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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The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
February 16-28
, 2013

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St. Catherine's home


Clergy Letter


Deacon Swiss
Garden Keepers
St. Cat's mugs
Blood drive
Preschool registration
St. Cat's blog
Keeping a Holy Lent
  Great Litany
  WNL Speaker Series
  Morning Eucharist/study
  Lent reflections
  Bishop's message
  Music & flowers
  Palm Sunday readers
  Meetings schedule
Ministry Fair
YF Game Night
Special Needs ministry
Ministry Teams Quarterly
Concert Series

Hunger Walk
Rice Bowls

Family Promise

Vestry appointments
Absalom Jones celebration
VDD thanks
VDD pics

Ministry focus

Chorus concert
Recycling day
Grief group
Unity forum
For rent
Health tip


New Beginnings
Common Ground
Rite13 Ceremony
Pancake Supper pics
VDD pics



2/19, 26 – Tuesday morning Eucharist & Study

2/20 – WNL Lenten Speaker Bishop Wright

2/21 – Preschool open registration

2/23 – Garden Keepers

2/26 – Blood Drive; Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

2/27 – WNL Lenten Speaker Rev. Templeton

2/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

3/2 – Diocesan Ministry Fair @ Cathedral; Garden Keepers

3/5 – Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting


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Special Upcoming Liturgies

By Amma Susan

During Lent there will be several special liturgies involving adults participating in The Journey. This is a period marked by the disciplines of fasting, examination of conscience, and prayer, to prepare the candidates spiritually and emotionally for their baptism at the Great Vigil of Easter, or to be confirmed, or received into the Episcopal church from another denomination by the Bishop during the fifty days of Easter.

  • Calling the Baptized to Continuing Conversion - Ash Wednesday. This liturgy took place within the context of the 7:30 PM Ash Wednesday service. Baptized participants of The Journey have been exploring the implications of their baptismal covenant as they prepare to renew their vows during the 50 days of Easter. Serving as examples for the congregation of our need for continuing conversion in our journey towards Easter, they joined the clergy in imposing ashes on those who wished to receive them.
  • Enrollment of Candidates for Baptism - February 24. During the 11:15 AM service of Holy Eucharist, those adults in The Journey who are preparing to be baptized at the Great Vigil of Easter will be enrolled as candidates for baptism. These catechumens have completed their period of instruction and are entering a stage of immediate preparation for baptism. Echoing the order of the baptismal liturgy, the catechumens are presented by a catechist to the celebrant, their sponsors are asked by the celebrant if their candidate has been regular in attending worship, prayer and study and in patterning their life in accordance with the Gospel. The celebrant then asks the sponsors and the congregation if they approve of enrolling the catechumens as candidates for Holy Baptism. Then the catechumens are asked if it is their desire to be baptized. After their assent, their names are written in a book recording the names of candidates for baptism. Then prayers are asked for these new candidates, their families, sponsors, catechists, the congregation, etc.
  • Presentation of the Nicene Creed – March 17. In this liturgy, the candidates for holy baptism kneel before the celebrant, and receive the Nicene Creed from the church as it is recited by the congregation.
  • Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer – Palm Sunday. In this liturgy, the candidates for holy baptism kneel before the celebrant and receive the Lord’s Prayer from the church as it is recited by the congregation in the context of the eucharist.
  • Rite of Preparation / Foot Washing – Maundy Thursday. In this liturgy, baptized participants in The Journey who are preparing to reaffirm their faith are recognized by the celebrant for their role in setting an example of repentance that lies at the heart of our Christian calling and are welcomed to join the clergy in the washing of feet as a symbol of the life of service to which all disciples are called.

These liturgies hold before us all the importance and implications of our baptismal vows and of the need of repentance that we all share, especially as we prepare during the season of Lent for the paschal joy of Easter.

Swiss Britt begins serving as St. Catherine’s part-time Deacon

Third Sundays at 8:45 am service each month

A note from your new part time Deacon

By Swiss Britt

On Sunday, February 17 at the 8:45 service I will serve for the first time at St Catherine’s as Deacon in the Liturgy. It will be a joy for me as well as a time of learning.

Just a short bit about me—my husband Peter and I have been married for 52 years this February 25, we have three children and one grandchild. I was ordained to the permanent diaconate on October 18, 1998 in the Diocese of Atlanta.

I retired from Parish Ministry at Christ Episcopal Church on October 18, 2009 after eleven years of service as their deacon. In many ways St. Catherine’s reminds me of the loving, welcoming congregation that Peter and I left. We have been blessed to worship with you for almost two years. I have happily sung with your wonderful choir for about a year and a half. And Peter (even if he is late) has regularly attended the 10:15 Men’s Sunday Bible study.

God has been bugging me about my ordination vows and serving in the Liturgy for the past five months so I finally listened and after much prayer spoke with Fr. Jim before Christmas about serving in a part time capacity. In January we settled on the third Sunday of the month at the 8:45 service. I will continue to be part of your choir at 11:15. As we go forward the next few months Fr. Jim and I will look again at this time table and my energy level.

It is an honor to begin serving as your deacon in a part time capacity. It will be a gift to proclaim the Gospel of our precious Lord in your midst. And to the parents of noisy children please note that this does not distress me; in fact it warms my heart to hear the sound of healthy, squirmy children sharing our worship and joy.

With a hopeful heart,
Deacon Swiss

Garden Keepers workdays

UPDATE: Work date CANCELLED for February 16

Our Garden Keepers ministry has a master plan for our church beds and gardens, and is ready to start mulching, pruning and more. Please join us for one or more of these work Saturdays, Feb. 23 - March 9. We’ll begin at 9:30 am under the great oak. Bring work gloves, rakes, tarps and maybe a bag or two of cypress mulch from Home Depot. For questions or suggestions contact Bill and Beverly Fambrough, 770-993-5444 or

-> We have cancelled the work day for February 16 due to the unfavorable weather forecast. Please join us starting February 23.

New St. Cat’s mugs available through this Sunday, Feb. 17

Our Ministry of Invitation team is offering a handsome, newly-designed ceramic mug for sale in February. The mugs are $6 and proceeds support newcomer events and supplies. You may purchase a mug at church between services, or contact or

Blood Drive

Next date: Tuesday, February 26

“It’s just immeasurable how powerful one donation could possibly be” – view this inspiring video about what blood donation has meant to them: .

Our next blood drive will be held on February 26, 3:00 to 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. For this date, we are teaming with Zaxby’s on Lower Roswell Road which will offer 10% off to all presenting donors – simply use your donation slip as proof. In addition, all presenting donors will be automatically entered to win a $1,000 gift card from a home improvement store.

Rreserve a time now by going to and enter the new sponsor code: STCATS. (Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are welcome the day of the event.) Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Preschool open registration February 21

St. Catherine’s Preschool: Cherishing Childhood — Valuing Education

It’s time for registration for the 2013-2014 preschool year. Open registration for the community is Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Parish Hall beginning at 10:30 am. Tours are available Wednesdays and Thursdays each week, 10 AM to noon. Visit for complete information. We appreciate you referring your friends and neighbors to our quality program for ages one to pre-K -- voted the #1 preschool in East Cobb Reader Choice Awards!

St. Catherine’s blog begins: “The Welcoming Journey”

By Father Jim

“The Welcoming Journey” is the title of our new St. Catherine’s blog begun on Ash Wednesday. It is located on the Rector’s Page (About Us) of the St. Catherine’s website and you can view it and comment on it here

We’ve titled it “The Welcoming Journey” because, we believe, it best characterizes the life of this congregation as we all make our way on our journey to God. We also want it to feel inviting to those who may not be familiar with the Episcopal Church, specifically, or even the Church in general. For now Fr. Jim will be contributing to the blog but we hope to eventually broaden the conversation to include Amma Susan and Mike Peterson, our Youth Director.

We invite you to stop by regularly and join the conversation. We will be using it to report on a regular basis concerning the Pilgrimage to Greece, March 2 – 12.

Keeping a Holy Lent

First Sunday in Lent: The Great Litany

On the first Sunday of Lent, February 17, 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.


Wednesday Evening Speaker Series begins February 20 with Bishop Wright

“Looking for Fruit on this Fig Tree”

Our Lenten program will begin on Wednesday night, February 20. This Lent five speakers from throughout the Diocese of Atlanta will join us to explore, in the context of Jesus' parable of the fig tree, what it means to what it means to bear fruit and what it also might mean to face the challenges of digging around us and applying fertilizer to our lives in Jesus Christ.

Due to large attendance expected please be sure to RSVP for dinner each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by 5 pm Tuesday. Wednesday Night Live (WNL) is our weekly Wednesday evening program with dinner, fellowship and learning: dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family). Come and join us as we journey through Lent with these speakers:

  • February 20 - The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, Bishop of Atlanta
  • February 27 - The Rev. Patricia D. Templeton, Rector, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church
  • March 6 - The Rev. E. Claiborne Jones, Director/Vicar, Emmaus House
  • March 13 - The Rev. Robert G. Certain, Executive Director, Military Chaplains Association
  • March 20 - The Rt. Rev. Keith B. Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta


Tuesday Morning Lenten Eucharist and Study: “Life is a Verb”

Series begins February 19

By Father Jim

Each Tuesday during Lent (February 19 – March 26) 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 “Life is a Verb.” I read a book several years ago that not only inspired me but in reading it I found a sense of solace and peace about my life. Not surprisingly some people have described Life is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally by Patti Digi as not “a self-help book, but a soul-help book.” Each week we will listen to Patti as she tells us a story about one of the six practices for intentional living she proposes in Life is a Verb: Intensity: Say Yes - February 19; Inclusion: Be Generous - February 26; Integrity: Speak Up - March 5; Intimacy: Love More - March 12; Intuition: Trust Yourself - March 19; Intention: Slow Down - March 26. Come join us each Tuesday morning to worship and to study. You will enjoy the time!

Open Our Eyes, O Lord - Lent Reflections 2013


Lent reflections: "Open Our Eyes, O Lord"

A variety of Lenten materials for children, youth and adults is offered to you on our resource table in foyer. In particular you’ll find this year’s booklet of reflections on the season of Lent, “Open Our Eyes, O Lord,” written by our own St. Catherine's parishioners. The Reflection of the Day, and the whole booklet, is also available on our website—be sure to check daily through Easter Day at .


Presiding Bishop’s Lent Message

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori presents a challenge in her Lent Message 2013 to pray, fast, study and give alms. “As you engage this Lent, I would encourage you to pray, to fast, to act in solidarity with those who go without,” she offers. “Learn more, give alms, share what you have.” Read the message and view the video, filmed at a park in New York City, at


Music and Flowers collection

We invite everyone to contribute to the cost of flowers to decorate our church and special music at Easter Day services. You will find brown envelopes in the pews for your check or cash donation. Please be sure to write clearly on the envelope your name and how you would like your donation remembered in our Easter bulletins, in memory or thanksgiving for a loved one (or you may send donations with this information to the church office). Please return donations by Sunday, March 17.


Palm Sunday readers sign up

We need eight volunteer readers to participate in the reading of the Passion Gospel at our 11:15 am service on Palm Sunday, March 24. You will read a small part while standing at your seat. This is an opportunity for parishioners who are not already lay readers to be involved (lay readers are welcome to participate as well). Sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Steve Diffley.


No meetings to be scheduled for Holy Week

By Father Jim

Holy Week is that time when our focus is on coming together as a community off and on through these special days to journey with Jesus to the cross. In order to ensure that everyone has every opportunity to do just this I am asking that no church meetings be scheduled during Holy Week, March 24–March 29.

2013 Diocesan Ministry Fair: "Growing with God"

Saturday, March 2 – Sign up now!

Enjoy a full day of spiritual formation and fellowship at this year's Atlanta Diocese Ministry Fair, "Growing with God." Join hundreds of other Episcopalians for a full day of fun, fellowship and learning, 9 am to 4 pm at the Cathedral of St. Philip. Choose three workshops from topics including Christian Formation, Music, Outreach, Theology, Spirituality, Communication, Stewardship, Leadership, Hispanic Ministry, Safe Churches, Environment, Pastoral Care and more. The Great Gathering in The Cathedral Nave begins at 9:30 with some wonderful music and special guest speaker, Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Lunch is included.

Registration is just $20 per person, and you are invited to bring food donations for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. To get details, including the list of workshops, and to register go to or pick up a brochure at our church.

Young Families Game Night

Sunday, March 10

By Jennifer Sherwood

Please join us Sunday March 10 from 4:30 to 8:30m in the Parish Hall for a Young Families Game Night. We’ll have Yahtzee, Uno Attack, Twister, the fun dice game Farkle and many more! We’ll provide chicken fingers, juice and water. Please bring an appetizer, side or dessert to share. BYOB or wine if desired. RSVP by Wednesday, March 6 on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or direct Jennifer Sherwood,

Special Needs Ministry at St. Cat’s

If you are seeking support with a family member with special needs, or if you are aware of a family with such needs, please contact Natalie Whitlow,, 770-998-1259. We are also seeking volunteers to be trained as one-on-one buddies for individuals needing assistance. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ministry Teams Quarterly Meeting

Tuesday, March 5, 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 2013.

St. Catherine’s Concert Series

Next concert: Saturday, March 23

Join us for these next concerts in our 2012-2013 series. All concerts are open seating.

  • Saturday, March 23, 2013, 8:00 pm – Coro Vocati Spring Concert: “The Sacred and Profane: Part II”
    Free concert, no tickets needed.
    “Vocati” is Latin for “The Called” — inspiring Atlanta’s newest professional chamber choir to bring together an outstanding cadre of 26 gifted musicians. As part of its mission to become one of the premier chamber choirs of the South, Coro Vocati will uplift you with works by Brahms, Kodaly and more from its exciting series led by Artistic Director John Dickson of Louisiana State University. Come and be part of this very special evening.
  • Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8:00 pm – Atlanta Sacred Chorale: “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs”
    Tickets required
    The Atlanta Sacred Chorale is a nationally ranked ensemble of auditioned singers that is known for unparalleled choral artistry. Whether at Piccolo Spoleto, Spivey Hall or with the Atlanta Symphony, ASC’s rich repertoire — from the Renaissance to folk spirituals to contemporary — seeks to touch both the human heart and the Divine. Directed by Dr. Eric Nelson of Emory University, the chorale and its popular CDs are regularly broadcast on NPR and across the U.S. and Canada. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience ASC live in a small setting. You will be transported. For information regarding tickets visit, .


Last minute idea for Lent: Be a tutor!

By Joan Nixon

As part of your Lenten discipline this year, I have a great idea for you! Rather than "giving up" something (insert your favorite here: chocolate, soft drinks, spinach, etc) try "taking on" something - tutoring! Some 9th graders at Marietta High School need some extra help with math, English, science and/or social studies. They even have special blocks of time set aside during the day, 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm. So, you won't be alone. And, for Lent you can do something that will really make a difference in the life of a youngster—keep them on the path to high school graduation! That sounds like a real win-win situation to me. Contact me with questions: Joan Nixon,

Hunger Walk/Run 2013 – join our team!

By Connie Bergeron and Carol Eskew

For over 28 years, the Hunger Walk/Run has united Atlantans of all ages to support hunger and poverty relief. The annual Atlanta Hunger Walk/Run benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank and, if you designate, Episcopal Charities Foundation. Please help support all our St. Catherine’s team members in the fight against hunger by contributing generously. All proceeds collected through Hunger Walk/Run remain in our community, and your donations are tax-deductible. For questions please contact Connie Bergeron or Carol Eskew

The more people from St. Catherine's, the better! You can see who is signed up to participate, sign up yourself or make contributions to support someone else who is walking -- click here: and:

  • To sign up to walk/run: If you would like to walk with our team (1) click on the orange “Join Team” button on the left at and sign up to run or walk, AND (2) RSVP on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin to let us know if you will eat lunch at church before leaving for the event (or contact Connie Bergeron,, 770-951-1411). Be sure to print a copy of your confirmation and bring it with you on March 10th to receive your Hunger Walk/Run t-shirt.
  • To make a donation: To make a donation in support of our team click on the orange “Support St. Catherine's Episcopal!” button on the right and complete the process.

Rice Bowls outreach project this Lent

By Molly Banko and Jennifer Sherwood

Fact: There are nearly 163 million orphans.
Fact: Malnutrition plays a part in more than half all child deaths.
Fact: Nearly one in four people, live on less than $1 per day.
Fact: You and your family can help with CHANGE.

Make a difference in the lives of of kids worldwide made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Help our Young Families Ministry support this program and pick up a plastic “rice” bowl in the foyer of the church or by the preschool office. Use it to collect your spare change throughout Lent. Filled bowls are due back to the church by Easter Day (March 31). Information about Rice Bowls is available at Questions? Contact Molly Banko,, or Jennifer Sherwood,

Family Promise of Cobb County

Our next meeting is planned for 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 28 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2881 Canton Road, Marietta, GA 30066, All are welcome as we continue to work to our goals for 2013. (Keep up with us on our Facebook page.)


Vestry announces Wardens and Preschool Board representatives

We are pleased to announce that the Vestry in their meeting on February 2 elected Elizabeth Lopez as Junior Warden. She will serve with Senior Warden Bill Lee for 2013. The Vestry also appointed Tom Blackstock to join Bill Lee as Vestry Representatives to the Preschool Board. Congratulations and thank you to all for your service to St. Catherine's.

Photo, right: Amma Susan, Elizabeth Lopez, Bill Lee, Father Jim

Below: Our Vestry 2013 (pictures by Rose Wolfe)

St. Catherine’s at Feast of Absalom Jones

Several members of St. Catherine’s were present and participated in the celebration of the Feast of Absalom Jones at the Cathedral of St. Philip on February 10. Here is a link to diocesan website photos of the service: . Says Bettye Harris, who attended, “Great service; good attendance from St. Cat's (I counted 13).” Bettye served as one of the chalice bearers; Vince Bagby carried the St. Catherine’s banner in the procession.

Thank you!

By Mike Peterson

On February 9, the St. Catherine’s J2A youth, parents, and leaders hosted our annual Valentine Dinner, Dance, and Auction to raise money for the pilgrimage that the J2A class will be making in the summer of 2014. This was the first of the two years that this particular class planned and ran the event, and by all measurable standards it was a wild success! About 100 guests, the 19 ninth and tenth graders of the J2A class, their parents, and their leaders came together for a wonderful evening of delicious and varied food and drink, live and silent auctions, dancing with a live DJ that lasted well into the evening, and great fellowship for all. This year’s theme was “Reaching for the Stars” and included some Hollywood flair.

This year’s live and silent auctions both broke records for the total number of items, services, and outings auction off. The live auction featured 36 offerings for bidding while the silent auction featured an incredible 177 quality offerings for every budget. With such an array of offerings, there were some real “steals” to be made, with some great items selling for as low as $10! Over 60 guests took home something new, and the combined auctions brought in over $24,000 for the Youth Pilgrimage Fund! These funds are highly appreciated and much needed as we begin to plan a pilgrimage for the largest J2A class we have ever had.

The youth pilgrimage is an essential aspect of the Journey to Adulthood curriculum. In many ways, it is the culmination of all it offers from sixth grade through graduation. The curriculum defines pilgrimage as: “the time we set aside to journey in the footsteps of the faithful Christians who have gone before us. By mindfully walking in their footsteps, we put ourselves in touch with our tradition, our roots, our God.” This experience is a transformative and vital part of our ministry, and we are committed to ensuring that every member of the class is able to take part in it. The youth of the J2A class extend their heartfelt gratitude to all of our guests on Saturday evening, to the many local businesses and individuals who graciously donated goods, items, and services to this event, and to you for supporting their spiritual growth and development.

The J2A Youth also owe a great deal of thanks to their families, without whom none of this event would have been possible. It is a predominantly youth- and parent-run event, and this year’s crew, many of whom had never even attended before, really took that to heart. The list of individuals who helped make this event a success would take up an entire page, but I would be remiss if I did not recognize Kristin Blackstock, who brought her incredible organizational and leadership skills to the position of Chair of the Valentine Dinner Dance. Kristin and her crew put in countless hours of preparation for many, many months to ensure that this event would be as successful as it has ever been. Even now, Kristin continues to work with me on reviewing every number, collecting feedback, and tweaking our procedures to make future Valentine Dinner Dances even better run than this year’s. Personally and on behalf of the J2A Youth, I thank Kristin from the bottom of my heart for her tireless efforts!

While every J2A youth’s family was involved, I want to be sure to recognize the parents who served as coordinators for specific areas. Heartfelt gratitude goes out to Tracey Pitts and Lisa Cook, who put in full-time hours organizing and running the silent and live auctions, respectively. Thanks also to Cindy Tuemmler for planning, purchasing, and preparing the delicious food and overseeing the massive kitchen operation, Claire Harrison for collecting donations from virtually every generous business in Cobb County, Gina Baumann and Barbara Barrington for managing our wonderful “staff” of youth servers, John Barrington and Charles Mace for managing the bars, Elizabeth Lopez for heading the crew with the monumental task of running the auction tallying/check-out, Maureen Donoghue for overseeing the décor for the evening, Karley Barber for arranging the program brochure, Jeanette Dini for helping coordinate between live auction, silent auction, and check-out crews, and to the family members of every youth who helped out in any way that they could. Of course, we also extend our thanks to Fred Massey for serving yet again as a true master of ceremonies and auctioneer for the night.

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to or attended the Valentine Dinner, Dance, and Auction. I feel confident that you will agree when I say that it was a truly wonderful evening!

And, thanks to everyone who came out to help and/or enjoy the Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday! It was a great time and we made a HUGE stride toward our goal to bring Stop Hunger Now to St. Catherine's

Below - Valentine Dinner Dance and Auction (photos by Bill Ivey, see more in Youth News below in this issue)

Do you know about these ministries?

In our Parish Cycle of Ministries, we celebrate the life and work of these ministries in the upcoming weeks. Please read on to find out about each and consider if you’d like to become involved:

  • February 18-24 – MUST Ministries: This week we celebrate the life and work of MUST Ministries, a volunteer-driven community organization which addresses the basic needs of individuals and families in Cobb and Cherokee counties and beyond. St. Catherine’s is highly involved through our Outreach Committee (Hale Sanders, 770.565.2719, with support activities at its Elizabeth Inn shelter, Summer Lunch Program, Gobble Jog and much more! For information about MUST visit .
  • February 25-March 3 – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd: This week we celebrate the life and work of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, our Christian Formation program for children ages 3½ through 12. The emphasis is on presenting God’s Word and liturgy in a way which taps into children’s needs and capacities at each stage in development, with three levels of program during the Church School time. The program is led by trained adult catechists. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Ana Martin, 770.862.9191, or Karen Maxwell, 770.993.0653,


Thank you and big hugs to all my St. Cat's family and friends! I can't adequately express my thanks to everyone who prayed for me while I was stuck in a hospital 3,000 miles from home. I could feel the love and compassion over all that distance and was constantly struck by how much, more than anything else, I just wanted to be home here with you all. For over two weeks I kept reminding myself that soon I would be back with my friends and family of the youth group, book club, and everyone else. St. Catherine's remains a wonderful and supportive family for everyone in the community. I don't know how well I would have done without the love and caring that keeps flowing out of your grace. I'm so glad to be back.

Allen Jablonski

To my St. Catherine's family,

I wanted to take a minute to thank you for all of your support as I embark on the study abroad journey. I have been in Northern Ireland for about a week and a half and things have been quite hectic, but I am settling in here. I fell quickly in love with the city of Derry and I have you all largely to thank for the opportunity to be here. Know that you all are in my prayers and that I am sending love across the ocean to you. Knowing that I have support at home means the world to me especially while I'm living so far away. Be sure to keep up with my blog and I will hopefully be posting some pictures there as well. I love you all and I can't wait to share more with you when I return.

With great thanks,
Sally Paris


Chorus Concert Tuesday, February 19

ATL Symphony Musicians and Advanced Choruses of Lassiter and Walton High School Benefit Concert at 7:30 pm in the NEW Lassiter Concert Hall, 2601 Shallowford Rd., Marietta. Two hundred high school singers will join eighty Symphony musicians in works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and more. Proceeds benefit the Booster Associations of Lassiter and Walton Choruses. Tickets are $21 per person, for information or to purchase visit


Community recycling day sponsored by Wheeler Band

Saturday, March 2, 8:30 am - 4 pm

Bring metal, electronics, paint and paper shredding—for a small donation the Wheeler High School Band will recycle the stuff piling up in your garage or basement. Bring everything to the school this day, located at 375 Holt Road, Marietta, GA 30068. Minimum donation is $10 for all-you-can-bring electronics and metal. TVs and CRTs $15 each, Paint (oil or latex, up to 10 gallons) $15. Paper shredding $10 for the first box, $5 additional boxes (10" x 12" x 24" file storage box). For details and a complete list of accepted items please visit the band’s website, .


"Living with Loss: As you journey towards acceptance and hope"

Living with Loss, a grief support group is facilitated by Doyle Hamilton, D.Min., LMFT, Pastoral Counselor. The next group will be in March. Sessions: March 6: The uniqueness of your particular grief; March 13: Factors which impact your experience of loss; March 20: Walking by faith in the midst of frustration and anger; March 27: Soul care while depressed and sad. Meetings are 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, 717 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, GA 30075. For information contact Dr. Doyle Hamilton, Pastoral Counselor, (770) 915-2537,


“Building Bridges: From the Past to the Future, Strengthening Racial Unity”

Saturday, February 23, at Zion Baptist Church Marietta

A community symposium on strengthening racial unity will be presented by neighboring congregations, St. James’ Episcopal Church and Zion Baptist Church, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Zion Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 165 Lemon St., Marietta, is in continuation of the conversation begun in the spring of 2011 at St James, at which Michelle Norris, former host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, spoke. The event will feature historians speaking to increase understanding and encourage dialogue among participants about the impact of race relations in our lives. Small group discussions will follow speakers' presentations. Free and open to the public: adults, students (high school and above). For more details and to register please go to


Apartment for rent

From a friend of St. Catherine’s: One bedroom apartment available for rent in the 30062 zip code area near Sandy Plains & Scufflegritt, first floor of our home. Furnished or unfurnished. Separate entrance, heat & air, parking, grill & garden area. Kitchen with full size refrigerator, new 2-burner stove with full size oven/broiler, new microwave. Use of swimming pool & hot tub. Smoking outdoors only. $600/month rent, all utilities $100/month additional (within past usage limit). Contact Betty Motter, 770-256-4864, for more information or to make an appointment to view.


A Meatless Option

From our Congregational Nurses

Tofu is a bean curd made from fresh soymilk. The curds are then pressed into cakes, creating silken, soft, firm or extra firm tofu. For those cooking meatless, it is a highly versatile and nutritious food. Tofu is rich in protein, iron and calcium, and is low in sodium. Tofu takes on the flavor of the ingredients it is cooked with. Firm or extra firm can be used in stir-fries, chili, tacos and soups. Soft tofu is great in dips, smoothies, sauces and dressings.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Provided by HealthStart,



FOR OUR NATION AND ITS LEADERS: Barack, our president, Nathan, our Governor, and members of Congress.

FOR THE SICK: Lee DeFore, Bill Falinski, Joan Unger, Doug Guedry, Lori Brown, Iris Phillips, Doug May, Angel Graham, Theodore Larson, Hector Quiles, Elinor Burson, Eleanor Thomason, Henry, Alycen Whiddon, Sherri Vann, Kellen Williams, Erna McGough, Marilyn May, Wendy Caulkins, Beth Gallant, Pam Brewer, Raymond Higgins, Steve Norford, Ashlee Wilson, Allen Jablonski, Virginia Snead, Kristen Shirah, Jennifer, Harry, Crista & Harry Tear, Laurell Millirons, John Bowman, Bentley Bohannan, Colin Bowersox, Doris Samples, Tom Prosser, Clifford Kutzbach, Allison, Uncle Joe, Jesus, Phil’s family, Suzanne FitzSimons, Nell Taylor, Andrew Woods, Anne Whittle, Ted & Tina Dyer, Shelley Ransdell, Joan Thurston, Chuck & Frances Pettit, Buddy Heath, Beth Sandoval, Emma Jean Moore, Russ White, Bill & Virginia Chandler, Patrick & Dianne Tomalin, Hamilton Family, Sandy Hansford, Linda Logan-Smith, Beverly, David Smith, Tom Thornley, Jolna Thomas, Carley, Darren & Zane McFarland, Betty, Tracy Buckalew, Meg Tysinger Hartin & family, Tim Giese, Avery Bullard, Sharon, Mary Taylor, Elizabeth Horton

DECEASED: James Tysinger, added by Harry Tear, Harry Ingram, added by Harry Tear

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (2/16) Tom Heuke, Amanda Braman, Alexandria Walton, (2/17) Chris Sanders, Greg Remter, Jim Mattox, James Ellis, (2/18) Elizabeth Ivey, Justin Kerr, (2/19) Ana Martin, Mary Vavra, (2/20) Holly Scheel, Bob Schmitt, (2/21) Marilyn Hunter, Cosette Gale, Steve Pyburn, (2/22) Joyce Carter, Michael Baumann, Katie Barrington, Sarah Antonucci, (2/23) Swiss Britt, (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

ANNIVERSARIES: (2/25) Swiss & Peter Britt

FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER: (2/17) Sarah & Jeff Clark; Chad, Jennifer & Kendall Cook; Kris, Lisa & Ethan Cook; Marion & Jason Cook, Amanda & Marshall Jones; Ron & Arlyn Cook; (2/24) Sybil Coote; Barbara Cordery; Mary, Robert & Colin Dailey; James, Susie, Ann & Helen Davis; Tom & Shirley Day


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:

  • Saturday, March 23: St. Catherine's Concert Series - Coro Vocati
  • March 24-30: Palm Sunday and Holy Week
  • Sunday, March 31: Easter Day
  • Wednesday, May 15: Confirmation at St. Catherine’s with Bishop Wright, 7:00 pm
  • August 30 – Sept. 2: Parish Retreat on Labor Day weekend at Lake Logan Episcopal Center, North Carolina

Holy Baptism: next scheduled date - Sunday, May 19 (Pentecost)

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

Two-Week Look Ahead

Below are 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, 2/16 Saturday, 2/23


New Beginnings @ Camp Mikell
Cats on Wheels@Carter Center


Garden Keepers

Sunday, 2/17 Sunday, 2/24


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
The Journey


Holy Eucharist
Family Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
The Journey

Monday, 2/18 Monday, 2/25

Amma Susan's day off
Stephen Ministry Training
Kneeler Group
Mentor Supervision
Stephen Ministry


Amma Susan's day off
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 2/19 Tuesday, 2/26


Lenten Eucharist/Study
Morning Prayer
Dental Hygienist
Staff Meeting
Youth Ministry

Lent Eucharist & Study
Morning Prayer
Puppet Show
Staff Meeting/Lunch
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry Team
Invitation Ministry
Wednesday, 2/20 Wednesday, 2/27


Bible Study
Dental Hygienist
Diocesan Council Meeting
WNL Dinner
Cursillo Reunion Group
Youth WNL
Lenten Series
Chancel Choir


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
Preschool Board Meeting
WNL Dinner
Cursillo Reunion Group
Youth WNL
Lenten Series
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 2/21 Thursday, 2/28
Happening @ Camp Mikell
Preschool Open Registration
Men’s Bible Study
Jubilate Practice
Elizabeth Inn
Jubilate Practice
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 2/22 Friday, 3/1
Fr. Jim's day off
Stephen Ministry Retreat
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study


By Youth Director Mike Peterson,, 770-971-2839

Please pray for those at New Beginnings February 15-17

This weekend, Emily Dini, Olivia Lopez, Justice Mace, and Quinn Phillpotts will be at Camp Mikell for the New Beginnings conference. Please pray for us as we travel and participate in this wonderful event!


Youth to join Church of the Common Ground March 3 & 17

On two Sundays in March, our youth will have an opportunity to serve others, participate in a new and different worship experience, and meet some new people! On March 3 and on March 17, we will be taking 2 adults and 8 youth to join with the Church of the Common Ground, which is “a worshiping community of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta which provides support for the spiritual, social, emotional and physical needs of Atlanta's unhoused men and women.” Each week, they hold Episcopal church services at Woodruff Park in Atlanta for the homeless. On March 3 & 17, we will prepare bagged lunches at St. Catherine’s, travel to Woodruff Park, worship with the congregants of the Church of the Common Ground, and then stay afterwards to share lunch and fellowship with them. You can read more about the Church of the Common Ground at .


Save the date for Rite 13 Ceremony

Come celebrate with 16 members of our Rite 13 Class as they Journey to Adulthood:

  • Celebration Dinner – Saturday, April 27 at 6:30pm in the Parish Hall
  • The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood Liturgy – At the 8:45am Service, Sunday April 28


Serving at the Pancake Supper

See lots more photos (full size) in the Pancake Supper 2013 album on the St. Cat's Youth Facebook page! (Photos by Mike Peterson)

Valentine Dinner Dance

Photos by Bill Ivey, see more above in this issue

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • March 1
  • March 15
  • April 5

The Wheel is published two times per month on Fridays. All editions are in electronic form (HTML) posted on our newsletter page and distributed by email to all members subscribed to the "Parish Announcements" email list. Printed copies of each newsletter are available for pickup at church in the foyer, in the wall rack near the welcome table. We welcome contributions of articles and photos of interest to the parish. Articles are due Wednesday 2 days before the publication date, by midnight. Please submit articles via email (below) or to Editor Karen Manno's mailbox at church.

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Editor: Karen Manno
Contact: or 770-973-8668

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