The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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By Amma Susan
The Kidney Association called last night to ask if I have any clothing donations to be picked up. I always welcome that phone call because it reminds me that I need to get into my closet and clean things out. Otherwise it really gets some serious messy build-up. As I went to find something on the top shelf the other day, a whole stack of sweaters came tumbling down on me and I noticed that most of them haven’t been worn in a while. Some no longer fit me; some have gone out of style; some I just don’t need. So thank goodness for the Kidney Association pick-up drive!
Our spiritual lives also need a good spring cleaning, just like my closet, but in the busy-ness of our lives, we so often just let those sinful parts of our lives… those things done and left undone, those places where we keep missing the mark of what God calls us to… build up until they become an unsightly mess. Thankfully, the season of Lent comes around each year, like the welcome call of the Kidney Association, to remind us that we need to get into the spiritual corners of the closet of our hearts. We need to do some checking to see what is stacking up there in the shadows of the top shelf that needs to be tossed out, before it has a chance to come tumbling down on us. So thank God for the holy season of Lent!
“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (BCP, p. 265)
TIME CHANGE: 6:00-7:30 pm
Celebrate Mardi Gras St. Catherine’s style at the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Come to the Parish Hall for pancakes, bacon, spiced apples and fellowship. The youth will cook & serve them in the Parish Hall. No tickets or reservations needed, suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Come out to have fun and support the Youth Program!
Photo, left - Fun (& beads!) - at last year's pancake supper
By Father Jim
Ash Wednesday, February 22
Holy Eucharist + Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 am, 12:00 noon, 7:30 pm
On Ash Wednesday, we are signed with the outward sign of our humble beginnings and common end. The priest invites all to the observance of holy Lent by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word. After our period of silence before the Lord, our maker and redeemer, the priest puts ashes on our foreheads as we take responsibility for this living flesh. As we take notice of everything around us, the possessions we hold valuable and the persons we love and know, we realize that all will one day turn to dust.
This is one of two days the Episcopal Church calls us to fasting and church attendance—the other is Good Friday. Fasting is generally accepted to mean abstaining from food and beverage until the communion is received. Of course, we do not recommend this if there are extenuating health issues. Please make every effort to attend worship this day. Episcopal Churches throughout our community will have services. If you need schedules please call the office and we will be delighted to give you some information on the closest church to your work or function. Or, you may use the Church Locator on the Diocese of Atlanta website at www.episcopalchurchatl.org/ChurchDirectory/default.asp to find church locations and visit their websites for service times.
Palms needed for Ash Wednesday: If you saved your palms from Palm Sunday last year, you may return them in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Please place them in the container in the foyer by Sunday, February 19.
First Sunday in Lent: The Great Litany
On the first Sunday of Lent, February 26, at our 11:15 service we will use the Great Litany. The Great Litany is an intercessory prayer including various petitions sung by the priests, with fixed responses by the congregation. It was used as early as the fifth century in Rome. It was led by a deacon, with the collects led by a bishop or priest. The Litany was the first English language rite prepared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and first published in 1544. Its use in church processions was ordered by Henry VIII when England was at war with Scotland and France. It was printed as an appendix to the Eucharist in the 1549 Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The 1979 BCP titled it "The Great Litany," distinguishing it from other litanies in the Prayer Book. The Great Litany may be said or sung. The officiant and people may kneel or stand, or it may be done in procession.
Lenten Tuesday Morning Eucharist and Study
7-8 am beginning February 28
Each Tuesday during Lent beginning, February 28 we will gather at 7:00 am for Eucharist followed by a 30 minute study. This offering is designed for everyone who wants a mid-week opportunity to worship and/or study during the season of Lent. We are done promptly at 8:00 am so those who have work or personal daily commitments can be on their way.
The title of our study this year is “Learning Forgiveness.” In this six-session study, we'll consider the various aspects of forgiveness, a concept perhaps more central to Christianity than to any other religion.
Christians differ widely in their interpretations of how forgiveness should be practiced. Some urge forgiveness as a Christian duty under all circumstances, while others argue that certain conditions must be met before forgiveness can be meaningful or effective. How do we sort through such competing claims and interpretations? And how do we get past some of our emotional barriers to real forgiveness? These are the kinds of the questions we will explore together in this study of a theme particularly well-suited to the season of Lent, but fit for any season of our lives.
Session One: The goal of this session is to welcome participants and encourage them to begin reflecting on forgiveness in relation to human community. Parables and folk tales are used to illustrate challenges faced by the need to forgive—and to be forgiven.
Session Two: This session addresses awareness, acknowledgment, and confession as the foundation for seeking and receiving forgiveness. Self-examination allows us to look more objectively at our urge to judge others.
Session Three: In this session we'll learn to identify some of our external and internal enemies and begin to move toward loving them. When we begin to see ourselves standing with those who have fallen into the seduction of sin, it casts a whole new light on what it means to pray for our enemies.
Session Four: The goals of this session are to identify at least one thing for which we need forgiveness and to seek both God's forgiveness and that of any person(s) affected by our offense. We'll consider how to reconcile divine judgment with divine love as we explore the deeper spirit of repentance, one of the key practices of Lent.
Session Five: The sense in most New Testament teachings is that forgiving others is imperative--not optional. What if we can't forgive? Or we're simply not ready to forgive? This session uses touching stories of forgiveness to illuminate these challenging themes.
Session Six: Many people believe that forgiveness is not possible without repentance, and that to offer forgiveness before repentance is a travesty of just, accountable relationships. But what of Jesus' willingness to forgive on the cross? Can we reverse the conventional relationship between repentance and forgiveness?
Wednesday Night Live (WNL) continues
WNL will not meet on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22. Join us the following week, February 29, when our dinner will be another fundraiser for our Youth). Come for WNL weekly with dinner 5:45-6:30 pm and programs for all ages 6:30-7:30 pm. Please make your dinner reservation on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or by calling the office at 770-971-283 by 5:00 pm on Tuesday before each date you'll dine with us. Dinner prices are $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.
Wednesday Evening Lenten Series
Adult program at 6:30 pm in the Board Room
Our WNL Lenten Series will be each Wednesday in Lent, with our first meeting on February 29. Join us for a delightful yet profound look at the world of human temptation in our book, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Temptation is a part of the human condition. We all struggle against it and frequently it wins the battle. And while we have a way of dealing with our surrender to temptation – “The devil made me do it” – we wonder if we can ever conquer the great tempter. In The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis provides a series of lessons in the importance of taking a deliberate role in living out Christian faith by portraying a typical human life, with all its temptations and failings, as seen from devils’ viewpoints. We know you are “tempted” to join us—give in this one time!
We will finish the evening with a brief compline service. The Screwtape Letters is widely available in libraries and for purchase in book stores and online. A guide and syllabus will be available on our Lenten Materials Table in the foyer. Led by Fr. Jim+
Lenten Quiet Evening: “Be Still and Know”
Friday, March 16
By Amma Susan
Need a quiet time to be still and listen to what God is saying to you as you prepare your heart for the Paschal joys of Easter? All adults are invited to the parish Lenten Quiet Evening, Friday, March 16 from 7 to 9 PM. The evening, led by Amma Susan, will include meditations followed by time for reflection (using icons, journaling, walking the labyrinth), body prayer, and a Taizé service. Light refreshments will be served. Childcare will be offered by advance arrangement only—please call the office, 770-971-2839, by March 13 to reserve.
We will have a variety of Lenten materials on our resource table in foyer for children, youth and adults. In particular, our annual booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners, will be available for pick up starting on Ash Wednesday. The Reflection of the Day, and the whole booklet, will also be available on our website—be sure to check starting February 22 and continuing through Easter Day.
If you had your Pictorial Directory pictures taken on one of our January appointment days, your free portrait picture and additional orders are ready for pick up. The finished directories will be delivered to church later this spring.
Last day for picture-taking is Sunday, February 19 – Don’t be left out!!
Saturday, March 3
All adults of the parish are invited to a New Orleans-style dinner to celebrate the engagement of Youth Director Mike Peterson and his fiancé, Mary Bess DuBose. 6:30 pm at the home of Jennifer and Fred Massey, 1850 High Trail, Atlanta, 30339. (Watch for plans for a shower event for youth.)
Please RSVP to 404.375.8327 or massey.jmgmail.com.
Reserve by Sunday, March 4
The 2012 Women’s Retreat will be held at Montara Farm on April 27-29, arriving Friday at 4 PM and departing after lunch at 1 PM on Sunday. Come join other women of our parish for a time away of rest, sharing, fun activities, great fellowship and delicious food, all in the beauty of the north Georgia mountains. The cost for the weekend is $275 (gratuity is optional) for a single room and all meals. See information and photos of our retreat location at www.montarafarm.com.
UPDATE: Horseback trail rides are included, no charge! Massages ($65) will be available upon request. There is a space limit of 22 people for the retreat so get your reservation in soon. A deposit of $100 will reserve your place. Checks should be made payable to St. Catherine’s, with "Women’s Retreat" in the memo line. The deadline for reservations is no later than March 4. After March 4, all deposits are non-refundable.
Please speak to Amma Susan+ if you need assistance from the retreat scholarship fund. If you would like to contribute to this fund, please contact Rose Wolfe in the church office. It is a wonderful gift that you can give to help a sister in Christ in her faith journey.
Next date: Tuesday, February 28, 3-8 pm
The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply. In Georgia we must collect 1,300 units of blood daily to meet the needs of our patients and hospitals! And you’ll feel good knowing you've helped change a life.
Blood drives are held in our Parish Hall from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. You can schedule an appointment by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: HOLTRC. Please join us at St. Catherine's for our Red Cross blood drives throughout this year: April 24, June 26, August 28, October 30 (and watch for December date). For information contact Jennifer Massey, jmmasseyatt.blackberry.net, 404.375.8327
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 PM
All ministry team members—conveners, committee and group chairs and volunteers—and all those who are interested in ministry at St. Catherine's, please mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting. Join us in the Parish Hall at 7:00 pm. It will be a time to share ministry team plans and needs for 2012.
By Tad Travis
Your Vestry met on the weekend of February 3-5, convening again at Montara Farm’s retreat to discuss the next year at St. Catherine’s. Our quiet environment was well matched to the primary topic of the weekend, discussing the findings from Holy Conversations.
Our weekend opened on Friday night with prayer followed by presentations from Stephanie Yucius and Tim Braman about the Holy Conversations initiative, which is an effort to discover God’s mission for our congregation. You may recall Stephanie’s presentation at the recent Annual Meeting, in which she shared results from the first year of the initiative. Over the last year, the Holy Conversations committee collected hundreds of surveys and thousands of comments from parishioners, summarized into six Goals and eighteen Objectives.
Those concisely worded Goals and Objectives, while so simple in words, hold complex, meaningful insights into our church. During the weekend, the Vestry prayerfully considered the implications of this study and how it will determine “what St. Catherine’s is now, and what do we want St. Catherine’s to be.” Upon entering this process, the Vestry expressed many emotions: uncertainty, apprehension, and a sense of being overwhelmed by the task; but we also expressed strong excitement about what the future holds for St. Catherine’s.
To focus our thoughts, Father Jim asked us to examine scripture about Jesus’ ministry. We read The Lament over Jerusalem (Luke 13:31-33), and discussed what overarching goal Jesus had for his ministry. The parallels between Jesus’ focus on a larger goal and our desire to understand God’s purpose for St. Catherine’s were not lost on us.
The results of Holy Conversations are a real gift, one that the Vestry gratefully accepts. The Vestry thanks everyone who contributed to the surveys. And of course, thank you to all of the members of the Holy Conversations committee for your hard work here. All of you in the St. Catherine’s family will be hearing much more about the Holy Conversations initiative in the months to come.
On Sunday, we performed traditional Vestry business, including new Vestry elections and appointments. We’re pleased to announce the following results:
Please congratulate everyone when you see them at church.
And finally, we concluded Sunday afternoon, with Eucharist. We left Montara Farm feeling rewarded and renewed, in all senses. It was a fulfilling start to the new year at St. Catherine’s.
The Vestry of St. Catherine’s
Photos by Jim Nixon
By Sally Powers
Have you wanted to visit the wonderful bookstore at the Cathedral of St. Philip, but just don't get to Buckhead that often? Well, the Cathedral Bookstore is coming to you. Sunday, March 11, the "traveling store" will be at St. Catherine's for your shopping pleasure between services and following 11:15 service.
Sunday, March 11 - Turner Field
By Connie Bergeron
We are recruiting participants in the upcoming Hunger Walk/Run 2012 (HRW2012) and invite you and your family to sign up today. The more people from St. Catherine's, the better! The Hunger Walk/Run began in 1984 as a grassroots movement in response to the issue of hunger locally and globally. Today, all proceeds collected through Hunger Walk/Run remain in our community. For over 27 years, the Hunger Walk/Run has united Atlantans of all ages and athletic backgrounds to support hunger and poverty relief. Over 13,000 participants came together last March to raise more than $500,000.
Schedule of Events:
T-Shirt - All walkers who raise or contribute $25 or more will receive a free Hunger Walk/Run t-shirt on the day of the walk. If you're a runner, your registration fee entitles you to a moisture-wicking t-shirt the day of the event. If you register online, print out a copy of your confirmation and bring it with you on March 11th to receive your t-shirt.
You can designate Episcopal Charities Foundation as a beneficiary of your fund raising as well as the Atlanta Community Food Bank by checking ECF on your registration form. To join St. Catherine's team, please see the sign-up table in foyer, or fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact Connie Bergeron connieatlbergerons.net or Carol Eskew carolharvestmtg.com.
By Connie Bergeron and Tracy Buckalew
Many thanks to our St. Catherine’s Altar and Flower Guilds for their generous gifts of food, time and talent to provide dinner at Elizabeth Inn/MUST on January 28th. Special thanks to: Dinner servers including Marcia Markette, Deana & Eric Delabarre, Susan Heuke, Linda Smith, Betsy Broda and Pam Phillips; Food was provided by Linda Snape, Joan Thurston, Nancy Certain, Marlene Stuart, Pat Pepper, Judith Phillips, Dani Dickson, Karen Manno, Carol Starr, Shirley Day, Emily Gale, Anita Gardner, Linda Smith, Barb Selby, Sally Powers.
St. Catherine's also provided lunch to 30-35 volunteer builders of the new building at MUST on February 4. Those serving included Sybil Coote, Jennifer Massey, Richard Pearson, Ann Snead and Connie Bergeron. Those providing food included Sybil Coote, Claire Harrison, Jennifer Massey, Eleanore and Richard Pearson, Ann Snead, and Ron and Connie Bergeron. Special thanks to Juan Sandoval, our prompt deliverer of the "Holy Smokes" barbequed pork roasts for our lunch service. For views of the construction progress, see www.mustbuilding.org
We are so very thankful for your heart for Outreach and for your generous "yes" when we email to recruit donations of food and servers for MUST. Groups covering future monthly dinners at Elizabeth Inn include:
If you are interested in volunteering as a group to cover Feb. 28th, May 28th (Memorial Day weekend), Aug. 28, or Sept. 28, please contact Connie Bergeron, conniebmindspring.com or Tracy Buckalew to sign up. Love and Peace to you all!
A great day on February 12 welcoming Isaac as Christ's own forever!
Photos by Jan Potter, see lots more at HaleBabyBaptism021212
Communities in Schools
By Joan Nixon
As the St. Catherine's representative for this board, I want to tell you a little more about what CIS (Communities in Schools) is all about and ask for your help. CIS’s mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We do this by providing a powerful, collaborative community effort and support families with necessary resources, inspiration and motivation for all students to obtain a high school diploma. We provide a site coordinator to schools to support keeping the youth in school to attain their diplomas. Other areas of support include mentoring, tutoring, books (for kids of all ages), and food so they have the fuel needed for their minds to learn.
Here's where you come in! These young people need tutors, especially if you have a working knowledge of physics, chemistry, or economics. If you can give an hour once or twice a week you can make an incredible difference in a child's life! Even if you travel, they can use your knowledge and your time.
These young folks need food—real food. Some of their home situations are meager, and that makes learning difficult. If you can provide some staple items, it can really help. Specifically, they need things like canned tuna, canned chicken, macaroni and cheese, dry black beans, powdered milk, creamy peanut butter, jelly, and individual-serving-sized real juices. Please bring items to church marked for CIS. If you're interested in learning more about tutoring, please call Graciella Perez at 770-437-5900 x227 or call me for more information. The organization's website may be found at www.marietta.communitiesinschools.org.
The recent COLD temperatures didn’t slow our volunteers down. We are ready to call for framing, electrical and plumbing and hvac inspection. Caulk, painting and trim work is scheduled for the inside. Thanks to all of the volunteers from all the churches working so hard each Saturday. See current news & photos on the website at www.mustbuild.org.
St Catherine's is at work now with other Cobb County churches to construct a new building for MUST Ministries. Plenty of building help is needed, contact Fred Massey/ 404.731.4466 /f_massey2hotmail.com. Must be 18 years old or older to be on the build site.
This month we celebrate the life and work of our Invitation Ministry Team, helping our newcomers find a home at St. Catherine's. Committees include Bread Makers, Getting to Know You, Greeters, Shepherds, Newcomer Coffees and Porch Visitors. For more information please contact the team’s convener, Maureen Donoghue.
Our supply of communion wine is getting low. We are fortunate to have parishioners donate our wine either in memory of, or in thanksgiving for, a loved one. If you would like to help, please leave your donation in the church office, marked with your name and information for remembrance. We use Taylor Tawny Port. Thank you.
Bishop candidates announced for Diocese of Atlanta
The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta has announced five priests to stand for election as the next bishop of Atlanta. The five are on a slate that was presented by the Nominating Committee. The Feb. 13 announcement opens a month-long period during which members of the diocese may petition to add additional names to the ballot.
The nominees are:
The candidates will come to the Diocese of Atlanta for five public gatherings during the week of May 14. The election of 10th Bishop of Atlanta is scheduled for June 2 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Much more information about the candidates and the selection and election process is available on the diocese website at bishopsearch.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Bishop_Search.asp .
Diocesan Ministry Fair Saturday, March 10
9 am to 4 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip
Diocese of Atlanta Ministry Fair workshops this year include those on outreach that's local: Ministry Mentors & Community Investing; outreach that's national: Mind the Gap & The Joy of Reading Camp; and outreach that's global: Conducting a NetsForLife Campaign, Introduction to a New Partner: The Moravians, World Peace Village, and Sing to the Lord a New Song. The day begins with Great Gathering guest speaker Dr. Stephen C. Smith, from St. Bartholomew's, Atlanta, who will share the important work he is doing at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta on prevention of malaria using treated mosquito nets. The diocese has the goal of supplying 35,000 of these nets through the NetsforLife program; each parish will take part in this effort, so come and find out more about it!
So join hundreds of other Episcopalians for a full day of fun, fellowship and learning. Choose 3 workshops from more than 40 topics. Registration is $20 per person. To get details including the list of the workshops, and to register go to www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Ministry_Fair.asp. Brochures are also available for pickup at our church.
Nets For Life
The NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund is a grassroots effort to educate, engage, and unite Episcopalians to support the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) through the fight against malaria. Bishop Neil Alexander launched a diocese-wide NetsforLife campaign at the 105th Annual Council meeting last November. The Great Gathering speaker at the March 10 Diocesan Ministry Fair will speak on malaria prevention work at the CDC (see above!). The diocese’s goal is to purchase and send 35,000 malaria-preventing mosquito nets to sub-Saharan Africa.
Watch for announcements of how St. Catherine’s will participate in the campaign. You can find lots of information about NetsforLife on the diocese website at www.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Diocesan_Campaign.asp.
Next scheduled date: Saturday, April 7 (Great Vigil of Easter)
Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.
FOR THE SICK: Madison Cox, Victoria Moon, James Day, Mary Ann, Jan Dennis, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Kent Moss, Sandy Curran, Bill Straub, Teresa Witham, Neal Aimar, Paul Beswick, David French, Barbara, Jean Windrow, Alycen Whidden, Judy Anderson, Rusty Phillips, James Ellis, Anne Parke, Anna Jenkins, Debbie Shelton, Pressley Shrader, Anne Whittle, Ron & his family, Jim Greene, Joanne Pinkney, Katherine Sjoblom, Jennifer James, Kindness Israel, Page Loyd, Linda Day, Beverly, Marilyn Gradwell, Holly, Bea Tolley, Jack Stachura, Brant Frost, Lynn McDowell, Angie Henson, Diane Valesquez, Vivien Mazzara, Melissa & baby, Anne Pagel, Barry Costello, Owen Williams, Holly Krupp, Snow Lucchosi, Joan, Lilli, Jeanine & George, Bill Krupp, Joe Tarentino, Kathleen Kageff, Isha, Tammy Lange, Gloria, Kenny Denton & family, Scott Moore, Beth Thomas, Shirley Burland, Tim Denison, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Marjorie Tomlin, Sophie Polakowski
BEFORE SURGERY: Sue Jones, February 21
DECEASED: Barbara Williams, Liz Rea’s sister; The Rev. Canon P. Simon Mein
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (2/20) Holly Scheel, Bob Schmitt, (2/21) Marilyn Hunter, Cosy Gale, Steve Pyburn, (2/22) Joyce Carter, Sarah Denton, Michael Baumann, Katie Barrington, (2/24) Natalie Whitlow, Ian Phillpotts, (2/25) John Pennington, Emily Dillson, Roy Johnson, (2/26) Nate Thompson, (2/27) Will Korwan, Jeff Harris, (2/28) Hannah Harris, (3/1) Bryce Edwards, Candy Jansen, (3/2) Charlie Zimmerman, Millie Fey, Michael Martin, (3/3) Gary Parker, Elizabeth Lopez, (3/4) Mit FitzSimons, Ethan Cook, Becky Riney, Stephen Lee, Creed Smith
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: (3/4) Jeff & Alison Harris
A Prayer for the Diocese of Atlanta: O God, you lead your Church into all truth: Give the guiding presence of your Holy Spirit to those who have dedicated themselves to your service in our search for the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta. May our prayers and discernment be in accord with the mission you have given us to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ. May our next bishop be a person of prayer who is present to us as pastor and teacher while prophetically calling us to the ministry of justice, peace, and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Two-Week Look Ahead
Below is the next two weeks of events and activities and is correct as of publication date. For the complete up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.
By Mike Peterson
Valentine Dinner Dance & Auction - Thank you!
With the 2012 Valentine Dinner Dance behind us, I am very happy to say that it was a success by every quantifiable metric! A record number of over 120 attendees tested the party-capacity of the parish hall as they enjoyed a wide array of delicious food and beverage, bid on a diverse assortment of items in the live and silent auctions, and danced late into the evening. Over 50 different people bid on more than 100 auction items while contributing to the approximately $21,000 that the event raised to help finance the YA class’s pilgrimage to Costa Rica this summer. As much as the youth highly appreciate the parish’s help in raising these funds (and they do!), it was also incredibly heart-warming just to take part in the fellowship and revelry with this amazing parish family.
The list of individuals and businesses that deserve credit and thanks for the success of this event rivals the book of Exodus, but I would be remiss if I did not recognize the following people for their major contributions. My deepest thanks to: Deelee Freeman, chair of the Valentine Dinner Dance; Ellis Kilgore, kitchen planner/organizer/shopper/work-horse/chef extraordinaire; Allen Jablonski, Susan Jablonski, Bill Hutton, Lou Dini, Tanya Bowers-Dean, and the rest of the kitchen crew (a lot of people were in and out of the kitchen!); Sue Snape for advising on menu planning, enabling us to purchase the near-perfect amount of food; Ryan Olliffe and Andrew Smith, both of whom spent the entire evening in the kitchen washing dishes with incredible haste and care; Mary Lou Shannonhouse for coordinating our wonderful youth servers; LeeAnn Sherry, live auction coordinator; Karolyn Olliffe, silent auction coordinator; Barbara Barrington for keeping us all satiated and well hydrated; Frances Bowden for reprising her role as bartender and rushing to the store when our supplies were running low; Claire Harrison, who procured donations of food and gift cards from practically every business in North Georgia; Maureen Donoghue, set-up/decoration coordinator; Molly Frost, Claudia Kilgore, Tom Donoghue, Elizabeth Lopez, and Ben Frost, who comprise our incredibly efficient accounting/checkout crew; Bob Olliffe and Kevin Sherry, clean-up coordinators; Jennifer Buckalew for arranging the printed program for the evening; and our J2A volunteers, Claire Hunkler, Caroline Miner, Abby Baumann, Emily Roberts, and Mitchell Waldron.
In addition to the entire crew listed above, I would like to extend special thanks to Fred Massey for serving yet again as a fantastic auctioneer and to Ron and Julie Brannock, who provided our fabulous DJ for the evening and made sure all of your requests were played.Heartfelt thanks also go out to everyone who donated to the live and silent auctions and to everyone who purchased a ticket to participate in this fun and successful evening. My sincerest gratitude goes out to the YA leaders, Gina Baumann, Keith Dumke, Ellis Kilgore, and Robbie Roy for their leadership, support, guidance, and time. For being exactly who you are and representing our youth program so well, I extend my deepest thanks to the young people in the YA class and to the parents who have raised them to be so spectacular. You all worked very, very hard to make the Valentine Dinner Dance a success, and it paid off! Finally, thank you to the St. Catherine’s family for your apparent, abundant, and continued support of our young people!
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