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.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
April 21 - May 4, 2012

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Clergy Letter
Memorial service
Blood drive
YF Nature Center
Book collection
Cats On Wheels
Build Dedication
Summer starts
Vestry notes
Maintenance teams
Family Promise
Outreach garden
Gardens Keepers
Holy Conversations
Nets For Life
Elizabeth Inn
Holy Week photos
Ministry focus: Liturgy&Music
In the Community
  Housing need
  Bishop candidates
  MUST needs
  Summer Lunch
Holy Baptism

Complete Calendar
  Youth Sunday
  Beach Trip
  Kanuga weeks
  Fall retreat
  Latest pics

Wheel Schedule


4/21 – Cats On Wheels @ Atlanta Botanical Garden

4/22 – Memorial service

4/22-5/13 – Book drive

4/24 – Blood drive; Elizabeth Inn laundry

4/25, 5/2,9,16 – WNL

4/27-29 – Women’s retreat @ Montara Farm

4/28 – YF @ Chattahoochee Nature Center;
Elizabeth Inn dinner;
Family Promise meeting @ Mt. Zion

5/5-6 – YA pre-pilgrimage overnight



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By Amma Susan+

Our culture’s ideal of beauty is perfection. Just look in any magazine: page after page of advertisements touting age-defying beauty creams, guaranteed to restore wrinkled skin to flawless perfection; pictures of beautiful people with perfect lives—loving couple, model children, house in the country, a Mercedes and room for a pony. What we don’t see is that the images in these pictures have often been touched-up: no wrinkles, acne or tired “bags under the eyes,” no mention of the marriage on the rocks or mortgage teetering towards foreclosure. Perfection: that’s the ideal that is held up for us… and all too many of us buy into the ideal that perfection is flawless beauty.

So have you ever wondered why, in the resurrection appearances, Jesus’ body still bears the scars of his passion? God, who is able to raise Jesus from the dead to resurrection life could have erased those horrible wounds. The fact that Jesus returns to us with those scars is not an accident. Why is that?

When Jesus appears, he is recognized by his wounds, by his scars. Thomas misses the first appearance, and declares to his friends that he will not believe that Jesus has returned until he touches his wounds, until his puts his finger in the cuts and feels them with his own hands. He does not say that he needs to look at Jesus’ face or hear his voice, no, he must touch the scars.

God kept Jesus’ wounds so that people would know him. It has been my experience in life that it is our wounds that make us who we are. They are the signs of the pain and suffering that we have endured and overcome and mark our greatest lessons in life. They shape us and give us the capacity to respond in love and compassion to the woundedness of others. Our wounds are beautiful to God.

Culture’s ideal of beauty is perfection: to be zit-, wrinkle-, and scar-free and to live unflawed lives. But that is not God’s idea of perfection. To God, it is precisely our wounds that make us beautiful. Christ’s resurrected body reveals the truth that the resurrection is not about perfection. God sees perfection not as flawless beauty, but as flawed beauty. The resurrected Christ is marked by his wounds. His wounds identify him and they are beautiful, for it is by those very wounds that we have been healed.

The next time you look in the mirror, ponder the fact that God finds you more and more beautiful the more marked and wrinkled and scarred you are by life. Your scars shape you into who you are. Those wounds can enable you to become compassionate to the woundedness of others, opening the way for God’s healing, and God finds them perfectly beautiful.

Easter Blessings,
Amma Susan+

Spring Memorial Service

Sunday, April 22, 5:00 PM

Our semi-annual Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our fall observance. Everyone is invited to join us at this beautiful service and support our parish members who have lost loved ones. The nursery will be available. A reception follows the service.

We greatly appreciate donations of finger foods for the reception—please bring them (prepared and ready to serve) to the kitchen prior to the service—as well as help with set up, serving and clean up. Thank you.

Blood drive next Tuesday, April 24

Schedule your appointment now by going to and use the sponsor code: HOLTRC. Special bonus! This month the Red Cross is giving away a $100 AXP Gift Card to an April St. Catherine's donor, drawing will be held during WNL after the blood drive. Blood drives are held in our Parish Hall from 3:00 to 8:00 PM. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Young Families Outing

Chattahoochee Nature Center April 28

Please join us at 10:00 am on Saturday April 28 to hike the trails and explore the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children 3-12. Please see the CNC website for directions and more information at Please RSVP to Molly Banko,, if you plan to attend so we can look for you

Wednesday Night Live in Easter

Wednesday Night Live (WNL) dinner and programs continue each week through the Easter season, concluding for the school year on May 16. Come for WNL 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 770-971-2839 by 5:00 pm on Tuesday before each date you'll dine with us. Dinner prices are $3 children, $7 adults, $20 family maximum.

Easter WNL adult program

By Father Jim

We will be viewing a video-based series from Flannel. Flannel is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to tell the way of Jesus in new and creative ways. Flannel’s vision is to be a catalyst for highly creative people who share our desire to communicate the way of Jesus to the world. To date, they do this through NOOMA (Rob Bell) and BASIC (Francis Chan). NOOMA is a series of 24 films that explores various issues from a perspective of Jesus. BASIC is a seven-part series featuring the teaching of Francis Chan that explores church as it is described in Scripture.

Our series continues on April 25 wth the BASIC video “Fear God.” We’ll ask, “What does the Bible mean when it tells us to fear God?” We’ll continue the BASIC series on May 2 with “Follow Jesus.” We’ll ask, “What does Jesus mean when He tells us to follow him?” May 9 we’ll view “Prayer,” and ask “Is it possible that we are praying for the wrong things?” And finish our time together on May 16 looking at “Fellowship” and asking the question, “Is church a place or something else?”

This series should prove provocative as the NOOMA series has to so many. Come on Wednesday evenings, have a bite to eat and stay for the program.

CIS Book Drive

April 22 through May 13

Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County book drives have been a huge success with the help of community volunteers and donors. A free book of their choice has been given to each of the elementary school students at Brumby, Clay, Dunleith and Hickory Hills as part of the Georgia Literacy Connection tutoring program.

April 22nd through May 13th, St. Catherine’s will hold a book drive. We are asking for new and gently-used books suitable for elementary age children grades kindergarten through fifth grade. Please bring books to the collection table in the foyer. We have the opportunity to help Communities in Schools in their goal “to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.” To learn more about Communities in Schools programs and projects please contact Meghan Wilson or Carol Fey at 678-503-0901, or visit For questions about St. Catherine’s drive, please contact Ann Snead at 678-795-9508.

Cats On Wheels

By Alan Certain

Cats on Wheels is St. Catherine’s “social networking group” for the young-at-heart who are old enough to join AARP (although AARP membership is not needed!). Contact Alan Certain to get on the mailing list for all our activities, or 404-661-2200.

  • April outing — Atlanta Botanical Garden Saturday, April 21
    Depart St. Catherine’s at 9:00 am, we’ll return mid-afternoon (after lunch). Admission is $18.95. No outside food is allowed – lunch choices include the Garden Café or a picnic in Piedmont Park. If you wish to picnic, bring your sack lunch and canned or bottled beverage. We will have a cooler in the church van. The weather forecast for Saturday is 76º and 50% chance of rain.
  • May lunch — Saturday, May 19, our odd-month luncheon will be at the Marietta Greek Festival. We will ride-share from the church at 10:00 a.m. and return from the festival at 1:30. We’ll aim for a lunch time of 11:30, as usual. If you wish, you may meet us at the festival, and come and go at your own pace. Cost: $3 for admission, parking, and shuttle, food is additional. No reservation is needed, but if you plan to ride-share, let us know so we will wait if you are running late.
    Location: Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church – 3431 Trickum Road
  • Save the date — watch for our monthly activities on Saturday, June 16 and July 21

MUST Build dedication set for Saturday, May 12

GREAT NEWS!! The new building for MUST is almost done! A dedication ceremony and celebration for all volunteers who have been part of this project will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 10:30 am to 3 pm. The dedication will be held at the building site, then join us immediately afterwards for a celebratory lunch at the home of Fred & Jennifer Massey. Thank you so much to everyone who has worked so hard toward this wonderful day.

Looking ahead

Mark your calendar for these activities and schedule changes for the end of the school year:

  • Wednesday, May 16
    - Last day for WNL (Wednesday Night Live)
  • Sunday, May 20
    - Last day of Church School
    - Youth Sunday at 8:45 service
    - Graduates recognized at all services (see below)
  • Sunday, May 27 – Summer worship times schedule change!
    - Two worship times - 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
    - Day of Pentecost - WEAR RED!
    - Parish Picnic immediately following 10:30 service


Graduates recognized Sunday, May 20 — names needed by May 13

We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at all services on May 20. Please fill out the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin or contact Rose Wolfe at with the graduate’s name, grade & institution, and if a high school graduate what their post-graduation plans are.

Vestry Highlights

By Sally Powers

Here’s what happened at the Vestry meeting on Tuesday, April 17:

  • We had a community building discussion on how to deal with and manage change;
  • Unanimously approved the resolution presented by Steve Pyburn of the Finance Committee’s recommendation that our liquidity account minus the $10,000 needed for roof repair be invested in Diocesan Common Fund in order to earn interest;
  • Approved Burge and Associates to prepare the documents for the Internal Revenue Service so that we will receive the Affordable Health Care Plan credit;
  • Discussed and reflected on the services of Holy Week and Easter;
  • Wrote thank you notes to parishioners who made extra contributions to our St. Catherine’s family last month;
  • Tanya Bowers-Dean updated us on the plans for the St. Catherine’s Day of Service sponsored by the Vestry. She has volunteered to find a coordinator for this project;
  • Received an update from Bill Lee on the health care goals for our four full-time employees;
  • Fr. Jim reported on the visit of Bishop Whitmore to our parish on September 16;
  • Approved a revision of the housing allowance of the associate rector;
  • Heard March financial report from Steve Pyburn who emphasized how critical it is that we keep our pledges up to date during the summer months;
  • Adjourned at 10:45.

Maintenance Teams

Do you have some great “honey-do” skills? We are forming maintenance teams to work around the church at small projects such as changing light bulbs or furnace filters, small painting jobs or exterior building repairs. Each team will work with one of our key maintenance team members; Al Jones, Jason Snape, Alan Certain, Roger Motter, etc. to ensure that regular and routine work is performed over the course of the year. Interested? If so, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin or contact one of these persons, and we’ll be in touch.

Family Promise

Meeting April 28 at Mt. Zion Baptist

By Father Jim

One of our objectives in our long range plan is to “research and engage in community partnership opportunities.” One such opportunity has presented itself and we are currently researching it and asking whether St. Catherine’s parish might want to enter into partnership with other Cobb County congregations. We are in the early phases of this discussion but want you to be a part of the conversation.

Family Promise’s mission is “to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence.” Their vision is “a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future together.” They describe their ministry in these terms: “We recognize that poverty is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted response. We respond by integrating educational outreach, smart programming, effective policies, and the hands-on work of thousands of volunteers. We provide food, shelter, and support services for homeless families. We provide advice and advocacy for at-risk families to prevent their becoming homeless. And we educate people about poverty and the means to combat it.” Learn more about the national organization at

As stated, we are in the early phases of this conversation. We’ve attended one meeting at Acworth United Methodist Church. There will be another meeting April 26 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church on Johnson Ferry Road at 7:00 pm. We invite anyone who might be interested in hearing more about this ministry and outreach opportunity to attend this meeting along with Marcia Markette, Fr. Jim and Hale Sanders.

Vacation Bible School – register soon

Space is limited again this year! VBS is Monday through Thursday, June 25-28, 1:00-4:00 pm. The program is open to children ages 4 by July 1st through rising 5th graders. Cost is $25 per child if paid by June 10, $35 after. Registration forms are available in the foyer or preschool, or download a form from our website at

Volunteers – sign up now!

We welcome adult and youth volunteers for one or two days, or the whole week to help out with the games, snacks, set up or break down, or decorations. Also, watch for the sign up poster coming soon for needed snack and other item donations. For questions or to volunteer contact

New Community Outreach Garden

Thank you to everyone who has already joined the project! Blake Sherry and Ellis Kilgore are creating a St. Cat’s community outreach vegetable garden on our grounds to provide produce to be donated to local ministries, and also offered to the St. Cat’s family during the summer months. This project is being funded totally by donations, all types such as seeds, mulch, tools, fertilizer, plant seedlings, etc., are greatly appreciated! And of course, we need lots of volunteers to help with preparation, planting and maintenance. For questions or to get involved, please contact or 770-861-6094.

Church Gardens Keepers

Wanted: St. Cat’s families, couples, singles, youth and ministry teams who will care for a section of the shrubbery beds for planting and ongoing maintenance. Contact Beverly or Bill Fambrough if interested at 770-993-5444, or Beverly email or Bill email at

Holy Conversations: be part of the Plan

The Vestry is beginning the implementation of our strategic goals and objectives. You are invited to be a part of this launching of the next 50 years! Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board by the name tags.

The 6 goals and 18 objectives are available on our website at . If you have comments or questions, please contact any Vestry member.

Nets For Life campaign continues

St. Catherine's goal is to purchase 900 malaria-preventing mosquito nets for sub-Saharan Africa at $12 per net. The nets may be ordered by check to St. Catherine's (please write "Nets For Life" in the memo line). Or you may donate online or send checks directly to Episcopal Relief and Development. PLEASE BE SURE to indicate “St. Catherine's, Marietta, Georgia” if donating online or to ER-D (note that including "Marietta, GA" is important!). Information about Nets For Life and the online donation link is available at

Elizabeth Inn

St. Catherine's serves dinner and helps with laundry every month year-round at MUST Ministries' Elizabeth Inn overnight shelter on Cobb Parkway in Marietta.

  • DINNER TEAM — the 28th of every month, next date is Saturday, April 28. Volunteers provide food and/or cook & serve. To volunteer for dinner team, please contact Connie Bergeron,, 404-819-0891 or Tracy Buckalew,
  • LAUNDRY TEAM — Fourth Tuesday AND fifth Wednesday (when there is one) every month, next date is Tuesday, April 24. For information or to volunteer contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466 or

Holy Week 2012...

Palm Sunday


Getting ready for Easter -- it takes everyone!

Photos by Connie Bergeron

April Ministry Focus: Liturgy and Music Ministry Team

This month we celebrate the life and work of our Liturgy and Music Ministry Team. Holy Week and Easter are particularly busy times for the members of this team! Committee activities include Acolytes, Choirs (Adult, Youth, Jubilate), Altar Guild, Needlework Brigade, Flower Guild, Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers, Ushers, and Wedding and Funeral Coordinators. For information about how to get involved please contact team convener Steve Diffley.

Listen to the Adult Choir and our new piano!

Click here to download a recording made on March 11, 2012, the first Sunday of our new piano, featuring our adult choir led by Director of Music Brian Williams, and our organist, Jana Williams.


Need for Housing

From Father Jim: A young man has contacted me about the possibility of renting simple housing in the East Cobb area. I've met him, discussed his needs and enjoyed my visit with him. He is vision impaired and cannot drive a vehicle. He is currently working as a massage therapist with Abundant Life (Dr. Jamie) on Robinson Road across from the Kroger Shopping Center. He begins a new job as a personal trainer with the East Piedmont YMCA on Monday, April 2. He'd like to rent a room within walking distance (2-3 miles) of the Y. His needs are very simple and he is very willing not just to pay rent but to help around the house as needed. If you could help or know of someone who could help him, call Fr. Jim at the office 770-971-2839, or on his cell phone (678.910.4923) or email and he will get you in contact with David.


Election of the 10th Bishop of Atlanta

Five evening gatherings between May 14 and May 18 will provide the people of the Diocese of Atlanta opportunities to meet and hear from the six candidates. One of these events will be recorded and posted online for later viewing. Dates and locations are: Monday, May 14, Grace Church, Gainesville; Tuesday, May 15, St. Luke's, Atlanta; Wednesday, May 16, Christ Church, Macon; Thursday, May 17, St. David's, Roswell; and Friday, May 18, St. Peter's, Rome. Each program begins at 6 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m.

Those elected to serve as lay delegates to the 105th Annual Council held last November, along with all clergy members of council, will participate in the election which will be held on Saturday, June 2 at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Information about the entire process is available on the Bishop Search and Transition website at .


MUST Ministires serving our neighbors in need

  • MUST in need

While news reports of a waning recession surface from time to time, volunteers and staff at MUST Ministries are not seeing it. MUST served a record 25,000 unduplicated clients in the past five months. At this rate, the ministry to those struggling financially will surpass the 34,000 seen in all of last year. For 40 years, MUST has relied on the community for food, clothing and financial support. Carol Wisdom, Vice President of Development said there is a tendency for the community to first think of gifts-in-kind when the demand increases. "Our community is so generous to others," Wisdom stated, "and we always appreciate food and clothing. Right now, our greatest need is for financial contributions to help the ministry meet operational costs.

How to help: Interested supporters can donate online at or mail a check to P.O. Box 1717, Marietta, GA 30061. On behalf of those in need, thank you.

  • MUST Summer Lunch Program begins soon

Remember making sandwiches for MUST last summer at St. Catherine’s? The Summer Lunch Program has been sponsored by MUST Ministries since 1995. During the summer months, children who are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch during the school year have a free lunch delivered to them by volunteers Monday through Friday all summer long. Last year, MUST volunteers delivered 103,000 lunches to hungry children in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. This year, MUST is excited to expand this popular and impactful program to Douglas, Paulding, North Fulton and Gwinnett Communities, while continuing to grow the number of children served in Cobb and Cherokee, and plans to serve 180,000 nutritionally balanced summer lunches.

The Summer Lunch Program is run almost entirely by volunteers. You are welcome to volunteer a few days during the summer or even each week. Making the lunches is an ideal team-building activity for families, organizations, businesses, churches, clubs, groups to do together and it has an immediate impact on the community. The need is great for even more groups to join the effort—do you know of one that might be interested? For complete information visit


Dear St. Catherine’s “Family”

Words cannot express the showing of love and caring that has been shown to me during my long illness and slow recovery from back surgery last October. I wish I could thank each of you individually for all the cards you sent, phone calls, food from Sonshine, being my transportation to and from doctor appointments and other errands, but the list is too long. I have been dismissed by the surgeon which is a “plus.” I still have a long road ahead of me to completely recover, but hopefully that won't take “forever.”

May God bless each and every one of you (you know who you are), and may you never lose the caring spirit that you now have, and for making me a part of the St. Catherine’s “Family.”

Anne Whittle

Dear St. Catherine’s Family,

Thank you so much for your prayers and support during this difficult time. I remained in Alabama to help my dad get readjusted, but I look forward to returning to my St. Catherine’s family.

Love in Christ,
Shelly Taylor

Dear Father Jim, Amma Susan and Parish at St. Catherine’s,

I want to thank you all for the support, love and prayers I received when my grandmother passed away. The emails and messages meant so much to me, and especially the gorgeous bouquet of flowers that was delivered to my home. You all gave me the strength to smile through tears, knowing the wonderful family we have at St. Catherine’s and how pleased, thankful and blessed we are to be a part of it.

My grandmother attended service at St. Catherine’s when my boys were baptized. She enjoyed it thoroughly and told both Jay and I how lucky we were to have found such a true and meaningful congregation of people.

I thank you, Father Jim, for your guidance and support, thank you Ama Susan for your love and concern, and to you both for the blessings you give to my boys, Ethan and Ryan, each service, They so enjoy it! And to everyone at St. Catherine’s, you are all family to us, and we appreciate each and every one of you, always.

Sincerely, with love and light,
Taryn Nienaber

Father Nixon,

Thank you and St. Catherine’s for all you do for MUST Ministries. We are very appreciative of your recent financial gift. Without support from churches like St. Catherine’s we would not be able to continue serving so many of our neighbors in Cobb and Cherokee counties. Thank you for your prayers, volunteers and financial support.

Warm Regards,
Howard Cox, for MUST Ministries

Holy Baptism

Next scheduled date: Sunday, May 27 (Pentecost)

Please contact the church office for information and the customary booklet about Holy Baptism.



FOR THE SICK: Victoria Moon, James Day, Mary Ann, Jan Dennis, Joe Cochran, Crystal Herman, Olivia Martin, Brian Lee, Kent Moss, Sandy Curran, Teresa Witham, Neal Aimar, Paul Beswick, David French, Barbara, Jean Windrow, Alycen Widdon, Judy Anderson, Rusty Phillips, James Ellis, Anna Jenkins, Anne Whittle, Ron & his family, Joanne Pinkney, Katherine Sjoblom, Jennifer James, Page Loyd, Beverly, Marilyn Gradwell, Holly, Bea Tolley, Lynn McDowell, Angie Henson, Melissa & baby girl, Snow Lucchosi, Joe Tarentino, Tammy Lange, Gloria, Shirley Burland, Tim Denison, Lee DeFore, Debra, Emily Harrell, Deborah, Gordon, Risa Maier, Laurel Glidewell, Bill Falinski, Robert Palmer, Sue Palmer, Jim, Barry, Rebecca Weaver, Cliff Kutzbach, Mabel, Julie Heath, Gigi Jarvis, Wil Fambrough, Pete Smith, Rod Deutscher, Jana Williams, Mary Heku, Ellen Brandt, Gaston DeLemos, Barbara Markette, Paul Markette, Gary Parker, Ruth Jones, Joan Unger, Bruce Heuke, Carol Viering, Linda Steiner, Denise, Mare

DECEASED: Sally Acker-Moon, Mary Lou Shannonhouse’s adopted sister; Evans Caudle, Greg Caudle’s father; Marlene Adkins, added by Arlyn Cook

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (4/23) Matthew Garner, Jan Severs, (4/24) Kayla Dickerson, (4/25) Jim Nixon, Brian Williams, Gavin Parisi, Mary Catherine Schmitt, (4/26) Addison Brooks, Caitlyn Nichols, Will Rouleau, Eric Scott, Matt Nixon, Therese Braman, Sarah Sherwood, (4/29) Frank Brent, Cody Pitts, (4/30) Marilyn Cain, (5/1) Steve Wolfe, Ashley Kareken, Scott Parisi, Doug Carswell, Taylor Baumann, Bryce Thompson, Mike Peterson, (5/2) Dina Parker, (5/3) Nancy Denton, Cindy Sheehan, Preston Parker, Declan Walls, Susan Vavra, (5/4) Mark Taylor, Jay Starr, Beth Thomas, Erin Rawls

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARIES: (4/22) Bob & Karolyn Olliffe; (4/23) Bob & Pat Pepper; (4/25) Tom & Kathryn Burgher; (4/28) Doug & Susan Jenkins; (5/2) John & Barbara Garner, (5/2) Julie & John Fulcher, (5/3) Mary Catherine & Bob Schmitt

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (4/22) Bill, Tinka & Elizabeth Ivey; Allen, Susan, Shannon & Austin Jablonski; Bob & Candy Jansen; Roy & Susan Johnson; (4/29) Elisabeth Johnston, Al & Susan Jones, Chris & Christy Jones, Sarah Jordan, Chris, Barbara & Holly Kallas

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.


Please let the church know when you or a loved one has a medical procedure, an illness, a life transition, or other special need. We are here to serve you. Please allow us the opportunity to share your experience and offer our support. Simply contact the church office at 770-971-2839. Thank you.

St. Catherine's Calendar

Hold These Future Dates:

  • May 25-June 3 –Youth Pilgrimage

  • June 2 – Election for 10th Bishop of Atlanta at Cathedral of St. Philip

  • June 5 – Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

  • July 21 – Parish Talent Show

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below is the next two weeks of events and activities and is correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 4/21 Saturday, 4/28


Cats on Wheels @
 Atlanta Botanical Garden


Garage Sale
CGS Level 1 training
YF @ Chattahoochee
  Nature Center
Elizabeth Inn

Sunday, 4/22 Sunday, 4/29


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Solemn Communion
Spring Memorial Service


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
  / Jubilate
Church School
Choral Holy Eucharist
Stephen Ministry

Monday, 4/23 Monday, 4/30

Susan’s day off
CGS - Catholic
Theater Group
Boy Scout Troop 713


Susan’s day off
Church Office Closed
CGS - Catholic
Theater Group
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 4/24 Tuesday, 5/1


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry Team.
Youth Ministry

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Invitation Ministry
Wednesday, 4/25 Wednesday, 5/2


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
PANDA Workshop
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Programs
Adult Choir


CN & D
WNL Dinner
Youth Choir
WNL Programs
Adult Choir

Thursday, 4/26 Thursday, 5/3
Men’s Bible Study
Theater Group
Adult Ed.
Great Oak Fund
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 4/27 Friday, 5/4
Jim's day off
Women’s Retreat @
  Montara Farm
Women’s Bible Study

Jim's day off
Women’s Bible Study
Preschool Program
Girl Scouts


Congratulations, Mike and Mary Bess,
married in New Orleans on April 14!!

A beautiful day and a beautiful occasion for all!

By Mike Peterson

Youth Sunday is May 20

This year we will be holding Youth Sunday on May 20. Youth plan and lead the 8:45 church service that Sunday morning… and we really rock the place!


YA Class Pre-pilgrimage overnight event, May 5-6

What better way to start off a journey toward community-building and self-discovery than by helping out others in need in our own back yard? From St. Catherine’s we will head into Atlanta to Emmaus House to do some service work together. The rest of our time will be filled with dinner, fellowship, worship, some programming, sleep (hopefully!), and we will cap everything off in church school on Sunday morning. Everyone in the YA class is encouraged to participate in this event.


Rite 13 Beach Trip June 29-July 1

It has become a tradition at St. Catherine’s for each Rite 13 class to cap off their first year with the Rite 13 Beach Trip. This trip is a lot of fun, but it is also an important opportunity for the young people in the Rite 13 group and their leaders to get to know each other better, reflect over the past year, grow in their spirituality together, and look forward to the year(s) to come. We will be staying at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat in Panama City Beach, FL. We will even work together to prepare and enjoy our own meals. Fun, faith, and food: a perfect combination!


Youth conferences at Kanuga

I’d like to talk with you about one of my two absolute favorite weeks of the year, which is Youth Week at Kanuga! This is a week-long conference that takes place June 17-22 at the beautiful Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina. There are two conferences during this week: JYP for rising 7th-9th graders and SYP for rising 10th graders through just-graduated seniors. These conferences are a ludicrous amount of fun and give you a chance to have a great time with other people your age from all over the country! Those who have been to Kanuga recently (ahem, Caitlyn Buckalew and Adryn Bowers-Dean) can vouch for how truly transformational and FUN they are! Remember that financial scholarship is available to anyone who needs it. You can find more information at – direct links at: SYP Pray While You Play or JYP Thoughts Words and Deeds. For adults who’d like to experience Kanuga, there is a third conference during that week called Adults Who Work With Youth. It’s a lot of fun and a great resource. You can check it out at Adults Who Work With Youth. And if you find yourself unable to make it to Youth Week this year, start thinking about coming to Winterlight at Kanuga, a fantastic conference that takes place in between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It’s never too early to start planning… and it’s worth it!


Save the date! Fall Youth Retreat: November 2-4

We will have our Fall Youth Retreat the weekend of November 2-4. We will be returning to the beautiful Earthshine Mountain Lodge in the mountains of western North Carolina where we took our Fall Retreat in 2010. Anyone who came on that trip can tell you what a great time we had!


We're busy at St. Catherine's! March & April '12...

Photos by Connie Bergeron and Jan Potter

Wheel Schedule:

Next publications:

  • May 4
  • May 25 [note this change]
  • June 8

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