priest for 48 years. Father Peter E. Fink, SJ, will celebrate the liturgy. A lunch will follow. Contact: Sue Chase, or 404-255-0503 to RSVP.

HEALING MASS: Thurs., Aug. 16; 7 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4906 Roswell Road, Marietta. Prayer teams will be available after Mass. Contact: Jo Mirabal at for information.

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

ST. PETER CHANEL JOB SEEKERS MINISTRY: Sundays, Aug. 5 and 19; 6:45 p.m.; St. Peter Chanel Church, 11330 Woodstock Road, Roswell, in classroom 14. 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 6:15 p.m. The meetings follow. Contact: call 678-832-1281, mailbox 7023, or

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

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS JOB NETWORKING MINISTRY: Two Tuesdays a month; 7-8:30 p.m.; St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta, in room 202. All are welcome, from recent college grads to unemployed. The meeting is free. Dress is casual. Bring a copy of your resume. Questions are answered and you can learn the proven strategies of success that have worked for many previous candidates. Email chairman Bob Volz if you plan to attend. Contact: Bob Volz at to RSVP or 770-475-1653 for information.

GOOD SHEPHERD JOB SEEKERS: First and third Tuesdays of the month; 7 p.m.; Good Shepherd Church, 3740 Holtzclaw Road, Cumming. Anyone seeking employment or looking to expand his or her professional network is invited to join. Skill training for networking, resume development and effective interviewing techniques are offered in a group setting and one-on-one basis. Contact: Steve Jenn at 404-915-5396 or Jack Oliaro at 770-297-9753

THE EMPLOYMENT NETWORK (TEN): Tuesdays; 7-9 p.m.; St. Brigid Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, room 135. Ministry offers guidance, coaching and networking in small group settings to help you in your job search to get results quickly. Meetings are free and open to all faiths. Suggested dress is business casual. TEN focuses on helping job seekers with the tools for a productive search. Topics include: resumes, interview skills, networking, elevator pitch, job search skills, hiring strategies and trends, recruiters, resources and tools. Visit the St. Brigid website ( for directions. Contact: The Employment Network’s (TEN’s) website ( or Michael Iamele at or 404-406-3243

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Social Events

ST. BRENDAN GALA AND CASINO NIGHT: Fri., Aug. 17; 7-11 p.m.; The Metropolitan Club, 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. St. Brendan the Navigator Church’s third annual gala and casino night includes live and silent actions, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $75, which includes dinner, two drink tokens and casino chips. Contact: Marlene Hendricks, parish life coordinator, at 770-205-7969, ext. #41.

ST. MONICA ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: Sat., Aug. 25; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; St. Monica Church, 1700 Buford Hwy., Duluth, in St. Augustine Hall. The fourth annual show features hourly free raffle drawings. Contact: Suzanne Hinton at 404-725-1185 or

ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL REUNION: Wed., Sept. 26; St. Joseph School, 81 Lacy St., Marietta. The school will hold a 60th reunion for the classes of 1958-1961 and also invites the partial-year class of 1957 as well. If you were part of the inaugural classes, come reconnect and reminisce. Contact: Terry Wilkinson Pawlik at to RSVP.

SCOTT’S RUN: Sat., Sept. 29; check-in 7 a.m. races follow; Historic Fourth Ward Park near Ponce City Market and the Atlanta Beltline. Includes timed and untimed races, a fun run and 5K. Scott’s Run was organized in honor of Scott Starratt, a Marietta native and officer of the INS (now called Immigration and Customs Enforcement). He stood out among his peers for his compassion for foreign children who ended up in detention. Scott died in an automobile accident in 2001, and his colleagues established this annual event with Catholic Charities Atlanta to support individuals and families in need. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities Atlanta’s Immigration Legal Services Program. Contact: Melissa Rubsam at or 404-920-7775.

EVENING FOR LIFE: Sun., Sept. 30; 6 p.m.; Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., NW, Atlanta; parking at 357 Luckie St., NW, Atlanta. The Pregnancy Aid Clinic’s fundraiser, “An Evening for Life,” begins with cocktails. Dinner at 7 p.m. Cal Thomas will be the featured speaker. Thomas is an author, columnist and champion for pro-life initiatives. Bishop Bernard E. Shlesinger III will attend. Artist Kerry Jackson will create a painting at the event to be auctioned. The evening will feature a silent auction, client stories and an update. Visit for registration. The clinic is the only pregnancy resource center in the Archdiocese of Atlanta offering a Catholic perspective to women and families experiencing unplanned pregnancies. The clinic offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STI testing, education and support that promote the sanctity of life as recognized in church teachings. Contact: Betsy Gordon at or 678-306-6360.

ANNUAL GILGAL BLUE JEAN GALA: Thurs., Oct. 18; 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Cobb Energy Center. The benefit will be a night for supporters of Gilgal to celebrate the success of women who have transformed from homelessness and addiction to employment and stability. Put on your blue jeans and plan for a fun and inspirational evening. The event will include dinner, live entertainment, testimonies from clients and a silent auction. Since 2005, Gilgal has served more than 500 homeless women journeying from substance abuse to transformations. Gilgal operates two residential recovery homes, and a treatment center. Several Catholic parish communities support the program by volunteering. Tickets start at $125. Contact: to register.

ALL SAINTS WIDOWED GROUP: First Sundays for brunch, third Wednesdays for dinner, monthly for plays or musicals; All Saints Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. The group is open to anyone who has lost their spouse and would enjoy the fellowship of others in a friendly social environment. Contact: or call 770-393-3255, ext. 10.

ST. ANN WIDOWED HELPING OTHERS: Third Wednesday each month; 6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Nolan Hall. WHO is a group for newly widowed men and women. It goes beyond the initial grief to help the widowed learn to adjust as a single person and make new friends through socials, outside activities and the monthly dinner meeting. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6019 or

ST. BRIGID WIDOW AND WIDOWER SUPPORT/SOCIAL GROUP: First and third 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.

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GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 15; 7–9 p.m., or Fridays, beginning Aug. 17; 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City, in room 102 of the faith formation building. The program runs for 14 weeks. 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.

GAMBIAN CHRISTIANS ORGANIZATION CELEBRATION: Aug. 17-19. Events include a Friday Cultural Night in Atlanta at 9 p.m. with performances from various groups; a Saturday Mass celebrated by Father Anthony Gabisi at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Atlanta at 7 p.m. and a family picnic on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Lilburn. All are invited to join the Gambian community for the events celebrating the group’s 25th anniversary. Contact: visit for location details or Goree Oliver at 770-639-5920.

WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: Aug 10-12 and Sept. 28-30. Do something special for your marriage. Enjoy an exciting, rewarding and life‑giving experience. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend teaches a unique method of communication and is for couples who want to enrich their relationship. Contact: for an online application or call 678-242-WWME for information.

ATLANTA CATECHIST CONFERENCE: Sat., Aug. 18; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center, 2450 Galleria Parkway, SE, Atlanta. The conference, “Witnesses of Jesus Christ,” features speakers Stephen Binz, Father Pedro Poloche and Father Tan Pham. There will be sessions for RCIA teams, leaders and volunteers, as well as for parish catechetical leaders and youth ministers. Contact: visit for registration details and a schedule.

PARISH TWINNING CONFERENCE: Aug. 24-26; Diocese of Nashville Catholic Pastoral Center and The Inn at Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. The Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (PTPA) will host its 2018 National Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration. Individuals from parishes across the country are encouraged to participate. The theme of the conference is “One Are We: The Blessings of Twinning.” Participants will have the opportunity to share information and learn best practices for building spiritually enriching twinning relationships with impoverished parishes in Haiti and Latin America. Haitian-American Bishop Guy Sansaricq, retired auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn, New York, of the USCCB Haiti Advisory Group and director-emeritus of the National Center of the Haitian Apostolate, will be a keynote speaker. Call PTPA at 615-298-3002 for details. Contact: visit to register.

FORTUNATE AND FAITHFUL FAMILIES DISCUSSION: Sun., Aug. 26; after 11 a.m. Mass; Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta. Fortunate and Faithful Families, an archdiocesan-approved ministry for Catholic families with LGBT children, will host a time of discussion and prayer in the parish hall following the 11 a.m. Mass. The group will meet to celebrate its families and address the issue of insensitive language and bullying that can erode the foundation of love in homes, schools and churches. Conal Charles, PFLAG gulf regional director, as well as a Catholic high school counselor will facilitate. All supportive parents, family and LGBT persons are welcome. Contact:, the FFF Facebook page or call 770-924-3920.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION: Begins in September; St.Thomas More Church, 636 West Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. Couples preparing for marriage are invited to join this new program. Couples will meet one evening per week for four weeks. This program includes presentations from witness couples and tools and practices to help marriages. Contact: Andy Otto at to register or for more information.

INTRO TO SACRED THEOLOGY: Aug. 28-Dec. 13; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.; Holy Spirit College, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta, in Malta Hall. The college is offering “Introduction to Sacred Theology–The Queen of the Sciences.” Students may “mix and match” classes as schedules allow. This class will cover several topics including divine revelation, sacred Scripture and tradition, the unity and Trinity of God, theology of creation, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints, Christian eschatology, liturgy and sacraments and more. This course is three credit hours with an audit cost offered. For information, visit Contact: Kim Schulman, registrar, at

WOMEN’S CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY: Wednesdays, Aug. 29-April 24; 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, Lilburn. Registration is ongoing for Women’s Catholic Bible study, a multi-parish study. In its 19th year, WCBS will study “Doors of Mercy,” which walks participants through the various covenants God made with humanity. Registration forms can be found on the St. John Neumann website: Contact: Judy Butterick for more information at

GRIEFSHARE: Wednesdays, 7-8:45 p.m.; starting Sept. 12; Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta. GriefShare is a bereavement support group open to anyone in the community or parish, sponsored by the IHM Stepping Stones Ministry. The group members will discuss a different topic at every session. All are welcome to join as their schedule allows. Contact: MargaretAnn Harris at or 404-483-3559.

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY: Tuesdays, Sept. 18-Nov. 13; 7-9 p.m.; St. Philip Benizi Church, 591 Flint River Road, Jonesboro, in the Hartmayer Building, room 108. Do you run out of money before all your bills are paid every month? Learn the planning and budgeting essentials that when consistently applied will make you feel like you’ve received a raise. Go to for registration. Class materials can be purchased online when registering. Kit includes the class workbook, the “Complete Guide to Money,” budgeting resources and more. Contact: Antoinette Irons at 770-471-8943 or, or Steve Weitzel at 770-474-8079 or

EXPLORING THE RICHNESS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: Sept. 21-23; Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 3431 Trickum Road, NE, Marietta. The School of Christian Spiritual Formation at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church invites the faithful and seekers to the 2018 conference series, “Exploring the Richness of the Christian Faith.” Examine Christianity’s role in our lives, from the early Church to present day. In addition, there will be opportunities to study the mystical aspects of Christianity and discover the presence of God in our lives. The cost is $35 for the full weekend, but other options are available. Continental breakfast and lunch served Saturday. Contact: Anne Willcocks at or 770-924-8080.

DISABILITIES MINISTRY MAKE ‘N TAKE SESSION: Sat., Sept. 29; 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m.; St. John Neumann Church, 801 Tom Smith Road, SW, Lilburn. Parish school of religion teachers and volunteers are invited the first Disabilities Ministry Make’n Take. Jessie Moreau, M.Ed., a catechist with more than 20 years of experience, will lead the session and provide examples and strategies for sharing the faith with children with special needs, including sacramental preparation. Make’n Take materials will include an interactive rosary, Stations of the Cross, Advent/Lenten calendars and an adapted creation story. Lunch provided. This event qualifies for catechist formation credit. Registration required. Visit Contact: Maggie Rousseau at

TRAUMA RECOVERY GROUP FOR ADULTS: Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 p.m.; beginning Oct. 3; Holy Spirit Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW, Atlanta. The Archdiocese of Atlanta Victim Assistance Program is offering a co-ed trauma recovery group for survivors of trauma. The group will be led by Sue Stubbs, MS, NCC, and Gerry Crete, PhD. Registration deadline is Sept. 19. Preview the program at Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or for an application.

MARIAN EUCHARISTIC CONFERENCE: Nov. 10-11; Hilton Hotel, Greenville, South Carolina. Featured speakers for the sixth annual conference include Bishop Robert Guglielmone, Father Bill Casey, Father Frank Pavone, Jeff Cavins, Doug Barry and others. General admission is $80; $40 for youth. A buffet lunch is included both days. Register by Oct. 27 by mail. Registration after Oct. 27 is $90. Contact: call 864-354-7160 or go to

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

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

DIVORCED AND SEPARATED GROUP: First and third Tuesdays; 7:30 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in Mary’s Chapel. The group supports those in the parish and surrounding community who have gone through a divorce or separation. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6018 or

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: Wednesdays; 5-6 p.m.; St. Ann Church, 4905 Roswell Road, Marietta, in the St. Thomas Room. The group supports those experiencing grief due to the death of a loved one and is facilitated by staff and volunteers. Contact: 770-552-6400, ext. 6018 or

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN: Second Tuesdays of each month; 7:30 p.m.; Transfiguration Church, 1815 Blackwell Road, Marietta, room 103. Come to listen and learn. Contact: George Iacovacci at 404-903-8861 or Katrina Iacovacci at 678-938-3820 for information or 770-406-6302.

ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA TOASTMASTERS: Mondays; 7 p.m.; Holy Trinity Church, 101 Walt Banks Road, Peachtree City. Meeting begins promptly at 7:15 p.m. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the St. Ignatius of Loyola Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, people learn to tell their faith stories. They listen and answer. They find their path to faith-filled leadership. Contact: to confirm schedule.

ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE TOASTMASTERS CLUB: Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, in Kenny Hall. Are you interested in learning how to clearly communicate your Catholic faith? Do you need a supportive environment in which to cultivate your public speaking skills? This Toastmasters Club is open to all who are interested in developing effective public speaking, communication and leadership skills for ministry or professional development. Contact: Linda Dyson at 678-235-0505.

ST. LEO THE GREAT TOASTMASTERS: First, second and third Thursdays; 7:30-9 p.m.; St Andrew Church, 675 Riverside Road, Roswell. St. Leo the Great Toastmasters is a Toastmasters International club with an emphasis on helping Catholics in the archdiocese develop stronger communication and leadership skills. Contact:

PATH BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED: Post Abortion Treatment and Healing, PATH, is a Catholic-based ministry which provides a safe place for all individuals suffering from post-abortion trauma to find hope and healing through Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats and Bible studies. PATH strives to eliminate demand for abortion through education and outreach programs to the community. The ministry has an office in Forest Park, along with the office in Roswell. There is a need for energetic members on the board of directors. The board meets four times a year and helps guide the ministry in its priorities, activities and responsibilities. Contact: Jody Duffy at 404-247-9046 if you might be a good fit to help PATH as a board member.

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.

CATHOLIC CHARITIES MENTORS: Catholic Charities Atlanta has an after school program that provides additional academic and social support to 35 second- and third-grade refugee students at Indian Creek Elementary School in Clarkston. Fifteen volunteers are needed to serve as academic mentors for these students. In addition, three education major interns are needed to assist. The program runs every Monday through Thursday during the school year from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Contact: Christie at 404-920-7785 or

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DESIRES OF THE HEART—THE LANGUAGE OF DISCERNMENT: Aug. 10-12; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Often we struggle to hear the voice of God, yet St. Ignatius says we can find it within our very hearts. This retreat will help one ask practical questions that lead to the best decisions. Explore Ignatius’ “Discernment of Spirits,” real insights into the various movements of our hearts and try to understand the language of discernment. This is a silent retreat. Retreatants are expected to maintain a sacred silence throughout the retreat including at meals, unless otherwise noted. Director is Andy Otto. Register at or call 404-255-0503.

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” Aug. 10-12 (Weekend), “The Seven Desires of Every Heart” Aug. 24-26 (Weekend) and “Cistercian Spirituality” Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (Weekend). For information on these and other upcoming retreats visit Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

NEW EVANGELIZATION RETREAT: Sat., Aug. 11; 5 p.m.; St. Joseph Maronite Church, 6025 Glenridge Drive, Sandy Springs. Father Mitch Pacwa of EWTN will offer the retreat on the New Evangelization, presented by the Order of St. Sharbel of St. Joseph. The retreat begins with the Maronite Divine Liturgy, which fulfills the Sunday obligation. The Maronite Church is an Eastern rite church in full communion with the Holy See in Rome. A Middle Eastern meal will be served. Cost is $25 per person. Attendance is limited; register early. To register go to and click on “Retreats” to print out registration form and mail. Contact: email June Isaf at or Charlene Hiffa at

MOVING FROM LOSS RETREAT: Aug. 13-16; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. “Good Grief—Moving from Loss to New Beginnings” is a midweek retreat. Grief can help us move from the pain of loss into new hope and trust. We can pretend there is no pain in the loss, letting it rob our energy, hope and love, or we can wake up to its pain in new and fresh horizons. God is waiting to be gracious to each of us. Visit for information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or for a reservation.

PRAYING WITH THE SCRIPTURES: Sept. 3-6; Monastery of the Holy Spirit, 2625 Highway 212, SW, Conyers. Divine reading is a form of prayer where one ponders Scriptures as a means of seeking communion with God. This retreat will discuss the steps of divine reading and how we can practice this form of prayer in our everyday lives as a tool to deepen a relationship with Christ. Visit for retreat information. Contact: the retreat house at 770-760-0959 or to make a reservation.

WAY FOR MEN RETREAT: Sept. 14-16; Carmel Retreat Center, Hoschton. The Way for Men is a three-day retreat for adult male survivors of abuse offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Victim Assistance Program. Registration deadline is Thurs., Sept. 6. Contact: Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7554 or for more information.

FINDING GOD NOW: Sept. 20-23; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Celebrate Ignatian spirituality and explore how one can glean from contemporary writers and mystics like Thomas Merton, Father Thomas Keating and Father Richard Rohr. This is a silent retreat. Retreatants are expected to maintain silence throughout the retreat unless otherwise noted. Director is Marian Monahan. Contact: or call the center at 404-255-0503.

FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD: Sept. 28-30; Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center 6700 Riverside Drive, NW, Atlanta. Father Peter Fink, SJ, leads this two-night retreat, based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. God’s great desire is to be in friendship with us. Friends interact with each other on a personal level, and God looks at each of us on a personal level. This is a silent retreat. Retreatants are expected to maintain silence throughout the retreat, unless otherwise noted. Contact: or 404-255-0503.

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EL MATRIMONIO EN LA IGLESIA CATÓLICA: Domingo 26 de Agosto; 10 a.m. a 5 p.m.; Salón Parroquial de la Basílica del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. Una donación de $10 por pareja. Incluye desayuno y almuerzo. Se proveerá cuidado para niños. Para mayor información comuníquese con Delta al 404-974-2231 en la oficinia de formación.

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