Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


By ANDREW NELSON, Staff Writer | Published September 13, 2012

Nancy Emhart is one of those people that do so much work so well.

Not only is Emhart the volunteer choir director of Sacred Heart Church, in Hartwell, she assists with the liturgy committee and served on the parish council, among other things.

For her latest project, she is helping the local Habitat for Humanity chapter raise money and is leading the effort to prepare and serve lunch for the people working on the local home-building project.

She puts in many hours finding and preparing the music sheets for the choir and many people are not aware of all her behind-the-scenes hard work and dedication, says Linda Doker, who sings in the choir.

In the spring, Emhart was featured in the local newspaper along with others for their efforts with the Habitat project.

Bishops from the Atlanta Province attended their annual meeting, a time of prayer and study.

The Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., hosted the three-day assembly. Seven bishops and approximately 130 priests of the Atlanta Province attended it.

The Atlanta Province encompasses five dioceses in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and is headed by Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

This year’s presenter was Father Robert Barron, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who has become a leader in the New Evangelization.

Archbishop Gregory celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh for those attending the province meeting. Concelebrants were Charlotte (N.C.) Bishop Peter J. Jugis, Raleigh Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, Charleston (S.C.) Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone, Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, Savannah’s retired Bishop J. Kevin Boland, and Atlanta Auxiliary Bishop Luis R. Zarama.

Teachers and staff at Holy Spirit Preparatory Preschool welcomed this year’s students as they piled out from cars in the carpool lane. The first day of school was Aug. 27.

Thousands of dollars in donations and more than 1,600 volunteer hours were logged over the summer at St. Mary’s School, Rome, where faculty, parents, parishioners and students painted classrooms, installed window and wall treatments, refinished existing classroom equipment, brought in new donated furniture, and spruced up the landscaping. Changes include a new science lab and a foreign language lab.

It was part of the “SMS Extreme Makeover,” an extensive summer project undertaken by the St. Mary’s School community.

The school’s counselor, DeAnn Simon, Ph.D., applauded students for their dedication and commitment to the school. Simon recognized those who helped with the project as Student Leaders, a monthly award that commends students who set an example of the school’s motto—“Show Courage, Seek Wisdom & Share the Love of God”—in their everyday actions.

“Many students spent more than a week’s worth of their vacation painting classrooms, clearing out old furniture, reorganizing shelves, whatever we asked them to do. It is remarkable what our school family accomplished this summer,” she said.

The Cathedral of Christ the King Women’s Club recently held its inaugural event with guest speaker Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

More than 200 women gathered for dinner and fellowship. The Women’s Club is a result of the shared vision of parishioners Joselyn Baker and Joanne Wakim as an opportunity for women of all ages to get together with one another to develop friendships, have fun, expand professional networks, and discover ways to grow spiritually. The next meeting will be held in October.

Father Victor Galier earned his second Ironman medal.

The pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Atlanta, completed the Louisville (Ky.) Ironman on Aug. 26. He swam for 2.4 miles, biked for 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles in 16 hours, 46 minutes and 23 seconds.

Marist science instructor Carol Rivera will soon be enjoying a microscope from Leica Microsystems.

Rivera earned the scientific tool for receiving the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Georgia from the National Association of Biology Teachers in conjunction with Pearson and Leica Microsystems. The award, which has been given annually since 1961, honors a teacher who has made valuable contributions to the profession and to his or her students.

Rivera has more than 16 years of teaching experience and arrived at Marist in 2010, after teaching in Prattville, Ala., and Yokota, Japan. Rivera currently teaches biology; she has previously taught anatomy and physiology, genetics, and entomology.

Rivera is the third Marist teacher to win the OBTA, thus making it the school in Georgia with the highest number of recipients to achieve this honor.

Award recipients are recognized at an event during the NABT national conference, and each receives a special award provided by Pearson, a one-year membership to NABT, and the microscope.

In July, area parishes participated in a tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, through the Our Lady of Guadalupe Silver Rose Run—One Life, One Rose program.

The silver rose program began in 1960 as a project of the Columbian Squires of North America to honor the Blessed Virgin.

The 2012 run was enlarged to more than double the number of jurisdictions participating. Starting in May, the silver roses began traveling simultaneously through 31 jurisdictions before entering Mexico for the final leg of the pilgrimage to Monterrey.

The route through Georgia with special prayer services honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe took place at the following parishes: Good Samaritan, Ellijay; Our Lady of the Mountains, Jasper; St. Michael, Gainesville; Prince of Peace, Flowery Branch; St. Michael the Archangel, Woodstock; St. Thomas Aquinas, Alpharetta; St. Peter Chanel, Roswell; St. Andrew, Roswell; St. Thomas More, Decatur; St. George, Newnan; St. Gabriel, Fayetteville; St. James, McDonough; St. Mary Mother of God, Jackson; Our Divine Saviour Church, Tifton; St. Augustine Church, Thomasville; St. John the Evangelist Church, Valdosta; and St. Francis Xavier Church, Brunswick.