Around the Archdiocese
See below for information on ministries, meetings, and events around the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
Saint Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King
The Ancient Order of Hibernians and The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta invite you to their Saint Patrick’s Day Mass on Friday, March 15, at noon at the Cathedral of Christ the King. Bishop Joel Konzen, S.M., will preside. All are welcomed.
Good Friday Stations of the Cross
The 43rd annual Good Friday Pilgrimage (Urban Way of the Cross), sponsored by the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Justice and Peace Ministries, will take place on Friday, March 29, 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. This walking prayer is a moving experience that includes scripture readings, reflections, prayer and music as we remember the passion of Christ and the social injustices in our world today.
We will gather to begin our journey at 8:45 a.m. at The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 48 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. There is a midway rest at the Loudermilk Center for use of the facilities and water bottle refills. We will conclude at approximately 12 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 25 Boulevard, NE. A bus will be available to return participants to our start point. Participants are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation as parking is limited. The two-mile route is considered wheelchair/stroller accessible.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer to be a reader or carry the cross. All are welcome!
Justice & Mercy Poetry Contest for Young Catholics
Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), a national organization dedicated to promoting restorative justice and ending the death penalty, is hosting their annual Justice & Mercy Poetry Contest for Young Catholics.
All young Catholics aged 18-30 are invited to write and submit an original poem about the injustice of capital punishment in the United States. First prize is $1,000, and the poem will be published on CMN’s website and social media.
Click here for some suggested themes to be explored in a poem as well as resources on the death penalty and church teaching.
Poems may be submitted now through Monday, March 25. Visit https://catholicsmobilizing.org/poetry-contest for more information and to enter.
For questions or more information, contact me at email@example.com or 404-920-7898.
Advocacy Action – Intellectual disability and the death penalty
In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that executing those with intellectual disabilities was a violation of the eighth and fourteenth amendments’ protection against cruel and unusual punishment. The court left it up to individual states to develop standards for determining intellectual disability. Sadly, Georgia stands alone among all the states in requiring the highest standard of proof – beyond a reasonable doubt.
House Bill 1014 was recently introduced to the Georgia House by Representative Bill Werkheiser. This important piece of legislation would (1) lower the standard of proof for intellectual disability and (2) remove the determination of intellectual disability from the guilt phase of a trial. These changes would bring Georgia in line with the standards that all other states have for intellectual disability and protect vulnerable Georgians from unconstitutional death sentences.
We ask you to join us in taking action to support this legislation! Visit www.gacadp.org/id for action items and sample language to use to contact your state House member.
For questions or more information, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-920-7898.
Give Up Your Cup for Lent with Catholic Charities!
Acts of almsgiving during Lent allow us to: Let go of our own desires and focus on the needs of the less fortunate and sacrifice our temporal comfort for the good of another person. This year we are asking you to “Give Up Your Cup” of coffee in order to change the lives of someone in need.
The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Through the three pillars of Lent, we journey to develop a closer relationship to God.
Catholic Charities Atlanta will be spotlighting our services and ways to volunteer on our social media pages. Just a few dollars a day can change the life of someone in your community. We urge you to follow along!
Please donate a car seat for the youngest clients of Catholic Charities Atlanta
We have been seeing a lot more babies born! In January, we welcomed three newborns and have a few others on their way, thus an increased need for car seats to transport babies to doctor’s appointments and other important appointments for the family.
If you would like to donate a car seat, you can go directly to our amazon account at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3M6929ALRJI4U/ref=hz_ls_biz_ex.
Supplies for Catholic Charities Programs Needed
Catholic Charites Atlanta is in dire need of supplies for the families in our programs.
Diapers sizes newborn to five
Snacks for after school program
You can drop off items at our Smyrna location weekdays 9 – 3 p.m.:
2401 Lake Park Dr. SE
Smyrna, GA 30080
Questions? Email email@example.com
Refugee Program Mentors Needed
Catholic Charites needs mentors for their Refugee Program. Mentors must be 21 years old and willing to complete a training. We are asking for mentors who live near Clarkston, Georgia. These children need guidance and friendship. It is a great way to give back to your community! If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pregnancy Aid Clinic Dads Program
Pregnancy Aid Clinic is excited to announce the beginning of our PAC Dads program. This program will offer support and learning opportunities to fathers-to-be. We are looking for volunteer men- fathers or grandfathers, who will share their time and talent mentoring the next generation of dads. We are also looking for fathers-to-be who have questions and who would like to learn more about fatherhood from someone who has walked this path. Some areas of concentration will be spirituality, child care and rearing, career/job skills and leadership. We would like for you to be a part of our developing curriculum that will help men lead and protect their families, become present and involved fathers along with strengthening their life skills. Please contact Andre White (email@example.com).
Synod Regional Listening Sessions
From: The Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., Archbishop of Atlanta
I am pleased to share that we have scheduled five Regional Listening Sessions during Lent for the Interim Stage of the Synod on Synodality. A bishop will be in attendance at each session. I ask priests to promote, attend one session and invite others to attend with you.
The dates of the 2024 Synod Regional Listening Sessions with an Atlanta bishop are:
Domingo, 25 de febrero, a las 5 p. m. (español)
San Miguel, Gainesville Inscríbase
Tuesday, February 27, at 7 p.m.
Saint Philip Benizi Register
Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. (Focus on college students & young adults)
Saint Thomas More Register
Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m.
We ask participants to spend 20 minutes in prayer preparing for their session, preferably in front of the Blessed Sacrament. During that private prayer, read Romans 12: 1-8 and answer the two main discussion questions:
Where have I seen or experienced successes—and distresses—within the Church’s structure(s)/organization/leadership/life that encourage or hinder the mission?
How can the structures and organization of the Church help all the baptized to respond to the call to proclaim the Gospel and to live as a community of love and mercy in Christ?
Synod Interim Stage (January 23 Memo)
The Tour of the Relics of St. Jude the Apostle comes to St. Catherine of Siena in Kennesaw
From September 2023 to May 2024, the arm of Saint Jude Thaddeus, venerated in Rome from ancient times, will be on pilgrimage in the United States, making stops in 100 cities. One of the Church’s most beloved saints, Saint Jude is the one to whom people turn when they are desperate and have tried everything else. When things seem lost or unbearable—when they seem hopeless—Saint Jude is the one to whom people often turn.
The relic will be displayed for veneration at St. Catherine of Siena in Kennesaw on Monday, March 4, from 2 -9:30 p.m. with a special Mass in honor of St. Jude at 7 p.m.
March Magnificat Meal
All women are invited to the MARCH MAGNIFICAT MEAL to enjoy prayer, breakfast, and fellowship, and to hear our speaker's testimony of the love of Christ in his life. Sat., March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church, 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta. Guest speaker will be Father Robbie Cotta, Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and Chaplain at St. Pius X High School. Reservations are $25 and are required in advance.
Register by March 6 at https://tinyurl.com/Magnificat0424 or send check by March 2 payable to Magnificat Joyful Visitation, to: Debbie DuPont, 315 Rose Court, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Debbie at 770-696-6216.
An Evening of Healing and Hope with Immaculee
Thursday, March 14 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Immaculee Ilibagiza, miraculous survivor of the Rwandan genocide and New York Times best-selling author of “Left to Tell,” is regarded today as one of world’s leading speakers on peace, faith, hope and forgiveness. She will be hosting a one night event and sharing her inspiring message at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4465 Northside Drive NW in Atlanta on Thursday, March 14. This is a free will offering event. No registration is required. It will run 6:30 – 9:00 PM. Mass will begin at 6:00 PM followed by two talks by Immaculee. Seating is limited so you are encouraged to come early! Made possible by Mary Our Mother Foundation (maryourmother.org).
Fortunate and Faithful Families Retreat
Our 2024 Fortunate and Faithful Families Retreat, “Walking in the Light of God’s Love,” will be held at the Archdiocesan Chancery, 2401 Lake Park Drive, Smyrna, Ga. 30080, on Sunday, March 3, from noon until 7pm. Priests and deacons will participate, and author and speaker, Carl McColman, will give a keynote address. There will be small group sharing, spiritual reflection, Mass, and dinner includedW. LGBTQ persons, their parents and families, clergy, allies, and anyone desiring a Catholic Church that is a welcoming home for all are invited to attend. Registration will close on February 26. For registration details, go to fortunatefaithfulfamilies.org.
Building Your Marriage Before it Starts
A one-day marriage prep workshop for couples who want to build a marriage that will have a foundation to last a lifetime.
We have four workshops planned for 2024: January 27, April 27, August 17, November 2
Cost: $150 per couple
Registration for the workshops may be done online at www.hsccatl.com/marriageandfamily.
We hope that these pre-Cana workshops can be valuable resources for priests and deacons in their work with couples and ask that you share this information with your clergy and parishioners.
See promotional flyer with additional information.
Blessed Trinity Retreat Center Retreats
Nestled in over 1,200 acres of rustic woodlands in Southeastern Alabama, Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat invites you to discover “Peace in the Pines”. They offer spaces for private individual retreats, group retreats, overnight and day options, retreats in hermitages, and over 12 miles of walking trails. BTSR welcomes people of all faiths to enjoy the beauty of Holy Trinity, Alabama.
To learn about upcoming programs go to www.msbt.org/btsr.
Questions? Contact us at 334-855-4474 or email@example.com
Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat is a mission of the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity
Ignatius House Retreat Center (Ongoing)
If you are yearning to unplug, be still and pause your daily routine —if just for a day or a weekend— then a silent, spiritual retreat at Ignatius House is for you. What will you hear from God when nothing else is in the way? Come for a day or stay overnight and rediscover who God made you to be.
Located at 6700 Riverside Dr NW Atlanta, GA 30328.
The Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Ongoing)
Our retreat house is scheduled to reopen in March at the end of our church renovations. By popular demand, we will continue to offer our Zoom retreats. Members of the community will give these conferences in addition to our regular Retreat Presenters. Please call the retreat house if you are interested in joining one of our Zoom Conferences.
Our Office is open Monday-Friday 8:00-1:00 PM, and the number is 770-760-0959. Suggested donation for Retreats: $45.00
For information on upcoming retreats, please go to https://www.trappist.net/monastery-retreats-2024