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By Amma Susan
Most people think of Easter as a single day. Not so. Easter isn’t just a day, it’s a whole season stretching from Easter Sunday to the feast of Pentecost, 50 days long. The great fifty days of Easter are an invitation to explore more deeply our awareness of God’s presence and power in our lives as we unpack the Paschal Mystery. That’s spelled, Paschal (meaning Passover) not Pascal (the 17th century mathematician or the computer language). The Paschal Mystery is how we, after undergoing some kind of death, receive new life and a new spirit. If we are to come to fuller life and spirit we must constantly be letting go of the present life and spirit in order to be able to receive resurrected life.
The Paschal Mystery is about a Paschal death and about a resurrected life. Terminal death ends life and ends possibilities. Paschal death is just as real, but it ends one kind of life and opens a person up to receive a deeper and richer form of life. Resurrected life happens when we die to the present life and receive a new life, different from the past life, a richer life. After Jesus’ resurrection, both Jesus and his followers received a new life; at Pentecost his followers received the Spirit to live this new life. The Paschal Mystery is a process of transformation within which we are given both new life AND a new spirit to go with it! During this season of the 50 days of Easter, the church has time to ponder the Paschal Mystery, what Easter is all about. There are 5 stages to this Mystery:
All of this should be an encouragement and a sign of hope for St. Catherine’s following Father Jim’s retirement announcement. God has not abandoned us, nor left us to our own devices. The risen Savior is still with us. These 50 days of Easter ask us to reflect on his presence, and—even in the face of fear of the unknown and of being pushed outside our comfort zone—to live with joy. As Father Jim prepares to retire, I see parallels for St. Catherine’s to the 5 stages of the Paschal Mystery:
The Paschal Mystery is the secret to a fulfilling life. Ultimately our happiness depends upon going through this process. It is the central mystery of Christian faith and the Spirit of Jesus offers it to every one of his followers. There are many “little deaths” in our life’s journey. The Paschal Mystery is a framework that you can apply to these life experiences. Jesus’s life models this Paschal Mystery. Follow him and his Spirit will lead you to:
WNL, our weekly Wednesday night program, resumes on April 15 through the end of the school year with something for everyone—dinner, fellowship and learning for people of all ages. The schedule is dinner 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by programs 7:00-8:00 pm. Rehearsals for Choristers of St. Catherine’s (our choir for kids and youth grades 2-12) are 6:15-7:00 pm. Youth groups meet weekly throughout winter and spring. Dinner prices are $7 adults, $3 children (maximum $25 per family) — be sure to make your dinner reservation each week that you will dine with us on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin, or contact the church office by Tuesday.
A Time to Reflect and A Time to Anticipate
By Father Jim
Together with your Vestry we have begun to anticipate how Joan and I can find time to be with you informally over these coming weeks and at the same time begin to answer your questions about what is next in the process we’ve begun. The informal time together with you is the work of Joan and mine. Exploring your questions and sharing the process over the coming months is the work of the Vestry. The following is our plan.
During Wednesday night live starting Wednesday, April 15, Joan and I will be available in the Parlor starting at 6:30 pm until 7:15 pm. We’ll provide some refreshments. We’d love to have you stop by to spend some time together. We have made many memories and “written” many stories over these past 17 years. This is a time for us to share those stories and memories. We’ll do this for as many Wednesdays that it takes to see everyone. In any case WNL is over May 20.
During the second half (7:15 - 8:00 PM) of WNL each week, the Vestry will be present to talk with all interested parishioners concerning the steps of interim/search process. This process is managed by your Vestry in concert with the Bishop of Atlanta’s office and staff. They are just now getting to a place where they will be able to give you some information, but more importantly they want to listen to you and what you may be wondering and offering to the journey ahead.
We hope you will take advantage of these two opportunities. In any case, Joan and I will see you in the Parlor at 6:30 PM Wednesday evening, April 15 and the Vestry will join you at 7:15. All of us hope to see you there.
Saturday, April 18 at St. Catherine’s, register now
"Safeguarding God's Children" and "Safeguarding God's People" training workshops are required of all volunteers, staff and clergy at St. Catherine's and in our diocese to protect children and youth from sexual abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. Safeguarding trainings will be held at St. Catherine's on Saturday, April 18.
"Safeguarding God's Children" training will be 9 am to noon, and is for those who work with children or youth. "Safeguarding God's People" will be 12:30-3:30 pm, and is for those who work with adults. You may attend either or both as you need. There is no cost to attend either course but registration is required for space and materials. To register, please contact Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com, 770-509-3552. Boxed lunches can be provided to you if desired at noon for $10 (includes sandwich, chips, cookie and drink), please inform Harriet when you reserve your place.
Saturday, April 18, 5:00-6:30 pm
By Bettye Harris
Newcomers & New Members - RSVP by Tuesday, April 14. If you have been a visitor, newcomer, or new or returning member to St. Catherine’s in the past year, please join us for a Tapas Party & Newcomer Social, hosted by our clergy. Enjoy homemade tapas, sangria & assorted beverages, and a casual meet & greet with clergy, staff, and lay leaders. Childcare provided (ages 5 and under). You are welcome to bring a friend. RSVP by April 14 to Bettye Harris (bettyecharrisgmail.com) or Susan Heuke (22sghcomcast.net), or contact them for questions.
--> Help needed: If you are a parishioner who can help with tapas-making, set up or clean up, please let us know.
Join us for our next even-month excursion on Saturday, April 18 to visit the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. Please get the details and let us know you are coming by contacting Alan Certain, st.cats.on.wheelsgmail.com, 404-661-2200.
Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!
RSVP needed by Monday, April 20
It’s time for the annual wine tasting evening on Friday, April 24 at 7 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, so please join us! This year’s tasting will be led by Bill Selby who will be guiding us through the wines of Spain. Please bring your own tasting glass and a "pick-up" tapas or appetizer to share.
The cost is $20 per person and we ask that you RSVP by Monday, April 20 by signing up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Molly Banko, mdbankocomcast.net, to ensure that we have enough tastings to go around. This event is hosted for everyone by the Fellowship Committee. Hope to see you there!
Reserve your time now!
The need is constant and your contribution is important for a healthy and reliable blood supply! Our next blood drive will be held on April 21, 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 welcome the day of the event. You can reserve a time now by going to www.redcrossblood.org and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327.
June 16-19 - Registration now open
New friends! Amazing experiments! Glacier games! Lip-smacking snacks! Surprising adventures! Incredible music! Welcome to St. Catherine's “Everest” Vacation Bible School! This summer, we will explore new heights with great music, games, stories, science activities and more as children learn how to conquer challenges with God's mighty power. VBS is Tuesday, June 16 to Friday, June 19, 9:00 AM to noon each day. A snack is included but lunch is NOT provided. The program is open to children ages 4 by July 1st through rising 4th graders. Cost is $30 per child if paid by May 15 ($35 after May 15). We're looking forward to a great time!
Space is limited -- pre-registration is preferred:
For more information, contact: Joy Ettel at joy_sealmsn.com or 770-641-8067.
Be part of our new program: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
By Hans Kraeger and Jennifer Massey
Join us for a new, creative dinner program where only the HOST knows who’s coming for dinner! This program is open to anyone 21 years of age and older. Inquire for information by April 30! Please sign up on the Opportunties For Ministry form in your bulletin or email Hans Kraeger, hans.kraegergmail.com. Hosts will reach out to guests in May for a June start date.
Rite 13 Ceremony Sunday, May 3
By Mary Lou Shannonhouse
Photo - The Rite 13 group on their beach trip last summer
In our society, the line between childhood and adulthood is often a fuzzy one. Unlike other cultures, we don’t have formalized rites of passage that define the points along the path to adulthood. We need ways to tell our young people they are making progress; they are growing and learning; they are becoming adults. The Journey to Adulthood program that St. Cat’s utilizes attempts to do just that.
During the 8:45 am Family Eucharist on Sunday, May 3, we will celebrate an important Rite of Passage with some of our teens. The Liturgy is formally called “The Celebration of Manhood and Womanhood,” but is more well-known as “Rite 13” since it takes place near the celebrants 13th birthday – much like a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah. During the ceremony, we recognize the gift of womanhood and manhood that God gives to each one of us. This is a free gift that we cannot earn and we need not prove it. This gift is the essence of who we are. As we grow and mature in the journey to adulthood, our knowledge and skills increase, but the magical core of who we are remains the same.
We will celebrate and recognize the following Rite 13ers on May 3. Please keep these young people in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare for this ceremony. Also, please plan to be with us to witness this important event and support these teens on their journey into adulthood.
In the spirit of such books as “Life’s Little Instruction book,” we are compiling advice from St. Catherine’s parishioners. Please use the space below to give a small bit of advice (one sentence or less) to our Rite 13ers who will be celebrating an important rite of passage on May 3. Your advice can be something practical (Don’t go to bed with gum in your mouth) or something more profound (Be content to be who you really are). Both are important to know.
Use the special form in your Sunday bulletin or download a copy now at www.stcatherines.org/forms/WordsofWisdom.pdf. Please identify yourself by your first name and age or stage in life (for example Bob, age 41 or Susan, mother of 3). Please put your completed forms in the green Words of Wisdom box in the foyer or return them to Mary Lou Shannonhouse by Sunday, April 19. Thank you!
By Harriett Pyburn
It’s the 10th Anniversary of United Way’s Shoebox Project. Last year, 44,000 shoeboxes were collected and distributed to homeless women and children across Great Atlanta in time for Mother's Day. This year, the Wednesday Night Explorers will be coordinating this work at St. Catherine's. They are asking for donations of empty shoeboxes as well as the supplies listed below. They will wrap and pack the boxes, and include some encouraging notes in each of the boxes. Thank you for supporting this project!
Requested items (must be NEW):
Note: we cannot accept: medicine, food, sewing kits, razors, used or opened items. All donations may be placed in the labeled donation bins at the Outreach table across from the Parlor. Questions? Please ask Harriett Pyburn, harriettspyburngmail.com.
Can you give ONE DAY in a year to help with the Men’s Laundry at MUST Ministries’ Elizabeth Inn shelter? St. Catherine’s assists with this service on the fourth Tuesday and, when there is one, the fifth Wednesday, from approximately 6:00 – 11:00 PM, every month year-round. The next opportunities coming up are Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29. Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Fred Massey at fredmasseyautomotive.com or 404.731.4466.
By Jennifer Massey
Be part of the team to host St. Cat’s annual MUST Summer Lunch program. Events will take place on Wednesday(s) June 24 and July 1 in our Parish Hall. There will be only ONE planning meeting prior to the event(s). Please sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin or contact Jennifer Massey for more information: massey.jmgmail.com / 404.375.8327. You can find information about MUST’s program to feed the hungry school children in our community each summer at www.mustministries.org/summer-lunch .
By Fred Massey
Family Promise of Cobb County is happy to announce that Kirkwood Presbyterian is renting this program a house to use for transitional housing for the guests. Family Promise is looking for volunteers to help with fixing up this property: minor repairs, yard clean up, painting, removing counter tops and toilets, hanging ceiling fans. Work days scheduled are:
The house is located at 618 Acworth Due West Road, Kennesaw. If you can help or have questions contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466, f_massey2hotmail.com, or sign up on the Opportunities For Ministry form in your bulletin.
** Next Family Promise hosting week at St. Catherine's --> May 3 through May 10 **
By Bettye Harris
For the first time, I joined the ecumenical Good Friday Pilgrimage in Atlanta (Urban Way of the Cross) which began with prayers from Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church near Underground Atlanta, and concluded with prayers and reflection from our own Bishop Rob Wright near the crypt of Martin Luther King Jr. Along the way, the stations were sited in front of houses of worship; government & historic buildings; monuments & parks. Diverse voices led the prayers and reflections. We remembered to acknowledge and pray for those whose struggles are much greater than our own ... and that we might do more in Christ's name to make a difference. And we sang quietly as we walked the sidewalks from City Hall through Sweet Auburn. “I will be strength for the journey ... Jesus remember me, when you come into your kingdom”. We carried the cross.
This was the 35th year for this event; I counted 100 plus participants with a few joining along the way. I was moved by and thankful for that part of the journey. Praise to the risen Christ!
Palm Sunday - photos by Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris - see lots more full size in our album at Palm Sunday
Easter preparations: Flower Guild, Altar Guild, Acolytes, and so many more -- everyone was busy preparing for the celebrations of Easter Day (photos by Connie Bergeron, Tina Kerr)
Easter Vigil -- lighting the new fire, baptisms -- see lots more photos full size in our album at EasterVigil040415 (photos by Jan Potter and Bill Ivey).
Easter sunrise service
See lots more full size in the albums at Easter 2015 (photos by Bill Ivey)
Easter 8:45 and 11:15 am services -- and the Easter egg hunt
--> Movies!! (by Jan Potter):
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:
The Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, London, is one of the most renowned Choirs of Men & Boys in the world, known from its many recordings and participation in services on national occasions in Great Britain. This concert is part of the Choir's first tour of the United States in more than a decade, and an opportunity not to be missed! Presented by the British Consulate-General Atlanta and Friends of Cathedral Music. Tickets are available for purchase at the Cathedral Book Store or you may order online at www.stphilipscathedral.org/Music/Concerts/.
The Cathedral Book Store is now collaborating with The Peachtree Road Farmers Market, open from 8:30-12 noon on Saturdays at the Cathedral. Miller Union's award-winning chef, Steven Satterfield, will appear on Saturday, April 18. He will be giving a cooking demonstration followed by a book signing featuring his latest book "Root to Leaf." There will be more book signings coming to the market later this year including chef and author Kevin Gillespie and Ann Quatrano of Star Provisions and Bacchanalia. For information visit www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com .
The 110 voices of The Georgia Festival Chorus invite you to their spring concert series, "Reflections," with classic and contemporary choral works by Mozart, Beethoven, Moses Hogan, William Dawson, Randall Thompson, Mack Wilberg and many more. The April 26 concert at Johnson Ferry Baptist will be a special celebration of "71 Years of Song" for founding director Frank Boggs including guests Lisa Klausman with David Carnes. Several members of our parish participate in this community chorus well-known to us through their concerts in previous years at St. Catherine’s. For details and directions please visit www.tgafc.org. All concerts are free, no tickets needed. Dates:
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: Althea Dillard, Swiss Britt, Jimmy Maier, Doris Bailey, Katrina, Joanne Foster, Kevin Daniels, Bob Estes, Mitt FitzSimmons, Tim Siebert
DECEASED: Margaret Ivey, mother of Bill Ivey; Ann C. D’Addario, sister-in-law of Vera Bibbings
BIRTHDAYS: (4/12) Samantha Brush, Kelley Francis, Carson Heath, Emma Greene; (4/14) Shepard Worden; (4/15) Nathan Sluss, Justin Perry, Richard LaGarde, Patrick Chalk, Christina Pyburn; (4/16) Connor Buckalew
ANNIVERSARIES: (4/14) Mike & Mary Bess Peterson; (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) Bob & Pat Pepper
FOR OUR RITE 13 CELEBRITIES: Grace Adams, Miller Anderson, Josephine Brown, Riley Devault, Michael Dirksen, Coleman Dupuis, Seamus Fahy, Ian Goldman, Megan Goldman, Benjamin Goodstone, Nicholas Goodstone, Kathleen Iacobelli, Kelsey Kimball, Oak Martin, Rachel Minor, Madison Morey, Jacob Morris, Wyatt Pitts, Madisyn Porter, Christian Pumpelly, Owen Snape, Lauren Tear, Jennifer Vavra, Penn Worden
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.
Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, May 24 (Pentecost)
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.
Please hold these dates:
By Youth Director Mike Peterson, 770-971-2839, Mikestcatherines.org
Sunday April 19, 6-8 pm in the Parish Hall. Parents will receive a letter with full details. RSVP by Friday April 17 or for any questions please contact Gina Baumann, tabby257aol.com.
On Sunday, April 19, you will have an opportunity to serve others, participate in a new and different worship experience, and meet some new people! Those of us who have participated in past years really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it; just ask any of us about it! We will be taking a group 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 22, we will prepare bagged lunches at St. Catherine’s right after Church School, travel to Woodruff Park for the service at 1:00 PM, worship with the congregants of the Church of the Common Ground, and then stay afterwards to share lunch and fellowship with them before heading back up to St. Cat’s. We should be back by 3:00 PM. We will only have be able to take a small group, so if you would like to join in, please let Mike know by email as soon as possible. You can read more about the Church of the Common Ground here: https://commonground.episcopalatlanta.org/Content/Church_of_the_Common_Ground.asp
*Please note: This event will not conflict with the World Dinner event scheduled for that evening. It will, however, conflict with the Emmaus House kickball tournament, so do not sign up for both.
We will be holding a lock-in for all of our 7-12 grade youth on Friday, April 24 until the morning of Saturday, April 25. More details and sign-up information will be sent out the week of April 13, but go ahead and mark your calendars!
Join us for a week of service, sights, fun, and friendship in the beautiful Appalachian foothills! Only a few spaces left so sign up today!
When: June 21-26
Attention, babysitters! St. Catherine’s Young Families Ministry is updating their list of our youth who babysit. If you have an interest in being added to the list, please send your information or any questions to Ina Bachmann, ina.bachmanngmail.com. Your information will only be shared to the Young Families group.
Easter 2015 (photos by Jan Potter, see more at Easter20151)
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