Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


By ANDREW NELSON, Staff Writer | Published November 24, 2011

The junior class football players at Blessed Trinity High School, Roswell, came up with a unique strategy to contribute to a food drive.

The head football coach, Tim McFarlin, challenged each grade level of players to bring in canned food throughout the week, which was donated to the food pantry at North Fulton Community Charities. Overall, the team collected 1,600 canned food items earlier this fall.

Parent Skip McManes, who helped coordinate the drive, called the junior class strategy “genius.”

“The junior class pooled their money and went to a grocery store and bought a pickup truck full of food!” said McManes. “It was genius, and they won the competition. I suspect there will be more creative ways next time we do this, as the other classes are already scheming.”

Each day, more than 100 families come into the food pantry at North Fulton Community Charities for assistance, so the need is ongoing and constant.

“These are people who live right here in our own backyard of north Fulton, and North Fulton Community Charities is seeing the numbers of people in need increasing every year,” said McManes.

Congratulations to actors at Holy Spirit Preparatory School for taking home honors at a theater competition. For six years running, actors at the Atlanta school have earned the top prize at the GISA 1AAA Region One-Act Play competition, this year held at Oxford College of Emory University on Oct. 26.

The play performed was “The Dumb Waiter.” The show featured actors John Patrick Kiernan-Lewis and Noah Duffy, who depict two assassins awaiting the next assignment. Both actors earned “Best Performance” awards for their roles

Helene Mengert received the “Best Director” award and has been the theater director at the school for the last six years.

An exhibition from the Missionaries of Charity depicting the life of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata will be at Sophia Academy on Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. This display is free and open to the public.

The exhibition chronicles Blessed Teresa’s life from childhood to beatification by the Catholic Church. The exhibit begins with a biographical tour through Mother Teresa’s life and the history of the Missionaries of Charity (MC), the religious order she founded.

It consists of more than 70 panels, supported substantially by photos and copies of documents from the official MC archives. At a time when meaning and achievement in life is too often defined by what one has, Mother Teresa rose to the heights of global recognition and respect by giving everything away.

The exhibition also recounts her beatification and highlights her spirituality and the message she offered to the world through the presentation of citations from her writings.

The diminutive nun was a giant among international humanitarians. Her life’s mission and that of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order she founded, is to provide “wholehearted, free service to the poorest of the poor.”

Sophia Academy is a PreK-9 private Christian school in DeKalb County that provides personalized education tailored to meet student needs in a faith-based environment. It is located at 2880 Dresden Drive, Atlanta.  For information on the exhibit call (404) 303-8722, ext. 103.