Latest From Archbishop Gregory's Georgia Bulletin Column, "What I have Seen and Heard"-“ "Archbishop Timothy Dolan wrote to me at the beginning of Advent last year asking me to provide some high profile support and publicity for the tremendous work of Catholic Relief Services, which functions as the preeminent international outreach ministry of the Catholic Church in the United States to the needy and suffering in more than 100 countries throughout the world. Archbishop Dolan serves as the chairman of the board of CRS. Coincidentally, I had already scheduled a meeting in Advent with Jim Lund, a Chicago friend who now serves on the national staff of CRS and some local representatives here in the Archdiocese of Atlanta who also asked me to consider doing that very same thing. Then the earthquake struck Haiti and the work of CRS was clearly visible to all who saw their presence and effectiveness in responding to this particular disaster." Read the rest of the article...
Greetings from the North American College in Rome, Italy! My name is Brian Baker and this is my third year in seminary and I cannot tell you how blessed I feel. After years of working very hard to plan my own life and achieve a sense of fulfillment, I finally decided to completely abandon my will to God and seek his will for me in frequent prayer. Scary at times and challenging everyday, following God’s call has given me more peace, hope and joy than I ever dared to dream for. Please know you are in my prayers and that I am so very grateful for yours.
“Our hearts are restless until they rest in you”.
- St. Augustine
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30th Annual Good Friday Pilgrimage, Friday, April 2. Good Friday is a day to remember the life and death of Jesus. It is a day of fasting, prayer and mourning as we participate in the Stations of the Cross. Catholic Charities’ Parish and Social Ministries Department invites everyone to participate in the Good Friday Pilgrimage beginning at 9 a.m. on the steps of the State Capitol with a prayer led by Archbishop Gregory. The pilgrimage will end at approximately 1 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Memorial Crypt. This multicultural, interfaith event journeys to 14 different stations around downtown Atlanta. It includes prayer, song and reflections to help participants see the suffering of Jesus present in the world today and our call to compassion and action. Click here for more information, including a link to the very powerful and touching slideshow from a previous year’s pilgrimage.
The Way for Men is a 3-day retreat for adult male victims/survivors of sexual abuse. The retreat will take place April 16-18, 2010 at Carmel Retreat Center in Hoschton, GA. Please contact Sue Stubbs at 404-920-7550 x2 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application or for more information. You may also learn more by reviewing the brochure posted on our website. The retreat is being offered by the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Victim Assistance Program, which is part of the Office of Child & Youth Protection. The Victim Assistance Program provides outreach and healing programs for those abused by church personnel. Programs offer a pastoral response to the victim and their immediate families and some programs, such as this retreat, expand beyond those abused by church personnel to include all abuse victims.
In a press release last week, Governor Perdue encouraged all Georgians to complete their U.S. Census questionnaire, stating “An accurate count allows governments at all levels to make more informed decisions when providing public services for citizens”. Most importantly, information obtained does not get shared with any other agency and it takes less than 10 minutes to fill out. Learn more about how to Be Counted.
The title of Minor Basilica has been granted to Sacred Heart Church located in the heart of Atlanta at 353 Peachtree Street NE. This high honor came in the form of a Decree from the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican. The designation is intended to strengthen the relation of this important Church with the Chair of Peter and to make it an ideal center of special liturgical and pastoral ministry in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Father T. J. Meehan, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church said, “We’re very grateful to our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for elevating Sacred Heart Church for this very singular honor. This year marks the 130th anniversary of our founding. We’re delighted for the recognition given to our beautiful and historic church. It’s especially an acknowledgement of the warmth, compassion, and welcoming nature of our growing parish community…”. To read the press release, click here.
Catholic Charities Atlanta invites you to attend our 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala on Thursday evening, April 15, 2010 to be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. Join our Host Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, Co-Host Auxiliary Bishop Luis R. Zarama and master of ceremonies Russ Spencer, Anchor FOX 5 TV as we celebrate and honor three priests for their outstanding support of Catholic Charities’ mission. Please contact Kelly Kener at (404) 885-7474 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Easter Sunday is April 4th. “For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting”- John 3:16. May this Easter celebration bring you joy and peace. As a reminder, the Chancery office will be closed Holy Thursday, April 1st, Good Friday, April 2nd and on Easter Monday, April 5.
Catholic Day at Six Flags will take place on April 25th. We invite you to join other Archdiocesan Catholics for a fun day at Six Flags over Georgia. Gates will open early (8:30am) and Mass will be celebrated at 9:00. For more information and tickets, click here.
This year’s 15th annual Eucharistic Congress takes place June 4-5th. We look forward to coming together with thousands of our fellow Catholics to celebrate the living presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. To learn how to participate in this special event, click here.