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St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
April 12 - May 2, 2014

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Clergy Letter

Send off Dinner
Journey to Easter
  Lenten activities
  Stations of the Cross
  Holy Wednesday service
  Rites of Reconciliation
  Maundy Thursday
  Prayer vigil
  Good Friday
  Monastic dinner
  Great Vigil of Easter
  Office schedule
Easter Day
  Flowering of the Cross
  Easter egg hunt
  Parking help
  Easter communions
YF ice cream social
Blood drive
Wine tasting
Concert: Kaleidoscope
Memorial service
Looking to summer
Graduates recognized
2015 Adult Pilgrimage
Vacation Bible School

Rice Bowls
Items collections
Mother's Day shoeboxes
The Extension dinners
Stop Hunger Now
Fashion show
Family Promise

40 days of serving
Remember Fr. Clarke
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

ECW retreat
Health tips


Youth Week @ Kanuga



Holy Week & Easter schedule

4/6-13 – Family Promise hosting

4/11 – Lent evening w Dr. Wright

4/13 – Taizé service

4/19 – YF ice cream social

4/22 – Blood drive

4/23 – WNL (youth)

4/22, 30 – Elizabeth Inn Laundry Team

4/26 – Wine Tasting @ Gales’

4/28 – Elizabeth Inn Dinner Team

4/30 – Amma Susan’s sendoff dinner

5/1 – Amma Susan’s sabbatical begins

5/2-3 – Stephen Ministry retreat

5/3 – Concert Series: Kaleidoscope

5/4 – Spring Memorial Service

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You have anointed my head with oil

By Father Jim

The 23rd Psalm comforts us that even when we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” that our Lord is there to “spread a table” and anoint our “head with oil.” Many of us have reflected on these past weeks at St. Catherine’s. The deaths of spouses, fathers, nieces, friends; significant health issues in families and with friends of families; challenges in relationships both near and far have all left us feeling the need for time together to both grieve and be reassured of our Lord’s loving presence. While “only” 13 weeks on the calendar, this year has felt to many as a “walk through the valley of the shadow of death.” These conversations have led me to see our annual Holy Week Healing service on Wednesday evening (April 16 at 7:30 pm) in a different light this year.

Traditionally the church on the Wednesday of Holy Week has remembered the anointing of our Lord’s feet by the woman with an alabaster jar of fragrant oil. We carry on that tradition at St. Catherine’s with our healing service. This is a time to gather in the quiet of Holy Week before the emotionally charged liturgies of Thursday and Friday. We gather to kneel before the One whom we declare the “giver of health and salvation.”

Therefore, I issue this call to you! Let us this one year commit to one another to gather as the people of St. Catherine’s – young and old alike – this Wednesday night to stand side by side in grief, comfort and joy for all that has passed between us these past three months. And then let us together come to the rail to kneel before the Lord our shepherd, to drink deeply of his anointing power and loving strength and then to “spread a table” with the sacrament of his body and blood. When we do so as a community of faith we will know then “that the only Name under heaven given for health and salvation is the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I look forward to kneeling beside you Wednesday night. You have anointed my head with oil these many years. Let us do it with one another Wednesday night.

Send-off Dinner for Amma Susan on Wed., April 30

6 pm in the Parish Hall – RSVP

Join us for a very special occasion as we send Amma Susan off on her sabbatical, "Building Bridges of Peace," May 1 through August 31. This special evening will have an international theme highlighting food from each of the places she'll be studying and visiting. Please RSVP at the table in the foyer this Sunday or by calling the office, 770-971-2839. There is no charge for the event. See you there!

We’ll be keeping up with Amma Susan throughout her travels to Ireland, France, Spain and Scotland through several differnt means, including on the St. Catherine’s blog, “The Welcoming Journey.” Be sure to watch for the news as her entries appear.

Journey to Easter

We invite you to set aside the demands of the everyday and join together with family and friends April 13-19 for Holy Week, a week of intense observance and liturgy with word and sacraments that touch our lives as in no other ways during the rest of the year. If you have never made this journey you will find it life changing. Please come!

This time marks the days of Jesus' passion and resurrection and is the most important time of the church year. In rites and words the mysteries of Jesus' final hours are with us again, his passion, his cruel suffering, his rising from the dead. And we discover the answer to age old questions: Does God love us? Is God merciful? Does God care for us? We have only to look and learn from Jesus Christ.

Palm Sunday, Apr. 13...

7:30 am

Holy Eucharist (HE)

8:00 am


8:45 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

10:00 am

Church School (nursery)

11:15 am

Liturgy of the Palms + HE (nursery)

  5:30 pm Taize worship

Tuesday, Apr. 15...

7:00 am

HE + Study

10:00 am

Morning Prayer

6:30 pm

Children’s Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, Apr. 16...

7:30 pm

HE + Healing Service (nursery)

Maundy Thursday, Apr. 17...

7:30 pm

Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:00 pm

All-night Prayer Vigil

Good Friday, Apr. 18...

9:00 am

Morning Prayer

12:00 pm

Stations of the Cross (outdoor)

6:30 pm

Stations of the Cross (indoor)

7:30 pm

Proper Liturgy (nursery)

9:00 pm

Monastic Supper

Holy Saturday, Apr. 19...

10:00 am

Proper Liturgy

7:30 pm

Easter Vigil + Renewal of Baptismal Vows (nursery)

Easter Day, Apr. 20...

6:30 am

Outdoor Sunrise Eucharist


7:30 am


8:45 am

Festive Family Eucharist (nursery)

10:00 am

Reception + Easter Egg Hunt
(no Church School)

11:15 am

Festive Choral Eucharist (nursery)

12:45 pm


  • Lenten worship and study opportunities continue

- Taizé worship services conclude Sunday, April 13 - 5:30-6:00 pm
- Tuesday morning Eucharist and study concludes April 15, 7:00 - 8:00 am
- Lent Reflection of the Day - St. Catherine's own 2014 Lent Reflections collection, "Listening Carefully to Our Lord," is available through Easter Day at If you'd like to receive the Reflection of the Day sent direct to you each day by email please sign up at the link on this web page.


  • Stations of the Cross April 15 and 18

We invite you to use our Stations of the Cross during Lent, Holy Week or any time as a way of enjoying our beautiful church. We have both Outdoor Stations which are sited around our grounds, and Indoor Stations in the main sanctuary. Our Outdoor Stations of the Cross is complete with liturgies for your use, laminated and in a housing near Station Number 1 (by the church front doors, to the right as you face the entry), including a history of Stations of the Cross plus a map and description of our Stations. The Indoor Stations are the plaques on the walls of the sanctuary. Station 1 is at the right-hand rear of the nave as you face the altar.

- A Way of the Cross for Children — Tuesday, April 15. We offer a special family Stations of the Cross during Holy Week on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. This is an interactive Stations designed to stimulate imaginations and help our children experience the walk through Holy Week. The characters in the drama of the Passion can inspire our own efforts to offer friendship, care and support to those in need. Children old enough to read will enjoy this experience in particular, but we invite all children ages 7-12. This experience will help them understand what happened to Jesus, and encourage both children and parents to think about God's presence and action in their lives.
- Guided Stations of the Cross — Good Friday, April 18. Outdoor Stations is held at 12:00 pm, and Indoor Stations at 6:30 pm.

  • Wednesday Healing Service April 16, 7:30 pm

“While Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.” (Mark 14:3)

As a community of faith we have suffered a number of significant losses this spring. Our hearts are broken open, our emotions stretched, and our relationships stressed. We are in need of healing – both body and soul. The mystery of the anointing with holy oil (holy unction) provides both physical and spiritual healing. The sacrament, with holy oil blessed by the Holy Spirit, is most commonly celebrated during Holy Week on Holy Wednesday evening. Everyone in the parish may be anointed with the holy oil for the healing of spiritual and bodily ills. The oil carries God's grace both to renew the body and to cleanse the spirit. The service follows the apostolic tradition mentioned in the New Testament: "...let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven" (James 5:14-15). Holy unction is a mystery of great comfort to the faithful and integral to our journey through Holy Week to the new life of resurrection. It provides uplifting and asks for patience to accept the will of God whatever the physical outcome. It is the sacrament we most need in this time our journey together. Come and gather at the rail, receive the anointed grace of our Lord and know how God sustains us even in these times of great need.

  • Rites of Reconciliation

Our clergy offer the opportunity for private confession during Holy Week. Holy Week is a great time to explore areas in our lives where forgiveness would be appropriate. Confessions are not restricted to times of sickness. They may be heard any time and anywhere. The Reconciliation of a Penitent, (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 446-452) is available for all. The Anglican tradition has always been that all people can avail themselves of this sacrament, some should, but none must. If you want to explore this sacrament or simply inquire about it, please contact Father Jim or Amma Susan by noon on Good Friday, April 18.

  • Maundy Thursday Service April 17, 7:30 pm

In this celebration Jesus sacramentally anticipates the gift he makes of himself on the cross. His command to serve others is dramatically recalled in the ceremony of the washing of the feet, which he performed for his disciples. Like the Paschal lamb, killed and eaten by the people, Jesus is a sign of God's salvation.

  • Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour? Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; into temptation the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words. And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him. He came a third time and said to them, Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’ (Mark 14:37-42)

Our custom is to keep Vigil with our Lord through the night from immediately following the Maundy Thursday liturgy until Morning Prayer on Good Friday at 9:00 AM. Security is in the building through the night. The sign up poster is in the foyer on the bulletin board next to the name tag kiosk, and there is no limit on the number who may come per time period. Please find a half-hour or hour period you can sit in prayer with Christ in his passion. Won't you spend one hour with your Lord?
  • Good Friday service April 18, 7:30 pm
These liturgies retell the story of that last day with a simple dignity and drama not seen at other times in the church. During this time we pray for the entire world asking that this powerful paschal mystery bring blessings to the world. According to ancient tradition, the cross is venerated this day, and the sacrament of Christ's love for his church is received. It is one of two days the Episcopal Church asks us to fast—the other is Ash Wednesday, therefore a fitting beginning and end to our Lenten journey.
  • Monastic Dinner following Good Friday service

We will gather after our April 18 Good Friday service for an adult monastic dinner in the Parish Hall immediately following the liturgy. It serves to break our Good Friday fast as we come together in silence and candlelight to enjoy a delicious fish stew, bread, and a little wine or other beverage. As the meal progresses it is always a delight to hear the room move from silence to a solemn joy as we anticipate the rest of the story of the death and resurrection of Christ. Call the office, 770-971-2839, to sign up and join us.

  • Great Vigil of Easter April 19, 7:30 pm - Bring your favorite and loudest bells to this service!

The Great Vigil is the high point celebrating the passion and resurrection of Jesus. It is the most beautiful of all liturgies – the queen of all festivals! With a rich display of symbol, liturgy and readings, the church expresses her faith in the mystery that brings her into being. The vigil opens with a service of light. The lighting of the fire and the Easter candle go back to time before Christianity. The candle, carried with loving reverence and lyrically praised, is a sign of Christ, "the light of the world," and celebrates the victory of light that humanity longs for. Next, a series of readings recalls the great interventions of God in history, from creation to the redemption of Israel from Egypt, and ends with the story of Jesus' resurrection. The water is blessed and signifies the blessing of new life as we renew our baptismal vows. The great "alleluia" proclaims with quiet joy the triumph of God's Son. And finally, Rejoice! this night says to all creation as it brings before us the deepest symbols of our hopes and fears. The Word who made all things freshly proclaims God's promise of life. All creation celebrates God's love.

  • Office schedule

The church office will be closed on Good Friday, April 18, and Easter Monday, April 21. The Preschool and Preschool office will be closed on Good Friday.


Easter Day - April 20

  • Easter Receptions

Please join us during one of our many Easter celebrations. Festive receptions will be held for everyone following the 8:45 and 11:15 am services on Easter morning. Your Fellowship Committee will need plenty of assistance with set-up and clean-up for these events. Please contact Jennifer Massey ( or Shirley Childs ( or call 404.375.8327. Additionally, contributions of desserts and finger foods are greatly appreciated. Please bring them to the kitchen, prepared and ready to serve, prior to the service.

  • Flowering of the Cross

We invite all children to bring cut flowers to the 8:45 AM Easter morning worship service. It is our custom to flower the cross in front of the sanctuary just as the glorious worship service begins. Be sure to bring flowers for each child, and we always appreciate some extras for children who are visiting or simply forgot theirs in the rush of dressing in their Easter finery.

  • Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt will be on Easter Day for children through 5th grade immediately after 8:45 service (about 10:00 am). We ask that parents be present and supervise their own children during the hunt. Young children (toddlers-2nd grade) meet under the Great Oak, older children (3rd-5th grade) meet in the downstairs atrium. Youth may be helpers, please contact Mike Peterson,

  • Easter parking helpers

Help provide all our members, newcomers and guests with that important initial welcome — we need three people before the 8:45 and the 11:15 services on Easter Sunday to direct traffic in our parking lot and people into the building. If you are able to arrive 30 minutes before either service to help, please contact Al Jones or call the office.

  • Easter Communions

The Church's tradition is to bring the communion of Sunday of the Resurrection to those unable to celebrate in the midst of the community of faith. We invite you to let us know if you or another parish member will not be able to be in church on Easter due to illness. Simply contact the office and we'll have one of our Eucharistic Visitors call to arrange a visit.

Young Families Ice Cream Social

Saturday, April 19, 1:00 to 3:00 pm – RSVP

Join us for an ice cream social and time for the kids to burn some energy on the St. Cat's playground outside the Parish Hall. Please RSVP by 10:00 on the day of the event so we'll have enough ice cream for all. Sign up through YF's Shutterfly website. If you have a child under age 12 and would like join the Young Families group, please contact Molly Banko, or Jennifer Sherwood,

Blood drive - next date Tuesday, April 22

Our next Red Cross blood drive will be April 22 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. You can reserve your time now by going to and enter the sponsor code: STCATS. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required, all donors are of course welcome on the day of the event.

Help is needed for set up, take down, and host/greet – please contact Jennifer Massey,, 404.375.8327.

Wine Tasting - Saturday April 26

7:00 pm at The Gales'

It’s time for the annual wine tasting on Saturday, April 26 at 7:00 pm at the home of Emily and Nelson Gale (228 Lamplighter Lane, Marietta, 30067). This St. Catherine’s favorite is open to all adults of the parish. This year’s tasting will be led by Tom and Maureen Donoghue. Please BYO tasting glass and a finger-food appetizer or dessert to share.

RSVP: The cost is $15 per person and we ask that you reply by Tuesday, April 22 to Molly Banko,, to ensure that we have enough tastings to go around. This event is hosted for everyone by our Fellowship Ministry. Hope to see you there!

Concert Series: Get tickets now for “Night & Day: Time Pieces”

Saturday, May 3, 8 pm at St. Catherine’s

Join us for the final program in St. Catherine's 2013-2014 Concert Series as Kaleidoscope presents “Night & Day: Time Pieces.” From a tribute to the beauty of dawn as expressed in Claude Monteverdi’s Ecco mormorar l’onde to Eric Whitacre’s thoughts about nighttime in his sublime setting of Water Night, and with many other pieces in between, the classic style of choral music will be fully represented. Known for its diverse programming, Kaleidoscope will also bring selections from the world of popular music, including the Rodgers and Hammerstein standard Some Enchanted Evening, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night, and Cole Porter’s timeless gem, Night and Day.

Formerly The Michael O'Neal Chamber Singers, Kaleidoscope is a 30-voice select ensemble which has established a reputation for choral excellence throughout the US and abroad, with its polished presentation of choral selections ranging from Gregorian chant to 20th century compositions, from opera to vocal jazz. You can listen to them on their website at .

Tickets are $15 ($10 students) in advance or at the door (all payments check or cash only, please). Please stop by the table at church this Sunday or get the ticket order form at . Seating will be limited. In addition, you are invited to become a “Friend Of Music At St. Catherine’s” by supporting this and our future concert series with your donation (Friends of Music details are included on the order form).


Concert at delight on March 30

Hope you didn't miss the wonderful program by the Georgia Festival Chorus on March 30. Photo below - The GFC's director announces the program (by Bill Ivey)

Spring Memorial Service

Sunday, May 4, 5:00 PM

Our Memorial Service will be held to celebrate the lives of those we have lost since our last 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. If you have information about someone to be remembered at this service please contact Karen Manno,, by Sunday, April 27 to be included in the bulletin.

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.

Looking ahead

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

  • Sunday, May 11 – Mother’s Day
    - Youth Sunday at 8:45 service
  • Wednesday, May 14
    - Last day for WNL (Wednesday Night Live)
  • Sunday, May 18
    - Last day of Church School
    - Graduates recognized at all services (see below)
  • Sunday, May 25 – Worship times change to summer schedule!
    - Two worship times - 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
  • Sunday, June 8
    - Day of Pentecost - WEAR RED!
    - Parish Picnic immediately following 10:30 service


Graduates recognized Sunday, May 18 - Names needed by May 11

We will recognize all graduates, preschool through graduate school, at all services on May 18. 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.

2015 Adult Pilgrimage to Ireland announced

By Father Jim

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Adult pilgrimage, “Exploring our Celtic Spirituality: A Pilgrimage to Ireland” led by The Rev. Jim Nixon, March 2 – 12, 2015.

During our 10 days we will explore this sacred space from Dublin to Galway, from Glendalough to Tralee, and spend time on the Aran Islands after exploring the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. We’ll celebrate Eucharist together in the ruins of Kilmalkedar Church. This early Christian and medieval site is spread over a large area of around 10 acres. The history of this site is associated with St. Brendan but the site is said to have been founded by St. Maolcethair. For those who desire we’ll have an opportunity to renew our marriage vows at the same church as we explore the Dingle Peninsula. Our time together will be about searching for God in places that others have found God over the centuries. It will also be about exploring our friendship and joy in God’s creation as we take some time to tour the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, explore and share lunch at the Killbeggen Whiskey Distillery and follow along on a Literary Pub Crawl in Dublin.

You will find a more detailed itinerary below as well as a reservation form for securing your place on this trip. Airfare will be Atlanta - Dublin round trip. The pricing information is preliminary and won’t be firm until May 1 since we cannot book the trip until 335 days before our departure date. Please note that the cost does not include airline taxes and fuel surcharges which are at $505 currently for this flight. These charges are not know until the tickets are actually purchased.

After Easter there will be an opportunity to gather and learn more about this trip. We will publish the date of that gathering as soon as it is set. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Fr. Jim at the office (770.981.2839) or email (

Vacation Bible School registration now open

Monday, June 30 - Thursday, July 3

By Harriett Pyburn

Join us for “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School, where Jesus’ love is One-Of-A-Kind! Kids, God filled the world with a lot of crazy creatures… including you! When you feel different, or lost in a crowd — nothing compares to the extraordinary love of Jesus.

VBS this year is Monday, June 30 through Thursday, July 3, at 9 am – 12 noon each day, and is open to children ages 4 by July 1st through rising 4th graders. Our program will take children on a wild adventure with great music, games, stories, science activities and more as we explore God’s love for us. Each day will start and end in the sanctuary. We will provide a snack, but lunch is not served. Space is limited so preregistration is preferred. Cost:

  • Early registration: $25 per child if paid by May 15
  • After May 15: $35 per child


  1. Go to to fill out the registration form and click the “Submit” button (please fill out a separate registration form for each child).
  2. Send your registration payment either in person or by mail to St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church (you may use online bill pay and mail to 571 Holt Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30068). Checks should be made to “St. Catherine’s Church” and you MUST put “VBS” and your child(ren)’s name in the memo line.

If you have any questions, please contact Harriett Pyburn, Plenty of help is needed, we welcome adult and youth volunteers for one or two days, or the whole week. We're looking forward to a great time!


Rice Bowls ingathering is Easter Day

Please bring your bowls back to the collection box in the foyer by Easter Day. Throughout Lent, households have been encouraged to use plastic "rice bowls" to collect spare change to make a difference in the lives of children worldwide made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other circumstances. Information about Rice Bowls is available at

Outreach collections for April

By Harriett Pyburn

Bring your books and balls! This spring, we are hosting two collections efforts for local organizations assisting children Items may be placed in the collection bins outside the church parlor or at the entrance to the church preschool.

  • New and like-new children's book drive: Time to check out the bargain bins at the local book store, add one of your old favorites to your Amazon shopping cart, or look through your bookshelves at home to see if your family has a few gently loved books that could be repurposed! Communities in Schools will distribute these books to families in our community that may not have many if any children's books at home. Through this outreach service, these families also become aware of the many programs that Communities in Schools has available to them from elementary through high school.
  • Playground equipment drive: Each summer, Emmaus House sponsors a free summer day camp for children of the Peoplestown neighborhood. We are asking for donations of playground equipment that can be used during this camp (kickballs, footballs, soccer balls, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, etc.).

United Way shoeboxes for Mother’s Day

Items needed by April 23

By Gina Baumann

Help homeless mothers with the 2014 United Way Shoebox Project for Mother's Day. See the list of needed items below – fill a shoebox with a selection of these items and return them to the collection bin in the church foyer. Don’t have a shoebox handy? Don't let that be a deterrent — any and all items will be grateful;;u accepted without a box. The Youth will be wrapping items in boxes on April 23. For information please contact Abby Baumann 770-820-9988 or Nathalie Gratas 786-230-6051.

Items wanted: hand towels, antibiotic ointment, socks, tampons, panty liners, travel size water bottles, rain ponchos, resealable zipper storage bags, prepaid phone cards, travel size shampoo, deodorant, travel size soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, travel size lotion, hair comb/brush, sun protector, lip balm, adhesive bandages
Please do NOT include medicine, food, sewing kits, razors, used or opened items

Help support The Extension

By Connie Bergeron

To introduce you to The Extension, its mission is to facilitate a transformation that empowers chemically dependent homeless men and women to become sober, accountable members of society and to serve as a recovery resource for the community. The Extension is a non-profit, community-supported organization serving Cobb County and the entire metropolitan Atlanta area, led by a staff of licensed and certified counselors, holding some of the highest credentials in the addiction recovery field. They provide addiction recovery services through a comprehensive Residential Recovery Program for 47 homeless men, outpatient counseling and various outreach initiatives. In a separate facility in Marietta, there is a residential program for 20 homeless, addicted women. The Extension has grown to become the largest such program in the North Metro area.

The good The Extension does is accomplished with the involvement of a caring community. Every day volunteers serve at the two campuses, providing meals, helping with special projects and connecting with the residents in ways that words can never describe. Others donate money or contribute much needed supplies or other goods. By working together, lives are changed for the better.

Prepare a meal – a great way to lend a helping hand

St. Catherine's provides dinner on the third Sunday of each month - One of The Extension's current biggest needs is volunteers to prepare and serve dinner to the 20 residents of the women’s program. It is especially gratifying when the volunteers sit down with the residents and share the meal together. We have found over the last year that the residents are welcoming and extremely grateful for our service. We are thankful for Tom and Kristin Blackstock and Ron and Connie Bergeron who are faithful volunteers every month, as well as Carol Eskew, Linda Smith and Sara Thomas who have served dinner regularly as well.

Here are the particulars: Dinner is served at 7:00 pm. The meal can be partially prepared at the facility. There are plates, glasses and flatware, as well as pots and pans and related serving utensils. We enjoy dinner and visit with the residents, and then the residents do all of the clean up. The group that prepares and serves dinner also provides worship immediately before the meal. For more information visit

We welcome you to enjoy this rewarding volunteer ministry on any third Sunday, 6:45 to 7:45 pm. Dates for the rest of this year are: April 20 (Easter), May 18, June 15 (Father's Day), July 20, August 17, September 21, October 19, November 16, December 21. To sign up for any of these days please contact Connie Bergeron at, 770-951-1411, or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin. We look forward to your service with us.

Photo, right (by Connie Bergeron) - Ron Bergeron, Kristin Blackstock and Tom Blackstock have dinner ready!

Time to sign up to Stop Hunger Now!

Saturday, May 10

By Mike Peterson

On Saturday, May 10, you are invited to help St. Catherine’s provide 10,000 meals to under-nourished school children around the world, all in the span of 2-3 hours! We will be hosting a meal-packaging event through an incredible organization called Stop Hunger Now who will bring all the necessary supplies and tools for meal packaging to St. Catherine’s, provide an orientation on world hunger and their program, and guide us in the preparation and packaging of meals containing rice, soy, vegetables, flavoring, and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. These meals are nutritionally balanced, easily transportable, and have a shelf life of up to five years.

Parishioners of all ages are invited and encouraged to take part in this event! Anyone who participated last year can tell you that it is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling, and gratifying experiences you will ever have. It’s also a lot of fun! You can sign up by emailing Mike Peterson at And if you wish to contribute, please contact Mike Peterson or simply make out a check to St. Catherine’s with “Stop Hunger Now” in the memo line and drop it in the offertory plate or send to the church office. This event is sponsored by the St. Catherine’s Youth Program and Outreach Committee.

Together as a parish, we can live into our Christian calling and push back against hunger in a major way! More information on Stop Hunger Now can be found at

"In Bloom" Luncheon, Fashion Show & Silent Auction

Sunday, May 18

By Lee Ann Sherry

Join us 1-3 pm in the Parish Hall for a wonderful luncheon, silent auction and show of fashions by Dress Barn & Justice, all to benefit The Center For Children & Young Adults. Tickets are $15 and all ages are welcome. For reservations please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin with checks made payable to “CCYA”, or contact Lee Ann Sherry, 770-815-5299, Information about CCYA and their mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment for homeless youth and young adults who have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or are at risk, is available on their website at

In addition, we would be grateful for the following donations:

  • New and gently used men’s & women's career & special occasion clothing & shoes for the CCYA "Dress For Success" Program
  • Any type of birthday party products (cake mixes, decorations, paper products, ect) for the Fragile Kids Foundation "Birthday Bash Basket" Program

Family Promise update

  • Thank you to everyone who is so busy this week helping with our second hosting week, through April 13!
  • The Family Promise of Cobb County Fundraising Team is looking for people willing to help us prepare grant applications. If you are a good writer, or have a knack for selling an idea in writing, we could use your skill. If you feel that your lack of experience in grant-writing might hinder you, there are free online courses that you can take that can help to sharpen your skills. Please let Hale Sanders know if you’re interested.


40 days of serving

by Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry

Our season of Lent, the time of preparation, and listening is nearing an end. We have had 40 days to prepare, to find ways to serve, to love our neighbor. What does your list look like?

Within our church walls or in the greater community your God-given gifts can be connected to the area where your ability and the need is a good fit. I am here to help you identify how you can give back. You can reach me either at or 770-971-1269 so that you can also experience the joy of giving back.

Wishing you all the wonders and glories of Easter!

Remembering Father Clarke

The Rev. James Alexander (Jim) Clarke, age 76, of Cornelia, Georgia, passed away on April 6. Father Clarke served St. Catherine's as its first part-time and then full-time Vicar, from 1967 to 1973. He visited St. Catherine's in August 2011 as part of our 50th Anniversary year of celebration.

Born in Fulton County on August 15, 1937, he was a son of the late James Thomas and Mildred Alexander Clarke. Jim was an Atlanta native, a graduate of Georgia State University and earned a Master of Divinity at the School of Theology at the University of the South. Ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1968, he went to serve St. James’, Marietta; St. Catherine’s; St. Mary’s, East Point; and for seven years as assistant to the Bishop for special ministries. He was the catalyst for the formation of St. Mary’s as a Hispanic congregation and was well known around the diocese, especially in Northeast Georgia, as a supply Priest and interim Rector.

Survivors include wife, Carolyn Tuck Clarke, and many family. Memorial services were held on April 11 at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Sautee-Nacoochee, Georgia, with Bishop Robert Wright officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Church of the Resurrection Pre-school, 1755 Duncan Bridge Road, Sautee, GA 30571, or to Episcopal Relief and Development.

Seen around St. Cat's

  • On the March 21-23 Women's Retreat at Montara Farm (photos by Tillie Carter). Below, left to right: a group portrait; welcome by Diane; trifling with truffles; Kell, Karen, Ginny (the blues sisters); another wonderful dinner 1 & 2.
    Also, see lots more photos of beautiful sights around Montara Farm by Sue Snape on our Facebook album at Women's Retreat at Montara Farm.

A retreat and liturgy was held for children in our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program on March 22, followed by celebration of Solemn Communion at the 8:45 service the next day. See LOTS more photos in the album at SolemnCommunion2014. (Photos by Jan Potter)

  • The Stephen Ministers sponsored a workshop on Contemplative Prayer on March 29. Carl McColman was the guest speaker. A GREAT workshop! (photos by Bill Ivey)
  • Daughters of the King installed 4 new members in a ceremony at the 11:15 service on March 30. (photos by Bill Ivey)
  • April spring cleaners hard at work in our kitchen! (photos by Jennifer Massey)

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:

  • April 21-27: Flower Guild — This week we celebrate the life and work of our Flower Guild, which obtains and arranges the flowers and plants which adorn the altar and church for worship services. We work in rotating teams, and training is provided. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Emily Gale, 770.953.3407,
  • April 28-May 4: Concert Committee — This week we celebrate the life and work of the Concert Committee, now in its second year of arranging the St. Catherine’s Concert Series for the benefit of our community in our acoustically distinguished sanctuary. The committee negotiates commitments by outstanding musical groups to perform in our space, and plenty of help is needed for publicity, ticket sales, set up & take down, ushering, and holding receptions. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact Martha Bowden,


Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:

  • Scott and Ginny Lummus
  • Ken and Linda Minzenberger

Dear St. Catherine’s,

Thank you so much for the lovely red and white flowers. In the midst of a sad time, they brought cheer and we are grateful for that reminder. All of us appreciate your thoughtfulness.

With love,
Linda Carter and the Dupuis Family

Dear wonderful St. Catherine's family,

Please forgive the tardiness of this letter – it in no way means I am less than wholeheartedly thankful and grateful for all the prayers, caring and support you have showered on me for the last several weeks - from Fr. Jim's pre-op visit to the hospital to find surgery had been fast forwarded to an earlier time (at St. Joe's no less!) to the wonderful food by way of the Sonshine Committee, and the prayers, cards and calls bringing His love and healing to me, and those who stayed with me and kept checking on me, up to Amma Susan's call. I have missed being with you physically but have been spiritually. I look forward to being in my favorite pew very soon and being able to minister to you in some way. Thank you again for all your love.

In Him,
Bette Hamilton


ECW Annual Spring Retreat May 2-4

The Annual ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Spring Retreat will be held at Camp Mikell Conference Center and will have Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright as the guest leader. She is known as a talented author, retreat leader, and event speaker. The title of the weekend will be "Healthy Body and Soul - Saying Yes to God's Love." Please register early to request your favorite room at Mikell. Registration will be first come first served. After April 15 a late registration fee of $25 will be charged. For registration please visit .


“Godspell” at Elm Street Arts, Woodstock

On April 18, 19, 25, & 26th at 7:30 pm and April 20, & 27th at 2:00 pm, the Elm Street Arts in Woodstock will present “Godspell” at City Center Auditorium, 8534 Main St, Woodstock, GA 30188. April 18, 19, 25, 26 at 7:30pm April 20 & 27 at 2pm $12 for Adults, $11 for Seniors/Students and $10 for Children 3-12 in advance online. Includes sales tax. ($15, 13, 12 at the door). Bring a can of chunky soup, stew, chili or peanut butter to donate to Papa's Pantry and receive a free beverage at intermission. Get details and purchase tickets at

Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life in a string of well-loved songs including “Day By Day,” “Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord,” “Learn Your Lessons Well,” “All For The Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.”


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Smart shopping
    In 2006, government regulations were changed to require food companies to list the amount of trans fat on food labels. Many food companies reformulated their products removing most or all of the trans fat. However, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), trans fats are still a public health concern. They raise LDL or "bad" cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. The FDA is now working toward eliminating most trans fats from the food supply. In the meantime, choose foods that have the lowest combined amount of saturated fat, cholesterol and trans fat. Be a savvy consumer and read labels carefully. Source: Food and Drug Administration
  • Taco dip updated
    For a healthy party treat, our registered dietitian recommends the following quick and healthy recipe: mix a taco-seasoning packet with low-fat sour cream. Spread the mixture over the bottom of a serving platter. Top with a layer of nonfat vegetarian refried beans and sprinkle with shredded carrots, diced green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Cover with finely chopped romaine lettuce and garnish with chunky salsa, sliced black olives and sliced avocado. This combo is high in fiber, protein and several key nutrients. Serve with reduced-fat baked chips or whole-grain crackers.

Provided by HealthStart,


If you have a name to be added to the Prayers please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office, 770-971-2839, Names will remain on the Prayer Chain list for one month unless indicated for a longer period.

FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMED SERVICES: Tom Blackstock; Josh England, Jennifer Buckalew’s cousin; Lucas Elgie, Emma Markette’s brother

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

FOR THE SICK: Don Killian, Jonathan Huff, Roger Madden, Paul Lange, Bette Hamilton, Bill Woods , Eleanor Thomason, Rachel Bagby, Billy, Karl Lehman, the Rev. Randall Hansen, wife Susan and daughters Saray & Hilary, Barbara Perry, Marcia Markette, Allen Jablonski, Peter Paglia, Hugh & Valerie Fenlon, Andrew, Grant Butler, Tara Nesbit, Lacey, Sandra Partlow, Richard McCloud, George Maslak, Anne Willcocks, Lee Courtemanche, Jodi Gammon, Michelle Hunter, Luke McWilliams, Lori, Denise Jillette, Joan Schlesinger & family, Kathleen Burgher, Katrina Williams, Carl Larsh, Betty Robinson


DECEASED: Michael Scott, friend of the Selby’s; Lillian “Lily” Victoria Dice, friend of Susan Jenkins & Stephanie Fisher; Bill West, added by Jay Hendricks; Gwen Moody, Norma Alexander’s sister; Jim Clark, former vicar of St. Catherine’s; Harry Tear, Sr., Harry Tear’s father

FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (4/14) Shepard Worden, (4/15)Nathan Sluss, Justin Perry, Richard LaGardѐ, Patrick Chalk, Christina Pyburn, (4/16) Connor Buckalew, (4/18) Adam Scott, Olivia Lopez, Matthew Shannonhouse, (4/19) Nancy Ban, (4/20) Scott Burkholder, (4/23) Jan Severs, Nancy Sandlin, (4/24) Kayla Dickerson, (4/25) Jim Nixon, Brian Williams, Gavin Parisi, Knox Gale, (4/26) Katrina Castelli, (4/27) Brinna Dickson, Karoline Fendley, Lindsey Paris, (4/28) Susan Partus, Caitlyn Nichols, Will Rouleau, Eric Scott, Matt Nixon, Therese Braman, Sarah Sherwood, (4/29) Frank Brent, Cody Pitts, (4/30) Marilyn Cain, Ina Bachmann, (5/1) Steve Wolfe, Ashley Kareken, Scott Parisi, Doug Carswell, Taylor Baumann, Bryce Thompson, Mike Peterson

ANNIVERSARIES: (4/14) Mike & Mary Bess Peterson; (4/16) Greg & Wendy Beyer; (4/17) Jay & Joyce Hendricks; (4/18) Juan & Beth Sandoval; (4/20) Richard & Tanya Bowers-Dean; (4/21) Kelly & Jeff Ely; (4/22) Bob & Karolyn Olliffe, (4/23/1966) Bob & Pat Pepper, (4/25) Tom & Kathryn Burgher; (4/28) Doug & Susan Jenkins; (4/30) Kelly & Camilo Calvo; (5/2) Julie & John Fulcher

(4/13) Sybil Coote; Barbara Cordery; Mary, Robert, Colin & Rebecca Dailey; James, Susie, Ann & Helen Davis; Tom & Shirley Day;
(4/20) Terry, Lezlie, Maghan, Sean & Dylan Degan; Eric, Deana & Scott DeLaBarre; Beverly & Jimmy Denney; Ken, Nancy & Julia Denton; Rod Deutscher & Carla von-Hoffmann, Nathan & Kevin Sluss

We love to recognize birthdays and wedding anniversaries for everyone in our parish! We have a year-round calendar to pray for these special dates, send birthday cards, and publish in our bulletin and newsletter. Would you like your birthday or anniversary included in our remembrances? Please send names and dates to us using the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office.


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, May 10: Stop Hunger Now
  • Sunday, May 11: Mothers Day, Youth Sunday
  • June 30-July 3: Vacation Bible School
  • July 18-20: Rite13 Youth Beach Trip
  • October 10-12: Men’s Retreat

Holy Baptism next scheduled dates

Sundays: June 8 (Pentecost), June 29, August 3
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, correct as of publication date. For the entire up-to-the-minute parish calendar, go to Calendar.

Saturday, 4/12 Saturday, 4/19


Family Promise
Lay Readers
Neumeister Service


Flower Guild
Acolyte Practice
Proper Liturgy
YF Ice Cream
Easter Vigil Service
Sunday, 4/13 Sunday, 4/20


Family Promise
Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
Holy Eucharist
Taize Worship


Outdoor Sunrise Service
Festive Family Eucharist
No Church School
Easter Egg Hunt
Festive Choral Eucharist

Monday, 4/14 Monday, 4/21

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
Stephen Ministry Training
Boy Scout Court
Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study


Amma Susan's day off
Church Office Closed
Women’s Book Study
Stephen Ministry Training
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry
Technology Task Force
Boy Scout Troop 713

Tuesday, 4/15 Tuesday, 4/22


Eucharist & Book Study
Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
MUST Laundry Team
Jubilate Practice

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
MUST Laundry
Jubilate Practice
Invitation Ministry
Wednesday, 4/16 Wednesday, 4/23


Flower Guild
Bible Study
Chancel Choir
Eucharist & Healing Service


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
Youth WNL
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 4/17 Thursday, 4/24
Flower Guild
Maundy Thursday Service
Prayer Vigil
Calling & Caring Ministry
Men’s Bible Study
Family Promise Training
Friday, 4/18 Friday, 4/25

Fr. Jim's day off
Office & School closed
Men’s Bible Study
Morning Prayer
Flower Guild
Women’s Bible Study
Stations of the Cross (Outdoor)
Stations of the Cross (Indoor)
Good Friday Service
Adult Monastic Supper


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


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

Click here for the Youth Calendar online

Don’t Miss Out On Youth Week at Kanuga

Youth Week is a week-long conference that takes place June 16-21 at the beautiful Kanuga Conference Center in the mountains of North Carolina (only 3 hours away!). There are two conferences for youth (AND one for adults) that take place during this week: one for rising 7th-9th graders called JYP and one for rising 10th graders all the way up through just-graduated seniors called SYP. 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! I can’t say enough about this wonderful week, and I encourage ALL of you to check it out! Those who have been to Kanuga conferences recently (ahem, Caitlyn Buckalew, Adryn Bowers-Dean, Megan Shannonhouse, Allison Dupuis, Caroline Miner, James Owen) can vouch for how truly transformational and FUN they are! Please feel free to talk to me if you have any questions at all and remember that financial scholarship is available to anyone who needs it. I promise that we WILL make it possible for you to go to Kanuga no matter what your financial situation may be. So what are you waiting for?? Those of you who attend JYP will have the added bonus of already knowing the conference musician (Hint: it’s me…Mary Bess will also be on staff at JYP).

For you adults who’d like to experience Kanuga, there is a third conference that also takes place during that week called Adults Who Work With Youth. It’s a lot of fun and a great resource.

You can find more information on all three conferences here:

Finally, if you find yourself unable to make it to Youth Week this year (though I hope you can!), go ahead and 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!

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • May 2
  • May 16
  • June 6

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
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