Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


By ANDREW NELSON, Staff Writer | Published September 15, 2011

A Mass to remember the death of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was held on Monday, Sept. 5.

David Caron, who worships at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Atlanta, said some 60 people crowded in the Gift of Grace House, in Atlanta’s Poncey-Highland neighborhood, to remember the beloved woman on the 14th anniversary of her death. The Gift of Grace House is a home for indigent women suffering from AIDS and is run by the Missionaries of Charity.

Caron, who plays the organ, joined with Maire Lang, a member of the Catholic Center at Emory University, to lead the music for the liturgy.

Father Roy Lee celebrated Mass for the enthusiastic crowd. He spoke about the Beatitudes in St. Matthew’s Gospel and how Mother Teresa saw it to be a blessing to minister to the poor.

Caron said Father Lee called Mother Teresa a “light to the world” and the Missionaries of Charity and their volunteers live on as examples of that light.

Those in attendance were the sick, the poor, the blind and the elderly—all of whom the sisters minister to daily, Caron said, along with volunteers, old, young, singles, and families with their children.

After the Mass everyone enjoyed a meal of barbecue pork sandwiches, barbecue chicken, potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw and, of course, a birthday cake. And all the food came from the Knights of Columbus, Caron said.

Students at Christ the King School remembered the 9/11 attacks with special ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 9.

The 8:10 a.m. school Mass included reflections on 9/11 and the virtues of patriotism, courage and faith. School-wide moments of prayer for the victims and their families occurred at the exact times that the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

Teachers and students had on yellow “We Remember” ribbons. Each student received a small American flag, while the playground flag was flown at half-staff and an American flag flew from the upper breezeway facing Peachtree Way.

Students, many born after the terrorist attack, learned about the day with age-appropriate videos and books. Middle-schoolers saw “Remembering September 11” and younger students saw “The Tin Forest” video. Youngsters in kindergarten, pre-first, and first grade read “Fireboat.”

At the dismissal, students had a moment of silence as taps played over the public address system.

Also to mark 9/11, members of the wrestling team at St. Pius X High School participated in the Dunwoody-Manhattan Twenty-Six Story Memorial Stair Climb on Saturday, Sept. 10, at The Manhattan Condominiums, Dunwoody. The stair climb is an effort to memorialize the 343 firefighters and 60 police officers from New York City that were killed in the terrorist attack 10 years ago.

The $25 registration fee supports the work of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

The team completed the stair climb together, not as a race to the top. Some of the participants included senior team captain Robbie Martin, senior Cole Waldron, junior Quinn Peragine, junior Harris Woodward. The following parents participated in the climb: Jennifer Mann, Shirleen Laubenthal, Marc Taylor, Meg Taylor, along with Coach David Sabino.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the students, staff and faculty of St. Mary’s School, Rome, held a special commemorative prayer service, said principal John Tarpley.

He said the service commemorated the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and also honored the local area first responders who serve Rome and Northwest Georgia every day. The service was attended by members of the Rome-Floyd County fire and police departments, as well as members of the Georgia State Patrol helicopter squad from Cedartown.

“We also wanted to honor the moms, dads and other relatives of our students who work in these professions,” said Tarpley.

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