The people of St. Catherine's seek to share in the love that Jesus Christ has for us and the world by welcoming, accepting, nurturing, and serving all people through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We Welcome You!

The Newsletter of
St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia
April 11-24, 2015

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St. Catherine's home


Clergy Letter

Newcomer social
Cats On Wheels
Wine Tasting
Blood drive
New dinner groups
Rite 13 Ceremony
Words of Wisdom

United Way shoebox
Laundry team
Summer Lunch
Family Promise

Ecumenical Good Friday
Seen around St. Cat's
Ministry focus

Georgia Festival Chorus
Health tips

World Dinner
Church of Common Ground
Lock in
Mission trip



4/13 – Men’s Book Study

4/15, 22, 29 – WNL

4/17 – United Way shoebox deadline

4/18 – Safeguarding training;
Cats On Wheels;
Newcomer Social

4/18-19– Family Promise work days

4/19 – Youth World Dinner;
The Extension dinner;
Words of Wisdom due

4/20 – Women’s Book Study

4/21 – Blood Drive

4/24-25 – Youth lock-in

4/24 – Wine tasting @ Gales’

4/25-26 – Family Promise work days

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The Paschal Mystery

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:

  1. On Good Friday, we experience the death of Christ: what was his earthly life is gone forever.
  2. On Easter Sunday, Jesus is raised from the dead, not a resuscitated corpse, but to resurrected life, changed and eternal. Christ’s body, the church, receives that new life in Him.
  3. The 50 days following Easter are a time to grieve the old and readjust to the new.
  4. The Ascension is a time to let go of the old life and let the old bless us.
  5. At Pentecost, we receive a new Spirit for the new resurrected life we are now living.

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:

  1. Death: On Tuesday when Father Jim announced his intention to retire, we experienced the beginning of the end of the pastoral relationship between him and the parish. On June 30th , The Good Friday of the pastoral relationship will occur. But Jim+ is not dead and neither is St. Catherine’s. He is in good health and looking forward to more time with his family. St. Catherine’s is a healthy and vibrant parish and looks forward to this next chapter in her new life.
  2. Resurrection will also happen, Father Jim’s to a happy retirement, St. Catherine’s, to the new life of her next pastoral relationship and the next stage in her new life.
  3. Grieve: It is right to have a period to grieve and gradually let go of the past and to adjust to the new reality. Both Jim+ and St. Catherine’s have a choice. They can refuse to grieve and let go of that pastoral relationship, and like Mary on Easter, try to cling to what we once knew. However, that would make for an unfulfilled parish and former rector.
  4. Ascension: Or we can allow that relationship to bless us and then let that pastoral relationship ascend. It is fitting to celebrate the past 17 years which have been richly blessed and full of growth. Then it is time to allow it to bless us and let it go.
  5. New spirit/New life: Only then can we move on to embrace a new pastoral relationship with a new rector and for Jim+ to move on to embrace this next stage in his life with his family. God will give each of us the gift of the Spirit and new life will come, resurrected life.

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:

  1. Name your deaths.
  2. Claim your new births.
  3. Grieve what you’ve lost and adjust to the new reality.
  4. Release the old, let it ascend AND let it bless you in the process.
  5. And he will offer you his Spirit, the spirit of New Life, for the resurrected life you are now living.

WNL (Wednesday Night Live)

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.

"Safeguarding" trainings

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,, 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.

Clergy-hosted Tapas Party and Newcomer Social

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 ( or Susan Heuke (, 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.

Cats on Wheels - Saturday, April 18

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,, 404-661-2200.

Cats On Wheels is our fellowship group for active senior adults and we welcome you!

Wine Tasting Friday, April 24 at the Gales'

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,, 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!

Blood drive next date: Tuesday, April 21

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 and enter our sponsor code: STCATS. Help is also need for greeting donors, setup and clean up, please contact Jennifer Massey, / 404.375.8327.

Vacation Bible School: The Coolest Week of the Summer!

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:

  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, 571 Holt Rd NE, Marietta, GA 30068. Checks should be made to “St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church” and you MUST put “VBS” and your child(ren)’s name in the memo line.

For more information, contact: Joy Ettel at or 770-641-8067.

Good Friends, Good Food, Good Fun

Be part of our new program: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”

By Hans Kraeger and Jennifer Massey

  • Meet new people or get reacquainted with old...
  • Enjoy fellowship in a setting outside of the church...
  • Help build relationships and community...

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, Hosts will reach out to guests in May for a June start date.

“Are You a Grown-Up?"

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.

Grace Adams
Miller Anderson
Josie Brown
Riley Devault
Michael Dirksen
Coleman Dupuis
Seamus Fahy
Ian Goldman

Megan Goldman
Benjamin Goodstone
Nicholas Goodstone
Kathleen Iacobelli
Kelsey Kimball
Oak Martin
Rachel Miner
Madison Morey

Jacob Morris
Wyatt Pitts
Madisyn Porter
Christian Pumpelly
Owen Snape
Lauren Tear
Jennifer Vavra
Penn Worden


-> Your Words of Wisdom wanted -- by Sunday, April 19

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 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!


United Way Shoebox Project -- now through Friday, April 17

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):

travel size shampoo
travel size soap
toothbrush and toothpaste
travel size lotion
hair comb/brush

sun protector
lip balm
adhesive bandages
hand towels
antibiotic ointment

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,

Just one evening out of 365: MUST Laundry Team

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 or 404.731.4466.

Summer Lunch Team members wanted: Minimal time commitment

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: / 404.375.8327. You can find information about MUST’s program to feed the hungry school children in our community each summer at .

Family Promise transitional house: Habitat-style help wanted

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:

  • Saturdays, April 18 and 25, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Sundays, April 19 and 26, noon to 4:00 PM

The house is located at 618 Acworth Due West Road, Kennesaw. If you can help or have questions contact Fred Massey, 404.731.4466,, 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 **


Atlanta Ecumenical Good Friday Pilgrimage

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!
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Seen around St. Cat's

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):

See LOTS more full size in the albums at Easter2015, Easter20151, and on Facebook at Easter 2015 (photos by Jan Potter, Bill Ivey, Bettye Harris)

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 13-19: Blood Drives – This week we celebrate the life and work of our Blood Drive ministry. St. Catherine’s hosts Red Cross blood drives every other month year-round. Dates remaining in 2015 are Tuesdays: April 21, June 23, August 25, October 27, December 29. Besides needing blood donors, we need greeters and registrars, as well as volunteers to assist with sign-up, publicity, set-up, and clean-up the day of each Drive. For information on how to get involved please contact Jennifer Massey,, 404-375-8327.
  • April 20-26: Stephen Ministry – This week we celebrate the life and work of Stephen Ministry, trained laity who minister to parishioners in need by listening in a sensitive, nonjudgmental way through a caring, supportive, and confidential relationship. Stephen Ministers make a 2-year commitment and receive 50 hours of initial training as well as continuing education and peer supervision. To find out more about being part of this ministry please contact one of our Stephen Leaders: David Moore, Nelson Gale, Amy Morris, Chris Potter, Sheila Bishop, Father Jim, Amma Susan.


The Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, London at St. Philip’s Cathedral Saturday, April 18

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


Cathedral Book Store & Peachtree Road Farmers Market

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 .


Georgia Festival Chorus spring concert: “Reflections”

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 All concerts are free, no tickets needed. Dates:

  • Sunday, April 12 at Hillside United Methodist Church, Woodstock, 3 pm
  • Sunday, April 19 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Sandy Springs, 3 pm
  • Sunday, April 26 at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, May 3 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, 6 pm
  • Friday, May 8 at Lenbrook Square, Atlanta, 7:30 pm


Health Tips - from our Congregational Nurses

  • Exercise for a better mood
    If you're feeling down, consider going for a walk, bike ride, or doing some kind of physical activity. Research shows that exercise helps to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. In addition, it may also help boost self-esteem and improve sleep. For mild to moderate depression, exercise is often an underused treatment option. Exercise is not a cure all, but it releases endorphins that can improve your feelings of well-being and create a sense of accomplishment. Source: Cleveland Clinic
  • Icing for injuries
    Icing many types of injuries aids the healing process. Icing four to eight times a day for the first 24-48 hours is generally recommended. However, it is important to use ice safely. Use these precautions when treating injuries: Do not leave an ice pack on an injury after the skin becomes numb (usually 15-20 minutes). Always keep a thin cloth between the ice pack and your skin. Don't use ice on open blisters or wounds. Never fall asleep with ice on your skin. If an injury does not respond to self-treatment within 24-72 hours or is severe, see a doctor. Source: National Institutes of Health

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: 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

(4/12) Vince Westin, Huw Westmaas, Michael Wherry, Arlen White, Natalie, Marilyn, and Nathaniel Whitlow
(4/19) Anne Whittle, Anne Willcocks, Jana & Brian Williams, Grant & E. Mary Williams, Margaret & Anthony Wilson

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

Holy Baptism next scheduled date - Sunday, May 24 (Pentecost)

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

Two-Week Look Ahead

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

Saturday, 4/11 Saturday, 4/18




Cats On Wheels @AFB Museum
Safeguarding Children
Safeguarding People
Newcomer Social
Sunday, 4/12 Sunday, 4/19


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist/Jubilate
Church School
The Journey
Holy Eucharist
VBS Meeting


Holy Eucharist
Holy Eucharist
Church School
The Journey
Party Planning
Holy Eucharist/DOK Commissioning
Youth @ Common Ground
Youth World Dinner

Monday, 4/13 Monday, 4/20

Amma Susan's day off
CGS Catholic
HR Committee
Men’s Book Study
Women’s Bible Study
Youth Ministry
Boy Scouts


Amma Susan's day off
Women’s Book Study
CGS Catholic
Boy Scouts
Kneeler Group
Stephen Ministry

Tuesday, 4/14 Tuesday, 4/21


Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting

Morning Prayer
Staff Meeting
Blood Drive
Wednesday, 4/15 Wednesday, 4/22

Men’s Bible Study
Executive Committee
Bible Study
Preschool Animals
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir


MUST Breakfast
Bible Study
WNL Dinner
WNL Program
Chancel Choir

Thursday, 4/16 Thursday, 4/23
Preschool Board
Preschool Animals
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study
Friday, 4/17 Friday, 4/24
Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Fr. Jim's day off
Men’s Bible Study
Women’s Bible Study
Youth Lock-in
Wine Tasting @ Gales’
A.A. Women’s Meditation

Future planning

Please hold these dates:

  • May 3 through May 10 – Next Family Promise hosting week
  • Saturday, May 9 – Stop Hunger Now
  • Sunday, May 17 – Visitation by Bishop Rob Wright; Confirmation; Worship at 7:30 & 10:30 am; Last Day of Church School; Graduates recognized
  • Sunday, May 24 – Pentecost; Summer worship schedule begins; Parish Picnic
  • Parish Retreat – September 4-7 (Labor Day weekend)


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

Youth Calendar online


World Dinner for grades 5-12

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,


Church Of The Common Ground

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:

*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.


Spring Lock-In April 24-25

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!


Sign up by April 26 for summer mission trip

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
Who: 7th-12th grade youth (including just-graduated seniors)
How Much: $300 (confidential scholarship IS available by request)
How Do I Sign Up: Submit $150 deposit to Mike Peterson by Sunday, April 26
For more information or to request confidential scholarship, contact Mike Peterson at


Babysitters List

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, Your information will only be shared to the Young Families group.



Easter 2015 (photos by Jan Potter, see more at Easter20151)

Wheel schedule:

Next publications:

  • April 24
  • May 8
  • May 22

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