Covenant House vigil a memorial to young lives lost

ATLANTA—Young people “lost to the streets” were remembered in a quiet ceremony of candlelight and bell ringing Thursday, Nov. 16, at Covenant House Georgia. Scores of supporters of Covenant House gathered in the courtyard of the Atlanta crisis shelter for homeless youth to mark the deaths of teens and young adults lured away in 2017. Twenty-eight names were said aloud in the cool night. There are young people who feel…Keep Reading

Toolbox program a useful, timely business crash course for priests

CONYERS—Between morning prayers and quiet time before the Eucharist, priests attended a business leaders boot camp, getting a crash course on budgeting, hiring and fundraising at the Toolbox for Pastoral Management program, held Nov. 13-17 at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Nearly 30 priests from the Archdiocese of Atlanta and other dioceses spent a week at the Conyers monastery without a theology book in sight. They focused instead on…Keep Reading

St. Monica to offer Fatima-themed Advent mission

DULUTH—St. Monica Church will have its Advent parish mission, marking the Fatima centennial, Nov. 27-29 at 7 p.m. each evening. An abridged version of the program will be offered each day at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1700 Buford Highway, Duluth. The presenter of the mission will be Father Wade Menezes, CPM, who will share Our Lady of Fatima’s timeless message for all of humanity. Father Menezes was…Keep Reading

#iGiveCatholic campaign rallies faith community to support nonprofits

ATLANTA—Donors in the Archdiocese of Atlanta are opening their wallets for the #iGiveCatholic fundraising campaign, which offers a new way to support local Catholic parishes, schools and organizations. Some $21,000 was raised for ministries during the first week of the early bird giving preceding the campaign’s official start. Atlanta contributions made up about 29 percent of the total $73,000 raised nationally in the early stages of the campaign. According to…Keep Reading

Roswell parishioners gather for prayer, seek unity with Lutheran neighbor

ROSWELL—Catholics and Lutherans prayed side by side in a series of recent gatherings five centuries after a German monk sparked the Protestant Reformation. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, at St. Andrew Church, Roswell, close to 150 members of the parish and members of Cross of Life Lutheran Church, Roswell, came together for prayer and song. Those gathered recognized the events that led to the split, with fervent hopes expressed for tighter…Keep Reading

Cathedral prayer service focuses on ecumenical conversation

ATLANTA—The Oct. 31 ecumenical prayer service at the Cathedral of Christ the King, “Common Prayer—From Conflict to Communion,” commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Cathedral and Lutheran communities provided the music. The ecumenical service, approved by The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation, is based on the document “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.” The Oct. 31…Keep Reading

Cedartown parish honors life of Blessed Stanley Rother

CEDARTOWN—St. Bernadette Church, in Cedartown, along with its Guatemalan community celebrated a special Mass Sept. 16 in advance of the beatification of Father Stanley Rother. Blessed Rother, the first American-born martyr and priest to be beatified, spent 13 years ministering to the people of Guatemala. He was murdered there in July 1981. Father Timothy Gallagher, pastor of St. Bernadette, invited the priest’s cousin, Joe Rother, to attend the September Mass….Keep Reading

AACCW members ‘gather in the Grace of Mary’

PEACHTREE CITY—In his homily at the 61st annual convention of the Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (AACCW), Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory acknowledged the “lots and lots of little things of charity” practiced by council members. “Your outreach to women expecting children and their newborns; even the little things that you do, you fashion them into great signs of his love and generosity for his people,” said Archbishop Gregory. “At…Keep Reading

Community Thanksgiving service offers time for collective prayer

ALPHARETTA—St. Thomas Aquinas Church hosted the ninth annual Alpharetta Community Thanksgiving Service the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 14. Five other houses of worship participated in the night of prayer, music and messages of unity. Members of Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, The Bahá’í Community of Alpharetta, the Islamic Center of North Fulton, and St. James United Methodist Church joined St. Thomas Aquinas parishioners for the service. Highlights included…Keep Reading

St. Jude the Apostle students witness baptism of coach’s daughter

SANDY SPRINGS—Participating in God’s sacraments is one of the beautiful blessings enjoyed as Catholics, and sharing those sacraments with family and friends is a tenet of the faith. The students of St. Jude the Apostle School in Sandy Springs were privileged to participate in the sacrament of baptism Oct. 27 when the school’s physical education teacher Chris Fason and his wife, Megan, chose to have their infant daughter, Andrea Grace…Keep Reading