Latest From Archbishop Gregory's Georgia Bulletin Column, "What I have Seen and Heard"-“ "The small voice behind me quietly proclaimed to me: “I’m from Atlanta!”
Michael, a third-grader from St. Catherine of Siena School in Kennesaw, introduced himself to me as we were lined up just about to begin Mass at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) Convention that was held in Minneapolis during Easter Week. He was obviously there with a parent or two in attendance at this annual gathering of Catholic teachers and catechists.
When his big grin revealed those shiny braces and his obvious joy at finding his Archbishop, I understood, once again, what a great privilege and responsibility that all those of us who are engaged in Catholic education assume in caring for our youngsters." Read the rest of the article...
Leonard August Pagano III was born in 1985 and nicknamed Austin. He was raised in Marietta, GA while a parishioner at Transfiguration.
Austin attended St. Josephs School beginning in 4th grade and continued his Catholic School education through high school at St. Pius X-graduating in 2003.
Austin received a B.S. in political science in 2008 from Kennesaw State University, and even co-hosted a political radio talk-show as a student.
He’s been a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Atlanta since spring 2009, and is currently spending his pastoral year at Christ the King.
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April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. Observing Child Abuse Prevention month allows us to raise awareness of the severity of this issue and to arm the faithful with the tools to help prevent abuse from happening. Prevention means understanding the conditions that make children vulnerable so we can effectively take the action necessary to improve those conditions. Preventing child abuse means strengthening the ability of parents and communities to care for their children’s health and well-being. The Office of Child & Youth Protection of the Archdiocese of Atlanta offers a variety of resources on their homepage to guide parishes and schools on how best to demonstrate their concern for the safety of children, emphasizing the importance of praying for the most vulnerable among us. Whether its participation in the Blue Ribbon Campaign, holding a Children’s Prayer Service or adopting an Internet Safety strategy in the home, the Office of Child & Youth Protection encourages everyone to make a pledge of commitment to pray for those that have been abused or mistreated.
Don’t miss out on celebrating this year’s 15th Annual Eucharistic Congress, to be held June 4th-5th at the Georgia International Convention Center. Over 600 volunteers are needed to make the Eucharistic Congress possible. Please consider joining others from throughout the Archdiocese- as a participant, or a volunteer- who want to deepen their faith and celebrate their love of the Eucharist.
New this year is a Haitian and Brazilian Track which takes place on Friday. Saturday will begin with a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament followed by inspiring presentations from internationally known speakers in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. There will also be a track for teens, kids, young adults and our Deaf community. This event is free and open to the public. Gather with your family, friends and fellow parishioners beginning at 6:30pm on Friday. To learn more on how to participate, you can join our facebook page or click here for the website.
Caring for Creation: A Catholic Earth Day Celebration takes place Sunday April 25, 2010 from 2pm-7pm at the Ignatius House. Join Catholics from around the Archdiocese as we come together for an afternoon of inspiration, education, reflection and Mass. Earth Day is about more than planting a tree- it’s about our Catholic call to care for creation every day. Click here for more for more information.
America’s Catholic cardinals will gather in Atlanta Friday, April 23 for the 21st American Cardinals Dinner, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. This is the first time the black-tie event has been held in Atlanta. Since its inauguration, the annual event has raised more than $22 million to support scholarships for The Catholic University of America students. Please go to our website for more information on the gathering.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations is on April 25th. To read more about the Pope’s message, click here.
A reminder that Catholic Day at Six Flags will take place on April 25th. Gates will open early (8:30am) and Mass will be celebrated at 9:00. For more information and tickets, click here.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) and Catholic Charities Atlanta are sponsoring “Respond to ICE Enforcement 2010: How to Assist Immigrants Following an ICE Enforcement Action” on Tuesday, April 27th from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Training will take place at the Archdiocesan Chancery Offices and there is a registration fee. For more information and to register, click here.