The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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By Father Jim+
The young adults visited Glendalough during their Ireland pilgrimage May 28-June 6. Glendalough, meaning "glen of two lakes," is a glacial valley in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit priest, and partly destroyed in 1398 by English troops. Our guide for our visit was a retired Roman Catholic priest, Fr. Michael Rogers.
During the course of our tour of the ancient Monastic City Fr. Michael told of the ongoing restoration work being done in the 6th to 21st cemetery. Extensive invasion by brambles and overgrown bushes had been cleared. However the team lacked what he described as a “strimmer” which turns out to be a string trimmer for edging around the headstones, etc. We offered to purchase and donate the trimmer and in the course of the week we visited a Home Depot-like store and purchased the trimmer for the community. It was delivered by our guide/bus driver the Tuesday following our return to the United States.
It was great to be able to help a community that is working diligently and faithfully to protect such a treasure not just for Ireland but for all of Christendom. Fr. Michael wrote the following note upon receiving our gift. It is good when we can share our abundance.
By Pat Pepper, Coordinator of Volunteer Ministry
Do you have a minute? We all have 1,440 minutes in a day or 10,800 minutes in a week. How do you spend those minutes? What have you done with your time? Or maybe my question should be, can you give St. Catherine's just a few minutes a week?
Photo, right (by Jennifer Massey): Sheila Bishop and Nancy Denton serving cake after our baptismal vows renewal on Pentecost, June 8
In future articles I will be providing many other opportunities for you to give a few minutes back to your church. If you need email addresses or phone numbers feel free to contact me: volunteerstcatherines.org or 770-971-1269.
Sunday, June 22, 9 am
By Bettye Harris
Newcomers, visitors, and new members of St. Catherine's are invited to be our guests for our next Newcomer and Visitor Breakfast on Sunday, June 22 at 9:00 am in the Parish Hall (after the 8:00 am service).
Everyone in the parish is welcome to attend this breakfast and help extend a warm welcome. Breakfast prices for parishioners are still $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for kids. If you can assist, bring something, or if you have questions, please contact Bettye Harris (678-463-7827), Susan Heuke (678-231-8556), or Ann Snead (678-795-9508).
Our next Red Cross blood drive will be June 24 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Reservations are helpful to get you in and out in the shortest time but are not required (all donors are always welcome on the day of the event) — reserve your time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: STCATS.
Help is also needed for set up, take down, and host / greet – please sign up on the Opportunities for Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327.
Donation board needs your help - items due by June 22
We have set up a donation board at the top of the grand staircase. Please stop by and take a look and see if you can donate any of the items we will be using for VBS this year. Items will be DUE by Sunday, June 22. Also, any adults are welcome to volunteer at VBS for even just 1 morning. If you have an interest to see this first-hand (it is as rewarding for the volunteers as the participants!), please contact Harriett Pyburn (harriettspyburngmail.com).
VBS - register now!
Join us for “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School, where Jesus’ love is One-Of-A-Kind! 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. 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. Cost is $35 per child. Space is limited so preregistration is preferred. We're looking forward to a great time!
By Randy Satterfield
Why am I a 678? Come to this financial education class on Sunday June 29, 9:15–10:15 am in the Board Room, to learn all about how your credit score can affect your financial life, and the steps that may help you improve your credit score. We will discuss credit reporting and scoring in general, providing background information on the agencies involved, how they affect your life, how to pull your credit, what to look for and understanding the report, how your score is determined, how to correct errors, how to improve your score, etc. The session will be led by Randy Satterfield.
We will conclude with a discussion of other possible financial education classes and determine what interest you may have in learning more. No charge, see you there!
By Pierce Hale
Building Bridges of Peace… through understanding: this is what the Interfaith Immersion Weekend is all about. It is an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone to learn about our local and global neighbors in a fun and friendly environment. Come join us in this rare opportunity to experience the major religions of the world first hand: Islam, Judaism, Vedanta, Hindu and Buddhism.
Each day we will gather at St. Catherine’s between 8 - 9 am. From there, we will travel to sacred spaces around Atlanta to hear from leaders in each faith community and to witness their traditions, customs and cuisine. Thanks to a subsidy from Amma Susan’s sabbatical fund, the fee for St. Cat’s members has been reduced to just $20 for the entire weekend including meals. Registration for the event is limited, so please secure your spot as soon as possible. To sign up or get more information, please fill out the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Pierce Hale, pierce.d.halegmail.com, 770-331-3014. I look forward to embarking on this spiritually explosive journey with you!
AGENDA (Return times each day are approximate)
Friday, July 25 (Islam and Judaism) 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 26 (Vedanta, Hinduism) 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday, July 27 (Buddhism) 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Join us in the Parish Hall at 7:00 pm. As a companion event to Amma Susan's hike of the Camino De Santiago in Spain, we will gather and watch the movie, “The Way.” This movie chronicles a father's journey on the Camino after the death of his son and will let us glimpse many places Susan might visit on her walk. Popcorn and lemonade will be provided. Please RSVP by Tuesday June 24 sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact John Brooks, johnbrooksbellsouth.net, or the church office.
Amma Susan is hiking the Camino de Santiago, and we'd like to share with her through our own reflective hike or walk:
Amma Susan is keeping us alongside her in words and pictures on our St. Catherine’s blog. Read her latest entries at “The Welcoming Journey,” www.stcatherines.org/thewelcomingjourney. You are invited to leave your comments!
Photos below from Amma Susan's blog... at right, The Rev. Hazel Glover and daughter Martha meet up with her on the Camino (Hazel is Rector of St. Margaret's in Carrollton and former Associate Rector of St. Catherine's).
Information meeting Sunday, June 29, 5 pm
The adult pilgrimage, “Exploring our Celtic Spirituality: A Pilgrimage to Ireland” will led by The Rev. Jim Nixon, March 2–12, 2015. An informational meeting to learn more about our trip will be held in the Board Room on Sunday, June 29 at 5:00 pm -- bring an appetizer to share and ask all your questions!
The trip is limited to 25 persons and is filling up fast, so please contact Fr. Jim,fatherjimstcatherines.org, 770.981.2839, as soon as possible to let him know you are interested.
By Michael Paris
Anyone who is interested in leading an adult Sunday morning class or Bible study group in the fall, please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Michael Paris, mparis2hotmail.com,770-509-0161.
The schedule of upcoming dates is listed on the Opportunities For Ministry in your bulletin and available in the church office. You may sign up to dedicate altar flowers or candles in thanksgiving for or in memory of a loved one or special occasion such as anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Sponsorship of any date is not limited to one or two persons, please choose the date(s) which apply to the persons or occasions you wish, and you may also partner with others to sponsor a date. Please remember to send your payment to the church office on or before your chosen dates. Flowers are $60 per vase and candles are $20 each.
Our church flowers and altar candles are solely supported by your direct sponsorship of these ministries, and we thank you!
Wednesday, June 25
St. Catherine’s will again assemble 1,000 lunches for the MUST Summer Lunch program on Wednesday, June 25, in our Parish Hall beginning at 9:30 am and finishing within 2 hours. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey for information, massey.jmgmail.com, 404.375.8327. How you can help:
A BIG THANK YOU to the Service Council at Sope Creek Elementary for their donation of $167.06 to the Summer Lunch Program, coordinated by Susan Jenkins!
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 are given the opportunity to have a free lunch delivered to them Monday through Friday. MUST Ministries is proud to have delivered over 247,000 lunches last summer to children in need. You can learn more about it on the MUST website at www.mustministries.org/summer-lunch.
St. Catherine’s is working this summer with Cobb Interfaith Habitat Coalition, a consortium of churches, mosques, synagogues and companies, to build another new Habitat for Humanity home in Cobb County. We will be providing workers on Saturdays, including June 28, July 26, August 2, 9, 16 and 23; in addition we will provide breakfast and lunch on site on July 26.
First day of the project is the framing day on June 28, beginning with the House Blessing at 7:45 am. The build address is 6084 South Gordon Road, Austell, Georgia 30168, and parking is available at the church directly across the street. There are minimum ages to participate in the project, so please contact Connie Bergeron, connieatlbergerons.net, for information and sign up.
Photo, right - Al Jones installs windows on our 2013 home build (by Connie Bergeron)
Ticket sales begin August 1
Family Promise of Cobb County’s second annual concert and fundraiser will be Friday, September 12, 7:30 pm at Transfiguration Catholic Church, 1815 Blackwell Rd, Marietta. Last year’s event was a great success and we believe this year will be even bigger with 10 church choirs coming together. St. Catherine’s Jubilate choir will be representing us in the program in voice/guitar. Tickets will go on sale at St. Catherine’s by August 1. For questions please contact Hale Sanders, halesandersatt.net.
Items may be placed in the collection bins at the Outreach table outside the church parlor or at the entrance to the church preschool. All donations are greatly appreciated!
Did you know that you can find audio recordings of past Sunday sermons on our website? You'll find them on the Sermons page of our website, www.stcatherines.org/sermons. Check here for some of the latest recordings: Father Jim's Pentecost sermon; visting preacher Fr. John Bolton's sermon for Trinity Sunday. Thank you to the volunteers who work to make these recordings available!
Photos by Bettye Harris and Bill Ivey
The Day of Pentecost, June 8 - Photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris -- see more full-size in the album at Pentecost060814.
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:
Thank you to the following who have recently contributed communion wine to our parish:
Many thanks to my St. Catherine's friends: You have fed me when I was hungry. You have visited me when I was in the prison of my illness. You have ministered to my wounded spirit. You have lifted me up.
God bless you all,
Letters have been received from the following to acknowledge gifts from our parish:
On exhibit in Atlanta July 2-30 at the Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta: “Heart Paintings: Love in Color” by Catherine Jo Morgan. Small abstract oil pastels use color and the arrangement of symbols, especially the heart symbol, to explore relationships, life stories and the individual human heart. The Church of the Epiphany welcomes visitors on weekdays from 10 till 4, and of course on Sunday mornings. In conjunction with this exhibit, Catherine Morgan and the Rev. Cynthia Hizer will co-lead a Quiet Day on Saturday, July 12, with registration now open. RSVP at 404.373.8338. The church is located at 2089 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta.
Provided by HealthStart, www.wellstarhealthstart.org
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, stcatsstcatherines.org. 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, the Rev. Randall Hansen, Lacey, Richard McCloud, Joan Schlesinger & family, Katrina Williams, Betty Robinson, Pastor Chris Neikirk, Kathie Elliot, Lelia Waits, Shelley Hayes, David Smith, Fred Carter, Deanna Nickel, Jennifer Kellam, Tom Nichols, Marion Cook, Michael Porter, Dick Nixon, Tammy Fisher, Jennifer Steiner, Peter Paglia, Reuel Kaighn, Clint Harkins, Rich Nuckolls, Ashlee Wilson, Marjorie, Stephanie Fisher, Chip Brock, James Holcomb, Andy Loeb, Archer Smith, Larry Boyd, James Smith, Trudy Cobb, Dave Banko, Mit FitzSimons, Linda, Patrice Moore, Bonnie Cole, Edward Wilson, Paige Schlenker, Jean England, Marilyn, Janice, Pat Zander, Raymond Higgins, Gary Parker, Colin Dailey, Martin Shaw, Kaitlin Bailey, Pat Patterson, Marilyn May
BEFORE SURGERY: Randy Satterfield; Bill Hutton; Pat Pepper; Robbie Roy
DECEASED: Bill Chandler, Debra Guy’s uncle
FOR THOSE CELEBRATING BIRTHDAYS: (6/21) Frederick Tuemmler, Julie Fulcher, (6/23) Anna Rouleau, Eva Snape, Beverly Denney, (6/24) Lynn Heath, Nancy O’Neill, Michael Paris, Jack Rouleau, Bill Fambrough, Lilibet Goldman, (6/25) Jacob Tindall, (6/26) Karen Tindall, John Nabinger, (6/27) Kris Cook, (6/28) Anne Whittle, (6/30) Amy Hollis, Danielle Parker, Matthew Phillips, Rachel Tomchik, Lisa Cook, Robin Kiefer, Logan Parisi, (7/1) Spencer Banko, (7/2) Ron Motter, Donna Stephens, Caroline Miner, (7/3) Melissa Wolfe, Anne Clark, (7/4) Dana Minzenberger, Margaret Wilson, Jenny Korwan, Stephanie Fisher
ANNIVERSARIES: (6/21) Michelle & Scott Parisi; Steve & Kitty Diffley; Paul & Linda Parisi; (6/23) Rick & Tracey Buckalew; (6/24) Tim & Caroline Brennan; Michael & Mel Paris; (6/25) Paul & Karen Manno; (6/26) Greg & Margaret Caudle; Amy & Chris Morris; (6/27) Bill & Barb Selby; Claire & Brian Paglia; (6/28) Hale & Diane Sanders; Vic & Paddy Phillpotts; (7/2) Steve & Cindy Tuemmler; (7/3) Kelly Beard/David Bottoms; (7/4) Stan & Dani Dickson; Wayne & Jodi Gammon
FOR OUR PARISH CYCLE OF PRAYER:
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.
HELP US HELP YOU
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.
Hold These Future Dates:
Holy Baptism next scheduled dates
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.
By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839, Mikestcatherines.org
Don't forget to email me no later than June 22 if you want to join us for bowling! The St. Cat’s Youth are hitting the lanes on the evening of Tuesday, June 24. You can either meet at St. Catherine’s at 5:30 PM if you need a ride from church, or you can meet us directly at the AMF Lanes, 565 Cobb Pkwy SE, Marietta, GA 30060, at 5:50 PM. We will finish up at the bowling alley at 8:00 PM and be back at St. Catherine’s by 8:15. $13 will cover shoe rental plus two full hours of bowling. Bring socks and any additional money you may want to spend on snacks, drinks, etc. (dinner is on your own this evening). Confidential scholarship is available by request.
In order to ensure that we’ll have enough lanes and adequate transportation, everyone who wants to come bowling must email Mike at mikestcatherines.org no later than Sunday, June 22. We cannot guarantee a spot for anyone who signs up after this deadline. You can bring your payment with you and give it to Susan Jenkins at the bowling alley.
Register now for the always exciting Rite 13 Beach Trip, which will take place in Panama City Beach, Florida over the weekend of July 18-20. If you are a Rite 13 youth, parent, or leader, you should have received an email with detailed information and registration forms. Forms are also available, from Mike, or at stcatherines.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Rite13beach14-permission-form.docx . We are very excited and hope to have as many Rite 13ers as possible on this fun and formative trip!
The St. Cat’s Youth Program is as active as ever! We have a lot of great plans for the summer, and we look forward to enjoying them with YOU!
VBS is almost here! Sign up to help with our annual Vacation Bible School. Many of you have helped with VBS in the past and can attest to how much fun it is to lead and play with the young children of our parish. VBS is Monday, June 30 until Thursday, July 3, from 8:45 AM until 12 noon each day. To sign up, you can either add your name and contact info to the sign-up sheet posted in the Youth House or contact Kell Owen at kellbrownowengmail.com.
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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Does everyone in your family receive The Wheel, St. Catherine's newsletter? Is everyone subscribed? Email is a primary means for our parish communications. You may sign up on on our Subscription page. Or you may send the names and email addresses of everyone who would like get their own copy to Karen Manno at the email address below, or note them on the Opportunities for Ministry in your bulletin, or contact the church office at 770-971-2829. You'll receive your online version via email, and you can find all current and prior issues of The Wheel on our website at www.stcatherines.org
Editor: Karen Manno
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