By NICHOLE GOLDEN, Staff Writer | Published September 18, 2014
KENNESAW—Sunday Masses are being celebrated at the new Acworth mission as of Sept. 14.
North Cobb High School’s auditorium, 3400 Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw, is the location for Masses.
Mass times are 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. in English with a Spanish Mass at noon.
Father Mark Starr, administrator of the mission, said that more than 800 people attended the first three Masses altogether. The 10 a.m. Mass was the most well attended with 500. The auditorium can seat 578 people.
“I was very pleased. It was a wonderful kick-off,” said Father Starr.
Members of the Blessed John Paul II Assembly 3375 of the Knights of Columbus helped with the first weekend of Masses.
“We had a team that did a great job,” said Father Starr.
Choir members for the English Masses are especially needed. “We had a Spanish choir,” added Father Starr.
The process of looking at properties to build future facilities continues.
“Continue to pray that the Holy Spirit would guide our endeavors as we move along in this process,” wrote Father Starr in an update of Aug. 21.
He also encouraged members of the community to prayerfully consider a name for the eventual parish.
“I would like this to be a collaborative effort on the part of every member. We will present Archbishop (Wilton) Gregory with three choices, from which he will ultimately select,” wrote Father Starr. The name is likely to be announced within six weeks, said Father Starr. At that time, the mission will have its own website.
The three feeder parishes for the Acworth mission are St. Joseph Church in Marietta, St. Catherine of Siena Church in Kennesaw, and St. Michael the Archangel Church in Woodstock.
A parish school of religion for the Acworth mission is expected to be available during the 2015-16 school year.
Information about the new mission can be found online at the website of St. Catherine of Siena Church, http://stcatherinercc.org/.
Volunteers are needed to help set up for liturgy and take down afterward. Servers, lectors, extraordinary ministers and choir leaders who can handle a Mass each weekend are also needed. If interested in volunteering, email Father Starr at firstname.lastname@example.org.